NaNoWriMo and the Published Writer

A bunch of published writers undertook NaNoWriMo in November 2017. In some cases they were starting a project from scratch, in other cases pacing alongside NaNo to add 50k words to an ongoing project. Some completed 50k words in November, some didn’t – for various good reasons. Here are snippets from ongoing comments throughout the month of November.

NaNoWriMo used to be aimed at the beginning novelist. By writing less than 1700 words a day it’s possible to have fifty thousand words in the bag in one month. For someone who’s never managed to complete a novel, that’s an amazing achievement. For those who have finished novels (and had them published) then pacing their writing alongside NaNoWriMo gives an incentive to get words down on paper, or pixels on a screen.

1st November 2017
Jacey Bedford: I’ve done NaNo several times since 2008 (before I sold my first novel) but since I got my publishing deals (first one in 2013) I’ve used NaNo to my advantage, spurring me on to add words words words to my work in progress.

1st November 2017
Liz Williams: I’m pacing alongside as far as possible. I don’t want to sign up officially as I’m waiting to hear if a writing assignment is coming down the pike and if it does, this will need to take priority over the novel. I’m about halfway through with the latter and would like to use November as an excuse to get the bulk of it done.

1st November 2017
Dolly Garland: Honestly, I had no plans to do NaNoWriMo earlier this year. Until September, I hadn’t thought about it After all, my life is so crazy busy right now that even considering it was silly. But then in September I went to Milford Writers Conference and got this huge injection of writing mojo. That was a really good thing because I really needed that injection. After that, writing momentum has been going in full force, and I am really keen to make some solid progress on my novel. So enter NaNoWriMo.

At first I thought I would just do it without joining in officially. I figured I will do about 30,000 words and even that will be solid progress. But one thing led to another, and I ended up officially signing up to NaNo, and so of course now I have to try to do the whole 50,000.

The madness has begun.

I know I have some very busy days coming up when I will be lucky if I manage to do 500 words a day, so I wanted to get off to a really good start. On the first day, I’ve managed to 5485 words, which was way better than I was expecting. So the first day of NaNoWriMo2017 has been a success. And hopefully, I will hit that 50,000 mark.

3rd November
Jim Anderson: The Beast (my new nickname for the novel idea) had been hanging around for far far too long, as most people who know me will know. Too many people have seen bits and pieces, some now rewritten so many times as to be unrecognizable. And so I’m NaNo-ing this year to push through the weight of time and procrastination and make some serious progress. And dare we hope against hope for a zeroeth draft by December?

3rd November
Jacey Bedford: I got off to a great start on Wednesday, but I didn’t write much yesterday because life (in the shape of my day job) got in the way. I work from home, which is both a blessing and a curse. I love a job you can do in your jammys, but people do tend to call me out of hours. Because of that my hours tend to be 24/7. Compartmentalising the day job and my writing is the hard part. So I got up early this morning and managed a couple of hours at the keyboard before the phone started ringing. Ah… that’s better.

3rd November
Nancy Jane Moore: I’m not doing NaNoWriMo, but I am doing NaNoReWriMo. That is, I’m going to use the month of November to revise the novel I wrote a rough first draft of earlier this year (much of it during the Clarion West Write-a-Thon). My goal will be to devote a minimum of an hour per day on revisions. It will be interesting to see if this is an effective way to revise and rewrite.

6th November
Jacey Bedford: Good job I got ahead because my expected visitor arrived today, coinciding with an urgent day-job thing, so I managed barely a hundred words, but I’m still at over 15,000 words, so ahead of the curve. And I know that next week I have to attend a council meeting that will probably last for two days. No I’m not on the council, I’m protesting against plans to designate part of our village for quarrying. NIMBY? You betcha.

14th November
Jacey Bedford: I got back on track last weekend and managed to top 20,000 by Sunday evening, now it’s almost the halfway point and I’ve just topped 28,000 words. Are they good words? I don’t know. Time (and revision) will tell. With any luck I’m on track to do 60,000 words by the end of the month. Then the hard part is keeping it up. I need to keep going at an average of 2,000 words a day through December, too, to finish the first draft of Rowankind by the New Year. I want to have time to do a structural edit before I turn it in to my editor at the end of February. I need to do WriLitDeiDe, Write Like the Devil in December.

15th November
Suyi Davies Okungbowa Had to drop out. Exam date got moved backward, and suddenly I was struggling to study and write at the same time–one had to go. Will make amends sometime in Jan-March 2018, though.

15th November
Kari Sperring: I’m just over half way.

17th November
Steph Bianchini Only at 20,596, but next week I’m commuting more than 25 hours overall… I expect a huge jump in my word count.

24th November
Liz Williams: I’ve done 2 short stories this month, which is about as much as I could have accomplished. They’re stories for subscribers, but they have a destination. I’ve been going through runs of writing short fiction (May and September this year) so I’ve done 23 so far, and am planning another couple before the end of the year. It’s working out at about 2 per month.

25th November
Dolly Garland: My first half of the month was writing one novel – which I did 22849 words on. Second half of the month so far has been editing another novel, and brainstorming the novel I wrote words on in the first half, cause I gotta find some answers.

26th November
Jacey Bedford: I just passed the 45,000 mark with five days to go. I’m racing for the finish, but knowing that I’ll have to keep going. It’s like getting to the end of the Grand National and then having to go round again! When I look at my wordcounts, I’ve had some terrific days and some really slow days, but at least I’ve written something every day – even if it was only 60 words (7th November) or 179 words (23rd November). Some days I’ve done 4,000 plus words and I’ve had a lot of steady 2,000 – 2,500 days, which makes up for the ten days when I’ve not reached 1000.

30th November
Jacey Bedford: I verified my NaNo word count at something just over 51,000 a couple of hours before NaNo closed, and then kept writing, so at close of play on 30th November, I has 53,056 words.

3rd December
Jim Anderson: And it all started so well.  I’d set myself a reasonable goal, given other things going on, of 30 000 words for the month, so 1000 a day, and I was keeping up with that until the middle of the month. At that point, work got complicated in a way that absorbed not only time and energy but head space as well. (Buy me a beer and I’ll tell you the whole sad tale.) But I did get just under 15 000 words written, and as things calm down, I’ll get back to grips with the Beast. Overall, I found the experience to be interesting and stimulating and I’ll definitely give it a go again.

3rd December
Jacey Bedford: There’s a new ‘goal tracker’ feature on the NaNo website (under the drop down list on ‘My NaNoWriMo’ on your dashboard if you want to give it a go) so I’ve entered a new goal of 120,000 words by 10th January which should see my first draft of Rowankind finished. As of midnight on 2nd December I had 57,145 words. Can’t stop just because NaNo is over for another year. I reckon if I can do 2,000 words a day (and plan to take 5 days off at Christmas because we have family coming to stay) that I should just about hit that mark. It gives me 5,000 words leeway for those off days that we all have, but some days I’ll do more than 2000 words. Yesterday I did 2246 words, and today (Sunday) I’m planning on at least 3000.

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On Loving Speculative Fiction in Nigeria by Suyi Davies Okungbowa

Before the start of each workday, I do at least thirty minutes of reading. I do this either on my commute (when I don’t drive), or in the car at the car park (when I do drive), or at my desk an hour before office hours kick in. The first two are usually uneventful, being that only a few people tap on your shoulder in a bus or rap on your car window to ask, “Bros, what’re you reading there?”

The third, however, is a real problem.

Whispers UndergroundSo, I’m at my desk at work the other morning, gobbling up Ben Aaronovitch’s Whispers Underground, when my desk mate, Ele, comes in, takes one look at my book, and says:

“Eish. You still read this kid stuff?”

Reasons why she’s classified my reading choices as kid stuff:

  1. It’s about a wizard who’s also a policeman
  2. It involves ghosts, paranormal beings and stuff, so, too flighty for an adult.

Living in a heavily traditional African country like my Nigeria, you really can’t catch a break with your SFF, can yer? Can’t read your SF, write your SF, love your SF in peace. You get a neverending assault of side eyes, frowns, shaking heads. You can’t be a serious reader, surely, and not a serious person either. Can’t be a serious writer, surely, if you write about such things. I mean, lots of Nigerians have no water, no good roads, no electricity, no proper healthcare, no security, no jobs and you’re over here reading and writing about wizard police? Aren’t you supposed to do something, I dunno, “more productive” with your time? Any books worthy of reading should range from motivational to self-help to academic. If you’re gonna read some fiction, you might as well read something serious like lit and stuff because you’re a grown-ass man with bills and responsibilities dammit, quit reading that childish shit!

Sigh.

The gamut of problems this sort of short-sightedness proffers is endless. I can’t even start with how it makes the pleasure that such fiction offers more of a luxury than it should be. It also means folks like these cause the worldwide calls for diversity to be counterproductive. I mean, if you won’t read books by fellow Africans/Nigerians about fellow Africans/Nigerians who can fly or go to space, why should the rest of the world?

aaron-burden-236415Then, the biggest problem for me is that, Ele’s statement implies that we should reserve imagination for kids alone. Think about what that means for our future. I mean, Apple didn’t get where they did by reading Shakespeare and Biology alone, did they? Wole Talabi, in his essay, “Why Africa Needs to Create More Science Fiction.” explained how a poll showed that speculative fiction provides inspiration for a very high number of Africans to go into STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine) careers, which ultimately form a large part of the backbone of a stable and emergent future.

A quote by Octavia Butler in an essay by Percy Zvomuya on OkayAfrica aptly captures my thoughts about these matters by asking the right questions:

“What good is science fiction’s thinking about the present, the future, and the past? What good is its tendency to warn, to consider alternative ways of thinking and doing? What good is its examination of the possible effects of science and technology, or social organization and political direction? At its best, science fiction stimulates imagination and creativity. It gets reader and writer off the beaten track, off the narrow footpath of what everyone is saying, doing, thinking-whoever ‘everyone’ happens to be this year. And what good is all this to Black people?”

Maybe if more Nigerians/Africans rephrased that last question to What good is speculative fiction to us all?, it becomes easier to look beyond the conservationist guardrails and engage in the kind of divergent thinking that leads to open minds and the realization that, maybe just like self-help and biology, speculative fiction also raises important questions and proffers answers to the multitude of problems facing Nigerians, Africans and the world today.

“Yes, I still read this stuff,” I reply to Ele, reclining into my chair. “Because the world stinks and maybe I need to de-contextualise for it to make any sense, okay? Because maybe we need to look beyond the expected for understanding, ideas, solutions. Because maybe it’s the way we keep sane while keeping hope alive.”

She studies me a long minute. “Duuude,” she says finally, running her hand along her braids. “That was sooo intense.” She walks away, muttering: “Way too intense”

 

Suyi smallSuyi Davies Okungbowa is a storyteller who writes freelance from Lagos, Nigeria. His (mostly speculative) fiction has been published or is forthcoming in Fireside, Podcastle, The Dark, Mothership ZetaOmenana; and the anthologies Lights Out: Resurrection and A World of Horror; amidst other places. His nonfiction has appeared in Lightspeed and Klorofyl. He is a charter member of the African Speculative Fiction Society and an Associate Editor at Podcastle. Suyi also works in brand marketing, visual design and audio narration. He lives online on Facebook, tweets at @IAmSuyiDavies, blogs at suyidavies.com and chatters at his monthly jabberwock, After Five Writing Shenanigans.

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Heroic Factasy by Ben Jeapes

I don’t read much heroic fantasy, for various reasons. A good one is that it all comes in such fat multi-volume series that I simply don’t have the time. But a deeper, slightly more sneaking one is that, well, it’s all a bit silly, isn’t it? It’s not real. Science fiction is generally set in present-day or future societies that could happen. Fantasy is based on past societies that didn’t happen, or can’t happen, so there.

Blade ItselfThis isn’t entirely fair but it’s always there. Good heroic fantasy gets around it by being good. I recently read Joe Abercrombie’s The Blade Itself and enjoyed it a lot: for the characters, the world-building, the humour and the sheer enjoyment of the writing. But still I get this nagging feeling that tells me I should be reading something else, and it isn’t at all helped by reading something like Jan Guillou‘s Templar Trilogy.

Guillou himself is an interesting character – an investigative journalist and spy writer who did time in jail for revealing that the land of cuddly Volvo-driving Abba fans has a secret intelligence agency that can match the CIA dirty trick for dirty trick. That’s life on the front line of the Cold War. His character of Arn Magnusson is a local Swedish folk hero because Guillou cleverly takes Arn’s fictitious life and wraps it into real history in the form of the birth of the modern kingdom of Sweden. For instance, with a bit of handwaving the fictitious Arn becomes the grandfather of the very real Birger Jarl, whose grave I have seen and once sort of wrote a poem about. All the locations are visitable, and most of them are within a few miles of my inlaws. One of life’s innocent pleasures is to watch Bonusbarn’s face when he asks with resignation why we’re looking at yet another church and we say “This is where Arn …”

I was introduced to Arn’s adventures by my future wife several years ago, but it’s taken till now to finish them because at first only the first two books were translated into English. After that the publisher pulled the plug … until recently. Different publisher, different translator, still the third book. Finally I know how it ends! Though given that Sweden exists, I had a shrewd suspicion.

Road to JerusalemIn the first book, The Road to Jerusalem, Arn is born into minor Swedish nobility and for various reasons spends most of his childhood raised by monks, including an ex-Templar who teaches him various extracurricular non-monkly fighting skills. This is handy because at the end of the book Arn inadvertently sleeps (consecutively) with two sisters (hey, it could happen to any innocent young lad from the monastery), one of whom is his true love and one of whom is a scheming minx. For this sin he must do 20 years penance as a crusader in the Holy Land.

This brings us to the second book, The Templar Knight, which switches between his story and the story of the second crusade, and his beloved Cecilia doing her own 20 years penance in a convent back home. From her perspective we see the birth pangs of the new Swedish nation, while Arn’s purity of heart, nobility and Christian virtue earn him the respect of Christians and Muslims alike, and make him one of the few crusaders, and very few Templars, to make it out of the Holy Land alive after the disastrous Battle of Tiberias. And finally – finally! – in Birth of the Kingdom Arn returns home determined to use his military skills and considerable wealth to bring peace to his homeland and forge it into a new nation, the kingdom of the Sveas, or Svea Rige, as you might call it.

If you read heroic fantasy for the world-building then medieval Sweden is described in enough detail to suit your every need, with no feeling of anything being contrived just to get a little extra buzz or laugh. (Plucking just one example from the air, like Arn and Cecilia’s wedding night being unable to commence until the archbishop has made it up the stairs to bless them in bed.) If you read it for the military clashing and banging then Arn has it in spades, and the version of Christianity practised by the Swedes – a mixture of literalism, ritual, pragmatism and Marian veneration, all with residual pagan overtones – presses all the right buttons for anyone expecting arcane religions and magic. It’s exactly the same as reading heroic fantasy, except that it isn’t and it’s a guilt-free trip.

Note: nothing herein in any way precludes me trying to write heroic fantasy if I ever decide that’s the direction my career should take.

 

bjeapes01Ben Jeapes took up writing in the mistaken belief that it would be easier than a real job (it isn’t). Hence, as well as being the author of 7 novels and co-author of many more, he has also been a journal editor, book publisher, and technical writer. His first Milford was at Margate in 1991, which shows (a) how far Milford has come in the past 26 years and (b) qualifies him as a Great Old One, in Milford terms at least. www.benjeapes.com

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Why Every Writer Should Join ALCS by David Gullen

ALCS, the UK Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society, collects secondary royalties on behalf of writers for work published in the UK, and campaigns and lobbies on writers’ rights at national and international levels. The society is now in its 40th year and to date has paid £450 million to its 90,000 members.

ALCS logoThese royalties come from photocopying & scanning by business, education and other organisations, overseas library lending, retransmission, and several other sources. There’s more detailed information on their website.

Not every writer knows the ALCS exists. Everyone should be, and everyone should join. Lifetime membership costs only £36.00 GBP, deductible from your first royalty payment. In fact if you are a member of the Society of Authors or one of a few other organisations, membership is free.

I wasn’t sure of membership is open to all nationalities so I contacted the ALCS and they confirm that is the case – anyone can join.

So why should you join? Well, why shouldn’t you? If you have had any magazine articles, short stories, novels, scripts, etc published, you may well be owed money and the ALCS will collect it for you .

I’m by no means a widely-published writer but my payments are worth having – my last payment was just under £150.00. Honestly, I have no idea where this comes from and am very grateful to the ALCS for their collection efforts! So far, year by year, this has slowly grown. More successful writers payments are quite substantial.

Once you’ve joined all you need to do is register existing work and add new publications as they come along. Then, once a year, you can look forwards to some  extra income from your hard work.

Which reminds me, I need to update my publications.

gullen-dkg1-2012David Gullen
David was born in South Africa and baptised by King Neptune at the equator. His short fiction has appeared in various magazines and anthologies, including New Scientist’s ARC, Albedo 1, and the Sensorama anthology from Eibonvale. He is a winner of the Aeon Award and been shortlisted for the James White Award. His novel, Shopocalypse, was published by Clarion (2013). He was also one of the judges for the 2016 Arthur C. Clarke Award. David lives in Surrey, England, with the fantasy writer Gaie Sebold and too many tree ferns.

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I never intended… by Vaughan Stanger

51PDSqik4aL I never intended to write a series of science fiction stories about a robot butler called “Reeves”, but the tale of how it came about is, I suspect, emblematic of many a writer’s life.

The original story, Writing on the Wall, came into existence because of a writing contest. Back in 2011, New Scientist magazine was offering a cash prize for a story of no more than 350 words on the subject of Forgotten Futures, i.e. futures that seemed plausible at some point in the past, but never came to pass. At the time, I was at something of a low creativity-wise. This contest seemed like a good way to reconnect with my muse. Faced with such a restrictive word-count, I decided to depict my alternate future via an all-dialogue piece featuring just two characters, who would distantly echo much-loved models. I took great care to do my world-building in passing, as Reeves and his then unnamed master, conversed with each other about their day-to-day life. I rather liked the end result, but it got nowhere in the contest. Not to be discouraged, I sent the story to Daily Science Fiction, who accepted it. I was delighted, though frankly surprised, as few dialogue-only stories get published. And that, I thought, was that.

A couple of years later, my muse had fallen silent again. Recalling how I’d rebooted my creative brain the last time, I set myself the task of writing a sequel to Writing on the Wall. Thus Warbling Their Way to War came into being. Daily Science Fiction didn’t take it, but fortunately Plasma Frequency magazine did.

From then on, whenever I needed some light relief, I wrote another Reeves story. To my delight, the third story – Supply and Demand in the Post-War Economy, a title I was particularly pleased with – sold to Daily Science Fiction.

In due course, I wrote a fourth story. Needless to say, that one didn’t sell to Daily Science Fiction and, by then, Plasma Frequency magazine had, very sadly, gone out of business. Eventually I found a good home for Delicious Served Cold at Space Squid. I am, of course, exceedingly grateful to the editors of all three magazines for publishing my Reeves stories.

But no series should continue forever, particularly one that employs such a specialised story-telling device, so I felt the time had come to bring the adventures of Reeves and what’s-his-name to a close. Hence I have written a fifth and final episode titled Speak for Yourself, which is published for the first time in Reeves Indeed! I decided to go the self-published ebook route for this collection because I’ve already reprinted many of my stories in that way and I suspect that it  is too niche to interest even a small-press publishing company. Also, it’s an excuse to work with my good friend Tony Hughes, who supplies all my cover art.

When I re-read the story notes I’d provided for Supply and Demand… to Daily Science Fiction, I was reminded that I’d hinted at revealing the name of Reeves’ master in some future story. I’ve treated that hint as a promise, but you’ll have to read the previously unpublished story that – definitively! – concludes this collection to learn that particular secret.

Reeves Indeed! is currently available to pre-order from all good online stores.

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Exploring a House of Unlit Rooms by Jim Anderson

Typewriter 3One of the things I find most fascinating about the writing I do is how different it is from my day job. In my day job, I’m a mathematician. In my day job, I take a question, a strange little idea, and I spend time, months or years, exploring that idea, wandering through the maze of its subtleties. Its dark alleys and blind canyons that lead nowhere. Its occasional moments of clarity and advancement.

The art of doing mathematics has been described as exploring a house. We start in one darkened room and we grope our way around, finding where the furniture is located, the layout of the room. And then the light goes on and we realize that our view of the room was largely wrong. We missed some pieces of furniture, misjudged others, and missed a door entirely just because we never made it to that part of the room. We then go through one of the doors and start all over again in another darkened room.

Lightbulb ID-100401888But for me, writing is different. I tend not to follow, to explore a writing idea to the same depth I do a mathematical idea. I am much more butterfly than miner, moving from one thing to another. And I have started to ask myself, why.

I don’t know whether other writers follow ideas as deep as they go, largely because I think I don’t read entire oeuvres. I’ll read a novel from X, a collection of stories from Y. But I don’t start with the first thing X wrote, and then read everything they wrote chronologically from that first thing. I’m not sure it would help, and I’m not sure it wouldn’t. I’m sure that some writers do this and I’m sure that some writers don’t, and I’m wondering in which group I might want to place myself.

I think that I’m much more the sort of writer who needs to dive into an idea, wallow in that idea, explore it like I explore the house of mathematics and find everything I can find. And that’s what I’m doing. But there is something more of which I need to be aware. That is, exploring an idea to its deepest depths takes time, and my mathematician side is used to producing one paper a year, perhaps a bit more, once the exploration reaches a natural end.

But if I’m going to do this exploration as a writer, I’m going to need to change how I view things. I’m going to need to become willing to let people see the midway points. I’m going to need to become willing to let people see me camped in the blind alleys. I’m going to need to become willing to expose my explorations while they are still only half formed. And for me, this shift is the hardest thing.

 

jim_andersonJim Anderson Professor James W Anderson is a Professor of Mathematics at the University of Southampton, and is also the Associate Dean (Education and Student Experience) for the Faculty of Social, Human and Mathematical Sciences. Beyond mathematics, he practices the traditional Japanese martial art of aikido and writes science fiction and fantasy.

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Nevertheless, She Persisted: A Book View Café anthology – By Nancy Jane Moore

I don’t think Mitch McConnell, the Republican majority leader of the U.S. Senate, intended to encourage dissent when he sanctioned Senator Elizabeth Warren with the words, “She was warned. She was given an explanation.  Nevertheless, she persisted.” He probably thought shutting Warren up would end the matter; instead, he gave women across the United States — and maybe the rest of the world — a rallying cry.

Mindy Klasky was one of the women who got angry when she heard those words. As she writes in the introduction to the Book View Cafe anthology, Nevertheless, She Persisted, [https://www.amazon.co.uk/Nevertheless-She-Persisted-Book-Anthology-ebook/dp/B073WLFKGH/] “Within twenty-four hours of hearing Senator McConnell’s outrageous explanation, I reached out to my fellow members of Book View Café. … I asked if anyone wanted to contribute a story to a new anthology, built around the theme of persistence.”

NeverthelessShePersisted600x900Nineteen members of Book View Cafe, which is an international cooperative publisher run by writers, responded. It seems that the concept of persistent women hit a chord with many of us. Members volunteered to do copy editing and formatting for both ebook and print editions. Mindy made the decisions on stories, did the substantive editing, and sheparded the book through the publishing process.

The anthology, which was first proposed on February 9, 2017, came out August 8. One of the many advantages of a writer-owned co-op publisher is that it’s possible to move quickly when someone wants to bring out a special project.

Book View Cafe has put out a number of anthologies, including the three-volume Shadow Conspiracy [http://bookviewcafe.com/bookstore/book/the-shadow-conspiracy/] series of steampunk stories based on the idea that Mary Shelley wasn’t writing fiction when she penned Frankenstein. The process — an editor or editors for the project, with other members helping with the production work — has been the same for all the anthologies and is similar to the process we use for publishing our members’ novels, collections, and stories.

Book View Cafe started out on an email list of women science fiction and fantasy writers when one member said she wanted to get into ebook publishing and a bunch of others chimed in to say “me, too.” Most of the initial members had a backlist of fiction to which they held e-rights, as well as some new material that needed a home. Later, a few men joined. And although most of our members are spread across the U.S., we have a presence in Europe and Australia as well.

While the idea for Nevertheless, She Persisted was born in political anger, most of the stories in this book are not directly political. Instead, they are stories of women from the beginning of time to the current day to the far future who hang in for the long game. And win.

Some stories center on characters out of our myths. Lilith makes an appearance in Irene Radford’s story, “Den of Iniquity.” Penelope is the one persisting in Marie Brennan’s “Daughter of Necessity.” Others deal with women of the present, such as the knitter in Brenda Clough’s “Making Love.” Vonda N. McIntyre imagines women of a far, far future of living ships and lengthy lives in “Little Faces.”

The authors aren’t all women, or even all from the U.S. The idea that women are capable of persisting is much more universal than that — another reason why the actions of the Senate majority leader were so ill-considered.

There are some who say fiction writers shouldn’t be political. Since politics is the way we come together as a society – as a world – to figure out how to live and resolve conflicts, I think it’s everyone’s duty to be involved in some way. As the stories in this volume indicate, a piece doesn’t have to be directly about a particular political action to have a political effect.

Nevertheless, She Persisted debuted August 8 at Book View Café [http://bookviewcafe.com/bookstore/]. It is available on Amazon UK [https://www.amazon.co.uk/Nevertheless-She-Persisted-Book-Anthology-ebook/dp/B073WLFKGH/] and other online booksellers. The authors and stories are:

  • “Daughter of Necessity” by Marie Brennan
  • “Sisters” by Leah Cutter
  • “Unmasking the Ancient Light” by Deborah J. Ross
  • “Alea Iacta Est” by Marissa Doyle
  • “How Best to Serve” from A Call to Arms by P.G. Nagle
  • “After Eden” by Gillian Polack
  • “Reset” by Sara Stamey
  • “A Very, Wary Christmas” by Katharine Eliska Kimbriel
  • “Making Love” by Brenda Clough
  • “Den of Iniquity” by Irene Radford
  • “Digger Lady” by Amy Sterling Casil
  • “Tumbling Blocks” by Mindy Klasky
  • “The Purge” by Jennifer Stevenson
  • “If It Ain’t Broke” by Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff
  • “Chatauqua” by Nancy Jane Moore
  • “Bearing Shadows” by Dave Smeds
  • “In Search of Laria” by Doranna Durgin
  • “Tax Season” by Judith Tarr
  • “Little Faces” by Vonda N. McIntyre

 

nan300Nancy Jane Moore is the author of the science fiction novel The Weave, published by Aqueduct Press. Her other books include Conscientious Inconsistencies from PS Publishing, Changeling from Aqueduct, and Walking Contradiction and Other Futures from Book View Café. She is a founding member of Book View Café. In 2002 she made it to Milford and she’s been trying to get back ever since. A native Texan who spent many years in Washington, D.C., she now lives in Oakland, California.

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