Having finished 31,200 words of my SF novella Last Train to Clarkesville and finished the story too, I am continuing Nanowrimo with some fantasy, namely Book 3 of The Brigstowe Dragons. Book Two has been accepted by the publishers and is due out in April 2018 so three is almost pre-sold, as long as it's … Continue reading Nanowrimo part two
I was doing well on Nanowrimo up until Wednesday this week. I had bashed out 26,710 words of first draft and my vertical bar was right on the rising horizontal target graph line on their little Nanowrimo chart. Hurrah! Then I got stuck. On Thursday I spent most of the day in a state of … Continue reading Strange Nanowrimo days
I was banging out my 2000 words for Nanowrimo yesterday and began wondering wistfully, not for the first time, if it was possible to make a living as a short story writer. It isn't unless your name is Stephen King. I'm not a natural novelist and start to get a bit bored after 20,000 words. … Continue reading Caitlin R. Kiernan
After a long hiatus caused by illness and technical problems, Perihelion SF is back in business - hurrah! My new robot story 'Clanky' features in the latest issue. Perihelion features a variety of SF stories (no fantasy or horror) that are readable and entertaining instead of pushing a PC agenda or letting you know about some … Continue reading ‘Clanky’ Published in Perihelon SF
I Cracked the Meatgrinder! It had to be done. Today I sat down with the word file of a book and followed Mark Coker's step by step instructions in Smashwords Style Guide to get it accepted for all formats on Smashwords. I have previously gone to Draft2Digital and used their converter for my self-published works … Continue reading I cracked the Meatgrinder!
Contrary to some sensible advice online, I’m doing NaNoWriMo and am up to 10,000 words. I started a day late. I posted a Salon article on Facebook to say what a bad idea it was because the last thing the world needs is more trashy novels. Some more positive people said it was a good … Continue reading NaNoWriMo no no no?
Just for balance. My story 'Pee Pees' was rejected by Phantaxis magazine, an excellent production of Canadian SF that I have reviewed on SFcrowsnest. Naturally, the best way for a magazine to succeed is by printing the best stories and rejecting all the others, especially mine. I don't hold it against them. It really is … Continue reading And Rejection makes you feel bad.