... and are very, very happy to be so.
Folks: Raising Steam, by Terry Pratchett, has arrived. Woohoo!
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VerseNaberrie made an amazing vid for my Doctor Who fanfic featuring the 11th Doctor and a CumberbatchMaster.
You can read the Fic HERE
Title: AGAINST ALL THINGS ENDING
Synopsis: The Master’s unrelenting thirst for revenge has unintentionally revived Rassilon and has caused the 10th Doctor’s death. Aware that the Doctor was protecting the Master for a reason, and guided by the prophecy of the Oods, River Song eventually spared the Master’s life, although he still was made to pay a very heavy price. Donna discovers that River Song has hidden an old enemy in her past, while in another dimension, the 11th Doctor is haunted by a ghost from his childhood who is trapped inside a nightmare mirror reality of torture and insanity.
"Oh my God! That bowling ball! It's my WIFE!!!!!!"
- Music:"Birthday Card at Christmas" by Jethro Tull
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by Caren Gussoff
Note: Part One appears here: Lit Fic Mags for Spec Fic Writers 101
This may seem totally obvious, but is actually worth a deeper dive: if you want to market your speculative fiction to literary markets, it has to be significantly literary. Literary markets, though they may protest that they do not like/accept/read speculative fiction, actually do publish fiction with fantastic and futuristically elements all the time. But these stories are also, usually, highly literary. So, before you start packing up stories and entering them into the slush waiting room, you should really discern whether a literary audience is the appropriate audience for your piece…since this is the single most important thing editors will be subconsciously reading for.
Defining “literary” is slippery. If you search around, writers, teachers, and critics have written countless — often contradictory — descriptions of what makes something literary (verses mainstream or for a general readership/”popular”). They discuss everything from what the fiction looks like on the page to the authorial intent behind the piece as “qualifiers” (there’s also the derogatory saws about lit fic: that it is, by nature, self-indulgent, elitist in language and subject matter, or the cookie-cutter end-result of too many writer’s workshops and MFA programs).
In terms of speculative fiction, the shorthand has often been that anything far on either side of the continuum (sword and sorcery on one side, hard sci fi on the other) is usually not literary, while those in the muddy middle — such as urban fantasy, magical realism and soft sci fi, for instance — can be literary.
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Dr Who from the comfort of your couch: Designers create remote that is an exact replica of Time Lord's sonic screwdriver
• Designers used the original gadget owned by former doctor David Tennant
• The remote control is said to be an exact likeness of the BBC sci-fi tool
• It can be used to turn electrical appliances on and off and change volume
Price: £69.95 (which is appalling - when did the British pound sterling become as inflated and valueless as the Federal dollar?
Fans can also buy the screwdriver used by eleventh doctor, Matt Smith, for £59.99, pictured:
Originally published at Rhonda Eudaly. You can comment here or there.
Welcome to the Post-Icemeggedon Wednesday Writer Post. It’s been a week, let me tell ya. After not seeing the sun for days on end – and having the gray skies blend with the bright white sleet/ice/snow mixture, it’s nice to see blue skies again. I feel for every event organizer who had to cancel or reschedule events, but after so many We’re All Gonna DIE Winter Weather predictions that haven’t ever come true – this one made up for it.
It was rather nice – for a time – to have an unscheduled three-day weekend. However, there is a distinct difference in choosing to hermit up in your house and read, watch movies, and nap and doing all those things because it would be extremely dangerous to venture forth. We did one venture for one specific thing, and then didn’t do that again. But I was safe and (mostly) warm with my husband and dogs.
But I did read while I was housebound – also did a revision on the play for church in February, and worked a bit on my novel. But there’s a question I have, and hopefully someone’s read down this far to answer it… How much description do you like in a book – not a short story, a novel. Do you want every detail painted for you? Do you want to know what color every curtain is? Or do you just want the story to get on with it and let you paint the scene yourself?
I come from a very minimalist background. I know this. I grew up thinking I wanted to write screenplays (still do, and plays, and comics maybe if I can learn that scripting technique – basically ALL THE THINGS). Screenplays – and plays – are the ultimate of minimalist. You don’t tell your actors how to do their jobs (or the directors), you tell them enough to get the scene down and you get out of the way. As a professor said, if you mention in a script that someone has blue eyes, there better be a good reason for it. And I’ve taken that to my prose writing – but that does tend to make things short…
I ask because what I read this weekend are two very different books – each good on their own merits. One a fast-paced military-ish hard SF. One a thick, what I would call “dense” media tie-in. The density in the media tie-in is important, but there’s a LOT there. Is it a preference thing or is there something else going on? I want opinions on what you guys – readers and other writers – like/feel on the subject. There are no wrong answers – as long as they are reasoned and civil.