The Many Worlds of Sci-fi and Fantasy

My contribution to the AlmostAnAuthor website for March has been posted! The subject for this month: The Many Worlds of Sci-fi and Fantasy. Where do the characters of your story live? Check out the post to see!

Happy writing, friends!

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Caffeinated Speculation: About that Last Jedi…

At the end of January, Star Wars fans were treated to a belated Christmas present: We learned the title of Episode VIII! My Facebook and Twitter feeds exploded with all kinds of chatter as the speculation began about who The Last Jedi could be! Did it refer to Luke Skywalker? Possibly, considering the final scene of Episode VII showed the return of the long lost character. Or could The Last Jedi mean Rey, since she discovered her Jedi powers in the last movie?

Just a few days ago, there was renewed interest in the subject with the release of the new international posters. It seems that as Americans, our own language may have kept us from determining the truth: The Last Jedi may not be a single person, after all. 

As seen in various articles such as this one, the Star Wars Episode VIII posters featured in other languages show the phrase to be plural, not singular, as we had assumed.

This changes the game entirely! Woo-hoo! *Back flip* I’m super excited about this guys! This could mean a sort of ‘assembling’ of the Jedi. We’ve long been exposed to that lone hero, that single guy or gal who saves the day and wins for the good-side. But in this case, maybe we are about to see something more along the lines of an Avengers-like ensemble–a reference that The Last Jedi may refer to not only Luke and Leia, but also Rey, Finn, whoever! There are so many unknowns of who could hold the secret ‘Jedi gene’ in their blood, since the Jedi have been ‘extinct’ for so many years (in the SW Universe, that is.) I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for an Avenger-type Star Wars! (No disrespect to Han and Chewie. We love you guys!)

What about you? Were you surprised at the announcement over The Last Jedi? What are your thoughts? Feel free to leave them below. I’d love to hear who you think The Last Jedi might be!

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(Note to self: The above is plural! Yay!)

Recycle, Reuse, Rewrite

Hello CF friends! It’s that time again! My most recent post for the Fantasy/SciFi section over at AlmostAnAuthor has gone live. Fan of the TV series Firefly? You might be interested in what I have to say in my post Recycle, Reuse, Rewrite!

Check out the blog post here.

Happy writing, friends!

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Flash Fiction Friday: Invasion

Aliens aren’t real.

That’s what I’ve been told the last twelve years of my life, anyway. Sure, science found a single-cell life form somewhere in our system, but it can’t even talk back. What good is that? In our vast universe of planets, stars, and galaxies, we are the only intelligent life.

That was, until today.

Today we learned we are no longer alone. The world around me is in mass hysteria as we await our very first, bonafide visit from a space alien! But not me. I’m calm. My dad is one of the head-honchos at the landing site.

Which is why I stand here, crowded in by another half-dozen family members of fellow employees who got by security, too.

A ship lands in the dirt. My heart stops beating.

This is it.

The door opens. Two figures emerge, dressed in white suits with shiny silver helmets. One stops, holds up a hand with only five fingers. It pulls off it’s helmet, reveals a face with two eyes but only one nose. A gasp draws from the crowd.

“Greetings. We come in peace. We are from Earth.”

 

©Laura L. Zimmerman 2017

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One Book, Two Book, Three Books… This isn’t Dr. Seuss!

Yesterday I gave an update on my monthly challenge, so today I thought I’d update where I am with my writing. I do realize I still have that ‘Watch Me Write’ section on the sidebar of my blog, promise! But here’s a bit more in depth look at where I stand with my writing.

Orphan Princess – This is the manuscript that has been in my agent’s hands since early 2016. I did just send it out (once again) to another beta reader who caught a few more grammar/spelling errors (ACK!), and a publisher has asked me to do a minor revision to include a theme that aligns with their company before they will read the entire manuscript. The plan is to tackle these things within the next two weeks and see where that leads.

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The Prophecy Tails – The idea for this trilogy came to me around Christmastime last year, and I successfully knocked out book one in the series by late February 2016. Book two quickly followed, with that rough draft completed by late spring. I did begin writing book three at the start of our move this summer, but it got waylaid and I haven’t revisited it since. It’s about 25% finished. My goal is to finish that rough draft by participating in NaNoWriMo in November. We shall see if I can get this entire series drafted by the end of the year!! That will mean 2017 will be a year of revision. (*blink, blink*) Continue reading

My #WIPjoy September Update

Some of you might remember I took up an August challenge to write Flash Fiction every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. At the end of the month I was pleased with how the challenge of meeting that goal really helped push me toward more blogging. So, I decided to dive right in and take up another monthly challenge for September–this time through the daily #WIPjoy Twitter post! 

Because this is shows up in my Twitter feed, you may have missed many of my updates on my WIP. So I thought I’d give an update on how it’s going and which WIP I chose to focus on for this month! 

The Book – Almost 2 1/2 years ago I self-published a series of six novellas titled ‘Now I Sleep’. Over time, I realized I wanted to get the series professionally edited to ensure my best possible work was available. At the suggestion of my amazing editor–Nadine Brandes!–I decided this past spring that I would combine the six novellas into one single full length novel. Although the info for the individual novellas remains on my website (under the Books section), it will be updated once the revisions and edits are complete. ‘Now I Sleep’ is a YA Sci-Fi fictional work that takes place in present day, as well as in the future. 

The Tweets – Surprisingly, I’ve actually done quite well keeping up with this! I will admit, consistency is my Achilles Heel, but the encouragement I’ve seen on Twitter has helped motivate me to stay up a few extra minutes before bed, to be sure I got that tweet done! I have missed tweeting twice, but made up for it the next day. I’ve made a number of new contacts on Twitter and hope to join in with the next #WIPjoy, once it comes around! 

The UpdatesThe good news is, this challenge has kept me on my toes and helped guide me in my edits/revision on this book! Major things were cut, major things were added and it helped me focus in on the themes and struggles that may have been glossed over within the series. I’ll follow with a few of my favorite tweets from this month, in case you’re curious to see what this book is about!!

I’m already on the lookout for my next monthly challenge for the month of October! If anyone has any suggestions, feel free to leave a comment below! Or tell me about a challenge you’ve joined in this month or year! Oh, and don’t forget to follow me on Twitter if you haven’t done so!! 

Happy writing, friends!

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Flash Fiction Friday: The Making of a Prophecy

“Hide.” Mother pushes me between our bed and wall.

“Why, mama?”

“The prophets of The Supremacy say you’re the one. That when you grow up you’ll lead the revolution to set our people free. They’re afraid.” She smooths the side of my face.

“Of me?”

“Yes.” A noise outside. “Shhh!” She stands. The door opens, men speak. “His father took him to the planet Drein-”

A blast. She falls, eyes open. Mama’s dead.

Men gone, I creep out. Heat fills my chest, a tremble, pain, agony.

They will pay.

Tears hot on my face, I vow to kill them all.

 

©Laura L. Zimmerman 2016

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Extra, Extra! Read all about it! Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Headed to Almost an Author!

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Big news! I’m so excited to announce that I will be joining the Almost an Author team as the Fantasy / Sci-Fi monthly contributor! Woo hoo! Each month I will write a short blog post on the craft of writing in the Fantasy and Science Fiction genres. I’ll be sure to post a reminder to check out the blog on the date it goes live. Don’t forget to stop by the website and look around – there are a ton of great things to learn!

Happy writing, friends!

Book Review: ‘Nil’ by Lynne Matson

A friend of mine read this a few months ago and it came highly recommended, so I was happy when I had a little free time this weekend to finally get it read!

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“Nil” by Lynne Matson is a YA Sci-Fi novel that will hook you from the very first line. The premise is simple: On the mysterious island of Nil, the rules are set. You have one year. Exactly 365 days–to escape, or you die.

Seventeen-year-old Charley doesn’t know the rules. She doesn’t even know where she is. The last thing she remembers is blacking out, and when she wakes up, she’s lying naked in an empty rock field.

Lost and alone, Charley finds no sign of other people until she meets Thad, the gorgeous leader of a clan of teenage refugees. Soon Charley learns that leaving the island is harder than she thought . . . and so is falling in love. With Thad’s time running out, Charley realizes that to save their future, Charley must first save him. And on an island rife with dangers, their greatest threat is time. Continue reading