Writing Guilty Pleasures | House Blog

Sometimes I write things that I have no intention of ever showing anyone.

Ever.

There are random scenes, ideas, and sometimes even full-blown stories that will never see the light of day. They’re all tucked safely away in places where no other soul will find them.

“So why bother writing them?” you ask.

I guess that’s a valid question. I mean, I am the one who brought this whole thing up, so it’s only natural you’re thinking that.

Why would someone waste time writing stories that she never intends to show anyone? Well, it’s a guilty pleasure. As we all know by now, I don’t stick to one genre when I write (I think of it like genre-Pokemon – gotta write ’em all!). I gravitate towards fiction/sci-fi/fantasy, but I’ve been known to dabble in other areas. Sometimes I get the impulse to try a completely different genre, or to mash a bunch together and see what happens. I’ll write tropes; subvert tropes; invent tropes. Nothing’s off limits. I’ll take those crazy ideas and get them down on paper before they run away and the Crazy-Idea Fairy stops coming ’round.

These guilty pleasures are me writing for my own enjoyment. I know this stuff’s not going to fit certain markets, or be good enough to submit, or ‘advance my career’ in any way, but sometimes a writer’s just gotta write. And if I’m pushing or challenging or amusing myself, then it’s worth it.

Not everything you write needs to be literary gold. Or even copper.

 

 

 

 

Winner: “The Perils of the Sea” by Marianne King | Kit Sora Flash Fiction Photography Contest

After much deliberation, Engen Books is proud to announce the winner of the March 2019 Kit Sora Flash Fiction Photography Contest: Marianne King with her story, The Perils of the Sea!

Marianne King grew up in beautiful Port-de-Grave, Newfoundland. She currently lives on the west coast of Newfoundland, where the summers are awesome and the winters seem never ending. She loves reading fantasy, dystopia, and science-fiction, all of which influences her writing. Her short story ‘Slumber’ was a runner up in a previous Kit Sora Flash Fiction contest. The Perils of the Sea will be her first published work of fiction. Continue reading Winner: “The Perils of the Sea” by Marianne King | Kit Sora Flash Fiction Photography Contest

Award-Winning Pilot Lindsay Kitson to write Dieselpunk story for Flights from the Rock!

Engen Books is excited to introduce the newest author to be revealed as a writer for Summer 2019’s Flights from the Rock: bush pilot Lindsay Kitson!

From Portage La Prairie, Manitoba, Kitson has had several stories published in the past, including The Maelstrom at the End of the World in Athena’s Daughters Volume Two, Cod Liver Oil in Parallel Prairies, and, Two Foxes in Keycon chapbook, to name a few!

She has been the winner of the First to Solo award, given by Women in Aviation, holds a commercial pilot’s license, float and multi-engine instrument ratings, and currently works as a bush pilot in central Manitoba. Continue reading Award-Winning Pilot Lindsay Kitson to write Dieselpunk story for Flights from the Rock!

Stacey Oakley, award-winning author of ‘Hunter’s Soul,’ to write for Flights from the Rock!

Engen Books is proud to reveal the next Flights from the Rock author: award-winning author Stacey Oakley!

Stacey Oakley is an author originally from Moncton, New Brunswick who became a vibrant part of the local Newfoundland writing scene after the publication of ‘The Sorrows of War’ in the 2016 edition of Sci-Fi from the Rock. She has since gone on to independently publish her own novel, Hunter’s Soul, and in 2018 was crowned the winner of the 48 Hour Novel-Writing Marathon. Continue reading Stacey Oakley, award-winning author of ‘Hunter’s Soul,’ to write for Flights from the Rock!

Winner: “Heart of Avalon” by JRH Lawless | Kit Sora Flash Fiction Photography Contest

After much deliberation, Engen Books is proud to announce the winner of the February 2019 Kit Sora Flash Fiction Photography Contest: JRH Lawless with his story, Heart of Avalon!

J.R.H. Lawless is a multiple award-winning Canadian SF author who blends comedy with political themes — drawing heavily, in both cases, on his experience as a lawyer and as Secretary General of a Parliamentary group at the French National Assembly. A member of SFWA and Codex Writers, his short fiction has been published in professional venues, and most recently in the Third Flatiron Press Terra! Tara! Terror! anthology, to great reviews, placement as 2018 Recommended Reading, and an award for Best Positive Future Story 2018. He is also a craft article contributor to the SFWA blog, the SFWA Bulletin, and Tor.com. His next story will be released on April 15th in the Third Flatiron Hidden Histories anthology. He would love to hear from you on Twitter, over at @SpaceLawyerSF! Continue reading Winner: “Heart of Avalon” by JRH Lawless | Kit Sora Flash Fiction Photography Contest

Teresita E. Dziadura announced as a ‘Flights from the Rock’ author!

Engen Books is proud to introduce one of the exciting talents in genre fiction that will be returning in 2019’s Flights from the Rock collection: Teresita E. Dziadura!

Dziadura has steadily been making her voice heard in the Newfoundland writing scene more and more over the last two years, making her presence known at NaNoWriMo writing events and seminars as a force to be reckoned with, bringing wit and insight to every conversation she’s a part of!

Dziadura made her print debut last year in Chillers from the Rock with her short story Beyond No Man’s Land, a chilling tale that cemented her as one of the fresh new talents in the industry.

In Flights from the Rock, she brings with her her short story ‘Flight 520 to London,’ a harrowing hijacking story sure to make any reader — or frequent flyer — tense! Continue reading Teresita E. Dziadura announced as a ‘Flights from the Rock’ author!

Prize-Winning author Nicole Little announced as ‘Flights from the Rock’ author!

Engen Books is proud to announce one of the exciting new talents in genre fiction that will be appearing in 2019’s Flights from the Rock collection: Nicole Little!

Little has steadily been making her voice heard in the Newfoundland writing scene more and more over the year, making her presence known at competitions as a force to be reckoned with, bringing wit and insight to every conversation she’s a part of!

Her flash fiction “Sweet Sixteen” won the June 2018 Kit Sora Flash Photography Fiction Prize, and she achieved third in the October 2018 Nightmare on Water Street reading competition. For her talents, Little was one of only a select few gifted authors allowed two entries in the Dystopia from the Rock collection, with her stories “The Market” and “The Last One Standing.” Continue reading Prize-Winning author Nicole Little announced as ‘Flights from the Rock’ author!