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A Call for Writers

When I first started blogging and self-publishing, I came across writers that I felt represented the best that self-publishing had to offer. Inventive stories that were well-written. The type that were worth reading but you’d struggle to find via a traditional publisher.

Her first novel was A Warm Wind, a story of a relationship gone bad. (It’s no longer available for reasons I understand.) Her second was Deeper which you can find on Amazon here.  She has written and published a number of additional novels under the pen name Fallacious Rose since then. Some I have read and her creativity and difference continues.

A couple of weeks ago, she emailed me and asked if’ I’d like to participate on a project she is launching.  In her words, she is looking “to put together a collection of short stories around the theme of ‘how things could be better in the future’ – a sort of opposite to ‘dystopian fiction.”

This idea intrigued me as I continue to ponder what I’ll do with The Jump and figure out ways around my writer’s block. I pondered and then came up with an idea. I’ve started working on it. My story begins with the line, “What if I were to tell you there were only two turtles left in the world?” We’ll see what happens from there and if I can carry it through to an end.

But, more importantly, this talented writer is looking for others to contribute to her contra-dystopia efforts. So … if you’re interested in contributing a short story of 1,000 – 10,000 words, tell me in the comments and I’ll connect you to Fallacious. It’s an interesting project. Think about it.

14 responses to “A Call for Writers

  1. Audrey Driscoll October 11, 2018 at 10:32 pm

    Anti-dystopian (neo-utopian?) fiction does sound interesting.

  2. M. Talmage Moorehead October 16, 2018 at 8:16 am

    I’m in on this now with a story that ends just before they reach the Utopian world. I think maybe I’ll stretch out the ending and describe things in the hidden world before the end. My concern for the story at this point is that it’s too boring overall and has too few characters. That’s always my concern, I guess. 🙂

    • kingmidget October 16, 2018 at 8:25 am

      Happy to read it and give you my thoughts on it. Honestly, feeling like my stories are boring is one of the reason I’m struggling with writing.

      • M. Talmage Moorehead October 19, 2018 at 10:01 pm

        Thank you, Mark. I’ve been on such a fun roll working on this story that I haven’t done much of anything else for days, including answered your kind message. My apologies, there’s no excuse. It’s so generous of you to offer to read it and give me your feedback. I would like to take you up on that if you still have time when I’m done with it. It’s trying to turn into a novel I think, at least in my mind. I’ll let you know when it’s done if you want. Thanks again. 🙂

      • kingmidget October 20, 2018 at 7:24 am

        The offer still stands. I’m not making much progress on writing my story. Far too many other things going on, but I hope to do some writing today or tomorrow. I’m also afraid my story is trying to become a longer piece.

      • M. Talmage Moorehead October 20, 2018 at 3:14 pm

        Thank you, Mark. Maybe kicking off a series with a short story in a collection isn’t a bad idea. Incidentally, I read (in a Udemy course) that some authors sell short stories on Amazon and do pretty well. I’m not sure if it’s true, but I’d like to find out.

      • kingmidget October 20, 2018 at 4:16 pm

        There are some ways that Amazon features short stories. I think Amazon Singles is one of them. I imagine it’s pretty difficult to get into though.

  3. M. Talmage Moorehead November 7, 2018 at 2:02 pm

    Hi Mark, how’s your story coming? I’ve finally got mine in a condition where it’s ready for someone to look at besides me and my wife. I sent a google docs link to English Rose yesterday and hope to hear back. I don’t remember now what she said about copy editing, proofreading and all the rest. I haven’t gotten an email from the group in a while, so I hope there are still enough of us involved to make this project fly.

    • kingmidget November 7, 2018 at 3:53 pm

      I just responded to your email. I’m making slow progress, wrote a little bit last night and will try to do so again tonight. We have a three day weekend this weekend so I’m going to see if I can make some real progress on wrapping it up. I’ll know if I’m going to have something by Monday.

      • M. Talmage Moorehead November 24, 2018 at 10:52 pm

        Hi Mark. Sorry I’ve taken so long to reply. I’ve got a malfunction on chrome that doesn’t allow me to see my messages on wordpress. I had to use another browser.
        Glad your story is coming along well. I haven’t read anyone’s yet, still working on mine. I had some down time due to discouragement when one of the group told me he didn’t like my story and I should withdraw it because it’s not appropriate for the collection. Now I’m back in the saddle and have my confidence back. Should have it finished this week. I guess the end of November is the deadline, so I’ll definitely have it finished, whether I’m satisfied with the ending or not. Thank you for your helpful comments. I’m still struggling with making the ending less boring. The narrative drive dies and I’ve got “talking heads” syndrome — which, I’ll be honest, is the message-heavy part that’s my main motivation for writing. I should probably just switch to nonfiction and get it out of my system. lol

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