Thursday, September 14, 2017

The "Renewal" Anthology Launches Today

Renewal Banner

 QSF has a new book out, 
the latest in our series of flash fiction anthologies: (noun) 
1) Resuming an activity after an interruption, or 
2) Extending a contract, subscription or license, or 
3) Replacing or repairing something that is worn out, run-down, or broken, or 
4) Rebirth after death.

Four definitions to spark inspiration, a limitless number of stories to be conceived. 
Only 110 made the cut.

Thrilling to hopeful, Renewal features 300-word speculative fiction ficlets about sexual and gender minorities to entice readers. 

Welcome to Renewal.

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 Because these stories are only 300 words each, we’re not supplying long excerpts, 
but here are the first lines of several of the stories. Enjoy! 

 “Griselda pulled the weeds from between the rows of Valerianella locusta plants in the garden, careful not to disturb the buds that would grow into the babies that were her only real income-producing crop.” 
—The Witches’ Garden, by Rie Sheridan Rose 

 “I didn’t know how truly the world was in trouble until I went journeying to look for Anisette’s bluebonnets.” 
—Bluebonnets, by Emily Horner 

 “The ship’s drive malfunctioned at the worst possible time.” 
—The Return, by Andrea Speed

 “Before we continue, there’s a rather macabre fact about me I should share.” —Rejuvenation, by Christine Wright 

 “When I died they buried me at the bottom of the garden and returned to the fields.” —Below the Hill, by Matthew Bright 

 “The world is ending and I can’t look away from your eyes.” 
—Sunrise, by Brigitte Winter 

““Losing one’s superpowers to your arch nemesis sucks donkey nuts, I tell ya. And trust me when I say I suck a lot of them.” 
—Rainbow Powers, by Dustin Karpovich 

 “The day I was born again was damp, rainy—a good day for rebirth, all things considered.” —The Birthing Pod, by Michelle Browne 

 “Intwir's twelve eyes roved over the container, taking in the cracked outer lock and the elasticated fabric stretched tightly over its exterior.” 
—In a Bind, by S R Jones 

 “‘You’ve reached Androgyne HelpLine. Press one to start service. Press two to interrupt or cancel service. Press three—’” 
—Auto-Renew, by Ginger Streusel 

 “The doctor tells me that my wife is dying, but I already know.” 
—I Will Be Your Shelter, by Carey Ford Compton  

“‘San Francisco was the first to go dark, followed by Los Angeles.’” 
—When Light Left, by Lex Chase 

“My fingers lingered on the synthetic skin, trailing soft patterns across my work.” 
—Miss You, by Stephanie Shaffer

Included Authors 
 'Nathan Burgoine 
A.M. Leibowitz 
A.M. Soto 
Abby Bartle 
Aidee Ladnier 
Alexis Woods 
Andi Deacon 
Andrea Felber Seligman 
Andrea Speed 
Andrea Stanet 
Anne McPherson 
Bey Deckard 
Brigitte Winter 
Carey Ford Compton 
Carol Holland March 
Carrie Pack 
Catherine Lundoff 
CB Lee 
Christine Wright 
Colton Aalto 
Daniel Mitton 
Dustin Blottenberger 
Dustin Karpovich 
E R Zhang 
E.J. Russell 
E.W. Murks 
Ell Schulman 
Ellery Jude 
Eloreen Moon 
Elsa M León 
Emily Horner 
Eric Alan Westfall 
F.T. Lukens 
Fenrir Cerebellion 
Foster Bridget Cassidy 
Ginger Streusel 
Hannah Henry 
Irene Preston 
J. Alan Veerkamp 
J. P. Egry 
J. Summerset 
J.S. Fields 
Jaap Boekestein 
Jackie Keswick 
Jana Denardo 
Jeff Baker 
Jenn Burke 
Joe Baumann 
John Moralee 
Jon Keys 
Jude Dunn 
K.C. Faelan 
Kelly Haworth 
Kiterie Aine 
Kristen Lee 
L M Somerton 
L. Brian Carroll 
L.M. Brown 
L.V. Lloyd 
Laurie Treacy 
Leigh M. Lorien 
Lex Chase 
Lia Harding 
Lin Kelly 
Lloyd A. Meeker 
Lyda Morehouse 
M.D. Grimm 
Martha J. Allard 
Mary E. Lowd 
Matt Doyle 
Matthew Bright 
Mia Koutras 
Michelle Browne 
Milo Owen 
Mindy Leana Shuman 
Naomi Tajedler 
Natsuya Uesugi 
Nephy Hart 
Nicole Dennis 
Ofelia Gränd 
Patricia Scott 
Paul Stevens 
PW Covington 
R R Angell 
R.L. Merrill 
Rebecca Cohen 
Redfern Jon Barrett 
Reni Kieffer 
Richard Amos 
RL Mosswood 
Robyn Walker 
Rory Ni Coileain 
Rose Blackthorn 
Ross Common 
S R Jones 
Sacchi Green 
Sarah Einstein 
Shilo Quetchenbach 
Siri Paulson 
Soren Summers 
Stephanie Shaffer 
Steve Fuson 
Tam Ames 
Terry Poole 
Tray Ellis 
Vivien Dean 
Wendy Rathbone 
Xenia Melzer 
Zen DiPietro 
Zev de Valera

Friday, September 1, 2017

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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Upcoming Anthology

I've always considered myself a writer who enjoys crafting long pieces, but my published works prove otherwise. Short stories and novellas are what I currently have out. Last year, I delved into writing "drabbles" (100-word pieces, two of mine appeared in a fun Halloween-themed collection), and this year I dabbled with flash fiction. I saw a call for Queer Sci-fi's yearly contest and decided to give it a try. This year's theme, Renewal, struck a chord with me. I wound up writing two pieces and then chose what I considered was strongest (only one 300-word piece allowed). 

Writing that short was a challenge. I wrote one scene where the two main characters bypass simply working together to reach each other on another level, to truly connect. Every word I used became so important. I questioned each one, was it needed, what purpose did it serve, did it move the story? Of course, these are questions I ask during revisions of anything I create, but with such a short word count, being able to tell the story my way took careful consideration. I wound up enjoying the experience.

Of course, just before I submitted it, inspiration struck again and I wound up working in one more line (I was actually a few words under, lol, how unlike me). My story, Coffee Break, was chosen. I look forward to reading them all. Read about the contest and see the list of authors here (or: