So I bet some of you have probably been wondering what the heck I’ve been up to recently and why the lack of content on my blog. Well I assure you, it’s not that I’ve been doing nothing this whole time, just that I’m sort of discouraged about what I’ve been working on, and I didn’t feel like sharing all the negative news with you. But it’s confession time; I feel I must come clean about what I’ve been pouring my writing efforts into.
The In My Opinion journey into the new chapter of Star Wars continues with Aftermath by Chuck Wendig.
Good news! I was able to fall back into writing easily this past week. I’m utilizing several calendars and calendar apps to keep track of all my writing goals and submission deadlines daily, weekly, and monthly, and it’s really encouraging me to focus and write again. Stories are pretty much always on my mind now.
Continue reading “Status Report, Captain”
Remember how I said I was taking part in a blog tour? Well today, I am happy to introduce Rebecca Schwarz, a contributing author in Ecotones. She’s here to tell us why she wrote her dog-inspired tale, The Silva, and why she submitted it to SFFWorld.com’s fourth anthology.
What do you get when you take a bunch of fantasy, sci-fi, horror, paranormal and steampunk authors and throw them together in hotel conference rooms for a weekend? An extremely awesome writing convention, that’s what.
It is time for another book review, friends, this time with a book authored by a great guy I was lucky enough to connect with beforehand. For this In My Opinion, I’ll be talking about a science fiction murder mystery novel titled Slain in the Spirit by Walt Rosenfeld.
Hey hey! Have I got some cool stuff to tell you. Pull up a chair and get comfy for there is some really great stuff happening that I’d love for you to read about.
I have been busy with my novel the past few days. I’m so close to the end I can actually see it. Literally, I can see the very last sentence of the epilogue and actually already have it written out. Since I’ve been writing the final climax and have been super excited about it, I’ve been writing WAY more than usual each day. I keep thinking to myself, I’m so close, if I keep writing I might actually get to finish it today. But then four hours of writing later, I’m still not there. CLOSER, but still not there. I’M SO CLOSE IT’S KILLING ME.
My original plan was to have this novel presentable by the time I head to a writing conference next weekend. But after continuous health issues and, well, life getting in the way, I don’t think I’ll be able to pull that off. I should be able to finish the draft at least(I pray), and instead will focus on making the first few chapters as clean and enticing as possible to hand out. Should anyone be interested at the con, they’ll at least get a really well thought out and edited first few chapters. The book is called Initiation and is part of a series I plan to entitle The Black Beetles. I can’t wait to tell you about this story, and as soon as I finish the draft I’ll be writing out the synopsis in a post. I FREAKING LOVE THIS STORY. It’s why I’m writing. It’s so good and it’s only the first book!
Twitter is a strange place. But it can afford some chance encounters that never would have happened otherwise. I was lucky enough to meet two bloggers through twitter who have graciously reviewed my book and written a full post about it on their sites. HOW COOL IS THAT?!? They are kind and honest people as well. Cynthia Austin highlighted every positive and every negative thing about my book, and Hollie wrote out a review for her boyfriend’s blog that is far more flattering than I deserve. I encourage you to check out each of them and take a look at the sites. Cynthia regularly reviews book at her site betweendreamsiread.weebly.com and Devin is a humorous guy that shares a lot of the same likes as me at rimegiant.com. Cynthia is here, while Devin wrote about me here.
I’m heading to SF:SE next weekend, and I cannot contain my excitement. A weekend by myself, in Orlando, nice hotel, three days of mingling with writers, editors, agents and publishers, and tons of panels to improve writing craft. There’s going to be some big names in writing there, as well, and I’m really looking forward to meeting some interesting people.
IN OTHER NEWS, Nonlocal Science Fiction launched their magazine today with my story featured in it! Huzzah! Hooray! Hoorah! Should anyone like a copy of it for themselves, please let me know I’ll see what I can do. If you’d like to check it out, it’s only 2.99 on amazon here and it’s good.
Well, that’s about all I’ve got off the top of my head to talk about. I would really appreciate it if you could sign up for my mailing list via the subscribe button higher up on the page. It’s nothing special, just that you’ll get notified whenever I post something on here, which as you can probably see isn’t often. But it’ll help me reach out to you and its a good way for us to stay in contact. Speaking of, I’d love to hear from you about what you think of my writing or where I’m going in general. I enjoy the feedback 🙂
Anywho, I’ll talk to you all next time. PEACE!
I bet you’ve been wondering just what the heck I’ve been up to lately. Well wonder no more, friends! For I am here to enlighten you to all I’ve done the past few weeks. Lots going on behind the scenes…
Nonlocal Science Fiction
First and foremost I’d like to talk about Nonlocal, the science fiction magazine that accepted one of my short stories. The magazine will be out the 15th of this month and will be available as an ebook or digital download from Amazon or the Nonlocal site. Dan, the head editor at Nonlocal, has been throwing out some free material in the days leading up to the release, and the link to preorder the issue is already live right here. I encourage you to check out the site and see what it has to offer. The stories are good.
I’m pretty excited about this magazine because I GOT A SHORT STORY PUBLISHED. There look to be lots of other great stories and poems in the issue, but the story I submitted is one of my favorites. I’m really looking forward to seeing what the other authors and contributors have to say about not just my story but the issue in general. Nonlocal is a really cool site that has the best in Sci Fi stuff. I’ve met a really nice author already through the site and plan to submit stories to them in the future. Hurray for Sci Fi!
Short Story Contests
I recently submitted a short story to an anthology hosted by the awesome staff at sffworld.com. The theme of the anthology is “Ecotones”, so all the stories submitted must follow that theme. I wrote a story that I’m pretty fond of and submitted it a few days ago. I originally submitted almost a month ago, but got a super helpful email from one of the editors giving me some pointers and advice. I took their advice to heart, mainly because they are in charge of the anthology, and then resubmitted. I received another email from said editor saying the changes I came up with on my own made the story work much better and he had high hopes for it. HIGH HOPES. That just makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside
I dropped another story off at the cwinst.com for their yearly phrase writing contest. Every year they come up with a phrase and any story submitted to the contest needs to have that phrase in it. I forget what last year’s was, but this year’s had to include the phrase “I got more than I bargained for!” That was a little tough for me. I stared at that prompt for a long time trying to formulate a story around it. I think I did a damn fine job of it, if I do say so myself. You’ll just have to wait till I win in order to read it, unfortunately.
Mageborn Trilogy: Initiation
You see that title right up there? All bold and glorious. That, ladies and gentlemen, is what I’ve come up with for the title of the novel I’m writing. It’s a working title, but I’ve always envisioned it as a series, a trilogy, and when I look at it spread over three books the title of this one becomes apparent. Initiation. Man, I am so pumped for this story!! If I were to make a rough estimate of word count so far, I’d say around 80,000, and I still lots to go. LOTS TO GO. I hit the halfway mark a while ago and was very conflicted because the story is so long already and I have a lot more to go. *Sigh* Such is the life of a writer, I suppose. The story is coming along swimmingly, though, and every day that I get to craft more of the world is a day where I’m content. I have the first few chapters the way that I want them and can start sending them off to editors and agents soon. SO CLOSE! AH!
In order to help immerse myself in the world that I’ve created, I’ve pinned some of the more important notes around my computer desk for reference. It helps me to write more, a major plus. Every time I walk into my room and see the papers hanging on the wall, it makes me want to write more. It makes me want to sit down and add more to the lists, or get to the really cool stuff on the list. Did I mention that I’m excited for this book?
Who’s going to a writer’s conference later this month in Orlando? THIS GUY. Who’s going to hopefully have his novel done by then in case he meets an agent or editor in search for the next greatest story? THIS GUY AGAIN. SF:SE stands for speculative fiction: south east, and is held by a group called the Dirty Little Bookers. The conference is basically a gathering of the biggest heads of fantasy, sci-fi, and horror in both indie and traditional publishing, coming together to celebrate their love for the magical and spacey. And I shall join them. I shall be one of them. Check it out here.
Man, that’s a lot of update for you peeps, and there’s even more I could write about(like the reviews for my book, author exchanges or writers I’ve met)! But I’ll leave you with that for now and hope that satisfies your curiosity. I added a subscribe button to my site for all you non-wordpress users so you can get my posts. I’d be grateful if you felt like signing up.
TIL NEXT TIME! PEACE!
Welcome welcome, to another In My Opinion review. This post I’ll be covering my first non-book item(gasp).
Don’t be too surprised, I mentioned a while ago that these reviews will cover any story that I am experiencing no matter what form they may be. So expect musicals! Expect movies! Expect events!
Or, as is this week’s case, expect ANIME.
That’s right, yall, this post I’ll be covering a classic in the world of animation and a hallmark of action: Trigun
Now for all you losers out there who frown upon anime, this review is not for you. For all of you who’ve never given it a chance and therefore laugh at anyone who actually appreciates it, get lost.
But for of you who understand a good story when it comes and can appreciate it in any art form it takes, stick around.
To sum up Trigun quickly is to sort of ruin the plot. You see, the structure of Trigun as a TV series is strange in that the first 14 episodes or so have nothing to do with the main story. They really just serve as characterization episodes and make you understand the duel sides to each person you meet. You could skip most of them and not miss much in the way of story line, but you’ll miss everything in the way of humor, action and character development.That said, the show does a great job at being certifiably badass. It was released in the late 1990’s and was written and illustrated by Yasuhiro Nightow.
Plot: The show follows the exploits of the man with the $$60,000,000,000 bounty on his head. Yes, that’s sixty billion double dollars. You see, the show is actually a Sci- Fi set in the future and not even on Earth. When the episodes start off, you definitely get a Sci-Fi feel, but there is also a heavy western element present. It takes about 15 episodes for you find out that the show doesn’t take place on Earth at all, but a second planet that humanity crash landed on when our Earth was too polluted to survive on.
Let me through some fun facts at you real quick:
The main character isn’t fully human.
The planet they are on has 3 moons, 2 suns and is all desert.
Everyone has a gun. Everyone.
If that doesn’t get your attention, I don’t know what will.
Characters: The characters are solid in this show, and I found myself really enjoying each one’s different personality. Each character contributed to the overall feel of the show quite well and managed to have their own things going simultaneously to the main character. The main character, Vash the Stampede, is a fantastic person who is incredibly hard to describe.
He is mostly comical with bouts of insane awesomeness. He carries the show perfectly and interacts with everyone around him in absolutely hilarious ways. Then you have Maryl and Milly, two female characters who are tasked with following Vash around to make sure he doesn’t blow up too much stuff. And of course, Nicholas D. Wolfwood. Freaking Wolfwood. He’s one bad mother-
Animation/Imagery: It’s pretty easy to tell that this is a dated show. From the first episode, though there is action and it is well animated, it had a pretty old feel to it. That feel gets heavier as the show progresses, and there are definitely some episodes that take less detail priority than others. Still, there are some episodes that are movie quality when it comes to animation. The lighting and the movement and ACTION in those episodes is phenomenal.
Verdict: I’ve seen this show mentioned LOTS of times as one of the classics, one of the first great animes, and one that still is worth watching. I would agree with that sentiment. I’ve heard people tell me over and over again that the show is worth it. The old animation, the many comical/novel episodes that don’t move the story along much, the dated feel. All of it takes a back seat once you’ve experienced the story as a whole. And I agree. This show was definitely worth the watch. The opener, the closer, the dialogue, the progress, the world. Beautiful. Two thumbs up. In my opinion.