Monthly Archives: April 2014

Writer Workshop for April 23th, 2014

(Posted by chris the cynic).

Those of you who also frequent Ana Mardoll’s Ramblings will find this somewhat familiar.  Here, as there, it was requested that there be a regular post to talk about writing projects (and other artwork-creation). Thus this post exists.

Pencil by Elisa Xyz

What are you working on? How are you feeling about it? What thoughts and/or snippets would you like to share? How does your activism work into your art? What tropes are you hoping to employ and/or avoid? Are there any questions you’d like to ask or frustrations you’d like to vent?  Writing workshop below!

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Open thread: in SPACE!

(By chris the cynic)

It has long been a tradition to recycle premises, storylines, and more or less anything else in fiction by setting it IN SPACE!

What are some things you think would or do benefit from this?  What are some things that you thing are better left on earth.

[As a reminder, open thread prompts are meant to inspire conversation, not stifle it. Have no fear of going off topic for there is no off topic here.]

Open calls that writers out there might want to know about

(Posted by chris the cynic)

I considered holding this for the weekly writer’s workshop, but I figure sooner is better.  There are six open calls on our radar right now.  Two we’ve already mentioned here:

The four ones we’ve learned of more recently are from Inkstained Succubus:

  • Taking Flight
    Deadline: June 15th, 2014

    Whether angels, demons, birdfolk, elves, or the Tuatha de Dannan, we have always been fascinated by wings. For this anthology, we ask for your greatest erotic fiction with wings. Let us touch the soft feathers or spidersilk and be wrapped in them, strange sensations against flesh. All pairings welcome, all genres considered.Pairing: Any (M/M, F/F, M/F, Trans* inclusive) erotic
    Happy ending required.
  • Candle in the Dark
    Deadline: September 15, 2014

    Deck the halls, and pull out the holly and the ivy. The longest, darkest night of the year should be brighter because of the warmth of romance and the heat of passion. Winter holidays abound in this anthology, with a wide welcome to any traditional (or inventive) winter holiday. Christmas, Hanukkah, Yule, Saturnalia, or Solstice, if your boys celebrate it, we want their story.Pairing: M/M erotic
    Happy ending required.
  • Somewhere Out There
    Deadline: December 15th, 2014

    Beyond our understanding lies a great, wide galaxy full of adventure, romance, and very, very hot beings. This anthology is fully science-fiction, both far and near future, with or without dystopia. Introduce us to your finest worldbuilding and storytelling, and show us your view of the future…and who will be with whom in it.Pairing: Any (M/M, M/F, F/F, Trans* and Poly inclusive) erotic
    Happy ending not required, though Happy For Now encouraged.

    Note: This is a line, not just an anthology. With a good response, we’ll be launching a SF/F line. Therefore, submissions for this call should be 3k-15k for the anthology, but 15k-100k will be considered for simultaneous release.
  • [Genre Genderqueer Anthology]
    Deadline: March 15th, 2015

    The spectrum would be a dark place with only black and white, and gender is no exception. We want your finest genderqueer/fluid characters doing what they do best. Whether science-fiction, fantasy, steampunk, or paranormal, these stories should be plot focused and starring a character not on the normal gender spectrum. However, we emphasize that this is not an anthology for genderqueer issues.Pairing: Genderqueer, Any erotic
    Happy For Now required.

    NOTE: Also seeking an inventive, inclusive name for this anthology.

Note that all of those four are listed on the same open call page here, and the submissions page for them is here.

This week in the Slacktiverse, April 26th, 2014

(posted and compiled by Silver Adept, under the orbital targeting lasers of chris the cynic, written by members of The Slacktiverse)

The Blogaround

In Case You Missed This

Things You Can Do

  • No submissions this week; feel free to comment with things you think fit.

–Co-authored by the Slacktiverse Community

Deconstruction Roundup for April 25th, 2014

(by the Slacktiverse and others; collected by Silver Adept, while chris the cynic experiences time-shift sickness.)

The point of these posts is threefold:

  1. To let people stay up to date on ongoing deconstructions. (All ones on our list, including finished and stalled ones, here.)
  2. To let people who can’t comment elsewhere have a place to comment.
  3. To let people comment in a place where people who can’t read disqus can see what they have to say.

Ana Mardoll: Ana Mardoll’s Ramblings

Multiple Deconstructions:

Erika M. and Will Wildman: Something Short and Snappy

Fred Clark: Slacktivist

Froborr: My Little Po-Mo

RubyTea: Heathen Critique:
Multiple Deconstructions:

Mouse: Mouse’s Musings

Omskivar: Omskivar Reviews

Philip SandiferPhilip Sandifer: Writer (formerly TARDIS Eruditorum: A Psychochronography in Blue)

Please comment or e-mail us if we’ve forgotten anybody or you have anyone to add. Or if any links are broken, or if you’re linked to and don’t want to be, or if [insert thing that does not sequit here], or for more or less any reason really.

To the person I totally forgot to get back to.

(by chris the cynic)

Ok, so, sorry for not getting back to you.  I think the plan was to put your post up on a Tuesday, I don’t even remember if it was this past* Tuesday or a previous one.  Here’s the problem: I don’t remember who you are, or what the article was, or anything like that.

So, uh, contact me and we’ll see about getting your article posted.

My email or the group email [SlacktiverseAuthors (at) gmail (dot) com] are both totally fine ways to get in contact with me.

* I am of the school of thought that since a Tuesday that has passed is in the past “this past” and “this passed” should both be considered correct.

Writer Workshop for April 23th, 2014

(Posted by chris the cynic).

Those of you who also frequent Ana Mardoll’s Ramblings will find this somewhat familiar.  Here, as there, it was requested that there be a regular post to talk about writing projects (and other artwork-creation). Thus this post exists.

Pencil by Elisa Xyz

What are you working on? How are you feeling about it? What thoughts and/or snippets would you like to share? How does your activism work into your art? What tropes are you hoping to employ and/or avoid? Are there any questions you’d like to ask or frustrations you’d like to vent?  Writing workshop below!