Posts tagged: science fiction

Feb 24 2017

Current Projects — February 24, 2017

First Draft

I finished the flash fiction from last week and I just started another one. Yay!

Second Draft

“Snow White and Rose Red” is beginning to pick up speed. The stage I’m at is difficult, but so far definitely worth it. I’m not sure how long this process will take; it’s quite involved. But I’m confident that the final result will be something you will enjoy reading, assuming you like fantasy!

Final Draft

Nothing quite ready for you yet, but hopefully I will have an announcement very soon!

Feb 17 2017

Current Projects — February 17, 2017

First Draft

I have begun to make headway with the space dragon story, and I have one flash fiction story to complete first draft on (should be finished by the end of the weekend.

Second Draft

“Snow White and Rose Red” is beginning to pick up speed. The stage I’m at is difficult, but so far definitely worth it. I’m not sure how long this process will take; it’s quite involved. But I’m confident that the final result will be something you will enjoy reading, assuming you like fantasy!

Final Draft

Nothing quite ready for you yet, but hopefully I will have an announcement by the end of the month!

Feb 03 2017

Current Projects — February 3, 2017

First Draft

I’m still working on that story about the little girl and the space dragon. I got the first part finished but the second part is harder to figure out where to go with it.

I’m writing more flash fiction as well. It’s a lot of fun to see how short a story can be and still be a story!

Second Draft

I’m still revising my retelling of “Snow White and Rose Red.” I have no idea how long it will take, but hopefully not the entire year!

Final Draft

I should have something ready for you soon — stay tuned for news!

Jan 06 2017

Current Projects — Update for January 6, 2017

First Draft

I’m working on six pieces of flash fiction right now. There are a few different themes going on here, and some really interesting characters. I’m hoping to get them finished in the next week.

I’m also working on the second story in a set of children’s stories about a space dragon and the little girl it befriends. I’m hoping to have it finished by the end of the month (sooner if things go well).

Revision

I’m revising my retelling of “Snow White & Rose Red” right now. It’s slow going, but I’m confident that when I’m finished the story will be much stronger and more interesting.

Final Draft

I have one short piece that is nearly finished. I haven’t decided what to do with it yet because it’s not really a short story, but when I do I’ll let you know!

Apr 03 2010

About reading.

I’m a writer, but I’m also a reader. When I was in grade school, I read constantly. I devoured novels as though my life depended on it. And my writing has been greatly influenced by what I read back then.

When I went to university, I stopped reading fiction as much and started reading non-fiction: text books, to be sure, but also books to research my papers and other books that I discovered through my research. My writing has also been influenced by this reading.

After university, there was the Internet. Reading blogs, reading articles online, doing research online, reading web comics… there is a wealth of words out there, and if you sift through the chaff you can find amazing nourishment for your mind.

It has been difficult to get back into reading fiction. I probably will never again read as voraciously as I once did, but it’s definitely not something I will ever give up completely, just as there have been certain authors who have consistently retained me as a reader through the years.

Four Authors I Read Regularly

Orson Scott Card (Science Fiction, Fantasy)
Lurlene McDaniel (Young Adult Inspirational)
Charles De Lint (Fantasy)
Robin McKinley (Fantasy)

Four Books I Recommend

Concerning the Spiritual in Art, by Wassily Kandinsky (Non-Fiction; an insightful look at the nature of art)
On Writing, by Stephen King (Non-Fiction; a by turns funny and serious book about the craft)
Sewer, Gas, and Electric: The Public Works Trilogy, by Matt Ruff (Futuristic Fiction; a very humourous novel that is well-written and has some amazing characters, as well as a great plot)
Lottery, by Patricia Wood (Fiction; a novel from the point-of-view of a man with an intellectual disability that has well-developed characters, an entertaining plot, and is incredibly believable across the board)

I read other authors, of course, but those are the four I look for most often in the bookstore. I own over 20 of Lurlene McDaniels’ books. And I would recommend other books, but these four, I think, offer an excellent assortment of theory, practice, and example.

Oh, by the way, if you go to the Artful Words web site, the April newsletter came out yesterday. Go check it out!

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