It’s been a while since I posted anything, chiefly because I’ve been working on a sci-fi novel and a couple of short stories for the Minnows Literary Group’s next collection. The other day, I ran aground on the novel. I hadn’t planned on it, but the characters in the story happened upon a secret room in the very old spaceship they’d acquired. I was faced with the obvious question, “what’s hidden in there?” Since I hadn’t planned for it, I didn’t have anything plot-related in mind. But something had to be in there. Continue reading
Category Archives: Writing
“Out of Time” recently crossed the 2,000-sales mark! I’m pleased with our number of sales, but even more pleased to be working on a new collection with the same talented authors. Besides getting some new short stories underway, I’ve been getting some new novel work done, and am looking forward (yes, already) to this year’s Nanowrimo. (Anyone looking for a friend there, look me up, I’m “ruined keep scribe” and always happy to have new writing pals.)
When I started this blog, as K. P. Hornsby, I had yet to publish fiction and I was working in a research position where I occasionally prepared blogs for an employer. I wasn’t sure at the time how much would I write publicly under my real name and I wanted to keep a firm dividing line between my fiction and non-fiction writing. Since then, however, I’ve had the opportunity to devote my full-time writing efforts to fiction. And, following the successful sales of Out of Time and the advice of my good friends at the Minnows Literary Group, I’ve decided to use my real name instead of my pen name. Continue reading
This week’s episode of Adventures in Sci-Fi Publishing includes an interview with Michael J. Sullivan that “Out of Time” has sponsored. If you’re not already listening to Adventures in Sci-Fi Publishing, why not give it a listen? And, if you haven’t bought a copy of “Out of Time” yet – do that too! (Hey, it’s supporting a good cause and if you like the work, you can always read more by Russell James while you wait for the rest of the authors to get more works published!)
Not all that long ago, I became a volunteer slush-pile reader for an online magazine. It has been an educational experience for me. And while I am not a bona fide professional when it comes to telling anyone why they did or didn’t get accepted to any particular publication, I do have some general advice. Maybe it’s not so much advice as a plea. (English isn’t easy, folks, but it’s not quite as hard as some people are making it seem.) Continue reading
As much as I hate to boast, dear readers, I alone bear the distinction of being the only writer who attended both the first-ever and last-ever workshops put on by Matt Wallace under the “Loose Cannon” banner. Of course, there were lots of other students too, and you’ll get a chance to see some of their work in Matt’s upcoming anthology.
I’m hard at work on the story I’ll be contributing and hope that anyone who’s enjoyed my story in the “Out of Time” collection will check this new anthology out as well. In the meantime, do have a look at Matt’s work – writers who missed out on the Loose Cannon workshops can still learn a lot just by studying his writing style. (Or, you know, you can just kick back and enjoy reading them!)
A quick thanks to all those who’ve bought “Out of Time.” Sales have gone beyond all the authors’ expectations and we are all looking forward to releasing another collection sometime next year. In the meantime, do please check out Russell James’ and Teresa Robeson’s blogs (links are on the right). I’ve had a couple of inquiries about whether there’s more to the story of “The Widow in the Woods.” The characters are tinkering about in the back of my mind, so they will make another appearance, but I can’t say more than that right now. Continue reading
Much to my combined surprise and chagrin, I keep finding commercial websites really handy when it comes to quick-and-dirty research for fiction. The academic part of me wants to restrict my efforts to university-based websites, but I keep finding great answers to simple questions by visiting site’s like Schlage’s – and it makes sense, when someone has a product to sell, they’re going to spice up the pitch with some interesting details. So, why read a thesis when all you want is a brief history on metal locks?
I’ve been an unapologetic Luddite for most of my life. But my reluctance to embrace technology is overpowered by my love of reading. To that end, I’m the delighted owner of a Kindle Fire. A book with its own light source? Immediate downloads? What a time to be alive!
Now, I realize not everyone else is hip to this brave new world. Continue reading
Now that the holidays-and-bad-weather portion of winter has ended, I am finally tallying up the rejections from my inbox and scouting for new potential markets. In stumbling across some fledgling publishers, I’ve taken the time to research a few of them and make sure that they’re a reasonably safe bet. A fellow writer reminded me to visit the Predators and Editors website and I also discovered the Writer Beware site provided by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA). Along with the basics they offer a “thumbs down” list of agents and publishers to avoid.