Futuristica is here!

futuristica cover (533x800)Like science fiction? This is a cool new anthology that I am honored to be a part of. My story, “Murder on the Hohmann” was a blast to write, and I am so delighted it’s part of the lineup.

Here’s the skinny from publishers Metasagas:



More News

In other news, I have been merrily writing and plotting and writing and plotting. Book 2 of the Tales of Port Saint Frey is with Agent Goloboy of Red Sofa, and I have found my way in to Book 3. As a dyed-in-the-wool pantser, it’s the only way I can do it. Outlining wastes time at the beginning; pantsing often causes wrong turns and dead ends, but I’d rather have the delays in the middle than at the beginning. I feel like outlining just makes me spin my wheels when I’d rather just dive in.

I just now finished — like a half hour ago — a new novella that I’m very happy with. It’s science fiction, it’s related to Murder on the Hohmann, and I’m all aglow with the feeling of creation and inspiration.

Upcoming Conventions

My next convention is at ArmadilloCon and I will be one of the teachers for the writers workshop. This is one of the top one-day writers workshops for science fiction, fantasy, horror, and speculative writers. If you write and are coming to the convention, you should seriously check it out.

ArmadilloCon Writers Workshop

ArmadilloCon Writers Workshop, run by Marshall Ryan Maresca. The deadline is coming up: June 15, so hurry and get your story or chapter in.

By the way, Marshall is an alumnus of the workshop, and his books, beginning with The Thorn of Dentonhill, are fast-paced, intricate fantasy, that are fun and action-packed. Check them out if you haven’t already.

Other alumni include myself and Campbell Award nominee Stina Leicht. The workshop was ably run for many years by Wendy Wheeler and Jennifer Evans of long-time Austin writers group The Slug Tribe, and they turned it over to me, and then I handed it over to Stina, who in turn passed the baton to Marshall. I sold the first story I ever workshopped through the Armadillocon Writers Workshop to Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine. This workshop works, people.


More Next Big Thing posts

Just a quick update to let you know of a few more Next Big Thing Posts from various writers.

Jessica Wynne Reisman:

2. Where did the idea come from for the book?

My love of a certain three-character relationship dynamic that appears in many pirate and swashbuckling movies (and others) but is never played out in a way that pleases me. Also my love of adventure/swashbuckling tales in general.

Rebecca Schwarz:

1. What is the title of your work in progress?
The Iron Tongue of Midnight (from A Midsummer Night’s Dream) is a potential title. For now Inside Out is the working title.
5. What is a one-sentence synopsis of the book?
That’s a tough one. I hate writing the synopsis of any book I’m writing. It’s a pain. But…
What if you lived in a society where your worthiness as a person was determined by your magical power, and what if you didn’t have any magic and were expected to lead?


The Next Big Thing

Nicky Drayden tagged me in her Next Big Thing entry. So here I am to talk about my WIP.

1. What is the title of your Work in Progress?

Bandit Girls. I fully expect that to change at some point.

2. Where did the idea come from for the book?

The germ of the book came from a short story I wrote nearly 15 years ago. It was the first short story that ever “worked:” I learned more from writing it than any story I had written before. It’s existed in many forms; various drafts of short story as well as a screenplay. The idea has never left me, and I decided to expand it into a novel.

3. What genre does your book fall under?

YA Fantasy.

4. Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

Saorse Ronan for Tesara. Emma Watson for Jalana.

5. What is a one-sentence synopsis of the book?

The black sheep of a merchant family, Tesara Mederos must come to terms with her talent for magic in hopes of restoring her family’s wealth.

6. Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

By an agency, I hope!

7. How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?

It’s not finished, but I expect to complete it in the next four to six months. I’m also developing an outline for a sequel.

8. What other books would you compare this story to in your genre?

Hmmm. Shades of Milk and Honey, by Mary Robinette Kowal, is probably the closest match. Bandit Girls has a Regency setting in an alternate world, though it is not so finely constrained as a true Regency.

9. Who or what inspired you to write this book?

I blame everything on Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer.

10. What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

There’s a Bandit King, a dashing Captain, and mysterious magic.

If you haven’t already become acquainted with the work of Nicky Drayden, you are in for a treat. Visit her at her blog and track down her short story collections — you will be quite pleased if you do.

And now I will tag the following authors; be sure to check out their answers!

Jessica Wynne Reisman

Rebecca Schwarz

Stina Leicht

Aaron de Orive