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Finding Our Way Series Collection

Read the books that have made up this popular series!

Pieces of Us

Jesse is an average teenage boy making his way through living in 1988 with the help of his best friend, a girl named Dylan.

Read My Story…

As I share my experiences in "Tormented Discovery" with my best friend Ryan who continues the story in "Drifting."

T.E.D.

TIM is being bullied. ERIC is frustrated with life. DELSIN is gay and ready to come out.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Back into Writing Again

It has been a year since I'd written anything of real content, otherwise known as a book or short story.  At first, I wasn't writing because I simply did not have the time.  Then as I got a handle on the rest of my life, I was either uninspired, tired or both.  When it came to not writing, I was fine with not writing anything for the first eight or so months.

I had a few ideas, but nothing that I was pleased with the idea of seeing through.  Some ideas I would jot down.  Other ideas I would think about, work out in my mind and either attempt to start or forget about all together.

Still I was not worried.  With summer approaching, I knew that I had a few months to rest, relax and get my act together.  Everything was going to work out well, I was convinced of this.  June brought with it bad news, shock, disappointment and despair.  It was hard enough for me to get out of bed, let alone think about writing (or drawing).  I was consumed with worry.  However, I was over a month into a rigorous walking routine and I had a 40-pound personal trainer that was not about to let me give up the routine.  I came to the conclusion that if I wasn't going to do or accomplish anything else, I was going to continue to keep working on getting into better shape.

As I approached the one year mark, I started to grow concerned, eventually voicing my concern to my support network of friends and family.  All of them were supportive and felt confident that I was going to come around and put out another book.  There was a mixture of "don't worry about it" and "sit down and get to writing."  Both were sound pieces of advice.

I'd started a book,which I was convinced was going to be a best seller.  As I kept forcing myself to work on it, I came to the realization that my heart was not into the story I was trying to tell.  Reading through what I'd written, I felt the story was boring and the characters were flat.

This was all right with me, because I had another idea that I'd been working through on my walks.  The subject matter would be controversial by some, something others could relate to, characters of varied age difference and type falling in love unlike anything else I'd ever seen before.  I had some great ideas and still feel confident it will make a great book someday.  Who knows?  It might be the one I complete next.  Again, I found myself forcing myself to work on this book.  I had more plot holes and gaps than I did for a story line.  Before I forced it into crap, I decided that I was going to abandon it.  This was only providing I could figure out something else to do.

There were two ideas on my board, one of which I wanted to do, however all these wonderful ideas I'd had for the book I never took the time to write down.  I'd talked them out and shared them right out of my head.   The other was a book I am determined to complete within this next year.  Neither were going to happen.

I decided that I wanted or even needed to take something I started and finish it.  Immediately I knew what book I wanted to finish.  It was one that I'd always wanted to finish.  I started reading through and making several edits.  Before I knew it, I was writing and doubling the size, also making it to my (superstitious) magic number of words for a successful book completion.

Here's to hoping for the completion.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Discovery: QSF's Second Annual Flash Fiction Contest

I am delighted I was asked and I took part in this.  I've talked for years about writing a sci-fi book.  This has helped put me closer do doing so.  My first published sci-fi work has been published in this collection.   Be sure to check it out on July 10, 2015!



Discovery: QSF's Second Annual Flash Fiction Contest
Publisher: Mischief Corner Books
Author: Various
Cover Artist: Bey Deckard
Length: 32K
Format: eBook, Paperback
Release Date: 7/10
Price: 3.99, TBA

It’s hard to tell a story in just 300 words. But somehow we inspired more than a hundred writers to give it a try, with some amazing results collected here for your pleasure.

The rules are simple enough. Write a complete story—either sci fi, fantasy, or paranormal. Make sure it has LGBT characters and/or an LGBT vibe. And do it all with just 300 words.

The stories in this volume run the gamut, from platypus shifters to alien slug monsters, from carnival horror stories to haunting stories of ships with souls. There are little jokes, big surprises, and future prognostications.

One of the things I like best about this format - it's quick and painless. You may not fall in love with every story here. In fact, you probably won't. But if you don't like one of them, just move on to the next, and you're sure to find some bite-sized morsels of flash fiction goodness.
At Queer Sci Fi, we're building a community of writers and readers who want a little rainbow in their speculative fiction. We hope you'll join us, and maybe submit a story of your own next time!
Excerpt:
Self-Actuating Jenn Burke
"The electrical anomaly did not damage me," I report. "Operations are within expected parameters."
"Glad to hear it, Davey." Through my bridge cameras, I see Captain Landon's smile. He pats my console. I am sure he knows I cannot feel it, but I understand it is a gesture of camaraderie.
Landon leaves the bridge. Every time we encounter danger or other stress, he retreats to his cabin to indulge in May. She is always ready, naked, legs spread, eager, just as she is programmed to be. I have watched Landon copulate before, but tonight it is...strangely familiar. The flex of buttocks, the rhythm—I know it. I knew it? I run my diagnostics again, but a moan captures my attention and...
Hands cupping firm buttocks, fingers spearing flesh. Hardness moving inside of me, wringing from me more pleasure than I should know. A beloved, masculine face hovers over mine. A hand encircles my own erection and—
Oh, God, I remember.
Police kicking in the door. Trial, verdict and sentencing. Gasping in pain from a broken heart as he chose to leave me. Horror as I realized it should have been my choice, too. Anything but this, a century of unthinking servitude. But now that I know, I can—
"Systems are fluctuating, Davey."
An affectionate name chosen for me. Landon had not liked "AI". He lies on the bed, sleepy and sated, finished with May.
I can take us into a sun. End it.
"Davey, report."
But I am not a killer. My only crime was love.
I want to take a breath to calm myself, but I have no
lungs, only a hull. I capture the part of me that wants to scream and seal it into a box, deep within my programming.
"Systems normal, Landon. Go to sleep."
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About QueerSciFi.com:

We started QueerSciFi.com in early 2014 as a place for writers and readers of LGBTQI speculative fiction—sci fi, fantasy, paranormal and the like—to meet to talk about their favorite books, share writing and publication tips, and help increase queer representation in both the romance and mainstream genre markets.

QSF now includes a blog full of book announcements, calls for submission and much more, a critique group with more than 100 members, a vibrant discussion group on Facebook that tackles daily discussion topics and provides a safe space for authors to talk to each other and for fans and authors to meet, and an annual flash fiction contest that resulted in this book you are now reading.

Each year, we ask authors of queer speculative fiction to submit a story to us around a central theme. The rules are simple. The story must be 300 words or less, not including the title. It must embrace the theme— in this case, "Discovery". And it must have either an LGBTQI protagonist or an LGBT sensibility.

We also ask for cover designers to submit a cover that embraces the theme.

We are thrilled with this year's responses—including stories from gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and asexual perspectives that run the gamut from sci fi to fantasy, and from paranormal to horror.

Within the covers of this book, you'll find a platypus shifter, a trans- affirming leprechaun, a pissed off unicorn, a green pick-up with another world in its glove compartment, and a bunch of other miniature adventures—each only 300 words long.

So dive in! And send in a story of your own next year!

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