Diane Severson, photo credit: Amazing Stories Magazine
Diane Severson, an amazing writer and singer in her own right, took some time to review Transmissions to the Mystic Nebula in Amazing Stories Magazine. As an added bonus, she recorded herself reading a few of the poems and you can hear the richness of her tone in every word. Highly recommended.
Thanks, Diane! Please never stop sharing your creativity! And thanks to Amazing Stories doing your part to keep speculative poetry alive.
Today is a monumental day for me for today I become a novelist. An author of fiction. Today, I share my voice. The Left Hand of Light is now a reality. You can buy it on Amazon. It blows me away to be able to say that. Many of you have asked me how you can help and for that I thank you. There are three easy ways to help:
- Tell your friends. Tell your loved ones. Tell your enemies. Use e-mail, Facebook, Twitter, smoke signals. Write your congressman. Have a conversation. Please help me get the word out. Give them this link: http://chrisvera.com/lefthand.
- Buy a copy. Better yet, buy more than one. They make great and inexpensive gifts for the readers in your life. Winter, er…the holidays are coming.
- Tell the world how you feel about it. Whether you loved it or hated it, leaving a review of the book on Amazon, Goodreads, and other places where books are discussed really helps a LOT to draw attention to it. Review it!
A sincere thank you to everyone who made this book possible: To my editor, Larry Edwards. To Kathleen Robertson and my mom, Billie English, for their careful proof-reading and fantastic ideas on how to make the story even better. And to everyone else who offered me encouragement along the way.
There is so much more where this came from. Enjoy!
Lately, I really have been blessed with the attention I’ve been getting as an independent author. Here’s a link to a fun little interview by Paul Dorset (real name John Cox) did with me. Paul writes for his blog, “Utterences of an Overcrowded Mind,” and is a widely published indie author in his own right! Indie authors support each other!
Thank you very much, Paul for the opportunity to share my thoughts on writing with your readers.
I had the pleasure and honor to speak with one of the country’s top educational radio talk show personalities, Neil Haley of Total Education Radio about the Left Hand of Light. Our conversation can be found here in MP3 format.
My interview starts at about 30 minutes in, so fast forward if you don’t have a lot of time.
Lesson learned: Never forget to promote one’s web site. It sounds cheesy when I hear it on the radio, but its effective and it works and its the best way for people that want to hear what you have to say to find you! I can’t believe I forgot even after Neil asked me to!
Recently I entered Transmissions to the Mystic Nebula into a self-published book contest. I didn’t win (what the heck?!) but I received this review from one of the judges that impressed me with how observant the reader was to the little details that went into making the book. Nothing makes an author more happy than a thoughtful (and vocal) reader. Don’t forget you can buy this book on Amazon and Smashwords!
The title, cover, and even the table of contents of TRANSMISSIONS TO THE MYSTIC NEBULA suggest a traditional, even stereotypical, form of science fiction, a world of spaceships, robots, aliens, and intergalactic conquest. Instead, the poet fastens his eyes on the heavens with his feet firmly on planet Earth as he connects our very human world with astronomy, physics, mythologies, and the paranormal. As the poet tells a love interest in “Ash in My Lungs,” “I brought you here to show you / this fragile wild of my soul, / the dark things that connect us.” The poet sets up the collection with a “researcher’s note” describing a cyber-poet, awash in the hyper-communications of a modern, wired world, who identifies a distant nebula with a backyard telescope and sends transmissions of poems in an effort to communicate and be heard. This gives the collection an authentic science fiction frame, reinforced by internal art that echoes the intriguing cover image and includes status updates as the transmission progresses. However, what makes these poems so strong is that, taken out of this context, they are impressive, accomplished creations that succeed on their stand-alone merits. The poet offers a beautifully written mix of forms and free verse, poems in which he explores love, sex, memories, seasons, and death. Although he hasn’t organized the poems into sections, the verses are ordered carefully so the flow keeps the whole connected. It’s interesting that the early poems are filled with celestial imagery that eventually gives way to more gravity-bound themes, ultimately leading to poems about death and the departed. In the end, though, the final graphic of the collection says delivery of the transmission is confirmed, and the poet adds a final, hopeful message, “I know you’re out there. I’m waiting.” Physically, everything about the book is attractive and professionally done. The poet is to be congratulated on a memorable first book of fresh and fine poetry, a true joy for the reader.
- Judge, Writer’s Digest 21st Annual Self-Published Book Awards
Its been 30 years in the making, but The Left Hand of Light is almost complete! The book will be coming out this Thanksgiving. I know many of you have been patiently waiting for its arrival and I am blessed to have so many that are interested in the book. I hope it will inspire you and move you as much as it has me.
Now comes the technical part: Transforming the work into e-book and print-on-demand formats.
Then will come the hard part: Convincing you to buy a few copies!
Today, I’ll be speaking at the annual meeting of the Conference of California Public Utility Counsel (CCPUC) on the important topic of energy privacy.
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For you writers out there, a friend of mine pointed me to a great link that describes 22 “rules” for storytelling that is a great tool for validating your own story line against. A Pixar artist named Emma Coats apparently learned these from her colleagues and tweeted these in the form of “story basics” back in 2011.
I especially like #4 because it’s a great tool to help you figure out your entire story in the form of a 30 second elevator speech!
#7 also resonates with me because I like to know where I’m going before I get there. That was exactly how I wrote The Left Hand of Light!
Sitting alone in the Chinese restaurant, pouring a cup of jasmine tea, I suddenly realized I could do anything–anything–I wanted and was rocked momentarily by a boomcake of freedom known only to children and the otherworldly.
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