For fans of intrigue, my story “Listener” is included in the “Trust and Treachery” anthology which is due out this July. It’s available for pre-order. While I have stories already out in two other collections (“Out of Time” and “In a Land Far Away”), this one was actually my first official fiction sale. It’s a large collection, so publication has taken a couple of years since my piece was accepted. In the meantime, I’m working on submissions for the next two anthologies planned by the Minnows Literary Guild and am also working on my manuscript for the Taos Toolbox workshop this summer.
Moving day has come and gone – at last. The house went on the market back in November. I was so excited, I started packing then. We had a new house picked out, and I dreamed of it for four months while I gradually packed up an entire household’s worth of items. Unpacking happened in just under three weeks, and the new house is a writer’s dream: an oasis of relative quiet after years spent in a bustling neighborhood on a busy street.
In lieu of putting up routine blog posts, I’ve been working on a manuscript for Taos Toolbox and submitting short stories thither and yon. “Trust and Treachery” is scheduled to be out next month and should make an appearance at Balticon. Alas, I won’t be able to make it to the convention but am excited that the anthology will soon be available. My story in it, “Listener,” is one my better pieces (if I do say so myself).
I was listening to an older episode of Adventures in Sci-Fi Publishing and ran across an interview with Neil Gaiman. He noted the difficulty of writing when one’s computer offers so many avenues for distraction (from the internet to spider solitaire). He suggested switching the internet off or writing for a while with pen and paper.
Pen and paper. Continue reading
At the start of December I sent an application to the novel-writing workshop Taos Toolbox. A few days before Christmas, I found out that I’d been accepted. Despite the lack of exclamation points thus far, I’m extremely excited. I’m really pleased I got in, and owe a debt of thanks to my critique group (the Minnows), who worked really hard to make sure my application and writing sample were up to par. Continue reading
Also, I’m revising a novella and working on a sci-fi and a fantasy novel.
A few people have asked if “Widow in the Woods” (from Out of Time) will have a sequel. Yes. I’m not sure when. Check back.
I am pleased to announce that In a Land Far Away, a collection of fairy tales, is available at Amazon in both Kindle and paperback formats. I have two shorts stories in this one, and highly recommend the work of my co-authors as well. As with Out of Time, proceeds go to Doctors Without Borders, so you can enjoy some great new fiction while supporting a good cause.
All the authors involved are currently working on stories for yet another collection and are all working on independent projects as well. So, get a copy, get to know the writers, and keep an eye out for upcoming projects!
I fell in love with science fiction my freshman year of college. And storytelling not long after that. I’d become a last-minute fan of Star Trek: TNG just a half season before it ended. About six months after that, I saw Stargate and, for reasons that weren’t clear to me then, I kept going back to see it. Something drew me a dozen more times to see it before it left the theater. I was an undergrad. The only way I could afford a baker’s dozen viewings was to save my measly funds meant for vending-machine coffee and hit the cheaper midnight showings. I went back again and again, mesmerized by something a fellow student criticized as a “predictable flick with stock characters.” I assumed by predictable, she meant that the good guys won, and by stock characters, she meant villains and heroes. Continue reading
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
“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