Impulsive Walrus press recently released their new anthology of short fiction entitled “Well, It’s Your Cow” edited by Frog Jones. It contains nineteen stories all beginning with the lines “Are we sure this is a good idea?” “Well, it’s your cow.” Each author took that in a different direction, and the result is a wild ride from horror, to humor, to romance, and more! See our new page Story Anthologies for more information.
I have been reworking “Dreams of Fire” and “Sylvan Dreams” over the last nine months. They are tighter stories now and contain the seeds of things that happen in later books in the series. I will be sending them out for beta reader comments soon, getting them edited and uploading them to Amazon and some other platforms in the new year! They will also have fresh new covers and fall under the keywords of second chance romance, ghosts, magic, and feline friend.
Palouse Digital Press authors Sanan Kolva, Nathan Barham, and Elizabeth R. Alix will be at Moscow’s Art Walk from 5-10pm on June 15, 2018. We’ll be at Read It Again, a wonderful used book store, on Main St. near Maialina Restaurant. Moscow will have art from local and regional artists on display throughout local businesses starting tonight. There will be food and fun–come enjoy yourself!
This summer I have been reading resources on how to improve my writing. Even if you are an avid reader, understanding exactly why you liked something much less how to duplicate that in your own writing can be really hard. There are lots of resources out there but a few have been recommended to me.
Donald Maass “The Emotional Craft of Fiction” and “Writing the Breakout Novel” and Matt Bird‘s “The Secrets of Story.” Maass is the head of a large and successful literary agency. He also runs workshops around the country for writers who want to improve their craft. The workbook version of “Writing the Breakout Novel” got me unstuck in my writing this summer. After reading the first two chapters I had to put it down and apply the exercises to the novel I’m working on now!
Matt Bird is a screenwriter but his advice and suggestions are easily applicable to writing novels, fiction or non fiction. Connecting emotionally with the reader is the central theme. He also tells and shows you how to do that in clear terms. He also has a blog called Cockeyed Caravan where many of his suggestions appear.
Last weekend I went to Spocon in Spokane and had a blast! I was on several panels including Ancient Computers, self-editing your work, and romance elements in SF/F. Thank you to my fellow panelists for a great time: Manny Frishberg, Frog Jones, Grivante, Mark Rounds, Kat Richardson, Alex Fedyr, and Dawn Vogel. I organized the writer’s workshop where Jim Glass, Frog Jones, Sanan Kolva, and I read for three up and coming writers. I also read from “Sylvan Dreams” and some teaser copy from my new book “Legends and Dreams” (MHC#3). Thank you Spocon! Looking forward to next year’s Spocon August 10-12, 2018!
For those of you who like to shiver on the edge of scary, creepy, weird, and fun check out DeadLights Horror Fiction Magazine! It publishes stories that ride the wave of horror-pulp fiction with a more literary feel. Established authors and artists mingle with up-and-coming writers and illustrators. In addition to the longer print mag, DeadLights also digitally publishes Shotgun Horror Clips twice a month.
Sanan’s new epic fantasy “Shrouded Sky” from Sky Warrior Press will be available soon! It is the first in a new series. Visit her page here under Authors for links!
Sylvan Dreams, the second in the Maple Hill Chronicles series by Elizabeth R. Alix, is now available on Amazon.com in both Kindle (e-book) and paperback formats!
Ruari Allen shares his grandfather’s passion for woodworking, but ominous dreams suggest he has also inherited an obligation to a thousand-year-old fey master who won’t take no for an answer. Meanwhile, Marianne Singleton is trying to understand her newfound abilities to see ghosts. Their fledgling relationship is tested when Ruari loses his beloved woodworking skills. Together, they undertake a desperate journey to Scotland where the past is very much alive…
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Book 2 of the Maple Hill Chronicles, “Sylvan Dreams” is in its final stages of rewrites! I am aiming to release both the hardcopy and eb00k through Amazon by December 31st. Here is a sneak peek at the cover and a draft of the back jacket blurb.
Ruari Allen developed his passion for woodworking under the tutelage of his Scottish grandfather. Since his grandfather’s death, he’s been stuck in a rut, earning his living as a handyman for a realty agency. His blossoming relationship with Marianne Singleton is the only bright spot. Ominous dreams indicate that his grandfather’s life was not what it seemed and that Ruari has inherited more than he bargained for. When his woodworking skills desert him, Ruari and Marianne makes a desperate trip to Scotland to reclaim them.