There is a new Aurora Award Story Bundle and Bundoran Press is proud to be part of it. There are a lot of great Canadian books included in this offer with plenty for every taste. I’ll be commenting on several of these over the next three weeks the bundle is a available but, today, let me start with Strange Bedfellows edited by Bundoran managing editor, Hayden Trenholm.
This anthology was the second from Bundoran Press and the first to be published after the press changed hands in 2013. The product of a very successful crowd funding campaign, we were able to attract great writers and stories, not just from Canada, but from around the world. In fact, writers from eight countries contributed to this collection of political science fiction ensuring a wide range of political and world views. Only two of the stories were actually written by Canadians.
Leading off the anthology is a great tale about criminal justice by Nebula Award winner, the late Eugie Foster. Katherine Sparrow, another Nebula nominee, also has a story as does multiple Aurealis Award winner, Australian Richard Harland.
More than 250 stories were submitted and the process of winnowing it down to a mere 18 was a daunting and fascinating process. There were several stories, I desperately wanted to include, but in the end, I made the tough decisions (though I was pleased to discover that my last 3 cuts eventually found a home elsewhere).
Hayden had a great time putting this anthology together and you will have a great time reading it. All these stories plus nine other books for as little as $15? What a bargain!
Get it here:
Here is my revised schedule for Ad Astra:
Friday 8 pm: The Mines and Foundries of the Imagination: “Where Do You Get Your Ideas?”
Panelists include: Luke Maynard, Stephanie Bardy, Stephanie Bedwell-Grime, Arlene F. Marks, and Amanda Sun.
Saturday 2 pm: Anthology, The Gathering.
Panelists include: Jody Lynn Nye, Bill Fawcett, Eric Choi, and Derwin Mak.
All things take time, nothing more so than writing. And projects will pile up. However, like all beginning writers, those projects don’t immediately pay, if at all. This is especially true of silly writing rules. You need to balance what is important with what is more a casual hobby.
This is where time management comes into play.
The big word here is MANAGEMENT. You have to make the big decisions, and with the big decisions come the hard decisions. Time management is like editing; sometimes you have to kill your darlings.
But management goes beyond that.
Take a hard look at your goals and your abilities to accomplish those goals. Some people can pound out an amazing word count in a very short time, others not so much. Some people have set times to write, others have variable times making a set schedule difficult. Some people are focused go-getters. My picture is in the dictionary beside the word, PROCRASTINATE.
I’ve come to terms with my strengths and weaknesses. I knew that if I was to to finish my current writing project, followed by another writing project, atop the ‘adulting’ duties of work and family I would have to either delay or even drop other projects. That didn’t include the other projects that popped up like something I did for Bundoran Press and…my God, writing is like a real business.
Well, so it is, AND YOU’RE THE BOSS. Act like one. Do what needs to be done and in the end, when you look back , there won’t be any guilty “Woulda, coulda, shoulda’ves.” You wouldv’e done your best with what you had. You won’t have to fire yourself and if you haven’t died you’ll have time to finish all that other stuff.
There may come a time where I’m paid to write, where I’ll have a deadline that I’ll do my best to meet or even beat. It is definitely good practice to get into that frame of mind. That means deciding which project is important and which one is just a distraction. That means being your own boss.Besides no one reads this blog anyway.
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Found this sweat shirt in the back of my closet. I remember going with my friends Steve, Tracy, and John. We wanted to see the cast who were supposed to show up on stage around 4 pm. The MC came out around 3:30 said their plane was delayed and they wouldn’t be out until 6. We gave a collective ‘screw that’ and went home. When it’s Trek vs Traffic, traffic always wins.