The Space Opera Libretti call for submissions got me writing again!

Hey, there! I discovered a thing about myself that I find kinda cool. Because I’ve only a few years under my belt as an author, I’m still learning what my process is after finishing a novel. And guess what? It seems I really like writing short stories in between larger projects.

I had to ditch NaNo this month because I felt totally burnt out on wording. Smart decision for me, too. I’m glad I made that call. With The Stealth Lovers awaiting editing with the Renaissance folks, I can heave a massive sigh at having the heavy lifting done for that book.

But my short hiatus was even shorter than I expected. I saw a writing prompt for a pretty awesome looking anthology called Space Opera Librettiand I got inspired. Their submission deadline is Dec 31, 2018. Here’s their Kickstarter page, too.

I thought, I could write a space opera about an opera company. That would make it a space opera space opera. And so, The Silken Eclipse was born. And am I ever having a blast with this one. It’s so great to go back into my comfort zone of absurdist humour—and aliens, of course. And true-to-form, there is dessert in this story. Except in an Easter egg sort of way. One of my characters has a last name that’s actually a Russian pastry (spelled differently of course). It’s amazing how I keep this running gag going after I realized I mentioned dessert too much the first few jotted chapters of Life in the ’Cosm, then decided to exploit that to the full instead of deleting it. (There are aliens enjoying desserts in The Stealth Lovers as well.)

Whether The Silken Eclipse will make it into the anthology is anyone’s guess. But I’m grateful that there are people out there who love silly sci-fi, and that they woke up my desire to use words again.

I’ll keep you posted! And check out the anthology if you want to have fun with words, too!


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Cait Gordon

Cait Gordon is the author of Life in the ’Cosm (Renaissance) and The Stealth Lovers (Renaissance 2019). When she’s not writing, Cait’s editing manuscripts and running The Spoonie Authors Network, a blog whose contributors manage disabilities and/or chronic conditions. She’s also teamed up with co-editor Talia C. Johnson on the Nothing Without Us anthology (call for submissions are ongoing until Dec 31, 2018.)

 

To NaNo or not to NaNo? That is the question.

I have a really cool problem. I’ve got something that might distract me from writing each day for NaNoWriMo 2018—the Nothing Without Us anthology. It’s a project I’m co-editing with my BFF and sensitivity editor Talia C. Johnson. NWU, as we nicknamed it, is going to be a collection of short stories for and by authors who identify as disabled, Deaf, blind, neurodiverse, Spoonie, and/or who manage chronic illness. (So stoked!) And it’s going to be published by the amazing Renaissance press! So, because we’re open for submissions until Dec 31, 2018, I might be reading a lot of stories in November.

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ID: Book cover concept. Orange planet, and a baby bottle hurtling through space. Text reads: Life in another ’Cosm, Jinny from the blog.

I’m thinking I might write Life in Another ’Cosm: Jinny from the Blog in November, but perhaps in a NaNoLite fashion. That way, I can still enjoy story-crafting while I keep sharp for evaluating the short stories we get for NWU.

So, I really doubt 50,000 words will be my goal this year. Any word count will be welcome, really. I’m still gobsmacked that I completed my goals for NaNoWriMo2017 and CampNaNoWriMo2018, which resulted in The Stealth Lovers. (It’s gonna be published by Renaissance as well! WHEE!).

The more I think about it, the more a NaNoLite will probably be what I do—a chill method to promote a chill atmos.

Will keep you posted here and on the Twitter!

 


Cait Gordon

Cait Gordon is the author of Life in the ’Cosm, a story about a little green guy who’s on a quest to save half the person he loves. Its prequel, The Stealth Lovers, is a military space opera about legendary warriors Xaxall Dwyer Knightly and Vivoxx Nathan Tirowen. When she’s not writing, Cait’s editing manuscripts and running The Spoonie Authors Network, a blog whose contributors manage disabilities and/or chronic conditions. She’s also working with Renaissance and co-editor Talia C. Johnson on the Nothing Without Us anthology (call for submissions are ongoing until Dec 31, 2018.)

 

 

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The Stealth Lovers will be published by Renaissance!

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I know, right? WHEEEE!!! I’m so excited that the folks who believed in Life in the ’Cosm have also agreed to take on The Stealth Lovers, which is the origin story of Xax and Viv.

We learned from ’Cosm that these two warriors were also known as a formidable duo called The Stealth, but how did it all begin for them? Why were they Dragal legends? What was their life like years before they landed on Cinneh? I mean, who the hay were Commanders Xaxall Dwyer Knightly and Vivoxx Nathan Tirowen anyway? (Other than flippin’ awesome!)

What’s so cool for me is that I wrote the first words for this book in October 2017. And now, one year later, the manuscript has been accepted. What a great manuscriptversary present!

A huge vat of thanks goes to Renaissance’s Acquisition Committee. I’m so grateful to you for choosing my story. (I kept whispering, “Pick me, pick me!”)

I’m really looking forward to working with Renaissance again. They really are an amazing team who makes their authors feel so involved in the process. I can’t wait to collaborate on the cover design with Nathan! We’re already discussing it!

In the meantime, I’ll keep you updated on the progress of where the book is at. Stay tuned, folks!

While you’re waiting for TSL, you can read Life in the ’Cosm first, if you like!

And many thanks to all the fans of Xax and Viv who got really excited to hear their story would be told. You people fueled me to complete the book. Readers are the best!

Wow. This is really happening.

SQUEE!


Cait Gordon

Cait Gordon is the author of Life in the ’Cosm, a story about a little green guy who’s on a quest to save half the person he loves. Her latest WIP, The Stealth Lovers, is a military space opera about legendary warriors Xaxall Dwyer Knightly and Vivoxx Nathan Tirowen. When she’s not writing, Cait’s editing manuscripts and running The Spoonie Authors Network, a blog whose contributors manage disabilities and/or chronic conditions. She’s also working with Renaissance and co-editor Talia C. Johnson on the Nothing Without Us anthology (call for submissions are ongoing until Dec 31, 2018.)