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I was tagged by [personal profile] annathepiper, whose Writing Process post is here. The idea is, a bunch of writers talk about their writing process and tag writers who haven't been tagged to talk yet, and the rest of y'all follow the links and discover new writers.

What Am I Working On?

Today is Bear In Chair Prompt Call day, so I am working on whatever people tell me to work on! Beyond that, I have a distressing number of works in progress. Black Velvet Band Medley wants to be the frontburner project at the moment, but it requires more research and outlining: this is the one in which War On Drugs prisoners slated for prison labor on the Luna colony end up on a transport to set up the Tau Ceti colony instead and our heroes pull a La Amistad, and it's the one (a one?) addressing colonialism and the prison-labor loophole in the Thirteenth Amendment.

How Does My Work Differ From Others Of Its Genre?

Speculative fiction—media in general, but I'm particularly concerned with speculative fiction—is distressingly male, distressingly white, really distressingly straight, and it goes without saying that it's very nearly all cisgender. My work is, for the most part, none of the above.

Why Do I Write What I Do?

It distresses me that I and so many other people can't see ourselves reflected in the media. More to the point, it's wrong that we can't see our media reflections. I have a bumper sticker on my car: "Whoever controls the media, the images, controls the culture." —Allen Ginsberg. And as Junot Diaz says, "You know how vampires have no reflections in the mirror? If you want to make a human being a monster, deny them, at the cultural level, any reflection of themselves." I am taking back a little of that control and I am making some damn mirrors.

How Does My Writing Process Work?

Mostly I wing it. With Leah Far-Sighted and sequels I'm trying the snowflake method of outlining, but it isn't going so well. "Start at the beginning, write until you reach the end, and then stop" works much better for me, but it's not really a method designed to result in an intricately plotted novel. The one novel-length project that I've successfully completed using that method is a Harry Potter fanfic, which (since I spent much of it having my characters chase Horcruxes) essentially had the outline laid out for me. I'm trying to get better at outlining before writing.


If you wanna be tagged, holler.

ETA: First tag: [personal profile] perfectworry!

crossposted from conallpublications.com
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Introducing Kayleigh of [personal profile] kajones_writing. She's doing a blog tour and I'm her third stop: stops one and two are at [personal profile] lizcommotion here and [personal profile] lynnoconnacht here.

I warn you that the story Kayleigh is allowing me to share with you contains discussion of character death. I find it intriguing nonetheless. This isn't from a collection of hers I'd previously read, and hey, look, the Beginner's Guide link below shows me where to start. \o/

I hope you enjoy the story.




Blog Tour


I’m Kayleigh, I’m a writer, and I’m trying to make my dream come true - to make a living from my writing - by crowdfunding. Three years ago I didn’t know what crowdfunding was, but I was lucky enough to find the [livejournal.com profile] crowdfunding community on Livejournal, where I started learning what it was possible for me to do. Since then I’ve experimented, to find what works for me, as I’ve been crowdfunding myself for the last two years (last month was my two year anniversary, which is part of the reason I wanted to do this), and, even though I’m not making much, I love it.

Since last year I’ve lived with my boyfriend of over seven years, but life never seems to give us a break. After the stress of last year, with moving and family issues, I was hoping that this year would be easier. Instead he’s dealing with some very painful medical issues that mean he can’t work, so my aims have changed. This year was going to be the year where I built up my audience, as last year I had to take an unplanned hiatus, with the aim for next year being to start getting a regular income. Now my aim for this year is to help as much as I can with both the groceries and the rent, especially as we’re coming up to a particularly difficult month, as we pay rent every four weeks.

With this aim in mind I’ve been working to make my work easy to get into, by creating the Beginner’s Guide to the Many Worlds of K. A. Jones, and making the crowdfunding side as understandable as possible, with my Crowdfunding Brochure. I do write a lot, because writing is the one thing I’ve always been good at, and it’s the only thing I’ve ever wanted to dedicate my life to - I decided I wanted to be a writer when I was six and I never changed my mind. So, if you like what you read here check me out at kajoneswriting.co.uk (my website), or I have mirrors on both LiveJournal and Dreamwidth under the name kajones_writing, and if you’d like to host your own story then email me at k_a_jones@live.co.uk or PM at either mirror journal.

The following story is from the Brotherhood collection. I hope you enjoy it.



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Natasha: Going with Tristan


Lucas pulled Natasha aside and, as their eyes met, she knew what he wanted from her. It wasn't exactly a surprise... )

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