Writer. Adventurer. Currently working on The Dreamless City, a series of steampunk novels and short stories.

May the Muse Be with You

Life has been crazy (as usual) and I figured an update was in order.  I’ve been trying to write more, which means I have been blogging less.  Sadly, there are only so many hours in the day.  (If you have figured out how to get around this, please share with me!)

Honorable Mention

Hilltop TreeFirst, the super awesome news: my short story Under the Hallowed Tree received an Honorable Mention in L. Ron Hubbard’s Writers of the Future contest.  It is a science fiction and fantasy writing contest held quarterly, free to enter, and the first place prize is $1000.  There is also a grand prize annually of $5000.  Each quarter there are approximately 1000 and 1500 applicants.  David Farland is the first reader, a very well respected author and writing teacher.  (He taught Brandon Sanderson, Brandon Mull, and Stephanie Meyer, to name drop a few students.)  I don’t think I have ever been more excited for almost winning a prize.  ;)

About Under the Hallowed Tree: I tried out a new genre and managed to write a short story that fits in 3500 words. A teenage girl is abandoned by her date when a dime-sized owl shows up in her eye. She is picked up by a tattooed man on a motorcycle and starts having strange visions involving the murder of a woman she resembles. Under the Hallowed Tree an interwoven story of love and revenge is revealed.

Current Projects

I’ve got a lot of irons in the fire as the saying goes.  Here’s what I’ve been spending my free moments (mostly at lunchtime) working on.

1. Steampunk short story for the next quarter of Writers of the Future is undergoing edits.  Currently taking it to my local critique group and getting feedback from some beta readers too.  Has to be submitted by the end of December.

2. Life of a Foundry Moth is getting an outline rewrite.  I love the story, but the way that it was created doesn’t make for the most cohesive whole.  I am also considering beginning the story earlier to give Merrick some screen time as a good guy.

3. The Dreamless City was put on the back burner so I could focus on the deadline for these short stories.  I will be picking it back up in January to finish.  I was able to add 30,000 during NaNoWriMo, but I couldn’t quite win.

4. Nonfiction project is also in the works.  You’ve already seen some of the educational hints of it here in earlier posts.  This is a totally new idea for me, so we’ll just see where it takes us.  xD

Random Geekery

Steampunk RarityAbout the new Star Wars trailer… I have mixed feeling.  Yes, the vibe looks right, and I’m not going to get hung up on the broadsword lightsaber thing. (Although, we all know that katanas are cool and that lightsabers are just energy katanas, so why do we need to gum them up with gadgetry?) I did read many of the Star Wars novels growing up, but those stories are way down on the levels of canon list.  I guess I was just hoping to see Admiral Thrawn, but would have settled for an update to Jedi Academy in a pinch.

If you haven’t bought your little girl the new My Little Pony: Equestria Girls movie about the battle of the bands, you really should.  The storyline is good and lacking in horrible plotholes, and the songs are pretty good.  They are actually real songs, certainly no worse than what you hear on Top 40 radio.

Last part of The Hobbit movies will be here soon. I totally want to go see it. Anyone know a cheap babysitter?


3 comments on “May the Muse Be with You

  1. jimtgammill
    December 10, 2014

    I know what you mean about finding that balance between blogging and writing! I think that it is a balancing act that all writers must endure these days. I wanted to leave a comment to compliment the working titles of all of your projects; they all sound intriguing without giving away too much.

    As for the Star Wars trailer…
    I think I am the ONLY one that liked that lightsaber!
    I was thinking functionality though, couldn’t those be vents to keep a crudely constructed lightsaber from exploding? Or even spin to form some wicked hand guard? Just saying…

    Great Post:)

  2. sbjamestheauthor
    December 11, 2014

    And yeah, the broadsword lightsaber scene seemed a bit weird for Star Wars, but I’m reserving judgment until I see a trailer that answers at least one more question than, “Will the Millennium Falcon be in the movie?”

  3. ericjbaker
    December 12, 2014

    Congrats on the short story almost-win! I’m proud of you. But I also admit I sometimes feel envious of my blogging friends who post short-story news like this, because I haven’t been able to wrap my head around the art form yet, despite years of trying. I think some of my short stories turn out well, but they are really micro-novels and tend to run in the 6000-10,000 word range.

    I’d like to get periodic validation for my writing in the form of short story publication or other recognition from professionals. Alas, novels are my comfort zone, and we know the odds there. C’est la vie. I’ll live vicariously through my talented friends. ;)

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Posting Schedule for 2014-15

Monday through Friday I will be posting about writing as business and craft, the science of creativity, all things steampunk, and progress on The Dreamless City.

Weekends are reserved for my Music Playlist.

Writers of the Future Honorable Mention

About the Author

Tracy Cembor attempts to juggle a preschooler and a baby, a full-time job, random geekery, and the writing life. Currently working on The Dreamless City, a steampunk urban fantasy novel. Come join the adventure.
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