B2BCyCon2018 Fantasy Blog Tour #1 – Why I Write Fantasy by Mary R. Woldering

Brain to Books Cyber Convention & Book Expo 2018This post appears as part of the “Brain to Books Cyber Convention & Book Expo Fantasy Book Tour”…

Running from April 6th through April 8th 2018 this online book event brings readers and authors together for a weekend of books, and book related events.

Learn more here

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Why I Write Fantasy – By Mary R. Woldering

I really don’t have an answer to that. I write and fantasy happens. Reality, as in life restricted to the five senses bores me to tears.  I was born into a very religious family, so things of “God” and angels and devils were natural to me, even though I couldn’t see them. When I was afraid of storms (as one of the characters in my novels fears them) my Mother told me it was god cleaning and re-arranging things in heaven. I was given little candles to burn to speed my prayers to heaven.

I drew pictures of scribble tornados even though we had no TV in those days and I had never seen one. When I went to the movies and later when the television arrived in our house, I BECAME characters in them. I was Davy Crockett “Grinning a bar…” It didn’t matter that he was a man. I had an imaginary friend named Starr who could appear as different things: A Native American, a young man with long black hair who danced. He could also be just a star. I sang “Twinkle, twinkle little star to him.”

I knew about other creatures too. I saw them in my dreams, even though I never read about them. There were solid white or pale people, ghosts and apparitions in my room. My Mother said it was the devil and told me to pray. I told her I would pray him out of Hell and after that she didn’t say anything else on the matter.

At first, I drew, then I wrote. All stories I wrote, even as a child, contained something of the spirit or of dreams. I could fly, I could be a witch, I could turn into a hawk, I could walk through walls. Starr was still there in the background, but we didn’t talk as much. In High school I wrote a Regency/early Victorian romance but, sure enough my pale people came in and Starr showed up as a ghostly guide to the hero of the story.

In college I met others like me who spent much time in the ‘dream verse” My best friend and others told me I was just psychic and I was seeing real spirits as well as remembering past lives.  Starr? He, they said, was a guardian spirit.

Now my writings of the unreal increased and I wrote down all the dreams, meditated with friends and wrote some more. It was as if my world of fantasy suddenly had permission. My friend and I traded stories of our off-kilter childhoods. She could fly, and there was something about a dragon (if I remember right) she made up a language and talked to ghosts too.  We ended up “seeing” each other in different eras – and of course you find us both in my major work series Children of Stone.

In summary, I say I write fantasy because it’s my reality. As I say in my bio, fantasy is me. One hundred years ago I would have been in a madhouse.

The excerpt below is part of an Urban fantasy short story published in Dreamtime Dragons this year. It’s based on stories my friend told me of her childhood and if became “Ana’s Dream of Flying”

The entity shaped the crystalline orb it formed with what might have been a hand.

Human. As man, it self-whispered as the dark blue star-filled shape with the emerald bracelet at its wrist became clear, took on the appearance of ruddy skin and solidified.

He watched Ana grab the broken stub of a much-chewed pencil and begin to scribble a shape on the pale purple scrap of paper.

She bit down on the eraser in a nervous gesture and tucked one of the fat braids that had come loose from her head. A figure emerged. It was a tall and red manlike thing with a long turban-like hat tilted back from his brow. She colored his long robe red, but couldn’t decide what to do with the feet so she extended it to the bottom of the page.

The entity smiled and nodded, pleased.

“I will call you Mr. Man.” she affirmed. “I know you. You watch over me when I am sleeping.” Her teeth flashed in a grin as she pushed the crayon over the surface of her artwork.

She can’t see me; not in the light of day, the creature smiled.

The veil is too thick in the cursed sunlight.

At night is when she can see me

I will come to her as a dream,

then carry her away to the lands and places where we walked once when we were gods.

I have watched parts of her shattered soul for centuries.

Tonight, sweet little child, when you dream,

I will take you flying,

I will teach you to fly and then you will remember even more.

In the thinning distance between worlds, the entity heard a crackly sound of something from another room, suddenly joined by the wispy, singing voice of an older female.

Some glad morning when this life is o’er,

I’ll fly away.

To a home on God’s celestial shore,

I’ll fly away.

When the shadows of this life have flown,

I’ll fly away.

Like a bird thrown, driven by the storm,

I’ll fly away.”

Then the singing stopped and the crackly sound went abruptly silent with a click, followed by: “Ana…come to supper, dear.”

Voice from another room, it mused, the smell of cooking is strong. Fire-treated winged creature – chicken.

For a moment, the entity wished for a human form; one that would love to eat the older female’s fried chicken, mashed potatoes and green beans.

There will be something she calls pie, afterward.

§ § § §

“Yas, Muh’dear” the little brown skinned girl muttered, perturbed that she’d have to stop her drawing and put her things away. A slight frown crept over her high forehead. She slapped her crayon on the table, then paused and picked it up. In a quick, gesture, as if adding something extra, she scribbled red angel wings sticking out of the sides of the creature’s robe. Regarding her work, she changed them so that they looked sharp and pointy.

“That’s better. No angel-y wings for you. Now you can fly away. Don’t let them see you, Mr. Man. It’s our secret. Mwah!” she kissed the paper then folded it, tucked it in her school notebook and put away her crayon. She didn’t see the red pulse that glimmered inside the spiral bound pages.

Little Ana, not quite eleven, ate her supper, watched the “Outer Limits” with Muh’Dear and Daddy, then took her bath. She put on her pink PJ’s, brushed her teeth and went to bed, but couldn’t sleep.

Big bad devil is out there but Cass and Jera’boam will protect me, she thought.

They were her daydream friends. They always would laugh and play with her outside and take turns jumping off the porch, pretending they could fly. When she was five they wanted her to jump off the roof of the shed, but Daddy caught her just in time.

They don’t believe in you. They say you are ‘maginary and to stop fooling around. Be a big girl they say, but I always was a big girl. She snickered as she snuggled in her covers. I just shrinkity shrank like my red sweater in the washing machine.

Ana loved to draw and dance and play. She didn’t like school too much.

The nuns are mean and always talk about sins and devils and how they come and get bad little boys and girls who cause trouble in class.

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B2BCyCon2018 Sci-Fi Blog Tour – Behind “Evaline Transcendent”

Brain to Books Cyber Convention & Book Expo 2018This post appears as part of the “Brain to Books Cyber Convention & Book Expo Science Fiction Book Tour”…

Running from April 6th through April 8th 2018 this online book event brings readers and authors together for a weekend of books, and book related events.

Learn more here

Evaline Transcendent - Cover (x8 - Chromed)The Origin of “Evaline Transcendent”

Evaline Transcendent is the first of my science fiction stories to go into print. It originally was a featured story in the “Across the Kármán Line” anthology from Laurel Highlands Publishing following a request for stories that took place beyond Earth’s atmosphere.

I originally wrote the story outline from the point of view of colonists who were attempting to colonize a distant planet. However, I quickly discovered that it was more about the ship’s artificial intelligence than it was about the colonists.

The second outline became the story of an artificial being charged with the task of delivering the colonists to their new home. But, the stakes had been raised, because of war on Earth, the ship had departed before the systems had been tested, and there was a very good chance the people on board were the last survivors of their world. To make matters worse, they were headed for the only known planet that could potentially support human life, and the mission before them had stopped sending messages home.

At this point the story was called “Evaline Triumphant”, and I was happy with how it had come out.

Even Stories Evolve Over Time

This was the story that I submitted for the Anthology, but that wasn’t the end of it.We went back and forth on the story title for a while, and came up with “Evaline Ascendant”, which worked well with the story as it stood at that time. But, things didn’t end there.

After discussing the ending of the story with the editor at Laurel Highlands, I was asked to add to the length of the story.

Now, this was my first science fiction story, and I’d felt that it had a good solid ending, but then something occurred to me. There was a way to push the envelope, and my twisted mind went “but what if that WASN’T the real end of the story?”, and suddenly the story shifted gears entirely taking on a darker tone.

Two new chapters came into being, and I turned the original ending entirely on it’s head while still retaining that part of the story.

And thus was born “Evaline Transcendent”, and the story that went into print with the anthology.

The Further Evolution Of Evaline

Once the rights for the story reverted to me, a year after publication, I re-read it and decided to release it as a short story. I added a lot  of extra material into the story. Some of it was clarification on things I thought needed explaining a little better. Other parts were in there to extend the scenes and add a little more to the personalities of characters.

Why So Vague?

Honestly, I’m being deliberately vague about a lot of the details, because I don’t want to give anything away. But, as you read this story, I know you’re going to spot where I originally ended it, and hopefully be surprised by the direction it takes from there…

If you’re intrigued enough to buy a copy, I’d love it if you could leave a review. At the end of the day, I thrive on reading people’s thoughts about my stories, both positive and negative.

Buy “Evaline Transcendent” for $0.99  throughout the Brain to Books Cyber Convention (April 6th-8th).

Normal Price $1.99



Next Up: Stephen Pearl

Brain To Books Cyber Convention & Book Expo – Round Up

B2BCyCon2018A Brain To Books Cyber Convention & Book Expo – Round Up

The Brain to Books Cyber Convention and Book Expo is over for 2018, and I wanted to do a round-up of all the events that happened under the Fantasy Genre. (This post is definitely longer than my usual posts).

As the B2BCyCon Fantasy Genre Manager I’d like to thank all the authors who took part in the various events, which were a lot of fun to arrange and manage. A lot of emails and Messenger discussions went on during the build-up to the weekend, and everyone involved made my job a lot of fun.

20+ authors came together to create:

  • 2 blog tours, exploring why we write fantasy, and what elements define fantasy for us as writers. (links to the stops on each blog tour can be found below).
  • 3 panel discussions covering creating worlds, what creatures define a story as fantasy, and how to mix genres. (links can be found below).
  • An ongoing story on Goodreads, where multiple authors have contributed to the story.
  • 2 tournaments, one pitching covers against each other, and a second pitching characters against each other.
  • And an author showcase, giving potential readers a chance to find them and learn more about their work.
  • I also had the pleasure of joining Joe Compton and over on the GoIndieNow coverage of the weekend.

In the interest of showing just how readers voted on the two tournaments I provided the votes for each round.

Blog Tours

Here are the links for the two blog tours for the fantasy genre. I’d like to thank all of the authors for contributing their views, and personal reasons for writing fantasy.

B2B Fantasy Blog Tour #1 - Header B2B Fantasy Blog Tour #2 - Header

Discussion Panels

Three discussion panels were recorded over the space of two days, and I had the pleasure of being joined by 7 different authors in various combinations. Those authors included Tom Fallwell, Aziza Sphinx, Anita Stewart, Ed Ireland, my wife (and co-writer) Sandi Bateson, Rebecca Carter and Angela B. Chrysler (Mrs B2BCyCon herself).

Each of the participating authors took as much as two hours out of their day to address our topic of discussion. I loved doing these events, because there were many points on which we agreed, and others where we disagreed, making for some interesting conversations.

#1 – Do You Need Dwarves, Elves, and Dragons For A Story To Be Considered Fantasy?

Hosted: Timothy Bateson
Panelists: Angela B. Chrysler, Tom Fallwell, Sandi Bateson, Anita Stewart

#2 – World Building

Hosted: Timothy Bateson

Panelists: Angela B. Chrysler, Tom Fallwell, Aziza Sphinx

#3 – Mixing Fantasy with Other Genres/History

(AKA: “What Happens When Author Muses Lead Them Off Topic” or “Shut It Scribe!”)

Just a warning, this discussion started on topic, and then went COMPLETELY off topic…

Hosted: Timothy Bateson

Panelists: Angela B. Chrysler, Anita Stewart, Ed Ireland, Rebecca Carter

Fantasy Character Tournament

A total of 146 votes were cast over three rounds, and here’s how those votes were cast.

 Round 1 (8 Entries)  Semi-Finals (4 Entries)  Finals Winner
Brackify Entry - Felix The Fox - Assaph Mehr

Felix The Fox

Assaph Mehr

11 votes

 Brackify Entry - Felix The Fox - Assaph Mehr

5 votes

    Brackify Entry - Delina - Tom Fallwell

17 votes

B2BCyCon2018 - Fantasy Character Tournament Champion

Brackify Entry - Fire - Ed Ireland

Brackify Entry - Leilana Erovina - Shakyra Dunn

Leilana Erovina

Shakyra Dunn

4 votes

Brackify Entry - Delina - Tom Fallwell

Delina

Tom Fallwell

13 votes

  Brackify Entry - Delina - Tom Fallwell

8 votes

Brackify Entry - Captain Rafe Morrow - A.F. Stewart

Captain Rafe Morrow

A.F. Stewart

5 votes

Brackify Entry - Never - Ashley Capes

Never

Ashley Capes

10 votes

  Brackify Entry - Never - Ashley Capes

7 votes

    Brackify Entry - Fire - Ed Ireland

34 votes

Brackify Entry - Ember Oheada - Dove Winters

Ember Oheada

Dove Winters

5 votes

 

Brackify Entry - Fire - Ed Ireland

Fire

Ed Ireland

9 votes

  Brackify Entry - Fire - Ed Ireland

11 votes

Esterios Dyaus di Nyssa - Mary R. Woldering

Esterios Dyaus di Nyssa

Mary R. Woldering

7 votes

Fantasy Cover Wars

A total of 505 votes were cast over four rounds, and here’s how those votes were cast.

 Round 1 (16 Entries)  Round 2 (8 Entries) Semi-Finals (4 Entries)  Finals  Winner
Brackify Entry - The Breathing Sea_Burning - EP Clark

The Breathing Sea: Burning

EP Clark

7 votes

Brackify Entry - The Breathing Sea_Burning - EP Clark

7 votes

Brackify Entry - The Unborn Hero of Dragon Village - Ronesa Aveela

38 votes

Brackify Entry - The Unborn Hero of Dragon Village - Ronesa Aveela

101 votes

B2BCyCon2018 - Fantasy Cover Wars Champion
Brackify Entry - The Unborn Hero of Dragon Village - Ronesa Aveela

Brackify Entry - Lady Blackwing - Devorah Fox

Lady Blackwing

Devorah Fox

3 votes

Brackify Entry - The Last Sea God - Ashley Capes

The Last Sea God

Ashley Capes

3 votes

Brackify Entry - The Unborn Hero of Dragon Village - Ronesa Aveela

16 votes

Brackify Entry - The Unborn Hero of Dragon Village - Ronesa Aveela

The Unborn Hero of Dragon Village

Ronesa Aveela

6 votes

Brackify Entry - Descent - Tiffany Apan

Descent

Tiffany Apan

1 vote

Brackify Entry - Arising - Sarah Kennedy

21 votes

Brackify Entry - Arising - Sarah Kennedy

22 votes

Brackify Entry - Arising - Sarah Kennedy

Arising: Prophecy of Hope

Sarah Kennedy

15 votes

Brackify Entry - The One Left Behind _ Magic - Shakyra Dunn

The One Left Behind: Magic

Shakyra Dunn

3 votes

Brackify Entry -Ember of the Planet - Dove Winters

5 votes

Brackify Entry -Ember of the Planet - Dove Winters

Ember of the Planet

Dove Winters

10 votes

Brackify Entry - Murder In Absentia - Asaph Mehr

Murder In Absentia

Asaph Mehr

5 votes

Brackify Entry - The Dream Walker land of Mystica Series Volume one - Michelle Murray

5 votes

 Brackify Entry - Dragonblood Throne_ Legacy - Tom Fallwell

22 votes

Brackify Entry - Flower Shields - C.A. King

94 votes

 Brackify Entry - The Dream Walker land of Mystica Series Volume one - Michelle Murray

The Dream Walker: land of Mystica Series Volume one

Michelle Murray

7 votes

Brackify Entry - The Last Ranger of Sarn - Ed Ireland

The Last Ranger of Sarn

Ed Ireland

4 votes

Brackify Entry - Dragonblood Throne_ Legacy - Tom Fallwell

18 votes

Brackify Entry - Dragonblood Throne_ Legacy - Tom Fallwell

Dragonblood Throne: Legacy

Tom Fallwell

9 votes

Brackify Entry - Ghosts Of The Sea Moon - A.F. Stewart

Ghosts Of The Sea Moon

A.F. Stewart

7 votes

Brackify Entry - Flower Shields - C.A. King

19 votes

Brackify Entry - Flower Shields - C.A. King

29 votes

 

Brackify Entry - Flower Shields - C.A. King

Flower Shields

C.A. King

9 votes

Brackify Entry - Children of Stone_ Opener of the Sky - Mary R Woldering

Children of Stone: Opener of the Sky

Mary R Woldering

11 votes

Brackify Entry - Children of Stone_ Opener of the Sky - Mary R Woldering

7 votes

Brackify Entry - Tested - Connie Cockrell

Tested

Connie Cockrell

1 vote

Don’t Forget To Pickup Your Copy Of The Second Brain to Books Anthology

Book Dreams Vol 2Here, Brain to Books presents the second collected talents of assorted artists. In this collection you will find short stories, excerpts, and poems that encompass the hidden treasures of today’s uprising authors. May their words influence you as much as they have influenced mine.

Authors Include: A.M.Nestler, Angela B. Chrysler, Ashley Capes, Debbie Manber Kupfer, Ed Ireland, K. Matt, Maaja Wentz, Renee Scattergood, Roxanne Greening, Sandi Bateson, Tiffany Apan, Timothy Bateson

Buy Now from Amazon ($2.99)

The Halloween Crazy Train Is About To Start

Tomorrow marks the start of the lead up to Halloween night, and I have a very full month of events scheduled for you. If you haven’t already taken a sneak peek at what’s coming up, then take a look at this post, where I give you a list of everything that’s happening. (And trust me, if you love reading as much as I do, you’re going to discover some great books, some fun stories, and hopefully uncover a new favorite author or two).

So What Happens To My Normally Scheduled Posts?

  • “Midweek Mumbles” will be in hiatus until November 1st 2017. This is my normal rambling post that goes up on a Wednesday, but it will be replaced an Author Spotlight, 2 Book Spotlights, and a Character Interview during the month of October.
  • “Someone Else’s Words” will also go on hiatus, returning November 4th 2017. This is my weekly quote post, and during October, it will be replaced by a Book Spotlight, and Author Spotlight, and two posts yet to be determined.

In the meantime, here’s a little piece to get us all in the mood:

The Louisville Leopard Percussionists is a non-profit organization offering extracurricular music opportunities to local children at little or no cost. And here they are playing Crazy Train by Ozzy Osborne.

And here’s the original

Are There Any Particular Posts That Have You Excited?

If there is a particular part of this month’s schedule that has you excited, let me know in the comments…

B2BCyCon Fantasy Genre Tour: Behind The Scenes Index

Welcome to the Fantasy Behind The Scenes Showcase

(Brought to you by the Brain To Books Cyber Convention & Book Expo)

As part of the Fantasy Genre Tour, many of the authors were kind enough to give us some insights into why they love writing, and reading fantasy. Others gave us insights into what goes into putting a fantasy story together. So dive into the tour, and get a sneak peek into the minds of some great authors.

(Links coming as I get them back from the hosting bloggers)

  1. TOUR INDEX
  2. “World Building: It’s Not Just About Drawing A Map” by Stephen Pearl
  3. “Urban Fantasy, Vampires and Anti-Heroes” by Rosemary Johns
  4. “The Occult and Magic” by Stephen Morris
  5. “Fantasy: The Great Escape” by Andy Peloquin
  6. “Behind the Scenes: Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter” by C.A. Verstraete
  7. “Why I Love Fantasy” by Toi Thomas
  8. “Realistic Fantasy” by Suzanna Linton
  9. “Fantasy Made Real” by Alex Carey
  10. “Making Magic 101” by C.L. Schneider

B2BCyCon Fantasy Genre Tour: Showcase & Giveaways Index

Welcome to the Fantasy Showcase & Giveaways

(Brought to you by the Brain To Books Cyber Convention & Book Expo)

As part of the Fantasy Genre Tour, some of the authors asked that we feature books and anthologies that they had contributed to, so that’s what you’ll find here.

  1. Introducing the Prophecy of Hope Saga by Sarah Kennedy
  2. Hell Holes: What Lurks Beneath by Donald Firesmith
  3. Introducing the Spellbound Collection featuring Ash Krafton

B2BCyCon Is Coming – Show Your Support For The Fantasy Genre Events!

So What’s It All About?

There are rumblings deep under the mountain, and those who live close by swear that they have seen fire and smoke in the distance. Ever since the town was established, local bards have told tales of a great monster that sleeps beneath those sacred peaks. But every now and then it awakes, angry at the world, and with a hunger that will only be satisfied with destruction. Before you know it, the great beast will awaken, and unleash havoc upon the land.
The mayor is asking for volunteers to take on the challenge. Will you be one of the few with the bravery and skill to venture into the caverns in search of a way to destroy the beast, before it awakes?

Join the brave souls attending the Brain To Books Cyber Convention fantasy genre events. And keep reading to find out what it’s all about, how to show your support, and what is happening elsewhere at the convention.

What Is The Brain To Books Cyber Convention?

The Brain to Books Cyber Convention and Book Expo is an annual event that brings authors and readers together for a massive online event. Happening every April, it showcases some of the best indie authors in the world. It lets them meet readers, run competitions, take part in online discussions, and so much more. The entire weekend is dedicated to readers and books, so come join us.

I have the honor of having been asked to help coordinate the planning, organization, and running of the Fantasy Genre events. I’ll admit that I’m extremely excited about what we have coming up.

When is all this happening?

  • April 7th-9th 2017

Spread the Word:

What events are the fantasy genre authors running?

  • We’ll be hosting discussion groups on a range of subjects
  • Live role-play sessions: a team of writers will play characters from their stories, and readers influence the challenges the players must overcome.
  • There will also be a scavenger hunt running through the entire weekend, with some great prizes.

How to take part:

  1. Share this campaign with your friends, and help them discover some great books.
  2. “Save the Date” to enter for a chance to win a $100 Amazon gift card.
  3. Wait for the reminder about the event to arrive in your email.
  4. Attend the event and have a blast!

What Other Events Are Going On Elsewhere At The Convention?

  • YouTube discussion panels
  • Book expo showcase
  • Genre-based blog hops and tours
  • Giveaways
  • Grab bags
  • Goodreads author showcase
  • Author interviews
  • Workshops
  • Character competitions
  • Cover wars competition
  • …And much more.
  • Three days of a book lovers paradise.

Join us in 2017, as book lovers unite on April 7th, 8th, and 9th.

Readers can go here and Save the Date: http://b2bcycon.com/ (And be entered into a $100 Amazon Gift Card drawing)

Authors can check out the Getting Started Page: https://braintobooks.com/getting-started/