Wednesday, April 1, 2020

IWSG April, A to Z: Crash, Instagram, and a Call for Reviewers


Many thanks to our founder Alex J. Cavanaugh and all of the co-hosts this month!

Let's encourage each other!

OPTIONAL QUESTION: The IWSG’s focus is on our writers. Each month, from all over the globe, we are a united group sharing our insecurities, our troubles, and our pain. So, in this time when our world is in crisis with the covid-19 pandemic, our optional question this month is: how are things in your world?

Honestly, I was overwhelmed in March. I think I've experienced every emotion there is to experience, sometimes in the space of a few minutes. It's hard to tackle. Hard to understand. And yet, I continue to pray and hope, and dream and love, and feel all of it. I am trying to be a light in a dark time, as much as I can be. I feel like that's all I can do. Sometimes, it's more than I can do, and I let myself rest when it's too much. And then, I pray, and sing, and dream, and hope, and love, again and again. And, because I need a super-sized distraction, I decided to do a completely goofball, fun, just for entertainment project for A to Z.

A to Z Challenge

I'm participating in the A to Z April Challenge in the fiction series category and today is the first day.
I started this story in 2014 on Wattpad as an experiment and never finished it (gasp of horror!), but that will not be the case for A to Z. I tweaked the original five chapters/parts, and I'm halfway through the story now and I know where it ends (mostly). Check in here or on Wattpad for updates. Each part is less than 700 words. Today's section is 320 words.

CRASH (A SF, YA Adventure-Romance Novelette)
Amaya didn't like matinees, but they were cheap, and money was tight since her parent's divorce. The theater was empty except for Amaya and her two friends, Jessi and Natalie. The air conditioning had been set to freezing so Amaya curled her legs to her chest, and tried to lose herself in the movie. She hadn't seen it before but she had checked out the book from the library. She knew the kissing scene was close.

The film jerked to a sudden stop right as the main character leaned in for the kiss.

"No way," Amaya said.

"That's totally the best part and now it's ruined," groaned Jessi.

Then all the little lights that lit up the aisles, the exit sign went out, and the movie screen went dark. The theater rumbled.

"Earthquake!" shouted Amaya, grabbing for her friends as she stood up. The ground rolled and she fell forward onto the next row of seats.

Jessi and Natalie screamed. Amaya struggled to right herself and finally settled for rolling sideways out of the seats.

The earth had stopped moving, but Jessi kept screaming and Natalie sounded like she was crying.

"It's ok," Amaya said. "It stopped. Jessi, just calm down. We're going to be ok."

"Okay," said Jessi in a ragged voice.

A beam of light pierced the darkness, followed by a deep voice. "Everyone all right in here?"

"I think so," said Amaya. "Can you lead us out?"

The flashlight beam swept over Jessi and Natalie and landed on Amaya. She self-consciously tugged at the hem of her shirt, which had a frayed side. Then she reached out to Jessi. "C'mon, we're getting out of here."

"Okay," Jessi whispered. She took Amaya's hand and stood up. Natalie stood up behind her and took Jessi's other hand.

Amaya wasn't sure who was steadying who, but holding hands felt better. At least they could anchor each other in the darkness.

I'll be adding to Crash for Camp NaNoWriMo - both finishing this section, and adding a second novelette size chunk. 

IWSG Instagram for April


I'm looking for reviews for Walking with Jesus: Stories from One Hope Church
Stories from Ordinary Lives Impacted by an Extraordinary God.
This anthology contains non-fiction stories, poems, and fiction, as well as a call to create. 
If you are interested in reviewing, please send me an e-mail for a free PDF copy: tyreantigger (at) gmail (dot) com


The Insecure Writer’s Support Group anthology contest 2020 opens on May 6.

We can now reveal the genre and the judges.

The genre – science fiction. (Going back to our first contest, which resulted in Parallels: Felix Was Here.)

Our official judges:

Dan Koboldt, author and #SFFpit founder
Dan Koboldt is the author of the Gateways to Alissia trilogy (Harper Voyager), the editor of Putting the Science in Fiction (Writers Digest, 2018), and the creator of the sci-fi adventure serial The Triangle (Serial Box, 2019). As a genetics researcher, he has co-authored more than 80 publications in Nature, Science, The New England Journal of Medicine, and other scientific journals. He is represented by Paul Stevens of Donald Maass Literary Agency.

Lynda R. Young, author
Lynda R. Young is an Aussie writing fantasy novels as Elle Cardy. Wielder’s Prize is her debut YA epic fantasy. She is also an editor, game developer, 3D artist, graphic designer, photographer, gamer and more.

Colleen Oefelein, agent, The Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency
Colleen Oefelein is an author of YA, picture books, and author promotion guides, a devourer of books, and the owner of the book review site North of Normal. Formerly an associate agent and PR manager with Inklings Literary Agency, Colleen has hosted numerous “Pitch Perfect” and “Rejection Correction” workshops on Facebook and at conferences nationwide, and she’s mentored several authors one-on-one through online pitch contests such as Pitch Wars.

Damien Larkin, author
Damien Larkin is an Irish science fiction author and co-founder of the British and Irish Writing Community. His debut novel Big Red was published by Dancing Lemur Press and went on to be longlisted for the BSFA award for Best Novel. He currently lives in Dublin, Ireland and is working on his next novel Blood Red Sand.

Ion Newcombe, eidtor and publisher
is the editor and publisher of AntipodeanSF, Australia's longest running online speculative fiction magazine, regularly issued since January 1998. His qualifications and employment range from horticulture through electronics into literature and communications.

Julie Gwinn, agent, The Seymour Agency
Julie Gwinn most recently served as Marketing Manager for the Christian Living line at Abingdon Press and before that served as Trade Book Marketing Manager and then Fiction Publisher for the Pure Enjoyment line at B&H Publishing Group, a Division of LifeWay Christian Resources. Recently, she was awarded Editor of the Year from the American Christian Fiction Writers and won B&H’s first Christy award for Ginny Yttrup’s debut novel Words.

David Powers King, author
David's works include Woven, The Undead Road,, and Full Dark: An Anthology. He currently resides in the Mountain West with his wife and 4 children.

Tune in May 6 for the theme and full details.


Tasha Duncan-Drake said...

Well I am definitely intrigued. Exciting start to the story. Best of luck with it.
Tasha 💖
Virginia's Parlour - The Manor (Adult concepts - nothing explicit in posts)
Tasha's Thinkings - Vampire Drabbles

Karen Baldwin said...

Way to start the challenge!! I'll be looking for more.

Liza said...

Enjoyed your "A" entry. Looking forward to reading more!

Ellen Jacobson said... the story! Can't wait for the next installment!

Rachna Chhabria said...

Yes, we are all hoping and praying for the Covid-19 pandemic to end soon.

Super entry for A.

S.A. Larsenッ said...

Thank you for being a light. Truly. It does matter.

Great piece! So intrigued as to where you'll take this story.

Hey, I'm (kind of sort of) doing Camp NaNo, too! I don't have any buddies, yet. Can I find you there? I need someone to slap me to keep me writing, right now.

Tyrean Martinson said...

Tasha, Karen, Liza, and Ellen - Thank you!!!

Rachna - it's a hard time, and thank you.

SA - Thank you! And yes, let's be Camp buddies!

mshatch said...

I hear about all the emotions. These are hard times for everyone, even writers who you'd think would be thrilled with so much time on their hands. I'm always wanting more time, but this is not the way I anted it!

Stay well!

CWMartin said...

Good exciting start to things! Good luck on the A to Z. I always just do a 2-post "mash-up" which part one went up yesterday.

Patricia Josephine aka Patricia Lynne said...

My emotions have been okay, but I'm a laid-back person. Although, I have gotten annoyed at the other tenants in my apartment building who seem to be coming and going all the time still.

Great start to your A to Z.

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Participating in the Blogging A-Z Challenge is such a great idea for a distraction. Good luck! :)

Tyrean Martinson said...

Marcy - Yes, exactly, not like this.

CW - I'll check out your post soon!

Patricia - it is hard not to get annoyed at people who aren't following the rules.

Madeline - Thanks!

M.J. Fifield said...

Are you doing Camp NaNo AND the A to Z Challenge? That's amazing.

I'm only doing Camp this month. Best of luck to you!

Tyrean Martinson said...

I'm combining them, so it is actually not as crazy as it sounds. I think. :P

cleemckenzie said...

You are going to be or continue to be one busy writer! Here's to reaching Z in one piece.

Michelle Wallace said...

The world is upside-down at the moment. We need to hang in there and remain as positive as we can.
It's a good idea to participate in the challenge this month; it will keep you productive amidst all the madness!
Stay safe, Tyrean!

Jacqui Murray said...

Doing for entertainment is a darn good idea, Tyrean. I'm with you!

Tyrean Martinson said...

C.Lee - I will be, and still will be. Thanks!

Michelle - It definitely will keep me productive in the midst of everything. Hope you stay safe, too.

emaginette said...

What a great start, :-)

Anna from elements of emaginette

Tyrean Martinson said...

Jacqui - Thanks!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Tense beginning! Crazy place to be in for an earthquake.
Emotions are running high. Just remember God is in control.

Allie Bock said...

Thanks for sharing the A to Z challenge. I had no idea it was going on. I wish you the best of luck with Camp Nano!

Natalie Aguirre said...

I like the start of your story. It starts right away with action. Glad it's helping you stay upbeat in these challenging times.

Tyrean Martinson said...

Alex - but is it an earthquake? :)

Allie - Thank you!

Natalie - Thanks!

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Not an earthquake? Something else crashed?

I understand the emotions all over. That's been me the past few weeks.

Lynda R Young as Elle Cardy said...

It's good to find those distractions.

Lori L. MacLaughlin said...

Definitely looking forward to the next installment! I'm glad March is over with. Hoping April will be better. At least it's not snowing anymore. Stay well.

Diane Burton said...

Thanks for sharing your story. I'm intrigued. It sounds like you're doing okay. We are, too. Stay safe and have fun with your story.

Chemist Ken said...

I think you're definitely going to have the longest entries for this year's A-Z challenge. I hope April is a better month for you than March was.

Lee Lowery said...

Great start to the story! Well done - I want to read more.

So glad you're doing okay. I love your positive attitude. Heaven knows, we need a positive outlook right now, no matter what the future holds.

Pat Garcia said...


I know what you mean by being overwhelmed at first. Before this all started happening I had a strong impression that I should go out and buy groceries. I did but didn't understand why I was doing it. I thought to myself, you have enough food at home for over a month. Three days later Corona hit a small town in Germany and people panicked.

I like the beginning of your story. It sounds like a mystery or a horror story.. I believe subscribe to your blog so I'll look in again.

Have a great day and be safe.

Shalom aleichem,
Pat G @ EverythingMustChange

Chrys Fey said...

I've been having all sorts of emotions, too. Take care of yourself!

J Lenni Dorner said...

My world is okay, I guess. I've dealt with worse. I worry about my spouse, who is less equipped to deal with the situation.

Good story. I've only experienced minor earthquakes, and never in a place like a theater. Good luck to the characters, and to you with the writing.

I hope a to z and camp goes well for you!

J Lenni Dorner~ Co-host of the #AtoZchallenge, Debut Author Interviewer, Reference& Speculative Fiction Author