When you look at the tattered edges of old nautical charts, often you’ll find a wicked sea serpent threading through the water. There is even a medieval globe with the inscription: HERE BE DRAGONS. It probably didn’t mean the explorers had run across dragons (although I’d like to think so); it meant they hadn’t explored that location and if you decided to travel there, you would do so at your own risk. You were navigating uncharted waters.
Much of writing is exactly that. No two writers’ journeys are the same because we all have unique circumstances and we are all singularly unique individuals. You can read and study what others did to find their course across the vast oceans of writing and publishing, but in the end, you have to chart your own path, catch the wind in your sails, put your hand to the tiller, and guide your ship to the destination that’s right for you. It’s your journey. You haven’t traversed these waters before. There will be perils. There will be dragons. But if you hold fast and fight to the last, there can also be rich rewards….
So opens my article on the dragons that writers face–especially this writer–while navigating the high seas of writing and publishing. The article appears on the Writers of the Future homepage. Click the link to read my story, a story designed to help you conquer your own dragons and to fortify you to NEVER GIVE UP!
After twenty-five years of trying, I had finally won and had made it to the Writers and Illustrators of the Future gala award ceremony. It’s an impressive event that many liken to the Academy Awards of science fiction and fantasy. If you ever attend one or if you watch the recording, you’ll understand why. This is a formal black-tie event in the best of Hollywood venues with bestselling authors and Hollywood stars on the guest list. And they are all there to support you as an up-and-coming writer of speculative fiction. This was the proudest moment of my writing career. It happened April 5th, 2019 at the Grand Ballroom of the Taglyan Complex in the center of Hollywood.
Want to see Wulf Moon take the stage, receive his award for Writers of the Future Volume 35, and give his acceptance speech? Then click on the link below and advance to one hour and nine minutes and take a gander! Come join me for my five minutes of fame! (Thank goodness I still have ten minutes to go!)
You might have heard I wrote a story that took second place in the international talent search for speculative fiction writers known as Writers of the Future. Okay, you’re here, so I think it’s safe to assume you have. You might have also heard the story has been reprinted in the professional science fiction magazine Future Science Fiction Digest, Issue #3. You might have also heard I was hired by the same editor to produce it as a podcast (see my header “Podcasts” to listen to it for free). So what’s the news? Why am I jumping up and down on your bed at 3 a.m.? FOR CRYING OUT LOUD, you say, I’M TRYING TO SLEEP!!!
Well, what you might not have heard is that wonderful, positive reviews on this story have been coming in almost every day since it was published at the start of April, 2019. Several reviewers have also singled it out for praise, saying this story touched them and made them cry…and then told everyone they need to read it!
Well, here’s a few highlights for your review. If you missed it, I hope you’ll read the story. I hope you’ll also consider it when year end award time comes around. It means a great deal to me, and it has touched the lives of many readers from around the world. How do I know? They’ve told me. And I’ll share just a few with you because I am happy this sweet story I wrote about a disabled girl on the Moon and her robot life support dog is not only being read, it’s getting lots of love. That’s something you may not know.
Today, it’s official. My first appearance on the cover of a professional science fiction magazine. I’m singing, “On the Cover of the Rolling Stone!”
This issue of Future Science Fiction Digest has two themes: a lunar theme in recognition of the 50th anniversary of the first Moon landing; and an artificial intelligence theme. When I got wind of this, I knew I had the perfect fit–I had a story with both! I queried the editor, he agreed to look at it, and the rest is history! “Super-Duper Moongirl and the Amazing Moon Dawdler” was published today in Issue 3 of this international SF magazine. It’s a watershed moment for any writer to be listed on the cover, and this story has granted me two watershed moments! It’s not only my first cover, it’s a reprint of my award-winning story from Writers of the Future, Volume 35.
And an added bonus! The editor hired me to narrate and produce the story as a podcast. Check out my Podcast header and click on the link and I’ll read you this story about a disabled girl on the Moon and her robodog life support unit that protects her!
AUTHOR SERVICES, INC. AND GALAXY PRESS PRESENT
THE 35th ANNUAL WRITERS OF THE FUTURE AND
30th ANNUAL ILLUSTRATORS OF THE FUTURE
L. RON HUBBARD ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS GALA
CELEBRATING THE WINNERS OF THE
SCIENCE FICTION AND FANTASY CONTESTS
BLACK TIE ATTIRE
Friday, April 5, 2019
1201 Vine Street (at Lexington Avenue),
Hollywood, CA 90038
Red Carpet Arrivals at 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Banquet Starts at 6:00 p.m.
Awards Show Starts at 7:30 p.m.
Hollywood, CA (March 20, 2018) – Author Services, Inc. and Galaxy Press will present The 35th Annual Writers of the Future and the 30th Annual Illustrators of the Future L. Ron Hubbard Gala Achievement Awards celebrating the winners of the Contests, honoring 12 writers and 12 illustrators from around the world for their excellence in the genres of Science Fiction and Fantasy.
The Black Tie Event, with celebrity award presenters, will be held on Friday, April 5, 2019 at the Taglyan Complex, 1201 Vine Street (at Lexington Avenue, the entrance for Valet Parking), Hollywood, CA 90038. Red Carpet Arrivals begin at 4:30 p.m. Emceed by Gunhild Jacobs, Executive Director of Author Services, Inc., the Invitation Only Event will be catered by Divine Catering. The Awards Banquet will start at 6:00 p.m. Members of the General Public can watch the Awards Show streaming live from 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. PST at www.writersofthefuture.com. A Book Signing and Reception with follow the Awards Show in the lobby of the Taglyan Complex. Continue reading “Writers of the Future Awards Gala Press Release!”
Have I got a story to tell! But for now, let me just say that I won Second Place in the international speculative fiction talent search, Writers of the Future! My story, “Super-Duper Moongirl and the Amazing Moon Dawdler” will be published in their Volume 35 anthology, release date of April 9, 2019. In addition to the prize money and professional publication money, I’ll be sent on an all expense paid trip to Hollywood! I’ll partake in a week long workshop taught by David Farland, Orson Scott Card, and Tim Powers! These are giants in the field of science fiction and fantasy, and I’m so pleased I’m going to learn from the masters. And then there’s the banquet and awards gala which has been described as the equivalent of the Academy Awards ceremony in the field of science fiction and fantasy! This year the event will be livestreamed from Hollywood’s opulent Taglyan Complex on Friday, April 5th! Go to writersofthefuture.com on the day of the event and connect up to the program! More to come!
That’s right! Over two thousand readers from around the world voted this year in the annual Critters Readers’ Poll. My alternate history fantasy story “War Dog” published in the anthology TERRA! TARA! TERROR! by Third Flatiron Publishing won “Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Short Story Published in 2018.” It’s a wonderful honor, and it’s great knowing so many people enjoyed this story about the now extinct Alaunt war dogs used by the conquistadors to conquer the New World. If you missed it, check out thirdflatiron.com and enjoy it in PDF or in podcast for free. Let me read you the story!
Woof! Now that the contract is signed, I am happy to officially announce a sale to a great publisher, Third Flatiron, that pays SFWA’s pro rate! “War Dog” will appear in both e-book and trade paperback in TERRA! TARA! TERROR! in October of this year! This is my third sale to Third Flatiron since I started submitting to them exactly one year ago. I hope you get a chance to read my historical fantasy about the famous armored war dogs of the conquistadors!
Below was the call. I wrote this one to specification–specifically, that call for alternate histories. I love the Spanish Main, and have written many fantasy stories set in that world. This is my first that didn’t just win an award–this one is to be published! Alternate history, famous conquistadors, magical blood, and DOGS! What’s not to like?
“Terra! Tara! Terror!” – SF, Fantasy, Horror. Whether the setting is a cabin in the woods (Terra), Fae (Tara), or spaceship Nostromo (Terror), take us there and spin your adventure. For a bit of mood whiplash, we’d like a mixture of dark and bright stories. Examples: Obsession with odd artifacts (like Roadside Picnic’s golden sphere?), alternate histories, paranormal romance (no erotica, please, we’re PG-13).
Get yours in October from Amazon and let me know what you think! I’ll keep barking about this one. WOOF!
If you’re writing to be published, chances are you’ve suffered from some form of this mental condition. We’ve all gone through it, we’ve all caught it–some just show more virulent symptoms than others. We send out a story. It comes back with a rejection. It can be the dreaded form rejection, or it can be the encouraging personal rejection–also dreaded, because these can be even more confusing.
Then we drive ourselves nuts trying to guess why the story got rejected. This was to be the pinnacle of our writing career! The editor must have macular degeneration and have been three sheets to the wind! What other explanation is there? Oh. Maybe, just maybe, they left us an explanation, hidden secretly in their brief words. Ken Liu talked about this at Norwescon this year. He called the condition Rejectomancy. Let me get my notes. Hm. A place for everything and everything misplaced. Ah. Here it is under a tube filled with nautical maps of the San Juan Islands. Obviously! Okay, here we go! Continue reading “Reject Rejectomancy!”