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  1. Lufer-Ma'ar and the Otherworld (About)

    I published my short story, "Lufer-Ma'ar and the Otherworld" to the Short Stories section of this website. I love talking about my stories, and considering this is the place to do that, I will do so.
    This story was inspired by an odd dream I'd had about sink faucet travel (it was a Benadryl induced dream, considering I have quite severe allergies, and Benadryl is infamous for strange, vivid dreams) and a story that a co-worker had told me about his son having a dream that a doctor ...
  2. Introduction, introduction . . .

    Hello everyone,

    I would just like to introduce myself to all of the members
    My name is Arjay Murray, and am a writer of Surreal and Epic Fantasy. I have been practicing this art since the age of fourteen, and currently have two self-published* short stories available for free on my website.
    I am planning to post those short stories to the forums, so that you can all enjoy them here.
    Also, I am working on a series of Epic Fantasy novels, which I ...

    Updated May 12th, 2011 at 10:16 PM by Arjay.Murray (siphon links (i.e. to another forum))

  3. OMG! A Readable Blurb!

    I think I've finally hit on an angle for a readable blurb! I'm horrible at these kinds of things, and I just realized why: I've been trying to *describe* the story instead of *sell* the story!

    Every time I started writing a blurb, I began at the beginning, which locked me down in the number of ways I could introduce things and made my book sound like a hundred others out there. But the "beginning" is a prologue (yeah, I know) and while it's very important to the story, ...
  4. best lost sci-fi novel of all time

    I'm trying to get my hands on Gath the Death Dealer's series by Frank Frazetta and the dude who created Spawn. Anyone know how to get at it?
  5. Meet Lou Anders

    Check out my interview with Pyr Books Editorial Director Lou Anders.
  6. Revision

    by , May 5th, 2011 at 01:01 AM (Snappy Blog Title TK)
    Well, it's no secret I send things out based on the theme calendars on duotrope and the condensed list based on it that I post here.

    But one of the anthologies I submitted to had a great email from the editor that was sent to all the submitters at the close of the submissions period.

    I asked Hollie if I could share it here and with her permission, here it is:

    (Edit: This isn't the whole email, just the good bits about editing).

    Quote Originally Posted by Hollie Snider

    Updated May 7th, 2011 at 02:37 PM by expatrie (To revise it. The irony!)

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  7. Letting It Breathe

    Well, now that the first draft for Shadow's Master (Book 3 in the Shadow Saga) is done, I'm going to set it aside for a couple weeks. I'd like to say a solid month, but I can never let a manuscript go for that long.

    In the meantime, I'm going to be messing around with other projects. I've been kicking around a short story idea about the incident(s) that led Caim into the assassination profession.
  8. Galactic Consultants, Chapter 1

  9. Galactic Consultants, Prologue

  10. Tales from the Boiler Room: Free for y'all

    I wrote a story about a Mayan who refuses to play along with his local theocratic rule, human sacrifices, etc., and I realized that he is pretty much what Holden Caulfield would have been like had he lived 1800 years ago in Mesoamerica. This collection of stories also has aliens for whom chocolate is a narcotic; a nagging ghost still complaining about his apartment building’s heat from beyond the grave; and a yeti who ought to join a labor union. ...
  11. lifted by its shifting

    lifted by its shifting
    Look at me, lifted by its shifting, whirling, outgoing force, like . a straw before the wind; fairly driven hither and yon, without power of successful resistance, until I find myself caught in some eddy, where, on taking breath, and looking about to measure the condition of things, I find every landmark before familiar, even my own basis of thought, new and strange." You make Monster Beats a very common mistake, that of being filled with awe, if not terror, by ...
  12. Romance in fantasy

    I admit, I've never been a fan of romance in fantasy, although if it fits the plot, I certainly don't mind it. Now I find myself needing to include a romantic subplot in my fantasy novel, and I'm not quite sure I know how I feel about it.

    Writing the kissy, emotional scenes doesn't bother me. I don't plan to include anything R rated, so if my characters do end up in bed, it'll be behind a closed door. What makes me squirm is the need for it in the first place. For those who know the ...
  13. Flower Maiden

    Press Release for 'Flower Maiden'.

    (A Paperback by Martine Lillycrop)

    Despite its deceptively fluffy title, Flower Maiden delivers some major punches.

    Waking up from a fatal car accident, middle-aged Bethany Sweet finds herself in a body so perfect it sweats perfume. Sweet soon has to come to terms not only with her own death and resurrection, but an alien and, it turns out, hostile world. Being then pursued by a ruthless ...
  14. Books in April

    by , May 1st, 2011 at 02:00 PM (Snappy Blog Title TK)
    Not a lot to report.

    Allison Hewitt is Trapped, Madeleine Roux - At some point, you get the urge for epistolary fiction that doesn't try to modernize the form with instant messages, blogs, or email, or whatever else. Twitter? Anyway. This would be one, as Madeline has to invent some odd military (yet strangely unencrypted) wireless network that's somehow working from, I guess, space. Which is how the blog manages to exist in the first place--let's skip over a slight problem here--in ...

    Updated May 7th, 2011 at 11:53 PM by expatrie (added Men and Cartoons.)

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  15. May S/F/H deadlines.

    by , May 1st, 2011 at 01:39 PM (Snappy Blog Title TK)
    Reposted material culled from

    (these are the one's specifically on my personal deadline calendar. There are others I will try to post this month, but later.)

    Wily Writers Speculative Fiction Dystopian or Apocalyptic or Post-apoc 5/31/2011
    Night Terrors Anthology (Vol. II) Horror 5/31/2011
    Children of the Moon: A Werewolf Anthology Werewolves 5/31/2011
    Wily Writers Speculative Fiction Masters of Horror Story Contest 5/31/2011

    Updated May 1st, 2011 at 01:50 PM by expatrie (category.)

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