Weekly Cafe update and a little Writing News

Another bunch of links for you. I’m finding it easier to squeeze these kind of posts in between writing and real life.

First, an update on Willow: going slow, but I expected that to happen. I want the first three chapters of this book to really pull readers in, so I’m taking my time to make sure that it’s right. I’m planning to workshop the 1st two chapters at the Wiscon writer’s workshop, so I need to get those done by April 1.

And speaking of Wiscon, yes, I’ll be there, albeit on Friday only, due to some scheduling snafus. But the scheduling looks very good indeed. After the workshop, there will be a Cultural Appropriation 101 class that looks to be very interesting in light of some very interesting discussions that’s been taking place on LiveJournal. (I’m still working on my own thoughts of the matter, but there are a couple of things I still need to do before I set those thoughts into words.) I also plan to go to Odyssey Con April 24-26. Hmm…from writing workshops to geekcons. I’m making my way up the networking ladder.

Other news: “She’s All Light”, the story I poured my heart and soul into for the past year, got Honorable Mention at the 1st Quarter Writers of the Future Contest. I was a little bummed about it, but overall a lot happier over it than I was making finalist at the Oddcon writing contest. It also means that I’m free to send it out, so I’m putting it out on the field. Wish me luck! I’ve already started on a new story for WOTF. I won’t make the 2nd Quarter deadline, seeing that April 1 is already reserved for Willow, but I do plan to take my time so that I can send it in time for the 3rd Quarter, which will be around June.

In other news, one of my favorite podcasts is being put on hiatus. Adventures in SciFi Publishing is not ending—there may be a couple more episodes put out, but it’s not known when it will go back to its regularly scheduled broadcast, if ever. Kudos to Shaun Farrell for putting it all together. I’ll miss his and Sam’s insight on the industry. Mr. Farrell, by the way, also placed as a semi-finalist in this quarter’s WOTF. I bet his was the one that got me knocked down to Honorable Mention. ;-). Mucho, mucho congratulations to him.

In light of that, I’m looking for a new podcast that deals with the fantasy/scifi genre in the writing community. I would love to hear suggestions from any writers out there (and I know you come to the Cafe. I keep needing to refill the coffee machine…)

Back to writing!

Writerly Rumblings

Now that my part of the Southland Tales recap for the Agony Booth is done, I can now re-focus (good grief, how many times have I done this already?) on the final edit of She’s All Light. I just want this to be over. Bleah. I’m going to write flash fiction for the next nine months after this.

While I was working and writing and grieving and juggling life, October somehow snuck up on me. I realized that next week is Madison’s Book Festival, starting next Wednesday, October 15 and ending Sunday, October 19. It will be interesting to see how this is handled, seeing that it’s more a ‘book’ festival rather than a writing festival–I wasn’t impressed with the workshops they offered at first. But going back to the website today, I saw they just announced a series of forums that discuss the art of writing and the nature books hold on people today. That looks more promising.

And speaking of websites, it appears that the one for the Midwest Literary Festival, the one held in Aurora, is down. Clicking on it just gives you a server index, with a 401 error if you click on the only folder available. The City of Aurora’s website has no mention of it either, not on the website or their fall newsletter. Which can only mean that the Festival is no more.

That’s quite a bummer, since the previous Festivals were some really good ones with some real good authors. I hope that writers in Chicago were able to find an alternate place to go (where are all the nice people at Twilight Times going to go to now?). I still hold out the hope that when I become a rich and famous author, I’d be able to go back to the festival to claim my roots.

Until then, I’ll stick with the Madison Book Festival. Oh, wait, there’s Wiscon too! Say, now that is something to look forward to. Hmm…I better get my registration in for that…