A to Z Challenge Starts!

Here we go into the challenge. I signed up because I just finished a novel, I’m submitting to agents, and I’m burned out. The challenge seems like a good way to write daily and, maybe, sneak up on my muse.

Rebecca Bradley

A2Z-2013-BADGE-001Small_zps669396f9Today’s the day the A to Z blogging challenge starts. As discussed in the post here, although I intend to blog 26 times this month – OK, I at least hope to try! – I want to reassure any regular readers of the blog that it will still keep the same tone it is already running in. You know, I have no idea what that tone is, but I wanted to say that I won’t be going off on a tangent and posting about golf just because I need a topic for the letter G.

I have no idea why I signed up to this challenge other than I’m really enjoying blogging at the minute and having done the challenge, or attempted it, for the past two years, I thought I’d give it another bash and try to complete it this year.

For anyone who doesn’t yet know what…

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APRIL 1, 2013

I’ve signed up for the Blogging From A to Z Challenge and, for the next twenty-eight days, I’ll thrill you all with my tidy, titillating blogs. Hopefully, these blogs will chronicle a writer’s journey from point A to point Z. But, I may throw in other subjects just for fun. And, I promise to keep it short.stars-th

What is it about alliterations?  They flow from my pen with such rapid regularity I struggle to stifle them. Magical and mesmerizing, they have a rhythmic rhyme. Separated by sentences, their flow joins the pauses of paragraphs. For me, alliterations are rarely serious. They appeal to my silly side, a side I don’t often reveal.

What is your silly writer’s side, and how do you show it?

Tomorrow: Building Blocks

Last Call: IN VINO VERITAS Submission Deadline Tomorrow

When I finally saw the Last Call submission I was still mired in finishing my novel. But, for the first time ever, I wanted to send along a story. Unfortunately, while my characters drink alot 🙂 none of my short stories are drink-themed.

J. C. Conway

Update: The Editor has now Closed this anthology to submissions.

This weekend is the last chance to submit stories to the Static Movement drink-themed anthology, In Vino Veritas, edited by Dorothy Davies. At present, the anthology is slated to feature stories from the following talented writers:

  • Olivia Arieti
  • Tammy Branom
  • John Conway (2 stories)
  • John H Dromey
  • Dave Fragments
  • Ken Goldman
  • A J Humpage
  • Ken L Jones (3 stories)
  • B T Joy
  • Ron Koppelberger (3 stories)
  • Neil Leckman (2 stories)
  • David S Pointer
  • Marjia Elektra Rodriguez
  • TM Simmler
  • Brianna Stoddard
  • George Wilhite
  • Big Jim Williams (2 stories)
  • Matthew Wilson (4 stories)

Stories submitted this weekend will meet the announced deadline. After that, the anthology will be in editing and on the path to production. Send submissions to Dorothy Davies in accordance with these Submission Guidelines.

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Hugo Award Nominees for 2013 Announced

Thanks, J.C. for posting the Hugo nominees for this year. I’m excited to see a new Bujold out there.

J. C. Conway

The 2013 Hugo Award final nominees for best works in Science Fiction and Fantasy in 2012 were announced today at 3 p.m. Central Time.

The Nominees for BEST NOVEL (from 1113 ballots) are:

  • 2312 by Kim Stanley Robinson (Orbit)
  • Blackout by Mira Grant (Orbit)
  • Captain Vorpatril’s Alliance by Lois McMaster Bujold (Baen)
  • Redshirts:A Novel with Three Codas by John Scalzi (Tor)
  • Throne of the Crescent Moon by Saladin Ahmed (DAW)


The Nominees for BEST NOVELLA (from ballots) are:

  • After the Fall, Before the Fall, During the Fall by Nancy Kress (Tachyon Publications)
  • The Emperor’s Soul by Brandon Sanderson (Tachyon Publications)
  • On a Red Station, Drifting by Aliette de Bodard (Immersion Press)
  • San Diego 2014: The Last Stand of the California Browncoats by Mira Grant (Orbit)
  • “The Stars Do Not Lie” by Jay Lake (Asimov’s, Oct-Nov 2012) 


The Nominees for BEST NOVELETTE

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