Wednesday, December 29, 2021
Thursday, December 9, 2021
I'm delighted to share that one of my short stories made the long list in the Uncharted Magazine Summer Sci-Fi/Fantasy Short Story Award contest! This will be narrowed down to a short list next week. Their announcement is here: Uncharted Magazine Long List
Monday, November 22, 2021
Thanks to the very supportive speculative fiction writer community online, I'm now aware that anything published in 2021 is eligible for awards season! I'm still brand new to this and don't completely understand it, but since I had my very first fiction publication this year, I'm creating this post to share on Twitter.
Speculative Short Story publication - August 2021: "Yoko and the Sunbeam Garden" by Meg Murray in the anthology GROWTH from TL;DR Press.
Thank you for your support, readers!
Tuesday, November 16, 2021
National Novel Writing Month is halfway done! Or there's halfway to go depending on your outlook...
Lessons I'm learning about myself as a writer during this year's NaNoWriMo effort:
- I draft much better when I'm confident in the outline of the story.
- I still discover things about my characters as I'm writing even if I have a detailed plot & character arc outline.
- Having a writing community (or multiple communities) is really encouraging!
- Visual graphs of my progress help to keep me going.
I'm having a lot of fun writing this draft of my novel. I put it away for all of 2020 because...pandemic / quarantine / moving across states / finishing college / parenting / homeschooling... But reconnecting with virtual writing groups as well as having two short stories published gave me the boost I needed to come back to the novel. Inspired by other writers online, I created a mood board for the novel and I'm tracking my word count progress on Twitter.
How I'm doing so far:
I'm approaching the 25% mark in the outline so it looks like this draft will end up at 100k words when it's finished.
Happy writing, everyone!
Monday, November 1, 2021
I decided to join NaNoWriMo this year at the last minute as a way to motivate myself to complete the beta draft of my novel manuscript. Over the summer, I fixed up the outline and filled in all of the plot holes in the messy Franken-draft. I workshopped various chapters from this draft with my Atlanta critique group, but never had a cohesive story. With the overhaul of the outline, I had to move some chapters around, condense the overall timeline, and cut a bunch of scenes (some of which could be saved for a potential sequel novel).
So my NaNo goal is to edit/write at least 1667 words/day (50,000 words/month), but hopefully more. I have 44 chapters in the novel, so if I can get one or two chapters written (or rewritten) per day, that would be a great pace to having an actual completed manuscript that I could send to beta readers!! I finished Chapter 1 today and began to write (the brand-new) Chapter 2...
Here's the NaNoWriMo site if you'd like more info: https://nanowrimo.org/
Happy writing, Everyone!
Thursday, October 21, 2021
I love supporting independent bookstores, so I was excited to learn about Bookshop.org, which is a great way to buy books online if you don't want to go the big biz (billionaire) route! I became an affiliate with Bookshop so that I can curate and recommend themed reading lists and link to my reviews on this blog. It's like a playlist for books!
I've started a "Speculative Short Fiction" list and my first recommendation is an anthology I read in September called New Suns: Original Speculative Fiction by People of Color edited by Nisi Shawl.
I loved so many stories in this, but a few really stood out to me: (1) "The Robots of Eden" by Anil Menon, (2) "The Virtue of Unfaithful Translations" by Minsoo Kang, and (3) "Burn the Ships" by Alberto Yáñez. I will be posting reviews of individual stories in the future. Each story in the collection has a vibe of its own so I recommend taking a pause between each story to let it sink in before beginning to read the next one.
Thursday, September 2, 2021
It's here! My beautiful paperback copy of GROWTH: A Speculative Young Adult Collection has arrived containing my short story "Yoko and the Sunbeam Garden." I'm so honored to have this story out in the world.
All proceeds from the eBook & paperback sale of this collection will be donated to the Young People's Trust for the Environment. Check them out here: https://ypte.org.uk/
Thanks for your support, readers!
Below is my favorite paragraph from the story:
Tuesday, August 24, 2021
Thursday, July 29, 2021
Saturday, July 3, 2021
My summer 2021 update is that I'm submitting short stories to publications and contests again--and it feels addictive! I've finally revisited some stories I workshopped pre-pandemic with my old Atlanta writer's group, Decatur Scribes. I've finished the necessary edits and sent away two stories, one to a contest and one to an anthology. I'm finishing a third story to send an online publication this week.
My other news for July is that I'm taking a personal staycation/writer's retreat for 3 days next week. I'll be staying at a nice little VRBO apartment to focus only on writing. I'm making progress on my novel draft with the hope of submitting for the Pitch Wars mentorship contest this year. Here's the info about that if you're interested: https://pitchwars.org/new-start-here/
Monday, May 3, 2021
The 2021 Issue of Greyrock Review has been published!
My literary nonfiction story "A Library on Wheels" appears from pages 94-103 in the online edition here: GREYROCK REVIEW 2021.
I hope you enjoy this little pre-pandemic story about a school district librarian working to bring the joy of books to students all over her area with this traveling school bus library!
It's so exciting to see my words in print and my name (nonfiction/married name: Megan Maulsby) on the back cover: