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Bursts of Light is an anthology of positive science fiction and fantasy stories chosen from open submissions by editor Jamie Lackey. Read more

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Bursts of Light is an anthology of positive science fiction and fantasy stories chosen from open submissions by editor Jamie Lackey.

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One Revolution--36 hours to go

My second Kickstarter project has met its funding goal!  I have 36 hours left to meet my secondary goal od $1500 so that I can get professional cover art.  If things get really crazy in the next day and a half, and I make it to $2000, I'm going to write 24 stories for the project instead of 12.  

There are 4 personalized stories left!  You can also get an ebook or a signed, personalized copy of the print book when it's finished.  

Check it out!

New Project!

I appreciate that you all supported Bursts of Light, and I wanted to let you know that I just launched a new project.  It's a lot less lofty, but I think it'll be fun.  

One Revolution: A Year of Flash Fiction is pretty much just what it sounds like.  If my funding succeeds, I'll post a flash story on my website every month, then gather them into a book at the end of the year.  You can check it out here.  

Thanks again for your previous support!!


All I Need is a Miracle...

All I need is you!  

So, we've got a few days to raise over 80% of the total funds for this project.  As the title of this post implies, at this point I think it will take a miracle for Bursts of Light to actually happen.  

But it's not impossible.  

I appreciate all that you, my backers, have already done.  Each and every one of you are amazing, and I really appreciate the support and faith you've given me.  

And to anyone who wants to see this project succeed and hasn't pledged, this is your moment.  If you're holding back because you are planning on submitting a story and are worried about conflict of interest... well, no offence, but that seems a bit silly to me.  There's no pledge level that would let you buy your way into the book, or your could donate anonymously.  And if it doesn't happen, I won't be accepting any stories, let alone yours.  

If nothing else, this is the time to mention it to your friends again, or increase your donation if you can, or pester kickstarter or boing boing or any well-regarded internet personality who you think might get behind the project to mention it on their blog, facebook, or twitter. Maybe you'll have better luck than I have.  

Crossing the Streams!

Lex has launched a Kickstarter project of her own!  If you like my cover art, you should go check it out.  

She is looking for funding to do a themed set of paintings, one each month.  She's starting with birds, but I think you should know that if the birds work out, in the future, there could be robots.  

The Kind of Editor I Hope to Be (part 2) My Thoughts on Diversity

Some things are just so obviously right to me that it's hard for me to intelligently discuss them.  Embracing diversity is one of those things.  To me, diversity's inherent importance is as inarguable as the fact that the Earth is round. 

I think diversity is key in good fiction.  If (when, fingers crossed) this Kickstarter succeeds and I open Bursts of Light for submissions, I'm hoping to get stories from all over the world, from authors from every walk of life.  One of the major reasons that I'm not trying to put out a book full of my own fiction because my point of view isn't the only one that interests me.  I want to read stories from authors and about characters of every gender, race, religion, nationality, heritage, and lifestyle. 

Our own world is so full of interesting differences.  Different mythologies and cultures are fascinating to me--that's part of what has always drawn me to speculative fiction.  People are so diverse in our present, there's no reason to think they will be less so in the future.  And why create a fantasy world that is less interesting than our own?  

Eugie Foster and Hilary Moon Murphy are two of my favorite short fiction authors.  I've also enjoyed everything I've read from Lavie Tidhar, Shweta Narayan, and Rose Lemberg (who is a friend.  But she's also amazing).  And that's just scratching the surface.  If you're interested in diversity in fiction, check out the World SF Blog.  

And, cause I have to say it--think about supporting my Kickstarter, if you haven't already.  If you have, THANK YOU!  Each and every donation means the world to me.