Show 06: Interview with Sherry D. Ramsey

Sherry just released an anthology called, “To Unimagined Shores”

You can get it either in print or ebook form from the following locations:

Amazon:

Print

Kindle

 

Smashwords

Or

Third Person Press
Voice Intro by Clay Robeson

Music by Kevin MacLeod

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Contest ~ Win a Copy of To Unimagined Shores

Quillian member Sherry D. Ramsey is currently running a contest on her blog to give away two copies of her recently-released collection of short stories (winners can choose a print version or ebook). All the details can be found on Sherry’s blog.

To order a copy (print or ebook in various formats), surf over to www.thirdpersonpress.com.

“Sherry D. Ramsey’s short stories are filled with vibrant characters, good writing, and thrum with humanity, even when there aren’t many actual humans in the story. Fans of speculative fiction should definitely check out To Unimagined Shores.” ~ Mark A. Rayner, author of The Amadeus Net and Marvellous Hairy.

Kevin S. Moul reads “Souvenirs”

Quillian Kevin S. Moul reads his short story, “Souvenirs.”

It is a current day Urban Fantasy that asks a lifelong saleperson to look at what people take from a place,  and then consider that it’s not the selling that matters — but giving until it hurts.

The reading is at the Quillian Coffee Shop in Second Life at 6PM SLT.  (9 PM EST)  (If not familiar with Second Life, you can download the client here:  SL Download.)

A little background on Kevin:

Kevin is a widely published semi professional photographer who is also passionate about writing. He writes to achieve the same discovery with words that he captures with his camera. Writing projects include memoir, character studies, and themes associated with his lifelong interest in urban and epic fantasy. Canadian by birth Moul now lives in Southern Arizona. He blogs and offers samples of his writing at www.kevinsmoul.com. A gallery of photography is offered at www.tootallmoul.com. In Second Life he is known as Taos Hermit.

September Challenge

The monthly flash writing challenge is now on the challenge board in the main meeting room. Check it out, and send in your entry by Sept. 26th to have a chance at prizes! (Also, it’s good practice!)

Monday Night Meeting

Quillians,

We are having our weekly meeting tonight at  the same time (6PM SLT, PST) and place (F&SF Workshop Building)

Critiques are also due today prior to the meeting. Since Taos and I are the only participants and have already done them, I will use this part of the announcement to say that the rest of you have been dropping off in the past few rounds. Get your subs ready for Wednesday!

Hope to see you all tonight.

April’s Writing Challenge- Dialog

April’s writing challenge is an dialog exercise.

The concept is to write a scene with characters exchanging dialog, but WITHOUT dialog tags or any description.

Just the dialog itself.  (In other words, just what is inside the quotes!  )

Sherry and I got the idea from the Writing Excuses podcast.

There were two episodes where they did this exercise.  The links are here

http://www.writingexcuses.com/2010/12/27/writing-excuses-5-17-dialog-exercises/

http://www.writingexcuses.com/2011/01/16/writing-excuses-5-20-more-dialog-exercises/

It should be two pages, double space. (roughly 350 words)

I wouldn’t worry about trying to complete the scene.  The exercise is meant to work on dialog.  Focus on creating the scene and characterization through the dialog.

Due Date… The April 11th meeting

Any questions, feel free to ask!

“Networld” comes online in SL!

Fellow Quillian, Nancy S.M. Waldman (Aplomb Pomilio inSL) will be reading her original short story “NetWorld” this Saturday evening (Saturday, February 19th at 6pm SLT). This story originally appeared in Undercurrents, published by Third Person Press.

This is the fifth of our monthly readings and other special events, occurring on the third Saturday of each month at 6pmSLT (9pmET/6pmPT).

If you miss it, you’ll have a chance to catch the recording once our new podcast gets rolling, but you’re urged to attend now as the podcast won’t be starting up just yet.

The reading will take place in the Workshop building, on the second floor beside the traditional meeting circle. The reading is a voice event, so attendees are encouraged to come with their “ears on” and their microphones off. Since the event is also being recorded, we request that you refrain from using audio ‘gestures’ or other devices that create ambient noise.

Quillian NaNoWriMo Winners!

Every year, the call goes out and writers of every sort, from novice to old hat, sign up for an amazing ride.  The challenge?  Write 50,000 words in 30 days.  That is 1667 words a day, should you choose to recalculate it as such–and many do.

You’d think that 1667 words a day is simple (that’s not too many, you might say).  You’d think that 1667 words is barely a scene (for what can happen in 1667 words?).

1667 words is not too difficult to write, or to imagine.  It’s not the 1667 words per day that make this a challenge.  It’s the 1667 words that link the prose of that-which-has-come-before with those that-have-yet-to-be-written.

Anyone can sit down and type 1667 words of nonsense per day.  The challenge is to sit down and write a 50,000 word story 1667 words at a time.

Several members of the Quillian Writer’s Workshop took on the challenge this year, and seven of them broke through the goal-line, winning them the admiration of their peers and bragging rights for another year.  More importantly, there are seven new pieces of fiction out there that did not exist before this challenge!  While it is a sure thing that those stories are diamonds in the rough (perhaps even coal awaiting the massive pressure that only editing may provide), it is also a sure thing that those stories are set to become the foundation for the future.  Whether we will read them in their current form, or as a shade cast by their image, these seven writers have accomplished much.  Even if no one other than themselves should ever read this draft, they have still learned from the experience and will apply it to their future, unwritten words of wisdom.

And so, in recognition of their achievement, I present to you, the winners of NaNoWriMo 2010:

Luta/wordsmith/Sherry – 51838   **NaNoWriMo 2010 Winner!**

Marielle/WindRider/Marielle – 50185   **NaNoWriMo 2010 Winner!**

Mira/Mskanga/Rennata – 50786   **NaNoWriMo 2010 Winner!**

Sathor/Kaa/Gary – 78035   **NaNoWriMo 2010 Winner!**

Taos/KevinSMoul/Kevin – 51026   **NaNoWriMo 2010 Winner!**

Timothy/lambowolf/John – 51369   **NaNoWriMo 2010 Winner!**

Zhi/Hawthorn/ – 50303   **NaNoWriMo 2010 Winner!**

Airborne

Airborne, Volume 2 in The Speculative Elements Series from Third Person Press launches this month!

Complied and edited by Third Person Press founders Sherry D. Ramsey, Julie A. Serroul and Nancy S.M. Waldman, with an Introduction by Afra Kavanagh, Assistant Professor of English at Cape Breton University, Airborne contains fourteen stories and three poems written by writers with connections to Cape Breton Island (Nova Scotia, Canada). The tales include stories of cyber-crime, journeys of planetary colonization, malicious music, messages and visits from those who have passed on–including a tale from the Scottish Isles–rogue helicopters, romance that defies time and space, enchanted creatures, virulent vampire viruses, and a mysterious white stone with inexplicable properties.

The contributors to Airborne are Donna Troicuk, Ken Chisholm, Katrina Nicholson, Meg Horne, Chris Benjamin, Theresa Dugas Mac Kay, Sue McKay Miller, Peter Andrew Smith, Kerry Anne Fudge, Krista C. Miller, Donna D’Amour, Bruce V. Miller, Jill Campbell-Miller, Nancy S.M. Waldman, Sherry D. Ramsey and Julie A. Serroul.

Sherry Ramsey edited together an amazing promotional video for the book, available by clicking this link, or by viewing the embedded video below.

Sherry D. Ramsey and Nancy S.M. Waldman are both active members of The Quillian family.

A ‘Golden’ opportunity!

Fellow Quillian, Chuck Heintzelman, has done it again!  He has a new piece of fiction in print, debuting in the online version of Golden Visions Magazine.  You can find his story, Voice Mail, in the “flash fiction two” section of the current issue.

You can read more of Chuck’s fiction on his website, StoryChuck.com.

Congratulations, Chuck!

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