Give Your Support: Literary Projects

Today I’m sharing the love and spreading the word for a couple of literary crowd source funding projects that deserve attention.

First up: Bundoran Press’s anthology, Second Contacts. Last year Hayden Trenholm used Indiegogo to fund the anthology Strange Bedfellows to great success. Here’s what he has to say about the theme for this new project:

“Second Contacts will seek stories, from the best writers in the field, which explore the consequences of first contact, for us, for them, for our shared future. The possibilities are endless — conquest, collaboration, assimilation, or separation. On earth, in space, or on alien planets, what will happen to individuals and societies after two generations or more of staring into alien eyes?”

The anthology will happen no matter what, but the campaign will allow Bundoran to offer professional rates and attract some of the best SF writers. Also, Bundoran is based right here in Ottawa. Support local publishers FTW! There are only 10 days left and a ways to go yet.

The second project I want to call to your attention, is Reading Rainbow. LeVar Burton is hard at work to bring the beloved show back, onto the web, into classrooms and make it available to children around the globe. But you don’t have to take my word for it. 😉

It’s been only one day and it has already exceeded the goals but the more they raise the more children will have access to Reading Rainbow.

My first publication

Of Airships and AutomatonsYay! It’s here! A day early no less. Of Airships and Automatons: Tales of Steam and Science is now available on Amazon for the Kindle, or through Smashwords, which will let you choose a format (epub, PDF, etc). And look at that spiffy cover with my name on it. 😀

I have to admit, this has been a really long week anxiously awaiting this moment. I hope you all enjoy my story and the rest of the anthology. I look forward to reading the other works keeping my own company.

Exciting News… Times Two

The Aurora Award Nominess for 2014 were announced recently. Amid all the fantastic nominations is one that made me particularly happy. Matt Moore has been nominated for the Ottawa ChiSeries in the category of Best Fan Organizational, along with ChiSeries Toronto and Winnipeg. Matt has put in a ton of work this past year getting it up and running and I’ve had the pleasure of helping out as book wench. This is a testament to the effort he has put into putting on a great series for the Ottawa community and its success. Congrats Matt! And congrats to all the other nominees (there are some great names, awesome works and wonderful people in there).

And as to the other exciting news… I came home from my vacation in Punta Cana this weekend to learn that my story, Stolen Cargo, won Witty Bard Publishing‘s recent steampunk competition. The anthology of the six winning stories will be published as an ebook this Saturday, so stayed tuned for a link. 😀

May Update

So I’ve decided to make this check-in idea a monthly thing, because, why not?

Achievements for April:

  • Finished the draft of the steampunk story and submitted it to my critiquing group for our May meeting.
  • More brainstorming on the dieselpunk story. I’ve got the main shape in place and need to work out some of the details.
  • Iliad rehearsal with my set group and a one-on-one with one of the directors.

To Do for May:

  • Edit the steampunk story once it has been critiqued.
  • Outline dieselpunk story and draft it. I plan to get this to the critique group for our June session, which means by the end of May.
  • Two more smaller group rehearsals for Iliad.
  • Big 2-day Iliad dress rehearsal.