Accessing The Future Fiction, The Journeymouse Edition

The Future Fire [External Link] are crowdfunding another (bound to be excellent) science fiction anthology, this time focussing on the issues that come with disability – and the intersections with other issues such as race, gender, sexuality, class, etc, as our friendly socio-politcal sf magazine are wont to do. There’s a blog about it here: [External Link]

In order to help explain why such an sf discussion is necessary, the editors … Continue reading

Sunday 20th July, 2014

I posted the second of the 25 Ways to Kill A Werewolf background posts, this time “On Genre” with a snippet of information about how the book’s genre could be defined.

Mousie’s A-Z guide to Thurnscoe, part of the A to Z Blog Tour, has finished. Last week’s posts are:

Some of the others in the A-Z blogging challenge are still going and you can find out more on Chris Galvin’s blog here: [External Link].

And Mousie had another outing this week – we (me, Ole and Mousie) went down to Edge Lit 3 and we have three postcards from Little Miss Mouse:

I presented a talk on swords for fantasy writers (well, sidekicked for Fran Terminiello [External Link]) and did some wandering around pretending to be a Fox Spirit [External Link] representative – which means handing out badges and postcards to unsuspecting attendees.

I’ve also done some (re-)thinking about the way I do events in general and on site. Next year, I need to put some serious thought into attending more, money allowing. Budget has been the main problem this year but I enjoy having a day out – before being surrounded gets too much for me. More news as I sort things out.

And finally, last week’s Sunday Story was The Boy and His Dog – and this week’s is Once A Month.

Sunday 1st June, 2014

REMINDER: Ole and I are running giveaways for a copy of Amok: An Asia-Pacific Speculative Fiction Anthology (again, on the bookshelf to the right). Mine can be found here, while Ole’s is here: [External Link] These are only open to people with postal addresses in Europe (UK / EU / EEA / Switzerland) due to household cashflow restrictions and the winners will be announced on June 15th.

And back to the latest updates and news for the website:

SWASH 2014 was this weekend (some people are still playing…) and so was the Copenhagen Open. These event posts are now marked “done” and no longer sticky / visible on the front page.

This week I published a story background post for The Girl From Yesterday. This is the last of the stories still available that has been published elsewhere. The remaining stories that will come up in background posts have gone out of print (or the website has closed down in some cases). I will also only be doing background for five more of the nine stories – the New Dryas and stand-alones – as the remainder have background available on site by following the Fur-Skins and Jehanist world have quite a bit of background already.

That said, when I’ve run through those stories, I shall be posting some background about the soon-to-arrive 25 Ways To Kill A Werewolf (the cover reveal from mid-May is here). This should be available from Fox Spirit [External Link] in mid-July – in time for Edge Lit 3 [External Link]. I have three posts prepared explaining a bit about Genre (Fantasy), Location (North Wales) and Character (Elkie Bernstein).

In related news, I’ve started writing the first draft of the third Elkie story. Sorry, she wanted to come out to play again – and I haven’t even got Book 2 sorted, yet! Working title is currently “Under The Skin” and, as of this week, it now has a tag. I’ll leave it a few weeks before I start updating the Fur-Skins page with it, though.

Having got a Mousie Postcard out last weekend, it looks like Mousie is going to have a bit of a jaunt. Actually, she’s having most of it today as a photo shoot to prepare but I digress. Along with Margrét Helgadóttir [External Link] and Chris Galvin [External Link], I’ll be doing an A-Z challenge with posts due every 1 to 3 days. So, Mousie will be releasing her “A-Z Postcard Guide to Thurnscoe” – where I live in South Yorkshire. Mini-blogs should be posted Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday so the first will be tomorrow.

And the final note: I’ve started reminding you all that the on-site fiction still exists as a “Sunday Story”. Last week I tweeted the existence of St James Infirmary Blues. This week, it will be Distractions.

Sunday 25th May, 2014

Let’s start with the plug / reminder: Both Ole and I are running giveaways for a copy of Amok: An Asia-Pacific Speculative Fiction Anthology (again, on the bookshelf to the right). Mine can be found here, while Ole’s is here: [External Link] These are only open to people with postal addresses in Europe (UK / EU / EEA / Switzerland) due to household cashflow restrictions and the winners will be announced on June 15th.

In website update-y goodness, I’ve done another story background post (for Obsession) and have another one due this week (for The Girl From Yesterday). This marks the last of the stories still available that I’ve had published elsewhere, the remaining nine having gone out of print. For those of you keeping up with the list from a few weeks back, here’s how they break down.

I’ll definitely be doing posts on:

  1. The Ally-Ally-Oh (New Dryas world)
  2. Spindrift (New Dryas world)
  3. Nesting Instinct (stand-alone)
  4. The Big, Bad Wolf (stand-alone)
  5. Beaumains (stand-alone)

(You may notice a switch in order from the other week. This is a hint…)

The ones not mentioned basically have enough information available in the world posts to cover the inspiration. So, if you want to find out about Half-Breed, Heart’s Desire and Dog Handler, which are all Fur-Skins stories about Alex and Conn, just go have a look at the world information! Similarly, The Gospel is set in the Jehanist world – in fact, the only piece I’ve worked on in that to get published. I think the existing couple of posts cover the background behind The Gospel quite well.

I’ve been given permission to drool publicly over the cover of 25 Ways To Kill A Werewolf. Follow the link, look at the pretty!

And Mousie has (at last) sent another postcard. She didn’t go anywhere but Ole and I met up with Foxie ([External Link] in Chester and came back with a Toothless…

Oh, and I’ve officially declared the second draft of A Pack Of Lies completed.

Sunday 18th May, 2014

This week, I posted some background for An Honest Woman’s Child, the short story in the No Monster’s Allowed anthology (on the bookshelf to the right).

In a moment of domestic harmony, both Ole and I have posted giveaways for a copy of Amok: An Asia-Pacific Speculative Fiction Anthology (again, on the bookshelf to the right). Mine can be found here, while Ole’s is here: [External Link] These are only open to people with postal addresses in Europe (UK / EU / EEA / Switzerland) due to household cashflow restrictions and the winners will be announced on June 15th.

In creative news, I’ve been working on the second draft of A Pack Of Lies and hope to be launching into the first draft of the next piece, tentatively (working) titled Brothers Under the Skin. I’m thinking of losing the “Brothers” bit, amongst other things. Any of this sound familiar? That’s because Elkie is flexing her muscles – and that may have something to do wth 25 Ways To Be A Werewolf being due in July!

Sunday 4th May, 2014

First of all, a reminder about my #BADD2014 post: Teaching Someone Else to Live With An Invisible Disability. If you follow the #BADD2014 link [External Link]), you should also be able to find posts by a bunch of other people about disablism and disability. There’s some interesting stuff in there!

#BADD2014

And now the other things to mention. The official launch of Amok last week (see the bookshelf to the right) means that there’s been a published announcement for Gone Fishing, as well as a background post. This also fit in nicely with the Ink Plan update and gave me something to add!

It has also come to my attention that I haven’t done any story background posts in a while and missed out on two. Under advisement from Ole, I have decided to get around to sorting them out and also do some posts for stories that came out before I started doing these background thingummies. To start with, I have now created a story background tag that should make looking for them easier – if only for me. The next thing is to commit to writing up some background about all the stories published anywhere other than this site that I’ve “missed”. These are, in reverse published order:

  • Hunting Unicorns
  • An Honest Woman’s Child
  • Beaumains
  • Dog Handler
  • The Gospel
  • The Big Bad Wolf
  • Heart’s Desire
  • Nesting Instinct
  • Spindrift
  • Half-Breed
  • Obsession
  • The Ally-Ally-Oh
  • The Girl From Yesterday

I may not get around to doing background posts for all of these – if only because some of the stories that take place in particular worlds will have already got a fair amount of background available on site – but I shall try. Priority will be for those that are still available to read, of course!

Blogging Against Disablism Day 2014: Teaching Someone Else to Live With An Invisible Disability

This post is part of Blogging Against Disablism Day 2014 (#BADD2014) [External Link]. If you liked this or want to see more posts on this subject, please follow the link!

Last year’s post can be found here: Living With Invisible Disability

Basically, I want to talk about how… interesting it has been having to learn to live with someone else and vice versa. … Continue reading

Sunday 9th March, 2014

Not much going on this week. I’m tapping away (occasionally) on a project that you may never see. Once or twice a year I play with (tv or movie) script format and the current idea is one of those.

I have also been playing Civ 5 and various FB games that Ole [External Link] mentioned. Now that we have a shared household (6 computers and tablets combined on last count), it’s a little hard to avoid the temptation of trying these things out.

I also got some homework done, if you want a child-friendly piece of flash fiction.

Other than that, I have now introduce Ole to rugby and he appears to enjoy watching it. This weeks’ Six Nations results look promising for an Irish championship. I’ll keep my fingers crossed…

Monday 3rd March, 2014

So, another delayed post. Let’s pretend it’s all Ole’s [External Link] fault. After all, the incidences of forgetting I have a post to do and / or not finding time to get it done on the Sunday has increased since the “in a relationship” status change.

Actually, how about we just go with “I was late because I have nothing to share”? I’ve done almost no writing. Aside from working out how to make a taxidermied stoat a macguffin, on the suggestion of Colin F. Barnes [External Link].