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This month is the last month to read/buy Crossed Genres Issue 20 Lies, which includes my short story Carefully Constructed.

This wasn't my first short story sale, but it is probably my favourite, because it's set in the world of my (unpublished, under revision) novel. Jaz, the protagonist of "Carefully Constructed", is one of the main characters in the novel.

Other things of note:

Science In My Fiction is currently running their second annual contest. Get your submissions in before August 31st!

Kay's most recent blog post may be of particular interest to those plotting Off-Earth adventures.

CGP is also still open to submissions of spec-fic novels. Guidelines here.

And of course, the theme for this month's Crossed Genres Magazine submissions is Sidekicks & Minions. Get your subs in before the end of the month.

(If you're working ahead and prepping for July submission, remember the theme for July is Villains - but don't submit until July!)

And finally - CGP will be releasing Kelly Jenning's novel Broken Slate on July 15th. Spread the word! You can read the first 8 chapters online!


Oops, one more: In non-Crossed Genres news, Red Stone Science Fiction is running a contest as well. The identity-themed story contest runs until August 15.

I'm sure there are others that deserve a shout-out, but that's all I can think of right now.

That Point

Apr. 27th, 2010 02:21 pm
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Have reached That Point in current story draft. You know the one. The point where, despite knowing the plot, the writing stalls. Where it suddenly feels like every word is somehow wrong, and every idea has already been done, and done better, by other (better) writers. Where self-doubt and the inner editor threaten to overwhelm the "simple" action of getting the words out.

First a story must be finished. When it is finished, it can be edited, polished, or trashed. But first it must be finished.

The scene is already in my head. I just need to get the words out.

...If only there wasn't a dayjob in the way, too.

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