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Jennifer Loizeaux
07/29/2019

Jennifer Loizeaux

Who here can relate?

Historical Slang Terms For Having Sex, From 1351 Through Today
07/27/2019
Historical Slang Terms For Having Sex, From 1351 Through Today

Historical Slang Terms For Having Sex, From 1351 Through Today

In earlier times, when English-speaking people wanted to get down and dirty, they might say they were playing at couch quail, engage in pup-noddy, make butter with one's tale, or ride a dragon upon Saint George. Want to brush up on your historical sexy slang? These charts can help.

It's not bad writing, but
07/24/2019
It's not bad writing, but

It's not bad writing, but

As I work through quite a few queries and pages from ThrillerFest, one thing I've noticed is a tendency for writers to stop the narrative an...

Dim n Wit, the Fairy Brothers.
07/19/2019

Dim n Wit, the Fairy Brothers.

Great Reddit post by a literary agent! This isn't meant to discourage those of you attempting to publish. But to give so...
07/18/2019
Publishing Is Like Climbing Mount Everest

Great Reddit post by a literary agent! This isn't meant to discourage those of you attempting to publish. But to give some honest, needed advice on the process. "My point is you should choose carefully the battles you're going to fight. Because each "thing" you do that goes against the grain makes your journey uphill that much harder. And it's already incredibly hard, unfathomably challenging, even when you do every single thing RIGHT."

Hey All, Just here to repeat a comment I made in another post and expand on it because I've had 3 conversations on the subject in the last few...

07/15/2019

What author influences you the most?

Can Sci-Fi Writers Prepare Us for an Uncertain Future?
07/15/2019
Can Sci-Fi Writers Prepare Us for an Uncertain Future?

Can Sci-Fi Writers Prepare Us for an Uncertain Future?

Businesses and public policy makers are tapping novelists to imagine the path forward. But how much stock should we put in the predictions of storytellers?

07/14/2019
List of writing workshops. Can't vouch for these as I've never taken them. Just passing information along.
07/08/2019
Speculative fiction writing workshops – a list

List of writing workshops. Can't vouch for these as I've never taken them. Just passing information along.

A list of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror writing workshops (updated June 5, 2019). Thanks @outseide, Navah Wolfe, Patrick Neilsen Hayden, Rebecca Stefoff, Jennifer Marie Brissett, Sarah Berne…

07/01/2019

Happy birthday to one of our founding members, Jeffrey C. Jacobs! From all of us at Reston Writers, hope you have a wonderful day.

06/27/2019
Why Querying Writers SHOULDN'T Write Sequels

Why Querying Writers SHOULDN'T Write Sequels

Querying writers have quite a few hurdles to jump through to secure literary representation. For those of you who don’t know what a query is or what I mean b...

06/26/2019
Tough-Love Writing Advice

Some tough love from a woman who is both an author and a former literary agent.

TOUGH-LOVE WRITING ADVICE FOR ASPIRING AUTHORS // This is for all of the aspiring authors out there. If you’re looking to write a book and you need a kick in...

06/26/2019
06/25/2019

Great advice from the writer Dan Brown. "Commit to your process, and the rest will follow."

06/25/2019

What are your writer goals this year?

This publisher is seeking LGBTQ literature if you've got it.
06/25/2019
Brandylane Publishers on Twitter

This publisher is seeking LGBTQ literature if you've got it.

“#MSWL: Calling all #authors! We're seeking #queerlit! Head to the #submissions page on our website to submit your #queer #kidlit, #MG, and #YA: https://t.co/1Mzms9WfcE 🤗”

06/25/2019

Discussion: What is your favorite book that has been published in the last five years, and why?

How many words should your book be?
06/24/2019

How many words should your book be?

06/24/2019

Discussion time: Are you a planner or a pantser? What's your planning process when writing a novel?

We need more diversity in fiction.
06/20/2019
An Updated Look at Diversity in Children's Books

We need more diversity in fiction.

Using numbers from the Cooperative Children's Book Center, this infographic—updated from 2015—illustratesrepresentation in children's literature.

When Writing, Assume Your Reader is a Woman
06/20/2019
When Writing, Assume Your Reader is a Woman

When Writing, Assume Your Reader is a Woman

“Try to write for a single reader who’s sitting across the desk from you…and if you’re smart, make that reader a woman…women buy 70% of the books.” – James…

D&D Writing Style Alignment. What's your writing style?
06/20/2019

D&D Writing Style Alignment. What's your writing style?

A thrilling tale of an ancient power and the mysterious forces trying to possesses it.
06/19/2019
Birth of the Bacchae: A Vampire Origin Story (Immortal Relics)

A thrilling tale of an ancient power and the mysterious forces trying to possesses it.

"Vampires, Immortals, Bacchae—they’re all the same. The name may change, but their appetites never do." Ever since archaeology student Serafina Finch found an ancient Roman amulet on a dig in Italy, she's been having dreams. Strange dreams that leave her with an eerie se...

"Make sure you’re writing for the right reasons. If you’re writing a novel because you’re trying to work through y...
06/13/2019
Four Lunches and a Breakfast: What I Learned About the Book Business While Breaking Bread With Five Hungry Agents

"Make sure you’re writing for the right reasons. If you’re writing a novel because you’re trying to work through your own personal issues, that’s not why you should be writing a novel."
https://www.pw.org/content/four_lunches_and_a_breakfast_what_i_learned_about_the_book_business_while_breaking_bread?article_page=4

An in-depth look at book publishing as seen through the eyes of five literary agents.

03/26/2019
Doctor Who

Last night, we discussed Escape Rooms at our meeting, but have you escaped from The Daleks?

The Doctor Who escape rooms are now open in 6 locations around the UK. See where and get tickets here. >> bit.ly/DWEscapeRoom

Dude, No Chick Flick Moments
03/22/2019

Dude, No Chick Flick Moments

~Cat Eyes

Congratulations Adam Shannon!
03/08/2019
Gunn Center for the Study of Science Fiction

Congratulations Adam Shannon!

This year’s finalists for the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award for the best short science fiction story have been selected. The award will be presented this year during the Campbell Conference Awards reception on Friday, June 21, 2019.

Our 2019 Finalists Are:

“Freezing Rain, A Chance of Falling,”
L.X. Beckett.
Fantasy and Science Fiction, July 2018.

“The Only Harmless Great Thing,”
Brooke Bolander.
Tor.com Books

“The Secret Life of the Nine Negro Teeth of
George Washington,”
P. Djèlí Clark.
Fireside Fiction, Feb 2018.

“Umbernight,”
Carolyn Ives Gilman.
Clarkesworld, Feb 2018.

“Nine Last Days on Planet Earth,”
Daryl Gregory.
tor.com, Sept 2018.

“When We Were Starless,”
Simone Heller.
Clarkesworld, Oct 2018.

“The Starship and the Temple Cat,”
Yoon Ha Lee.
Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Feb 2018.

“When Robot and Crow Saved East St. Louis,”
Annalee Newitz.
Slate.com, Dec 2018.

“Gods, Monsters, and the Lucky Peach,”
Kelly Robson.
Tor.com Books

“On the Day You Spend Forever with Your Dog,”
Adam Shannon.
Apex, Dec 2018.

“Yard Dog,”
Tade Thompson.
Fiyah, July 2018.

More information about the Sturgeon Award can be found here:
http://www.sfcenter.ku.edu/sturgeon.htm

More information about the Campbell Conference can be found here:
http://www.sfcenter.ku.edu/campbell-conference.htm

03/01/2019

Congratulations to Denny S. Bryce, former RWR member, for her 2-book deal and soon-to-be-published Wild Women and the Blues from Kensington Press!!!

What type of writer are you?
02/07/2019

What type of writer are you?

Huge thanks to Cheryl Denney White for a very involved and tricky Transcription:
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9 boxes, in a 3 by 3 grid, under the heading Types of Writers:

Lawful Responsible
- probably got a publishing deal
- takes nice photos
- never responds to DMs
- business

Neutral Responsible
- has a very set schedule to write
- won NaNoWriMo
- journals > laptops
- organized

Chaotic Responsible
- grand at drawing but prefers writing
- writes music as well
- never focuses on one project at a time and that's ok
- mom friend

Lawful Soft
- inspirational quotes
- runs a book account as well
- likes to post about their cat a lot
- very encouraging

Neutral Soft
- aesthetic
- tea
- moodboards
- leather-bound fancy journals
- good handwriring

Chaotic Soft
- posts moodboards to procrastinate on their own writing
- doesn't follow their own advice
- reads your work but forgets to tell you
- likes to write coffee shop aus or other fluffy romances

Lawful Disaster
- gives good writing advice but says some variant of f*** 50 times in order to explain it
- smart
- texts you at 4 am to ramble about world-building
- probably writes fanfic

Neutral Disaster
- never texts with proper grammar
- probably a college student
- writes at 4 am and is unable to write at any other time
- coffee with too much sugar

Chaotic Disaster
- word count: 0
- they look like they are about to collapse at any moment
- hoodies
- energy drinks and death

Because before anything, you at least need to know what they're really spamming!
02/03/2019

Because before anything, you at least need to know what they're really spamming!

Many thanks to Liz Hayes for Dalek Sel—a salt shaker—to handle those moments when all of us want to critique at once...
12/12/2018

Many thanks to Liz Hayes for Dalek Sel—a salt shaker—to handle those moments when all of us want to critique at once.

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