A new post of mine over at the Limebird Writers site. This time looking at authors who have written novelisations of SF movies and TV series.
I have been informed that two of my poems have been nominated for the 2013 Rhysling Award! They are, in the long poem category, “Grandfather” that was first podcast on StarShipSofa Episode 229 (March 2012) and, in the short category, “Blind Obedience” first published in Eye to the Telescope (SFPA’s Online Journal of Speculative Poetry). Both can also be found in The Poring Dark.
To say that I am blown away would be the mildest of understatements! Some of the past nominees include (apologies for giving a very truncated list):
Isaac Asimov’s “Science Fiction Convention” (1978 short)
Ursula K. Le Guin’s “Siva and Kama” (1979 short)
Roger Zelazny’s “I Used to Think in Lines That Were Irregular to the Right” (1981 short)
Terry Bisson’s “Partial People” (1995 long)
Mary Turzillo’s “Dash” (1997 short)
Derek Walcott’s “Time, that gnaws at bronze lions and dolphins” (2005 short)
Joe Haldeman‘s “god is dead short live god” (2007 short)
Samantha Henderson’s “First Festival” (2007 short)
Margaret Atwood’s “Ice Palace” (2008 short)
To be nominated and on a list alongside writers such as those above is an incredible honour.
Obviously I would love to dream of actually winning (if not this year, then one day…) but my first goal was to receive a nomination and so I feel that I am on the right track with my writing.
For completeness, here are just some of the winners (oh how I wish…)
Gene Wolfe’s “The Computer Iterates the Greater Trumps” (1978 long)
Ursula K. Le Guin’s “The Well of Baln” (1982 long)
Joe W. Haldeman’s “Saul’s Death: Two Sestinas” (1984 long) “Eighteen Years Old, October Eleventh” (1991 short) and “January Fires” (2001 long)
Bruce Boston Too many to include here!
Jeff VanderMeer’s “Flight Is for Those Who Have Not Yet Crossed Over” (1994 short)
Catherynne M. Valente’s “The Seven Devils of Central California” (2008 long)
Amal El-Mohtar’s “Song for an Ancient City” (2009 short) and “Peach-Creamed Honey” (2011 short)
Ann K. Schwader’s “To Theia” (2010 short)
Wish me luck!
A new post by me over at the Limebird Writers blog…
The Blogging From A To Z Challenge.
Here is a post of mine over at the Limebird Writers site, talking about science fiction authors who made a bit on the side writing for classic TV shows.
A Little Bit On The Side – Part One.
The brilliant (seriously, check him out at Terrible Minds) Chuck Wendig declared February 6th to be Please Don’t Pirate My Book Day and asked authors to blog/tweet about it.
Please don’t take the ideas in my books and adapt them for a Scandinavian porn magazine (without paying me as creative consultant).
Please don’t grab my books and make them walk the plank (neither print books nor e-books do well in the briny).
I am totally down with the idea that pirating can increase an author’s readership, so, if you must illegally download my books, I would like you to:
1) Go to one of the many official online sources of my books (links can be found at the TDA Bookstore) and write a review.
2) Give the link of the TDA Bookstore to your friends and advise them to buy the book (rather than linking them to the pirated copy).
3) Buy a copy of the book and donate it to a reading programme.
4) In general terms, I would like all readers who do access pirated books to commit to buying one book for every pirated book that they read. (I understand that many people download massive floods that may contain hundreds of books; personally I don’t think that they count until the book has been read.)
Whatever you do, READ and encourage other people to READ!
All science fiction and YA authors out there should take a look at the ‘Guide to Literary Agents’ blog at Writer’s Digest. Currently there is a free competition where you can win a professional critique and subscription to WritersMarket.com
Follow the link below
13th Free “Dear Lucky Agent” Contest (Young Adult and Sci-Fi)
Yay for YA!.
Here is a new article from me over at Limebird Writers; looking at Young Adult (YA) fiction in the science fiction genre.
Here is my NaNoPrep Day post at Limebird Writers, on using the family for novel inspiration…
Keeping It In The Family.
Here is another one of my articles over at the Limebird site.
Go and take a look!
Watch The Skies!.