Sunday, 5 June 2016

One Million Words Update

Sorry I missed posting this last month, so I will give the last two months figures. In April, the group wrote a total of 75926 words and in May, the group wrote a total of 89694 words.

That gives us a cumulative total of 539168 words.

Yes, we have made it to half a million word target.

So for those keeping count, with five months left to go we have to write 460832 words which works out at 92166.4 words a month.

Wednesday, 1 June 2016

New Event -Write A Book in a Day

We are organising a writing event for 22 October.

A series of talks will be given in the morning by published authors and editors on fantasy and science fiction to help fuel people’s imaginations. In the afternoon, workshops will be held by the same authors and editors on writing and editing short stories, building characters, developing plots and creating a world for the short stories to take place. The day will finish with people being presented with a shared world before participants will workshop their own short stories and write their start, middle and end to the piece. Participants will finish stories at home before emailing them back in (before January). All short stories submitted will be included in an anthology, published for Easter 2017

Tickets will cost £5 (pay on the day)

You can book tickets here: Write a Book in a Day

And keep your eyes on the blog for more details.

Sunday, 15 May 2016

Crisis and Opportunity by Matthew Presley

My laptop died.

And not just died as in needed repairing. Whatever killed it killed the hard drive beyond affordable repair, so I lost all my files. It’s a write-off. It’s been Path to Exiled, banhammered, twin struck by Frostmourne and the Soul-Edge. By the Snarl. All my photographs, drawings, music, three years’ worth of Minecraft- all gone. My writing was luckily backed up to a pen drive- but the files are outdated for the most part. Not only do I need to get a new laptop; until I’ve assessed exactly how outdated these files are (Through deduction and evidence gathering that should earn me a deerstalker) I can’t throw out any of the paper copy notes. Really, I know I should be more frustrated by this than I am. I’ve lost at least 17,000 words from the last month alone. The neck pain that’ll come from replacing the music isn’t going to be much fun either. I know I should be annoyed, but once the shock wore off I realised;

I’m free.

You I have to start again with a lot of stuff. Luckily not everything (touch wood), but within crisis in opportunity. This is a mix of both; a Crisportunity, if you will. Yes, a lot of things will start again. But sometimes you need an event to kick you out of endless procrastination and distraction. I now have the opportunity to start with a clean slate, rather than eight years of accumulated rubbish to dredge through. My Minecraft world is lot to the time-draining void which ultimately created it. I now have a reason to sell off the card collection I’ve been ignoring for a year and a half. I can get a new, compact laptop that can fit in a backpack, not a temperamental giant with a cracked casing held together with duct tape and which weighed more than a waterlogged tracksuit. I don’t have to worry about hiding the dead albatross every time I’m out of the flat for more than two days because carrying it would be too much hassle.

In conclusion; back up your work, and back it up often. We live in an age of pen drives, external flash-sticks and the strange moon magic called ‘The Cloud’, which my old laptop predated. But remember; if your laptop dies, or if you lose your work and get set back, you can either dust yourself off and start again, or you can start something fresh. Stay positive, and philosophic, and think of it not as a setback, but a Joseph Campbell death-rebirth journey.

Oh yeah, and don’t trust iTunes. I’ve no idea how I’m getting that music back.

Sunday, 24 April 2016

Call for submissions

Hic Dragones are calling for Into the Words submission.

They are looking for shorts stories between 3000 - 7000 words that are edgy, dark and weird fiction. Any interpretation of the theme is welcome – and we have no preconceptions about what ‘into the woods’ might mean. Any genre considered: dark fantasy, (sub)urban fantasy, Gothic, horror, sci fi, steampunk, cyberpunk, biopunk, dystopian, slipstream. We’re looking for original and fresh voices that challenge and unsettle.

Submissions due: Monday 13th June 2016

For more details visit their site.

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Mini SFSF Social - 26th April 6.30pm - 7.30pm

SFSF Social are teaming up with Waterstones to host one of the launch events for Stephen Aryan's new fantasy novel Blood Mage. Stephen will be reading from the book, the follow-up to last year's Battle Mage (both from Orbit Books) and answering questions, and as ever we have a few freebies to give away.

It's a great opportunity to meet one of the rising stars of modern fantasy fiction, and we can't wait to see you at Waterstones in Orchard Square Sheffield.

Wednesday, 6 April 2016

One Million Words Update

This month’s word count is 84246.

That makes a cumulative total of 373548. So there are just the 626452 words to go to reach a million words.

Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Kristell Ink Publishing Open Door

There are still a few days - well two left for Kristell Ink Publishing Open Door.

They are particularly keen to see:

  • Urban Fantasy – make it original, please. No Dresden Files clones. Strong characters, rich stories, and twists and turns galore!
  • Science Fiction – all forms, but a good space opera makes us feel warm and fuzzy…
  • Epic Fantasy – hero(ine) focused quest novels considered, but don’t be boring and clich├ęd. Give us something new

Deadline is April and full details can be found here at their site.