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Many Thanks!

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Sketch for Allaigna’s Song cover by Melissa Mary Duncan

We are thrilled and still a bit giddy after the nail-biting hours of the campaign last night!  Our funding was successful and we cannot thank enough all the wonderful backers who made Something Novel happen!

Issue 13 is at the printers, and Boon Companion will be  soon too.  Kris Sayer is hard at work on the cover for Stella Ryman and the Fairmount Manor Mysteries and we’ve just seen the first sketch by Melissa Duncan for Allaigna’s Song: Overture.  Mel and Jen will be tidying up the documents and we’ll be getting the pre-launch gears rolling for the novels soon.

But today is Friday, and it’s time to relax with a glass of prosecco.  Hope your weekend is wonderful!

Saluto!

Jen, Mel & Sue

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Art Lover’s Delight

Every time we run a Kickstarter Mel generously offers to do beautiful portraits for a few lucky backers, and this year is no different.  This year there are only five Art Lover’s Delight rewards available on the Something Novel page.

Portraits by Mel

Author portraits by Mel

Art Lover’s Delight – Only 5 available! 

  • An 8.5 x 11″ pen and ink portrait of yourself or a loved one in Mel’s breathtaking renaissance style
  • A fun set of limited edtion JJ Lee paper dolls by Kris Sayer created for our first Kickstarter campaign back in 2013!
  • One of the few remaining print copies of Colouring Paradise.
  • A one-year print subscription to Pulp Literature.
  • Both novels: Stella Ryman and the Fairmount Manor Mysteries and Allaigna’s Song: Overture.
  • The Writer’s Boon Companion illustrated 30-day writing journal
  • All this plus free shipping at the $500 level!

A 2015 Backer portrait

All of Mel’s customers have been delighted with their Renaissance-themed portraits.

As Mel says, “Like the Renaissance painters who are my first inspirations, I try to give good value, and at the $500 level I include intricate backgrounds and favourite themes in an intriguing composition.”mel-bubbly

Update! There are now only four of these rewards left on the Kickstarter.  Here’s where to get a one for yourself along with other great rewards:  Pulp Literature Press, Something Novel.

 

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Help us launch Issue 10!

Issue 10 smallWe’ll be officially releasing Pulp Literature Issue 10, Spring 2016, this coming Monday, April 11th.  We would be delighted if you could join us at the Wolf & Hound to meet some of the authors and lift a glass or two to celebrate!

Issue 10 Launch Party
11 April 2016, 7-9pm
The Wolf & Hound, 3617 W Broadway, Vancouver

See you at the Wolf!

 

The Songbird Selection

When we decided to run a contest for the cover of Issue 11 we were nervous.  What if there were no entries?   Or worse, what if the entries we received were not up to the standards of our usual beautiful covers?  I have to admit to a little nail biting in the week leading up to our contest closing date.

When they did start to come in I let out a huge sigh of relief, and then I got excited.  Not only had artists been reading the chapters of Allaigna’s Song to date, they got it.  It was clear from the choices of character and scene that these artists understood and cared for Allaigna, her family, and her world almost as much as I do.  For a writer there is no bigger compliment, and I am truly grateful to all the entrants.

Winner

As always, it is hard to choose a winner, but choose we must.  The winner of the Songbird Cover Painting Contest is Kris Sayer, for her untitled piece depicting Allaigna’s epiphanic moment as she unlocks the magic of turning sound into light.  The painting is beautifully composed and skillfully drawn in dark tones and eery lighting.  IKrisSayer detailn addition to the technical qualities of the work, Kris has also come closest to reading my mind and capturing Allaigna’s appearance.  Brava!

We’re not going to show you the whole painting here — that reveal will have to wait until it shows up on the back cover of Issue 10.  But in the meantime here’s a close-up detail to tease you.

Runner Up

Elizabeth Stricker‘s painting ‘Angeley’s Secret’ was chosen as the runner-up.  Though the composition technical execution is not as expert as that of winning painting, there is a beautiful tenderness in this quiet but key scene from Issue 4 that won my heart.  The Madonna-blue of Angeley’s dress and the pink glow emanating from her hands are simply lovely.  Here is the artist’s statement.  (Caution: spoilers!)

‘Angeley’s Secret’ … depicts the scene in the story which I felt most poignantly shows the overall theme. Allaigna’s Song follows three generations of the women of a family, their loves, lives, and magic.  In this scene, Allaigna is singing to her wounded grandfather.  Her nurse Angeley joins her and begins singing also.  A pink glow shines from her hands and she moves them up and down his body, healing him.  What the reader doesn’t know at the time, is that Angeley is really Allaigna’s grandmother, Irdaign.  Chanist, her grandfather, is Irdaign’s great love. In his delirium, it is her, and not his new wife that he calls for.

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‘Angeley’s Secret’ by Elizabeth Stricker. Oil on canvas.

Circumstances robbed her of the life she could have had with him, raising their daughter — Allaigna’s mother Lauresa — together.  Irdaign never got the chance to teach her daughter magic, and had to disguise herself as a nursemaid to find a place back in her life.  Now, she has the opportunity to pass her knowledge of magic on to her granddaughter.  The love of this family crosses the barriers of circumstances.  Missing from this tableaux is Lauresa.  Her absence is also significant, as she has missed the opportunity to share in the magical lineage that is being passed (unknown to her) from her mother to her daughter. Angeley (Irdaign) is the only one who knows all of this.  In her face, I meant to capture the secret pain that she carries with this knowledge, along with her joy in her granddaughter.

Congratulations to both Kris and Elizabeth, and a huge thank you to all the entrants!

 

A Branch and a Turning Point

poorthingnogreyI love the story “Poor Thing” by KM Vaghela. Fellow editor Jen Landels suggested that I draw the branch that the story turns on. I hoped to show the turning by pointing branches towards each possible outcome: up or down. A detail from a Filippo Lippi painting was most helpful.

You can read ‘Poor Thing’ in Issue 2 of Pulp Literature, along with gripping tales and poetry, beautifully written by JJ Lee, Mary H Auerbach Rykov, Milo James Fowler, Sarah Pinsker, Kris Sayer and other terrific storytellers and artists.

Issue 2, Spring 2014

Issue 2, Spring 2014

We think you will love this issue so much that we are making it the first milestone reward on our Patreon page. When we reach $200 a month we’ll give Issue 2 to all our patrons for free! 

Creative Ink Festival

There’s an exciting new literary festival in town, and Pulp Literature is thrilled to be a part of it!

The Creative Ink Festival for Writers, Readers, and Artists is the brainchild of writer, fitness guru, and all around ball of energy Sandra Wickham.  This one day event on Saturday April 25th is a fabulous chance to see presentations, panels, and readings by dozens of authors, editors, artists and other creative folk, get your work-in-progress blue-pencilled for FREE, and get inspired for that next project, all for the WOW price of only $25.

This is a great way for new writers to get their toes wet at a fun and friendly conference.  It’s a chance to network, learn more about the business of writing, and come blinking out of the solitary writers’ caves in which so many of us tend to spend our working days.

What will the Pulp Lit team be up to?

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Kimberleigh Roseblade

Visit us: Come by our booth where you will find Sue and Jen, as well as authors Laura Kostur, Kimberleigh Roseblade and Kris Sayer floating between our booth and Academie Duello’s.  We have free ebook issues for Creative Ink attendees only, as well as 20% off all subscriptions, print or ebook!

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Blue Pencils: Free blue pencil sessions by a host of authors and editors are on offer.  Sue will have sessions between 10am – 11am, and Jen will be available 11am – noon.  Email Sandra to book a session now.

Susan PietersPanels: Sue will be chatting with Patrick Swenson, Silvia Garcia-Moreno, and Ian Alexander Martin in What Agents, Editors and Publishers are Looking For at 11am, and Jen will have her yea or nay thumb at the ready for Live Action Slush with Claude Lalumière, Patrick Swenson, Mark Teppo, and Alex C Renwick.

JM LandelsReadings: Join us at 4:30 for Pulp Lit readings by Sue, Jen, and special guest authors.

Workshop: Jen will present David vs Goliath: Writing the Mismatched Fight Scene at 6pm.  Come and learn how to write fight scenes that thrill and satisfy, in this interactive workshop involving swords, knives and office furniture.

There’s a full day of programming on offer for writers, readers, artists and publishing professionals, and member bags full of free books and other giveaways.  All for amazingly low price of $25.  Prices go up to $30 at the door, so register online this week.  Come out and support this fledgling festival and help it grow to a full three day weekend next year.

We look forward to seeing you there!

 

Pen & Sword: The Author’s Journey in Writing Swordfights

CC Humphreys

CC Humphreys

How far would you go for your art?  Would you risk a duel at dawn?  Face an armoured warrior?  Fight an axe-wielding assailant, with only a spoon?  Authors CC Humphreys, Sebastien de Castell, Kris Sayer and JM Landels will discuss their personal journeys studying swordplay (and spoonplay) to enrich their writing, characters and stories.  With live sword fights and show and tell by Academie Duello, fans of fiction, fantasy and history will be entertained and delighted!

Sebastien de Castell

Sebastien de Castell

Monday, 23 March 2015,  7:00 pm
FREE! (come early)
Alice MacKay Room, Lower Level
VPL Central Library, 350 West Georgia St, Vancouver

Pen & Sword Giveaway
Kris Sayer

Kris Sayer

Three out of the four authors in this panel have had works published in Pulp Literature.  Do you know which ones?  The first five people who can name these authors and the stories they have had published in Pulp will receive a free ebook issue of their choice.

JM Landels

JM Landels

Email info(at)pulpliterature.com with the subject line ‘Pen & Sword Giveaway’ to enter.

Issue 6 Sneak Launch

Pulp Literature Issue 6Hot-off-the press copies of Issue 6 will be available at this event!  There will also be a number of other Pulp authors present including Laura Kostur, Susan Pieters, Kimberleigh Roseblade (who will be enacting one of the sword spoon-play scenes from Kris’s work) Melissa Mary Duncan, Kate Austin, Beverley Boissery, and KL Mabbs.  We will have copies of issues 1 through 5 available, and there will be book sales and author signings by the panelists.

CC Humphreys & JM Landels in 2013. Will revenge be involved this year?

CC Humphreys & JM Landels in 2013. Will revenge be involved this year?

It’s going to be a fun night — see you there!

Find out if poet Kimberleigh Roseblade (right) is as wicked with a spoon as she is with an umbrella!

Find out if poet Kimberleigh Roseblade (right) is as wicked with a spoon as she is with an umbrella!

 

VISS

The panel is a prequel to the biennial Vancouver International Swordplay Symposium happening March 27 – 29th.  This event is a great resource for authors, with audit passes and lectures allowing you a glimpse into the history and technique of many western martial arts.

 

Swallows Contest Open

The Swallows Sequential Short Story Contest opened on New Year’s Day, and I’m thrilled to announce that the fine folks at The Comicshop in Vancouver will be our judges.  Not only do veteran funny-book connoisseurs Brent, Keith, and Tim have a fine eye for the best in comic book art and storytelling, they’ve been managing my comics reading list for years and I have utter faith in their judgement.

What are we looking for in this contest?  Aside from the nitty gritty details of size and format, which you can find on the Contests page, we are looking for what we always want between the pages of Pulp Literature:  beautiful art and good storytelling.  To give you an idea of our taste here are a few sample pages from previous sequential shorts we’ve published.

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‘The Mechanics’ by Angela Melick

‘Unwanted Visitors’ by Kris Sayer

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‘Dragon Rock’ by Sylvia Stopforth & Mel Anastasiou

'The Wolf' by Kimberleigh Roseblade & JM Landels

‘The Wolf’ by Kimberleigh Roseblade & JM Landels

So sharpen your pencils, get out your brushes and digital pens and send us your best 1 to 5 page long short comic.  The earlybird entry fee is only $20 until January 15th, which includes an e-subscription to Pulp Literature, and the contest deadline is February 15th.  First prize is $500 plus publication in issue 7 of Pulp Literature, alongside feature author Robert J Sawyer!

Contest rules and guidelines are here.

 

Picture Yourself …

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Backer portrait by Mel

Last year, Pulp Literature’s own editor and illustrator Mel Anastasiou created lovely portraits for some lucky Kickstarter backers. In each issue, she’s inked portraits of feature authors and had rave reviews.

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Character sketch by Jen

This year, we are again offering portraits as a kickstarter reward, and you have a choice of three artists! If you love bold and stylized black and white inks, Mel is your gal!

If you like the subtle shadings of a pencil sketch (which can be inked or turned to colour if you choose that option),  then Jen is your artist!

Sci Fi portrait by Kris

Sci Fi portrait by Kris

If you’d like to see yourself envisioned by a colour comic artist and costumer, Kris Sayer is your person!  All portraits can be done in costume or period piece, and can be a portrait of the person of your choice. Children, spouses, pets … These make excellent gifts!

All we need is a photograph or character description and your pledge of support on Kickstarter!

Interview with a Troll Hunter

Tatterhood by Kris Sayer

Tatterhood by Kris Sayer

Next up in the Proust Questionnaire lineup is Kris Sayer’s Tatterhood, the goat riding, spoon wielding, exterminator-for-hire first seen in Pulp Literature Issue 2, and more recently in her own eponymous graphic novel.

  1. What is your idea of perfect happiness?  Meat on the table, mead in my mug, a ship on the waters and an unexplored land, ya?
  2. What is your greatest fear?  I am terrified over the thought of somethin’ bad happening to my sister.
  3. What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?   Alright, sometimes my temper may get the better of me and I may overreact to situations…so I guess I don’t like how I’m a little too brash at times. 
  4. What is the trait you most deplore in others?  I hate how people can be so rude, and assumptive. 
  5. On what occasion do you lie?  Whenever I find myself in a tight situation.  Or if I’m in a negotiating situation.  Or sometimes a personal situation. But it’s not really lying. I only tell what needs to be told.unwanted visitors p 9
  6. What do you most dislike about your appearance?  What’s not to love? 
  7. Which words or phrases do you most overuse?  “Ya”. And I probably grunt more than I’d like – that’ll be the trolls influencin’ me. 
  8. When and where were you happiest?  Everyone keeps saying how I was just so happy when I was born. Then again, everyone says I was just so ugly too.
  9. Which talent would you most like to have?  Aw, I’d give anything to know how to use a sword! 
  10. What do you consider your greatest achievement?   I took down a Hrímþursar once by myself when I was in Ísland.  Barely survived.
  11. What is your most treasured possession?  He’s going to hate me for saying this, but it’s Bokki. He may protest and proclaim his independence, but hey, he’s my goat.
  12. What is your most marked characteristic?  My loud, undaunted spirit that craves adventure!
  13. Who are your favourite writers?  Writers? No idea. But I’m a big fan of Gunnlaugr Ormstunga.  
  14. What is your greatest regret?  I really don’t want to talk about it. It got me banished from Nóregr for a while, let’s leave it at that.
  15. How would you like to die?  With blood on my hands and my weapon in the heart of the beast that slayed me. Ya.
  16. What is your motto?  Don’t trust trolls. Don’t trust men.
  17. What is something we’d never glean about you from Tatterhood?   Tatterhood, Totra, Bergljót, Kona, Raggi, Sponhild – these titles and many more I am known and called by … but no-one knows my real name!Kris portrait

You can read more of Tatterhood in Kris Sayer’s graphic novels, available from Weald Comics.  The 5-page horror comic ‘Bait’ by Kris will be appearing in Issue 5 of Pulp Literature, followed by ‘Bite’ in issue 6.

If you fancy your portrait drawn by this talented costumer, artist and swordfighter, check out the reward on our Kickstarter page.  Hurry, only 6 of these colour portraits are available!