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4th-Jul-2013 12:08 am - [sticky post] Where the Abra is at
Seems about the right time for another game of "Where's Abra?"


2015 - A Circus of Brass and Bone Book Release

Would you enjoy escaping into a post-apocalyptic steampunk novel about a circus traveling through the collapse of civilization? A Circus of Brass and Bone is available in trade paperback through Amazon and in ebook format through all major online retailers. Published writing as Abra SW.

Amazon | Google Play | Smashwords | B&N | Apple | and many others

Trade paperback: $13.99, Ebook: $3.99

Discover more stories at my website!

Upcoming conventions I'm attending!

4th Street Fantasy Convention, June 26-28th

CONvergence, July 2nd - 5th

Enjoy an A Circus of Brass and Bone reading at the CONvergence convention in Minneapolis!

11 a.m. on July 5, 2015

There will be donuts!

I will also be speaking on panels at this convention! Exactly which panels ... well ... I'm still waiting to find out.


I'm in a lot of places! Mostly these are all their own thing, but there is some information that I post to all of these, like my market list updates, new publications, and other major news (writing-related or not). - My website. Home base for my writing. The best place to find things I've written.

Livejournal - Here! I don't post as often on Livejournal as I used to, but I tend to keep my longer daily life posts and the important life updates over here, along with the occasional photo or recipe post.

Facebook - Short updates about my life, bemused writing-related comments, as well as random links I enjoy or find useful. You know. I use it like most people do.

Twitter - Mostly SF/F and writing market-related posts these days.

Google+ - Personal stuff, by and large. This is where I put most of my little updates about my life and my family.

Goodreads - Strictly business. This is my author account on Goodreads, not the personal one that I deluge with my to-reads.

Etc. - G+, Pinterest, Flickr, and so on. These are other, more specialized social networks.

15th-Jun-2015 03:24 pm - Aswiebe's Market List 2015-06: sub-Q
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An Iota of Interest

I've found it gives me an advantage to do a detailed scene outline immediately before writing the scene. For one, it separates the "trying to find good words" from "trying to figure out what happens." Divide and conquer. For another, if I find myself falling into part of the scene as I outline it, that's the best time to switch over to actually writing it.

What I've been up to lately, writing-wise:

'Tis convention season! I'll be appearing at two Minneapolis conventions, 4th Street Fantasy Convention (June 26th-28th) and CONvergence (July 2nd-5th). I'll be appearing on panels at both, and I have a reading at CONvergence!

4th Street Fantasy's panel schedule is not yet finalized, but I know for certain that my schedule includes moderating "Surviving Yourself: Self-Care for Creative Types."

My schedule at CONvergence has me on the "Using Folklore as Inspiration" panel. I will also be performing an excerpt from my post-apocalyptic steampunk novel, A Circus of Brass and Bone, at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, July 3, 2015. There will be donuts!

Things Shiny or Useful

Archive of all shiny or useful links: 

* The entire case records from a Victorian asylum are now online [research]:

* StoryWonk podcast - Five Minutes [motivation]:

* #WhereIWrite [motivation]:

Featured Market
sub-Q Magazine wants F/SF interactive fiction and webtoons:

Yes to:
  • Stories that can be told only on a device (using choice, audio, and/or animation)
  • Fiction, poetry, and webtoons/sequential art welcome
  • Twine, TADS, Inform7, custom HTML5 welcome
  • Limit 3500 words or five minutes of first playthrough
  • F/SF and horror
  • 90% pleasure, 10% heartbreak
  • Showing the reader things they’ve never seen before
  • Cross-browser QA-testing appreciated
  • Mobile compatibility appreciated*
  • Smart and fun
  • Affirming the human race deserves to live
The basics: interactive SF/H, 3,500 words max, pays $.09/word ($.06/text + $.03/interactivity), reprints okay. Guidelines at

Market List Updates
To see all the details about these new listings and what they're looking for, as well as hundreds of other listings, go to Aswiebe's Market List and download the latest version of the spreadsheet.

Name What they want Pay Per Word – Fiction Flat Pay – Fiction (Lowest) Website
Untethered: A Magic iPhone Anthology - ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 10/01/2015 All genres except horror (dark fantasy okay) and erotica
Sub-Q Interactive fiction $0.0900
Clockwork Phoenix 5 (Mythic Delirium) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 7/26/2015 All spec-fic $0.0600
Imaginate All genres, themed to photo prompt $0.0500
Unlikely Story (FKA The Journal of Unlikely Entomology) All genres,three themed issues yearly: 1 bugs, 1 cryptography, 1 something else $0.0600
Alternate Hilarities 4: Weirder Science (Strange Musings Press) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 6/30/2015 Funny SF $0.0100
Myriad Lands ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 10/01/2015 Non-Western fantasy $0.0500
Weird City Themed: strange things in densely populated places
Creepy Campfire Stories (for Grownups) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 9/13/2015 Scary campfire-type stories $0.0400
Manor House All horror and dark fantasy
Fearful Fathoms ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 8/1 - 8/31/2015 Body of water-themed horror $0.0100!publications/c1m85
SNAFU: Future Warfare ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 8/13/2015 Military SF/horror $0.0315
Slaypunk ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 8/1/2015 Dark fantasy, horror, and sci-fi, themed to monster slaying.
Monster Waiting in the Woods, The (Emby Press) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 9/1/2015 Dark fiction, horror, SF, themed to monsters
Snowpocalypse ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 8/8/2015 Horror, fantasy, and SF themed to endless winter.
Lovecraftian Visions (Robot Cowgirl) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 8/31/2015 Lovecraftian
Futuristica Vol. I (Meta Sagas) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 8/31/2015 SF with diverse characters. $0.0600
Muffled Screams (Wicked Tales) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 8/31/2015 Horror, themed $0.0100
Witches, Warlocks, Demons, & Evil-Doers ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 9/1/2015 Dark fantasy about harm caused by supernaturals or magic

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4th-Jun-2015 12:18 am(no subject)
Testing a thing...

24th-May-2015 03:44 pm - Rivers of blood! Er, mucus!
I had all kinds of plans to be wonderfully productive and social etc. this week, and then I was caught by The Sick that had Phil the previous two weeks. It seems to be proceeding according to the same schedule, too. After a week of being sick, I feel normal-with-congestion some of the time, and then The Sick hits me over the head and I feel woozy and incapable of basic reasoning. Happily, it's a three-day weekend, so Phil is home to take care of the kids when The Sick sucker-punches me. Today, Theia also started showing signs of The Sick.

The Sick sidelined some of my plans, including the ones to meet with my resident archaeology/Belize expert to brainstorm about the Belize book. Bah. I am not getting my scheduled number of words written per week, so that whole end-of-the-year time table may be a myth after all. However, I've been doing reading and making notes and trying to figure things out.

Rivers of blood! Crystal skulls! Rivers of scorpions! Coral reefs! Jungles! Howler monkeys!

Writing was going really well until I hit the part where the plot moves to Belize and I have to have actually figured out things like the tour itinerary and what plot movement will happen where and, um, what plot movement will happen at all, and who the supporting characters on the tour are. Turns out I hadn't plotted as much as I thought. I just had a great concept and (general) setting and very little in the way of actual plot. Phil laughed when I said this. Just recently he was telling me that I am more of a pantser* than I think I am.

I'm also figuring out convention stuff for this summer. I'll be going to two local SF and fantasy conventions, CONvergence and 4th Street Fantasy. I have a reading planned for CONvergence, which means I'm also going to be experimenting with homemade donuts. I will be on panels at a number of conventions greater than or equal to 1.

[WARNING: BABY TMI] And I'm trying to figure out how to deal with my darling baby girl, who in the last couple of weeks has decided that rather than weaning as planned, she would like to nurse more. It will be highly inconvenient (for me) if I'm still a milch mom when I'm planning on being gone from early morning into the evening, particularly since I'm not getting a hotel room at either of these conventions. I have no experience in weaning a baby, since Cassius weaned himself cold-turkey when he turned one, and I'm rather terrified of it being an upsetting process. Any tips, other mothers?

* One of the eternal writing debates is whether 'tis better (for a given writer) to plot or to pants, as in
write "by the seat of their pants."
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An Iota of Interest
Life changes. People change. What works best for your writing routine may change as well: setting, optimal time of day, writing medium, etc. Even if you think you've figured it out, try different things from time to time.
What I've been up to lately, writing-wise:

"And Other Definitions of Family" will be appearing in Unlikely Story's June issue, The Journal of Unlikely Academia.

Things Shiny or Useful
Archive of all shiny or useful links:

* Never Happen: The Real Deal on TV Cops [research]:

* The vehicle of language [editing]:

Featured Market
Defying Doomsday is a pro-paying anthology of "apocalypse-survival fiction with a focus on disabled characters."

  • (One of) the protagonist(s) must be a character with disability, such as physical impairments, chronic illnesses, mental illnesses and/or neurodiverse characters etc. We will consider stories with characters experiencing all kinds of disability and hope that submitting authors will be creative with the possibilities.

  • We feel strongly that disability or chronic illness (etc) should have an impact on the character’s life and during the post-apocalyptic event. For example, a character with a deadly peanut allergy in a world where peanuts have been wiped out by a plague isn’t going to quite cut it. However, we are not looking for issue stories or stories where disability is the sole focus of the narrative.

The basics: SF only, 3,000-7,000 words, pays $.07/word, no reprints. Guidelines at
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12th-May-2015 11:27 pm - Reading at CONvergence!
Enjoy an A Circus of Brass and Bone reading at the CONvergence convention in Minneapolis!

11 a.m. on July 5, 2015

There will be donuts!
The last two weeks have been kind of rough for me, because Phil hasn't been able to provide much parenting assistance. First he was gone on business for a week, and then he got a rather horrible case of The Sick that has pretty much knocked out his ability to contribute at home. Despite this, it's been an interesting couple of weeks with lots of new experiences.

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27th-Apr-2015 05:48 pm - Theia at 15 months
This is a catch-up entry. Theia (and Cassius) have kept me so busy that I haven't posted and recorded all the moments that a dutiful and loving parent is supposed to! ::ahem::

Well, in hindsight and with the doctor's note here, I can tell you that at 15 months, Theia was 33.31" tall and weighed 22 lbs. This put her at the 98.8th percentile for height, and the 32.96% for weight. That puts her in the 2.18th % for weight-for-length. I blame Phil for these genetics. I don't particularly want babies with supermodel height-weight ratios ... I wish they weighed more! At least she eats, unlike her brother. Her predicted height is 5'10". We shall see. It would be weird to be taller than my children!

21st-Apr-2015 10:27 pm - Panel Notes from AWP 2015
Here are my notes from the AWP panels that I attended, posted because a few people expressed interest. As always, it's a mix of what they said that was interesting to me and what I thought. I wrote up my overall conference experience here:

These are the panels I attended:
Time and Structure in the Novel - A+
Historical Fiction and Fictional History (partial) - D
Weird Science: Strategies to Encourage Innovative Writing in the Workshop - B
Substance as Style: What Noir Writing Can Teach Us About Literary Form - B-/C+
The Art of the Art of - D

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Editor's Note
This month I was able to attend the annual AWP conference, which "provides community, opportunities, ideas, news, and advocacy for writers and teachers of writing." It's primarily aimed at literary fiction writers, academics, and publishers of literary fiction. As you know, I write speculative fiction: fantasy, science fiction, and horror. I went to the conference not sure how much it had to offer me. It was good. The literary fiction genre has certain conventions that make certain writing challenges more visible. Pointing out solutions is easier. And the solutions apply across genres!

In general, getting multiple perspectives is very useful. Don't wear genre-blinders!
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