Contest begins Jan 1. Rules & Guidelines in Brief (1) If your story is science fiction, fantasy or horror, is less than 10,000 words in length and has not been previously published, simply paste it into the body of an email with your contact details and send it to aeonaward@yahoo.com with “Aeon Award Submission” as the Subject of the email. http://www.albedo1.com/aeon-award/rules/

It's that time of year – endless schmaltzy Christmas movies. You could veg in front of the TV and watch scads of Hallmark Christmas movies which are all exactly alike. Here's what you'll find on a Hallmark Christmas movie, per a popular meme floating around. I don't know who wrote it, but it's funny as hell.

Woman: I have a high paying job in New York City that I love and Christmas isn't that important to me.

Her black friend: You need a MAN.

Woman's dad: Come to the small town; we are suffering without a baker for our town festival.

Woman: Okay, dad.

I hope everyone is enjoying the holiday season since it's about to wrap up for 2019. I had a fantastic Halloween and Thanksgiving. Christmas and New Year's are the only holidays left to celebrate. With 2020 looming, I've decided to make some writing goals for the year. Here is my list:

It's a good idea for a writer to establish a routine for writing. I've read advice stating to try to write at the same time every day and aim for a certain number of words. I like to work in the mornings and I aim for 1,000 words minimum when working on a story.

In honor of World Mental Health Day, I'm reprinting this article I wrote a few years back about creativity and mental illness. Enjoy

THE MADNESS OF ART

We work in the dark - we do what we can - we give what we have. Our doubt is our passion and our passion is our task. The rest is the madness of art. – Henry James

Writing is a form of therapy; sometimes I wonder how all those who do not write, compose or paint can manage to escape the madness, melancholia, the panic and fear which is inherent in a human situation. – Graham Greene

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Have you ever had an erotic dream? They're fun, aren't they? I read some articles about erotic dreams, and some people have had some very strange ones. One woman had sex with the bottom tip of a crescent moon. She said, "I wasn't sure it was a good idea, but I did it anyway." That seems to be the going thing with erotic dreams – you do it anyway since there is nothing to hold you back.

I often joke that considering my Google search history for writing research purposes, the FBI must have a massive file on me. I can't comment on some of my searches since they are far from PG rated. Suffice to say I'm surprised I don't get Pornhub spam in my email box. If you've seen it on Urban Dictionary, I've searched for it, LOL.

I mentioned this topic on Facebook and my friends told me about their bizarre search histories which are research for their fiction. Here are a few:

I'm saving the 8th season of Game of Thrones for binge-watching with my husband after the season and series finale. I have only run into two spoilers so far – the Starbucks cup on the table in front of Daenerys in episode 4 and the water bottle by Sam Tarly's feet in the series finale. I promise – no Game of Thrones spoilers in this article. It's not about Game of Thrones anyway. Not directly.

It's about the Mary Sue and her male counterpart, the Gary Stu.

In my last post, I mentioned how I’m cutting back on conventions and other public appearances. However, I did not mention writer’s retreats. I love writer’s retreats and I try to go to one or two every year. Right now, I’m in central Massachusetts at a retreat hosted by Broad Universe. Broad Universe is a networking group for women who write speculative fiction. This glorious retreat is in a beautiful house in the middle of the woods. There is lots of snow on the ground. I saw squirrels and birds. This place is bucolic. I love it.

bookcover: 
serenity book cover
Author: 
Joss Whedon
Series: 
Serenity
Publisher: 
Dark House Books
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Rating: 
10
ISBN/ASIN: 

978-1-59307-846-1

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Review: 

This is a graphic rendering of a favorite but short lived series: Serenity by Joss Whedon (of Buffy fame) is a boon to any graphic novel’s library or even those who love Science Fiction meets Westerns in a good way. Those Left Behind covers the first three books that came out in this format in one hard cover book.

It covers beautifully the actors who played these characters while they act giving you a real sense of the story being played out. There is also a section at the end with back drops on how the world building for the story was done. Delightfully written, Well drawn, and beautifully produced. I only wish I had found this sooner. Hope to collect the rest of them of a series ended much too soon.

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