This month I’m not featuring an author, so I thought I’d feature LOVE, instead. It’s a perfect month for it. But why? [Read more…]
I’ve featured this anthology during January, and I hope you’ve enjoyed meeting some of the authors. Now here’s Loni Townsend to wrap up this Featured Author month.
Thanks for featuring FULL DARK this month and letting me pop onto your blog, Lee. I got pretty lucky when it came to this anthology. I’m critique partners with Melissa Maygrove, and I kept in touch with her via email. She had previously mentioned her desire to do an anthology, and I told her to keep me in mind if she ever wanted contributions. My story, Just a Matter of Time, came to me one afternoon, and I ended up pounding out the short story within a few hours–the fastest I’ve ever finished a story. It took about four revisions before it was where I wanted it to be, but once it was there, I was smiling. I didn’t originally write it for the FULL DARK anthology, but I knew it’d be a good fit and sent it to Melissa to see what she thought. Much to my joy, she agreed.
Just a Matter of Time is actually the first one in the anthology, and as I cruised through the anthology’s preview, I found you can actually read the whole story in the provided Kindle snippet. I’d definitely recommend checking it out, and then picking up a copy to read the rest of the fabulous stories. All proceeds are donated to the Gary Sinise Foundation.
Loni Townsend – Wife. Mother. Writer. Ninja. Squirrel. By day, she writes code. By predawn darkness, she writes fantasies. All other times, she writes in her head. People call her peculiar with a twisted sense of fashion, but don’t let those understatements fool you. Her behavior is perfectly normal for a squirrel disguised as a human. That’s part of being a ninja—blending in. Find her at her blog at http://lonitownsend.com.
Thanks so much, Loni.
When I read Loni Townsend’s contribution to FULL DARK, I applauded her fresh take on an ancient story. Her MC was perfect for this century.
For thousands of years, the Grim Reaper, has roamed the earth, reaping human souls. He really comes into his own on October 31. He’s easy to spot: skeleton, hooded robe, scythe, and the imagery is clear. But when did this spooky character emerge? From what I could find, he arrived with the pandemic called the Black Death in the 14th century. Now that I’ve spread cheer, want to take another of those little T/F quizzes? Well, just in case, here’s one for you.
- During the mid-1300s, the Black Death destroyed about 1/3 of Europe’s population.
- The plague that caused the Black Death is really a rodent disease that’s always present, and only includes humans accidentally.
Answers to last week’s T/F Quiz on anthologies and sci-fi.
1 Early science fiction was developed and nurtured in serial newspaper articles.*FALSE. It was the pulp magazines like Amazing Stories that really gave sci-fi the boost in popularity.
2 One of the early sci-fi pulp fiction magazine was edited by Hugo Gernsback. The Hugo Award was named after him.
*TRUE. This magazine really gave sci-fi the audience it needed. Some early contributors included: John W. Campbell, Isaac Asimov, Howard Fast, Ursula K. Le Guin, Roger Zelazny, and Thomas M. Disch.
Quote of the Week: “I drive a motorbike, so there is the whiff of the grim reaper round every corner, especially in London.”
― Benedict Cumberbatch
Because my background is in linguistics, the etymology of words always fascinates me, so while I was featuring this collection of short stories in FULL DARK I looked up “anthology.” It seems the word entered our language in the 1600s. We borrowed it from the Greek word, anthologia which means The Garland. The story behind this association belongs to a Greek named, Meleager who collected lyric poets’ work, put them into a single collection and compared each poet to a flower or plant, forming, in a metaphorical way, a garland.
Want to test your knowledge of the anthology and it’s link to Sci-Fi? Try these True/False Questions and next week I’ll be back with the answers–I hope. [Read more…]
You must know by now that Jan. 18 is the next #IWSG, but in case you’ve been testing out cave dwellings this winter, here’s a reminder. Need more information? HERE it is!
This month I’m featuring FULL DARK a collection of tales that has something for everybody. And sci-fi is well-represented. Today please welcome David P. King, one of the Full Dark authors. Take it away, David!
After a complete roller coaster of a year in 2017, it was a total surprise when Melissa Maygrove invited me to contribute to the Full Dark anthology. Her request for Twilight Zone-ish stories prompted something I’d written over a decade ago, inspired by a supernatural encyclopedia entry that touched on forerunners–essentially a doppelganger that manifests in the future of the individual’s actions. For example, being present and mingling with people at a party or doing something terrible, before the actual person arrives at the party or has the chance to do that terrible deed. My entry Forerunner provides a few actual examples of this phenomenon, including one which was supposedly experienced by Mark Twain.
Forerunner was one of my favorite stories in this anthology. My REVIEW.
Okay, Sci-fi writers/readers are you up for a wee quiz this week? [Read more…]
Soul Coin is set in India and the flavor of that country really comes through in this story. This is one country I’ve never visited, so I have to rely on my East Indian friends and what I’ve read about it. But here’s some interesting things I’ve learned from afar.
Once a colony of Great Britain, today 125 million of its inhabitants speak English. The U.S. is the only country with more English speakers. If it weren’t for this linga franca, a lot of people wouldn’t be able to talk to each other in India. There is no national language, but there are a multitude of regional dialects.
Want to test your knowledge of India? Try these True/False Questions and next week I’ll be back with the answers–I hope. [Read more…]
I used to have a schedule for just about everything, but I’m not too good at sticking with any of them. Here’s mine for 2018.
I’ve been in a “personal purgatory of self-doubt” these past few months, and I couldn’t figure out why until I stumbled on an article about the insecure person’s personality. And Kapow! there it was. For one thing, I was reacting to the “humble brag” on Facebook. You know the author who “must drag themselves to their next signing.” Sigh. Such a chore. For another, I have a friend whose life is perfect and obviously quite enviable…according to them. How can it be that their life is spot on while mine isn’t?
After I read the article, I committed these quotes to memory:
“The insecure person tries to make you feel insecure yourself.”
“If you don’t feel insecure in general, but only around certain people, it’s likely they’re projecting their insecurities onto you.”
“The insecure person drops the ‘humble brag’ far too often.”
Armed with this information, I have no time for insecurity today, but just in case hugs are needed, here’s one and a quote to help ease anyone through those less than secure moments.
“People who are constantly bragging about their great lifestyle, their elite education, or their fantastic children may very well be doing so to convince themselves that they really do have worth.” Susan Krauss Whitbourne, Ph.D., ABPP
As you must know there’s a new anthology arriving in 2018. I love the title. Tick Tock: A Stitch in Crime. There were eleven winning entries, and each story while unique had to be based on the Tick Tock theme.
Stop by their blogs and congratulate the winning authors!
I’ll be putting in an appearance, too, [BRAG ALERT!] with my first attempt at something a tad gory. I’m still wondering where that story came from. Maybe some evil lurks in this heart and I’m just getting in touch with it.
365 days came and went kind of like the flash of a paparazzi flashbulb. But a lot happened in our world and in our lives. In this little space I call my blog, a lot happened as well.
- The guests who stopped in as my Featured Authors shared their books and some of their stories as writers. Sandra Cox, Bish Denham, Cathrina Constantine, J.H. Moncrief, authors appearing in the Heroes Lost, Mysteries of Death and Life anthology, Yolanda Renee, Lexa Cain, Donna Galanti.
- Lots of Free Books and Gifts went out to those who put their names into the hat. Some of those books came from Featured Authors, so thanks again for being so generous with your work, authors.
- I went to France and then to Texas! I failed to buy my cowgirl boots the way I promised myself, but Texas will be there for a while and so will cowgirl boots.
I met a few goals:
My last post of 2017.
For all my great blogger and writer friends, I’m sending you the very best wishes for whatever holiday you celebrate this season. And if you’re one of my followers, I have a few gifts to add some cheer.
Now welcome, Tara Tyler with her newest publication.
DISPOSAL has arrived!!
DISPOSAL by Tara Tyler
Pop Travel, Book Three
Cooper and Geri are finally in a good place, but their bliss is short-lived when Cooper’s rebellious nephew Jimmy moves in with them for a summer internship. He hits the town hard and thinks he’s found the girl of his dreams in an fiery, exotic beauty. Against all words of warning, he pursues her and ends up getting kidnapped by her powerful Drug Lord father. Geri tracks him down, but gets herself kidnapped as well.
Now it’s up to Cooper to use all his resources to save them, including the hot homicide detective Geri secretly despises, and the latest sketchy gadgets his genius friend Hasan offers him to field-test. Sure, why not? Cooper will do anything to get his family back.
About the Author:
Tara Tyler is a math teacher who writes to share her passion for reading with others. She loves dogs, coffee, and is the lazy housewife, living in a world of boys with three sons and a coach husband. Join her for an adventure!
To celebrate, you can take Tara Tyler’s SURVEY– which will automatically enter you for a PRIZE!
Here is the DISPOSAL blog tour schedule:
FRI, NOV 17 – Tyrean Martinson – 5 Things that will get you published!
MON, DEC 11 – C. Lee McKenzie
Donna Galanti: December’s Featured Follower
I thought you might like to see the trailer for her first book. It’s exciting.
*IF YOU HAVE TIME, STOP BY VERBOSITY REVIEWS. I’M VISITING THERE!*
I’m bringing back my Quote of the Week. I kind of missed doing it.
“Everyone has talent at 25. The difficulty is to have it at 50.” Edgar Degas
BLOODWALKER AUDIO BOOK WINNER! HEATHER HOLDEN. CONGRATULATIONS, HEATHER
NOTE: YOU CAN NOW CHECK A BOX UNDER YOUR COMMENT IF YOU WANT TO RECEIVE MY REPLY. I’M GAINING ON WORDPRESS!
Remember, the question is optional!
December 6 question – As you look back on 2017, with all its successes/failures, if you could backtrack, what would you do differently?
My answer is OF COURSE. I know so much more now than I did when I started. I’d do more research on the publishers that I subbed to. I’d never rush to publish anything. And I’d take more time off to clear my head. If you ask me this question ten years from now, I’ll probably have a similar answer. I’m making mistakes all the time. Fortunately, they’re different ones.