Late Summer Update & Links Round-up

While the job market continues to be tough, it’s been a very productive summer for me creatively, and for that I’m grateful. Here are some of the things I’ve been up to — and my sincere gratitude to those who backed me in one endeavor or another. Launchpad. Space Camp for writers! You can read my full write-up here. I’m still processing the experience (it was amazing), but a few new stories are definitely growing from it. What Fates Impose. This anthology of fortune-telling tales that includes my story “Ain’t Much Different’n Rabbits” was fully funded! It’s a great TOC, and I’m proud to be a part of it. It’s not available for purchase just yet, but I’ll shout out here as soon as it is. Broken Eye Books / By Faerie Light. Another anthology I’m part of, By Faerie Light, is one of the rewards for backers of Broken … Continue reading

Launch Pad 2013: Space is Big. Really Big.

I’m back from the 2013 Launch Pad Workshop, hosted by Prof. Mike Brotherton at the University of Wyoming in Laramie. It was simply an amazing experience, full of awesome SCIENCE!, fabulous people, and did I mention the SCIENCE! ? First off, thanks to my new friends and classmates for such a great week: Liz Argall, Chaz Brenchley, Jenn Brissett, Jennifer Campbell-Hicks, Brenda Clough, Doug Dechow, Doug Farren, Claudine Griggs, Caren Gussoff-Sumption, Anna Leahy, Jay O’Connell, Jamie Todd Rubin, and Jeri Smith-Ready! Christian Ready (Jeri’s other half) and Andria Schwortz were our other instructors, dishing out space science with style and lots of patience for our cosmic questions. Good people, all ’round. I missed having breakfast at the Turtle Rock Cafe with you all this morning! I’d also like to express my gratitude to our sponsors, notably Uwingu, who stepped up to help fund the workshop in the wake of the loss … Continue reading

3 Ways you Can Help: Support some Words this Summer

I don’t spend much time on this blog asking for help — I usually manage on my own pretty well, and I hate to shill too much. But this summer, I’m involved in three awesome projects that I think deserve your support. If you love great stories, and want to support some great writers, please keep reading. We’re down to the wire on two of these efforts, and there’s only about three weeks left to go on the third. If you can, please consider supporting: Launchpad 2013 – Launchpad is a week long astronomy workshop held at the University of Wyoming, Laramie, designed for science fiction writers and other creatives as a crash course in astronomy and space sciences. Taught by actual space scientists (some of them also spec-fic writers), it’s meant to give writers a solid foundation in real-world science so that they, in turn, can write the stories … Continue reading

Sign of Progress? (Clarion West Write-a-Thon)

A little end of the week update on the writing.  (!!!)  About 10k this week. So far, so good! If I can only keep up the pace of the last couple of weeks, I should be done with the book in a month or so. 100,000 words is approximate, by the way. I have a feeling I’ll go over by at least 10-20k. I’m feeling really great about the book’s momentum. It took me a long time to find the groove on this project. Not all of the words this week have been awesome ones, but I found my happy place where story and character are really happening now. I think I needed to celebrate that 🙂 … Continue reading

Clarion West Write-a-thon 2013: Week 1

As I type this, a group of very talented up-and-coming writers has embarked on their first week of the 30th (!) Clarion West Writers Workshop. Most of you who follow me and read my blog will know what the workshop means to the people that apply, to the people who attend, and to the alumni (like me!). It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience to totally devote yourself to the writing life, and one of the most intense six weeks a writer can experience. It’s amazing. Clarion West is fortunate to have some grants from corporate donors like Amazon, but it’s really the writing community and the grass-roots backers that keep it strong year after year. During the six weeks of the actual workshop, the annual Clarion West Write-a-Thon is an opportunity for participants and sponsors to raise some money and awareness for this fantastic program. I’m participating again this year, planning to finish … Continue reading