Yes, Virginia, there will be a Potlatch Science Fiction convention this year.
Potlatch 25 — March 19th, 2016 — San José California
Potlatch 25 will be at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Library in San José, California, on Saturday March 19th, 2016. It will free and open to the public. The Potlatch 25 Book of Honor isConstellation Games by Leonard Richardson. There will be a Writers Workshop. We will be holding a Clarion West Benefit Auction on-line.
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I’m coordinating a writers’ workshop. Check the website for more information.
I have a huge TBR stack… embarrassingly so. New Years sorta-kinda resolution is to read these books. Here’s my start:
WATER FOR ELEPHANTS, Sara Gruen. Fast read, structured like Stephen King’s THE GREEN MILE, but upbeat. The author used real photos from circuses to guide her chapters.
ASHLEY BELL, Dean Koontz. *sigh* Plus, don’t put antibiotics on new tattoos.
CALENDRICAL REGRESSION, Lawrence Schoen. I read half of this a while back and then lost the book. I refound it and reread it and yep, it’s fun, whimsical, and serious all at the same time, and its ‘aliens explaining the Mayan Calendar’ conceit is the best explanation that I’ve read yet.
THE LADY & THE UNICORN, Tracy Chevalier. This author also wrote THE GIRL WITH THE PEARL EARRING, which I loved as well. Historical romance regarding the people who made the art and the craft the the unicorn tapestries, with a footnote about what became of the tapestries.
THE BAZAAR OF BAD DREAMS, Stephen King. Short fiction done up literary style. Most of these I’ve read in other venues (except the peculiar fireworks novella) and they’re okay, I guess. I have certain objections to official literary style (it seems to me that these types of stories are insufficiently thought-out plots where the author hasn’t figured out why he’s writing that story) but King, of course, still can write.
I’m currently within a few pages of the end of THE BURIED GIANT, by Kazuo Ishiguro, which is dense literary story telling about knights, dragons, and love. I’m liking it.
I have also been keeping up with Daily Science Fiction and Every Day Fiction and hope to post weekly overviews. I’m not reviewing these, btw, these are my surface thoughts.
Sparrow and g.d:Shrike, at Strange Constellations.
Now this is a reprint, but it’s an awesome story about RFID abuse. When I sent this around for critique, one person said, ‘People would have to be crazy to use RFID like this!’ and yet… it now seems to be happening. This was first published in M-Brane SF.
Also, I have a flash in REEL DARK, which will be released at World Horror Convention (May 7-10, 2015, in Atlanta, GA.) Editor L. Andrew Cooper will have about 100 copies to sell. You can already see the book on Amazon:
Thank you for your continued interest. SOME DAY I’ll actually blog on this blog.
Next is NorWesCon and I bet you’re jealous since GEORGE R.R. MARTIN is the Guest of Honor!
Okay, so you’re not jealous. And I’m not on panels with him. But I do have an autographing session, a reading, many many panel appearances, and I expect to have a heck of a great time with all my friends!
Seattle, WA, April 2-5, 2015
I will be on programming
I have discovered that I am just one pro sale away from qualifying for SFWA membership, which requires 3 pro sales. I *am* qualified for associate membership (the gate for that is one pro sale.) I’ve read about the controversies and the do it vs. don’t bother arguments and honestly… I’d like to be part of the organization. I’d like to be one of the in crowd. I’d like to check out the blogs that are behind the firewall and participate in the inner-circle discussions. When I first started writing, SFWA membership was one of my metrics.
So why am I hesitating?
I’m not much of a joiner. I don’t even maintain membership in Broad Universe (A highly-useful and professional group) because of a philosophical difference. When I join SFWA it will be for the perks and not because I’m a blogger that everyone follows.
I’m not a firebrand/rabble rouser/debater. When people I consider friends hassle me on Facebook, I walk away. People don’t debate on blogs and facebook, as a matter of my observation. They go straight to the nuclear options of insult and negation. And I can’t stand for that.
I think that an organization like SFWA needs the firebrands and pushy people. I think that’s needed for evolution of the genre and the way our professional organization addresses issues. And I’m not up to that, really, beyond espousing someone else’s stand.
Oh, I’ll get the membership, at least partially because it’s a club that doesn’t really want me. (To paraphrase a certain comedian.)
Since I moved to San Diego, I haven’t been submitting (writing, or completing) many stories. Too busy, too stressed, too dry. I got back into the groove in June.
In June, I sent out 15 stories. In July, I sold 3.
ORTHOGONAL TO THE ASTRAL PLANE will be appearing in Trysts of Fate. This is a reprint. The story was originally printed by Quantum Kiss, an online magazine that is sadly no longer extant. It was then reprinted by Insatiable in their inaugural and only issue. I’m pleased that this quirky paranormal romance will be available reading again!
CHOICE will be appearing in Tales of the Talisman. This is a difficult story that mixes magic and space opera. I think you’ll like it.
NOTES FROM INTERSTELLAR VOYAGE AQUARIA 51 FOUND IN ABANDONED MACHINERY will be published by Freeze Frame Flash Fiction. This is a space-faring hopeless romance.
I’m not sure when any of these will be appearing but I will link to them when they do.
And as a bonus, so far in August I’ve sold one story!
SPARROW AND g.d:SHRIKE will appear in Strange Constellations. This is a reprint, originally published in M-Brane #24. This is a story about RFID technology and moral literalists.
For every 10 subs, I might sell 1 story. But I’ll also have 9 rejections. So I just keep sending them out.
http://www.potlatch-sf.org/ Potlatch 23, February 21-23, 2014
Welcome to the Writers’ Workshop! The workshop is open to all speculative fiction writers, regardless of experience. It’s a place to get feedback on your writing and decide what you need to work on next. You’ll have the chance to hear a professional writer critique your work, along with several of your peers. Critiques will be done in a round-robin Clarion West style. This workshop style allows all the participants to read and critique everyone’s work.
Hugo-winner David D. Levine has volunteered to be the guest professional for our workshop.
Please submit a 2,000 to 8,000 word story in .rtf or .doc format to firstname.lastname@example.org by midnight PST on February 1, 2014. You may send your story ahead of time. Formatting for your story should follow the guidelines at http://www.sfwa.org/writing/vonda/vonda.htm
The stories will be rounded up and emailed to the participants. Please let me know if you would prefer hard copy mailings. Please bring hard copy notes or marked-up manuscripts to the workshop.
The workshop will be held Saturday during the lunch break. Lunch will be provided. Please let me know of any dietary restrictions.
Check the website for updates as the convention approaches. To attend the workshop, you must purchase a membership to Potlatch.
While it’s not mandatory, consider getting a ticket to the banquet. You’ll rub elbows with Potlatch’s attending guests, famous (and not-so-famous) writers, and other folk interested in the genre community.
We look forward to hearing from you!
Any questions? Send me questions! email@example.com
Flying close to the sun. The word “Perihelion” means: (and I quote)
The perihelion is the point in the orbit of a planet, asteroid or comet where it is nearest to the sun.
The word perihelion stems from the Greek words “peri,” meaning near, and “helios,” meaning the Greek god of the sun.
So I guess that means I’ll be flying close to the sun when my story, “MORNING GLORIES,” is published by Perihelion Magazine on October 12, 2013!
MORNING GLORIES is about an out-of-control science experiment that goes gloriously right. It’s based on something real, real science of flower genetics. And for those of you who’ve been forced to read my drafts, think “yams.”
n.b.: this was my Clarion West 2010 submission story.
Did I mention that I was selected as the 2013 winner of the Speculative Literature Foundation’s Older Writer’s Grant?
K.C. Ball, the previous year’s winner, tipped me off. And then I received an incredible email from Malon Edwards, the administrator of the grant. Let me show it to you:
SPECULATIVE LITERATURE FOUNDATION
PO Box 1693
Dubuque, IA 52004-1693
For Immediate Release: June 10, 2013
SPECULATIVE LITERATURE FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES OLDER WRITERS GRANT WINNER
The Speculative Literature Foundation is pleased to announce that its
tenth annual Older Writers Grant is to be awarded to Jude-Marie
“Kelly” Green. The $750 grant is intended to assist writers who are
fifty years of age or older at the time of the grant application, and
who are just starting to work at a professional level.
Born March 17, 1960, Green is, in her own words, a child of the 60s
who prefers tie-dye and doesn’t wear makeup.
Growing up, she read her brother Steve’s cast-off comic books,
including Doctor Strange and Weird Tales, and her mother’s cast-off
novels, Valley Of The Dolls and The Godfather. Runaway Robot, another
hand-me-down from her brother, was the first science fiction novel she
While Green doesn’t read science fiction and fantasy exclusively these
days, it’s not surprising that those two genres are, as she puts it,
most likely to delight her.
Writing success for Green has been relatively recent. Though she has
been writing all of her life, she says she only began applying herself
in 2004. Soon after, she sold her first short story to the anthology,
“Say, Why Aren’t We Crying?”. Two years later, she sold her second
In 2006, Green applied to both Clarion and Clarion West, but was not
accepted. Determined, she applied again to Clarion West in 2010, and
gained acceptance into what she calls a horde of splendid writers.
Green likes to think the Clarion West experience has improved her
writing, and it was there she “rethought everything, from what
constitutes entertainment to why some words are too much for a given
Now, a mother of three children in their 20’s – two who are science
fiction fans – Green writes about women, the intersection of first and
third world living, aliens, technology, romance, and hell. The judges
for the Older Writers Grant appreciated the mix of a lead female
character, technology and romance in her writing. Grant Administrator
Malon Edwards said of Green’s entry, “A Three Percent Chance He’ll
Ever Know I Lied”: “The story is a compelling one, and I was on edge
until the very end. The narrative, heavy with sadness, is spun out
well to get the right amount of emotion. This is a well written,
high-quality piece of fiction.”
Honorable Mentions for the Older Writers Grant go to Lynne MacLean,
Janice Croom, Lise Brody, John Walters, and Ina Claire Gabler, who
made the selection of the winner a very competitive but enjoyable
The Speculative Literature Foundation is a volunteer-run, non-profit
organization dedicated to promoting the interests of readers, writers,
editors and publishers in the speculative literature community.
“Speculative literature” is a catch-all term meant to inclusively span
the breadth of fantastic literature, encompassing literature ranging
from hard and soft science fiction to epic fantasy to ghost stories to
folk and fairy tales to slipstream to magical realism to modern
mythmaking–any literature containing a fabulist or speculative
So, there’s that.
If you have a chance to support the foundation, please do so. They’re all good eggs.