Eimear McBride doesn’t have one. Nor do Deborah Levy, Rachel Cusk and Sarah Ladipo Manyika. Anakana Schofield does, but it has only been updated three times this year. What don’t these women have? …
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I’ve had some more poetry accepted, this time by an online site- Spillwords. I decided I needed to let some poems go as they are older so these are reprints from a previous (no longer available) book. Except for the one prose piece which either my blog or Facebook actually first saw I believe. Anyway, it’s a very nice site and my work will be published as below. Check it out when it comes out! (I’ll remind 🙂 )
“Dear My Lungs” will be published on 8/12/16
“To Love and Work” will be published on 8/31/16
“Providence in Arlington” will be published on 9/7/16
Check out Spillwords site: http://spillwords.com/
Image via Drew Coffman courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons
Friday I wrote a post Is Facebook Dying? What’s Killing It? to relay what I strongly will be the next evolution of the Digital Age, a Web 3.0 if you will. Judging from the early success of augmented reality games (referencing Pokemon Go), I think we can expect to see more games and more variations.
And this is not necessarily a bad thing.
FB has been like a spoiled child garnering all the attention for far too long. Perhaps that is at least in part responsible for all the poor behavior. Thus, the new ARGs really are like that younger sibling that comes along.
Suddenly FB is no longer an “only” child and is going to have to learn to share attention. Does it mean we will never again pay attention to FB? No. But it certainly won’t have the monopoly…
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Woo Hoo! Poetry Breakfast will be publishing 2, not 1 but 2 of my poems on their site! My poem “Ennui” will be their August 19, 2016 poem and my poem “Operator” will be their September 6, 2016 poem. You can find Poetry Breakfast here: https://poetrybreakfast.com/ and on Twitter at @poetrybreakfast.
In other updates (because the way magazines run even when you are accepted it can be quite awhile until you see your work in print) I have a poem in The Stray Branch Magazine coming in their Winter 2017 issue and a poem in The Nuclear Impact Anthology by Shabda Press when that comes out. You can find them at: http://www.thestraybranch.org/ and http://www.shabdapress.com/nuclear-impact-anthology.html.
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As an author, I am always looking for topics and methods that excite me because writing isn’t all glamour and bon-bons. As a reader I look for the same thing because too often I’ve fallen for the shiny sparkle book of the day and been disappointed. I’m rarely disappointed when I listen to my own intuition in both cases.
So imagine my delight when I stumbled upon a new forum that allowed authors to write based on reader feedback and allowed readers to vote on what happens at the end of each chapter. With no restrictions on genre and subject, I got excited about what I might write and where the readers might take me on the journey. Full disclosure- I’m a pantser writer so anything and everything might happen as I go, which made this endeavor even more tempting.
So I’m here to say, welcome to my new interactive novel and please read the first chapter for free and vote on the outcome! Mine in particular is called Kill Chain and is somewhat of an adventure, slipstream, paranormal, modern fantasy. As with most of my writing, I know basically where I’m going but oh what fun it will be to divert along the way to new roads that require me to rethink the whole darn thing!
Bonus: when I’m done, thanks to reader feedback in the form of votes, a new book will be born.
StoryShift is the brainchild of Canadian developer and programmer Marco Arsenault, better known as Evil-Dog. His “also known as” is de rigour for the gamer set. Storyshift lives at Newgrounds, the perfect place for such a hybrid undertaking. Essentially a game portal, Newgrounds promotes itself as “A community of artists, game developers, musicians, voice actors and writers who create and share some of the best stuff on the web!”
Storyshift creates an unlikely alliance between gamers, authors, and readers, and the morphing is evident in the stories and the choices offered for readers to vote on. The stories there consist of every genre with a propensity towards Horror and Fantasy, but you can also find Science Fiction, Comedy, Slipstream, Mystery, Thriller, Crime and Comics. Yes, some of the stories are even of the graphic novel type, enlisting pictures for the majority of the storytelling. Oh, and Zombies. There are zombies too.
One thing authors shouldn’t expect is for the descriptive genre to meet the strict requirements for genre naming that we may be used to. After all, this is a hybrid venture. One thing gamers have to get used to is reading more than short bits of description. But if everyone is willing to try something new, a good time can be had by all. Interactive novels! And remember, the best thing for everyone? They’re totally free. And not crappy free. Quality free.
And in this age of endless social media, you better believe its available on mobile too, both ios and android.
So head on down and check it out. The first chapter to Kill Chain has just gone up and you have a limited time to vote on the outcome. I’m writing a really different tone for this project. Lots of fun. There are many other stories there too. You’re bound to find something that tickles your reading fancy.
Read and Vote for Free: http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/634402
Take six minutes out of your day and watch this inventive, highly creative video poem! Using FUNtastic drawings and playing on social media, Libby Broadbent, who happens to be a teacher in real life, imparts a lesson or two.
Libby Broadbent lives in Liverpool, Nova Scotia and writes Women’s Contemporary Fiction. She is the author of “That Thing That Happened,” “Indefinitely Idled,” and “Lily’s Valley.” Libby’s blog can be found here: http://libbybroadbent.com/