For those unfamiliar with how the Odyssey Workshop works, it is a six week long course that includes lectures and full-class critiques. There are added Q&A sessions with visiting authors and editors (though “visiting” is only loosely used this year given everything was virtual), a Slam event, and many small side meetings and check-ins.
WHAT IS TO COME!
I’m going to admit, I have always been terrified of anything that draws people’s eyes toward me. The more people there are, the more terrified I get. The more time I have to think about it beforehand, the more anxious I am. There doesn’t need to be a stage. There doesn’t need to be a microphone. There just needs to be people, the anxiety going up in an exponential way according to the total.
So there were a number of situations about the workshop I knew I was going to be muscling through by sheer force of will. First up: the dreaded icebreaker meet.
None one likes these, least of all anyone with even a modicum of social anxiety, and being on a virtual setting does not change things. [I did have bare feet (as I did for 99% of the workshop) to give me a small level of comfort.] I got to meet my fellow Odyssians for the first time via their heads, torsos and backgrounds. We did a typical icebreaker game that divided us into breakout rooms a few of us at a time, and that had the typical stilted conversations that come with having no idea who you’re talking to. Continue reading
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December marks the publication of my 6th professional story and my first appearance in DreamForge Magazine :)
Cessation of Civilization features a student struggling over her final project, all the trials of every step in creating something as immense as an entire world.
This story originated from the idea of playing god in other people’s lives, getting to look down and push and prod them into action. Similar to how, as a writer, you get to design whole worlds, destroy character lives or make them worth living, worth reading about. Yet, it’s also about failure, success, and the beauty found in both of those things.
If you get a chance to read this one, I hope it makes you smile :)
This story isn’t available for free to read, however, here is a limited time only discount for a DreamForge subscription :) The stories are well-written and diverse and the gorgeous artwork that goes along with each one is something you truly don’t get with most magazines.
Received word that a flash piece of mine is being held for further consideration at Abyss & Apex – Yay :) This is the second time – so I’ve got my fingers crossed. Plus, I have plenty more flash pieces in the works for the next open period since they’re one of my favorite online magazines – both to read and submit to. I admit, the second has something to do with how sweet Ms Camille Alexa is in her rejections.
I also received (long enough ago I should have mentioned way before now) my copy of The Four Horsemen. The smile I had on my face all day after seeing my name in a paperback was probably quite corny, but it was a first for me so I think it was allowable. I’ve been skipping around reading different stories, so once I finally finish, I’ll put up more complete thoughts.