The New Guard Machigonne Fiction Contest

The New Guard is now accepting entries for its Machigonne Fiction Contest. $1,000 for an exceptional work of literary and/or experimental fiction. Submit up to 7,500 words: anything from flash to the long story. Novel excerpts are welcome if the manuscript functions as a stand-alone story. We do not publish illustrations. Judged by Novelist and Essayist Rick Bass.

The deadline is July 18, 2012 (midnight/postmark). Entries are $15. International submissions are welcomed.

For more information, please visit their website.

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Sonnet for a Fan

Social Networking is weird. No doubt. I hate to spam and promote. I do it because I like to eat. But I hate it. When I first started putting music on the internet (years ago), I wrote a sonnet for my 100th ‘fan’.  I have done this with songs and stories many times on FB and beyond; it is a good way to make a real connection. I am constantly searching for ways to humanize the internet. This is a fun one.


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Book Brief – The Second Internet Café, Part 1: The Dimension

The Second Internet Café, Part 1: The Dimension Researcher
by Chris James
Genre: Science Fiction
95,000 words

“If you don’t have an imagination, stop reading now. But if you can sense the alternative realities you create every time you act, or omit to act, then I offer you a challenge: pit your imagination against my reality. Follow me to worlds you might have dreamed of, but never knew existed. Until now.”

Lucas Hunter has the best job in the universe: exploring and investigating alternative realities. But from the first trip he realises something is wrong. A strange American is chasing Lucas across the continuum; from Soviet Warsaw in 1944, to Muslim-dominated Europe in 1911, and on to Nazi-controlled England in 1967. Lucas soon understands that his superiors have betrayed him, and the world is on the brink of the first trans-dimensional war.

This title is available from Amazon US, Amazon UK, Smashwords, and Barnes and Noble. Continue reading “Book Brief – The Second Internet Café, Part 1: The Dimension”

How Technology Will Re-define Writing

I'm 90% right 50% of the time.

Notwithstanding my many other predictions as to what the future may hold for authors, I do believe the writing is on the wall for changes that will impact the way we plan and market our books.

As e-reader device capabilities increase, so will the expectations as to what constitutes a book. It may be that the time approaches when a book is more than words. As the devices become more capable  multimedia platforms, it will change the way authors craft and develop books.

In the short term, I believe the principal opportunities here will be in the areas of greatly improved interactivity and video features. Continue reading “How Technology Will Re-define Writing”