Archive for October 21st, 2011

Flashathon Eve, More Guest Inspiration

I was hoping to have a few more names to announce as the week went on, and as it turns out I do.  We’re still hoping to hear back from one or two people who have promised prompts and have specifically said they’re still thinking about them, so I might have one or two last-minute surprise guests announced when their prompts go live.  Again, I can’t express how amazing it’s been that people have taken the time to provide inspiration for what started as a silly idea bandied about between friends.  With just 24 hours to go, it’s starting to feel so very real.

If you missed the previous announcement, here are the other people who have been so gracious with their time.

Laura Anne Gilman: (From Capclave program) Laura Anne Gilman is the author of the Cosa Nostradamus novels, including the forthcoming Tricks of the Trade (November 2011) and the Nebula award-nominated Vineart War fantasy trilogy, which began with Flesh and Fire and Weight of Stone, and concludes in October with The Shattered Vine. Her story collection, Dragon Virus, was published as a limited edition hardcover from Fairwood Press. A member of the on-line writers’ consortium BookVew Café, she writes the “Practical Meerkat” advice column for writers on their blog every Friday. Learn more at or follow her on Twitter: @LAGilman.

Leah Petersen: (From her website) Leah Petersen lives and writes in North Carolina somewhere between the day job and the wife-and-mother gig. Rather than waste her time getting fresh air and sunshine, hanging out with friends, or pursuing an actual career, she reads books, writes, knits, and games. Sometimes all at the same time.  Her first novel, Fighting Gravity, is coming in 2012 from Dragon Moon Press.  Every Tuesday at 12:30pm Eastern time, Leah Petersen runs a 5MinuteFiction contest. It’s fast and it’s furious and there’s a slight chance of injury. But it’s fun. Join us!

James Morrow: (From Capclave program) James Morrow has been writing fiction ever since, as a seven-year-old living in the Philadelphia suburbs, he dictated “The Story of the Dog Family” to his mother, who dutifully typed it up and bound the pages with yarn. This three-page, six-chapter fantasy is still in the author’s private archives.

Upon reaching adulthood, Morrow proceeded to write nine novels and enough short stories to fill two collections. He has won the World Fantasy Award twice, the Nebula Award twice, and the Grand Prix de l’Imaginaire once.

To date Morrow’s most conspicuous literary effort is a postmodern historical epic called The Last Witchfinder, praised by the New York Times for fusing “storytelling, showmanship and provocative book-club bait … into one inventive feat.” It tells of Jennet Stearne, who makes it her life’s mission to bring down the 1604 Parliamentary Witchcraft Act. The author followed this novel with a thematic sequel, The Philosopher’s Apprentice, which NPR called “an ingenious riff on Frankenstein.” Jim’s most recent book is his Sturgeon Award-winning novella, Shambling Towards Hiroshima, set in 1945 and dramatizing the U.S. Navy’s attempts to leverage a Japanese surrender via a biological weapon that strangely anticipates Godzilla.

Danielle Ackley-McPhail: (From Capclave program) Award-winning author Danielle Ackley-McPhail has worked both sides of the publishing industry for over a decade. Her works include the urban fantasy, Yesterday’s Dreams, and its upcoming sequel, Tomorrow’s Memories. She also has co-edited and contributed to numerous anthologies and collections, including Dark Furies, Breach the Hull, and the upcoming science fiction anthologies Barbarians at the Jumpgate and Space Pirates. Her non-fiction works include a chapter on writer’s groups in The Complete Guide to Writing Fantasy: The Author’s Grimoire, a chapter on the vehicles of magic in the upcoming Elements of Fantasy: Magic, and a chapter on self-promotions for the upcoming Profitable Publishing. Danielle is a member of the electronic publishing organization EPIC, as well as Broad Universe, a writer’s organization focusing on promoting the works of women authors in the speculative genres. Danielle lives somewhere in New Jersey with husband and fellow writer, Mike McPhail, mother-in-law Teresa, and three extremely spoiled cats.

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