In an odd turn of events (considering I’m usually the one making the recommendations), I am on the Tangent Online 2013 Recommended Reading List for my story Wendell, Custodian of the Galaxy. So awesome!
Archive for the ‘Writing’ category
Penumbra Magazine asked me to write an article to celebrate their magazine on their anniversary, so of course I did. They’ve been so good to my stories and I. Here’s a link to the article.
I’m really excited that one of my short stories is in Penumbra Magazine’s March issue. It was space opera. I mean, I had to write a story for that.
You have to pay for a copy of the magazine, but it’s a great issue (I think I may be a tad biased). You can also check out the guest post that I wrote for Penumbra about T-Rexes, tea parties, and time travel. Leave a comment on their site. I’m interested to hear what you think about missed opportunities.
You can find a listing of some of my other published works here.
I love Duotrope. Their search engine helped me find great short story markets like Penumbra and Cast of Wonders. Duotrope switched to a subscription model in January – a choice that I don’t begrudge them.
If you are looking for a free alternative to Duotrope, though, you should check out The Submission Grinder. You can search for markets based on genre, word count, and pay scale. It offers many of the same features as Duotrope and promises to always be free.
Writing assignments are more engaging when they have a real-world context (think quadrants B and D on the Rigor/Relevance framework). One way to incorporate that is through written correspondence to people of other cultures from around the globe.
Instead of just randomly emailing people, ePals has set up a community specifically for educators to connect classrooms from around the world. It’s like paper and pencil pen pals, but for the new “flat” world.
I’m working with other librarians in the district to find the best way to work ebooks into our district catalogs. It’s interesting that some publishers don’t want libraries to circulate ebooks at all, some want circulations but set a limit, and some have no limit. Check out the opinions here.
The big debate revolves around the fact that ebooks don’t wear down like a physical copy does. My issue is that when I have a physical copy of a book, it’s unlikely that the publisher will come to my doorstep and pull the physical copy out of my hands if any distribution policies change. I’ve already had a digital book removed without my permission on my phone because of distribution changes and it was frustrating because I wasn’t done reading the book. I had to go into the bookseller’s site and download it differently as a PDF and now it’s ugly to try and scroll through on my phone.
In January, I had a short story published in Penumbra emagazine. They asked me to write about writing, which may seem redundant at first, but it helped me put into words why I write and hopefully will help others. Here’s a link to the post.
A teacher today pointed out that I haven’t really talked much about what I have out there, so here’s another link to the story published by Cast of Wonders. (You can also get it for free on iTunes by clicking here.)
Normally publisher corrections are connected to nonfiction editions, but fans of Mass Effect (the video game) told William C. Dietz (author of popular Halo novelizations) that he got the facts wrong in his novelization, Deception. Publisher Del Ray heard the complaints and here’s their response:
Mass Effect fans have been asking for a comment on recent concerns over Mass Effect: Deception. We have been listening and have the below response on the issue.
The teams at Del Rey and BioWare would like to extend our sincerest apologies to the Mass Effect fans for any errors and oversights made in the recent novel Mass Effect: Deception. We are currently working on a number of changes that will appear in future editions of the novel.
We would like to thank all Mass Effect fans for their passion and dedication to this ever-growing world, and assure them that we are listening and taking this matter very seriously.
What makes me laugh is that BioWare is releasing patches to fix complaints about their newest game, The Old Republic. It’s like this Mass Effect book is getting a patch.
One of my short stories, “Best Football Game Ever”, is in Musa Publishing’s electronic magazine, Penumbra. Go pick up a copy to support independent publishers.