A little cheer from our voluntary isolation household to your lockdown, quarantine, isolation, or social distancing household
I just received my presentation schedule for the Pikes Peak Writers Conference and am very much looking forward to attending again as faculty. They put on a terrific and well-organized conference. This year's dates are April 17-19, Colorado Springs, CO.
You can read more about it here: https://pikespeakwriters.com/ppwc/
o 2:40 p.m. – 3:40 p.m.: Short Fiction Submissions: A Study in Dealing with Rejection
o 8:40 a.m. – 9:40 a.m.: How do the Tough Keep Going When the going gets Tough
o 11 a.m. – Noon: Horses in Fiction - Getting it Right
This month in Speculations: A Borrowed Hell on sale, a beautifully written story of a vampire seduction in 1569 Istanbul by Isabel Cañas, some newly released novels to check out, and an animal video of a sexy dancin' otter.
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Speculations: January 2020
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I just saw that the ebook of A Borrowed Hell has been marked down to $2.99 by the publisher.
I never know how long it might stay on sale, so check it out soon! (Contemporary fantasy/dark fantasy/metaphysical fiction)
WINNER of the 2018 Colorado Book Award for Science Fiction/Fantasy!!
Lost in a barren alternative world, July Davish has two options:
Confront his hellish past or be trapped there forever.
Fate has dealt July a lifetime of nothings; no happy childhood, no lasting relationships, and now, no job. His mantra of perseverance has gotten him through it all, but faced with losing his home, he finally sets foot on the same road of self-destruction the rest of his family followed.
An accident changes everything. When two colliding cars send him diving from a San Diego sidewalk toward safety, he lands somewhere far from safe—in a bizarrely deserted version of San Francisco. Though he wakes in his own reality, he continues to pass out, dragged back to that strange world each time.
July is willing to do anything to end his world-hopping, right up until he learns the price: reliving a past he's tried his whole life to forget. He’s not sure his sanity can take it. Not even to get back to his own world, a woman he’s falling in love with, and a life he finally cares about.
5.0 out of 5 stars very, very good
Reviewed in the United States on May 3, 2018
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Wonderful book, intense characters, great pacing and compelling plot, leading to an ending that still rattles around inside my head weeks later.
I recently had the song Yellow Ledbetter by Pearl Jam stuck in my head, which made me think of this YouTube video by MisheardLyricsGuy. This has been online nearly 12 years and has almost 1B views! If you haven't seen this video (and especially if you know the song), I think it's worth a few minutes of your life. My favorite, "Make me fries." 🤣
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Currently Reading: Too much.
The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern
Story: Substance, Structure, Style
2019 award-eligible short stories and novels
Watched so far this year:
Sorry to Bother You
Buffy re-watch S2-6
The Magicians, re-watch S1-2
The Magicians, S5, Ep 1-7
Read so far this year:
Out of Sight
The Anubis Gates (re-read)
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