A few years ago I wrote this particular story for Fiction River and it was accepted into the anthology Fiction River: Last Stand, which came out in January of this year.
What’s Left of Me is one of my personal favorite stories, where the narrator sort of took over and wrote the tale for me. I just typed. It was originally meant to be science fiction but morphed into a more literary bit of prose about the choices me make between life and death.
I’m rather excited that I’m starting a challenge set out by Dean Wesley Smith. He’ll be my first reader for writing three novels in three months. And then we’ll be setting a date to get them published within a few months. This should jump start what’s happening in 2018 and that excites me, particularly since I have two novels that I’m really quite happy with already set to publish then as well. It could be a big year as far as publishing!
Of course, I’ll also be putting together a collection of the short stories I wrote in 2017, for anyone who prefers to purchase larger collections rather than individual stories.
In addition to that, our new cat, Ham, is settling in. It’s a long story about how he got his name but nicknames include Hamnado and Hamnibal Lecter. My older male likes him a great deal though and that’s what’s important, isn’t it?!
This is one of those rare alternative history novels that has young Black woman as it’s protagonist. In fact, the entire book is centered around the Black Panthers in the late 1960s. There are moments when the narration voice feels at odds with the language of the day and certain terms feel jarring. It’s a minor complaint because the story holds together well and the narrative keeps moving. This story within this book stands on its own but there is clearly a larger tale woven into the fabric of the series.
Coyle is an activist for change. She discusses her concerns about writing this story as a white woman. I’m glad that the people around her persuaded her to write it. I think it’s a wonderfully fun way to look at an important era of history.
Wow, September already. I am astounded as each month passes how quickly it’s gone. August was eaten up by a vacation and the inevitable cleaning up after vacation. It seems like there is always something.
I’m currently working on a new Whisper novel which I hope will be out towards the end of next year. My hope is to get the beta reader version of Sun Spot Magic back and do the edits so I can schedule out the final editing and get a publication date for that one.
I also want to work a bit more on my gothic horror that was supposed to be gothic romance and perhaps get that out to my husband, who is my first reader.
Definitely need to write another short story because that was my goal to write one new short story every single month.
And I’m itching to get started on a new mystery sort of series that I thought of earlier in the summer. The new Whisper tale took precedence and at least Whisper is easy for me to write. Once I get an idea, they sort of write themselves.
And on the personal front, we just might be adopting a cat. I think our little boy, Ichiro, who isn’t so little and is now seven years old, needs a companion who will tussle with him more than Gemini is willing to do, so we’ve been out looking. An application is in. I hope we pass!
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