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An Outer Alliance Article

Posted in Fantasy Magazine, Uncategorized, work with tags , , , on November 8, 2009 by Jaym Gates

A while back, I pitched the idea to one of Fantasy Magazine’s editors that, as a magazine that actively seeks minority points of view and fair representation in fiction, we should run an article on Outer Alliance.

For those of you who haven’t checked it out, it’s a group started by Natania Barron and Brandon Bell. Focusing on advocating LGBTQ issues in literature, it is a steadily-growing group of F/SF authors and fans who believe that gay rights and acceptance reach into more than marriage and the mundane world.

2009 has not only been a tumultuous year for anyone in the LGBTQ community, but in the genre community as well. There have been several debates over the prejudice towards white male authors, flaming attacks on rights from well-known authors, and even prejudice against advertisements. This is perfect timing for an organization to bring some focus on an issue that hasn’t had so much attention paid to it recently.

However, I want to show, in my article, why we need something like Outer Alliance in the first place. As such, I’ve put out an invitation on Twitter for anyone who would like to help me out.

Here’s the deal: If you have had experience with some form of prejudice, whether or not you were the party involved, regarding genre fiction and LGBTQ issues, I’d like to hear stories.

If you have links to examples of good OR bad responses to prejudice, queer fiction or queer authors/fans, send ’em away.

What I’m not looking for is ‘we need to do this’, slander, flaming or soapboxes. This is a feature on an organization that is trying to root out prejudice, not an article lambasting or villainizing a group of people.

I also can’t promise that I’ll use everything you send me. But if it is thought-provoking, relevant or really unique, I may want to quote you!

Thanks everyone. This is a project I’m really, really looking forward to!

Another article published!

Posted in Fantasy Magazine with tags , , on October 24, 2009 by Jaym Gates

Yup, another article is up at Fantasy Magazine. Ya’ll should really appreciate this one, as it just refused to come together in my head for the longest time.

Anyways, I figured I’d make a list of the articles I’ve had published there.

Forum Games and Gamemasters: An Interview

Forum-Based Roleplaying: Good or Bad?

I Am a Browncoat

Dragon*Con 2009: Retrospective

Hmmm… I don’t have time to track down the first one today. Oh well. I’ll find that later.

Fantasy Magazine Announces New Contest

Posted in Fantasy Magazine, writing with tags , , , , , , , on October 1, 2009 by Jaym Gates

Since the last Flash-Fiction contest was so successful, Rae Bryant unveiled the newest contest today.

Submission Window: October 1st to Friday the 16th, midnight.

Choose a graphic image as a prompt then start writing! Less than 1,000 words. Yes, 1,001 is more than 1,000. Story content should relate directly to the graphic of choice and should also follow the content guidelines as posted on our Fantasy Magazine guidelines page.

Contest Guidelines

This is a great opportunity for a new writer looking to break in, as it is exposure and experience. For a more established writer…Hey, you’ve got some GOOD competition here.

Have fun everyone!

Lost Gems

Posted in Fantasy Magazine with tags , , , , on June 23, 2009 by Jaym Gates

I pitched an idea to Fantasy Magazine today about running reviews of books that never saw the shining light of a best-seller list. Now, there are plenty of books that deserve to be forgotten (And yet, inexplicably, they light up the room in a cheery tear-gas glow anyways), but there must also be hundreds that deserve to be read!

What are the books that you picked up on a shelf somewhere, on a whim because you had never heard of the author? What are the ones that quickly made the top-shelf of your library, that you loan out to your friends?

Please shed some light on the unknown! Let’s get some alternative reading going.

Interesting Article!

Posted in Fantasy Magazine with tags , , , , on June 15, 2009 by Jaym Gates

Before I get to that… I’ve been reading through the #iranelection tweets on Twitter tonight. Before that, I’d read an article on blue-collar economic woes. And as I was reading, all I could think was ‘I’m sorry, I’m sorry. I’ve been so stupid, not had it half as bad as this and I’ve lost perspective.’ The world is in chaos right now, but take a look around you. There’s a chance that you’ve still got it a hell of a lot better than most people. I know I do. I have a job. A house. A computer with internet. There aren’t riots outside. I have food. If everyone in America spent one day doing volunteer work, I think it would make one hell of a difference.

Anyways, on a lighter not (MUCH lighter!), there’s an interesting article over at Fantasy Magazine about the importance of NPCs in gaming. I think Gamemastering NPCs would be a useful read for writers as well. Very useful. So go read it, and comment!

Wheeee!

Posted in Fantasy Magazine with tags , , , on June 10, 2009 by Jaym Gates

I had to wait ALL DAY to do this!

FIFTHWIND FORUMS member Kelly Stile has WON Fantasy Magazine’s Can You Fantasize In Ten Sentences or Less? contest! Congratulations Kelly, your piece is absolutely vivid and memorable.

Ten Sentences or Less: Results Soon!

Posted in Fantasy Magazine with tags , , , on May 29, 2009 by Jaym Gates

First off, I am incredibly happy to see the turn-out from the forum. I believe we got about ten pieces submitted from there. Congratulations guys. I know it’s no fun to get the rejections, but believe me, that’s part of writing. Get used to it, and use it to improve! (I’m still jealous though, that I couldn’t join. I love Micro-fiction)

Secondly, get ready to go vote, the final choices should be up pretty soon, and you get to choose the final three!

If you haven’t been following it, here ya go: Can You Fantasize in Ten Sentences or Less?