December has been a bit of a blur, but come to think of it, the whole year seemed like that. Due to our move across the states, we’d lost pretty much the first four months of it, packing, organizing, settling in, and working out problems that arose along the way. In the end, it left with me with a feeling of constantly trying to catch up with everything and never being on top of my game. Yet, looking back, I can’t say it was a bad year. Continue reading “A Month in a Writer’s Life – December 2018”
In the Origin of the Story series I’ll be sharing insights of how some of my stories came to be. What inspired them, and what kind of process followed it. All of that spoiler-free, so you can still enjoy the story if you didn’t have a chance to read it yet.
Today I share the process behind my post-apocalyptic short story, To Conquer the Sea. As you will see, it traveled quite a lot publication-wise, but it’s now available on my website. Continue reading “To Conquer the Sea: The Origin of a Story”
Today, The Worlds of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror III – an anthology edited by Robert N Stephenson has its release. I’m pleased to announce that among stories by writers from all over the world you can also find mine. Set in cyberpunk-like setting, Karel on the Other Side is a story about a cybernet glider who suddenly finds herself on the other side… of everything.
About the anthology:
The Anthology that collects short stories across three genres from all over the world. While all authors are paid for their work, the eBook is free, or at a low cost to cover the service offered by Smashwords. If a print book is required then it is available on Create Space and Amazon at cost price plus shipping. This non-profit project was designed by Robert N Stephenson to find new and establish voices in genre and give them an outlet for their work. Please do support this enterprise by sharing and letting others come and download the book.
In the Origin of a Story series I’ll be sharing insights of how some of my stories came to be. What inspired them, and what kind of process followed it. All of that spoiler-free, so you can still enjoy the story if you didn’t have a chance to read it yet. For the first installment, I chose Miye’s In, a fantasy short story, published back in 2013 by Fiction Vortex. You can now read it on my website. Continue reading “Miye’s In: The Origin of a Story”
Yesterday was the release day for a Polish anthology, Memento. Opowiadania o życiu i śmierci. (Memento. Stories About Life and Death) by RW 2010 Publishing House. Inside, you can read not one, but two of my stories. Bębniarz pana Roache (Mr. Roache’s Drummer) addresses the theme of death in a quasi-steampunk setting, while Siedem procent szans (Seven-Percent Chance) deals with living.
Continue reading “Two Stories of Mine in a Polish Anthology”
Even though I usually end up focused on one project at the time, it’s never the only one that is brewing in my head. I’ve mentioned before I usually have several projects going, in different stages of (de)composition, as this is my way of escaping the dreaded writer’s block. If one project feels tiresome or boring at the time, I can always jump into another one and get my writing momentum back. Continue reading “All the Novels I Write”
Two weeks ago Sarah Higbee nominated me in the Freestyle Writing Challenge and even though it took me a while to get around to it, I can’t deny it was a great fun, and a real challenge. Continue reading “The Freestyle Writing Challenge”
As you might have noticed, a new section is now available on my website. Read Online is a page listing short stories and other works you can read directly on my website.
The first text I’m publishing is “Miye’s In” – a fantasy story set in the secondary world, in which colonists struggle to survive on the new continent, fearing monsters’ attack, while one girl fall sick with a mysterious disease.
“Miye’s In” is also available on Wattpad, if you prefer to read on this platform. Continue reading “Short story available on the website and on Wattpad”
A new ebook was released yesterday by RW2010 publishing house. “Bierz mnie” (“Take me”) is an anthology of speculative fiction stories with erotica as their theme, and my fantasy story “Sanne i drewno” (“Sanne and Wood”) is one of them.
Publisher about the anthology:
Books are not the only thing writers love and the literature is not the only thing they can pleasure from – after all, they are women and men. The authors of this anthology gave birth to nine daring stories about that most human thing, though at times it’s also the foreign thing, for the enjoyment of the readers looking for the new experiences. The past, the present, and the future mix with places far and near, science and magic mixes with intimacy and desire, and beauty—with ugliness; exotic things weave into those common ones, subtletly with straighforwardness, and love—with sex. From all this comes an anthology to wake up senses and excite the imagination, but also to give the readers some thought, not only during a long, sleepless night.
Authors: Istvan Vizvary, Katarzyna Kowalewska, Stanisław Truchan, Katarzyna Uznańska, E. M. Thorhall, Grzegorz Piórkowski, Joanna Maciejewska, Radosław Lewandowski, Dawid Juraszek.
Every once a while I look into my wardrobe and think it’s time to sort it out. Not only put all the skirts together and put sweaters beside one another, but actually take out all the clothes, check if they still fit and try to remember when was the last time I actually wore them. I don’t like it as it requires parting with pieces I feel sentimal about, but never really wear or admitting that there’s no way I’m going to fit in that blouse again. And the jacket? I love it, but it really starts looking shabby… If you can’t relate, maybe you can imagine how unappealing this task can be.
But what I do love is cleaning my literary wardrobe: looking back at all the ideas I scribbled down years ago and inspecting the forever postponed works in progress. It’s not only a pleasant surprise of finding hidden gems I’ve forgotten, but also a decision whether anything is worth coming back to. Some texts are archived to be forgotten forever, but others get to be considered again, and kept for later. They will be perfect for these grim days every writer has sometimes when they feel out of fresh ideas. Continue reading “Cleaning Your Literary Wardrobe”