Links, publication, Writing

Welcoming Erika

Just a few minutes ago, I looked up from my desk and out the window to discover it had grown very dark outside. A flash of lightning was followed by a dull crack and rumble of thunder. And then the skies opened.

Welcome former-hurricane, former tropical storm Erika, my first “something like a hurricane” since moving to Florida a year ago.

Of course, that’s the precise moment that  the dog woke up and demanded to go outside and pee. //sigh//

Now that I’ve dried off again–sheesh was it raining!–let me catch you up on some interesting things.

Have you ever wished you could put the stories you love into one anthology, without regard for theme or genre? That the only requirement is “I love these stories?” Well, pop over to Anthology Builder and you can. Yes, a reprint of one of my stories is there, but so are hundreds of other stories by other authors. How about all your favorite stories in a special, one-of-a-kind collection for your best friend? How cool is that? Have fun!

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted about QuarterReads, but they’ve been busy adding new features and new authors and, of course, new stories. Some of the new features include a featured free story, and a “read a random story” button so you don’t fall into a rabbit-hole of indecision. I hope you check it out.

In current writing, I’m flipping between the first book in a YA urban fantasy dealing with witches, and a short story about a superhero and his family. The YA, working titled “The Rogue Witch,” is coming along nicely, and is pretty much a blast to write. I’m about halfway through, and hope to have the first draft finished by the end of September.

If you’re interested in keeping up with what goes on with this novel, and the next couple to follow, learning when and where it gets published, you can sign up for my newsletter with the shiny new button over there to the right. I won’t sell or trade email addresses, and won’t spam you. Maybe 3-4 times a year I’ll send something out keeping you apprised of the state of its writing and publishing, and other tasty tidbits.

Now for the short story. It’s just so odd for me–I was thinking about super powers and super-aliases yesterday, and it was so utterly different from the novel that it feels like a shock of cold water to the face. In a good way. Really. (Since I just came in from the rain, I’m familiar with “the bad way,” so I can say this authoritatively!) I was giggling to myself until the person at the coffeeshop next to me started giving me odd looks. But…this was my husband, so it wasn’t all that unusual for me to get odd looks from him. Or for him to hear about the odd things I ponder at any given moment. (Lucky him.)

I’m also having fun doing a beta-read for another writer’s novella, submitting short stories already written, and in general being “writerly.” 🙂  Yup, that about sums it up. Writerly-ness and rain. Husband and the dog. Life is good. Carry on.

Links, Personal Life, signal boosting

A Link for Charity

If it’s not bad enough that my pup needed surgery, Wednesday night Dasher had a seizure, during which he ripped out the interior sutures that basically hold his patella in place (it’s really holding his ligaments, which hold the patella, but I’m simplifying for brevity). Needless to say, I haven’t been getting much sleep, what with worrying about the dog, and waiting for “the next” seizure to come. Which never may happen…but I can’t be sure. //stress//

And still, life is better for me than for some. Publisher Steven Saus (of Alliteration Ink!) has a friend and fellow writer who, although his human family survived, lost everything–including pets–in a fire. There is a crowd funding project running through Feb 2 to give these people a leg up. Steven has put together an ebook anthology as a thank-you to any who donate, and I’m happy to announce that my story, “Worthy” will be included in the anthology, now titled Life After Ashes.

It looks like a wonderful lineup of authors, and the cause is a good one. Donate if you can, and if you have $25, you’ll get the words of over 50 authors (most much better writers than I am) to thank you. Head over to Tilt to see their fundraiser. And thanks.

Links, What I'm Reading

Links for the End of the Year

Winter is coming. Really, the equinox is on the 21st. So are you all settled in with your reading? No?

Well, let me recommend the latest issue of Fantasy Scroll Magazine. Yes, Issue 4 is now out, completing the first year of this publication. Weeee! Lots of great stories here, plus interviews and reviews, as well. Also, be sure to read the Introduction, which details great new things to come. Like what, you ask? We-ell, like a bi-montly format, a podcast, and more. (eh-hem) And consider that subscriptions make great gifts. As a slush reader there, I’m just saying. 🙂

Let me again sound off about Quarter Reads. They’ve updated their policy, letting you put down just $5 to try the stories, instead of the initial $10 minimum. They’ve added more authors, more stories, and more genre and subject tags to browse stories by. Give ’em a try.

Another reading favorite: Lightspeed Magazine’s recent release of FANTASY: Women Destroy Fantasy! Great fiction, great non-fiction, and amazing artwork, all guest edited by the amazing Cat Rambo.

Finally, I’ve been listening to podcasts from Beneath Ceaseless Skies’ Audio Vault, and haven’t found a bad one yet. They’re great for commuting, for holiday travel in crowded airports or trains, or just for plopping in earbuds and tuning out the holiday madness for a few moments of spec-fic bliss. Give them a listen!

There, now you’re set for reading materials. Winter may commence. Just, um, don’t let it freeze my Meyer lemons before they ripen. They’re getting so close, and I really want my very first harvest of 2 fruits!


Links, Viable Paradise, What I'm Reading, Writing Workshops

Bubbling Over with Good News

…but I can’t tell you just yet, so I’ll share some other great news that I can divulge! Namely, the first issue of Fantasy Scroll Magazine is out, and is really lovely. Especially near and dear to my heart is the interview with Sarah Hans, who is in the writers’ group that I used to belong to, and who is a wonderful person much deserving of the success heading her way!

Also, let me take a moment to remind you writers that Viable Paradise is accepting applications for this fall’s week-long workshop on beautiful Martha’s Vineyard. This year the workshop runs from October 12-17 (but you’ll really want to stay until the 18th if at all possible–trust me on this!). Will you be part of VP XVIII? You can’t be if you don’t apply! You have until June 15th to send in your applications. Hop to it!

Thanks to some happy chatter on Codex, I downloaded and played SPACETEAM. You need at least two people (but three is way better) with recent iOS or Android devices to play, but this free game is so much good, silly fun! You’ll be spouting techno-babble with the best once you start playing. And you’ll see what I do when I should be writing, instead. Now, quick–eject the Gyrespindle! 🙂 (for bonus fun, try playing in another language!)

Links, Rejection, Writing

The Lost Week

Wow, last week was completely lost. It’s utterly gone, and I have nothing to show for it other than a vague sense of guilt–both for the personal reasons that made it “lost,” and for the lost writing/editing time. Ugh.

But it’s Tuesday now, a whole new week–a glorious week full of words and wonder. Yippee! I am happily world-building on the novel once more, and am thrilled that new things keep surfacing from the slurry of my subconscious to become vital parts of this awesome world. I have a few short story ideas batting around my skull, too, and I’m hoping to commit time to at least one of those later this week. As well, while last week may have been lost to me, it wasn’t lost for others, so a few rejections came in, and I’ve just now dealt with those–either by editing and re-subbing or simply re-subbing. Ah, it feels pretty good today, despite the threat of snow this evening 😦

Let me give you a couple links here, both for fundraisers for spec-fic writing markets. First and dearest to my heart (of course!) is the one for Fantasy Scroll Magazine over at Kickstarter. Fantasy Scroll is a new online magazine which is providing another venue for great spec-fic stories. (I’ve linked to them before but here it is again. And in the interest of full disclosure, I’m an unpaid slush reader for this mag.) There are rewards at various levels, as is standard. Let me draw your attention to the $60 level, which I think is kinda awesome. For this level, you’ll get a critique of your own short story by either the Fantasy Scroll editorial staff (no, not from me! silly!), or from author Hank Quense. If you’re looking for some professional feedback, this may be just the thing!

The next is over at Indiegogo, and this one is for Niteblade. Rhonda Parrish has been publishing this little online ‘zine since 2007. There are lots of fun rewards-levels here, as well, so check it out. Also, don’t forget to check out the Niteblade publication itself.

That’s about it for now. I hope the weather continues to trend toward the warmth of springtime, and that we might someday see flowers again… Until them, I’m going to huddle in my office and write.