I’d like to start off by saying that as an author I love all my stories equally, and that there’s really no such thing as a “Top 10”, just as there would be no “Bottom 10”. After all, if I didn’t care about some of these stories I wouldn’t have wanted them in this anthology.
“Fantasy from the Rock” is a collection of short stories from authors who love telling folklores about humans, fairies, trolls, dwarves, elves, witches, and fortunetellers. There are a few stories that don’t quite fit, nevertheless; due to their strangeness, they still fall into this fantasy genre. What they all have in common, however, is their entertainment value. The authors are experienced writers and storytellers and obviously, they love their craft. Many of the stories reveal moral lessons, which folklores of ancient time had often taught us. Like human beings, magical creatures have their negative and positive sides. They’re flawed just like us human beings. Those who allow evil and negative spiritual forces to dominate them threaten other beings as well as the environment in which they live and share with others. My favorite stories are the ones with moral lessons. Thankfully, many are teeming with them. Continue reading Fantasy from the Rock Review by Sambath Meas!→
Fantasy from the Rock and Sci-Fi from the Rock author Peter Foote laments hardest part of being an author: selling your work.
I’m sure every author starts off thinking that writing that book, novella, or short story will be the hard part, I know I did, sadly I was wrong.
What I’ve learnt, is that everything after “The End” can be a struggle as well, and not always an enjoyable one. I write because I enjoy it, I like sharing a part of myself with the reader, conveying that hard learned life lesson. The written word is my preferred method, because verbally I come across as an idiot!
I don’t like the “selling yourself” part of the process, but that needs to change.
This weekend is the East Coast Comic Expo and my used bookstore Fictionfirst Used Books will once again be having a vendors table at the event. Selling my used books isn’t much of a chore for me, since most of the people who are looking at them are fans of the…
“Fantasy had its beginnings in mythology and, by extension, religion. In addition to faith, though, fantasy also challenges belief. This collection is very much in tune with both of these sides of fantasy. Social order, tradition, the world and our place in it, humanity, daily life, even the nature of stories — beliefs about all of these are challenged in Fantasy from the Rock. So celebrate the fairies and other miracles you find in its pages, but look for the challenges and reversals. It’s enlightening, and a great deal of fun” — Matthew Daniels, author of Healer’s Hoards and Living and Learning.
I was asked to write an update about my experience at SciFi on the Rock last weekend, but where do I even start?
For someone who had never attended the convention in full, I think the biggest surprise for me was how fast the time flew. I thought the hours at the tables would creep by. But three days have never gone so quickly.
Going back and forth between the Writer’s Alliance of NL (WANL) community table and the Engen Books table in the vendor room, I got to meet and connect with so many readers and writers. I have always believed speculative fiction readers are some of the most devoted in existence and, after last weekend, I am even more convinced. The enthusiasm from the attendees truly made the conference for me. Continue reading Mischief managed: SciFi on the Rock update | Amanda Labonté→
This was originally going to be a series of posts — every day of Sci-Fi on the Rock 11 was it’s own mini-event that deserved chronicling. However, as the title implies, I’ve been a little under the weather. As of today it’s been a week since the con started, and I really don’t want to wait any longer. So I’m going to try and get it all on record. 🙂
So, as a bit of preamble, I’m kind of known among my friends for my immune system. When my friends have children that are sick, I get the call: because I won’t catch it. I’m not sure why that is, but I’ve always reveled in it with the utmost glee… that is, until I met Heather Reilly’s youngest daughter, an adorable red-head with a perpetually runny nose. I was sitting for them the week before the con, and caught something that resulted in a 103-degree fever for about 48 un-fun hours.
That was Wave One. Wave Two was that, while recovering and my immune system was down, I apparently caught something else — I believe from the same Reilly child, we’re not sure. In any event, this most recent biological attack on us from Reilly Books resulting in an extreme cold and laryngitis… that started attacking my voice on April 27. You know, the day of our book launch for Fantasy from the Rock, the event we’ve been planning for a year to celebrate 10 years of Engen Books. Continue reading Confessions of Patient Zero | My Sci-Fi on the Rock 11 Story→
So apparently Sci-Fi on the Rock 11 and the Fantasy from the Rock launch party at A.C. Hunter Library (Arts and Culture Building) is only a week away? Time flies! Plans have been in place for months but a year’s worth of planning is really starting to take shape now. It’s going to be a great night on its own, and a great way to kick-off a great weekend celebrating the fantasy genre and writing in Newfoundland. 🙂
Join us in the Community Room at the A.C. Hunter Library to help celebrate the launch of Engen Book’s latest anthology. Fantasy from the Rock features 21 magical stories written by 18 spellbinding authors.
The event will feature selected readings from the collection and presentations by contributors, followed by a book signing, meet and greet, photo opportunities (with Blueberry, the fairy!).
A couple of days ago was my “Meet Your Fantasy From the Rock” entry. It included some answers that I didn’t bother to elaborate on – although do you really need me to tell you why ‘defenestrate’ is such an awesome word? (Matthew Daniels knows what I’m talking about.)
There are another couple other things about me that I’ll share today: I like weapons and I like baking.
Swords are my favourite, and I actually have a few of my own. Vaughn uses a sword in The Six Elemental, and there’s a sword-wielding character in Honour (found in Fantasy From the Rock). I like swords so much that while writing a story about modern-day assassins I decided to have a character who uses a sword (even though it’s not practical at all). Honestly, I’d find a way to put swords into a romance novel if I could. Continue reading Cupcakes and Weaponry→
Here’s a great article from The Silence Between Moons and A Troll By Any Other Name… author Peter J. Foote about writing and writing rituals. 🙂 Check out his new blog for more! 🙂
I just read a very interesting article (many thanks sherrydramsey.com) about writing rituals and how they can affect writers both amateur and professional, and that got me to thinking: “Do I have any?”
The article pointed out three main points: environment, time, and behavior. I think I see my problem…
Environment: I “try” to write at two different locations, home and work. At home, I set up my laptop at the kitchen table, and after I make a nest for my cat on the chair beside me, I can usually get a bit of writing done. But I can’t leave my laptop there, and the act of moving it really disrupts my mental processes. My RL job is shift work, so on nights I can usually type away, though my brain isn’t always at its best. I have gotten a lot of story ideas while on sleep deprived night…