The Quinquennium Novellas

 

  

 

The second novella in the Quinquennium series, As It Was In The Beginning, is taking shape. It takes place three years before the events in book one, To Thee Is This World Given, over the week leading up to the end of the world as we now know it. 

While To Thee Is This World Given was intended originally to be a stand alone novella, each of the four characters in it deserved their own story and the world in which takes place deserved to be expanded, and so the Quinquennium was born.

The titles for books three through five are still to be decided but the stories themselves have already been plotted. Book three takes place one year after As it Was In The Beginning, and follows the male character from To Thee Is This World Given. Book four takes place two years after the the end of the world and follows the young Amish man. And book five takes place fifty years after the end and follows the young girl, who is now approaching sixty years old. The names of the characters finally will be revealed in each book.

Simple, vibrant, eye catching single-color covers that reflect the mood and theme of each book were chosen to create a unified look for the series. Double click on any of the covers to see it in greater detail. Each has an identical star field pattern and a white border.

 

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The 2016 Barthelme Prize for Short Prose

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28-1From our friends at Gulf Coast:

Gulf Coast is now accepting entries for the 2016 Barthelme Prize for Short Prose. The contest is open to pieces of prose poetry, flash fiction, and micro-essays of 500 words or fewer. Established in 2008, the contest awards its winner $1,000 and publication in the journal. Two honorable mentions receive $250 and will also appear in issue 29.2, due out in April 2017. All entries will be considered for paid publication on our website as online exclusives.

Jim Shepard will judge this year’s contest. Shepard has written seven novels, including The Book of Aron, published in 2015, which won the Sophie Brody Medal for Excellence in Jewish Literature and the PEN/New England Award for Fiction, and four story collections, including Like You’d Understand, Anyway, a finalist for the National Book Award and Story Prize winner.  His previous novel, Project X, won the…

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To Thee is This World Given turned one year old today

All week long Khel will be posting about how it came to be.

The first two posts, on being able to find the time to write  and the ideas behind the story  are already up. And over the next couple of days, the story of writing the first draft will be posted as well.

Also, from now until June 22nd, we are running a giveaway on Goodreads for five signed and numbered hardback editions of To Thee is This World Given.

There are no strings attached and you can enter for free at the link below. You can also read impressions and reactions to the novella from Goodreads’ reviewers by clicking the title link in the box below.

We are extremely proud of the fact that the number one response has been about the high quality of Khel’s prose (even by those who found fault with other elements).

Happy birthday little book. Here’s to many more.

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To Thee Is This World Given

by Khel Milam

Giveaway ends June 22, 2016.

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Happy 1st (Book)Birthday!

We hope you’ll join us in wishing Rachel R. Smith a very happy first-book-birthday. Way to go Rachel!

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Happy Birthday to my first book, Reflection: The Stranger in the Mirror! The book was released one year ago today, and it’s hard to believe how much has happened since then.

I found an awesome book cover designer in West Coast Design that improved the look from my original attempt (I tried hard, but there’s no competing with the pros!) to something gorgeous!

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In September, Book 2, Reflection: Harbinger of the Phoenix was released.

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In October, Book 1 became available on Netgalley, and it ended up being among the most requested books in Sci Fi & Fantasy.netgalley 381

In March, my books were added to the collection at the Cincinnati Public Library.

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And in just a few short weeks Book 3, Reflection: Thorn of the White Rose, will be released!

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It’s been a great year, and its all because of your support, dear readers! Thank…

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So, I’m Going To Make A Movie…

We always like to spread the word about fellow writers’ crowdfunding campaigns. We’re really impressed with this one. We hope others will check it out and spread the word too.

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One of my resolution solutions at the beginning of last year was to become involved in the art of script writing.

Of course, if you are a Newsletter Love subscriber – and why wouldn’t you be – you already know this.

But anyway…

I figured, heck, I love watching movies and I kind of love to write, and since I’ve already conquered the art of novel and poetry writing and have become wildly successful in these endeavors*, why not try something new.

So, I did.

But before I tried the writing, I did much, much reading about the “how tos” and “whatnots” of how one should go about writing a movie script.

Man**, little did I realize that Hollywood was so anal retentive when it comes to formatting.

Anyway, after surfing the web for some time, I found what has since become my go to resource:

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What Exactly Is Drabble?

We thought we’d pass along this great site for any one interested in a place to read and submit flash fiction. Below is an excerpt from their about page, and the reblogged post goes into detail about what “drabble” is:

“Send your original drabble to us at drabbleonline@gmail.com. Please include your name, WordPress link, and the title of your piece (Note: The title and by-line do not count against the 100-word submission limit.) If you’d prefer to remain anonymous, please indicate that in your email.”

If you are short story writer of longer stories looking for a place to submit your works, we recommend Duotrope

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By The Drabble

Poem? Story? Brain vomit? A snapshot? A representation of a thought, idea, feeling or emotion? An entry point for thought or feeling? Drabble can be all those things. Drabble is a form, not a formula. Just as a haiku or sonnet has rules, so too does drabble.

Words. 100 or fewer.

Drabble is a form that requires concision. But is it even possible to write a good story in fewer than 100 words? Yes, but it’s not easy.

Most modern narrative art adheres in some way to Shakespeare’s three-act structure (i.e., conflict, rising action/crisis, resolution;); whilst presenting a clear theme. Must all these elements be present to tell a good story?

Grant Faulkner, co-founder of the on-line lit mag 100 Word Story, thinks so. In his Brevity essay, “Writing with Gaps,” Faulkner says, “I think the best 100-word stories move with the escalation any story has…

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