So, with having Science-Fictional tendencies and a love of haiku, it was a revelatory moment when, a few months ago I stumbled upon the wonder that is the ‘Scifaiku’. The genius portmanteau which embraces two of my life’s passions. So, I thought I would give it a go as it seems a bit easier than trying to complete the 18,000 word dissertation I should be doing instead… I will try to do one a week.
Thrusters fire as bridges burn
Is there life on Mars?
I am rapidly approaching deadline day for my MA in Creative Writing and have found myself researching, in depth, some of the strangest things.
I am currently writing the good old ‘first novel’, the first 15,000 words of which will form part of my dissertation. Despite it being a science fiction piece I have spent several hours googling the following things:
- Vintage lawnmowers – specifically those powered by a two-stroke Villiers engine
- Past and present members of the Rolling Stones and full band history
- How to spell ‘balalaika’
- Moons beginning with the letter ‘D’
- Popular types of tea
- John Coltrane
A fellow student recently told me that she had spent a full day researching Victorian underwear.
So, as well as working towards finally getting the first draft complete, I feel I can now hold my own in the world’s strangest conversation.
Elly Blue (previously) writes, “Will toilet paper be a valuable commodity after society collapses? Who will help you with your reproductive rights in the coming patriarchal dystopia? Why are humans so obsessed with gender? Are bots human? These questions and many more are answered with bicycles (and feminism!) in the eleven stories found in Bikes […]
via The future will be feminist and pedal-powered: kickstarting a fifth “Bikes Not Rockets” sf anthology — Boing Boing
Hi, welcome to the site.
I was lucky enough to win the April short story competition on Sean Jeffery’s excellent Dark Tales website. You can read the story for a short time here:
I highly recommend checking out some of the anthologies whilst you are there, there are some great stories waiting for you.