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Galloway’s Hunt — Now in Print!

I love having things I’ve written available in print, and the magic of print-on-demand publishing services makes that possible for all kinds of different projects!

The latest print offering I have for you is my novelette Galloway’s Hunt. You can grab it now from Amazon for $5.99. As a special bonus with the print edition, you get an excerpt from my upcoming novel, Galloway’s Voyage, which I’ve been making good progress on lately.

And as before, you can get the ebook either from my Store or from Amazon for 99¢.

Proof of DISCOVERY

I received my proof copy of DISCOVERY in the mail today, and it’s glorious, if I may say so myself. Check it out:

It looks great, it’s full of interesting stories, and it can be yours for just $11.99!

I’m going to start shipping out people’s orders on March 26, so if you want to be sure that you’re in on that first shipment, grab yourself a preorder today!

DISCOVERY

Do you prefer to hold books in your hands and see them on your shelf, rather than reading them off a screen? I know I do!

Now’s your chance to do exactly that with my newest print offering, DISCOVERY. This is the first quarterly Year of Stories print collection. It contains 13 stories and is about 200 pages long. Here’s the blurb from the Store page:

The first three months of Tim Sevenhuysen’s Year of Stories project are packed with real human characters making their way through fantastic challenges and strange worlds. From outer space to the high seas, from the far reaches of the future to an ancient kingdom torn by war, your journey will carry you to places of wonder and terror, hope and heartache, victory and defeat.

DISCOVERY contains 13 short stories, notably including Diana and the AnimalA Kingdom of WhiteDarla, Dragon Hunter, and Unsettled, as released on TimSevenhuysen.com between January and March 2012.

You can preorder your very own copy of DISCOVERY right now for $11.99. The proof is in the mail on its way to me right now, and I hope to officially release the book and start shipping people’s orders by mid-March.

If you’ve been looking for a good way to contribute to the Grocery Fund, maybe this is the right option for you!

If you live in Victoria (or will be in Victoria at some point) and would prefer not to pay shipping, send me an email and let me know you’d like a copy, and we can work out arrangements for how to get the book in your hands. (That goes for friends and family, too!)

The number of preorders I get will affect how many I have printed in the first run, so please place your order sooner rather than later and help me save on the shipping. Thanks!

Some Background for “Saucer” (and a Contest!)

The short story Saucer is the centrepiece of Living and Dying, and it’s also the oldest piece of writing in the collection. I thought I’d give everyone some background on the writing of the story and its minor evolutions over time.

Scroll to the end of the post for a chance to win a print copy of Fifty-Word Stories: Volume One!

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Image by Rachel Davies.In 2004 I was attending my first year of university and dabbling in a lot of different courses. I took psychology, sociology, economics, statistics, political science, english, creative writing, and more. The creative writing class I took gave me an opportunity to explore my interest in writing fiction.

I wrote a lot of things back then. I did short stories and poetry and even took a stab at some longer-form writing. In fact, I have about 30,000 words of assorted fantasy on my hard drive that I struggled for years to connect into a novel in some meaningful way. (I’ve long since given up on that project: there’s just so much poor writing!)

While a lot of what I wrote back then still exists in different forms on my various hard drives, very little of it, I find, is really any good. I was a teenager back then, and I wrote like one. I was too self-indulgent. Too overwrought. I thought my words should change people’s worlds. I felt like the things I wrote had to open people’s eyes, or shatter their illusions, or redeem their frailties. Basically, I wrote far too many sentences like that last one. And when I wasn’t writing like a teenager, I was writing like a four-year-old, tossing around purposeless paragraphs of nonsense because it tickled my fancy.

But at some point during that period, I wrote Saucer. Saucer was different. For whatever reason, Saucer was a concept that stuck with me long after I’d first written its central scene. It had something more subtle to it, something worth communicating, something that was more than just a teenage emotion wrapped in poorly folded words and tied with a clichéd little red “moral.”

I tried, at various times, to pin down exactly what this “thing worth communicating” was. I wanted to find a way to build on that theme and really turn it into something big and special. At one point I outlined a plot that would have resulted in a Saucer novella, probably somewhere in the 15,000 word range. The plot would have seen Moses escape from his cell and meet up with a resistance group, while the tiny crack in his skull that he received from his self-abuse–which he never fully allows to heal–serves to continually remind him that he is fighting against the numbness and casual comfort of a life without either pain or freedom. (Or something along those lines, anyways.)

That idea, like so many of my other grand literary plans, never came to be. I eventually wrote the brief scenes at the beginning and end of the story and left it at that, and I think that was for the best, because really, this story stands on its own. It communicates what it’s meant to communicate, and it does it at an appropriate pace, without having to push its message in the reader’s face repeatedly over time.

That’s ultimately the point of short fiction. Novels tend to be built on big concepts and complex or far-reaching events. They rely much more on being gripping and entertaining. But short fiction is built on communicating a message or an emotion, and doing so in whatever length or complexity is required, and not a scene more, not a paragraph more, not a sentence more, not a word more.

Of course, messages and emotions are always interpreted differently by different people. That’s a key part of their beauty.

If you haven’t read Saucer, or the rest of Living and Dying, yet, go get it for whatever price you want!

CONTEST ALERT

Take action between now and midnight PST on Sunday, June 12, and you could win a print copy of Fifty-Word Stories: Volume One.

I’d love to hear how some readers have interpreted Saucer. I’m not tied up in any ideas of a “right” or “wrong” way to interpret the story, so feel free to share your thoughts, and maybe we can get some discussion going.

Every person who comments on this post (with a legitimate, non-spam comment) will receive one entry into the draw for the copy of my book.

There are also other ways to get additional entries into the draw. One way is to Like my new Page on Facebook. Every person who has Liked that page will have their name put in the draw. The last method is to share the FiftyWordStories website on Twitter using the hashtag #50wordstories. So that’s a maximum of three entries in the draw per person.

I will be picking the winner’s name out of a hat on Monday, June 13.

(Note: If the winner lives outside of North America, they’ll have to cover the difference between the North American and outside-of-North-America shipping.)