Recently I started taking part in several writing prompt challenges to help my own writing out, and an unexpected benefit has been the number of great stories I’ve read by other writers doing also following the prompts.
This was a story I didn’t read myself. The amazing Levar Burton read it to me, and reminded me of how much I missed Reading Rainbow.
If you want me to be honest, I’ve been saying it’s like…
If Luke Skywalker had been born a girl and grown up with emotionally distant parents, joined a roving band of space pirates, been betrayed by her leader, then defected, tried to kill him, and was sent to a prison planet to serve out a life sentence.
Only she didn’t make it, because the prison transport crashed, and now she’s on a planet with an equally terrible leader, but this one is running a deadly competition for his own benefit and enjoyment.
I can’t believe it’s less than a week now until my new science fiction book, Banquet, comes out.
On one hand, I’m nervous, because I’ve never written long-form sci-fi before. On the other, I have always loved space opera, and I’m hoping to shake it up a bit by adding my own brand of strange into this well-defined genre.
It’s been a long time since I’ve posted flash fiction, but when I saw the prompt from Chuck Wendig for this week, I couldn’t resist.
This one is in the speculative vein of my next book, Banquet, but is a lot less space opera than the book. Chuck wanted us to use either of these themes:
1. Doing a good thing sometimes means being evil.
2. The road to Hell is paved with good intentions.
I hope I managed to hit at least one of them with this short tale, part of my effort in Story a Day in which I’m writing free short fiction for my blog, pieces to be submitted to anthologies and magazines, or beginnings of new novels. Enjoy.
Last NaNoWriMo, I took on two challenges. I challenged myself to finish a manuscript in November, and my writing group challenged each other to write a book set in space.
What came out of that glorious duality was my first science fiction book, Banquet (Lesbians in Space, #1).
I didn’t technically win NaNoWriMo with just this book, because it came in at about 40,000 words, but I consider it a smashing success. I was so excited about the book (and the genre departure!) that, beginning in January, I put on my editing hat and went hard.
What’s the frequency, Kenneth?
I edited it once. I edited it twice. It’s gone through a few beta readers now, and I’ve edited it again. (I’m still looking for more beta readers who can read the book and get feedback to me by early-to-mid-March. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to take a stab at it!)
And it’ll go through another set of edits once I get the feedback from all the people who currently are or will soon be reading the book.
When can I get my hands on the book?
It’s almost done, and I’m confident it will be ready in time for the April 24th release date. That’s right. You can pre-order this bad boy right now by clicking the red box below.
And, in addition to beta readers, I’m also looking for people read the ARC in the coming months and leave advanced reviews. If a lesbian space opera seems right up your alley and you love reviewing books all over the internets, shoot me a line and I’ll see about getting you a MOBI or EPUB file.
Your faithful genre-snubbing queer fiction author, signing off.
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