Welcome to DreamCasters, a DreamForge discussion group devoted to helping our members improve their writing and storytelling through discussion and sharing expertise.
DreamForge Anvil # 9: “Out of Place” is available, with both online and digital versions available.
DreamForge is Open for Submissions until 10/15/22, midnight ET.
We now pay $0.07/word for original fiction, and we’re looking for science fiction and fantasy, ranging from Flash Fiction to 5,000 words, especially interested in seeing some Hope Punk and Solar Punk.
Learn more on our Submissions page:
Wulf Moon has sold a story to the Murderbirds anthology, subject to the Kickstarter achieving its push goal. Also, Wulf has produced his first independently published work with the help of Jane Noel at DreamForge.
“The Illustrated Super Secrets of Writing,” first released at Wulf’s guest appearance at Salt Lake FanX, on September 22nd—24th. We have a couple copies to give away to two lucky DreamCasters today.
Just to recap, other DreamCasters in the Mike Jack Stoumbos’ Murderbirds anthology include:
Our guest today is Marie Vibbert. Besides selling eighty-odd short stories, forty-some poems, and a few comics, Marie has been a medieval squire (SCA), a defensive lineman (WFA – The Cleveland Fusion), and a computer programmer. Her storis have been translated into French, Czech, Chinese, and Vietnamese, and Her work has been called “everything science fiction should be” by the Oxford Culture Review.
Marie’s debut novel, Galactic Hellcats, was longlisted by the British Science Fiction Association for 2021.
Her works can be found in Analog, Clarkesworld, Fantasy & Science Fiction, Daily Science Ficiton, Lightspeed Magazine, and many more. Marie has two tales published in DreamForge:
“Blink if You Love Me” and “Loitering with Mathematical Intent.”
Marie is a member of both SFWA and the Science Fiction Poetry Association, SFPA. She was nominated for their Rhysling Award in 2015, 2021, and 2022, won second place in the Hessler Street Fair poetry contest, and once sold a rhyming poem to a magazine that had “no rhyming poetry” in their guidelines.
By day Marie is a computer programmer in Cleveland, Ohio. She and her husband are on a quest to ride all the roller coasters in North America.
Today, let’s talk to Marie, learn more about her writing and here her advice for new writers trying to get a foot hold in publication.
The winner of our Heartfelt Flash Fiction Challenge is Michael Zahniser, with a story entitled “The Express.” Michael gets out $100 prize and $0.07/word for publication.
From that challenge, we’ve also purchased “Against the Time Beasts,” by Ana Sun (Steph Troeth).
From the Bakeoff Writing Challenge, we’ve purchased (so far), “Where Rivers Meet” by Indiana Tilford and “Kutulu in the Desert,” by Angelique Fawns.
We’re reviewing those final polished tales as they come in among the uploads in our main submission period.
By random dice roll, we will give away two prizes.
We have two copies of “The Illustrated Super Secrets of Writing,” by Wulf Moon, just released at FanX, Salt Lake.
We’ll give out a couple story prompts that might be interesting to explore.
Meeting Ends. Thank You All!
On November 6th, Hugo, Nebula, and Locus Award winning author Mary Robinette Kowal is going to share one of her recorded writing classes with us and stop by live for a Q&A with our DreamCasters.
More details coming soon!
In January, John Goodwin, the President of Galaxy Press (publishers of the Writers of the Future Anthologies) will be our guest and will talk with you about what you’d like to know about the WoTF contest. So let us know, and we’ll organize the meeting accordingly.