I’ll be at Shore Leave 41 this weekend, selling and autographing books, and enjoying time at the show with my coauthors and other event attendees. For those of you local to Maryland, the show is held at the Delta Hotels in Hunt Valley, Maryland, just outside of Baltimore. Shore Leave is a long-running convention and has a pretty good attendance, plus a whole line-up of guests from various science fiction shows.
For show updates, you can follow @corrugatedsky or follow me @ksgarvin on Twitter. I hope to have some super show photos to show next week, but don’t wait — get on out to the show if you can. Come on by the table and check out the books and say hi.
I’m working on a book of writing prompts that will combine a writing journal, prompts, and illustrations to color. My idea is to have a workbook that has a reasonable amount of prompts and enough ruled pages so that there is space to write out the exercises. It won’t be a giant book of a zillion prompts, and partly that’s because I want the journal to be saddle-stitched so it’s easier to use, and that limits the size the book can be. Sometimes perfect-bound books (think of a regular paperback novel with a spine) won’t open flat and they’re difficult to write in.
The art will be line illustrations for coloring. Sometimes the writing process isn’t always linear, and having something on the page that you can play with could be enough to jump-start your creativity, or it could just be fun. I’m aiming to get the first book out this summer, with the theme of “beach edition,” and I hope to make the project into a series, which I’m calling Writer’s Catalyst.
This year has been disappearing fast, and I wish I could say that the piles of work in my inbox were disappearing just as quickly, but everything I’m working on seems to be moving in slow motion. I have made progress on some of my writing projects, but I’ve stalled out on a couple of things.
Behind the scenes at Corrugated Sky, we’re putting together our fourth anthology, which should be available in the fall. It’s the first one that we’ve opened to outside submissions, so we’ll be finalizing the selections this week and sending out emails to authors. I’m working on my own entry, which involves fireflies and fairies.
What’s more fun is that we’re going to be doing the Shore Leave event in Baltimore this year, and we’ll have at least eight titles on display at our table. If you’re in the area, come on by and say hello. I’ll post more information about the event as it gets near (the date is in the events box on the right of the page).
It’s been some time since I posted a Thursday Writing Prompt, so here’s one that will provide you with a location with lots of atmosphere.
The Rusty Arms hotel was once the most famous hotel on the Isle of Mollard, but a string of unexplained deaths caused tourism to drop off, and eventually the hotel began to lose money. The owners tightened their purse strings, and rather than spend money on upkeep, they needed the money to pay staff. But it didn’t matter, and soon the staff began to quit, one by one, until only a skeleton crew remained — a real skeleton crew.
Now write a short story based on the hotel and its unusual staff.