Engen Books is proud to announce the triumphant return of author Peter J. Foote to this year’s From the Rock collection, Dystopia from the Rock. Peter J. Foote is a bestselling speculative fiction writer from Nova Scotia. Outside of writing, he runs a used bookstore specializing in fantasy & sci-fi, cosplays, and alternates between red […]
On the whole, my writing year was a successful one with few plot holes in my chapters.
I found a new market for reprint stories and was lucky enough to sell two before the publisher dissolved into dust, but not before I got paid.
The good people at Engen Books saw fit to award me first place in the inaugural “Engen Books/Kit Sora: Flash Fiction/Flash Photography” in March of this year with my piece entitled “Sea Monkeys”. Flash fiction has been a new skill for me to learn, one in which I find I enjoy, which led to myself and other members of my writing group (Genre Writers of Atlantic Canada) to host a flash fiction writing workshop at Hal-con this fall.
RL commitments cut into my writing time more than I would have liked, but I managed to “win” NaNoWriMo and even hosted a write in at my house with good attendance. Those same commitments curtailed my blogging time, a situation I hope will be different in 2019.
2018 also gave awarded me with the chance to be on the other side of the judging table. The team at Engen Books asked me to be a judge for two of the flash fiction contests held throughout the year. Being charged with putting a critical eye on other peoples work is more difficult than I imagined, there are many talented authors in our region.
So what do I have planned for 2019? More flash fiction, more short stories, and an honest attempt to turn my 2017 NaNoWriMo project into book 1 of a planned trilogy. There will be bumps along the road, but isn’t that the same in everyone’s life? The difference is having those who support and encourage you, and I’m gifted with a strong group of authors to cheer me on.
Honoured to be part of this amazing project.
It should be available this fall, just in time for the holidays and would make a great gift.
For months we’ve kept it a secret, slowly amassing the best short fiction from the best authors working in the field, via industry contacts and the Kit Sora Flash Fiction Contest. Now it’s all coming together in Kit Sora: The Artobiography, a 100-page hardcover anthology celebrating one of the greatest photographic artists of our time and the authors she inspired.
This stunning collection will be available from Engen Books in Fall 2018, and features over eighty high-concept images photographed and selected by Sora herself for this collection.
Along with Kit Sora’s tremendous artwork, the collection features accompanying short fiction from some of Canada’s bestselling, award-winning authors. Some include Kate Robbins (Bound to the Highlander), Carolyn R. Parsons (Charley Through Canada), Chelsea Bee (London Calling), Jon Dobbin (The Starving), Candace Osmond (Love & Magic), Michelle Churchill (The Last…
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In an effort to support regional authors, I’m reviewing books written by Atlantic Canadians. These reviews are from a layman’s point of view, I don’t have any special insight, just like what I like.
One of my summer reads was book 2 in the wonderful “Nearspace Series” written by Canadian author Sherry D. Ramsey.
The first book in the series was a wonderful tale of Luta and her family (both by blood and by choice) and their adventures on board their space ship as she tries to search for her long lost mother and learn the nature of the nano-bot “gift” she was given as a child.
This book (#2) continues the adventures of Luta as we are introduced to Jahelia Sord, a woman not unlike Luta, but someone who never had the support structure that she did. Jahelia is a brilliant opposite to Luta and really plays to the expression “It takes a village to raise a child”, their similar though conflicting natures made for a gripping read.
While Luta and Jahelia are the driving force of this novel, the supporting cast and the nature of the alien menace to Nearspace are given equal attention to propel the plot forward.
Fans of Mary Gentle, Julie E. Czerneda, and Octavia E. Butler should check this series out.
I’m been in a bit of a writing slump the past couple of months, but decided to share one of my recent attempts at flash fiction writing.
I hope you enjoy.
“I must destroy this prison if I’m ever to be free of its grip.” Whispers Missy as she leaps from the dollhouse to the table.
Missy listens for any change in the giants snoring before sneaking through the maze of empty beer bottles to the open box of matches. She struggles to remove one of the massive wooden sticks, her arms trembling.
With a thrust against the side of the box, the match flares to life, startling Missy and making her bump into a bottle causing it to “clinks” with its neighbour.
“What’s happening?” the giant asks, his voice thick with sleep.
Missy leaps back into the dollhouse dragging the lit match behind her lighting curtains and tablecloths in her wake. The dollhouse shakes as the giant grips it, Missy stumbles across the living room, the match threatening to light her gown or singe her hair.
Picking herself up, she sees the giant peering into the dollhouse. The flames consuming the dollhouse highlight the broken nose and beady eyes of the creature.
“This cursed dwelling will never again trap one of my kind!” Missy yells into the face of the giant. The face retreats and a gigantic hand reaches through the flames, hunting for her.
With a surge of speed, Missy dashes through the flames and charges out the front door of the dollhouse and back into her own realm. The flaming portal between worlds slammed shut behind her, Missy collapses in the snow, home at last.
The brilliant talent that is Chuck Wendig recently held an Awkward Author Contest, in which authors submit a picture of themselves to be voted upon and I won the fan choice award.
More details here: Awkward Author Contest
The picture is of me in my Tuxedo in the Boiler Plant in which I work waiting to hurry off to a meeting. I found the situation silly, so I sent the above photo to my fiance as a joke.
As often happens, silly photo’s make it onto the interwebs and my friend Jenn Shelby convince me to submit it to the contest. With the support of the learned public, my photo garnered the most votes.
Thanks all for confirming my belief in my awkwardness. 😉
I struggle during the summer to write, do you?
Forget about the family outings, BBQ’s, and evening walks, those all provide a need chance to recharge and reconnect with friends and family before the cold weather keeps us trapped inside.
It’s the lawn mowing, house repairs, and soul-sucking humidity that drains me to my core leaving little energy to be creative.
At first I was beating myself up for not sitting my butt in my chair and cranking out “something” as so many of my writer friends are able too. These are people who are also raising young families, if they can do it, why can’t I?
Rule #1 Don’t compare yourself to other authors.
Inspired by others is great, comparing your output to theirs isn’t.
Rule #2 Switching projects can be as good as a break.
So instead of rebuking myself up over not writing so many new words, I’ve been working on plotting future stories and editing some W.I.P.s.
Rule #3 Breaks and recharging is healthy.
I’ve also been making personal time to relax and read with a focus on local authors.
I guess what I’m telling myself and you good reader, is that it’s ok to take a break from your normal routine. Writing is a passion and a passion can wilt and die if not cared for. So take that afternoon nap, enjoy that walk in the woods, and open a cold beverage from time to time, your writing will thank you.