Friday, March 09, 2018

Three-Minute Fiction Slam -- New Date

The finals for the New Hampshire Writers' Project Three-Minute Slam will be held on Thursday, March 22 at 7:00 pm at the New Hampshire Institute of Art Campus, French Building, at 148 Concord St, Manchester, NH 03104.[Directions]

The finals were originally scheduled for March 8, but the venue for the contest, the New Hampshire Institute of Art, was closed for two days due to the storm.

If the weather forecast calls for snow, consult the NHIA their Facebook page for updates. I'll also report any news here, too.
Photo from NHIA Facebook page March 6, 2018

Wednesday, March 07, 2018

Fiction Slam Finals Postponed


The finals for the New Hampshire Writers' Project Three-Minute Slam has been postponed due to snow. No new date has been announced at this time.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Second Place in Boskone Fiction Slam

I won second place at the Flash Fiction Slam Sunday morning at Boskone reading my flash fiction story "Metaphorically Speaking." Winners of the competition get to participate in the finals, but since the winner isn't able to attend, the runner-up (me) will attend in her place.

The three-Minute Fiction Slam, a project of the New Hampshire Writers' Project, is a fast paced literary competition that challenges writers to perform original pieces of fiction in three minutes or less in front of a panel of judges. The regional events were held in 2018 beginning in February.

The Finals will be held on  March on Thursday, March 8 at 7:00 pm at the New Hampshire Institute of Art Campus, French Building, at 148 Concord St, Manchester, NH 03104. [Directions]

Friday, February 23, 2018

Guest Blog Post on No Wasted Ink

I'm happy to have a guest post on No Wasted Ink, a blog featuring author interviews, book reviews of classic literature and famous science fiction or fantasy novels, and articles about the craft of writing and how to market yourself as an author.

My guest post is about DIY writing retreats. If stealing an hour a day is too segmented for you to write with any sense of flow or rhythm and sealing a few minutes to write while you watch your child's soccer game isn't productive, maybe you and a few writer friends can organize a low-cost getaway where you can get some words in.

Wendy Van Camp is the writer behind No Wasted Ink. Her writing credits include short stories, poetry, and non-fiction articles. Wendy is active in several writing guilds: The Southern California Writers Association (SCWA), Coffeehouse Writers Group, OC Writers, and the Science Fiction & Fantasy Poetry Association (SFPA).

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Boskone Fiction Reading

Come cheer me on as I participate in a Flash Fiction Slam on Sunday morning at Boskone. Here’s the description from the Boskone web site.

9:30 AM Flash Fiction Slam
Rob Greene (M), James Patrick Kelly, Shahid Mahmud, Vikki Ciaffone, Jen Gunnels
Marina 4 · 90 min · Reading

Boskone’s Flash Fiction Slam returns! Be one of eleven (11) writers to compete for the title of The Flash, reading your own original fiction — which must tell a complete tale within a 3-minute period. Our expert panel of judges will score your work, and you automatically lose 10 percent for going over your 3-minute time. You may only read your own work. The reader with the top score wins!

Sign up before the con by sending an email to for one of eight (8) reading slots on a first-come, first-served basis. Or sign up onsite at Program Ops in the Harbor Foyer for one of three (3) at-con openings. A waiting list will also be available.

Tuesday, January 09, 2018

Arisia 2018 Schedule

Here's my final schedule for Arisia. Hope to see you there.

Writing Deities, Magic and the Occult
Fri 7:00 PM Alcott

Magic is a large part of what makes the fantasy genre distinctive. But how do you write, and  describe, the ‘unseen?’ Our panel of occultists will explain how to draw upon mythology and religion to build a  realistic magical system, the rules of magic, and ways a good magic system can enhance the mood of your  story, facilitate the narrative, and provide a source of conflict.  Cecilia Tan (moderator), Lisa Batya Feld, Keith Yatsuhashi, Alex Shvartsman, Morven Westfield.

It Came From the Past…
Sat 8:30 AM Douglas

Ghosts often appear in stories as signifiers of old crimes, guilt, and injustice that needs to be corrected. In this panel, we’ll face the accusing ghosts, the avenging ghosts, and the ghosts who remind us of things done wrong. Why does the ghost work so well as a visitor from the past? How can ghosts lead readers to a better understanding of injustice and history? What ghosts need to be summoned to remind readers of what has gone on before?  Morven Westfield (moderator), Darcie Little Badger, Elsa Sjunneson-Henry, Gordon Linzner, Morgan Crooks.

Broad Universe Rapid Fire Reading
Sat 10:00 AM Adams

If you’ve never been to a Broad Universe RFR (Rapid-Fire Reading), give it a try. They’re a lot of fun, yet sometimes very sobering and thought-provoking as well. You might hear stories of horror, fantasy, or science fiction — or a delightful combination of all of the above.

The final list of readers includes Anna Erishkigal, Dianna Sanchez, Heather Albano, Julie C. Day, LJ Cohen, Randee Dawn, Roxanne Bland, Suzanne Reynolds-Alpert, Morven Westfield (me), Trisha Wooldridge, and Victoria Sandbrook. (Not all authors may be in attendance for the entire time slot.  Other members of Broad Universe not listed may be reading.)