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The Writers Workshop of Science Fiction and Fantasy

This is one of those projects I contributed to so long ago that I keep forgetting about it — The Writers Workshop of Science Fiction and Fantasy, edited by Michael Knost.

Michael has set up a Kickstarter for the project — which has already reached its goal, hooray! — but I encourage you to click on over and check out some of the HILARIOUS horror spoof videos they made to promote it.

There’s still plenty of time to contribute to the fund (which is, effectively at this point, just a great way to preorder a copy of the book).  Some info about what the money goes to:

Levels of Participation

There are seven levels of participation, six of which involve receiving a version of the book, ranging from the eBook to a limited hardcover edition.  We invite you to look over the various levels and rewards in this campaign, the core of which serve effectively as a pre-order offer for The Writers’ Workshop of Science Fiction and Fantasy.

What does the money raised in this campaign go towards?

The money raised in this campaign goes towards paying pro-rates for collaborators, as well as cover art fees and other hard costs involved in producing this title.  It will be issued in a limited hardcover edition, softcover, and various eBook formats. 

My contribution to the piece: An interview with The Machine of Writing himself, Kevin J. Anderson.

Thanks in advance — I know you’ll enjoy it!

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LEGENDS 4 Now Available for Preorder

It’s here! It’s here! Well…almost.

Click here to preorder Legends of the Mountain State 4: More Ghostly Tales From the State of West Virginia.

It’s an honor to be in this anthology — reportedly the last in Michael Knost’s successful West Virginia regional ghost series. My story is called “Blue & Gray and Black & Green” and is based on the haunted residence of General Jenkins, also known as Green Bottom.

This is a ghost story of a different color for me (ha! No pun intended, but it’s hilarious just the same) as I had certain limitations. I could not refer to any persons living or dead (with the exception of General Jenkins, obviously, and even that only in passing or obscure reference). There is also a considerable LACK of information on Green Bottom on the internet (beyond a couple of paranormal investigators and those who have copied & pasted from their observations). To make matters worse, the US Army Corps of Engineers shut down Green Bottom a few years ago for renovations, and it’s still not open, so GOING to the actual site and taking a tour was also out of the question.

Luckily, my Google-Foo is strong, and I uncovered an obscure brilliant archaeological video special all about the house. I took notes frantically, like a mad collegiate edging for a 4.0. While I could have written the story without it, being intimate with the long history of the house and the surrounding area made the story–and the characters–all the more real for me…and hopefuly, will for the reader as well.

So how is this story different? It is not your typical haunting. Instead it asks: Who haunts the haunts? The story gets the first part of its title from the area’s well-known and colorful (!) Civil War history. The second part of the title refers to Green Bottom herself, and the black, malevolent presence that has infested its walls…

I am super excited about this anthology (this has been the Year of Anthologies, hasn’t it?). Woodland Press is taking pre-orders now and books will ship by Oct. 18th, 2010, the same week as the national release of “Legends of the Mountain State 4” at the West Virginia Book Festival, Oct. 16 – 17th, held at the Charleston Civic Center, Charleston, WV. Be sure to preorder a copy…and at the very least, click through to check out my awesome ToC (table of contents, Mom) mates.

It’s never to early to get your scare on!

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One of *those* writers

Yes, apparently I am one of *those* writers.

I’ve been working on this ghost story for Michael Knost this week, based on a plantation house in West Virginia. First, of course, I had to do a butt-ton of research because I can’t write about somewhere like Mount St. Helens or Harlan, Kentucky without knowing the place like I’d lived there…or at least visited. Unfortunately, this particular house has been closed for renovations by the Army Corp of Engineers for a number of years, and they don’t list a scheduled date for completion. Even more unfortunately, there is very, very little on the house on the internet — one site seems to just copy and paste the information from another site — I swear I read the same paragraph twelve times.

If you dig hard enough, however, you eventually stumble across something…and I did. Hidden in the bowels of some obscure archaeology archive was a half-hour video special detailing the history of the house, and what archaeologists had dug up around the house. SCORE. That, mixed with various (also repetitive) reports of paranormal activity on the site, as well as a rudimentary refresher on the Civil War, gave me a suitable enough background to write the story. It’s called “Blue and Gray & Black & Green,” and I’ll let you know more details about the anthology when I’m able.

But that’s not where I became one of *those* writers. No…that happened when I was at darts Wednesday night, scribbling out the climax of the story where the titans clash. (Well, as much as one can scribble in a Word document. Who needs napkins nowadays when one has a netbook?)  I wrote a sentence, giggled like mad over my keyboard, and then read it out loud to Della.

“She made mention of his rudeness, and how visitors in a fine house should always introduce themselves properly. And then she tore his face off.”

So yes. I am one of those writers who giggles over her keyboard.

Heaven help me.

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