November 2012

There’s a buzz about Ben Winters. His latest novel, The Last Policeman, takes crime fiction into the pre-apocalyptic future, a novel perfectly timed for the upcoming Mayan Apocalypse. It’s so popular, it’s made Boingboing’s gift guide and Slate’s 2012 staff picks Late to the party as always, we’ve interviewed a candid Ben about his his books, the industry, and pork butt. Enjoy the read. Ed: Last meal before the asteroid strikes. What do you eat? BHW: My wife and I have decided to stop eating meat at the turn of the year, and my only major reservation has to do with her delicious recipe for a slow-roasted pork butt, based on one by the celebrity chef David Chang. I am already mourning the looming disappearance of this incredible dish from my life, so if …

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The votes are in, The points tallied, all that remains is too announce our first ever award winner. Congratulations to: Nathan Boole Nathan’s was the most ambitious submission, painting the portraits of three damaged people. His use of chronological jump cuts adds depth to the storytelling and even though it was our longest piece, it was also surprisingly economical. A strong sense of character is present in Boole’s writing, as is the ability to take risks. Not always a good thing, but we look forward to seeing where he takes us from here. The competition was incredibly close.  The judges actually voted in a three way tie. The overwhelming response from the readership pushed Boole ahead of Fink and Ross, but neither runner up should be discouraged. Jason was praised …

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Submissions aren’t the only way writers get to be creative on NITH. We asked Jason this question, check out his response below. Question: You are sitting in an expensive restaurant with a group of friends, enjoying a classy meal. The room is packed, the waiters are busy, yet the mood is sombre. In one corner a string quartet plays dutifully over the culinary din. A waiter brings over your entrée, mushrooms stuffed with cheese and red pepper. As your fork pierces the fungal skin the door opens and a woman enters. She is barefoot and wears an overcoat. Her hair is auburn. She crosses the room near to where you are sitting and disrobes. Beneath she is nude. Deftly, she climbs into the lobster tank and begins to swim with …

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  Submissions aren’t the only way writers get to be creative on NITH. We asked Nathan this question, check out his response below. Question: You are sitting in an expensive restaurant with a group of friends, enjoying a classy meal. The room is packed, the waiters are busy, yet the mood is sombre. In one corner a string quartet plays dutifully over the culinary din. A waiter brings over your entrée, mushrooms stuffed with cheese and red pepper. As your fork pierces the fungal skin the door opens and a woman enters. She is barefoot and wears an overcoat. Her hair is auburn. She crosses the room near to where you are sitting and disrobes. Beneath she is nude. Deftly, she climbs into the lobster tank and begins to swim …

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This is a submission for Flash Comp 300  We don’t want to give too much away on this one. Emma’s submission is a slow, horrific joint. You’ll never look at your insinkerator the same way again.    From: Daniels, Clare To: Lu, Kim Subject: Untitled Was that you that left the mess in the sink? From: Lu, Kim To: Daniels, Clare Subject: RE: Huh? From: Clare, Daniels To: Lu, Kim Subject: RE: re: There’s all this raw meat in the sink. it’s a bloody mess. I take it it wasn’t you. From: Lu, Kim To: Daniels, Clare Subject: Re: re: re: Sorry no. Debbie maybe, or her boyfriend? Use the insinkerator. From: Daniels, Clare To: Melonard, Deborah F. Subject: Kitchen Mess Debbie, the sink… Do you know, can you explaiN? From: …

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This is a submission for Flash Comp 300  Nathan broke all the rules on this one, going over the word count but getting on the short list by showing great ambition. A love triangle played out over the course of a year. Pay close attention to the dates and times:   [email protected] to [email protected] 11/3/2007 10:15 AM What’s the deal? Why don’t you just tell me what you want? [email protected] to [email protected] 11/3/2007 1:37 PM Re: What’s the deal? Fine. U asked. I want 2 know who that woman was you were with [email protected] to [email protected] 11/3/2007 4:21 PM Re: What’s the deal? That was the new secretary, Margerie. I work with her. [email protected] to [email protected] 11/3/2007 5:01 PM Re: What’s the deal? Oh i see, you were “working late.” [email protected] …

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This is a submission for Flash Comp 300  Jason got in early and impressed with his humorous , literal  take on the theme. It is quick, funny, and to the point. Perhaps more importantly it’s irreverent without being callous. Read on an enjoy.  From: Obama, Barack Sent: Wednesday, November 07, 2012 8:07 AM To: Petraeus, David H. Subject: An Appropriate Response Dave: WTF were you thinking?  Now I’ve got all this conspiracy shit to deal with.  What the hell are you going to tell the press? POTUS From: Petraeus, David H. Sent: Wednesday, November 07, 2012 8:08 AM To:  Obama, Barack Subject: RE: An Appropriate Response Barry: White folk be crazy! -Dave From:  Obama, Barack Sent: Wednesday, November 07, 2012 8:08 AM To: Petraeus, David H. Subject: RE: An Appropriate Response I’m not sure that will do it.  Seriously, Big …

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Derek Haines is an author of genre fiction, essays and poetry. His works range from historical fiction with Louis, to The Glothic Tales, a trilogy of science fiction farce, to dark contemporary romance, including One Last Love, Dead Men and For The Love Of Sam. We spoke with Derek about his range of works, and what it’s like being an expat in Europe. Ed: What was for breakfast this morning? DH: As usual, I had Google News, Cricinfo and email for breakfast. But in recent weeks I’ve added my rekindled passion for Scottish Marmalade to my breakfast menu. I wash all this down with coffee and little procrastination before attempting anything more challenging. “Money is nice to have but so quickly disappears. There are more important ways in which to …

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  Last night we received an excellent submission for ROSA that unfortunately had to be rejected. Why? Well it didn’t fit the criteria as it wasn’t an original written specifically for the award. Still, the piece was so good that I really wanted to share it with you. So, our loss is your gain. The guidelines page is getting an update to be a bit clearer about what we expect. Basically, we just want originals written to the criteria of each award. We don’t want to hold your copyright, and the work is always yours. We do want you to read the question carefully. The ROSA award is dedicated to Rosa Parks, but you don’t have to write about her and if you look at the theme ‘non-compliance in the …

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  Joyce Chng is a Singaporean author of speculative fiction, with works ranging from urban fantasy to steam punk to Sci Fi. With daring heroines and tumbling prose,  Chng’s adventurous style sweeps us through alternate worlds of vivid imagination. We spoke briefly with the author about her work, as well as her thoughts on the writing scene in Singapore, and the industry in general.  Ed: You’ve written several books on Smashwords.com. Tell us a bit about them, and what sort of reader might find them interesting. JC: The books and stories on Smashwords are targeted at young adults and general readers. The Basics of Flight, Oysters, Pearls & Magic and Winged are YA speculative fiction novellas whereas Rebirth is a short story centring on the Lung, the Chinese dragons in my urban fantasy …

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As the days tick over towards Dec 1st, the deadline for the ROSA award, things keep moving forward. Today is election day in the USA. My twitter feed, facebook page, even most of the sites I visit are awash with updates on victories, injustices, platitudes, and threats. The election is a big deal on the internet. Americans make up a large percentage of the English speaking web. Another example of this kind of effect is the recent hurricane sandy, which garnered more tweets, posts and updates then any other elemental force this year. One day it’s likely that voting for national leaders will no longer be a requirement. We’re almost at the point where nations could chose to democratise their policy process. Politicians are, after all, representatives for communities from a time where distance played a …

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And so it begins… Being a writer is hard. I know. I’ve tried my hand at just about every kind, from journalism to article writing to fiction and essays. I’ve scoured the internet, from speculative fiction ezines to O-Desk and everything in between. I’ve submitted short stories and waited six months for that rejection letter. I’ve competed in a global marketplace at $2 an article. I’ve churned out copy, I’ve agonised over a verb, I’ve edited endlessly and streamed my conciousness right onto the page. And why? Because I believe, like many people believe, that at some point in my life I will have trained my writing muscles enough to realise the dream. Jack Kerouac once wrote: “One day I will find the right words and they will be simple.” While …

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  The FOREVER ENDING STORY Short List   The Move Is Never Easy by Ingrid Coram Eternal Memories by Joanna Murphy It’s Called Wartime by Rowan Chestnut The Day I Met My Angel by Clarissa NG Nothing Clean by Joey To Tide by Lisa Sarah Ducasse Abraham by Cory O’Neile 9pm bt Gabriela Blagoeva Good Fences by Laura Solomon The Tally byYiyu Xiang Intensive Cycle by Annabel Owen My Brutality And Love by Chinelo Oputa Fixed And Forever by Alayna Cole  

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