Die Rebel Scum

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Hey Space Cadets, I wanted to bring you a quick fun video that I found here on Joe Vasicek’s blog.  He’s a great author, so check him out.  Anyway, I hope you enjoy the video and stay tuned for tomorrow’s blog!

 

 

Until next time, stay frosty and don’t forget to keep your powder dry!

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 JR

 

 

–> As usual, all images came from the Google’s “labeled for reuse” section or are screen grabs taken by JR Handley for use under the Fair Use Doctrine.

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Calling All Writers

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Hey Space Cadets, 2017 is here!  It’s a new year, so I’ve decided to talk about my goals for the year.  I hope to write 2k words a day, as I strive for a million words for the year.  Towards that goal, here are some places where you can submit your writing.  I’ve mentioned some of them before, but they’re worth re-posting.  I hope you find these helpful, and if you have more share and I’ll add them to the post!!

 

One of the anthologies I’ve mentioned before is the Roswell Anthology being assembled by Tickety Boo Press Ltd..  In this short story, which should be between 2-5k words, you’re tasked with writing a tale surrounding the alleged alien activities surround Roswell, New Mexico.  I wrote mine, it was fun and is now waiting for my editor to do his thing.  In fact, this short story will become my previously mentioned Odera Chronicles.  You should join me, maybe our pages will end up touching!!

 

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The second anthology, which I’ve already mentioned, is the Zeborian Anthology.  In this anthology, you’re given a premise and a short backstory and then set free to let your creative juices flow.  You get to do all of this in 2-5k words, which seems to be the sweet spot for anthology short stories.  I’ve not written this one yet, but I hope too.  If this sounds like your thing, get started writing and keep us posted!!

 

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Finally, I found a new eMagazine or eZine that has an open ended subject matter but limits you to 6,000 characters.  I don’t think I could write that concisely, but if that’s you it’s a paying gig!  The Thing is run by Matthew Wayne Selznick, the very same soul who slew interweb dragons for me and helped make my webpage shine.  He’s pretty reasonable and easy to work with, so go ahead and give it a shot!  I posted about him here and here if you want to learn more.

 

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If you know of any others, give me a holler and I’ll add it to the list!!!  At the conclusion of this post, I’ll link to several more general places where you could submit your work.  I’ll also list anywhere I found that had lists of places to submit for you to jump down the rabbit hole with me. 

 

 

Until next time, stay frosty and don’t forget to keep your powder dry!  

brown_bess

 JR

 

 –> As usual, all images came from the Google’s “labeled for reuse” section, are screen grabs taken by JR Handley or were used under the Fair Use Doctrine.

  1. Roswell Anthology
  2. Zeborian Anthology
  3. The Thing eZine
  4. Lambda Literary (LGBTQ)
  5. Writers Life Lists
  6. Joe Vasicek Lists

 

Villiany Rediscovered

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Hey Space Cadets, how are you today?  I’m doing well, and getting back into the swing of writing again.  Still waiting on my edits for the two short stories I wrote, but that’s life ya know!  As for book three, Operation Breakout, I’m at 37,124 words and fixed an issue that was holding me up.  I’ve not yet started my writing today but I will once I put my son to bed.  Also, I was wrong about being at 38k yesterday.  I was at 36k, but I am still hoping for the 40k by the end of the year.  In addition to working on book three, I’ve outlined another series I want to write after I finish The Sleeping Legion Series.  More on that in the coming year!!  I think I will hold off on my New Carthage Series, I love that idea too much to attempt it before I’m ready and I’m passionate about wanting to do it justice.

 

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Anyway, I was re-reading the blog of a fellow science fiction author, even with two books publication it still feels weird saying that!  While reading, I found a great article about the nature of villainy in literature.  Joe Vasicek writes great science fiction, and maintains an excellent blog with enough traffic to make for lively debates.  Don’t believe me, check the number of older posts on his Hugo Award blog entries!  LOL!  His post about villains in literature, both practically and as a trope, was well written.  I highly recommend you read his blog and comment.  If you’d like, we can continue the discussion here as well.  While I like his work, one point he didn’t address was on the fleeting nature of villainy in modern times because villainy is often in the eye of the beholder.  Too often we view the world through relativistic lenses, even when it isn’t appropriate.  Yes, sometimes someone is so beyond the scope as to be universally evil (Hitler, Lucifer, the woman who cancelled Firefly), but that isn’t always the case.  Times change and so do social mores and values.  Yesterday’s heroes often become todays villains… an example of that can be seen in how some view our Founding Fathers.  The once heroes of our nation are only talked about in the context of their slave ownership or treatment of women by modern society.  I’m not a fan of this, revisionism never sits well with me and I tend to judge people within the context of their time, but you shouldn’t ignore this in a discussion on villainy.  What do others think?  If you have an opinion, sound off below or check out Joe’s post here!

 

Speaking on the topic of villains, a YouTuber vlogger I follow, Kristen Martin, recently made a video on the subject!  She breaks down how to write believable bad guys, which is on pointe for my fellow writers out there.  She even found a check list for writing better villains, written by Jerry Jenkins.  Check that out, then watch her video!

 

 

And since I also posted the ‘How To’ video, here’s another from Jenna Moreci whom I also follow on the YouTubes.  She’s a bit salty, but gives good advice.  Her novels ain’t bad either!  If you follow the links to her, you can jump straight into that rabbit hole and find her various links on her YouTube channel.

 

 

 

 Until next time, stay frosty and don’t forget to keep your powder dry!   

brown_bess

JR

 

 –> As usual, all images came from the Google’s “labeled for reuse” section.

You’ve written a short story, now what?

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Hello Space Cadets, how are you all doing today?  I’m doing great, happily working on my third novel.  A little bummed, I killed one of the characters I liked but otherwise I’m okay.  Nothing a latte can’t solve!  Today was a busy day, I had two birthday parties to chaperone my son too but I wanted to keep the daily posts going.  This post might be a little short, so I decided to discuss what to do with your short stories!  Another science fiction author, Joe Vasicek, wrote a blog about this very topic.  I’ve posted a screen shot of the post at the bottom of this, so if I’ve peaked your interest the click here.  Follow the bread crumbs, I promise he won’t bite!

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Until next time, stay frosty and don’t forget to keep your powder dry!

brown_bess

JR

 –> As usual, all images came from the Google’s “labeled for reuse” section or are screen grabs taken by JR Handley for use under the Fair Use Doctrine.