Nothing but trouble… (#SFFSAT)

7 Mar

So, Science Fiction Fantasy Saturday: a mouthful, a blog hop, a hive mind of the most geek-tastic brains out there. Some guidelines, a little welcome:

Welcome to Science Fiction Fantasy Saturday. On the surface, it’s a web ring of authors who post snippets of their work for comment. In reality, it’s a close-knit group of friends and colleagues working together to support and encourage one another and promote the science fiction and fantasy genres.

- JC Cassels, 2012

Restrictions

  1. Absolutely no erotica or explicit content. This ring is for all ages to read. This is the founding reason for this ring, and any diversions will be removed from the final list on Saturday.
  2. Length of snippets:
    • Prose: 4 – 10 sentences.
    • Poetry: 4 – 10 lines.
  3. Any and all comments on the authors’ work are welcome, but please take care to keep them constructive.

I’ve been sharing snippets from a wip called Human: a tale about a detective who meets an android named Adelyn X. And can’t get her out of his head, which leads to trouble, of course.

I have also started sharing Young Gods, a YA wip about its namesake.

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Today I’m sharing more of Human. Last time we met Jack told Adelyn that he knew the most important thing her kind. She’s asked him just what that was.

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She pulled her shoulders back. She was ready for a fight.

“That they’re trouble.”*

She looked surprised to smile. “Yes, I guess we are. As far as being able to forget, yes, I can. I can do most things humans can do. It seems I get all of your strengths and weaknesses, along with a few special problems of my own.”

“Like glowing eyes?”

“Well, that only occurs in times of high emotion,” she said shyly. He watched her fiddle with a loose string on her borrowed t-shirt. “Is this a friend’s?”

“An ex’s.”

“Ah,” she said. She took another slow sip of her tea.

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I’m sure she’s totally casual about the fact that she’s wearing Jack’s ex’s clothes. But we’ll just see next week. Now, remember–if you’ve never tried out SFFSAT, you SHOULD. Because the contirbutors are awesome and supportive and great for bouncing ideas off of! And also–I’ll enter you into a drawing to win free books by the OGs of SFFSAT.

Until next time: more snippets.

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*Made me think of Phantogram’s “Nothing but Trouble.” Super great track. Perfect for Adlelyn.

Save the bloghop SFFSAT & win free books!

7 Mar

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I have found such valuable encouragement, support and networking via Science Fiction & Fantasy Saturday. It’s a webring for sharing speculative fiction of all genres. And it’s been looking like a one-horse town of late, so the powers that be have decided on a bit a hiatus. A little breaky break, so that the site can be restructured, and hopefully–a few more faces may show up after having some time to write, etc.

Personally my participation has waned due to a waxing thesis. Kinda.

Either way, I feel so grateful for all that #sffsat has brought me that I want to help in anyway I can. And I’m hoping more participants will liven things up and keep things moving in a progressive manner.

That being said, I’m offering to enter any new shiny faces into a drawing to win a copy of any of the books I’ve reviewed by SFFSAT authors. That’s right–there are multiple chances to win:

All five books are by totes OGs of #sffsat and are definitely worth checking out.

Sffsat will reconvene on March 8th (tomorrow!), and I will then start giving away a book each week from the drawing of new/unfamiliar names & faces around! Hope to see you, then!

Sign up here and tweet me here for enter to win!

Wolf Children Tweet Review

7 Mar

I must say, though, out of Hosoda’s work, I found the characters/plot delineation in this particular film the most frustrating. I just could not sanction the treatment of Hana by her son Ame, and even to some degree her daughter Yuki.

Touring my Writing Process

4 Mar

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Recently, a good friend of mine tagged me for a bloghop. Sarah W, was invited by Nina Kilham (author of Believe Me) to take a tour of her writing process. Both ladies have very interesting responses, the kind that make you really evaluate/consider your own process. Why do and how do we do what we do? Always a good idea to reflect on those things. Make sure to check out those insightful thoughts. My own, less organized brain scribbles are below.

What am I working on?

Mostly, my thesis. I’m looking in every place I can to figure out why there aren’t very many minority authors in spec fic…or at least, an explanation as to why the two haven’t mixed well in, like, ever.

My wip, however , is called The First Nation, and it’s been dragging itself from the caves in my mind for years now (this would be funnier to you if you knew the setting of the ms is in a kingdom locked inside a mountain and the main character is essentially a miner).

It’s basically a tale of a woman who suddenly finds the space she’s carved out of her world for herself to be terribly stifling, and eventually suffocating, She decides to betray her nation and escape (big treason no-no).

How does my work differ from others of its genre?

I’ve attempted to model the ms in the fashion of a dystopian like 1984 or The Hunger Games, but it’s not nearly so elegant (or elegant at all). I know that both of those are about the discoveries their protagonists (and some side characters) discover about their world, their people and themselves. TFN is much the same, but my characters are almost all “minorities”—they’re a big melting pot purposefully. I’d like to think my work is different because it’s more inclusive. I also would like to think I use an unusual amount of cuss words.

Why do I write what I do?

I write what I do for some very simple reasons: because I love it (I love the transportation literature provides, especially spec fic or far fetched worlds), because I think that other people might enjoy reading about the things that I enjoy, and because I think, ultimately, that the literary canon is missing out on minority authors/characters.

How does your writing process work?

Similar to Sarah, I’m a planning pantser. I come up with a general plan and write it out, often in bullets. Then, as I write, I add in details as they come, or delete/revise future plot devices/plot movement as it changes naturally. This ms has been the most difficult because it’s the farthest out of my comfort zone. I’ve never had to let something I write sit so long in my mind, but due to hesitancy (and a schedule I can barely manage to wrangle), it has festered for far longer than I ever thought. The only upside is the older and moldier it gets, the more I recognize the story, and the more confident I’ve grown in writing it. It doesn’t hurt if you have someone (or multiple someones) to give you that kick in the keyboard you need to keep going, too.

It’s also important to have a soundtrack for each thing I write, and I always have a playlist for what’s currently bouncing around in my head. Speaking of sountracks, S. A. Check just shared with me in an interview yesterday, the oen he used for writing his recently published (and reviewed) Welcome to GreenGrass. Check was also kind enough to agree to be the next stop on this awesome ride!

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S. A. Check is the author of Welcome to GreenGrass. He blogs at S.A. Check and tweets from @S_A_Check. He’s great at creating worlds that take a long on their own and can be found fending off those voraciously growing stories at the above places.

S.A. Check Interview

3 Mar

Not too long ago, I reviewed Welcome to GreenGrass by S.A. Check. (And you can be entered to win a FREE SIGNED copy by commenting on the post, or RTing my review of it/any tweets about the Greengrass novel.) But to give everyone a little more insight into the author and his process, I asked a few, quick questions–which he answered, expectedly, in awesome fashion.

No, really.  I know I say stuff like that all the time, but…come on, he had a near-threeway-tie to ride along with Spider-Man, Batman and the Tick. B.O.B. shares a playlist with Metallica. ^.^!!!

And you know, he’s a real author, very conscious of his craft and his literary  footprint. AND he led with a Star Wars reference. COME ON.

That’s an author I’ll ride or die for. ;)

AuthorPicS.A. Check Author with Necro Publications / Bedlam Press – Welcome To GreenGrass – a sci-fi/fan/adventure Available Now!

1. How did GreenGrass come to you? 

A long, long, time ago in a galaxy…sorry, wrong story. We met years ago and it’s been lingering around in the corners of my imagination ever since. The story is a mix of so many of the books I read as a kid and young adult.  When they say that a writer has to read, it’s true.  When you immerse yourself in so many fantastic worlds of others, you develop your own takes on ideas and capture glimpses to make them your own.

1. What made this idea one that needed a full-length novel? 

It’s a book I’d want to read as a fan of sci-fi and fantasy. Simple as that. The book won’t be on the short list, or the long one for that matter, for a Pulitzer, but maybe it’ll transport you somewhere new and keep you entertained for a few hours. I think, as a reader, that we just like to go along for the ride once in a while and though I like to believe the story has deeper connotations steeped in family, friends, and acceptance, it’s also a fun read that will keep surprising you up until the last page.

2. Who is your favorite GreenGrass character to write, and why?

John Traveller, displaced detective, reluctant hero, and a father searching for his missing family. Traveller never asked for the circus his life becomes but he accepts his circumstances and makes the best of it. Even when he gets it wrong, he does so with the best of intentions. His group of friends in the book, Talyn, Sil, and Bonz, all play off of his character traits in various forms and watching the small dramas unfold between them really helps define each one as well.  Would you want this character’s skill set?  Definitely. Why or why not? Because, at the end of the day, Traveller is trusted by his friends, respected by his enemies, and holds himself to a higher code, whether he’ll admit that to anyone or not.
3. What was the hardest part to write and why?

The ending.  While I knew where I wanted the book to finish and what I needed to wrap up, I also wanted to give it as much punch as I could.  You want to surprise the reader with a few “I didn’t see that coming” but keep it within reason that it also makes sense and they can buy into it. It would be easy to bring in a flying submarine that shoots grapefruits at the end to save the day but I don’t think that leaves anyone satisfied, unless you really love grapefruits. Endings really are a bit like boxing, you throw a jab here and maybe a hook there, moving and juking along the way, until the timing is right and you let loose with a ten counter. Hopefully, it all comes together and you’ve put on a good show.
4. What comic book hero/superhero would you want to ride along with? Why?

See, now that’s a trick question because if it’s a ride along then our hero’s mode of transportation plays a big part in the decision process. My favorite superhero has always been Spider-Man and if he was packing a spare set of web-shooters, I think I’d be in. If I’m riding shotgun? I’m hoping Batman had the Tumbler equipped with cup holders. If we’re exchanging snappy one-liners all night, then maybe I’d have to pick The Tick, because how could you ever get tired of hearing a grown man yell “Spoon!”.


5.
If you had to mash your book up with music, who would be on the soundtrack? Five songs. Go!

  • “Break on through (to the other side)” – The Doors
  • “Magic in me” -  B.o.B.
  • “Fuel” – Metallica
  • “Home” – Phillip Phillips
  • “I Would Walk 500 Miles” – Proclaimers

And yeah, I came up with that list in about two minutes!

So, yeah–Check’s pretty cool. :)

Honey, I’m not your honey pie

3 Mar

I’ve loved the ladies of HAIM from the moment I saw their Sound and Vision episode on YouTube.

With the release of their full album, I felt that love grow totes intense. And “My Song 5″ cemented that love/devotion. It’s a crazy song, musically. There are so many elements weaving in and out till the very end and it’s totally enrapturing, imo. But you should definitely check it out yourself. I can’t stop listening to it.

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Best Library Joke Ever

3 Mar
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