Charity

Things like Harvey are gutting. The destruction is everywhere. Even if we’re not directly affected we feel the pain of loss because we can imagine the horror of it all. Some of us know people in the path of the storm. I’m lucky enough to know my friends in Houston are okay (but they are still in Houston itself and more rain is coming). Others still don’t know about their loved ones.

This is not the first (nor will it be the last) time we’ve all witnessed such things. The one thing I loved about fandom is their response to such tragedy, something needed when we have a president too busy fucking about on Twitter to do anything or so-called Christian leaders like Osteen who is quick to quote the Bible when it comes to silencing gays or women but forgets it when it comes time to help.

Fans have come together to raise money to do what little bit they can to help. I remember the charity auctions for Japan after Fukishima and here in the states after Katrina and Sandy. I wish I were still more active in fandoms but mine have gone quiet and I didn’t really follow it to Tumblr much. Though I probably will have friends who’ll direct me to them if they happen.

In the professional writing world we have that same sense of compassion and the desire to help, like last year with all the anthologies sold to help the victims of the Pulse shooting. Already some have gotten a start on helping. You can check out Queer Sci-Fi‘s post on the subject.

Not all of us can run to Texas to help. Not all of us can donate scads of money. But all of us can do a little something.

Sunday Small Talk

It’s just a short talk this time as it was a horrendous first week of the semester. It ate up all my time and emotionally left nothing for me when it came to writing.

I’m still waiting to hear back from my beta on whether or not she’ll be reading more of Blood Red Roulette (things are nutso on her end too). So that’s in a holding pattern.

I did however make tons of progress on my steampunk Christmas story. I ‘m already through two rounds of edits and am waiting on copy edits. I’ve finally managed to get all of the author info, cover spec and blurb stuff in. I wasn’t dragging my heels but I was a bit late with it. The first week of school and the week leading up to it are insanely busy so there’s that.

The other writing thing I’ve done was editing on an old fan fic. I don’t hide my fan fic roots. I’m proud of them. I had written a Saiyuki novella for a big bang at least seven years ago (which was the last time I had touched the file) but that challenge failed and it’s been in the forgotten file folder. This year someone else started up another Saiyuki big bang so I blew the dust off the novella. To my shock, for being so old, it’s not actually bad. There are some weak rough spots but when this goes live next week, I’ll be happy for it. I miss doing a lot of fan ficcing. It’s something i only do at the holidays for the various challenges.

Reading Destinations

I thought I’d try to get a little more content on the blog so I’m combining a few ideas from others, sharing books and destinations. I’m doing a destination challenge on FB but since I read a lot of SF/Fantasy that often leaves me weeks with no ‘destination.’

So I thought why not open up my take on it to include offworld/fantasy settings. Respond here, FB, twitter whatever makes you happy and let’s share some books because don’t all your TBR piles need to be bigger?

Right now I’m on a middle grade kick. I’m reading The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill and rereading Harry Potter & the Sorcerer’s Stone by JK Rowling. So that takes me to a so far unnamed fantasy world and London/Hogwarts.

Rainbow Snippets

It was a completely traumatic first week back to school, not only for me but for our two new hires. I hope to hell they don’t think it’s always like this or we’ll be looking for new ones again.

So I didn’t write as much as I wanted (also I had edits to do which were easy so that made me happy, I’ll talk more about this one closer to the holidays) and I’m looking forward to reading all your snippets to get my mind off this.

I’m picking up right where we left off with Brendan talking to his ex wife (still a good friend) Kirsten. They’re talking about him meeting Josh.

I’m looking forward to working with him.

“Good I love hearing the excitement, Brendan. It’s been so long since I’ve heard you this jazzed about a project even if it’s a little morbid.”

“You never did like horror.”

“You were the Stephen King fan, Bren. I can’t believe you’re going to go into haunted houses.”

If you’d like to play along, Rainbow Snippets is a Facebook community where we post up 6 sentences of one of our LGBT stories every Saturday. It’s been fun and you can find it here. Be sure to check out all the offers! It’s been a great supportive group!

Sunday Small Talk

It’ll be short but important this weekend. It’ll be hard to write this coming week as class is starting and that is always a chaotic time.

I did manage to finish my edits for Nine Star Press on the steampunk Christmas story. I still have a ton of other stuff to finish for them (maybe tomorrow) but the edits have been turned back in. I’m struggling to come up with a picture for my bio. I loathe having my picture taken.

And I finally finished editing Blood Red Roulette. Oh it’s not ready yet to send out. My beta reader is going over the first third of it since I changed it so extensively and I have a few scenes that I want to dither about cutting or not but it’s done (but still pretty long. Sigh). I wanted to get it done by July and failed so I revised that to get it done before classes. I’m making that by the skin of my teeth.

I still fear this one will never find a home.

Rainbow Snippets

Made it back to work and right into a hot mess which is why it took me so long to get caught up on your snippets.

On the other hand being back in the Athens area is helping to make These Haunted Hills talk louder in my head. Once I get some edits out of the way I can get back to them.

We left off with Josh and Brendan’s story with Brendan back at his cabin talking to his ex, Kirsten, who was concerned he was so late with his check in call (combination of her being a city girl leery of the woods and her worry that he has gone out there to commit suicide.) Here’s more of their conversation.

It was hours after he’d promised to call Kirsten. “I went to the library and did some local research. It’s a fascinating town.”

“What’s Doctor Zimmerman like? Is he as cute as that picture you sent me?”

“Kirsten!” Brendan squirmed. “Much more adorable than that university website picture. Joshua’s a geek, huge fan. You can almost hear the need to be a screaming fan boy ripping out of him but he was well-behave professional, funny. I liked him.”

If you’d like to play along, Rainbow Snippets is a Facebook community where we post up 6 sentences of one of our LGBT stories every Saturday. It’s been fun and you can find it here. Be sure to check out all the offers! It’s been a great supportive group!

Rainbow Snippets

Spent the last week of my vacation being ill. Sigh. Next week is the faculty back to work meetings then the semester starts. Wow this summer went fast.

This week I’m going back to These Haunted Hills with Josh the professor and ghost hunter and Brendan the novelist who lost his son. When we left off Josh had been talking to his ghost hunting partner, Cassia, about meeting Brendan. Today I’m going with what happens after Brendan went back to his cabin in the woods. For reference, Kirsten is Brendan’s ex-wife with whom he’s on very good terms and oh I’m over a sentence or two again. Sigh.

Brendan rested on his cabin’s small porch, finally fishing out his phone. He turned it on and saw overly a dozen message from Kirsten. Guilt from worrying her filled him as he called her back.

“Brendan, there you are!” The bell-clear concern in her tone redoubled the guilt.

“Sorry. I had my phone off so not to interrupt Dr. Zimmerman. I just got back to the cabin.”

“It’s late.”

If you’d like to play along, Rainbow Snippets is a Facebook community where we post up 6 sentences of one of our LGBT stories every Saturday. It’s been fun and you can find it here. Be sure to check out all the offers! It’s been a great supportive group!