Year-end (2018) round-up:
- LAY OF THE LAND, short story (haunted amusement park), Bards & Sages January 2018.
- BRICK, flash (autistic kid), to be published as a Saturday Showcase by Stupefying Stories
- SLIM AND BENNY-BE-DAMNED TAKE IT ON THE LAM, flash, reprint (bank robbers and the zombie apocalypse), Weird Mask
- JASMINE SPAIN, flash, (space granny sings her life story), Toasted Cake podcast from Tina Connolly
- HANG TWENTY, flash, reprint (surfing werewolves!) in Fantasy For The Throne
- ENDLESS SUMMER, short story, reprint, (alien loves surf music) Made In L.A
- THE WHITE WOOD, short story, reprint, (Hansel and Gretel’s dad), Re-Enchant
- WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION, short story, reprint, (using flowers to terraform an alien world), Re-Launch
- THE COLOR OF INFINITY, flash, (alien portal takes people samples), Every Day Fiction
- NOTES REGARDING THE CALAMITY JUKEBOX AT THE SUPER! HERO! RAGTIME CAFÉ, flash, (given the choice, superheroes might choose not to be superheroes) Every Day Fiction
- CEDAR, flash, (Appalachian magic), The Colored Lens (this should be out shortly)
- GLORIOUS MADNESS, short story, reprint (Donna Quick and Jane Smith adventures) Gun Smoke and Dragon Fire anthology
- NOT ALL WHO WANDER ARE LOST, short story, reprint, (woman steps into an extortion racket, plus talking lizards), in Bunyip & Ayotochtli
- LUIGI’S SONG, short story, reprint (girl talks with sealife) in Made In L.A. 2 appearing March-ish 2019.
- ROCK, PAPER, SCISSORS, GLASS, flash (dichroic glass warrior comes home) Daily Science Fiction.
15 stories. (7 original stories of which 5 are flash.) 8 reprints. A podcast! 9 hard-copy printed anthologies. One Pro Sale.
I also edited and released QUANTUM VISIONS 7, a chapbook anthology from my Orange County Writers Orbit folks.
I participated in the WorldCon San Jose writers’ workshop with a submission to be critted and as pro-critter x3.
I joined a new writers’ group of several polished and published writers who very much outclass me, so yay! Learner here!
And, I privately mentored a budding novelist (for pay) and was recognized as the mentoring influence by a man with a published collection (which collection has garnered several recommendations on the Tangent OnLine Best Of 2018 list.)
And I still manage to not feel very successful this year. Onwards to a more rewarding 2019!
Flash story “NOTES REGARDING THE CALAMITY JUKEBOX AT THE SUPER! HERO! RAGTIME CAFÉ” has just been published on Every Day Fiction.
Yesterday they published K.C. Ball’s horror story, GOTTA SEE THE CANDY. Read my story, of course, but don’t miss K.C.’s story. It’s swell.
I’ve sold 9 stories, lost my car and moved to another address, visited Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend and Las Vegas on my birthday, attended WorldCon in San Jose, joined a new writers’ group, mentored a budding novelist, and lost a dear friend, co-writer, mentor, and all-around swell person K.C. Ball.
More is yet to come! November and Thanksgiving bring the annual Quantum Visions chapbook with stories by a talented and award-winning bunch of authors and artists.
My 7″ Kindle Fire, companion of 3 years and world-traveller with me, defensetrated recently. The replacement Kindle Fire is a 10″ screen and Alexa cuteness, and I purchased a bluetooth keyboard to go with it. I look forward to using yet another writing tool.
My grandson started kindergarten this year. After a rough start he is beginning to enjoy school. The teacher concentrates on story telling. I approve.
The Color of Infinity was published by Every Day Fiction.
Jasmine Spain was narrated, or rather sung, by Tina Connolly for her Toasted Cake podcast.
Endless Summer was reprinted in the Made In L.A. anthology.*
Hang Twenty was reprinted in Fantasy For the Throne: Short Reads.*
Weapons of Mass Destruction was reprinted by Pole-To-Pole Publishing’s Re-Launch anthology.*
The White Wood was also reprinted by Pole-To-Pole in their Re-Enchant anthology.*
Slim And Benny-Be-Damned Take It On The Lam was reprinted by Weird Mask for their zombie issue.
Brick will be published by Stupefying Stories in a Saturday Showcase position.
Notes Regarding The Calamity Jukebox at The Super! Hero! Ragtime Café will be published by Every Day Fiction.
*available on Amazon
I’ve posted a few things on Facebook, mostly photos and travelogue, about San Antonio. (I’m also participating in the 7 days of B&W challenge, whose antecedents I don’t know but I’m enjoying the opportunity to expand my eye.)
But back to WFC/SA.
Last night was the “Signature Event,” a two hour autographing session for everyone. I garnered some autographs (esp. David Mitchell, author of CLOUD ATLAS and THE BONE CLOCKS) but mostly I sat and shot the breeze with passersby. Mary Anne Mohanraj and I talked about The Speculative Literature Foundation, and if you don’t know them, check them out. No one was interested in my chapbooks, hardly surprising as the state of self-published work has grown in professionalism and my chapbooks are obviously home-grown. That’s fine 🙂 While wandering I saw lots of great cover art. Color is in!
The panels are a nice mix of theme and feminism, social liberalism and discussions to understand The Other. The panelists are heavily weighted towards gender equality and this would be a great place to thank SPIKE in programming for the amazing job of putting all this together. I’m impressed and relieved that panels have women on them, and POC, and varied opinion. It’s about time.
Plenty of readings, I believe there are 2 per half hour. I organized and will moderate the Broad Universe Rapid Fire Reading today, with a one hour slot (at 2pm) for 10 women to read up to 4 minutes or so of story. Several of my authors have brought giveaway books so we’ll also be raffling those off.
We have to be johnny on the spot time-wise as the Guest of Honor, Tananarive Due, has the room right after us.
Then I’m off to my subsequent adventures of my continuing vacation. And maybe finishing that story. It could happen.
(things I’ve forgotten to mention: Tiptree Bake Sale. Clarion West party. Sitting in the green room and chatting with David Mitchell. Other stuff.)
This has not been a banner year of story sales (pretty overwhelming in the rejection department) yet I’ve had a few successes.
1. Not All Who Wander Are Lost, a romp with flying cars and talking lizards, published in Perihelion in February.
2. Far, Far From Land, harvesting edibles from the asteroid belt leads to shipwreck and rescue efforts, published in Luna Station Quarterly in June (reprint.)
3. The Lay of The Land, a security guard and her dog in a haunted park, to be published by Bards and Sages in January.
Since NorWesCon I’ve had a pretty quiet summer. I joined a local Southern California/Orange County writers group specifically to hear Joe Ide (Eeee-day) as I seriously grokked his novel IQ. (He has a sequel out now.) I bought the Stephen King/Owen King novel, SLEEPING BEAUTIES, but I’m having trouble getting into it. Once I figure out why, I’ll post why it’s not sucking me in. Joe Hill on the other hand has a collection of 4 novellas I haven’t purchased yet and that is next on my list. He’s proven a good storyteller.
Storytelling is why I’m doing this. My friend Marta Murvosh sold a story, CRANES RETURN, to the anthology Tales of the Sunrise Lands, specifically written in a non-Western storytelling style. Our standard Western format includes conflict points and a rise and fall of action. Other countries have (surprise!) different forms, and Guardbridge Books specifically requested
I wish I’d written something for it… but I didn’t.
I sold reprint rights to LUNA STATION QUARTERLY for my Clarion West story, FAR, FAR FROM LAND. This ‘Deadliest-Catch-In-Space’ story was previously published in the print anthology MENIAL. I look forward to having this story online and in a lovely venue like LSQ…. Going live on June 1, 2017.
NorWesCon this year is April 13-16. I’m on 7 panels, have 3 critique sessions (I’m critting someone else’s work), 2 readings,
and a partridge in a pear tree and an autograph session. I hope to have a small in print collection available for the autograph session.
(I’m moderating a lot of these panels. I’m a bit shocked. Yikes.)
3:00pm – 4:00pm @ Cascade 11
Jude-Marie Green (M), Dr. Ricky, David Shoemaker
The Rhythm of Fiction
8:00pm – 9:00pm @ Cascade 7&8
Dean Wells (M), Jude-Marie Green, Joseph Malik, Carol Berg
How Being an Engaged Patient Can Save Your Life
2:00pm – 3:00pm @ Cascade 9
Jude-Marie Green (M), Vickie Bligh, Matt Hammond, Sean Hagle, Alan Andrist
The Trauma of Travel
3:00pm – 4:00pm @ Cascade 11
Jude-Marie Green (M), Jake McKinzie, Arthur Bozlee, V Whitlock
Outlining for Pantsers (And Everyone Else)
7:00pm – 8:00pm @ Cascade 5&6
Manny Frishberg (M), Evan J. Peterson, John (J.A.) Pitts, Jude-Marie Green
How to Tackle a Revision
9:00pm – 10:00pm @ Cascade 7&8
Laura Anne Gilman (M), Jude-Marie Green, Jak Koke, Andrea Howe
Feminism in Fandom
10:00am – 11:00am @ Cascade 7&8
Mickey Schulz (M), Brenna Clarke Gray, Jude-Marie Green, Sheye Anne Blaze
Autograph Session 2
3:00pm – 4:00pm @ Grand 2
Catska Ench, Cory Ench, Ethan Siegel, Ian McDonald, Marc Gascoigne, Mike Underwood, Nancy Kress, Alexander James Adams, Cat Rambo, Dale Ivan Smith, Erik Scott de Bie, Evan J. Peterson, Jeremy Zimmerman, John (J.A.) Pitts, Jude-Marie Green, Kristi Charish, Laura Anne Gilman, Liz Argall, Django Wexler, Frog Jones, Raven J. Demers, Spencer Ellsworth, Susan R. Matthews, Morgue Anne, Brenda Cooper, Lisa Mantchev, Bella la Blanc, Mark Teppo, Claudia Casper, Susan diRende, Kristy Acevedo
*I don’t have any spare contributor copies lying around so I think I’ll produce a pb collection. Get your money ready!
Broad Universe Rapid Fire Reading
8:00pm – 10:00pm @ Cascade 3&4
Marta Murvosh (M), Brenda Carre, Carol Berg, Jude-Marie Green, Cat Rambo
Check your Writer Privilege
9:00pm – 10:00pm @ Cascade 10
Jason Vanhee (M), J. F. High, Jude-Marie Green, Laura Anne Gilman
Reading: Jude-Marie Green
1:00pm – 1:30pm @ Cascade 2
Jude-Marie Green (M)
Dunno what I’m gonna read. Maybe the dictionary. *I might bring wine and cheese. And chocolate truffles. You know, throw a 30 minute end of con party for my friends.
Coursera, bless them, is presenting a series of courses on writing. Given by Wesleyan University, 4 modules cover 4 approaches to writing stories: Character, Plot, Style, and Setting. (More formally: The Craft of: Character, Settings and Descriptions, Plot, Style.)
I’m auditing, which means a. free and b. no certificate, but they do have a certificate program ($50/mo, ouch) if’n you need one for the CV. I am treating this as a self-paced seminar.
One of my favorite takeaways so far isn’t so much about the arts and crafts of writing as about the guest authors/teacher authors. I’d heard of MADONNAS OF ECHO PARK (never read it) and one segment is taught by its author, Brandon Skyhorse. Amy Bloom, Maria Venegas, author of the wonderful memoir, Bulletproof Vest, and, um, lots of others. With my head down in the genre writing community, I don’t get a lot of outside-the-genre exposure, damn it. (Though I did read ‘The Girl On The Train’ before it was popular, and did I mention that my favorite read last year was Joe Ide’s IQ?) But I do like reading off the top 10 list.
What I need now is a seminar on self-editing.
Sam Bellotto Jr at Perihelion SF is not only a fine publisher of science fiction but a great editor who appreciates great writing. Mine, that is. He’s published another of my stories, a tale of a wandering tinker who stumbles across a conspiracy. Along with her new friend, a travelling lizard, she … well, read the story of Dawn Sutorious here.