Apr. 26th, 2012 12:21 pm
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When I'm writing, I'm pretty much head's down. Right now, I'm all about the Battletech webseries. I'm about to kill off the first NPC and then the first main character. Mostly you will hear, "I wrote 1000 words today."

I am also working a lot on Apocalypse Ink Productions. We have our regular "get on the same page" meeting on Wednesdays. And things are moving in multiple projects. I'm pleased and not yet overwhelmed.

I have enough to do that I am working to a specific schedule these days. It's wonderful and busy but not yet to the juggling chainsaws stage. Though, I can see it in the distance.

I have contracts for four anthologies (Beast Within 3, Beast Within 4, Coins of Chaos, Dangers Untold) with a couple more floating in the "in progress" ether. I can already tell you that the month of September is going to be crazy. But I'm looking forward to it.


Mar. 12th, 2012 09:59 am
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I’ve had two trips in the last two weeks. The first trip was personal, for my “first” anniversary with Jeff. Yes, we did elope on Feb 29, 2008. Yes, we then got formally married before family and friends on May 1, 2008. It was a way of having our cake and eating it too. The reasons for the elopement are many and varied.

While we do acknowledge the elopement right around the time of it, we only really celebrate it on leap years. Otherwise, we stick to the formal wedding ceremony date. (And celebrate on April 1st,too, because it is halfway in-between the two dates—any reason to celebrate our love is a good one.)

This year, Jeff planned a short trip to Orcas Island. It was lovely from what I remember. Problem was, I got sick on the way to Orcas, and things just got worse. We basically had one queasy day there, and then I was out for the count with a stomach flu that had symptoms too yucky to detail. By the next day, I asked to go home. I then spent the next three days in the comfy chair in Jeff’s office watching him play SW:TOR or napping. That got me well enough for my next trip.

The Rainforest Village Writers Retreat is always the start of my convention season. 38 authors, 5 days, writing, 2 daily panels, writing, socializing, and more writing. It is absolutely a wonderful, productive time. I love it. This year, I was one of the speakers and, of course, I spoke on all things anthologies related. Which is good because I’ve just signed contracts for four more semi-pro anthologies this year.

I also wrote about 7700 words (66 pages) on The Ghost’s Talisman, the script for the photo graphic novel that Amber Clark and I will be producing later this year. Officially, I have Draft Zero of the first three issues and will finish the final issue this week. Then, I will let it stew while I complete Alpha Reader edits on YA novel #1.

By the end of March, I want to be back on the graphic novel to make it Draft One and then hand it off to Amber for her thoughts.

Also, April brings with it Norwescon where I will be a panelist. And you can find my schedule here.
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A couple new reviews:

Human for a Day anthology: Fresh Fiction Review - They liked it.

Human for a Day anthology: MyShelf.Com review - Liked it a lot.

Under the Vale anthology: A Fantastical Librarian review - Discordance got a a shout out as a fresh voice and a good story.

And a reminder, My eBay auction for Worldbuilders ends on the 25th of January.
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If you have ever wanted a critique by me and wanted to help an excellent charity, now is your change.

I am an auctioned off critiquer for Worldbuilders. Check out their blog to find out about this and many other awesome author, editor, and agent critiques.

My eBay auction ends on the 25th of January. Here is the link to that.

If you have any questions about either, please don't hesitate to ask.
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It's my birthday! Yay me! I've opened gifts from my family and my husband. Everyone knocked it out of the park. Mom and Dad got me an Amazon gift card which netted me six new books. Shannon and John got me custom made notepads with my picture and "A Word From Jennifer" on them as well as a custom made calendar that includes family photos and all of the birthdays and anniversaries for that side of the family. It was really cool. I love that kind of thing.

Jeff was a sneaky person and wouldn't tell me any hints at all. Plus, I've come to learn that he will obfuscate the gift in different boxes. This year, he put it in a large box, wrapped in a smaller box, and weighted it down with eight books. The gift? A set of black pearl earrings. They are gorgeous! And I would never have guessed.

Another gift to me is the fact that Human for a Day is featured today on John Scalzi's The Big Idea. This is huge and lovely and I really like what I wrote about the anthology. I appreciate that John has big and small press in his Big Idea column. This is my first anthology with a big six publisher and I really want to do more. It also amuses me that it did come out on my birthday. Almost like John is giving me an extra special gift.

I've only found one review of Human for a Day that I can find. It is a review by The Maine Edge staff writer Allen Adams and he likes it. That makes me happy.

This has been a fabulous birthday so far and I have a party scheduled for tonight.
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Happy book release day to me! Yay! Human for a Day has been released! Yesterday I posted about what this means to me. I am happy dancing today. Also, a number of people asked me what I wanted for my birthday.

Honestly, what I really want is for people to buy my books and send me photos of them, their pets, their fabric friends and/or their plants with my books. Keep the books or give them as gifts. That really is the best gift you can give me. Email me your pictures at gaaneden at gmail dot com.

Here's some of the books you can buy.

  • Human for a Day, anthology, DAW, December 2011. Amazon | Barnes & Noble

  • Finding Home: Community in Apocalyptic Worlds, anthology, Timid Pirate, December 2011. Amazon | GoodReads

  • Space Tramps, anthology, Flying Pen Press, September 2011. Amazon | Flying Pen Press

  • Beast Within 2: Predator & Prey, anthology, Graveside Tales, July 2011. Amazon | Graveside Books

  • Human Tales, anthology, Dark Quest Books, March 2011. Amazon | Dark Quest Books

  • Beauty Has Her Way, anthology, Dark Quest Books, January 2011. Amazon | Dark Quest Books Store

  • In a Gilded Light: 105 Tales of the Macabre, Dark speculative fiction collection, Dark Quest Books, July 2010. Amazon | Dark Quest Books Store

  • The Little Finance Book That Could, Non-fiction finance book on becoming debt free, Lean Marketing Press, June 2010. Amazon

  • Close Enounters of the Urban Kind, anthology, Apex Publications, April 2010. Apex Book Store

  • Grants Pass, anthology, Morrigan Books, August 2009. Amazon | Kindle

    If you would rather give me something more tangible than a photo, here are my Amazon and ThinkGeek lists:
  • Amazon Wishlist
  • ThinkGeek Wishlist


    Goodreads Book Giveaway for Human for a Day

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    Back in 2005, I made a decision. By 2006 I had figured out how to make my decision a reality. I wanted to be a published writer. My immediate goals were to first, get my short stories published, and second, become an accepted RPG author. My long term goal was to be published by a major publishing house like DAW or Tor. At the time, I had no thoughts at all about editing professionally or winning awards.

    Shows you how well I knew myself and the industry.

    By 2007, I was writing regularly for RPGs and selling my short stories to small press. I also was working on my first anthology. In 2009, I won my first editing award. In 2010, I won my first writing award. It is now 2011 and I have won another writing award and authored several RPG books on my own.

    The only thing missing was being published by a major house. Until now. 5 years after I quit my fulltime job, I finally have my mass market sales and publications. Both are to DAW. The first was the Human for a Day anthology. The second is a short story in the new Valdemar anthology, Under the Vale and Other Tales of Valdemar.

    As I hold these two mass market paperbacks, it is proof that if you work hard enough, dreams do come true. When I started, I knew nothing and nobody. Now, as I am about to turn 41 on December 9th, I have reached my long term goal; that thing I set out to do. Not only that, I got to write in one of my favorite fantasy universes with one of my favorite authors as the editor. The thought is humbling and emotional. Holding and petting my books is emotional. Dreams come true. MY dreams come true.

    Of course, now that I'm a little older and a little wiser, I know that making your dreams come through is a never ending thing. Now that I've reached this first long term goal, I need to aspire to new heights. And I am. My new goal is to get a novel published by a major house. Not just a novel—a series. That's what I am striving for next.

    But, in the meantime, I can smile and cry tears of joy and pet my DAW books. I made my dreams come true. Happy early birthday to me!

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    On the work front, while I got almost nothing done on the current works in progress, I did end up writing a flash fiction piece called "That Bastard Called Hope" that was about a toy brawl in a pediatric ward of a hospital. I even sent it off to a prospective home. Mostly, I puttered around email and did what had to be done.

    This included the release of my fourth anthology this year, Space Tramps, from Flying Pen Press. This is a fabulous anthology about the lost people of a space faring society; the hobo, the stowaway, the orphan, the jilly, and the refugee. It's got some great authors including Erik Scott de Bie, Dylan Birtolo, Danielle Ackley-McPhail and Shannon Page.

    Beauty Has Her Way received a great review from "Beauty Has Her Way is an impressive anthology of short stories about femme fatales that you’ll love to read if you’re a fan of fantastic fantasy and science fiction. Check it out today!"

    Work on the Battletech web serial has stalled due to the loss of my Battletech fact checker. I really need someone who know the Battletech universe well and can answer all my questions about mechs, the culture and other such things.

    Thus, I am shifting to get the two weird west stories I have due by November 1st done while doing the research on the big secret project codename "DL" for now (mostly because I don't have a real name for it yet). I'd like to return to Battletech next week. We'll see.
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    Table of Contents
    Odd Jobs – Nathan Crowder
    Backup – Ivan Ewert
    Ina's Day – Andrew S. Fuller
    Locator Beacons – David Lee Summers
    Oh Give Me Land, Lots of Land, Under Starry Skies Above – Shannon Page and Mark J. Ferrari
    Mass – Rick Silva
    Running in Wonderland – Nayad A. Monroe
    In a Dangerous Wild – Kay T. Holt
    The Frigate Lieutenant's Woman – Erik Scott de Bie
    Riding Westbound – Tyler Hayes
    Finding Freedom – Dylan Birtolo
    Travellin’ Show – Danielle Ackley-McPhail
    Indoctrination – Warren Schultz
    The Hunt for Liberty Jones – Brandie Tarvin
    Toll Booth – Matthew Marovich
    What a Mother Will Do – Ryan Macklin

    Release party on Twitter this Friday, the 23rd.


    Aug. 24th, 2011 04:42 pm
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    Two CLOSE ENCOUNTER OF THE URBAN KIND short stories have been mentioned on the Year's Best Australian Fantasy and Horror: Recommended Reading List: Lollo by Martin Livings and Dead Letter Drop by Pete Kempshall.

    I sold my story, A Trial of Breadcrumbs, to Timid Pirate's BENEVOLENT APOCALYPSE anthology. This is a GRANTS PASS story told from Kayley Allard's POV.

    My story, The Komatsu, appears in the newly released Apex Publications anthology, APEXOLOGY: SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY

    I am back from Worldcon. That's 2 conventions in 3 weeks, mixing and mingling with a combined 40,000+ people from the conventions and airports. And I am not sick at all. Tired, yes. But not sick. I credit this to a secret elixir shared with me at last Worldcon by [ profile] seanan_mcguire: Sambacol/Sambacus. Yes, it does say "Virologist Tested."
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    Scaryminds liked it.

    "Overall I had a real nice time with Grants Pass and enjoyed reading the different takes on events post apocalypse. We have stories from different perspectives, Martin Livings even takes us into space, and from different Countries. This isn't, as I thought initially, a North American centric take on things. While the anthology dropped just short of “masterpiece” classification it went damned close. If you have an interest in post-apocalyptic writing or just simply very good writing then dial into this anthology, you are going to have a hoot of a time."
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    This is very exciting for me because I have two anthologies and a story with Dark Quest Books.

    BEAUTY HAS HER WAY edited by Jennifer Brozek -
    We love them: beautiful, strong-willed women. Now read an anthology filled with stories about them. This is not a heroine's book unless the heroine knows how to do bad in the name of good. This anthology is about women across the ages overcoming all obstacles to win their prize. Beauty will have her way...even if she has to get down and dirty to do it!

    HUMAN TALES edited by Jennifer Brozek -
    Be Wary and Beware.... There are tales that every parent knows and must pass on to their child. Tales of warning and terror...of those who break their vows and kill for no reason other than malice. Tales of saving the lovely princess from a prince that is much less than charming...and what it takes to bring her home, of rescuing babes from parents not fit to raise them, and the reason no supernatural can truly win a bargain with such vile creatures. These are Human Tales.

    NO MAN'S LAND edited by Mike McPhail -
    Includes my story "M.O.V.E". Same War, Different Perspective! With a clap of thunder from above, the Aerospace fighters tear through the sky, while below, our women warriors cross the hell of No Man's Land, to close with the enemy; in fourteen all-new military science fiction stories; with an introduction by David Weber, bestselling author of the Honor Harrington novels.
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    To be published by Flying Pen Press

    INTRODUCTION by Jennifer Brozek
    ODD JOBS by Nathan Crowder
    BACKUP by Ivan Ewert
    INA’S DAY by Andrew S. Fuller
    LOCATOR BEACONS by David Lee Summers
    MASS by Rick Silva
    RUNNING IN WONDERLAND by Nayad A. Monroe
    IN A DANGEROUS WILD by Kay T. Holt
    RIDING WESTBOUND by Tyler Hayes
    FINDING FREEDOM by Dylan Birtolo
    TRAVELLIN’ SHOW by Danielle Ackley-McPhail
    INDOCTRINATION by Warren Schultz
    THE HUNT FOR LIBERTY JONES by Brandie Tarvin
    TOLL BOOTH by Matthew Marovich
    WHAT A MOTHER WILL DO by Ryan Macklin

    They are the lost people of a space faring society—the jilly, the orphan, the stowaway, the tramp, the refugee, the nomad, the rebel, and the gypsy. They are the people that the rest of the universe has forgotten. Unloved, uncared for, they are the ones who must find the secret spaceports and the hidden hyperwaves in order to live. They are Space Tramps and they know how to survive.
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    Sent to my Googlegroup first. Here because I remembered. :)

    Because I think I would forget my head if it wasn't attached, I've asked my PA, Lily, to collect monthly round ups for me so that ya'll will hear from me once a month. They won't be as long as this one normally.

    April 1-May 31
    At the end of April, Jennifer was able to upgrade to active status with SFWA after recent sales to DAW. Go Jennifer!

    "Discordance" to the anthology Tales of Valdemar #7 (DAW)
    "Showdown at High Moon" to the Westward Weird anthology (DAW)
    "A Promise Made" to Showdown at Midnight anthology (Science Fiction Trails)

    Norwescon 34, April 21-24 in Seattle was a fantastic weekend attended by Jennifer, who could be spotted anywhere from the Apex Books table in the dealers room to the green room, sitting on a number of panels and catching up with folks along the way.

    Jennifer’s “Making of an Anthology” series at the Apex Blog published a new installment, on invites and anthologies.

    Over at Geeks Dream Girl, her “Dice and Deadlines” series delved into expanding your horizons as a RPG writer.

    ==On the editorial side…
    Issue 64 of The Edge of Propinquity published, with new stories from universe authors Kaolin Fire, Peter M. Ball, Ivan Ewert, Alina Pete and guest author Lillian Cohen-Moore.

    Human Tales, the dark and twisted anthology of ‘faerie tales’ from the supernatural side was released by Dark Quest Books.

    Jennifer’s “Dice and Deadlines” columns’ newest installment discussed the nature of the freelance job hunt, and how a positive approach makes all the difference.

    At the Apex Blog, Jennifer’s “Making of an Anthology” series saw a May installment, discussing how story selection for anthologies can work.

    ==On the editorial side…
    Issue 65 of The Edge of Propinquity published, with new stories from universe authors Kaolin Fire, Peter M. Ball, Ivan Ewert, Alina Pete and guest author Mars Hage.

    In April Jennifer was interviewed by about her story in No Man's Land, book four in the Defending the Future series.

    Rigor Amortis Review, by Nick Bronson.
    Jennifer’s story “Swallow It All” appeared in the anthology.

    CTHULHUROTIC - by Robert Derie.
    Jennifer’s essay “The Sexual Attraction of the Lovecraft Universe” appeared in the anthology.

    Beauty Has Her Way review

    Written by the Fabulous Lily.
    Edited and approved by Jennifer.
    Thank you all for reading.

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    I has it.

    I think I'm doing pretty well on the main project on the table right now. I'm 15,000 words in a 25,000 word (or so) novella. It's moving along smoother than I thought it would. As it turns out, I outlined it into 5 acts and a coda. I say coda because it is part of the story, just after the main story is done. It ties up a loose end and isn't an epilogue.

    I'm also mentally outlining my next Apex Blog post on anthologies. But really, I'm mostly focused on the novella. I do have a little bit going on the side with my new darling of a novel idea but I really can't get too deep into that. I have an RPG supplement and a web series to get through first. I'm thinking about them on the side, too.

    I think I'll need another 2 weeks to finish writing and clean up the novella before it can go out to readers. I'm feeling good about this.
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    Isn't this cover beautiful? There is quite the saga I went through to get it. It's a barcon story at a convention. But, in the end, it was worth it. The artist, Shane Tyree, is awesome and wonderful and I had no problem working with him at all. Highly recommended all the way around.

    I believe Beast Within 2 is due out in late June or July. I've very pleased with how it all worked out in the end.
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    The newest Apex article from my series, "The Making of an Anthology" is up. I've linked all of the articles to date.

    Part 3 - Why some stories make it while others do not.

    Part 2 - Invitations - How to get one.

    Part 1 - Introduction.
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    I am home from a hasty roadtrip for a family wedding. Nothing like a 17 hour drive (one way) for a wedding. But, it is the last family wedding for a long time and I got to meet other new in-laws. So, it was worth it. Tiring but good.

    However, I had an unusual amount of writer business come through the wires while on this trip--royalty payments, future contract discussions, blurb stuff and more--all of which I was dealing with via my smart phone. Not the ideal situation but made me thankful for the technology.

    I came home to find the following review in my email. It's about Rigor Amortis at Shock Totem. They liked my brutal little story.

    “Swallow it All,” by Jennifer Brozek, was another notable story, this one in the “Revenge” section. This one was quite short but it managed to provide a truly unlikeable antagonist who has had his wife raised as a zombie. It isn’t made explicit but seems likely that she died after he murdered her. Just enough details are provided about their situation that I couldn’t help but approve when he meets his deserved, and messy, end.

    It is always nice to be called out specifically in a good way in an anthology review. It was a nice thing to come home to.

    And now, to try to catch up on what needs doing.
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    As editor - BEAUTY HAS HER WAY - by Science Fiction and Other ODDYsseys. A mostly good review. Some interesting points.

    As author - CTHULHUROTIC - by Robert Derie. He liked most of the book but did not like my essay. Not super in depth but a good over all review.

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