WYLT Preview – An Origin Faerie Tale

Gripping, mesmerizing and enchanting! What a fabulous piece!

Amy Kuivalainen

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For the first Wylt preview I thought I would share a faerie tale, found in an ancient book in the library of the Gwaed Lyn estate….

During the beginning of the world, the Great Creator God of the Aos Si fashioned night with a moon and stars to brighten the dark sky, forming the Guardians of the Night and naming them the Unseelie. All things must balance, so Day was created, and the sun was born with a brightness and a warmth to illuminate and nourish all of the Aos Si, and the Guardians of the Light were called Seelie. In Day, the Creator also crafted shade, dark places that could hold the balance.

It was foretold the world would move in four great seasons and that the rule of these seasons would fall to the Guardians accordingly. Summer would be ruled by the warm light of the Seelie, and…

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When You Know Better…

Every writer should be an avid reader first and foremost. While it is important to read a great deal of work in one’s own genre, it is just as integral to read outside of one’s genre as well. Not only to see what else is out there but also for exposure to other author’s styles.

As a reader (and I assume you are, otherwise you wouldn’t be here) you likely know how irritating it is to stumble across a short story or novel that has a great premise but obviously wasn’t edited. Nothing makes me want to throw the tablet or book across the room faster. So why wasn’t the work edited? Any number of reasons ranging from the author was impatient to they just didn’t know any better, or perhaps English isn’t their first language.

We all agree editing is an important step that should be repeated as often as necessary, but I’m the first to tell you editors are miracle workers. Line editors, developmental editors, book doctors…they all deserve medals! A rushed book shows a lack of editors rather clearly, and a well-polished book never reveals their delicate work.

My own editing skills are far from ‘good’. As much as I enjoyed English class in high school, as much as I can express my feelings better on paper than with my words when it comes to self-editing, there’s a lot I still need to learn. Knowing this, when I think I’m finished with a piece of fiction, I turn to those wiser than myself. One friend can pick a boring piece out a mile away, another always sees ways to make mundane occurrences just a little bit different, while another friend is driven crazy by my faulty punctuation. I feel sorry for them all when I hand them a raw piece of fiction, but they truly are a lifeline for me. Then I turn to my wife, who became a line editor after many years teaching English. She’s more patient with me than some, but I’m sure I’ve driven her crazy too.

I tell you all of this to preface a public declaration of writing goals for the year. No, not resolutions, I don’t make those. But there are certain milestones I’d like to hit this year.

 

  • I plan on finishing the fourth(!) draft of my paranormal romance by the end of February. I have a potential publisher in mind that I hope will accept it.
  • I’d like to finish my science fiction manuscript and have it submission-ready by the end of summer
  • I’d like to sell my science-fiction short story ‘The Supplement’ to a professional market.
  • Over the course of the year, I’m striving to improve my writing by making it more immersive, tighter and as a result, make it stand out in an ever-growing crowd.

 

I found a quote today that sums it all up rather nicely.

“Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.”

Maya Angelou

 

That’s what I’m shooting for, one word, one sentence, one paragraph at a time.

Here’s A Question For You…

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Question time, my lovely reader!

Can you name any science fiction, fantasy or speculative fiction books that have

  • indigenous/Native/First People as leaders of a culture/planet/world
  • queer/LGBT/trans/gender-fluid cultures portrayed as commonplace
  • disabled folks (visible or otherwise) as world leaders

 

If you know of any, shout out in the comments below and expand our reading horizons!

 

Next time, a review of Fletcher DeLancey’s fourth book in her brilliant ‘Caphenon’ series!

The Caphenon

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I’ve been thinking about this book for days, trying to pick out a favorite character, or favorite part of the story. I can’t. There are just so many great elements, themes and snippets of dialogue.

I admire the way the characters are presented, and developed. Early on, even before we see the Caphenon, the characters become people, seemingly REAL people. We are presented with a plausible world that we can nearly touch, such are the world building skills of the author. We are drawn into this world so vividly that we feel the windows explode, we feel the ground shake when the ground-pounder walks by and we mourn at the Flight of The Return ceremony.
It was a sad twist that the two people most suited for each other could not be together, but I hope we see more of them in future books. I was impressed by the explanation of FTL flight, because it was so easily understood! The science was so deftly woven and explained that it becomes a reasonable, vital tool that supports the main stars of this book, the characters.

The quality of the e-book needs mentioning here too. I read a great deal, fiction and non-fiction, across a wide range of topics and from a wide range of publishers. I did not find one error in this e-book. Not one. I could go on for hours about how much I appreciate the care and eye for detail that has gone into this e-book, this story, and how readable it is. I could, but I won’t.

Simply, I have fallen in love with Alsea. If Lhyn and Ekatya go back, can they take me too?

If you haven’t read this book yet, you need to. If you have read it, please let me know in the comments what you thought. Surely I cannot be the only one who thinks Fletcher DeLancey is a brilliant genius!

Aliens, Astronauts and Eggnog

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I know you’re likely pretty busy this time of year, so I’ll make this brief. I’ve been posting here on the blog  about some things I thought we might find interesting, and a lot of you have been commenting on the content. Thank you! It’s great to see folks getting engaged.

Recently, I put out my ‘Christmas 2016’ edition of my newsletter, with some exclusive newsletter-subscribers-only content. A little surprise that’s not been here on the blog. That’s been the plan all along, a little…reward…let’s say for signing up to get the newsletter in your email. Have you subscribed? No? Let me assure you that I won’t barrage you with a flood of newsletters. I would rather release two a month with entertaining and intriguing content that won’t make you hit delete faster than I can mutter about colonizing the moon. I also promise not to release your email to anyone. Not even if they offer me hot chocolate with mini-marshmallows on top!

Over there on the right side of the page ————-> you should see a black box that says ‘FOLLOW’. Slap that, feed it your information and I solemnly swear to protect it against all aliens, astronauts and everyone else.

So what will you get? Entertaining little tidbits about the world of science fiction, the occasional review of a science fiction or speculative fiction book that moved me, updates on my own fiction, behind the scenes glimpses into the worlds populated by my characters, interviews with those same characters, news tidbits that relate to our quest for knowledge among the stars…so much good stuff! So if you find science fiction, or speculative fiction, interesting…sign up for the newsletter today! Got a friend that reads science fiction? Let them know about the Words & Worlds blog and newsletter. Spread the word, and they might just thank you for it. At the very least, you’ll have something new to talk about over eggnog, coffee or tea.

Until next time, dear readers, I wish you peace and knowledge.

Carolyn

 

The Jakkattu Vector: A Review

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Any reviewer, or just the most honest among us, worth their salt is supposed to declare when we’ve been given an advance copy of a book. So, in that vein, I’m going to go on record and tell you straight up that I received this book in exchange for an honest review.
That being said, I can say this is the deepest, most intelligent book I’ve had the pleasure of reading in a very long time. It is thoughtful, and thought-provoking. It makes you question bits of our own world without you even consciously realizing it. At first, it’s hard to draw parallels, but they are there. Some more obvious than others, but it’s kind of a ‘a-ha!’ moment when you do see them. When you begin to understand how the book-past got the characters to where they are, it’s a bit of a shock. But this book is the wisest speculation of our future I’ve read. There is genetic manipulation, an altered, poisoned world. There is injustice, cruelty and yet…There are those who question everything they’ve been taught. They seek freedom from lies and accepted truths born of fear and the lure of what is easy.

This book is one of those you should re-read every six months or so. Not only because it’s simply that great, but because I promise you’ll notice something new each time you read it. Some clever description, some characteristic you hadn’t noticed before, or maybe another new parallel between Tyler’s imagined world and our own.


I am a new fan of P.K Tyler. I have every intention of buying every word this author has written.
You should too. Read with an open mind, consider it all carefully and prepare to have your mind blown.

Infographic: Do You Know The Difference Between Literary, Upmarket and Commercial Fiction?

An interesting look at what makes upmarket fiction, literary fiction and commercial fic. Good to know!

Carly Watters, Literary Agent Blog

Knowing how to categorize your work is one of the most important skills a writer needs to know–especially while querying. Here’s an infographic to help. It’s not perfect and there are many places that writers won’t fit into and that doesn’t mean it’s not a marketable book. However, learning how to market yourself starts with knowing where your book stands and where it will sit on bookshelves.

Fiction Category Infographic

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