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The World of Sci-fi during WWII – Intermission Story (29)

Pacific Paratrooper

Alex Schomburg artwork

The goings-on at the home front!!

The first Golden Age of Science Fiction—often recognized in the United States as the period from 1938 to 1946—was an era during which the science fiction genre gained wide public attention and many classic science fiction stories were published. In the history of science fiction, the Golden Age follows the “pulp era” of the 1920s and 1930s, and precedes New Wave science fiction of the 1960s and 1970s. The 1950s are a transitional period in this scheme.

One leading influence on the creation of the Golden age was John W. Campbell, who became legendary in the genre as an editor and publisher of science fiction magazines, including Astounding Science Fiction, to the point where Isaac Asimov stated that “…in the 1940s, (Campbell) dominated the field to the point where to many seemed all of science fiction.” Under Campbell’s editorship, science fiction developed more realism and psychological depth to characterization. The focus…

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I follow Jacqui as well. She has such great articles on writing. I like Grammarly, but I haven’t checked out Natural Reader yet. ~ Connie

Annika Perry's Writing Blog

My Desk

It’s never taken me so long to send an email before.

I’m not referring to writing the message; its composition came easily enough. The actual act of pressing ‘send’ seemed impossible. My cursor hovered over the paper airplane icon; pausing I sat back and scanned the document once more. I stood up and paced around the room.

The momentous moment had arrived and my first manuscript was just a click away from the publisher. I was savouring the experience while being equally terrified of the reality. Many bloggers have used the analogy of giving birth with reference to writing a book; I can identify with this emotion to a certain extent…sending away my first book to an outsider felt like I was releasing my baby into the wider world. With another few tours of the room, I returned to my seat and pressed the button. No turning back!

After weeks…

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Dave’s Memorial Service, November 5, 2017

Many of you have already read my first post about Jack’s cousin Dave. His funeral was about week before the Memorial Service. Dave had a lot of friends and family that lived out of town and across the country.
We drove up Friday night, arriving early Saturday. Jack gave me a driving tour of the Deer Lands when we first arrived and had several hours to kill before our room would be ready. That gave me a clearer perspective on what to include in his heart attack article. It was mainly the distances and terrain that I thought would help my story. Although I do believe his deer stand grew from fourteen feet to eighteen.
We drove up a steep hill to see Mike, but he wasn’t home. The guys park their cars at his place get in their quads and drive to their preferred hunting stands. Mike has a stunning view from his house on top of the mountain. The view was exactly what I was looking for in my “Cooper’s Mountain” book. I didn’t think about taking a picture or two, but I did think how awesome it would be to sit on the back porch for morning devotions as I watched the sunrise  scatter the mist hovering around the tree tops.
I decided to use Mike’s name for the hero in the book.
Tour over, we had lunch then went to the hotel to rest. Unfortunately we were an hour early and our room wasn’t ready. We lallygagged in the lobby since I really didn’t want to sit in the car driving around for an hour. My sister Joan was taking us out to dinner later and I needed to rest. (There are times I use the excuse that I need to rest simply because I can tell Jack needs a break, but he won’t stop as often as I think he should. This time was more for him than me.)
After a delightful and lengthy dinner we returned to our room and watched some television before going to sleep. It was an early night for both of us. I had to sleep in my clothes since I couldn’t find my nightgown anywhere. Ugh!
Sunday morning Jack and I had breakfast and relaxed in our room. The memorial service was to run from two to six pm.
We arrived at the funeral home a little before two and hardly anyone was there. At the head of the room were the flowers, candles, and an alter for kneeling. The two most important features were a large portrait of Dave and the urn with his ashes. No casket.
It was odd to me since I’ve always say a prayer and a few words to the person inside the casket, giving their hand one last pat goodbye. I know they can’t hear me or feel my touch, but it’s something I like to do.
Soon the room filled with guests. I did not get to meet most of them, but was surprised by the distance some traveled to pay their last respects to Dave. Most people came for a few minutes to speak to an immediate family member and left. Others, like Jack and myself, were there for the entire four hours.
It was nice to see all Jack’s relatives again. On our previous visits Jack and I rarely got to visit anyone. This was more like a family reunion than a wake. Bad thing was I hadn’t seen most of Jack’s relatives in years and barely recognized them let alone remember their names.
I finally got to meet Mike. I’d heard a lot about him over the years–all good.
I was introduced to him at the Memorial Service and gave him a hug. (I’m a hugger as my husband likes to say.) We told him how we had stopped by on Saturday and I added that I was going to use his view in my novel. He invited us to stop by Monday before we left and he’d give me some pictures to help with describing the scene.
I took some photos at the memorial service. I wasn’t sure if that would be considered crass or not. Who takes pictures at a funeral service? Maybe that’s why not as many pictures turned out as I had hoped. My hands were shaky so some photos were blurry.
A priest came at five-thirty and presented the eulogy. I’m not Catholic so I did not say the responses, but I did join in with the Lord’s Prayer.
We were escorted from the viewing rooms to another large room which was set up for our meal. The staff brought in Dave’s picture and propped it up on a buffet against the wall. I guess they thought Dave should join us.
Dinner was comprised of Dave’s favorite foods. When Carole mentioned this idea I thought it was a wonderful way to remember him. We had salad, scalloped potatoes, steamed carrots, roast beef and chicken parmesan. Dessert was apple roll-ups. All the food was good.
We left Monday morning. Sadly, I didn’t get to see Mike. Jack was too wore out, emotionally and physically, for the extra driving it would take. Neither one of us travels well anymore. He insists doing all the driving–mine makes him nervous, so he claims. Normally, his driving is very good, but watch for the blog I’m going to do about two scary things with his driving this trip.
I did find my nightgown. I distinctly remembered putting it in my suitcase and putting the other clothes on top. That was almost right. I had washed and folded it, but I put it in the laundry basket with all the other folded clothes on top of it. Next trip I’ll double check that every single item is in the suitcase and not trust my memory.

Publishers and Opportunities

I’m always on the lookout for publishers. You might want to check out Emily Harstone Facebook page. She has a lot to look through. I have included some from her on this post. ~ Connie

» 25 Publishers Seeking Young Adult Manuscripts
Young adult is one of my favorite genres to read, even though when I was a young adult struggled finding good YA books. These days the young adult genre is profitable, diverse, and covers a wide variety of genres, from science fiction to…
Crooked Cat
A multi-genre eBook publisher based out of the UK with a young adult imprint.
BelleBooks was founded in 1999 by a number of writers of Southern Fiction. They focused on publishing works of southern fiction before creating the now substantial imprint BelleBridge, which is open to a wide variety of genres including, cozy mysteries, women’s fiction, romance, fiction, non-fiction, science fiction, horror, fantasy, young adult, mystery, suspense, and thrillers.
Dial Books
Dial Books For Young Readers publishes hardcover books aimed at children of all ages, including young adults. They are an imprint of Penguin that accepts unsolicited submissions. The catch? They do not respond to unsolicited submissions unless they are interested in the book. That means don’t expect a rejection from Dial, personal or otherwise. If you have not heard from them in four months, they have rejected your work.
Page Street Publishing
Page Street Publishing is a publisher of full color, mostly hardcover, gift books, cookbooks, and craft-books. They have recently started publishing young adult fiction. They have excellent distribution.
Flux is an imprint of North Star Editions that publishes exclusively young adult fiction. Their motto is “Where Young Adult is a Point of View, Not a Reading Level”. Most of the books they publish focus on the older end of the young adult market. They publish edgier, darker stuff than other young adult publishers.
Nowhere Magazine Travel Writing Contest. $1000 prize and publication.  They’re looking for Fiction or Nonfiction with a powerful sense of place. 800-5000 words. And previously published work is okay. Entry fee $20. Deadline January 1, 2018
EVERYTHING CHANGE CLIMATE FICTION CONTEST  NO ENTRY FEE. Submit one piece of fiction up to 5,000 words using the impact of climate change. The winning story will receive a $1000 prize, and nine finalists will receive $50 prizes. Selected work will be published in an anthology by the Imagination and Climate Futures Initiative at Arizona State University. Deadline February 28, 2018.
Virginia Woolf Prize for short fiction. $3500 first prize, $1000 second prize. 3000-8000 words.  Also winners get a read from the Sobel Weber Literary Agency. Plus publication in LitMag. Fee $20, Deadline December 15th. 
The  LDM Literary Bookmark Contest. Write a 250 word story and you can win $1000 to $100 and the chance to participate in a “Literary Death Match”. Entry fee $15 ($20 for two) Judged by Roxane Gay. Deadline November 20th.
Writer’s Digest Short-Short Story Award; Up to 1500 words. $3000 first prize, plus entry to the annual WD Conference. Other money prizes. $25 entry fee. Deadline November 15, 2017.


Considering it’s Faith Filled Friday and Veterans Day I thought I’d combine both. They’re both very short videos. My thanks to those who have served this great country of ours. ~ Connie

Remembering the Oath
Watch this short video made to honor Veterans Day. It’s a powerful reminder of the solemn oath of enlistment. And take a moment today to reflect on the sacrifices made by our American veterans and their families. We are profoundly grateful for them.
You can watch the video here:

This lady can say more in 1 minute than I can say in two days! It’s a one
 minute & 39 second sermon.
Why should it take any longer? This is great – watch it:

Bible Verses to remind us that God is sovereign and in control

Faith Filled Friday – Isn’t it reassuring to know that God is in control? I love having Him in my heart. ~ Connie

Heather C. King - Room to Breathe

  • 1 Chronicles 29:11-12 HCSB
    Yours, Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the splendor and the majesty, for everything in the heavens and on earth belongs to You. Yours, Lord, is the kingdom, and You are exalted as head over all. 12 Riches and honor come from You, and You are the ruler of everything. Power and might are in Your hand, and it is in Your hand to make great and to give strength to all.
  • 2 Chronicles 20:6 HCSB
    He said:
    Yahweh, the God of our ancestors, are You not the God who is in heaven,and do You not rule over all the kingdoms of the nations? Power and might are in Your hand, and no one can stand against You.
  • Job 12:13-14 HCSB
    Wisdom and strength belong to God;
    counsel and understanding are His.
    14 Whatever He tears down…

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Eight Easy Steps To Writing a Bad Novel

It’s 10:30pm, but I had to post this. I tried to read a book a few years ago that followed these steps. I read 2 whole pages then quit with nary a single regret. ~ Connie

Cristian Mihai

Lots of folks have painstakingly tried to write all sorts of guides to writing a bestseller or a perfect novel. How-to guides are quite abundant. But I thought I should try to write a guide on how to write a bad novel. How does one go about that? Let’s find out.

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