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When Your Short Story Wants to Become A Novel

I’ve never been good at short stories. For starters, I generally used to sit down and just start writing without an endpoint in mind. While it’s fun to have no idea where your story is going (it’s just like being a reader!) you end up with a whole bunch of half finished stories and a few that never seem to end. For a long time, when I tried to intentionally write a short story, I had a hard time reining it in. At a minimum, they seemed to want to become novellas… there just wasn’t a way to tell my … Read more

When Should You Have Sex (in Your Sci Fi Story)?

Up until the last year, most of the stories I had written had been “straight” sci fi (pardon the pun) or fantasy – stories that relied on the sci fi or fantasy plot as the main driver of the story. Oh sure, they usually had a gay character or two, but not always as the main character, and even when they were, usually without a major “romance”. Then I discovered Dreamspinner Press and their upcoming anthology submissions page. I decided to try my hand at writing some short stories that were MM romance with a sci fi or supernatural twist. … Read more

Newsgayper Profiles LGBT Writers

Just ran across a great site yesterday via Facebook: thenewsGayper.com is an online publication that comes out twice a month on a Sunday to provide LGBT readers with Arts & Entertainment related news, trends, businesses, people and information they may not find through regular channels. Our goal is to be a one stop shop for ALL things LGBT both here in our nation and abroad. We’ll strive to feature new, unusual and interesting stories about LGBT people, events and businesses that will touch our lives through Entertainment and the Arts. Our world is ever-changing and the LGBT community has worked … Read more

Writing Characters Who Aren’t Like Us

I posed the question “Why is there no market for FF sci fi, fantasy (or romance fiction in general)?” recently in the MM Gay Sci Fi group on Facebook. There were some great, thoughtful responses to the post, but the one that struck me most came from Angel Martinez: “even if you haven’t written a specifically F/F story – how many of you have included lesbian characters in your work?” And I realized that I have never had a lesbian character in one of my stories. Even though they often feature gay characters, and I believe in inclusion. I have … Read more

Setting the Scene

When I’m writing sci fi (or any fiction, for that matter), I tend to write scenes fairly quickly, without a whole lotta scenery, and then go back and layer that in later. I usually do an initial draft, an indepth second read and edit, and then two more lighter passes to get everything right. I find that, especially for shorter stories, choosing a song that fits the theme or mood of the story often helps me “see” it better. For instance, my short story A New Year, about two men who meet, seemingly by chance at first, ever 11 years … Read more

Finding the Ending

I’ve just finished my first draft of a short sci fi story set about 500 years in the future. As I’ve gotten back into my writing with a vengeance this last year, I’ve been re-learning my writing process. Every author is different. Some like to write in the middle of the night (or do so out of necessity). Some can only write for 10-20 minutes at a time, while others like to go on writing retreats and dedicate themselves for a week at a time to the art. Some write full-time, while others fit it around an unrelated full-time job. … Read more

Books That Influenced Me as a Gay Sci Fi/Fantasy Writer

There have been a handful of books that I’ve read that have influenced me as I have strived to become an openly gay writer of sci fi and fantasy. I’m talking historically, not the great crop of gay-themed sci fi and fantasy currently on the market. The first of these was inarguably The Dancers of Arun, book two of the Chronicles of Tornor by Elizabeth A. Lynn. The book contains a pivotal sex scene between the differently abled protagonist and the man he has fallen for that sent me swooning as a gay teen. Never before had I read a … Read more

When is Your Best Time for Writing?

One of the things I think about a lot is when I should be writing. I mean, probably first thing in the morning should be best, but I have daily commitments that keep me busy every morning until breakfast. And I have a more-than full time job, too. It’s our own business, so I have some flexibility, but still… So I settled on an hour every day at the end of the day. But sometimes that doesn’t work out – we go out to dinner, or other things intrude. So instead, sometimes I’m writing in bed, or writing in line … Read more

Live Interviews on Facebook With Gay Sci Fi / Fantasy Authors

Our friend Ashlyn Forge, over at Gay Sci Fi (MM Romance) is hosting a series of author interviews: Angel Martinez Erotic Fiction for the Hungary Mind Friday, June 20th, 9 AM EDT https://www.facebook.com/events/284900568349307/ KC Burn Voodoo “n” Vice Frday, June 27th, 9 AM EDT https://www.facebook.com/events/1434106500191828/ Becky Black Patient Z Friday, July 4th, 9 AM EDT https://www.facebook.com/events/651921478227778/ Ashlyn Daube Ivory Prison Friday, July 11th 4 PM EDT https://www.facebook.com/events/1497054543861145/ Ashlyn Forge Erosions: The Careless I Friday, July 18th, 9 AM EDT https://www.facebook.com/events/599943996779607/ Ashlyn Forge Westbrooke Jameson Friday, July 25th, 5 PM EDT https://www.facebook.com/events/497895273644256/ If you have time, check them out!