June 24, 2011
This Author Showcase features S. Kay, @blueberrio, and trapeze magazine’s first serial publication. In this interview I have asked S. Kay how she created her serial, “Survival Media.” Enjoy!
S: When Trapeze chose me for its Author Showcase and selected three stories, they were quite different from each other. I thought I’d like to do something more cohesive. It was also an opportunity for people to read several stories over a fairly short amount of time, allowing them to stay fresh and work sequentially. It was a good fit.
S: Definitely. Each story in a serial has to stand alone, since a person reading the one at the end might not have read earlier stories on previous days. Although they do progress and are better as a whole, the parts must be strong, and I’ve approached each much as I would any other story.
S: Aside from 5 minutes versus 5 years, a novel is meant to flow in one reading while in a Twitter serial, parts are meant to stand alone. There are similarities with using larger arcs and subplots, and being able to add more depth and detail. But even the most complex Twitter serial doesn’t provide the same immersive experience as writing a novel, among the most difficult things to create.
S: Not for me, although I can see how it might be for some writers. I personally prefer to write a story in a single tweet or publication, to be disciplined with constraints. I like the challenge. In a Twitter serial or Twitter novel, the tendency is to expand and sprawl, using a tweet for a line of dialogue, for example. I’ve tried to avoid that by writing a small mosaic of stories that stand alone, while remaining linked. I hope they succeed.
June 23, 2011
The bed shakes, rancid breath spilling from shadows beneath. The boy screams, trying to wake up, but he is not asleep.
A.G. Carpenter @Aggy_C writes speculative fiction of, and for, all sorts. She blogs at http://agcarpenter.blogspot.com
June 21, 2011
Together they conquered the Sunless Land; their pike and hammer rendered the Goblin King to gory mush. Quest complete. Next? The dishes.
Stephen @svramey has published twitter fic in trapeze, Thaumatrope, escarp, SeedPod, and Twenty20.
June 18, 2011
Unrequited, her final exit was ocean bound, heart salted, suitcase superfluous.
Brenda Blakey plants butterfly bushes and writes. She remains cat less. brendablakey.blogspot.com/
June 16, 2011
like the sun’s hot spot, sweet honey scent: a gold rose just for you.
Robert is an aspiring fantasy writer trying to improve and better organize his writing.
June 14, 2011
Flawed characters make the best stories, exhorted the bestselling author. Write what you know. So I went home to mutilate my protagonists.
Milo James Fowler (@mfowler76) is a teacher by day, writer by night. Visit him anytime: http://www.milo-inmediasres.com
June 11, 2011
Every full moon another teacher resigns. No notice. Only a typed letter left on the principal’s desk. The kids eye up their replacement.
Dominic @DominicSFF – engineering words to their ultimate limit state. Living dangerously in the UK. http://www.Dominicdemattos.blogspot.com