Write Night 2018

So. I’ve been thinking. Always danger, I know. Usually, when I think I have a good idea I take a couple Advil and go lay down for a nap, and by the time I wake up the idea doesn’t seem as good anymore.

Whether it’s because I thought of this idea while I was meditating, or perhaps I didn’t follow my usual advice and take that Advil and a nap, I’ve sorta dedicated myself to this idea of Write Night 2018.

Write Night 2018, Saturday, June 3rd-Sunday June 4th. What this means is an all-nighter. An all night writing marathon. 7pm to 7am. Of course, breaks are a good idea. Food is also needed, and lots and lots of coffee.

Why do this? Well, if you must know (and of course you must, you’re here reading this to find out), it’s because of a few reasons.

  1. I start a ton of pieces I don’t finish and then skip around from one to another trying to figure out which one to finish. Write Night is a moment to finish. That’s what Write night is all about. Get as many pieces, as many drafts done, as you can. This might just mean finishing those last 6000 words on that novel you’ve been avoiding (that’s not me) or wrapping up the plot thread of your first volume graphic novel (that’s me) and maybe finish revision a couple short stories (also me). The point is, NaNoWriMo exists for people to write 50,000 words in one month. Write Night is the other part of that. It’s all about wrapping something up.
  2. I just haven’t had much dedicated writing time as of late. June 3rd-4th is my first weekend when I don’t have to get up and go teach high schoolers on Monday. I want to celebrate with a huge writing marathon!
  3. Maybe some people will take notice. Probably not the first time around, but this is something I’d like to do every June. 1 night a year. Write Night. I will be live streaming myself–maybe on Twitch or something. It will probably be a pretty boring stream, but that’s not the point. It will be 12 hours (more or less) of writing time. Maybe other people will join in some day. Maybe not. But this should be fun, and difficult. And I love both of those things.

A Threnody for Hazan by Ray Nayler, Asimov’s Science Fiction, Mar/Apr 2018

This is a longer piece, a novelette, that I’m unsure if I completely understood.

The premise goes like this. There is this thing called the shroud, which looks sorta like a heatwave but is actually someone’s consciousness floating around or tethering to an object, building or otherwise.

asf_marapr2018_400x570This was made possible by a scientist named Hazan. The narrator is Hazan’s lover and sidekick, who, while completely in love with her, possesses loyalty enough to send her to a potential death.

See the shroud can travel between time periods, so Hazan keeps going back to see parts of the second world war, in Budapest. The problem is, often, as part of the shroud, your consciousness becomes part of the woodwork, so to speak, like cobbles stones or something, and if the cobblestones are broken into pieces, you lose part of your consciousness as well. I think you probably know where this is going.

This story is about other states of being, beyond that of what we would deem human. It’s also about how poor memory is and how we can’t ever truly know what happened in the past, even if we were there at the time. While this is what I think it’s about, I also have some doubts. Some of the concepts in this story really strained my comprehension. (C)

Amazing Stories Print Magazine Reboot!

I just wanted to toss this out into the world. The first ever SF magazine, Amazing Stories, is trying for a reboot. It will start as a quarterly print magazine and go from there. In an era when print is so difficult to find, I think this is admirable. Take a look at the Kickstarter. It’s only $25 for the first year of printed issues. Totally worth it. Just CLICK HERE to check it out.