I’ve got a new article up over at Fantasy Café, wherein I do the dreaded thing: give writing advice. More specifically, I talk about my learning journey, and the trail of bad-to-good advice that got me, skill-set-wise, to where I am now. If you’re a new spec-fic writer looking for straws of knowledge to spin into story-telling gold,Continue reading “Women in SF&F Post at Fantasy Café”
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What’s Noumenon? Nothing, what’s Noumenon with you?
How is everyone’s Monday? I hope your Monday is as fantastic as my Monday, because, guess what? I get to announce some very exciting news. My novel, NOUMENON, is officially forthcoming from Harper Voyager, Voyager UK, and Heyne in Germany! NOUMENON is an interstellar adventure, wherein the world comes together to investigate alien megastructures, what itContinue reading “What’s Noumenon? Nothing, what’s Noumenon with you?”
Super Bowl XLIX and Writing — What can We Learn from Football?
It’s Super Bowl Sunday! And to celebrate, I’ve got an article up on fellow author Kate Heartfield’s blog about football and what writers can learn from the sport in terms of creating conflict and tension. It’s all part of an ongoing series she’s hosting about writers and their unlikely influences. Why does someone root forContinue reading “Super Bowl XLIX and Writing — What can We Learn from Football?”
Short Story Sale!
I’ve just sold a sci-fi humor detective story to Galaxy’s Edge. My first story with this venue is set to appear in the September issue, so I’m very glad to have another one in the works. Happy dance time. ~Marina
The Quirks of the Slush Pile, P1
Ah, Wednesday. We meet again. As you probably know, I’ve been a first-reader for Waylines Magazine for several months now. Long enough to see some negative patterns in the submissions. Today I’d like to cover one of those negative aspects, and though this might be a discussion that’s a little rough on the ego, IContinue reading “The Quirks of the Slush Pile, P1”
Writers of the Future Workshop Week and Gala, Part 3
Here is a links to Part 2 (which contians a link to Part 1). So, on Wednesday I typed up the following and posted it to WordPress. Or, at least, I thought I did. I was surprised to log in today (in order to moderate a comment) and find that there was no Part 3. Either WordPress glitched onContinue reading “Writers of the Future Workshop Week and Gala, Part 3”
Writers of the Future Workshop Week and Gala, Part 2
Here’s the link to Part 1 if you missed it. And jumping right into part 2: Once we turned in our twenty-four hour stories, we got to have some fun (not that whipping out a story, isn’t fun). We formally met our illustrators and saw their work for the first time. Down stairs in theContinue reading “Writers of the Future Workshop Week and Gala, Part 2”
Writers of the Future Workshop Week and Gala, Part 1
Ok, I’m nearly back on schedule. The Writers of the Future workshop week was wonderfully educational. We had two amazing primary teachers, Dave Wolverton and Tim Powers, and a plethora of secondary speakers who all gave their take on different aspects of writing fiction professionally. When I arrived I was picked up at the airportContinue reading “Writers of the Future Workshop Week and Gala, Part 1”
WotF Vol. 29 Cover
It’s a little after-the-fact, but the cover for Writers of the Future Vol. 29 has been released, and the book itself is available for pre-order! Anybody else hear Elton John in their head singing “Rocket Maaaaan” when they look at the cover? The illustration is by wonderful Stephen Youll. You can pre-order a mass market paperback fromContinue reading “WotF Vol. 29 Cover”
I’m still on hiatus, really I am. Just wanted to pop in to let you know that I’ve got a short article on grounding the reader up at Penumbra’s blog. Hope you find it helpful! ~Marina