No, it’s not a question about bedroom antics – but I have written a few stories in that area.
Yes, it is do with journeys, but not merely in space, the final frontier – some of the journeys are much closer to home.
How far are we prepared to allow our imaginations go?
A reader should enjoy more than one genre, even if they tend to lean more to a main one.
Yes, I’m a lover of adventure stories, and thrillers, but I’ve read and enjoyed romance, paranormal, horror, YA, sci-fi, dystopian, and a few more besides.
How does a variety of material reward me as a reader?
Apart from enjoying the variety, I believe it helps me to focus clearly when I return to the bedrock of my reading – the thriller, or adventure story.
A creative writer ought to try something similar. In my humble opinion, a writer should occasionally get out of their comfort zone, and stretch. They should exercise the main accessory in the toolbox of their craft – imagination.
In the previous section, I mentioned being able to focus clearly on my return to reading thrillers or adventure stories. Switching genre also aids me as a writer.
How can altering my reading assist me as a creative writer?
Until recently, I looked upon Science Fiction as a genre beyond my reach, but one day when my caffeine levels were particularly high, it struck me that it had more to do with imagination than knowledge of the genre.
I will tackle any genre for two reasons.
1 – to find out if I enjoy the writing.
2 – to find out if I can entertain in that particular area.
In the same way a reader might choose to stick with what they know, so too can a writer, but if you’re a single-genre writer, let me, as a multi-genre writer put an idea to you.
Think about the excitement of setting up a new story. Now, imagine trying a new story in a genre you’ve never tried before.
Let’s go full circle, and get back to where we came in to this article.
How far should we go?
In my efforts to push myself and to entertain those people kind enough to try, or continue to support my brand – I am prepared to go to considerable lengths.
My thrillers and erotica are laced with incidents from my life, some big, some small, but my latest venture has taken me to the stars … and I’ve landed characters on some of them.
The Welcome: and other sci-fi stories
This is not only my work, but includes the efforts of a handful of guest authors who have each been kind enough to indulge me by donating a story.
Why did I invite guest authors?
I didn’t do it because I wasn’t confident to produce my standard 12 stories for a collection.
I didn’t do it because I wasn’t confident in writing a genre I’ve only dabbled in previously.
My aim was to produce the best and most varied collection I could on such a wonderful topic. I want readers of this collection to sit back and think about the stories and the theories long after reading our efforts. I know that my guests would echo the sentiment that we want readers of this collection to truly enjoy the journeys.
I sent out an open invitation a few weeks ago, to give fellow authors an opportunity to join me in this venture. At the time of this article, two of my six guests are novice writers, and four are experienced writers, but all will have their own take on what makes a good sci-fi tale, and for me, that is the exciting part.
This book will have three key components, apart from the running theme of the genre.
1 – Six stories are penned by me.
2 – Six stories are penned by my guest authors.
3 – Three ‘bonus’ stories by me will be added at the end. These three extra stories are already featured in other collections.
I will not be posting the guest authors’ names on the Amazon page when I publish, because this will connect us in the complexities of Amazon’s referral system. It’s not a topic to deal with here.
I decided it would be more beneficial to put those authors’ names where they belong – right there on the front cover, where I have my name. They will also be supplying personal contact information to be included in the book.
I feel that this is the fairest way to repay and market my guests.
How did I work out whose story goes where?
I considered the various hi-tech methods of dealing with this quandary, and in the name of fairness I’ve interspersed my work with my guests’ stories. I’ve placed the guest work in author / alphabetical order.
Whether or not you are a Sci-Fi aficionado, I would ask you to consider taking a look through your reading telescope at our joint effort when I publish – Sunday 20th December 2015. Perhaps having seen the sample in your telescope you’ll decide you’d like to take a shuttle to our many and varied destinations.
If you should decide to try our work, I’m sure I speak for all when I ask that you be kind enough to leave a review of your findings.
As always, you have my sincere thanks for reading my thoughts, plans and intentions. All comments are ‘Welcome’.
6 thoughts on “How Far Should We Go?”
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My story “Harvest” is included in Tom Benson’s anthology, The Welcome.
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Thank you Val, and so that you know – I’m now setting up the manuscript ready for the final two stories to come in. 🙂
I’m looking forward to reading your sci-if stories, Tom. I’ll have to share this on FB, using one of my other aliases, of course. 😀
Hi Cathy. Yes, I’m looking forward to your feedback. I don’t know too many authors who know good from bad on sci-fi, although in a couple of weeks I’ll be finding out! 😀
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I’ve finished Smoke and Mirrors, but haven’t gotten a review up yet…have been a busy woman, but hope to get it written soon. BTW, I’m taking early retirement at year’s end to have more writing time.
And I bet your science fiction will be as good as your thrillers. 🙂
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Hi Cathy, and thank you for the heads-up on the imminent review.
I’m pleased to see you taking a step like early retirement – and I think I read it on your site in one of my whistle-stop visits recently. My aim is to get back to comment on yours and one or two others.
If you like my sci-fi it will make my day, week, and probably longer … 😀
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