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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.
18th-Feb-2018 11:42 am - All the updates fit to be printed in!
New market list update! Learn all about the ultimate ham sandwich anthology, plus more: http://www.aswiebe.com/writing/markets.html Originally posted at https://cloudscudding.dreamwidth.org/1125145.html on Dreamwidth.org.
Great technology thriller (think Crichton) with steadily escalating stakes as the main character goes deeper and deeper into the conspiracy. One of my favorite things about this book is the way it introduces us to a huge cast of minor characters and makes each one of them come to life, if only briefly. This is a big fat book, but it reads fast. I haven't read Dean Koontz in ages and ages, and I'm glad I picked the book up.

Story: The Silent Corner by Dean Koontz
Genre: I think it's being sold as a thriller? It's got one significant creepy SF element, too.
Published: June 2017, Bantam
Length: Really long novel.
How I got it: Library
Writer notes: Seriously, self, go back and look at how he wrote minor characters like that. With the PoV and such.
Biases: I'm a fan of the Parasol Universe, and I'm fine with M/M romances.


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18th-Jan-2018 05:45 pm - Pie Charts of the Dead!
It's 2018! Which SF/F publications didn't make it? The new update of Aswiebe's Market List has it all. Lists! Tables! Pie charts! (No, really, I have pie charts.)

Pie Chart of Surviving Publications
 

See?


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17th-Dec-2017 11:31 am - New Market List Update!
Tax changes for writers, book giveaways, a contest for teen writers, and more new writing market updates!

Originally posted at https://cloudscudding.dreamwidth.org/1124448.html on Dreamwidth.org.
26th-Nov-2017 02:22 pm - Snow White: An Islamic Tale

Snow White: An Islamic Tale is a beautiful and faithful retelling of the Snow White fairy tale, modified to be set in the Muslim world. The adjustments are made very thoughtfully and in most cases actually strengthen the story. Snow White is portrayed as a faithful Muslim girl who relies on the Qur'an to guide her behavior. This emphasis on religious virtue is very much in line with many of the original fairy tales, by the way. Her religious observances are included in the story, showing her praying, memorizing passages of the Qur'an, breaking her fast during Ramadan, and wearing a headscarf when she might be observed by a male outside her family. The evil stepmother is shown as being a vain creature with a djinn that lives in her mirror. The change I found most interesting was that instead of male dwarfs, Snow White finds a cottage inhabited by seven dwarven sisters-in-faith, who she lives with and learns from happily (instead of becoming their housekeeper!). At the end of the book, there is a daily prayer, Arabic vocabulary words, and an explanation of where in the Qur'an the quotes referenced are found. Highly recommended, both as a children's story and an exploration of how culture affects our touchstone stories.

Content note: the illustrations do include representations of people and animals, and magic is included in the story but clearly haram.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MZYF9WK/

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