This past Tuesday, I took in a webinar with Frances Gilbert, cheerfully titled “I’ll Acquire Your Book If You Make Me Laugh: Writing Humorous Picture Books”. Frances Gilbert is both an editor at Doubleday Young Readers and the author of several really funny picture books.
It’s that time of year… time for the annual “What I did with my summer vacation year” post, otherwise known as the annual awards eligibility post — a quick accounting of everything I’ve published this year.
In the GOOD NEWS DEPT: I’m grateful and honored to have received recommender grants from @ONArtsCouncil to support my in-progress MG fantasy novel, SON OF SUPERTHIEF. Thank you to the OAC, and to the recommenders who gave my project their vote of confidence.
My young son was excited to make out the constellation of Orion for the first time this winter. Unfortunately for us, we live right downtown and can barely make it out, thanks to skyglow. The image above is a terrific side-by-side of Orion with and without the skyglow of Orem, UT. Here in Ottawa, Ontario, all we can see of Orion is the 7 brightest stars: the belt, shoulders and toes. I was inspired to write a short piece on skyglow for kids.
My winning science fiction story for Writers of the Future vol. 34, “A Bitter Thing,” was inspired by hard science. In the story, an intergalactic traveller falls for Ami the moment he sees her. It seems to be love at first sight, but can she really trust her understanding of his alien emotions?
The story revolves around the intergalactic traveller, Teese. His alien emotional system was inspired by two disparate pieces of real, Earthly biology. The first is the biology of cephalopod skin, and the second is known as mirror-touch synesthesia. Continue reading “The science inside the story”
Last month, I stumbled across a partly-abandoned website with a terrific idea. write1sub1.com was a writing club following Ray Bradbury’s advice to write one story and submit one story each week.
“If you can write one short story a week — doesn’t matter what the quality is to start, but at least you’re practicing. At the end of the year, you have 52 short stories, and I defy you to write 52 bad ones. Can’t be done.” – Ray Bradbury
The writing club seems to be over, but it struck me as such good advice that I’m trying to follow it, too.
Pros: More Stories! More Submissions!
Cons: I’m having trouble finishing anything but flash in one week.