S1.40 Kathy’s Dream

Kathy’s Dream by Mileva Anastasiadou.

Mileva Anastasiadou is a neurologist, living and working in Athens, Greece. Her work can be found in Ofi press magazine, Infective Ink, the Molotov Cocktail, Foliate Oak, HFC journal, Down in the Dirt, Minus paper, Massacre, Pendora, Maudlin house, Menacing Hedge, Scarlet Leaf Review, Nebula Rift, Idler, Litterateur online and soon in Midnight Circus, AntipodeanSF, Big Echo:Critical SF, the Ham, Blood and Thunder:Musings on the Art of Medicine, Hindered Souls, Sick Lit, the Potomac, Front Porch Review, Jellyfish Review and the Fear of Monkeys.
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Talk to me!

For starters welcome to everyone who has picked up following the blog from the fantastic NaNo Hop.  I wanted to put all the places you can find me in one nice and tidy spot for anyone who wants to talk to me or reach out to me.

Let’s start here

I’ve got a WordPress blog so if you are on WordPress you should be able to follow me that way. You can also use my RSS feed. If you’d like to get emails you can join my email list. If you want to get messages each week about the new 600 Second Saga episode, then join weekly. If you want to only get announcements when I’ve got a new book or giveaway then go for a few a year (less than 6 a year).


How often do you want to get emails?

Ok next up: Social Media…bumbumbum

Facebook:

My account (friend me, I don’t bite)
600 Second Saga-Mariah Avix author page

Twitter:

@MariahAvix This is probably the most active of the social medias right now. I’m not great, but I’m trying.

Pinterest:

Mariah Avix I stand by what I said a while ago about Pinterest being social media for introverts. I hate that it has a bad name because it is feminine. I keep bringing this up and I will keep doing so. But it is awesome for drama free, stress-free, oh, I want to pull together a bunch of inspiration for my book kind of stuff. You can share, find stuff, etc. Weirdly it is also one of the things that most makes me want to read someone’s book. When I see them pulling things together, it is like a glimpse of a beautifully woven mat, I can’t wait to see the final thing.

YouTube:

600 Second Saga This is mostly the podcast, though my book trailer is also on there.

Goodreads

Mariah Avix I’m there both as an author and as a reader.

And then, of course, there is the giant list of places to find the podcast which you should be able to see in the side bar on the webpage.

Or you can just email me too, I like email.

December check in

Now that we are over halfway through I wanted to do a December check in based on my December plan

Project?

I think I’m done. I sent the email this morning saying final final final should be done. So…fingers crossed nothing goes wrong in the process and I’m done with this.

Podcast promotion:

Pt 1: I did to a little bit of a push, I did a giveaway, I got some more reviews. Can always do more. Submissions are open and I’m looking for pieces for February and March. (I also took part in Raimey Gallant’s Blog Hop which falls under this a little maybe. Hi, new readers! Submissions are open for the podcast for February and March!)

Pt 2: I haven’t reached out to other podcasters. This is one of those things that makes me nervous beyond reason and sense. Checking to make sure the door is locked for 10 minutes kind of anxiety. I am totally interested in being a guest on a podcast. I can talk about lots of stuff. (For an actual list, ask!)

Pt 3: Make playlists. This I have done! Fantasy playlist on YouTube and SciFi playlist on YouTube. I’m open to other playlist suggestions. I’m thinking humorous episodes might be on my list of things to make as well.

Writing/Editing

Write 2 flash fiction pieces….I started and abandoned one. It was…not good. That’s ok.

Brain break: For reasons I haven’t really done this. I really need to. I’m concerned it won’t happen.

Jenna’s first book: I took a swing and a miss at this. I need to swing again.

Audio

Finish the current project: Nearly done

Finish the novella: Got another chapter and a half done

Check in with anthology: did, there is nothing yet, check again in January

(And as always podcast just sort of lurks here in the audio section, unspoken.)

How’s your December plan coming along?

S1.39 The Wand

The Wand by Jordan Altman.

Jordan Altman is a Geologist who has work from the Land of the Midnight Sun to the Canadian Shield. Recently taking up creative writing, his adventures within reality are now being matched by those of his imagination.

Jordan’s novella The Shaman’s Carving is available on Amazon.

Elia is tired of her life as a peasant, the young girl seeks adventure and fame. With her best friend, the Baron’s son, in tow, the children enter the forbidden ruins where a gift of magic awaits to be discovered. For hidden deep in the mysterious ancient city sits a totem, a magical carving that will change the lives of all those within the Barony of Riverhill forever. Yet, stalking the children lurks a creature with a dark purpose. A choice lays before Elia, to let sleeping dogs lie or to pursue the mystic arts of becoming a wizard in Shamanism.

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Animals

Here’s your breakish for animals.

Jaguars

Humans have killed 26 Panamanian Jaguars this year from Mental Floss.

Cattle and sheep ranchers are setting up shop in jaguar territory, which puts everyone in a pretty dangerous position. More than half of the forest in the Isthmus of Panama is already gone. The cats are running out of safe spaces to go. And on top of that, humans have moved in on their wild food supply.

Humans are not good at (or depending on your point of view extremely good at) living with the rest of the world.

They survived the ice age. Hopefully, they can survive the human age.

Nova Scotian Blobs

That’s an animal right? Yup! And it is an incredibly cool one. Well many? Bryozoan colony from Doubtful News.

Bryozoan Colony from Doubtful News
Bryozoan Colony from Doubtful News

I love stuff like this. Both super weird to me animals and things that people think are crazy and possibly <ins conspiracy here> but turn out to be something so much cooler! Also I love “zooid” which according to the all powerful Wikipedia is “a single animal that is part of a colonial animal. It it one of those things that gets the gears in my brain turning. Crazy zooid aliens.

Werewolves

Not real animals. Maybe slightly less cool than zooid bryozoan colonies, but maybe easier to turn into fantasy creatures…maybe not. More common to turn into main characters?

An old post about Jacques Roulet and werewolves in France is a great read.

In that year two hunters came across two wolves feeding on the body of a dead 15 year old boy. As they chased the wolves into the forest they came across Jacques Roulet with his clothing in tatters, his hands drenched in blood, and with shreds of human flesh under his fingernails.

BEARDOG

That is all. Go look. Seriously.

S1.38 Gray Walls

Gray Walls is written by Kyriakos Chalkopoulos


Kyriakos studied in England, the University of Essex, and has a degree in Philosophy. He works as a seminar organizer for the municipality of the city of Thessaloníki, in Greece. Seminars created include ancient and enlightenment philosophy, literature and computer 3d modeling.
Published in a number of Greek periodicals and newspapers, he also has a collection of stories- titled Chrysalis- printed since October of 2015, from local literary publishers Anatypon.

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Out of this world roundup

Busy doesn’t even touch on how my last two weeks have been. But I’d like to go out of this world a little so here’s a roundup.

Far far out of this world

Looking for Technosignatures at Centauri Dreams has a great post about one of the great ways to discover life elsehwere, technosignatures.

One thought is to look for signs of imbalance suggestive of technologies like ours, producing air pollution that can be measured by spectroscopic analysis. 

See, pollution might be good. Assuming that you think aliens spotting us would be good.

Explosively

How Do Supernovae Fail? at Universe Today (which I love, and highly recommend)…

But it turns out some supernovae just don’t bring their A-game. Instead hitting the ball out of the park, they choke up at the last minute.

They’re failures. They’ll never amount to anything. They’re a complete and utter disappointment to me and your mother. Oh wait, we were talking about stars, right.

So awesome!

Perspective

Get some perspective on your world over at Universe today (yes, again). With what does Earth look like from Mars? Perspective.

December Plan!

November is easy to plan for as an author. At least if you are planning for NaNo.

I read a recent post planning for the whole of 2017. I’m not sure I’m ready to plan out for all next year. Not that I haven’t done that. Just when I do that I tend to over plan, and then panic, and then stall. So…let’s not do that.

Winter landscape
Winter landscape

My December plan!

I have a couple goals for this month.

Finish up a project I’ve been working on for another author with a pen name. I’m like 85% of the way there. I’m looking forward to being done.

Podcast promotion.

I’m hoping to do a few things:

  • do a little push for ratings and reviews on iTunes (this makes a huge difference in helping the podcast be discovered by new listeners)
  • try to reach out to some other podcasts to possibly appear as a guest
  • make some playlists to promote the episodes on YouTube

Writing/Editing

I have a couple different things I want to work on here. I have been slacking on writing my own flash fiction, so I want to write at least two flash pieces.

Take a brain break. (This might be next weekend!)

Redouble my efforts on editing Jenna’s first book. I’m not going to try to push to get the whole book done, I just want to get through a couple more chapters. Which should be entirely doable.

Audio

  • Finish the current project
  • Finish a novella I have half way done
  • Check in with the anthology project (there may be another novella for me to do there)

So that’s my December plan. Brain recharge is important. I want to spend at least 1 day not working, not my full time day job, and not my podcast and not authoring. …It’s been a long long time since I’ve done that. But a 100% day off day.

Hopefully I’ll also be able to get out and enjoy the snow.

What’s your December plan?

S1.37 Vein Raiders

 

Vein Raiders is written by S.H. Mansouri.

Vein Raiders was first published in The Machinery – A Literary Collection

S.H. Mansouri lives in southern California with the love of his life, Cymphonee. After receiving his B.S. in biology from the University of California, Riverside, he worked as laboratory technician on projects ranging from blood-borne pathogens to malaria research and prevention. He’s been published in Acidic Fiction, The Manor House Podcast, The Dead Oaks Podcast, Cirsova Magazine, Best Horror Shorts, 2015, From the Dragon Lord’s Library, L0W L1f3 cyberpunk Magazine and more. He writes fiction full-time from a fly-infested patio and hopes to finish his first novel, Children of a Fallen Sky, before the end of the year.

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