Writery stuff, thoughts and random rants

 

So, tell me something I don’t?

What are the Hugo, Nebula, Clarke and Campbell awards for again?

For the brightest and the best SFF?

Popular votes?

Call for Submissions- The Sea is Ours: Tales of Steampunk Southeast Asia

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jhameia:

jhameia:

THE SEA IS OURS is an anthology of Southeast Asian steampunk. We are looking for steampunk stories that are set in Southeast Asia (SEA), or secondary worlds that evoke Southeast Asia, with Southeast Asian protagonists, in any of the countries that make up the region: Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, East Timor, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. We are seeking historically and technologically-innovative stories.

Steampunk, for the purposes of this anthology, is defined as an aesthetic that combines technofantasy, anachronism, retro-futurism, an alternate history/world, and the evocation of an incipient industrial revolution. How does the steampunk aesthetic look, feel, sound, smell, or taste like in these regions? What kind of technologies would grow in resource-rich SEAsia? What do our historical figures, our Parameswaras, Trung sisters, Lapu-Lapus, do in such a world?

Submissions are encouraged to explore various levels and kinds of technologies, not just steam technology. Locals myths can also find their way into these stories; what does the mix of technology and fantasy look like in such worlds? We welcome exploration of all kinds of stories: from the extraordinary to the everyday. What changes does accelerated technology create for the local landscape and societies? If historical events are given a steampunk twist, how do their outcomes change, or stay the same? 

SUBMISSIONS CLOSE JUNE 30, 2014. 
We will contact all submitters within four weeks of submissions closing.

GENERAL GUIDELINES:
  • •Stories should have a visible development arc, even if they are somewhat experimental.
  • •Stories should be in English, but we take a broad view of English, which includes dialect, accents, local slang, and non-English words that express nuances that standard English can’t.
  • •Characters should be embedded in their settings. We should not be able to transplant the specifics of their story easily, even if they are based on common science fiction/fantasy archetypes.
  • •Local takes on actual historical events are highly encouraged, although not necessary in alternate world settings. Mention in your submission email the specific event you are referencing.
  • •Stories featuring queer characters, characters with disabilities, non-normative relationships, and other such non-mainstream narratives are welcome.

Click through for full submission guidelines!!!

ETA: So apparently no one saw fit to mention to me that Indonesia was missing from the list and I had to find out through some wayward middleman tweeting that folks were feeling left out

So I’m editing and re-bageling for ALL THE INDONESIANS! 

And if folks could keep reblogging this as a LINK and not convert it to text because it makes following reblogging kind of wonky, that’d be much appreciated

Y’all, blackwolfchng and I really want to see a lot of SEAsian contributors!! We have contacts from the Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, a couple in Thailand, and SEAsian-American folx… if you have people in Cambodia, Burma, Timor, Brunei, and Laos that you think we should contact, let us know!!

I also want to specify that non-SEAsians with connections to SEA are also welcome.

I also want to specify that SEAsian ethnic groups who don’t exactly belong to any specific nation-state are also welcome.

I also want to specify that diaspora SEAsians are also welcome.

I also want to specify that SEAsia has a long history of trade with South Asia, Africa, Arabia and East Asian countries and we welcome stories about those histories as well. 

THE POSSIBILITIES ARE LARGE AND ENDLESS.

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Weird fandoms alert - Orlando Furioso!

So… I wrote something. Fanfiction! (gasp)

Queer reading of Marfisa and Bradamante, two lady knights from Orlando Furioso:

Bradamante’s gold hair is tied in a pony-tail, glinting under the hot sun. Light dances on her armored body and coats her metal pauldrons until they shine as they ride under the sheltering branches of olive trees.

It is mid-day and summer sings in the sounds of insects, the lush fullness of the olive trees and the scents of rosemary and thyme lacing the air. The olive trees dapple the ground with their shadows. Marfisa knows it will soon slide into evening. They have to find lodgings somewhere or camp under the sky as they have so many times.

Somewhere, a church bell rings and Bradamante crosses herself automatically. Marfisa has often watched her pray before she sleeps, her lips moving in silent invocation In a way, she reminds Marfisa of her own prayers to Allah.

deducecanoe:

thetrekkiehasthephonebox:

I’m going to save this as a draft and link to it every time I get a stupid anon

I love how in the second to last one Picard can’t even facepalm he is so stoically angry and disappoint.

I am reserving this for all the stupids I will face this week and next.

(Source: trekgate)

Gorgeous cover by the talented Rhiannon Rasmussen-Silverstein (http://rhiannonrs.tumblr.com)
You can get it from:
Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/283171
Gumroad: https://gumroad.com/l/AaHq
YA duology, composed of both Oysters, Pearls & Magic and Path of Kindness. Faraway colony, new world, magic, love and friendship.
Only 1.99 usd!

Gorgeous cover by the talented Rhiannon Rasmussen-Silverstein (http://rhiannonrs.tumblr.com)

You can get it from:

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/283171

Gumroad: https://gumroad.com/l/AaHq

YA duology, composed of both Oysters, Pearls & Magic and Path of Kindness. Faraway colony, new world, magic, love and friendship.

Only 1.99 usd!

Read "Halcyon Days: Chapter 2"

Complete chapter. Gabriel discovers more darker revelations. And oh, he is starting to actually like his half-brother.