Hey guys! I’ve been MIA for so long, it feels strangely invigorating to write a new blog post, even if it’s just a brief update. 😛
I’ve not been engaging much with the online community this year, but not because I’ve turned my back to it, or to writing SF, quite the opposite. I’ve been reading like a fury, and doing massive worldbuilding for a new series—a SFR series. Yup, that’s right. I’m transitioning from interstellar warfare and genocide, to interspecies love and intriguing mysteries. And I’m soooo excited! *bounces in her chair*
Of course this new series will be populated by many different alien species, and will be focused primarily on interspecies relationships, of the personal, intimate, as well as societal variety. Without getting too much into the specifics (because it makes me really uncomfortable to talk about projects that haven’t been released yet), I can still clarify some prelimiary things:
- The kind of SFR stories I’m writing are definitely not of the “blue alien hunk claims his bride” variety. They’re sexy and honest and raw at times, but of the exposed-soul and navigating-species-differences variety, not of the soft-porn-with-SF-excuse kind.
- The individual books will be standalones in a shared world, with already known characters shifting into secondary roles, and a subtle background thread of a common Grand Plot, but there won’t be a mandatory reading order.
- They will also be somewhere in the range of 70-80K and not 100-110K as my previous books, which is a really nice thing for me both from a planning and revising perspective.
- I will—in full posession of my mental faculties and with full knowledge of the implications & consequences *cough*—produce this series entirely on my own, start-to-end, draft-to-edit-to-book cover, with just the help of fellow authors and some nifty skills I can barter. My intention is to see if I can do this with little-to-no costs up front, and in full control of all aspects of the process. It’s a totally gung-ho endeavor *squee*, and given my approach to publishing in general, I am sooo looking forward to it I’m already rolling up my sleeves and salivating. I will, of course, document everything with clear instructions, so that those of you who aren’t scared of getting down in the technical trenches can make informed decisions whether it’s something they want to try or not.
I don’t have a publishing schedule yet, but my basic plan is to write at least 2 books before I begin to publish the series, so I can make a much clearer estimation of how much time & effort I need, and when exactly in the process I can begin to make noise about each book.
Big plans, with very interesting process changes lying ahead, and the best part of it >> no performance pressure this time. Just FUN, storytelling, characters, interspecies love and acceptance, packed into galaxy-spanning adventures. Whee!
I assume my perfectionism will rear its ugly head now and then, but I plan on playing whack-a-mole with a sledgehammer.
Wish me luck! 🙂
In other news, the existence and upcoming release of a new SF anthology has been brought to my attention, and I want to spread the word about it, because — SF stories! Transhumanism! World-changing technology! Yay!!
So without further ado, here are the goodies:
Year’s Best Transhuman SF 2017 Anthology
As technology progresses, so does its connection with mankind. Augmentations, cybernetics, artificial intelligence filling the void that the absence of flesh will leave behind. In Transhumanism, we fine our imminent future. Whether this future is to be feared or rejoiced, depends on the individual.
Will technology replace mankind? If AI becomes self-aware, is a war imminent?
Gehenna & Hinnom is proud to present the Year’s Best Transhuman SF 2017 Anthology, the most comprehensive telling of our species’ future ever to be read by non-cybernetic eyes.
Become one with Transcendance.
Embrace the Unknown.
And the official 411:
C.P. Dunphey, critically acclaimed author of Plane Walker and editor of the bestselling Year’s Best Body Horror 2017 Anthology and Hinnom Magazine¸ has collected 25+ stories from the best up-and-coming authors in science fiction for Gehenna & Hinnom’s sophomore collection, The Year’s Best Transhuman SF 2017 Anthology.
From veteran award-winning authors like Julie Novakova, to popular horror authors like Chad Lutzke, the anthology presents no shortage of entertaining, mind-bending science fiction. From tales of virtual realities gone awry to cautionary stories about humanity’s absence in the face of technology, science fiction readers of all audiences will love this collection.
Sounds good, right? The anthology is available for preorder on Amazon, and will be officially released on November 30th. Definitely worth a try. 😉
As for me, I’m sliding back into my creative cave where planets are currently being terraformed and space-stations populated. I wish you guys a great time this holiday season, with as much—or as little—productivity as you need.
And don’t forget:
“If you’re not having fun, you’re doing something wrong.”
~ Groucho Marx
Keep doing what you love, and … see you next year!