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TAG – I’m it! How I write what I write

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The interior artwork for Diana’s “Killer Unicorn” short story in “Athena’s Daughters.”

Sooooo I was tagged by the amazing Diana Peterfreund, which is perfect timing as I just finished reading her killer unicorn book, Rampant. Yes, you read that right, KILLER UNICORNS. And it was just as awesome as it sounds! Seriously go read it RIGHT NOW if you haven’t. Can’t wait to read the next book in the series (which also happens to have a tie-in short story in Athena’s Daughters, which you can order here), also, Diana, I’m giving you the “HURRY UP AND WRITE THE NEXT BOOK” look. So’s my daughter.

What am I working on?
I’m currently working on various projects, to include putting together and editing Athena’s Daughters vol 2 with Maggie Allen, and writing a couple graphic novels (a first for me, and I’m super nervous and excited). One is about a space girl & a cowboy, and the other is superhero themed – it’s actually going to be the graphic novel version of my Anarchy stories, the first of which you can find in the currently running Kickstarter for HEROES! so be sure to check it out. As far as novels, I have a couple 1/2 finished ones I really need to just get off my butt and do, and several others tumbling around the back of my mind (full disclosure, I’m actively working on a Military Sci-fi retelling of Pride and Prejudice).
How does my work differ from others of its genre?
Weeeeell… I write in many different genres (aside from my fantasy novels, my last two accepted submissions were horror stories, and before that, military sci-fi). But, based on what reviews of my YA novels have said though, it seems that people are surprised/happy to see that my War of the Seasons trilogy deals with the reality of losing loved ones/the grieving process, and a romance that is gradual and “realistic” (not “love at first sight”), and not central to the plot of the story. Ultimately it seems the reoccuring theme in comments is that readers care less about the actual story I’ve written, and more about the charcaters and their relationships/entanglements (which, obviously, need a story). Guess I should work on making my actual stories better. ;)

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Why do I write what I do?
For War of the Seasons I had some grief and loss that I needed to work through. For most of my short fiction it’s either because a “what if” popped in my head or, again, I have some strong feelings about something I need to address (ie, my last mil sci-fi story was about PTSD, and the after effects of returning home from war – something I feel is infrequently seen in speculative fiction). And honestly, sometimes I write a story simply because someone asked me to.
How does your writing process work?

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Ehhhh… I guess it depends on the story? But very loosely, it goes along the lines of:
1- Idea or very generic subject pops in my head.
2- I discuss said idea or subject with my husband and/or a few choice friends.
3- Idea (subject is now an idea) bounces around my brain housing group for a while. This could be days or years.
4- Research idea. Get more ideas.
5- Idea bounces around brain housing group some more.
6- Outline the story.
7- Do more research.
8- Start writing.
9- Research.
8- Writing.
10. Research.
11. Writing.
12. Finish story & send it to choice friends for feedback.
13. Receive feedback and do nothing for a while.
14. Do not touch story for many months so that when I return to it I have fresh eyes. Work on other stories.
15. Return to story armed with feedback and edit/revise.
16. Edit/revise.
17. Edit/revise.
18. Finish, send back out for feedback, then edit/revise again.
So basically, that. Or some permutation thereof.
Then go ahead and tag someone else.
I’m going to tag my wonderfully awesome partner in crime, Maggie Allen. She’s the heart of Silence in the Library Publishing, and I would not be where I am today without her.

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As a reminder, Maggie and I have a kickstarter going on RIGHT NOW! If you want to see more diversity in the Superhero genre, please come right this way...

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Want Diverse Superheroes? Check out this new Kickstarter

 

Soooooo I’m a part of another kickstarter currently going and this time it’s a Superhero anthology called HEROES!

I hope you can tell by the cover below (and artwork above) that the protagonists aren’t going to be your standard fare. On the cover are three woman (the front middle figure is a woman – she’s actually purposely a bit androgynous in her appearance because that’s how she is in the story, and the back two figures are women as well), and 2 gray haired, old men at the end of their respective careers. It also contains one of Aaron Allston’s last stories & it’s a great one (the two gray haired men from the cover are from his story).

From the kickstarter itself: One of the things that we’re particularly happy about with respect to this anthology is its diversity. Diversity with respect to gender, ethnicity, age, body type, and life experience. The heroes in HEROES! come from all walks of life. Some have superpowers that make them something more, or less, than human, but others are facing a dangerous world with only their wits and willpower to aid them. We have some of the “perfect” comic book heroes, but most of our heroes would be considered flawed by those standards. They’re past their physical prime, or seemingly too young for the task at hand, or not in perfect shape, or slightly bumbling, or have any number of other quirks. In other words, they’re actual people.

Please, let us introduce you to just a few of them:

Kiara Bell is an African American woman in her late twenties who goes by “Panthera” when fighting crime. She wears black leather biker gear and rides a Suzuki motorcycle. Her superpower is her chitinous shell, so she is tough, not quick. She gives the impression of gentle strength and fearlessness.

Thunderbolt is a Caucasian male in his mid 20s. He has the ability to shoot incredibly destructive lightning bolts from his hands. His costume (dark blue motocross leathers with a bright orange lightning bolt logo on the chest) does not hide the fact that he is out of shape and slightly pudgy. He has serious body-image issues, and recurring problems with static cling.

The unnamed hero from “By Blood of Fang and Song, We Call You” by Jaym Gates is an old soldier turned rancher. She is of Hispanic/Native American background, moderate height, strongly built, gold eyes, black hair, dark skin. She lives in a post-apocalyptic world that’s being eaten by monsters and she talks to dragons.

Shade is a twelve year old girl who lives in a swamp called the “Shake” by people who live there–she speaks in a somewhat bayou-ish dialect, and the story centers around her search for a man named “the Caretaker,” who is supposed to help residents in trouble.

As with all of our projects, one of our goals with HEROES! is to prove that there is no “standard” face to a protagonist (in this case, a hero), or an author of speculative fiction. Talent and strength know no race, sex, or other artificial boundary. 

We want to both entertain you and engage you in the discussion of what it actually means to be a hero, and how that burden affects the person who carries it. 

Soooooo yeah, not sure how much more I need to say other than basically, by supporting this anthology you’re supporting gender, racial, body type, and age diversity in speculative fiction/the superhero scene.

And yes, I’ve got a story in it, called “He Was a Marvelous Man” and you can read a preview of it here.

At anyrate, if you’re interested in backing the project/purchasing a copy of the book ($5 gets you the drm free ebook), you can do so here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/103879051/heroes-the-anthology

Thanks all! (P.s. please remember to share this / signal boost it like crazywith all your friends if you don’t mind)

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I really wanted to like Godzilla.

Really, I did. I mean, given that I’ve never seen any Godzilla film before (not even the 90s atrocity), and all I had to relate to was Pacific Rim and Cloverfield I thought the chances were good, if this was like what I heard it would be: a movie about a bunch of Kaiju beating the crap out of each other.

Aside from a desperate need for giant robots, I really should have looked at the cast, which, at the outset seems like progress for Hollywood, right?

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I mean, yeah, there are a bunch of white dudes, but we’ve got 2 women, an Asian man, and an African American man. It’s not great, but it’s better than 1 token woman, and 1 token POC. Progress!

Except, it’s not – at least not to me. While Ken Wannatabe has a pretty significant role & that’s awesome (which I almost feel like Hollywood felt they HAD to do, since this was a Godzilla movie & it couldn’t be completely whitewashed), Richard Jones’ “Captain Henderson” plays a mostly background role to Admiral Strathairn.

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And I haven’t even started on the women.

First, we have Sandra Brody, who initially I was excited about. She’s a an engineer at a nuclear power plant. She’s smart, a great mom and wife, and clearly good at her job. And then she dies like 5 minutes later and her entire purpose is to move the story line of both her son, Ford, and husband Joe along.

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Moving on we have Vivienne Graham… except she never does ANYTHING other than follow Dr. Ichiro Serizawa around, call him sensei, and update him on what’s going on.

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Lastly we have Elle Brody, who is Ford’s wife, and you probably guessed it, her entire purpose is to be in San Francisco, in danger, to give Ford a reason to want to save the city. I mean, at one point his son gets evacuated, and is safe, but since she hasn’t been… well, he’s gonna have to go be a hero! (not to mention the fact that this pisses me off because he’s a member of the military and I’d like to think he’d go in and try to save San Francisco because it was the right thing to do & he swore an oath to support and defend the American people, not just because his wife was there – it robs him of significant character depth).

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And the thing that irks me most? Literally EVERY SINGLE ONE of the lead characters could have been played by a woman. EVERY. SINGLE. ONE.

LT Ford Brody, EOD tech?

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Oh look, here’s a woman who does his job IN REAL LIFE. 

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How amazing would it been to have had LT Fran Brody, EOD tech going in to disarm bombs and whatnot, while her husband (or wife – DADT was repealed after all!) the nurse, manages to get themselves & their son out of San Francisco ON THEIR OWN so that LT Brody can go in and do her thing without having to worry about her family and if they are ok!

As for Admiral Strathairn…

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Who’s about to be the second highest ranking officer in the Navy, and coordinated the rescue of Captain Phillips in real life? Admiral Michelle Howard (I’d also like to point out the other high ranking woman in the picture, Hollywood)

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And you can’t tell me that Joe Brody couldn’t have been played by a woman… or are women not allowed to run nuclear power plants?

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Hollywood made the conscientious decisions to cast men in every significant lead role in this film.

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You know what I’d really like? I’d like to be able to go to a movie and just sit and enjoy it, but it’s pretty hard when the media at large tells me I don’t matter, and that my only contribution to society is to be a catalyst for a man’s story.

No.

I’m just not going to be ok with that. Ever. Because Representation matters. 

So basically what I’m saying is I want Pacific Rim 2.

P.S. Just for funsies, hey Hollywood, this is me 14 years ago… guess what? I’m pretty sure you could have gotten away with putting some women in uniform and handed them rifles in Godzilla. Just sayin…

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EarningMyWings-cover-ebookAlso, I put together my flight school memoir and posted it for free on Wattpad. So if you’d like to find out how a Mormon girl from Utah ended up becoming a Marine Corps pilot, head right this way.

Aaaaaand apparently the folks over at Wattpad loved it so much they featured it on both their “Stories4Mom” reading list and the “Inspirational Stories” reading list. 

From my journal, dated 3 March 2002

On Monday something crazy happened. We were flying our Form Solo. I was “lead” so I named our flight “Vader” flight, cool eh? So anyway I was flying us out to the area (2F) & as soon as I leveled us off @ 6500ft I noticed my oil pressure was dropping. This is bad because if it drops too low your propeller will feather & your plane becomes a glider—basically your engine is worthless.

I stayed calm & let my flight instructor know about my problem. The instructor in the chase plane sent my wing home & followed me down & made my radio calls for me while I executed my emergency landing at Brewton field. My landing was ugly—but I was nervous. I didn’t break anything & I’m alive. 

Again, you can read the whole thing here FOR FREE.

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ELECTED Front CoverPlease don’t forget the kickstarter for Elected is going on now! We’ve made it to our first stretch goal, where everyone gets a free digital copy of Jean Rabe’s novella Wurms. 

It’s the year 2185, and in two weeks, Aloy will turn eighteen and take her father’s place as president of the country. But to do so, she must masquerade as a boy to avoid violating the Eco-Accords, four treaties designed to bring the world back from the brink of environmental extinction. Aloy hopes to govern like her father, but she is inheriting a different country. The long concealed Technology Faction is stepping out of the shadows, and as turmoil grows within her country, cryptic threats also arrive from beyond the borders.

As she struggles to lead, Aloy maintains her cover by marrying a woman, mean-while battling feelings for the boy who knows her secret – the boy who is some-how connected to her country’s recent upheaval. When assassination attempts add to the turmoil, Aloy doesn’t know whom to trust. She understood leadership required sacrifice. She just didn’t realize the sacrifice might be her life. The Kickstarter for this book is available here.

 

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Janine Spendlove [userpic]

Open Call for Submissions for Athena’s Daughters II, and other things

Open Call for Submissions for Athena’s Daughters II

Silence in the Library Publishing is holding an open call for submissions to the all women Speculative Fiction anthology Athena’s Daughters vol. 2 from June 1st to July 1st, 2014.

  • Athena’s Daughters II is an open-call anthology.
  • Stories must be written by women.
  • Stories must have a woman as the main character.
  • Stories must be science fiction, fantasy, or horror genres and their sub-genres.
  • Preferred story length: 3,000 – 6,000 words.
  • Pay is based on the money raised through the Kickstarter, with all authors getting an equal share of the net revenue. Please see the previous kickstarter for Athena’s Daughters vol. 1 here.
  • Publisher: Silence in the Library Publishing
  • Guidelines: All stories should come in as Word or .rtf attachments and must include the author’s name and contact information on the submission. Use italics instead of underlines, no fancy fonts (Palatino is preferred), 12pt, double spaced. Include a one-paragraph author’s bio, listing website and social media, and a headshot.
  • Stories must conform to the “Indiana Jones” rule of thumb regarding, sex, violence, language, drug use, etc. We try to keep things here appropriate for most audiences, so if it’s something you’d conceivably see in an Indiana Jones story, it should be fine (i.e., melting faces are okay, F-bombs, in general, are not).
  • Send submissions to: submissions@silenceinthelibrarypublishing.com and in the subject please state “Athena’s Daughters II.” In the body of the email please include a short summary/pitch of your story.
  • Stories MUST be complete. Partial or incomplete submissions will not be read.
  • Submission window is June 1-July 1. Stories received outside the window will not be read.
  • Stories not conforming with the above guidelines will not be read.

The Kickstarter for Athena’s Daughters vol. 1  was the most successful prose anthology ever on Kickstarter (https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/103879051/athenas-daughters-women-in-science-fiction-and-fan), with stories by Mary Robinette Kowal, Gail Z. Martin, Sherwood Smith, and Cleolinda Jones among many others, and edited by Jean Rabe.

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Also, I put together my flight school memoir and posted it for free on Wattpad. So if you’d like to find out how a Mormon girl from Utah ended up becoming a Marine Corps pilot, head right this way.

Aaaaaand apparently the folks over at Wattpad loved it so much they featured it on both their “Stories4Mom” reading list and the “Inspirational Stories” reading list. 

From my journal, dated 3 March 2002

On Monday something crazy happened. We were flying our Form Solo. I was “lead” so I named our flight “Vader” flight, cool eh? So anyway I was flying us out to the area (2F) & as soon as I leveled us off @ 6500ft I noticed my oil pressure was dropping. This is bad because if it drops too low your propeller will feather & your plane becomes a glider—basically your engine is worthless.

I stayed calm & let my flight instructor know about my problem. The instructor in the chase plane sent my wing home & followed me down & made my radio calls for me while I executed my emergency landing at Brewton field. My landing was ugly—but I was nervous. I didn’t break anything & I’m alive. 

Again, you can read the whole thing here FOR FREE.

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ELECTED Front CoverPlease don’t forget the kickstarter for Elected is going on now! We’ve made it to our first stretch goal, where everyone gets a free digital copy of Jean Rabe’s novella Wurms. 

It’s the year 2185, and in two weeks, Aloy will turn eighteen and take her father’s place as president of the country. But to do so, she must masquerade as a boy to avoid violating the Eco-Accords, four treaties designed to bring the world back from the brink of environmental extinction. Aloy hopes to govern like her father, but she is inheriting a different country. The long concealed Technology Faction is stepping out of the shadows, and as turmoil grows within her country, cryptic threats also arrive from beyond the borders.

As she struggles to lead, Aloy maintains her cover by marrying a woman, mean-while battling feelings for the boy who knows her secret – the boy who is some-how connected to her country’s recent upheaval. When assassination attempts add to the turmoil, Aloy doesn’t know whom to trust. She understood leadership required sacrifice. She just didn’t realize the sacrifice might be her life. The Kickstarter for this book is available here.

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E4Congrats to Tricia Barr, and the gold medal award for her novel Wynde!

WYNDE is an epic tale that captures the political and visceral dangers of intergalactic war, while relating a young woman’s personal struggle to stay true to her family and fulfill her destiny.

A bold flying maneuver won Vespa’s team the Airspar Championships during her first year at Kedu Academy. Two years later some, like her father, still say her choice was rash and reckless.

Celebrating her graduation, Vespa awakens amid an alien terrorist attack on the Kavil moon. With the entire human fleet pinned in the port by their own damaged warship, annihilation seems certain until Vespa aims her airblade at the doomed vessel. She intends to retrieve WISPER—a pilot assistance artificial intelligence she created—but its safety protocols, designed by Vespa’s father, eject her from the cockpit before she has the chance. While her impulsive decision helps thwart the Orkan assault and saves numerous lives, WISPER’s destruction strains the previously deep bond with her father.

Vespa must bear the consequences of her actions while the government of her home planet, Prime, struggles to comprehend the implications of the strike. Relations with their longtime trade partners are further challenged by the arrival of a military task force from the Protectorate, human colonists who had left Prime centuries ago and who bring a far different perspective on the Orkan’s intentions.

As the prospect of war grows, Vespa enlists into an elite military unit relying on Protectorate expertise to train spaceblade pilots. But she can’t defeat the invaders alone—success will take teamwork. With Vespa uncertain who she can trust and the lives of her family and friends at stake, she must sort allies from enemies and repair her relationship with her father before it is too late. When the Orkans launch an even more vicious attack to seize the Kavil moon, another fateful choice may be inevitable.

WYNDE blends contemporary themes, military science fiction, and romance into a sweeping saga that is sure to please broad audiences who enjoy the fantastical universes of Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, and Star Wars. Its diverse cast, filled with strong female characters, will challenge readers’ expectations and biases, while taking them through a rich, moving, and entertaining experience.

You can pick up your copy of Wynde here. 

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Lastly, I made a couple posts on twitter and tumblr regarding the importance of diversity and representation in media which you should check out – the catalyst being, of course, the recent Star Wars cast announcement.

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Janine Spendlove [userpic]

“When you go” – Aaron Allston

March 2nd, 2014 (11:18 am)

I still don’t know where to begin.

The last couple days have been both quite difficult and beautiful. Watching post upon post come by on my Facebook/Twitter/Tumblr feed expressing love for Aaron has moved me greatly. I love seeing how much he is loved. Stories of Aaron randomly sitting and having lunch with a Star Wars fan at DragonCon or quietly encouraging another fan that he would make a perfect Baron Fel. Or, as was more frequent, making a reader feel like they were the most important person in the world while he signed their book, because in that moment they were.

I have struggled for the words to adequately show what Aaron meant to me, and find them lacking. I see the beautiful posts that Ron Garner at Silence in the Library, and Bryan Young at Big Shiny Robot put up, or the touching personal blog posts that Maggie Allen and Conley Lyons put up, and I wonder how can I possibly add to that and everything else that has been said about Aaron?

You all know what a wonderful man he was. Mentor to all writers, whether it be pro, blogger, fanfic, whatever so long as you took it seriously he took YOU seriously. He was gracious and friendly to all his fans, no matter what was going on in his life. He made time for absolutely everyone. In the 11+ years that I knew him and spent time with him, I never heard him say a cross word about anyone. That is not to say he didn’t poke fun, because goodness knows Aaron loved to tease, joke, and playfully harass. But he never hurt feelings – he knew where the line was, and always stayed well clear of it.

There’s so much I could & want to say about Aaron, and yet, not nearly enough. And so, rather than ramble on aimlessly, I will share with you one personal story about him.

He was a man you could tell things to. I have shared things with him that I have only shared with my husband. It’s not like they are a big secret, but more like doubts, fears, and concerns that I wouldn’t want to burden anyone with, and with Aaron, he never made you feel like you were burdening him. It felt quite natural to talk to him. He was incredibly perceptive and would frequently watch the world, and always knew just what to say, and when and how to say it.

Following my first deployment to Iraq (where he made sure to send me little things and bits of humor to make me laugh), I was not doing so well. I had what I later realized was a form of PTSD. I wasn’t comfortable in large crowds, or being around people in general. A few months after I got home I was at Stellarcon, and had escaped into a corner of the lobby to get away from everyone, and who would find me, but Aaron. He sat down and just talked with me. Usually I did the talking (as anyone who knows me, knows), but this time Aaron carried the weight of the conversation.

I hadn’t mentioned a single word to him of my post deployment struggles, but he seemed to just *know*. He finally looked at me and said in a swift subject change (I don’t recall what we were talking about) “You’ll be okay.” He didn’t doubt it, and he made me feel normal, even if only for a moment.

We’d been very friendly for many years leading up to that, but in that moment we truly became friends. In the following years we became a lot closer to the point where Ron and I considered him family – he was the cool older brother neither of us ever had, and despite everything he had on his very full plate, Aaron always made time for us, and always made us feel like it was truly his pleasure to do so.

I have and always will be a fangirl at heart, and so I count myself supremely fortunate to have not just met and been mentored by Aaron, but to have been counted among his friends and loved ones. To have been able to be a part of a small portion of his life.

And so I will close with an excerpt from the lyrics of a song by Jonathan Coultan that Aaron put on a mixed CD for me a few years back. He was a big fan of Jonathan’s work, and loved the sweet sorrow of this song in particular. I can think of no better way to express what we are all surely feeling right now.

“When you go” by Jonathan Coultan
There in the frame of your face, in the cast of your eyes
I saw this coming but still
I am caught by surprise
All of this time I knew
That I’d be losing you
That doesn’t mean that it’s OK
That doesn’t mean I’m ready



Fold my heart up small
Or break it into pieces
Find somewhere and keep it there
Take it when you go

Aaron Dec2013

Aaron Allston, December 2013

My guest post from last year on Aaron’s blog is here, and Aaron’s guest post on my blog is here.

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Janine Spendlove [userpic]

“Fire and Rain” (Writers for Relief, Vol 3)

February 10th, 2014 (05:31 am)

Fans of the War of the Seasons trilogy won’t want to miss this short story featuring trilogy favorites, Adair the dryad and Eisrus the elf, in this backstory to War of the Seasons: The Half-blood.

Description from Amazon.com
The Writers for Relief anthology series feature collections of short fiction by top talents in the realms of fantasy and science fiction writing. The first and second volumes have brought help to Hurricane Katrina survivors through the Red Cross and Bay Area Food Bank, respectively. This third volume turns the focus to those who suffered in Oklahoma and features some of today’s best known speculative fiction authors: Kevin J. Anderson, Ben Bova, Stephen Euin Cobb, Jason Sandford, Bobby Nash, Todd McCaffrey, A.H. Sturgis, John Hartness, Edmund Schubert, Mike Resnick, Danny Birt, Jaym Gates, Gray Reinhart, Janinie Spendlove, and Eugie Foster.

Available for purchase at Amazon.com

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Janine Spendlove [userpic]

“The Downfall of Dauntless” (Divergent Thinking)

February 10th, 2014 (05:26 am)

What makes a good man commit an evil act? How does a faction with high-minded ideals of “ordinary acts of bravery” and “the courage that drives one person to stand up for another” devolve into chaos, violence, and murder? Do genetics control a person’s acts, or can training and personal choice overcome “natural programming”? How does the physically strongest faction become the tool of another? This essay explores this and much more.

Description from Amazon.com
Veronica Roth’s Divergent trilogy (Divergent, Insurgent, Allegiant) has captured the hearts and thoughts of millions of readers. In Divergent Thinking, YA authors explore even more of Tris and Tobias’ world, including:

• What Divergent’s factions have in common with one of psychology’s most prominent personality models
• The biology of fear: where it comes from and how Tris and the other Dauntless are able to overcome it
• Full-page maps locating all five faction headquarters and other series landmarks in today’s Chicago, based on clues from the books
• Plus a whole lot more, from why we love identity shorthand like factions to Tris’ trouble with honesty to the importance of choice, family, and being brave

With a dozen smart, surprising, mind-expanding essays on all three books in the trilogy, Divergent Thinking provides a companion fit for even the most Erudite Divergent fan.

Contributor list:

Elizabeth Wein
Maria V. Snyder and Jenna Snyder
V. Arrow
Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Mary Borsellino
Rosemary Clement-Moore
Debra Driza
Julia Karr
Dan Krokos
Elizabeth Norris
Janine K. Spendlove
Blythe Woolston

Available for purchase at Amazon.com

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Janine Spendlove [userpic]

“The Marine Breed” (Dogs of War)

February 10th, 2014 (05:19 am)

“The Marine Breed” (Dogs of War): Space Marines, attacking aliens, and the most loyal partner in combat a Marine could ever ask for.

“Cry Havoc, and let slip the dogs of war!” They have fought for us for centuries, not because of the ideals of service to King and Country, but out of unwavering loyalty and devotion to their human Masters. The future, it would seem, is no better than the past, as some animals become expendable weapons, or augmented semi-machines, while others receive the honor and dignity of being treated as fellow soldiers. In tribute, we bring you seventeen new stories of our animal comrades-in-arms.

Featuring stories by: Bud Sparhawk, David Sherman, Brenda Cooper, Jeff Young, James Chambers, Judi Fleming, Tony Ruggiero, CJ Henderson, Peter Prellwitz, Vonnie Winslow Crist, Eric V. Hardenbrook, Janine K. Spendlove, Robert E. Waters, Christopher M. Hiles, Edward J. McFadden III, Patrick Thomas, and Danielle Ackley-McPhail.

Available for purchase at Amazon.com

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Janine Spendlove [userpic]

My Farpoint Schedule & HEYYYY THRIFTY FASHION IS BACK!

February 8th, 2014 (05:04 pm)

SOOOOOO I’ve got my Farpoint schedule, so if you’re going to be there, LET ME KNOW/COME FIND ME! I want to see you!

Apparently I’m the Author Guest of Honor at the Friday Cocktail Party (I’ve emailed to see if this is true or was a typo on my schedule, but I’ve not heard anything back)… somehow I find this (me being the Author GOH) hard to believe, but I’m going to show up in the off chance it is true. If it’s not, then no biggie, either way I’m looking forward to socializing/seeing fellow Farpoint attendees. It begins at 1900, so I hope to see you there!

Everywhere else I’ll be:
Friday:
Farpoint Book Fair, 2200 Dulaney Valley 1

Saturday:
Beating Writer’s Block 1000 Chesapeake 1
How to Kill A Character 1100 Chesapeake 1
The Heirs To Harry: Young Adult Science Fiction in Books & Film 1600 Chesapeake 1

Sunday:
Antihero or Villain: What’s the Difference? 1000 Chesapeake 1
Crowdfunding Your Project 1100 Chesapeake 1
Autograph Table 1200 Atrium Front

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Oh hey! Remember when I used to do these? It’s been like over a YEAR. And I have a ton of pics/outfits that I haven’t posted about and went through all the trouble of getting pics of, sooooooo I’m going to do another post.

I’m going to do two looks – one winter because, yeah, winter, and one summer, BECAUSE I MISS THE SUN OKAY.
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Athena’s Daughters Kickstarter Lessons Learned

January 21st, 2014 (08:13 pm)

Wow, it’s been 2 weeks since the Athena’s Daughters Kickstarter, and I still feel like it JUST happened. And of course, I am still looking at the final number and going “whoa.”

A few people have asked me “how did you run such a successful kickstarter?” Well, the answer is simple. *I* didn’t!

It truly was a group effort, and without everyone coming together there is absolutely no way we would have gotten the word out nor interest in the project piqued. Everything from one of the authors for Apollo’s Daughters tipping off someone he knew at i09, to all the authors’ relentless promotion across all forms of social media, to people who stumbled across the Kickstarter page, thought it was cool and told all their friends about it, contributed greatly to the success.

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