There’s a lot going on right now, things are bleak, and while escaping into a fantasy world looks very attractive, it can also feel very weak and selfish. How can I hide in the safety of a world I control while hospitals and evacuation routes are bombed, while “patriots” attack Americans for their names or ethnicities, while parents bring their children to a refugee station and then leave them behind as they return to fight? Who am I to sit comfortably at my desk while all that happens?
I’m a worldbuilder, that’s who I am. And it’s time we build a better world.
Hello! With American Thanksgiving yesterday, we are now Officially in the Holiday Season. With the completion of Thanksgiving dinner, it is now permissible to play Christmas music (a guideline I just made up yesterday afternoon) and I have also decorated the website here (Christmas lights are my favorite).
And my first holiday gift is only barely from me: the Untold Podcast has produced “Wight Christmas” for your listening enjoyment! You can listen to it here:
Good news! That story I promised for gifting season (and we’re still within the 12 days of Christmas, so still in gifting season!) is here!
[Edit: Oops. When I wrote this post, that part about gifting season was true. But since apparently I flubbed publishing this post, it’s, um, less true now. Yep, I just found this post still unpublished, so, well, better late than never, right? At least subscribers still got the news!]
“Art & Artifice” is a novelette set in the time of Shard & Shield, taking place after Shianan and Ariana have brought back the Shard of Elan but before the protective shield has been erected. They are assigned to investigate and stop a series of Ryuven raids on a farming village.
It’s that time of year when we writers must consider whether to join the annual Short Story Challenge.
Unlike NaNoWriMo or Inktober or other creative challenges, the NYC Midnight Short Story Challenge is a contest, with prizes. And it’s a challenge with a twist: All stories are written from scratch on a deadline, incorporating surprise elements assigned at the start time. You might receive a assignment to write a suspense story featuring a koala and an actor, or a romance with a compass and a plumber, or almost anything.
The three 2020 heats are in January, April, and May.
You can read about my previous (successful!) experiences here (and also here). (Spoiler: I made it to round 3, the top 75 out of over 4,000 entrants, and then tanked. But I got feedback and I learned, as the second post explains.) And if you might want to join me this year, hop over and read about the contest here.