Saturday, November 17, 2012


Dear contributor,

Thank you for submitting to Warp & Weave. We appreciate your willingness to share the product of your imagination and hard work with us. Submissions this semester were diverse and plentiful, thought-provoking and evocative.

I regretfully must inform you that we will not be publishing your piece(s) this semester. However, I hope you will submit to us again in the future. Several pieces that will be appearing in the journal this semester were previously rejected, and we were excited to see them come back reworked and refined... (cont.)

Thanks again for sharing a bit of yourself with us.

Ryan Anderson
Editor in Chief

Apparently my story didn't cut it this time. That's perfectly okay! It's one I can stick with and resubmit after a bit of tweaking -- not to mention the possibility of having some additional stories finished by the next deadline!

Ultimately, I'm overjoyed to have had the courage and the will to finish this story and submit to people I don't know from Adam. Self-fulfillment points through the roof!!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Waiting After My Latest Submission

I recently submitted one of my stories to the local Utah Valley University speculative fiction magazine called Warp + Weave. Mostly students and local authors submit to this magazine so I figure I have as good a chance as any in receiving an acceptance letter! I also figure it's a good place to make my first publication if I can!

The story I've submitted is entitled 'The Irony of War'. It addresses the ethical and moral dilemmas seen in all instances of armed conflict, and attempts to reveal the good, the bad, and the irony that is revealed during such tragic events.

I have my fingers tightly crossed for this story, because I feel like it is pretty darn good! :)

More information about the magazine I've submitted to can be found on

Cheers! And wish me luck!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

The Struggle of the Short Story

Right now, I'm working on honing my basic storytelling skills. To do this, I'm focusing on the short story. Since I lean mostly towards SF, hard SF, and ethical dilemmas illustrated through SF, that is the direction these stories typically take.

Here's a great video I found to help me (and you):

Great all around tips!!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

What Inspires My Writing

When writing fiction, I'm always looking for that one story idea that will allow me to take off -- shoot for the stars, so to speak -- and never return to another hard day of struggling through premise, plot, and storyline, until the story is finished. I hear again and again and have learned from experience that this is not how it is supposed happen, that instead I must focus on taking each idea I have and writing it down immediately, whether or not I think it has the potential to turn into a masterpiece. I also hear again and again that it's not so much what you write about, but how you write about it. Even so, what I write about must be important enough to me that I don't have to worry about being a perfectionist, because that will be the only way it can be written -- perfect in my sight.

I can see how simply going by this philosophy makes it much harder for me than it has to be, but it isn't my only philosophy. When writing gets tough, you must keep pushing or you will not get better. Obviously. Not every draft or idea or concept will be perfect. Not every conundrum you design will be sufficiently logical without that persistent shaping and honing that is typically required.


In all honesty, the only thing you can fully control is not the effect your writing will have on your audience, but the effect your writing has on you -- the attitude you have when you write, the deep psychological and emotional intricacies that come into play, the meaning that each word and letter holds in your heart. 

As you're steadfast in your journey, you will gain a massive collection of ideas, plots, concepts, and lessons that you have developed over time. Soon these will mold together into that one story you will truly and satisfactorily be able to finish. What were once two different plots have now bridged together to become one; what was once a simple concept or problem is now a series of elegant issues leading to a legendary conclusion; some idea you felt would make an interesting setting, that could become highly interactive with the story, is now the basis of all that your story is.

This is the process every writer must go through. In the end, the truths and hard realities of your personal struggle is the same as any other writer's. It will always take time, practice, patience, and hard work. The only difference between us, like I stated before, is the attitude and approach we undertake when we begin.

Update on My Writing (The Fun-To-Read Section)

To be specific about my tastes in writing and reading, I tend to lean more towards realistic science fiction and hard SF. I also enjoy political thrillers, military thrillers, ethical dilemmas, stories of moral conscience, and realistic fiction/true stories about human perseverance. The more of these I find in what I read or write, the more I tend to enjoy it!

For years now, I've been trying my darnedest to get a brilliantly composed science fiction short story on paper. It's been hard, mainly because every attempt has ended much the same, except that each time I feel a little better when I realize that I have, in fact, become that much better at the process.

Here are some of the things that REALLY motivate me about writing!!
  • Music (beautiful and symphonic epic music makes me think sci-fi and really gets me in the mood!) Here's music from a BBC sci-fi series called Outcasts that really gets my blood pumping!

  • Art (space art, magazine covers, paintings, computer generated art, concept art, etc.) I could not even begin to explain what beautiful visuals do for my imagination!

Looking at beautiful artwork like this can spark a million different stories from inside me.
This inspired me to write a story about a young girl living on the lower levels of a capitol city run by an oppressive planet-wide government.

  • Beautiful scenery (for setting ideas)

  • Political upheaval and dramatic true events in our own world

  • Family and Relationships (the most important factor)

  •  Religion
My Mormon faith, like other religions, provides for me many useful philosophical insights to cultivate and increase the human factor of my writing.

Hopefully this helps anyone who runs across it!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

The Beginnings of I'm Not Sure What

I've created blogs before, mostly to give updates on my fiction writing and online publications (as if I were in any way well known to the world for my work). I met a good friend several months ago who writes a blog as a kind of journal. I read it and was impressed by how thorough she was about her life and interests, as well as how fun it was to read (largely because it had lots of pictures and some with me in them!).

I thought I might give it a try. If not to use so much as a journal, then to share my ideas, updates regarding my writing career, and creative interests with the rest of the world, or all who stumble upon my blog.

(*Update: 11-28-2012 You can find my personal/journalistic blog at

To get a taste of some of the things you might see on here, I'll make a list:

  • My writing excerpts (fiction or non-fiction) and news about my writing career (if you can call it that)
  • Poetry
  • Sample photos from my best efforts at photography
  • Music and art I've created or written
  • Philosophical inquiry
  • Religion 
  • Rants and Political Angst

We'll see where this goes and whether I forget about it after the first post! Wouldn't be the first blog I've completely neglected!