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My Dream: Seconds Before Sunrise on Goodreads & Extras

15 Nov

Happy Friday!

Today is a REALLY exciting day for me because I’m sharing two new things regarding Seconds Before Sunrise. First, we’re on Goodreads. You’ll be able to see a shortened synopsis until December 1. Then you’ll see the cover as well as the full synopsis. Add it to your Goodreads bookshelf today! (Who knows? You might be chosen to be a beta reader. Hint. Hint.)

But onto the extra:

As many of you know, The Timely Death Trilogy is based on a series of dreams I had from the ages of 14 to 16. I was going through a very dark time in my life when I started having dreams of a young man visiting me. He’d simply talk about my life, ask me what I was going to do, and then disappear. But it felt very real. In fact, it felt so real that, at some point, I truly felt like I might have been going insane. However, I got through this point in my life, and that’s when the dreams stopped. I found myself missing the midnight visitations, and I decided to create a story based off of them.

This is where things get funny.

I wrote Seconds Before Sunrise first. This book will have dream sequences in it, showing many of the dreams that I had. This is why I wanted to share an actual excerpt from my journal during this time in my life. You are about to read a diary entry, written about these events on December 28, 2005:

“I dreamt of him last night.

The actual journal this entry can be found in

The actual journal this entry can be found in

He was sitting on the edge of my bed. His hands were folded in his lap, and he muttered everything he said. We barely touched. And his eyes—I couldn’t stand the look in them. It was like he’d made some sort of self-sacrifice, signed a deal with internal torture, and it was something he could barely stand, let alone speak about.

When he did speak to me, he only told me to be careful—that he didn’t want me to get hurt. And, for a moment, I knew it was because he’d already been hurt and he didn’t want the same for me.

It’s peculiar really…to obsess over his protection when it was only a dream. He’s only a dream. And I have to remind myself of that before he feels real, before he becomes real.

This dream is truly and utterly impossible—a mere fantasy of the cruelest, selfish, intentions.”

When I went back to read this entry, the irony made me laugh out loud. I guess he became real, and I’m the one who did it–by writing The Timely Death Trilogy.

It’s an exciting time! I cannot wait for the cover reveal on December 1, the release on March 22, and to get to know more readers. Thank you for supporting me.

Please take a moment to add Seconds Before Sunrise to your Goodreads bookshelf today. And, while you’re there, enter for a chance to win a signed copy of Minutes Before Sunset.

Have a great weekend,

~SAT

Publishing Tips: Nonfiction

19 May

Quick announcement: if you can produce a review before the end of May, email me at shannonathompson@aol.com for a FREE copy of Minutes Before Sunset via Smashwords! 

I’m switching it up today! I normally talk about young-adult fiction, specifically sci-fi or fantasy, but I thought I’d leave a list of nonfiction journals where you all can submit your work to. I got this list from my Nonfiction Writing I class at the University of Kansas. The reasoning I’m including journals, rather than publishers, is simple: journals give an opportunity to get your name out there if you don’t already have something published, and they have a higher acceptance rate, depending on which one you’re submitting to. However, some of these journals also accept poetry, prose, and more, so check it out, even if you don’t write nonfiction. You might get something else published!

As an extra, I’m also including my three finalized personal essays from this class, so you all can see what I learned. (If you can recall, I wrote Writing Tips: How I Handle Rejection on March 23, 2013, and I included a first draft, which is now below, rewritten and edited.)

My essays: They will open as PDF files.

  • Flashbacks: This is the edited version of the only essay I’ve shared before. It’s about my mother’s death, along with my roommate’s death, and how these moments, along with other traumatic events, have affected my views on mortality.
  • My Weeklong Marriage and the Lying Truth: I’ve mentioned my vacation to Puerto Rico quite often, and there’s a reason for that. It was one of the most important vacations in my life, and this essay is about what I learned while I was there. However, it is explicit, but I don’t want to ruin the contents either by explaining.
  • Now[here]: This particular essay is about my life on the road. As many of you know, I have moved over fifteen times, and I’ve lived in five different states. This is where my desire for creativity began and how it formed somewhere beyond the window. This essay also includes quotes from Erin Moure’s The Unmemntioable.
This is my favorite photo taken during my vacation in Puerto Rico. I'm sharing this as a part of my essay, "My Weeklong Marriage and the Lying Truth."

This is my favorite photo taken during my vacation in Puerto Rico. I’m sharing this as a part of my essay, “My Weeklong Marriage and the Lying Truth.”

Nonfiction Journals: Now. This is a list of all of the journals we discussed in my class. I will add some information, but I can’t include everything (because there is A LOT of specifics.) If you’re interested in submitting, I highly encourage everyone to continue to read over the journal before doing so. This list is simply a collection where you can begin:

  • AGNI: Poetry, essays, fiction, creative nonfiction, autobiography, memoir, cross-genre, prose, narrative, and literary fiction. Accepted Sep. 1 and May 31.
  • Brevity: Publishes well-known and emerging writers. Work must be shorter than 750 words. Reads between May and September.
  • Ecotone: all forms of literature within a transition zone between two adjacent ecological communities. Reading period between Aug. 15 and Apr. 15.
  • The Iowa Review: nonfiction, but unsolicited manuscripts are accepted during the fall semester only.
  • The Georgia Review: nonfiction, specifically subjects against a broad perspective. Reading period between Aug. 16 – May 14.
  • The Gettysburg Review: essays over literature, art, science, history, film, and contemporary thought. Reading period is between Sep. 1 and May 31.
  • The Gulf Coast: accepts fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and reviews. Reading between Sep. 1 and March 1, but there are prizes and contests.
  • The Kenyon Review: short fiction and essays up to 7,500 words, poetry, plays, excerpts from larger works, and translated poetry or prose. Reading period is Sep. 15 through Jan. 15.
  • Missouri Review: nonfiction only. No restrictions on length or topic. But they only accept online submissions for $3.
  • New Letters: essays of fiction, nonfiction, and some poems. Most essays are between 3,000 and 5,000 words. No simultaneous submissions.
  • The Normal School: nonfiction, memoir, personal essays, and creative nonfiction with contemporary styles. Most interested in whatever goes against the norm. Literary short fiction, poetry, and culinary journalism, but no unsolicited criticism. Manuscripts read between Sep. 1 to Dec. 1 & Jan. 15 to Apr. 15.
  • N + 1: Instructions say to read a couple pieces to see if your genre fits. Submit if you decide it’s applicable.
  • The Fourth Genre: contemporary and creative nonfiction. Accepted between Aug. 15 – Nov. 30.
  • Threepenny Review: includes art from many different genres, including but not limited to, fiction, nonfiction, essays, memoirs, poetry, operas, plays, books, film, and photography. Submit whenever but multiple submissions will be ignored.
  • Under the Sun: creative nonfiction (no academic articles or review essays). Very short pieces (2-3 pages.) Manuscripts read between Aug. 15 – Jan. 2.

    If you want more information, I share a lot on my Facebook page! You can also ask me anything you'd like. Join by clicking here.

    If you want more information, I share a lot on my Facebook page! You can also ask me anything you’d like. Join by clicking here.

Good luck! Let me know if any of you submit and/or get published (or have been published) in these journals. I’d love to share the links with everyone as positive examples to help others be inspired into publication 😀

~SAT

Website Wonders: OpenDiary.com

8 Nov

Today marks one week since NaNoWriMo began, yet most of you (my readers) know by now that, although I am an author, I don’t participate. Again, I’d like to clarify that I think NaNoWriMo is a WONDERFUL concept and event for writers to challenge themselves while also coming together. But today I wanted to open your eyes to another event you may not have heard of.

NaJoWriMo: National Journal Writing Month.

It’s real among journalists–I promise.

I’m a HUGE advocate of journaling. I think we can all learn a lot about ourselves and others through taking the time to slow down and truly let your words take over your conscience. I journal every day–and every day, I learn something new about myself. In fact, I surprise myself on a regular basis, especially when I sit down to write about one topic and end up writing about something else all together.

SO…I was thinking–how can I encourage bloggers and writers to not only journal (if they don’t already) but to share their words and to connect with others that share their words?

OpenDiary.com is a FANTASTIC website.

Basically, you can keep an online diary, anonymously or not, and post entries where other writers can read and/or comment on your everyday life. There are plenty of websites like this, but, as I looked around, I found that OpenDiary.com seemed to have the biggest community and easiest format.

So check it out by clicking one of the links above! (You can even type a private one, so it is just for you).

Happy NaNoWriMo and NaJoWriMo!

A small collection of my journals I’ve kept and completed throughout the years.

P.S. As an extra, here are some of my favorite lessons that I wrote which surprised me as they formed on my pages:

…It’s hard to say, but the time of darkness held me in a formed thought of emotion so raw that I had no choice but to feel what I was feeling.

…A part of me wishes I was that strong. Another part of me knows I am. Another PIECE of me is afraid to accept that.

…Maybe I just tell myself I loved you or that we loved one another so that I know I’m capable of loving someone and being loved.

…the consistent flow of water makes me envy the steady stream in a sense that I, too, wish that my words were like rain—constant—consistent—refreshing.

~SAT

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