Issue # 2: 03/01/01
and Using Language in Fiction
Motion Good Fortune!
Forward Motion Writers' Community had a plethora of great
writing-related notices in the last few weeks!
Moderator Sarah Jane Elliot's story , "To Soothe the Savage
Beast", received an Honourable Mention in The Isaac Asimov
Award for Undergraduate Excellence in Science Fiction and Fantasy
Writing. The Award is sponsored by "Asimov's Science Fiction
Magazine" and the International Association for the Fantastic in
the Arts (IAFA). Each year, out of hundreds of submissions, five stories
are chosen. The winners fly to Ft. Lauderdale to attend the
International Conference on the Fantastic in March, where the award will
this year's conference, she will meet three fellow finalists and last
year's winner (FM Moderator Beth Adele Long), as well as Neil Gaiman,
Peter Straub, James Morrow, Sean Stewart, Karen Joy Fowler, Kelly Link,
John Kessel, Joe Haldeman, TOR editor David Hartwell, and many many more.
Adele Long has been accepted to this year's Clarion Science Fiction and
Fantasy Writers' Workshop , an intense six-week workshop held at
Michigan State University. From
the Clarion website (http://www.msu.edu/~clarion)
: "Each week a
different professional writer conducts the workshop. The resident writer
also lives on campus and is continuously available. Mornings are devoted
to critiquing manuscripts in a workshop setting; afternoons and evenings
are devoted to individual writing, conferences with the
writer-in-residence, and completing class assignments. Tom Disch once
said that the 'six weeks of Clarion are the literary equivalent of boot
camp.' It is indeed an intensive experience."
year's instructors are Steve Barnes, Kelly Link, James Patrick Kelly,
Pat Murphy, Geoffrey Landis and Mary Turzillo, with guest editor Shawna
McCarthy. Needless to say,
Beth won't be very active in the community during those six weeks, but
she does promise frequent updates from the wilds of East Lansing,
member Caroline Allard has placed three short shorts with
Moderator Jennifer St. Clair Bush has sold her first novel!
a fantasy about King Arthur, Mordred, and the end of the world, will be
published in mid-2001 by FictionWorks as an original paperback.
is not the cover art.)
The soundtrack CD for Robin Catesby's world premiere production of The Velveteen Rabbit is now available at MAH Records, the record company of composer Michael Allen Harrison.
The new musical adaptation played Dec 21 through 24 in Portland Oregon.
For more information about the production, the script and the music
(including the original cast recording CD), visit www.velveteen-rabbit.com
FM Moderator Justin Stanchfield was asked if he has any publishing news,
this was the reply:
I've got one up on ShadowKeep this week, and the one on Ideomancer will
probably be rotated out next week, but I'm not sure. I think they'll
both be in archives for a while, though. And my contributor copy of
Indigenous fiction came Saturday.
FM Moderator Lazette Gifford's short story, A Fate Cast In Stone, found a home at http://www.ideomancer.com. She also sold A Warrior's Work is Never Done to Dragonlaugh (http://dragonlaugh.freeyellow.com/)for both electronic and a print anthology, and her first published story, Epilogue for a Lost Tale, was chosen to be included in Jackhammer Ezine's (http://www.eggplant-productions.com/jackhammer/) "Best of" Anthology.
first novel, Silky, is also available beginning March 1st
from Embiid Publishing. (http://www.embiid.net)
The publishers have also created a web page where tee-shirts,
cups and mouse pads can be purchased featuring the e-book's cover art. (http://www.cafepress.com/zette/ )
of slavery have robbed Silky of his magical abilities, and left him
with no expectations of a better life, until his act of unselfish
bravery delivers him into the hands of a powerful Lord of the land.
Adapting to the new household, he struggles to recover the magic
that can help him protect Lord Reed from his dangerous enemies.
Lisle's current book -- on the stands now!
defeat the Dragons, Kait and Ry must destroy the source of the
sorcerers' power -- the Mirror of Souls. But if they succeed, they will
lose the only weapon that can stop Luercas from becoming a demonic god
who will enslave the entire world . . . forever.
Great Resource Award For
25 February 2001: Holly Lisle: Published author Holly Lisle has built a great set of resources and informative articles on this site. She covers all aspects of writing, from constructing a novel to getting a little fitness into a sedentary writer's life. On the front page of the site are cheers for people who have achieved goals with their writing. Her articles are filled with honesty about the industry and motivation for the new author, giving readers a true picture of the rollercoaster life most authors lead. There are links to literally dozens of different articles as well as other terrific resources. Be prepared to spend a couple of hours here, just poking around and learning.
else is happening on line at the Forward Motion Writers' Community?
The first Writing Dare of 2001 is over, but the second one will start on April 1, 2001. There are several categories for this dare, which includes master and apprentice, novel, short story, and rewrite sections. Check out the information on the Games and Contests page.
The site also features a daily writing exercise. These range from "Write an Interesting first sentence" to "Have a conversation with one of your characters." In March we will be starting a free-for-all round-robin type of exercise, in which members get to add to story posts all week. This is going to be a lot of fun! Workshops and Exercises Boards.
round of the novel swap is filled up, but you can sign up for the next
one! If you have a
completed novel that you think is ready for the submission process, you
might consider sending it through this group first.
These are not line-edit critiques, but searches for holes,
dropped characters, dangling plot twists, or other problems. Think of it
more like a detailed review. You can find the sign up on the
General Fiction Board.
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