A Song For A New Day

I’ve been writing very slowly lately. The excuse for my sluggardly pace? I’m trying to get better at it, rather than just churning out substandard prose that will make me cringe later. One of the ways I’m working on improving is by reading more. I’ve read a few enjoyable novels lately—I’m finally reading some Cherie Priest, which I’ve been meaning to get around to for ages. I’ll never actually get around to everything I want to read, but I’m working on it.
Cover image from Penguin Random House website
One novel I’m excited to recommend is A Song for a New Day by Sarah Pinsker. Maybe this isn’t a book for everyone, but I’m not the only one who thinks it’s terrific. A bit of praise: A back cover blurb by Charlie Jane Anders reads, “You’d better keep a copy with you at all times, because this book will help you survive the future.” The starred Kirkus review calls it: “a gorgeous novel that celebrates what can happen when one person raises her voice.” For my part, I love the plausible, unsettling near-future feel of the world Sarah Pinsker has created. It feels like it could happen about ten years in the future, or maybe even sooner. I love how the novel eventually feels upbeat. I love its implied call to action. But will you like this book? You might if:
  • You love music, especially live music
  • You enjoyed her 2016 Nebula Award winning novelette, “Our Lady of the Open Road”
  • You want to know even a few of the 173 ways to wreck a hotel room
  • You like thinking up terrible names for bands
  • You feel hopeless
  • You feel hopeful
  • You crave a feeling of connection
  • You want to change the world

Seeking submissions for the 2019 Journey anthology, Stranded

Hot on the heels of Near Myths (2017), Reasons for Hope (2018), and The Love Anthology (coming very soon in 2019), is the call for stories, flash fiction and poetry for the 2019 Writing Journey Anthology: Stranded. This is the latest anthology project for the Writing Journey.

Have you ever been stranded at an airport? Imagined yourself stranded on Mars? Or on a desert island? Or at a cocktail party? Or perhaps at a department store while your significant other is shopping? We will explore the theme of being stranded through stories, flash fiction and poems that cut across genres.

The kick-off is January 19th and first drafts are due February 23rd.

If you are interested in participating in this anthology, please enter your information here: writingjourney.org/anthology16

Join the 2019 Writing Journey

The Writing Journey (aka the Journey) is the year-round,a la carte writing group that is associated with the Naperville region of National Novel Writing Month. It is a completely free writing group where all are welcome to participate in our many Paths. A Path is an activity or event or project that one or more Journey participants creates and coordinates. Paths can be a one-time social event like a lunch or dinner out at a restaurant or a picnic or a musical (like Next to Normal or Heathers) or they can be as complex as a short story anthology. Some recent popular Paths include: short story anthologies, the (in-person) Critiquing group, the Editing Path, the query path, the MiniWriMo challenge (10k in 2 weeks), the Writer’s Voice workshop, Shakespeare Reader’s Theatre, the Writing Excuses Master Class and the Poetry Path.

You do not need to be in the region to be a member of the Journey, though many of our events and activities are local. The Journey’s core track are a series of monthly general meetings January through June and again in September (we take off July, August, October, November and December). Each general meeting typically features two interactive workshops (each presented by one or more volunteers) and some story walls (which are small group feedback/advice sessions on your novel). Our sponsors are the Woodridge Public Library and the Glen Ellyn Public Library, so the meetings will be held there (see writingjourney.org/events for logistics). Meetings are typically Saturday afternoons.

To join (or rejoin for existing Journey members),please take this survey: http://journey.naperwrimo.org/survey2019/

Be sure to share your thoughts on new Paths you would like to see (e.g., there were some rumblings about a knitting Path and a children’s book writing Path; and I think it might be cool to have an improv Path).

2019 Journey Members

  • NewMexicoKid
  • Animollya
  • Haberdashing
  • samcadams
  • odd soul
  • Leslie Hatch Gail
  • Squid
  • Writertodd07
  • Jessica Olive
  • aprilkitty
  • Grachael
  • Loanfreestudent
  • NaNoSue
  • dohenyster
  • anitairons
  • Gwen Tolios
  • DJRM
  • Basil Cliffside
  • pamebellezza
  • tireddadx3
  • cdecrease
  • Whitey
  • Cee-Bee
  • LibraryLore
  • KCSwier
  • DiamondRuby73
  • eleanor.roth
  • Debko
  • b-writer
  • Annavaneast
  • sadierose
  • Memoir
  • Mochomito
  • Barbara
  • fishmama
  • dianaartemis
  • corvus dubh
  • India Powers
  • elizhall