Sunday, October 28, 2018

Anthology Contest and October Wrap-Up

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Re-read: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, The Hobbit, The Horse and His Boy, and Theft of Swords.
Re-watched: Star Trek 2009, Star Trek: Into the Darkness, and Star Trek Beyond.
Had a late discovery of Grimm on Amazon Prime and watched the first three seasons with my 17-year-old.

Totally new and unplanned viewing: Bad Times at the El Royale. 
Disturbing, unique, and interesting. Definitely R-rated for content. 
My whole family loved the storytelling style - how the movie was sequenced and presented. We watched this at the request of a family member who did not want to watch another superhero movie at this time. (Venom is going on my to-be-viewed-as-DVD list. I, perhaps, have been re-watching too many superhero movies at home this year. Can there be too many?)

Wrote: a dozen micro fiction stories, one of which I submitted. I plan to submit 5-6 more in the first few weeks of November.
Also wrote: 7,000 words on a new draft of Anomalies (previously: Greenling, Seedlings, Generations, Title Death). I think this is the right draft this time. Plan to make this my NaNoWriMo project and finish it for real this time.

Submission responses: 1 rejection earlier this month. 1 in submission-waiting zone.

Firsts: I went to a new-to-me critique group for the first time and liked it.

Grad School: 2 more credits done. (Total of 10 finished so far, 16 to go.)

Teaching: Ups and downs, love all my students, wish they would all turn in their work.
Plus, ran into a few former students and heard about their lives and goals and dreams. (Yay!)

Family and Community: Ups and Downs, some health concerns (not me), and a reason to strongly urge everyone I know to shower love on everyone they know. Suicide is showing up as a real and urgent issue in the community I live in and among people I know. Remember, we don't know what kind of day someone else has had. Let's be kind. Let's find a way to listen. Let's love one another.

Released: Ashes Burn, Seasons 1-7 as an e-book. There's a Reviewer's Special at Smashwords and it's also available for Kindle

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Ashes Burn, Seasons 1-7 Release and Reviewer's Special

Ashes Burn, Seasons 1-7 is available now!

Ashes Burn, Seasons 1-7 includes all the seasons from the hint fiction fantasy series. Following the lives of the three characters, the story takes place in a unique format of micro-fiction episodes.

Wend runs a strange path to find a new future.
Teresa hunts for the man she loves.
Bryant blazes a destructive path to a new empire.
Who will survive their methods?

Ashes hold the inner heat of fire, the spark and ember of flame.
Like those, micro-fiction holds the spark of a larger story that may grow inside the mind of a reader.

Consider each piece a frame of embers. Picture the story in your imagination.

Please note that micro-fiction is an experimental form of story-writing and the whole series is very short.

Now Available for:

The Reviewer's Special is a Coupon Code I've generated for up to 50 downloads between now and November 29th at Smashwords ONLY. If you use this code, you'll get 100% off and be able to read the whole hint fiction series for FREE. However, this is a limited time, limited download offer. If you like the book or find it interesting, please leave a review. The code is: ZG27Q

Terrified of downloading a FREE series? That's okay. Check out the first and second season for FREE (all the time) via Smashwords.

Help Appreciated!
This series has been a fun, funky bit of fiction writing for me for the past three years. I love it, but I know it's unique in format and not necessarily everyone's cup of tea/coffee/blue milk. 

Because of that, I decided not to do a blog-fest, mass marketing attempt. I think it's probably best read by readers who like micro-fiction, like the series, or just want to help me out by spreading the word in a slow, grassroots way.

If you can/want to help, please either just take all or some of the above material and send it out to the stratosphere or e-mail me if you would like a guest post or if you do a review. Thanks! My e-mail is tyreantigger (at) gmail (dot) com 

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

#TheIWSG October and Poland Excerpt

It’s time for another group posting of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group! Time to release our fears to the world – or offer encouragement to those who are feeling neurotic. If you’d like to join us, click on the tab above and sign up. We post the first Wednesday of every month. I encourage everyone to visit at least a dozen new blogs and leave a comment. Your words might be the encouragement someone needs.
The awesome co-hosts for the October 3 posting are: 
Dolorah, Tanya Miranda, Chemist Ken, and Christopher D. Votey.

Optional Question this Month: How do major life events affect your writing? Has writing ever helped you through something?

Quick answer: Major life events usually slow down or change my fiction writing process and send me deeper into my journal writing. I have a lot of short bits from the last few years - chapters, short stories, massive journal entries (10 pages sometimes), and the like. Currently, I'm painting the interior of my house and my writing has slowed a bit for that, but I'm still working at it.

One event that changes my writing is travel. It's fun, it's usually wonderful, and it's distracting. I write odd descriptions during travel times - I have a 12 page journal entry from a layover in the Toronto airport from my last trip in Poland. It includes two short stories and a description of various people in the airport. I continued that trend on most of my trip, mixing stories with descriptions, and reflections on the trip. 

On an eight day trip with a major time change, I admit that I struggled with jet lag and an oncoming cold. My camera was having issues and I really didn't take as many pictures as I have on past trips. By the time I took my first flight towards home, I had a fever and merely tried to get enough anti-cough medicine into my system to stave off my symptoms enough not to spread my illness. I also had wet wipes and hand sanitizer, but it was a bit of an uncomfortable journey on the way home followed by the worst "regular" sickness I've had in a few years. 

Memorial in a park

However, I'm still very thankful for the opportunity to go and to see a small part of Poland. Poznan is a beautiful city, bustling with regular life, universities, some historical sites, and an amazing race course for flat-water sprint events. However, the race course is on Lake Malta, a beautiful place with a harrowing past. Lake Malta was hand dug by Jews during the German occupation of Poland. Poland is the home of the remains of concentration camps, memories of the Holocaust, and tributes to the Polish Revolution from Communism. I didn't have a chance to visit all of these places, but I did see some and I heard about more of it from other parents who traveled alongside Team USA. 

Tribute to the Polish Revolution in the park where the Pope spoke to Polish Youth

I found myself moved to reflection and prayer more often than bursts of excited tourism on the first part of my trip. I prayed in a park with a tribute to the Polish Revolution, prayed again in a 10th Century Cathedral, and prayed again in another park with a small memorial to the Holocaust. I wrote in my journal in coffee shops and parks.

Stary Rynek  - the historical town square 

Then, I had the fun of spending time with my daughter for a few hours while Team USA rested during the rain one afternoon. I had fun with fellow parents of athletes - just ubering around the city, eating out, and trying to figure out the tram system, as well as cheering on our athletes at the Olympic Hopes Regatta for 15-17 year-olds. 

(Trisha going out to race - blue jersey, red sleeves, second from the left)

Team USA did well this year. Every athlete made at least one semi-final and five athletes made finals. One athlete brought home two gold medals (Her name is Nevin and she's a women's canoeist from Seattle. I think we'll all be seeing her in the Olympics soon). My younger daughter (a kayaker) raced in five different race categories (K1 1000m, K1 500m, K2 500m, K4 500m, and K2 200m) and made semi-finals for each category. 
My daughter

The team from Hungary took the most medals home, followed by the Czech Republic, and Canada. Canadians and Americans cheered our athletes together - unless they were competing against each other - and over 600 athletes from 33 countries competed in the event. Hearing parents and coaches cheering for their athletes in 30 different languages at the top of their lungs is a pretty incredible experience.

Team USA and coaches hanging loose after the regatta ended

As a parent, it's just amazing to see my daughter compete in Poland and to see her love her sport the way she does. I'm just left with a sense of gratitude and abundant blessing.