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jenniferkoliver: (Stock | Typewriter)
Really excited to announce I've sold a short story to Kaleidotrope magazine, to be published in 2015. Next year sounds a long way off, but we're almost in June already, which is crazy! The story is called Shuffle and is a post-apocalyptic dark fantasy. I will update again when it's live. For now, here is an excerpt:

I think my name might be Sarauugh. At least that's how it sounds when I pull it up through frayed vocal cords. But I've also been Joe, followed briefly by Amelia. I was an echo of Dumaka, and for a few moments I was Frederick. And once, I was Mei for an entire morning.

I also posted a new article to [livejournal.com profile] getyourwordsout about character naming. The community is locked to non-members, but I put the article up on the Storyslingers blog as well, available here: Choosing Character Names - Fun, or a Total Nightmare?.

Guitaring goes well! Me and my friend Becky Bye have been getting together regularly to jam, and we're currently working our way through blues scales, as well as putting together chords to make our own little tunes. My fingers are delightfully callused and switching chords has become way easier now I'm back in the groove. I don't know if I mentioned before, but I picked up an Ibanez Talman TCM50 semi-acoustic not long ago. It is a glorious thing. Beautiful, crisp sound, and a small body so it's easy for me to play.

Related, I recently saw this video of Jimmy Page playing an electric guitar using a violin bow. Very cool. The first few minutes are haunting.

So yes, things are happening! I have a couple more podcast recommendations lined up, which I'll post soon, and I still want to put up my (much briefer than last year) write-up of the Sci-Fi Weekender 2014.

The Fun Lovin' Criminal, by Fun Lovin' Criminals.
13th-Feb-2014 06:04 pm - Planning For A Writing Life
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(This article was originally written for and posted to [livejournal.com profile] getyourwordsout.)

There are loads of reasons to be a regular writer. Writing regularly makes you a stronger writer. Writing regularly makes you a more focused writer. It helps with memory and recall, and with spelling, grammar and punctuation. It can be rewarding. It provides structure. It's brain exercise, and that can only be a good thing.

Trouble is, it's not always easy to get into the swing of regular writing. I've struggled with it in the past, and I still do. We all have down-times. Things happen in everyday life that are out of our control, and sometimes writing is simply impossible. Once you fall out of your stride, it's damn hard getting back into it.

But there are things you can do to ease you into a writing life. And if you plan to have a writing career, you really can't afford not to write regularly )

Love Until It Hurts (Aurosonic Progressive Mix), by Headstrong feat. Stine Grove.
jenniferkoliver: (SPN | Castiel)
My guest blog post has gone up at Printsasia, and you can read it here: Finding Your Author Voice. I went with something general in the end that can apply to a wide variety of writers. I'd love to hear what you think of the post if you have time (don't worry, it's short), and if you social network on either Facebook or Twitter and fancy liking or retweeting the post, I may very well build a little shrine to you in my garden!

Also, there is an update from Darwin's Evolutions, who'll be publishing my novelette "Dust City" soon. This morning I've been checking out the line-up and I can see I'm in terrific company.

In non-writey news, I've been on a Supernatural kick lately and finally caught up with the show, and wow. I was so torn about S6 because I didn't think they could top the epic S5 finale, but I was wrong. Ok, SPN? I admit I was totally wrong about you. Cut for major spoilers for Supernatural S5 and S6 )

There will be a batch of SPN icons at some point in the near future, mostly of Castiel, because he rocks. Oh, Cas, I'm professing!
25th-May-2011 06:31 pm - Sold! And writing guest blogs
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So I have a little bit of writing news: I've made my first story sale! Notice that dark shape that just went zooming past your window? Yeah, that was me doing my victory lap around the planet. I am thrilled, thrilled, thrilled to officially be in the game! As for the story, it's a dark fantasy novelette, 10,900 words, and it's going to be illustrated. It'll appear at Darwin's Evolutions at some point in the near future. I'll post again when I have more news about the release date etc. Thrilled, I tell ya!

Another cause for excitement is I've been asked to write a guest blog post for Printsasia. As I've never guest blogged anywhere before, this is another first for me. The thing is, I've been given free rein to post about pretty much any writing topic, and deciding on a topic is proving damn nigh impossible. Any suggestions or tips? I'm all ears. And a tiny bit nervous about doing this right.

On the story writing front, I've started my Next Short Fiction Project, which already has a nifty title, although I play my WIP titles close to my chest because a) I don't want anyone to pilfer them, and b) I don't want to jinx the project by saying too much too soon. So far it's going slowly, mostly because this is a brand new genre for me, and I'm taking those tentative ranger steps through unfamiliar territory. But, on the flip-side, research is speedy and a bundle of fun. I've been reading lots of Victorian Lit and will soon be diving into a pile of Steampunk. Er, not to be confused with a pile of steaming punks.

Woohoo! Things. Are. Happening. :)
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