Critters and Crises launches tomorrow. What? you ask. Well, more below.
Today is the Insecure Writers Support Group monthly post. IWSG is a lovely group of people all posting monthly on the first Wednesday of the month, exploring all sorts of things including writing barriers they’ve overcome, despondency over reviews, and lack of ideas for stories. It’s the brainchild of the lovely Ninja Captain Alex J Cavanaugh, and this month his co-hosts are:
I’ll come to the question of the month later, because I need to talk about Critters and Crises.
Critters and Crises: a menagerie miscellany – 4th March 2021
Some time during the winter I decided that my flash fiction needed to go into some sort of collection, so that people could peruse it at their leisure, rather than having to read it online. I’m not the only person who had this brainwave. You’ll find the Rebecca Douglass has done the same thing. And her stories are fabulous.
But I made a catalogue of all my stories, as you’ll remember, and decided there were five themes I could sort them into: Animals, Greed, Time shifting, Metamorphosis, and Christmas. I’m holding back on Christmas for a while, but I’ve put the rest into volumes of 25k-30k words, and they’ll be published more or less monthly.
Critters and Crises comes out tomorrow, 4th March, just after midnight California time. If you want to pre-order it, that would be lovely of you. Pop over to Amazon, AppleBooks, B&N for Nook, and Kobobooks and you can buy it today, or any time after launch day.
But if you’d like a pre-launch copy for just 99c in my pre-sale, follow this Smashwords link – which closes at midnight tonight California time (i.e. when the book launches). Note that you will be added to my mailing list (which has had the pre-sale offer for two weeks). Your email address will not be used for any other purpose.
Critters and Crises – 21 stories
Between these pages you’ll find dragons and other fantasy animals, cats, rats, insects, guinea pigs, birds, cows, foxes, bears, raccoons, sea creatures, viruses, and supernatural beasts. Some are straightforward nature stories, but most are fantasy, speculative fiction, weird, or a mixture of genres, a mash-up.
The other titles in the collection series launch as follows
- Greed and Retribution – 6th May
- Time and Tinplate – 10th June
- Weird and Weirder – 8th July
What happened to April? If you can’t wait to find out, check my Princelings website 🙂Critters and Crises: flash fiction with animals — launches tomorrow 4th March. #flashfiction #animals #fantasy Click To Tweet
And now: the Question of the Month!
Do you read widely or only within the genre(s) you create stories for? What motivates your reading choice?
Since I realised that I’d written a book for older children, I started reading older children’s books. Or rather, added them to the mix I read anyway. At that stage, I also joined Goodreads (2012), so I found I was collecting new titles to read (and sometimes on my kindle) at an alarming rate.
It’s important to know your genre, what’s in it, what the trends are, what your audience likes to read… but I’ve got terribly bored with MG books recently. Well, apologies to most of my readers, but I’m finding most US MG books rather tedious. And Goodreads is still very US biased, so most of the recommended reads end up putting me off MG completely.
Which is funny, because Captain Alex mentioned me ‘as a children’s author’ recently, and my immediate reaction was ‘but I’m not!’
So whereas I have been reading a lot of children’s books, I’m not these days, and I’m catching up on things I enjoy. And reading current science fiction when I’m not actually writing it.
The trouble with writing science fiction is that it is very easy to be influenced by other people’s great ideas, and I don’t want to risk accusations of plagiarism. I may come up with something very similar, but I want it to be with demonstrably ‘no copying’. And there is some scifi I love, and some that bores me. I just hope I’m writing stuff I love, and wouldn’t be bored by it if I picked it up.
But for recreation, I’ll read crime, thrillers and suspense. Some of which are also scifi. And non-fiction, too, to keep up to date.
You can check my Book Reviews for what I’ve read recently! I seem to be approaching 500 of them…
Read an Ebook Week March 7th – 13th
Next week is Read an Ebook week on Smashwords. Some of my books are free, some others at half price.
The first box set of the Princelings series is HALF PRICE, and so is the second in my scifi series: Curved Space to Corsair (and I’m about a quarter of the way through writing the last in the series).
Check them out!