These are some of the stories I’ve encountered lately that make me question whether or not I’m a good writer or have anything to say that merits the attention:
Dust, by Daniel Jose Older (from the anthology
Sunvault: Stories of Solarpunk and Ecospeculation)
Intimidation factor: Science fiction that reads like fantasy, with a gritty realness that I love about Daniel’s writing and inventiveness that I just plain envy.
The Faery Handbag, by Kelly Link (as heard on
Selected Shorts podcast)
Intimidation factor: Fabulous first-person voice, charming and inventive story that makes a wonderfully subtle shift from (spoilers!) “is this really happening?” to “oh, yes, this is definitely really happening.” Perfect ending.
The Uncarved Heart, by Evan Dicken (from issue
#212 of Beneath Ceaseless Skies Online Magazine)
Intimidation factor: An emotional story about coming of age and making difficult decisions. Told in a setting that is endlessly surprising. Each moment brings a element of invention that I wish I could achieve.
Are there works that intimidate you when you’re trying to create your art? Tell me about them! Let’s face down our crazy-talented demons together!
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Bradley has been writing fantastic fiction for as long as he can remember, and still has his acclaimed tale of junior-high cafeteria mayhem and heroism, “Red Jello from Outer Space,” tucked away in a file cabinet at home.
Bradley is dedicated to writing gay-tinged fantasy and science fiction literature, with the intent of breaking into the mainstream with subversive characters that resonate with authentic gay and lesbian experiences, regardless of the setting. Which doesn't mean you expect exclusively gay/lesbian stories -- for Bradley, the story dictates the characters, and their sexuality is integral to spinning a compelling tale.
Bradley lives in Brooklyn, works in Manhattan, and writes anywhere and everywhere in between. He’s thinking he might have to dedicate his first book to the MTA, but would much rather dedicate it to his supportive husband Michael.
In 2007, Bradley expatriated from the rest of the world and moved to New York City, Over Achievement Capital of the World. So, in addition to holding down a relationship (or two) and a job, he writes, runs a successful critique group, sings occasionally and narrates stories for podcasts. People wonder how he does it. This is how.
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