Awards and Travel and Querying, Oh My!

It Started With YA… It’s been an age since I actually updated this blog with anything related to my writing path. The last year has been…a journey. I think from last summer to this summer could be called the year of the pivot. This time last year I had just begun querying a YA FantasyContinue reading “Awards and Travel and Querying, Oh My!”

Pitch Wars #BoostMyBio

Hi! I’m Haley Kral! I’m a children’s librarian at a public library, which means I spend my day reading picture books, doing storytime, helping people use the computers, and any number of random things that come up. People think being a librarian means sitting somewhere very quiet and maybe reading but that is not theContinue reading “Pitch Wars #BoostMyBio”

Pitch Wars 2017 #PimpMyBio

This is my first year participating in Pitch Wars or even knowing much of anything about it. This time last year I was completely out of the writing loop, as I had given myself the summer off of my MA in English and Creative Writing program and decided to skip out on Camp NaNoWriMo becauseContinue reading “Pitch Wars 2017 #PimpMyBio”

WORD Fest

This year was the first ever WORD Fest, hosted by Tarrant County College’s English Department. I have to say, this was a brilliant effort on the organizers part. They put together a free event for writer’s to come together a meet other writer’s, while learning a bit of craft and business. It was clear fromContinue reading “WORD Fest”

So Much Catching Up…

From the looks of the blog, I’ve been away for a year without updates. A lot has happened in my writerly life in that time, I just haven’t taken the time to come back and update here. So I’ll run down a brief list of what I’ve done… Last May I attended the DFW Writer’sContinue reading “So Much Catching Up…”

Camp NaNoWriMo April 2016

Since apparently NaNoWriMo is the only time I can convince myself to set aside writing time, I will be participating in Camp NaNo this April. I am excited to use this opportunity to hopefully finish out the manuscript I started in November. I passed the 50k word mark for NaNoWriMo and I think another 30kContinue reading “Camp NaNoWriMo April 2016”

Award Nomination

I found out yesterday that my short story “Pyg the Tinker” was nominated for a Write Well Award. I have no idea when I’ll find out whether I won but I am super excited. If I win, my story will be included in a print anthology that is actually available from retailers. “Pyg the Tinker”Continue reading “Award Nomination”

Holy Schnikes! Pushcart Nomination

Holy schnikes doesn’t really sound like a┬áverbose title that would be written by a Pushcart Prize nominee, but it is. That’s right, I was notified tonight that my story, “She Knit”, which was published in the Wild Horses: Women on Fire 2015 edition was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. I know that thousands of stories,Continue reading “Holy Schnikes! Pushcart Nomination”

New Publication – Pyg the Tinker

My short story “Pyg the Tinker” was published by the online literary journal Quantum Fairy Tales. This is my steampunk take on the Greek myth of Pygmalion (not the George Bernard Shaw Pygmalion). Pyg the Tinker passed his days in his workshop, and his nights in the Spartan bedroom behind it. He chose a lifeContinue reading “New Publication – Pyg the Tinker”

With a Fizzle…

So I did Camp NaNoWriMo for July. Technically, I’ll have won once I verify my word count. Yet, this is the least exciting victory yet. Back in April, I churned through 30,000 words for Camp NaNo and felt genuinely accomplished. It was a challenge, but not impossible. After doing NaNo in November, writing only 30kContinue reading “With a Fizzle…”