Fake News – Bradbury Challenge 4/52 – Whiteboard Wednesday

A cruise ship sails close to the Antarctic ice shelf, illuminated by the Aurora Australis while the International Space Station passes overhead

My latest Bradbury Challenge story is ripped from today’s headlines. An expedition of Flat Earthers takes a cruise to see the “Antarctic ice wall barrier” to “prove” the world is flat. My story is from the point of view of a rather skeptical teenage daughter of a couple of the Flat Earthers.

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The Excellence You Swear You Cannot See

I’ve been honored by a mention by the wonderful Lucy Blue, in this post of hers about diversity in writing.

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nicole's bookThe Romance Writers of America has released the names of the nominees for their yearly RITA Awards, and, you guessed it, they’re about as diverse as a glass of milk beside a plate of sugar cookies with white chocolate chips. So all of us writing and publishing types have taken to the Facebooks and beyond one more time to discuss the diversity problem. Even among those of us nice white cis straight folks who have stopped twitching every time we admit it exists, there’s a lot of panic, anger, and confusion when we start trying to decide what to do about it.

Like most of the RITA nominees, I’m a middle-aged straight cis white woman who writes books. In my current romance WIP, the heroine is Persian. In the Southern gothic I finished earlier this year, the protagonist is a Black woman. In the next book I’m scheduled to write…

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Robot Girlfriend – Whiteboard Wednesday #BradburyChallenge 3/52

Two women, one angry, the other reaching out to her. Red and green doors with question marks are behind the second woman.

I wrote a story called “Robot Girlfriend” for week three of the 52 week Bradbury Challenge. This Whiteboard Wednesday depicts the characters Jill and Alice, arguing over whether Jill is a robot or a human.

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The Garden – #bradburychallenge week 2 – Whiteboard Wednesday

A whiteboard drawing of a woman with vines and roses for hair

“The Garden” is my second story in the Bradbury Challenge, in which I write a story (or chapter) each week for a year. This one came from inspiration in my tabletop RPG group’s chat. It’s a story I had to sit down and write immediately.

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Attempting the Ray Bradbury Challenge #BradburyChallenge like @KatFrench

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“Write a short story every week. It’s not possible to write 52 bad short stories in a row.”

– Ray Bradbury

So, my author friend Katina French is doing the “Ray Bradbury Challenge”, that is, to write a story a week, for a year. I am a shameless fangirl of her writing, so naturally I very much approve of this plan.

As for me, I have needed some motivation to get back in a regular writing habit, so I think I’ll give it a try myself. However, since I’ve started working on the third in my Trans-Continental series, I am going to count a chapter as a short story for this purpose. So far I have written just one story, but I have another in mind, and of course, Trans-Continental: Chimera is waiting impatiently for me to get rolling as well.

This post is sort of a declaration of intent, to help hold me to the project. Wish me luck!

 

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Enid and the Case of the Haunted Parrot — Whiteboard Wednesday

This week’s White Wednesday is based on my latest short story, which isn’t available to the public at this time. I’ll just leave this as a teaser for now.

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Still He Lingered Near… a new Whiteboard Wednesday!

This week’s Whiteboard Wednesday is based on as yet unreleased flash fiction by Katina French (being a beta reader has perks!). What do you suppose is going on in this scene? Comment with your guesses!

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