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This past week the kids had off from school, so our family headed to a cabin in the wilds of Wisconsin. No internet, no cellphone signal ... perfect. I didn't even burden myself with, "I should be writing a lot." It was the perfect way to get out of my own head and unwind. I enjoyed the autumn splendor, went for long walks in the woods, and read two books. Now I'm back and feeling less stressed and more connected, in a good way!

What I've been up to lately, writing-wise:
 
I have a short story in the next issue of F&SF, available at fine bookstores on November 1st. My inner 13-year-old is SO happy right now!
[Contributor's copies]
 
And I've been preparing for readings at a couple of big events coming up.
 
Next Sunday I'll be performing at WordBrew, an annual showcase for Minnesotan F/SF writers. It's always a great time. Check it out if you're in town!
 
November 17th will be the grand book release party and fairy-themed extravaganza for The Subverted Fairy Project, an art and writing collaboration that I am part of. It's going to be amazing. Mark your calendar now!
https://www.facebook.com/events/485033022007029/

(This is an excerpt from the Aswiebe's Market List newsletter. The full newsletter can be read here: http://www.aswiebe.com/writing/markets.html)
Originally posted at https://cloudscudding.dreamwidth.org/1128263.html on Dreamwidth.org.
25th-Oct-2018 08:04 pm - Recipe: Mattar Paneer
Ingredients
  • 1 cup Onion Chopped
  • 1 cup Tomato Chopped
  • 1 inch Ginger Chopped
  • 5-6 cloves Garlic
  • (Optional: 2 tsp Green chilli Chopped)
  • 2 tsp Coriander powder
  • 1 tsp Turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin Powder
  • 1/2 - 3/4 tsp Garam masala powder
  • 1 tsp Kathuri methi (dried fenugreek leaves)
  • salt to taste (about 1/2 tsp.)
  • 2 c. paneer or other non-melting cheese, chopped in 1/3" squares
  • 2 c. frozen peas, rinsed
  • 2 Tbsp. heavy cream
  • a drip of lemon juice
[directions to be added later, but I don't want to lose this draft. not sure why it was saved as a draft, but there you are.]

 

 

 


Originally posted at https://cloudscudding.dreamwidth.org/1128170.html on Dreamwidth.org.
Welcome to new pro-paying SF/Fantasy market, Constellary! All the details and more SF writing updates: http://www.aswiebe.com/writing/markets.html

(Personal bits from the newsletter below, because that's what this blog platform is for, I guess? I wish?)

Thoughts in Passing
Summer is a hectic, not-so-productive time for me. Happy Autumn, everyone! And a blessed Autumn Equinox to those who celebrate it.

My autumn goals are always threefold: ease back into being more productive now that I have school mornings to myself; de-stress myself; and frantically try to catch up with everything that I fell behind on during the summer. This includes cleaning and meal-planning and paperwork, as well as my Very Long Indeed list of writing-related to-dos. That's not actual writing, mind you, just the many obligations and projects and bookkeeping related to being a writer!

Then my oldest got sick with pneumonia. He's doing a lot better now, thank goodness, but all my fine plans (and alone time!) went by the wayside for the last week and a half. Time to take a deep breath and remind myself that fifteen minutes at a time still makes a difference. It's time to focus on writing.

What I've been up to lately, writing-wise:
 
I had a great reading at The Wolf House (my pictures of this weird, wonderful, bizarre space are here and here) as part of the Subverted Fairy Project. It was recorded, so you should be able to listen to that soon. And there will be more news about this project as the launch date gets closer. If you're local to the Twin Cities, mark November 17th on your calendar for an awesome launch party!
 
To get back into the swing of writing more, I've found Cold Turkey Writer incredibly useful. It takes over your whole computer and doesn't let you do anything else until you've written the amount of words or for the amount of minutes that you specify. Great for avoiding distractions!


Originally posted at https://cloudscudding.dreamwidth.org/1127751.html on Dreamwidth.org.
26th-Aug-2018 12:23 pm - Cassius, Age 7
I try to take Sundays off of social media, but it has occurred to me that what I really mean by that is "fast" social media, the constant churn. So perhaps Sunday is the right day to take 5 minutes to type a longer post. And there is one such post that ought to be done!

Cassius recently turned 7. Seven!! How is this possible?!? He starts 2nd grade tomorrow, and he's very excited to go back and see his school friends again. He says that he's met the teacher one time before. He seemed comfortable with her at the school open house, so that's great. This year he is no longer in Early Childhood Special Education, so he won't be getting the same kind of assistance and interventions. Fingers crossed that everything goes well! He seems ready. His fine motor strength has improved a lot, and if he's still a little socially awkward, well, who among us isn't?

At age 7, Cassius is full of thoughts and full of chatter. He finds it exceptionally difficult to stop talking unless he's reading a book. His reading has really taken off in the last few months. He's reading chapter books on his own, and loving it. He particularly likes nonfiction, whether it's about dinosaurs or the pyramids or inventions or engineering.

When he grows up, he wants to be a scientist or an engineer or an architect. He thinks maybe a toy engineer, although recently he's also discussed game design as something he's interested in.

He is very happy that we have recently acquired a dog. A Dog Called Hawk is a one-year-old, 60 lb, black lab with all the energy and self-control of a puppy.

Cassius loves playing Pokemon, whether it's Pokemon Go (anybody want to be friends?) or the card game. He also likes reading all about the Pokemon. He has recently started watching Lolirock, which I can only describe as magical girl rock star anime. He really likes shows in that kind of genre. He's started tackling a half-size Rubik's cube. He really enjoys building Lego kits.

Cassius is very sensitive and concerned about other people's feelings. He has fears about losing his parents/family in a crowd, and about being left behind. He is 100% lawful-good. He is extremely concerned about following the rules and making sure others do the same. He does not like scary movies (unlike his younger sister) even if things turn out okay.

Challenges: when he gets upset, he tends to run away from us if we are out and about (like in a grocery store or at the mall), which isn't safe and which we are working on. He'll also sometimes just refuse to walk. Apparently nonviolence resistance techniques are genetic. Who knew? He and his sister love each other (they missed each other so much on the recent son-daddy trip to Wisconsin) very much, but they also tussle constantly and do things deliberately to tick each other off. But they hate being separated. Oof.

Brother and sister reunited Originally posted at https://cloudscudding.dreamwidth.org/1127550.html on Dreamwidth.org.


The next update of Aswiebe's Market List will be after 9/15/2018.
Permanent link to this newsletter in the archives: http://www.aswiebe.com/writing/archive2018.html#081518

Thoughts in Passing
Oops! I've had so much on my plate lately that I completely blanked on the last Aswiebe's Market List update, so this is a double shot.

What I've been up to lately, writing-wise:
 
My little epic fantasy novella is out in the world! The Unkindness of Ravens is an epic fantasy story about trickster gods and favors owed. Initial reviews on Goodreads are very positive. Yay! Go read the long excerpt on my website.
 
Things Shiny or Useful
Archive of all shiny or useful links: http://www.aswiebe.com/writing/shiny.html  

Plot Structure: How to Shape an Intriguing Plot: https://www.nownovel.com/blog/novel-plot-structure-intrigue/

25 Ways to Plot, Plan, and Prep Your Story: http://terribleminds.com/ramble/2011/09/14/25-ways-to-plot-plan-and-prep-your-story/


Featured Market
 
The End of Our World anthology is seeking thoughtful SF themed to climate catastrophe and end of the world. Due 8/31/2018!
 
Contemporary warnings of impending doom, the rapidly approaching end of our overdeveloped and unsustainable world, are based on reality and science, on cold, hard facts, matters of projection rather than prediction. And we are already seeing the end beginning. The signs are everywhere: environmentally and socially (check our fact sheet for details). We are going down, and most of us know, perhaps not consciously, not clearly spelled out, but we know, deep inside, that we are going down, in spite of all the comforting lies told by those who are profiting from our downfall and want us to go meekly.

This contest is meant to raise people's awareness of what is happening to our (natural) world right now and what this may mean for the near future. We are looking for short stories dealing with the many existential issues facing us. No nonsense, no wild, impossible fantasies but strong, intelligent stories, based on facts, cautionary tales, speculative, plausible and thought-provoking.
 
Basics: themed science fiction, 1,500-3,000 words, reprints okay, $1,000 prize. Due 8/31/2018. Guidelines: http://www.aftermathmag.org/contest.html.
Originally posted at https://cloudscudding.dreamwidth.org/1127228.html on Dreamwidth.org.

Thoughts in Passing
I am deep in the pre-production for my epic fantasy novella, The Unkindness of Ravens. During my final grammar-and-typos copyedit, my proudest moment was spotting the extra space hiding at the beginning of a paragraph. 😆 Want to know what gave me the most trouble? Figuring out the grammatically correct use of articles with a term I made up myself (turns out it's complicated).

Ah, writers. We do it to ourselves.
 
What I've been up to lately, writing-wise:
 
See above. I have a novella coming out soon! July 17th! Soon, The Unkindness of Ravens will be available in print for pre-order. The ebook is already available for pre-order on non-Amazon sites, with a special low pre-order price (Kindle coming soon).

I'm also going to two local writing conventions in the next month. I'm at 4th Street Fantasy, June 22 - June 24th (I'm there now!). And I'm at CONvergence July 5 - July 8. I'll be doing a reading (with donuts if they're allowed in the room) first thing in the morning on Friday! That same day I'll be on these panels: Kids Ask a Writer, Keeping Creatively Energized, and Next Big Monster. On Saturday, I'm part of the group book signing (look for my origami tree) and the Writing Violence in Violent Times panel.
 
Things Shiny or Useful
Archive of all shiny or useful links: http://www.aswiebe.com/writing/shiny.html  

A Mid-Year Prep Talk to Rejuvenate Your Writing Resolutions: http://www.ingramspark.com/blog/a-mid-year-pep-talk-to-rejuvenate-your-writing-resolutions

Featured Market
 
Sins and Other Worlds is a reprint dark SF anthology by Shacklebound Books.
 
All submissions must be science fiction in nature. Any sub-genre is acceptable, but the stories must have have a science fiction element and must be dark in tone or atmosphere.
 
Basics: dark science fiction, reprints ONLY, 1,500 words or fewer, pays at least $.01/word (maybe more depending on Kickstarter). Due until filled. Guidelines: https://shackleboundbooks.wordpress.com/submissions/.
 
For the rest of the market updates, go to http://www.aswiebe.com/writing/markets.html
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18th-May-2018 09:53 am - New Market List Update!
New Aswiebe's Market List update!

I talk about feeling stressed and miserable and realizing that a lot of the reason why is that ... I haven't been writing.

Also, the Punk Rock Future anthology wants punk rock science fiction, fantasy, and horror, pays pro rates. All the details and more: http://www.aswiebe.com/writing/markets.html

Originally posted at https://cloudscudding.dreamwidth.org/1126478.html on Dreamwidth.org.
29th-Apr-2018 04:28 pm - Fun read
Delightful, sweet, horrifying, and filled with excellent advice for relationships and families: Toni Curtis' "Upon Your Marriage to a Redcap" at Iridium Magazine.

https://iridiumzine.com/2018/03/23/upon-your-marriage-to-a-redcap/

Story: "Upon Your Marriage to a Redcap" by Toni Curtis.
Genre: Contemporary fantasy.
Published: April 2018, Iridium Magazine
Length: Quite short short story.
How I found it: While checking to see if my story was up yet (it was not).

Originally posted at https://cloudscudding.dreamwidth.org/1126134.html on Dreamwidth.org.
17th-Apr-2018 08:12 pm - New Market List Update!

FearBot3000 wants you to know that the The Working Zealot's Guide to Gaining Capital in Pre-Apocalyptic America will pay you monies for your weird capitalist stories.

All the new market list updates:
http://www.aswiebe.com/writing/markets.html

Originally posted at https://cloudscudding.dreamwidth.org/1125646.html on Dreamwidth.org.
17th-Mar-2018 12:58 pm - New Market List Update!
New Aswiebe's Market List update! Unidentified Funny Objects 7 will pay you $.10/word for your funny SFF. But wait, there's more!

Originally posted at https://cloudscudding.dreamwidth.org/1125404.html on Dreamwidth.org.
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