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What is this?

To celebrate our graduation from beta testing, AnthologyBuilder invites authors of all skill levels to choose their favorite cover art from our database and write a story to match it. Contest Entries must be unpublished, between 1,000 and 50,000 words in length, and submitted on or before September 20, 2009.

Because our site hosts a wide variety of science fiction and fantasy artwork, we expect that most submissions will fall into those genres. Nevertheless, submissions in all genres are welcome.


  1. Entries must be the original, unpublished work of the author and must be between 1,000 and 50,000 words in length. Stories set in derivative worlds (e.g. Star Trek, Middle Earth, or other fictional worlds not created by the author) are not admissible for this contest.
  2. Entries must be submitted on or before September 20, 2009. An upload form for contest entries will be available by August 1.
  3. No entry fee is required.
  4. Stories will be judged in two categories: General Submissions (open to all authors) and Rising Stars (open to authors who are 18 years old or younger at the time of submission.) Rising Star authors may choose to submit in both categories.
  5. Entries will be judged based on overall quality and on how well they match the artwork that inspired them. All decisions of our judging panel are final.
  6. There will be ten finalists in each category. From them, one winner per category will be chosen.
  7. Authors may submit only one manuscript, with the exception of authors 18 years old or younger, who may submit two stories: one for each category.
  8. This contest is open to everyone except AnthologyBuilder staff members, contest judges, and their immediate families. Authors do not need prior publication credits to enter. International contestants are welcome, but please be aware that prize money will be issued in U.S. currency.
  9. Our apologies, but we are unable to accept contest submissions in languages other than English.


  • Finalists will receive a $30 gift certificate for AnthologyBuilder and a detailed critique of their story by Nancy Fulda, assistant editor at Jim Baen's Universe.
  • The winner in the General Submissions category will receive $200 and publication on AnthologyBuilder.*
  • The winner in the Rising Star category will receive $100 and publication on AnthologyBuilder.*
* Winners will be asked to leave their story exclusively on AnthologyBuilder for a period of three months, after which the author may remove or publish it elsewhere according to our standard contract.

I've already found [livejournal.com profile] suricattus and [livejournal.com profile] jaylake's work available in their library.

Thank you to [livejournal.com profile] howardtayler for pointing out this very nifty tool in Blógünder Schlock (right here, to be specific).

I confess.

Jun. 16th, 2009 06:17 pm
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I succumbed to 'micro-blogging'.

sff_corgi_lj: (Birthday cupcake)
It was in Second Life, but a story's a story. Check it out at http://tanarian.blogspot.com/2008/09/i-got-to-tell-story.html

And PEN-BLWYDD HAPUS, YOOOOOOOLANDA! (not too early, not too late?)
sff_corgi_lj: (HP/ff - Textual Sphinx)
Nicked from qadgop's link:

Because fanfiction circulates unofficially, it isn't bound by the conventions and limitations of institutionalized publishing. And that's a big deal; it allows people to stake claims over texts that they wouldn't normally be allowed to if they wanted to publish, and frees them to tell the stories they want to tell. You can do things in fanfiction that would be difficult or impossible to do in fiction intended for commercial publication, such as experiments with form and subject matter that don't fit with prevailing tastes. This freedom is especially felt in representations of romantic and sexual relationships -- and this is a major reason, I think, why women, queer folk, and young people have found fanfic so appealing, because these are all groups whose sexual expressions have been heavily policed. It's a way of asserting rights of interpretation over texts that may be patriarchal, heteronormative, and/or contain only adult-approved representations of children and teenagers.

There's quite a bit more if you have a few minutes to read.
sff_corgi_lj: (Write - Stephen J. Cannell)
Little scratch of light, as I was looking to see if Orion was visible yet, over in the centre of the eastern sky - it ran south > north, as short as it was. I've usually got too much light pollution and humidity for sightings like that.

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Anyway, I have a couple of writing questions for my Flisties who indulge yourselves thusly (i.e., most of you, I think).

1. When you sit down to write, how long do you write? I mean, do you have a set wordcount goal for each session, or do you just go with the flow? And if you flow, what do you average?

2. How do you define a chapter for yourself? How long do they usually run for you? (I can't help but to be reminded of the pathetic excuses for chapters that litter Fanfiction.net, where they're barely a single printed page's-worth with a threat to withhold in the author's notes.)

[looks to upper right, to upper left, on inside of eyelids] ...yeah, I think that's all. Just curious.

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ETA: Tchah, I did forget something: [livejournal.com profile] copperbadge on the closing of Harry Potter canon. VERY well said.
sff_corgi_lj: (Science - NASA)
APOD is acting funny for me tonight, so I had to use this link to share an extraordinary photograph with one of my work teammates. The fact that anybody would be able to take such a sharp, clear photograph of the International Space Station from the ground astonished me (that's 190 miles up, and moving fast!).

Danny responded thusly:
Such a thing of beauty, so broad a spectrum of brainwaves creating the interpretation of vision-like packets of data dispersed into the network only to come together and build the complete picture that are psychosynergy conduces, delivers and thus I say... wow!
Quite a turn of phrase, no? :D
sff_corgi_lj: (Mind the blog)
Geekish reading, at least. MEGAFAUNA — First Victims of the Human-Caused Extinction by Baz Edmeades, complete book on-line (HTML/PDF)

...and that kinda goes with this animated presentation, 'Journey of Mankind: The Peopling of the World'. There are links off that page, my AngloCeltic siblings, so you can find out what male-line genetic part of Britain you're descended from (read this summation in the New York Times article, 'A United Kingdom? Maybe'). The female-line tests from the same company aren't British-Isles-specific.

Lastly, a photo-tour of a New Egg shipping warehouse (ooo, nifty tech); and an 8-page story by Bruce Sterling, We See Things Differently. (Take a look at the RevolutionSF FAQ, too.)
sff_corgi_lj: (Medieval - Clan Far Flung)
I quote:

Here's a poem I wrote for an assignment due tonight. The task: "make something Poe-ish" and this was the best I could do. Not bad for an hour's work, I think, though I was a little late getting it in...

The Maven,
or Poe's Lament

At this desk where once were pens revered, I face a monster recently appeared,
To take the place of vellums fine, and quills poised over ink.
A wicked thing, rapacious beast, on my words it longs to feast,
So many words but not the least can bring me from the brink;
So many words, but no mot just -- of the right word, I can't think —
I simply cannot think!

Now this creature and I are face to face, ash to glowing blue -- the cursor keeping pace
With racing thoughts and pounding heart, its malice just the same.
Just one more word is all it will take, and my deadline I will make!
A finger poised to hunt and peck, the final word, the one to bring me fame!
Then … BLUE SCREEN OF DEATH - and I know not whom to blame;
Gone, I don't know whom I can blame.

A gelid breeze cracks from inside the tower, whence comes a form of such power;
Growing apace until I see the face! the hair! none other could it be:
For by that certain lack of chin, it is he, it is he! No shade and no twin
Would cause my to PC spin -- the Microsoft Maven is he!
"Mr. Gates! Mr. Gates, I clearly can see that you've come to rescue me –
The Word Maven will rescue me!"

His soft nerdy face turns scarlet with rage; he is no more the benevolent sage –
He stares at the screen, hits a button or two, while I soak in whisky and terror.
"My program is fine, and Vista is great; I'm a bazillionaire not by fate.
On reboot shall you wait. The fault can't be mine, so I say therefore,
It truly must be all yours." Then gone with a flicker, but just two words more:
Quoth the Maven, "USER ERROR!"

(Aside: [crotchety tone] 'Poe-ish'? 'Poe-ish'! I remember when we used to call those parody or pastiche!)
sff_corgi_lj: (Breast cancer Amazon)

Quoting awelkin:
scieppan is pretty much responsible for the putting together of the document, as well as this web banner. In it you will find art work by animekatie and minoukatze, poetry by kit-the-brave, and stories by jiminyc, ashtur, in-the-blue, h311ybean, bucketgirl, ladyvorkosigan, and yours truly.

All of the money cleared goes directly to chrysantza as she fights her brave battle with breast cancer. Also, any of the creators above could probably be convinced to autograph the anthology should you run into them....
And just a wee reminder:
sff_corgi_lj: (My Fandom (SF))
Whileaway - Feminist Discussion of Fantasy and Science-Fiction

And more to the point, I don't see any of my Flist as members. How did you miss this community? *grin*

As long as I'm at it, why don't you also take a look at Feminist Science Fiction, Fantasy & Utopia (est. 1994)? Among other points of interest, there's a really neat history page that seems at the same time to be sadly underpopulated.
sff_corgi_lj: (Anime - Busy corgi Ein!)
I'm likely to be AFK until Friday (Thursday at the very least), so I have to ask you a favour.


But first, to wrap up Women's History Month in a bunchy clump, here's the last six profiles:

Ada BlackjackMarch 27:
Ada Blackjack

March 28:
Anna Garlin Spencer
Anna Garlin Spencer

Emma BrunskillMarch 29:
Emma Brunskill

If you Google for Emma Brunskill's latest work, you'll see she's been involved in ambulatory robot studies. Very technical page, though.

March 30:
Laurie Anderson
Laurie Anderson

On September 16, 2005, Laurie’s exhibition The Waters Reglitterized opened at the Sean Kelly Gallery in New York City. According to the press release by Sean Kelly, The Waters Reglitterized is a diary of dreams and their literal recreation as works of art. This work, created in the process of re-experiencing or re-working her dreams while awake, uses the language of dreams to investigate the dream itself. The resulting pieces include drawings, prints and high definition video. The installation ran until October 22, 2005. In 2006, she contributed a song to Plague Songs, a collection of songs related to the 10 Biblical plagues.

Laurie Anderson narrated Ric Burns's Andy Warhol: The Documentary Film, which was first televised in September 2006 as part of the PBS American Masters series. Anderson also performed in Came So Far For Beauty, the Leonard Cohen tribute event held in The Point Theatre, Dublin, Ireland on October 4 and 5, 2006.

Recently, through her web site, Laurie announced a re-release of her first album, Big Science, on Nonesuch Records, a DVD box set containing her short films and the concert movie Home of the Brave, a book of drawings titled Night Life, and a new album to be released in 2008, Homeland.Wikipedia

Wonder Woman Elizabeth Holloway Marston March 31:
Elizabeth Holloway Marston
Virginia 'Ginny' Heinlein Virginia 'Ginny' Heinlein


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Here's the 'favour' part. I'm not going to have much access, if at all, because Myfanwy is ever-so-delightfully dragging me away from my various burdens (and puppies) for a day or two to visit lovely Gaithersburg, north of Washington, D.C. We'll drive back and visit the Poodle Breeder Previously Blogged About, too.

However, this means I won't be able to do my webcomics votingespecially since the turnover is on Sunday, when I'll be back, but Myfi with or without boychild, might still be visiting here.

Can you please take a few minutes (5, 10 if your pages load slowly), and indulge your buried urge to just click like crazy? (c.f. 'Oooo, ticky-box!') Especially on April 1 (no joke)? Top Web Comics and WebbedComics turn over at midnight Pacific (GMT-7, currently); BuzzComix is every 24 hours, from whenever you vote.
sff_corgi_lj: (Nightowl)
From [livejournal.com profile] ginmar (edited for terseness):
Book announcement

The first limited edition of my book is available for prepay; it's going to be the size of a Moleskine notebook, contain 250 pages 11.95, plus shipping and handling. I'll have a cover up sometime next week for you to see. It's a gift size and the first hundred will be signed. Depending on demand, we might put out a second edition, sans signature. It will contain some war writing, previews of other stories, and some essays which have never been published. It's coming from Windhaven press, their first book.

You can make payments through ginmarie at gmail dot com, and I hope you do, because frankly I'm trying to keep my phone from getting cut off.

Shipping is five dollars to the US and eight fifty global priority to Eastern Europe, England, and so forth.

She's a terrific writer, and has been quoted by MoveOn.org (if I remember correctly) in their e-mails. Buy her book, you'll be doing both yourself and Gin a favour. :)

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I've listened to Wally Wingert in Adult Swim's 'new' anime, Blood+, as well as as Abarai Renji in Bleach. Per his entry in Wikipedia (because it's handy), I haven't seen anything else he's been in - it's a short list.

I'm afraid to say that from my point of view, he's lousy. It's not just his Renji, it's him. Flat, uninteresting, uninvolved performances. Bleh. What do the casting people see in him?

Sorry, Wally, if you're Googling for yourself. It's harsh, but it's my opinion.
sff_corgi_lj: (Write - Stephen J. Cannell)
Copied from the Bleach-y end of the spectrum - [livejournal.com profile] tenebris and [livejournal.com profile] raynos got this from [livejournal.com profile] jaina ( > [livejournal.com profile] ekaterinn > [livejournal.com profile] daegaer (who rawx the meme!)) recently:

If you make up titles for stories I didn't write,
I will respond with details of those non-written stories.

My caveat:  Suggest a fandom for each of your titles. I know too many, and might come up with something irrelevant to your sphere of knowledge. ^_^ You can take cues from my icons, if you want.

I might not be getting either of my major project back underway, but I should be able to toss out a few paragraphs off a standing start.
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Howard's the creator of Schlock Mercenary, if you didn't already know that. He and his wife are also clever, prudent and frugal with money — making and spending. At least, they seem awfully good at managing it to me. Anyway, Howard vets the advertisers he accepts for display next to his comic, and will plug products, services and companies he thinks are honestly worth it. Howard's a smart guy, I'll look at stuff he speaks well of in a positive light.

Therefore, when Howard plugged Wotan LLC's product 'Kayuda' in the Schlock blog, I was eager to check it out. Remember when Writely came out? This is very probably niftier than Writely (which is now known as 'Google Docs').

I signed up on Kayuda after looking at my third sample document. Howard's apparently been using it for a while. [livejournal.com profile] shadesong (Queen of LiveJournal, as she's called sometimes, with tongues in cheeks) has a story outline shared out and looking very intriguing. Actually... it's more like a story web.

Take a look. The right side of your brain may thank you.
sff_corgi_lj: (Breast cancer Amazon)
Toni MorrisonMarch 12:
Toni Morrison

Recent Toni Morrison news:
"The Foreigner's Home Exhibit", Toni Morrison Guest Curator
Louvre Museum
November 6-29 [2006]
Paris France
Opening Lecture: "The Foreigner's Home" November 6, 8PM Louvre Auditorium
Morrison will read from her forthcoming novel, Mercy, November 17, 8.30PM
Toni Morrison Society Scholars' Roundtable--November 18th--Hotel Citadines

From The Age (Australia):
A feast in store
Jane Sullivan
December 30, 2006

For many readers, the highlight of the year will be Toni Morrison's novel Mercy (Random House, October), which looks at racism in three periods of American history: in the year 2000; colonial beginnings in 1660; and a "middle period" of legalised racism.
sff_corgi_lj: (Write - Stephen J. Cannell)
Free Online Writing Seminar
Stephen J. Cannell teaches his Secrets

Still putting off starting that novel or screenplay? Here's some motivation and instruction from the best! Stephen is offering FREE online writing classes which will be updated bi-weekly. In part one, Stephen spoke about the discipline of writing. In part two, Stephen discusses how to choose your story.
sff_corgi_lj: (TV - Diefenbaker)



The Canon Cannon PoemJay ([livejournal.com profile] finding_jay) wrote in [livejournal.com profile] fanficrants
@ 2007-01-25 20:04:00

And then they done sex
People, canon =/= cannon.

If you're writing about cannon characters, I'm going to picture 17th century battleships with giant metal tubes shooting massive balls into the sky that will inevitably cause much destruction. If you're writing about canon characters, I'm going to picture House and Wilson doing naughty things in hospital gowns involving stethoscopes, and Rodney McKay riding a stargate through Wraith hiveships. I'd much rather picture that than two cannons bonking.

'Ooh, baby, your balls are so heavy!'
'You're so big!'

I don't want to picture that. Really.
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Semagic made this easier than it looks. LiveJournal tags made it even easier than that.

Whole lotta lists )


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