I think I’m finally back up to speed. It’s hard, really, to spend 9 days surrounded by writers, talking about writing, living writing, talking business, being in that space—and then get tossed back into the other alternate reality where no one talks about writing and the only conversation I get is Mom, where is my jacket? to Oh crap the sink’s leaking again. It’s discombobulating to have to integrate that level of inspiration and feeling into the mundane events that throw themselves into a writer’s path like balls.
Big, unruly soccer balls. Only…these balls are the size of hot air balloons.
But, I’ma gonna do it. And you know what helps?
Anthologies. Ah, but not just ANY anthologies. FICTION RIVER anthologies. So… without further grumbling…
First up! I have a story in the April issue of Fiction River, Universe Between, edited by Dean Wesley Smith. I’m on the front cover! w00t! I think I might have tackled Alyson when she told me in the offices of WMG Publishing. My story is called “Unsubscribe.”
From Fiction River UNIVERSE BETWEEN: From clashes between cultures to the space between stars to the area between two people in love, the possible topics seem endless. Hugo Award-nominated editor Dean Wesley Smith challenged a group of top professional writers to set stories in those “between” areas. Urban fantasy, science fiction, and young adult writers answered the call. The results fill this book with a diverse group of stories as wild as the topic itself. So, hang on for a great ride and some fantastic stories that are set along that line between here and there, between this and that.
I can’t wait to see the complete anthology!
I have a story in the upcoming Pulse Pounders FICTION RIVER anthology, edited by KEVIN J ANDERSON! Yus! I am excited and thankful and honored that Kevin liked it enough to include it. In fact I’ve been in a daze ever since. It’s an urban fantasy story I had a lot of fun writing and am now thinking of kicking off a series with. Pulse Pounders will be out in December 2014.
Next up is an unnamed story that will appear in Dean Wesley Smith‘s FICTION RIVER anthology, Risk Takers. And yes, that’s exactly what it sounds like. This one’s scheduled to publish February 2015.
The final one is edited by John Helfers , FICTION RIVER, Recycled Pulp, to be released December 2015. The title to the story is so cool because John gave us numbers to choose, and based on the numbers, we got pulp titles, but couldn’t write pulp stories. LOL. THAT was a LOT of fun! No cover yet. I can’t wait to see what Alyson at WMG does with this one!
There is a lot of great fiction in these anthologies. Subscribe to FICTION RIVER! You won’t be disappointed.
Cabin at the Anchor. Hrm.
When I’m in Oregon, I feel like I’m home. I feel comfortable. I love this state. And I especially love the coast. There is no other place for me. It’s where I’m happiest. And it’s been that way since early 1999.
This week I’m attending a Writer’s Anthology Workshop with 42 other writers. 6 anthologies. So do the math. 42 writers, 6 stories each. That’s a lot of fiction! That last post I did about reading? Guess what I was reading! LOL.
It’s been AMAZING. The talent in this room alone puts the biggest, dumbest grin on my face. From Adrian Phoenix to Anthea Lawson, with Mark Lefebvre from Kobo (attending as a writer), Kevin J. Anderson, Rebecca Moesta, Dean Wesley Smith, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Kerrie Hughes and John Helfers (as instructors /editors).
And the best part is I’m with old friends I don’t get to see much of. Kris, Chris, Dean, Dayle, Leslie, Adrian, Louisa, Annie, Stephanie, Rick, Dan… I would take up the whole post just jotting down names.
Dayle Dermatis! With Michele Lang and Leslie Claire Walker!
Living where I do, I write in a bubble, the only conversation relating to writing or story creation coming from brief texts with friends to the occasional email or Facebook message. I immerse myself in podcasts about writing, reading, looking forward for the day of the week when one of these podcasts uploads a new episode, emails, Skype, and those precious hours of writing time. There’s no one to bounce things with, no writing talk to feel inspired by.
So any chance I can get to spend a week with like minds is a taste pure joy. But this trip has been the best I can remember, because I discovered I have friends that just blow me away with their support, words, actions, deeds and kindness.
A heart-felt thank you and appreciation to the following for making this trip possible for me:
Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Dean Wesley Smith, Dayle A Dermatis, Lisa Silverthorne, Leslie Claire Walker, Chris and Steven York
Kerrie with her final list Dean Wesley Smith and John Helfers
I love you guys! Thank you!
ICE! Though, this is a week old picture.
I’ve read a lot these past two weeks. Along with writing. A lot of writing. For a while there, nearly a year, I didn’t read for pleasure. In fact I barely read at all.
Clue one—this is not a good idea for a writer. You’ve got to read. And read often. Read for education, and read for pleasure. But for the Great Electron’s sake…do it for Pleasure.
I didn’t get that for a long time. I’d heard it a lot. In fact several teachers over the years have asked, “Are you reading as well?”
Nah. Not me. Why would I read while I’m writing? What if I read something that influenced what I was writing? What if what I did became derivative of what I was reading?
Truth is…what isn’t derivative? Ideas spring from ideas. As writers, we watch shows (we mainline them now on Netflix), movies, look at magazines, plays, all of these things we say we need to do every year because it inspires our work.
Well duh. Of course it does. Because ideas create ideas. Look at Zoë? That series was first inspired from watching a show on TV. The idea of astral travel became a power of a lead character. And that threw off questions. Astral travel looked cool, but what did you do with the body? And if someone found your body, is it alive? In a coma? Stasis? And what if you couldn’t get back to your body? Can people see you? Is what you see from your astral body different than what you see in your physical?
I asked all those questions once the idea came forward. After a lot of what I call percolating happened… and Zoë was born.
I’ve learned that reading inspires me more. The more I read, the more my brain kicks into overdrive and the more ideas and popcorn kittens come out. I have so many outlines written on books I want to write…I’m worried I’ll never get them all done!
And all of them were inspired more by what I read. Oh, the ideas don’t come fully formed like out of the head of Zeus. I usually don’t pay attention to the first idea, or the second, and not the third.
But the fourth and fifth idea? Mmhmm.
Or even the seventh to form off the fourth idea that came from the first new idea from there.
By this time, it’s not derivative any more, but original. And I’m excited to start it.