Shadow-ware and the Busy Author

As I’ve mentioned before, I’m a bit of a Kickstarter addict fan. Since backing my first project in April 2012 (specifically Alex Woolfson’s Artifice comic), I’ve successfully backed 131 projects, 101 of which have delivered their product to me so far. The rest are all in the process of fulfillment, but I’ve finally encountered one of the dreaded bad eggs of Kickstarter—a project that seems to have taken all of the money and run. Now, Kickstarter backers (for the most part) are fairly patient. I’ve got projects outstanding from as far back as 2013 but they’ve been good at updating backers as to the scope of the project, problems they’ve run into, and the progress they’ve made, so I’m not worried. Some I’ve already received part of the reward—namely a digital copy of whatever book/game/etc that is being made—and am just waiting on the print version to be finished so I can check it off my list.

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Jenna on Worldbuilding Religion

As part of the Queer Science Fiction group‘s annual Worldbuilding week, I wrote a post on building religions for fiction.

How many religions exist in the history of the world? Likely you’ll think of Christianity, Judaism, and Islam–the Abrahamic trio–or Buddhism and Hinduism. You might be familiar with Shinto, the varying flavors of paganism and Wicca, or the old Greek, Norse, and Celtic pantheons. According to best estimates, there are somewhere over 4,200 religions in the world. As a writer, you might be interested in adding one more. So, where do you start?

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Getting Back At It

I’ve been very bad with keeping up with this website. I’d like to say it’s because I’ve been busy writing but instead I basically left a good but boring job for a horrible job and then found an awesome job that’s been pulling my focus. I do have a novella, Love Bites, in with Rooster & Pig Publishing but it’s still in editing rounds and I let myself fall into the false confidence trap. My brain was like “okay, I’m working on Love Bites, I’m being productive” but there’s a lot of downtime in editing. I was thinking of the whole ‘getting published’ process like a circle (write -> edit -> publish -> write) when really it’s more like a bunch of parallel lines. Write one thing, see it through to the end, but keep writing while your other works are going through the publishing machine. Even when you’ve got something going out, keep creating new things. Never stop writing.

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On Revisions and POV

I’m currently going through a lot of revisions, both for “Princess Cocoa Puff” for Rooster and Pig but also for some publisher-less submissions that I’m going to be finding a home for soon. I love revisions. Maybe that makes me a little weird or atypical, but I do. It’s rare for me to get quality feedback on things I write and when it does come around, I’m so, so grateful for it. I’m still growing as a writer – I think we all are, or at least all of us who are practicing writers – and I’m always on the lookout for things to work on.

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