Welcome to the Bundle

Welcome to the bundle

Science fiction is our game

Bundoran Buddies Sci-fi bundle

All Canadian

 

Twelve great authors, twelve great books,

What an amazing deal

For fifteen bucks, money

You’ll get something to read

 

Bundle, welcome to the bundle

Bundoran Buddies Sci-fi, e-e-e-e-e-books, books

We, we just want you to read

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Story Bundles are Back!

In the town where I was born
Lived a man who loved to read
And he told us all a tale
Of worlds of make believe

He said he soared round the sun
And then left our galaxy
We could too and he gave us all
Science fiction books to read

We all live because we love to read
Because we love to read, because we love to read
We all live because we love to read
Because we love to read, because we love to read

Love to read? Get the Bundoran Buddies Sci-Fi Bundle at
https://storybundle.com/scifi

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Story Sale!

Sold my story, “Strings”, to On Spec Magazine. This is my fourth sale to On Spec. One more and I’ll be an ace.

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A Rant about Standard Manuscript Format

So, the other day I submitted a story to a magazine. The guidelines stated: use Standard Manuscript Format. Cool. As an editor I accept the need for a Standard Format, but as a writer the term has become nebulous. We have gone to the panels. We have read the “RULES.” Read the guidelines they all say. Follow them. And always, most prominent among those rules, follow Standard Manuscript Format with an accompanying example…from 30 years ago.

Underline italics. Use actual italics.

Use Courier. Use Times New Roman.

Use 10 point, 11 point, 12 point.

Double space after punctuation. Single space after punctuation.

The dreaded double space after paragraphs.

And in so many cases editors and publications declare their version is the only true standard version, then with a straight face, “But it’s the story that matters.”

Bullshit.

If the story matters that much, then Standard Format doesn’t and should be left out of the guidelines.

But that will never happen. There is nothing more conservative than publishing. So what is the answer? If only there was an organization that could actually standardize a manuscript format, at least for the speculative genre. Hmm…

Oh, wait!

There is. The Science Fiction Writers of America. So, I checked. And they do!

It’s ten years old.

So, here is my challenge to SFWA. You are in a perfect position to gather information. Send out questionnaires. Quiz editors, publications, writers. Create a Standard Manuscript Format that is actually a modern Standard Manuscript Format. Then promote it. Encourage it. Enforce it.

Give us a single version of the Standard Manuscript Format instead of the multiple versions we all ignore now.

 

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CanCon 2018

I had a great time at this year’s CanCon, but then I always have a great time there. This convention is run extremely well, with great panels and a robust dealer’s room. The other great thing about CanCon or any convention is meeting people. This weekend I met Renée Gendron an aspiring writer who has started a blog on the craft of writing. If you’re interested, especially if you are an emerging writer, then give it a read. You can find it here at reneegendron.com/word-crafting.

 

 

 

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