WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR IN STORY:
We want stories of cantankerous gods, aging heroes, and the occasional mortal caught up in their shenanigans. Small gods, demigods, and gods that the author made up are all welcome. We love it when a writer takes the ‘normal’ form of a God or Goddess and remakes it for the modern world, or conversely, shows a pantheon that’s refusing to adapt. Sparkling dialogue, well-drawn characters, and most of all a real ending with a twist will make our little editing hearts skip a beat.
These are the stories we want to see in Grumpy Old Gods Volume 5. Be creative with the pantheon. Show us something we haven’t seen before.
We much prefer a hopeful, humorous take on the subject and theme. Make the reader chortle, chuckle, or choke on their tea if they drink it at the wrong time.
Submissions are due December 1st, 2019 with an eye to releasing the anthology late January 2020.
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INSECURE WRITER’S SUPPORT GROUP
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OPTIONAL IWSG DAY QUESTION:
If you could pick one place in the world to sit and write your next story, where would it be and why?
Since this is imagination or wishful thinking… LOL, Money, accessibility, and time not an issue… Well, I would write from the position that I earn a 6 figure income or more, with an indefinite stay in New Zealand at a private villa or home with a spectacular view. The whole country is beautiful. I tend to like oceanic and lake views but not opposed to the forest or maybe mountains. Maybe a Hobbit Hole or Hobbit Set… ( I would also consider England, Spain, Greece, Ireland, Scotland, Italy.) I’m open to other suggestions.
Okay, a houseboat or Oceanview Bed and Breakfast, not in Hurricane season, or Lake house retreat. More down to earth thinking here.
Realistically, I would be thrilled to feel comfortable, relaxed enough and totally at home to sit outside and write on my laptop, day or night, but I alas, I need the privacy of my room to feel unencumbered enough to allow my imagination the freedom to take flight on paper or computer. Before we moved this last time, the end of 2016, my room had a lake view. I miss that.
Why? Because settings like that give me a sense of peace and hope. Also helps my mind escape to far off places. I know, weird right? Or maybe not, it is something about being in the beauty of nature for me. Feeling that vastness makes me feel closer to God and inspiration.
One of my most rememberable was on The Big Island of Hawaii at night. It was so dark away from towns I never saw so many stars. The ocean and the stars embraced you and separated you. I could feel it in my spirit. I could feel I was in the middle of the ocean on an island. It was an odd feeling, and then knowing the only way off was by boat or plane. That feeling made some of my traveling companions nervous, but I felt wonder.
I’d like to go back one day. They had a ritual that if you threw a lei from a certain cliff and it came back to shore you would return. Mine came back, so maybe one day.
I feel like I totally did not answer this question but it is what came to mind.
Still the fear of not getting everything done, that needs doing and is expected. All the same ole writing insecurities, especially in ability and talent. Not living up to expectations I guess mostly my own more than others. Of not being enough or doing enough.
The next #IWSGPit will be in January 15, 2020
8:00 am – 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time
Create a Twitter-length pitch for your completed and polished manuscript and leave room for genre, age, and the hashtag. On January 15, Tweet your pitch. If your pitch receives a favorite/heart from a publisher/agent check their submission guidelines and send your requested query.
Many writers have seen their books published from a Twitter pitch – it’s a quick and easy way to put your manuscript in front of publishers and agents.
As you sow so shall you reap. What will your character sow – dragon’s teeth, elven bones, gouged eyes from tormented souls? Or will it be a more mundane series of actions with some awful unforeseen consequences, but without a whiff of a ghost anywhere?
Write a ghost story, or write a mainstream one. Most of our members go with horror or speculative for October. But that’s not written in stone. Nothing rigid about us – we are a culturally diverse mix and we welcome all interpretations.
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AUTHOR SPOTLIGHTS AUGUST
Meet the authors Grumpy Old Gods Vol. 2
Spotlights were thin in August but will pick up in September.
This link will take you to Stormdance Publications The Meet the Authors on Writer’s Gambit is still ongoing as these posts are also posted individually on this site.