M. B. Weston’s Writing Diary: 02/12/15

Yesterday’s writing session happened in the morning after I got two hours of sleep from 1:30 to 3:30. After that, I worked until 7:30 polishing up the steampunk superhero short story I’ve been working on. I sent that out and it’s off my desk. Time to return to the urban fantasy pulp novella.

Now that the writing is finished, I can fill you in a bit more on the story:

The requirements: Steampunk. Superhero. Probably between 3,000 and 4,000 words.

The Anthology: Capes & Clockwork 2, edited by D. Alan Lewis (whose novel, Blood in Snowflake Garden, just got optioned by the producers of True Blood and published by Dark Oak Press and Media.

A Preview of my Story: This story is called, “The Stowaway.” It’s a story about a little boy who stows away (didn’t see that coming, did ya?) on a ship only to find out that he is caught up in a war between good and evil he knew nothing about. It takes place in Angelica Blackmore’s universe (from my short story, “The Survivor”), but she doesn’t make an appearance here.

Elements I Introduce:
–Steampunk-ish elements: Submarine and a missile. I also invented a new fun weapon that uses coal dust and a “unknown explosive” to burn it’s victims alive with one shot. It also converts them into evil minions of my supervillan, who also uses long metal ropes like tentacles.
–Action: the ship sinks and a few people are trapped
–Superhero & Supervillain: You will have to read the story for that. Hint: it takes place in the North Sea.

Anyway, I can now get more than 2 hours of sleep a night!!!


About M. B. Weston

M. B. Weston is an award-winning fantasy, pulp, young adult, steampunk, and paranormal author. Her attention to procedure and detail gives her works an authentic gritty, military feel that takes an adventure tale to the level of a true page-turner. Weston’s writing attracts both fantasy and non-fantasy readers, and her audience ranges from upper-elementary students to adults. A gifted orator, Weston has been invited as a guest speaker to numerous writing and science fiction/fantasy panels at conventions across the US, including DragonCon, BabelCon, NecronomiCon, and Alabama Phoenix Festival. She has served on panels with such authors as Sherrilyn Kenyon, J. F. Lewis, Todd McCaffrey, and Jonathan Maberry. Weston has spoken to thousands of students and adults about the craft of writing and has been invited as the keynote speaker at youth camps and at several schools throughout the US.
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