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

Stories!

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.

Online

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).

http://www.aswiebe.com/ - 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.

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The next update of Aswiebe's Market List will be after 8/15/2015.
Permanent link to this newsletter in the archives: http://www.aswiebe.com/writing/archive2015.html#072515

An Iota of Interest
Gender balance is a tricky thing, especially in a historical setting. When women don't have much ability to choose their lives, they make less interesting characters. If you're writing science fiction or fantasy, though, a disruptive event (like an apocalypse) can make anything possible. Of course, a character's past will change how they act. And that makes the story a lot more interesting. For more about this, you can see my upcoming guest post at http://catherineldf.livejournal.com/ within the next few days.

What I've been up to lately, writing-wise:
I'm done with conventions! Deep sigh of relief. I have a couple of other things coming up in a few months, but nothing immediate. This feels verra nice. Mostly I'm working on beating a novel proposal into shape, coming up with an elevator pitch, and struggling with title possibilities. Titles are my nemesis. The best I can hope for is "not eye-gougingly horrible."

Things Shiny or Useful
Archive of all shiny or useful links: http://www.aswiebe.com/writing/shiny.html

* How Do We Talk About Strong Female Characters [characterization]: http://www.tor.com/2015/06/16/how-do-we-talk-about-strong-female-characters

Featured Market
New from Escape Artists (the people who brought us Escape Pod, PodCastle, and Pseudopod), Mothership Zeta wants science fiction, fantasy, and horror stories that are fun.

The robot who fights a dinosaur, not the robot who explores its lack of humanity and deactivates itself. The nagini who goes on an adventure, not the nagini who is tortured and drowns herself. The blonde woman who kills monsters, not the blonde woman who gets ripped apart by monsters. Fun doesn’t necessarily mean “funny,” and stories can have conflict and darker elements, but we want stories that leave the reader satisfied, usually in a positive way. Bittersweet is okay, tragic is not. (Unless you’re Cabin in the Woods. A killer unicorn buys you some credit.)
The basics: funny SF/F/H, 6,000 words max, pays $.06/word, no reprints. Guidelines at http://mothershipzeta.org/submission-guidelines/. They're currently closed for submissions, so plan ahead!
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
Cicada YA comics, fiction, and art, all genres including SF/F, themed issues $0.2500
http://www.cicadamag.com/submitwork
Clarkesworld Magazine likes language $0.1000
http://clarkesworldmagazine.com/submissions/
Urban Fantasy Magazine Urban fantasy $0.0600
http://urbanfantasymagazine.com/submission-guidelines/
Steampunk Universe Multicultural steampunk with differently abled main character $0.0600
http://alliterationink.tumblr.com/post/123390010225/special-call-for-submissions-steampunk-universe
Mothership Zeta (Escape Artists) Podcast SF/F/H that is fun $0.0600
http://mothershipzeta.org/submission-guidelines/
Pseudopod (Podcast) Horror $0.0600
http://pseudopod.org/guidelines
Gernsback Writing Contest (Amazing Stories) ANNUAL ANTHOLOGY - DUE 7/1 - 7/31 SF, themed $0.0600
http://amazingstoriesmag.com/gernsback-writing-contest/
Shattered Prism All spec-fic $0.0600
http://shatteredprism.com/guidelines.html
Solarpunk Optimistic near-future SF $0.0300
http://www.solarpunkpress.com/submit/
Phantom Drift - ONE-TIME CLOSURE UNTIL 01/01/2016 New weird, slipstream, fabulism $0.0200
http://www.phantomdrift.org/#!/sitepage_4
Orthogonal SF Spec-fic, especially indefinable and experimental
$100.00 http://www.orthogonalsf.net/?p=41
Apex Publications SF/F/H novels and novellas
$100.00 http://www.apexbookcompany.com/pages/apex-books-guidelines
Odd Tree Press All spec-fic
$20.00 http://oddtreepress.com/submissions/
Allegory SF/F/H - some general quirky
$15.00 http://www.allegoryezine.com/submissions.htm
Flash Forge Horror, bizarro, weird, etc.
$10.00 http://riotforgestudios.com/flash-submissions/
Witches (Fey Publishing) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 9/30/2015 Fantasy or dark fantasy, themed to witches
$5.00 http://www.feypublishing.com/submissions.html
Vine Leaves Literary Journal All genres, vignettes
$3.76 http://www.vineleavesliteraryjournal.com/submission-guidelines.html
MicroHorror ANNUAL ANTHOLOGY - DUE 10/1 - 10/31 - DEAD MARKET Themed.
$5.00 http://www.microhorror.com/microhorror/
vMeme21 - DEAD MARKET Multimedia and mundane SF - also has shared-world project - READ MANIFESTO $0.0500
http://www.vmeme21.com
Tales of the Unanticipated (TOTU) - DEAD MARKET SF/F/H and unclassifiable $0.0150
http://www.totu-ink.com/guidelines.phtml


Aswiebe's Market List
* Aswiebe's Market List is a searchable, sortable spreadsheet of paying fantasy, science fiction, and horror markets. This way it's easy to find, for example, only horror markets that accept reprints greater than 10,000 words. For more information on what it is and how to use it, see About Aswiebe.com's Market Spreadsheet.
* If you find it useful, please consider donating via PayPal to help support it.
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* Feel free to forward this email on to people you think might find it useful. If you're so moved, go ahead and link to Aswiebe's Market List on your blog or webpage.
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Links
Aswiebe's Market List
About Aswiebe's Market List
Abra Staffin-Wiebe's main website
Abra Staffin-Wiebe's blog

Keep writing, keep submitting, and good luck!

Abra Staffin-Wiebe, Compiler of Lists

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Ingredients:
4 slices uncooked bacon
1 bunch asparagus
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons flour
1 cup milk
1-2 cup shredded sharp Cheddar cheese

Directions:

Fry bacon in skillet. Set bacon aside on paper towels. Do not drain bacon fat from skillet.

Melt butter in medium pan over low heat.

Whisk flour into butter until all lumps are gone. Continue whisking for another minute.

Gradually pour milk in, whisking constantly until combined. Simmer over low heat until thickened, stirring often.

Meanwhile, heat skillet with bacon fat over medium/medium-hot heat. Add asparagus and cook until lightly browned, about 3 minutes, turning often (use tongs).

Once sauce has started to thicken, stir cheddar cheese in 1/2 cup at a time.

To serve, put asparagus on platter, pour cheese sauce over the top (there will be extra left), and crumble bacon on top.

EAT THEM ALL.

Notes: I used cheddar, but I bet this would be good with blue cheese, or a combo of fancy cheeses, or some such.
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Abra SW will be performing an excerpt from A Circus of Brass and Bone, a post-apocalyptic steampunk novel, followed by a brief discussion of the writing process.

Friday, July 3rd, 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
DoubleTree 2201

Add to your CONvergence schedule: schedule.convergence-con.org/event/377c0960ae40814c795d3a7128931664

Donuts will be available first-come, first-served.

About the Book

If you'd like to travel with a steampunk circus through post-apocalyptic wilderness and disintegrating cities, you might enjoy reading A Circus of Brass and Bone. People come together ... or die.

Reviews

"Read if: You would love to read about circus freaks, espionage, war elephant golems, intrepid female ship captains, monkeys finding true love, and the authentic smells of large cities."
- Heidi Waterhouse, Goodreads

"the world has a texture and a past that appeals even as it appalls ... The characters have a lot of bad stuff happening to them, but they retain both agency and their moral sense. The darker scenes never devolve into hopelessness or pointless gore."
- Marissa Lingen, Novel Gazing Redux

"'Circus' is a steampunk fantasy piece told in a period voice. It has a thick Dickensian accent and the affectations of Christie, Shelley and Austen. It's sparking conversations you'd expect at a dinner party where Katherine Dunn, Cormac McCarthy and Kurt Vonnegut had a little too much wine. It's imaginative modern literature."
- Rob Callahan, “'A Circus of Brass and Bone' a sea change for indie authorship,” Vita.mn
15th-Jun-2015 03:24 pm - Aswiebe's Market List 2015-06: sub-Q
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The next update of Aswiebe's Market List will be after 7/15/2015.

Permanent link to this newsletter in the archives: http://www.aswiebe.com/writing/archive2015.html#061515


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: http://www.aswiebe.com/writing/shiny.html 


* The entire case records from a Victorian asylum are now online [research]: http://motherboard.vice.com/read/the-entire-case-records-from-a-victorian-asylum-are-now-online

* StoryWonk podcast - Five Minutes [motivation]: http://forum.storywonk.com/index.php?/topic/338-the-journeyman-writer-21-five-minutes/

* #WhereIWrite [motivation]: http://www.whereiwrite.tv/

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 https://sub-q.com/about/submissions/.


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
$100.00 http://www.cantinapublishing.com/submissions/untethered/
Sub-Q Interactive fiction $0.0900
https://sub-q.com/about/submissions/
Clockwork Phoenix 5 (Mythic Delirium) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 7/26/2015 All spec-fic $0.0600
http://mythicdelirium.com/?page_id=2277
Imaginate All genres, themed to photo prompt $0.0500
http://imaginatezone.blogspot.com/p/submissions.html
Unlikely Story (FKA The Journal of Unlikely Entomology) All genres,three themed issues yearly: 1 bugs, 1 cryptography, 1 something else $0.0600
http://www.unlikely-story.com/?page_id=62
Alternate Hilarities 4: Weirder Science (Strange Musings Press) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 6/30/2015 Funny SF $0.0100
http://www.strangemusingspress.com/p/blog-page.html
Myriad Lands ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 10/01/2015 Non-Western fantasy $0.0500
http://www.stokesinternet.com/guardbridgebooks//Submissions.html
Weird City Themed: strange things in densely populated places
$50.00 http://weirdcitypress.com/submission-guidelines/
Creepy Campfire Stories (for Grownups) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 9/13/2015 Scary campfire-type stories $0.0400
http://www.emppublishing.com/about.html
Manor House All horror and dark fantasy
$20.00 http://www.manorhouseshow.com/#!fiction-writers/c3cg
Fearful Fathoms ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 8/1 - 8/31/2015 Body of water-themed horror $0.0100
http://www.scarletgalleonpublications.com/#!publications/c1m85
SNAFU: Future Warfare ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 8/13/2015 Military SF/horror $0.0315
http://cohesionpress.com/about-2/submissions/snafu-future-warfare/
Slaypunk ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 8/1/2015 Dark fantasy, horror, and sci-fi, themed to monster slaying.
$25.00 https://embypress.submittable.com/submit/39050
Monster Waiting in the Woods, The (Emby Press) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 9/1/2015 Dark fiction, horror, SF, themed to monsters
$25.00 https://embypress.submittable.com/submit/39051
Snowpocalypse ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 8/8/2015 Horror, fantasy, and SF themed to endless winter.
$25.00 http://www.blackmirrorpress.com/our-anthologies.html
Lovecraftian Visions (Robot Cowgirl) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 8/31/2015 Lovecraftian
$50.00 http://robotcowgirl.com/lovecraftian-visions/
Futuristica Vol. I (Meta Sagas) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 8/31/2015 SF with diverse characters. $0.0600
http://metasagas.com/submissions/
Muffled Screams (Wicked Tales) ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 8/31/2015 Horror, themed $0.0100
http://wickedtales.ca/submissions/anthology/
Witches, Warlocks, Demons, & Evil-Doers ONE-TIME ANTHOLOGY - DUE 9/1/2015 Dark fantasy about harm caused by supernaturals or magic
$25.00 https://sirenscallpublications.wordpress.com/2015/06/09/opensubmissions-witcheswarlocksdemonsandevildoers/

Aswiebe's Market List</font>
* Aswiebe's Market List
is a searchable, sortable spreadsheet of paying fantasy, science
fiction, and horror markets. This way it's easy to find, for example,
only horror markets that accept reprints greater than 10,000 words. For more information on what it is and how to use it, see About Aswiebe.com's Market Spreadsheet.


* If you find it useful, please consider donating via PayPal to help support it.
* To help prevent these from being flagged as spam, please add this email to your contacts. Thanks!

* Feel free to forward this email on to people you think might find it useful. If you're so moved, go ahead and link to Aswiebe's Market List on your blog or webpage.
* To report a new paying market, go to my contact page.

* To unsubscribe, simply reply to this email with "unsubscribe" in the subject line.
* You can also get market list updates through social media by following my RSS feed, Livejournal, Twitter, Facebook, or Google+ account. But social media sites come and go, so the email newsletter is probably the most reliable method.

Links


Aswiebe's Market List
About Aswiebe's Market List

Abra Staffin-Wiebe's main website
Abra Staffin-Wiebe's blog


Keep writing, keep submitting, and good luck!

Abra Staffin-Wiebe, Compiler of Lists

Feel free to share this newsletter with others by whatever means you like, as long as you include all of it. If you want to subscribe to this email newsletter, go here. To unsubscribe, simply reply to this email with "unsubscribe" in the subject line.
4th-Jun-2015 12:18 am(no subject)
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Testing a thing...

24th-May-2015 03:44 pm - Rivers of blood! Er, mucus!
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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: http://www.aswiebe.com/writing/shiny.html

* Never Happen: The Real Deal on TV Cops [research]: http://www.thrillingdetective.com/trivia/triv198.html

* The vehicle of language [editing]: http://laphamsquarterly.org/travel/vehicle-language

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 http://defyingdoomsday.twelfthplanetpress.com/submissions/.
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12th-May-2015 11:27 pm - Reading at CONvergence!
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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!
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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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