It’s Been A While


It has been a while since  have post­ed. I have my rea­sons, I just can’t think what they are right now. Nev­er­the­less I fig­ured that today would be a great day to catch up.

Back around the begin­ning of the year I had a lit­tle bit of a cre­ative depres­sion. I want­ed to write, but between hav­ing so lit­tle time, and moan­ing about hav­ing so lit­tle time, and the pres­sures of work, I got close to noth­ing done. Then fol­lows the sense of fail­ure. Intro­vert though I may be, I am still, by nature of my human­i­ty a social crea­ture and I real­ized that what I need­ed was to be able to com­mis­er­ate and share with oth­er peo­ple like myself. Writ­ers who had yet to meet with much suc­cess, who like me need­ed sup­port, guid­ance and a chance to help and guide, and most impor­tant­ly, some­thing or some­one who would hold me account­able for cre­at­ing some­thing on a reg­u­lar basis. So, on the fly, I signed up for a writ­ing class with Cat Ram­bo with the hopes that I would find that thing I was look­ing for.

That was the best thing I could have done. It was per­fect in all ways.

Cat was great and I learned a lot from her in the six weeks that our class met up. But the group of ladies and one guy, sin­cere, won­der­ful, sup­port­ive, friend­ly, fun­ny, inter­est­ed and inter­est­ing, diverse writ­ers that I met in class are worth more than the $200 I put down for that class. No amount of mon­ey could have paid for what I’ve gained in them.

We call our­selves Neb­u­la Bound, because, well, isn’t it obvi­ous?

Since the end of that class, I have com­plet­ed a new short sto­ry (actu­al­ly a much expand­ed rewrite) and have sub­mit­ted it to Clarkesworld. Don’t start clap­ping yet. I received my offi­cial Clarkesworld rejec­tion with­in two days. Ha! But, its all good. I’ve already sent it off to anoth­er mag­a­zine and I’m work­ing on anoth­er sto­ry.

Actu­al­ly, I’ve got a few sto­ries planned, one of which will be a novel­la, and I’m feel­ing very hope­ful about bring­ing them all to com­ple­tion.

AUW has received two 5 star rat­ings on GR in the last week or so. That’s ter­rif­ic con­sid­er­ing it seems to have been at a stand­still for the last sev­er­al months. That’s some­thing, isn’t it?

I’ve also joined anoth­er group of ter­rif­ic writ­ers in a pri­vate online crit group. There are some great folks in that group as well with great tal­ent and bur­geon­ing name recog­ni­tion. Not my name, but hey, I get to say, “I’ve got con­nec­tions.” Right?

Back to the top­ic of the Neb­u­las, I’d like send my own small unknown yet warm con­grat­u­la­tions out to every­one who was nom­i­nat­ed and/or who won a Neb­u­la this year. It is great to see so many women! I’ve made a per­son­al goal, as one who is Neb­u­la Bound (stop laugh­ing at me!) that I will read the win­ning works and at least half of the nom­i­nat­ed works this year. I enjoy a good sto­ry like any­one else, but also I hope to learn some­thing about good sto­ry telling, devel­op­ment and theme.

I’ve already start­ed read­ing Ancil­lary Jus­tice by Ann Leck­ie and I’ll be updat­ing as I go on GR. I plan to post my reviews on GR and here. Any­one wish to read along with me? I’d love the com­pa­ny.

Well, I think I’ve said enough for now. I’m out.