Our First Review!

Our first Amazon review of “Nine Streams of Consciousness” is in! Thank you “Anne” – a reader in the UK somewhere. Five stars too. It is very nice to see she commented on the continuity that we worked so hard on to connect all our individual stories. I hope that makes our little anthology a little unique since they are stand alone stories but are connected more than just a common theme like most anthologies. We wanted it to read like a full length novel.

US Amazon Link: http://amzn.com/B086L24Y5Q
UK Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B086L24Y5Q/

From other comments I have heard, readers seem to “leave wanting more” after each story which I think is a good thing. Hopefully this little beginning will inspire all nine of us to go on to write more solo projects. I know my current work in progress will be a lot of fun and I look forward to getting it published in the near future.

The paperback version is due out in two weeks, at the end of April 2020

The Twitch Anthology – A Creative Stream

I began watching Drew Wagar’s Twitch stream on its second episode. He started out by teaching viewers the basics of good story telling, and his personal process of writing. Through his weekly streams I rediscovered a love for writing which I had set aside years ago. Soon I began to consider the personal challenge of writing a novel myself, but that seemed like an insurmountable mountain to climb.

Drew Wagar – Host of “The Twitch Anthology” – the Twitch stream that spawned a group of new writers who are about to publish a sci-fi anthology on Amazon entitled “Nine Streams of Consciousness”

Drew decided to offer a new challenge after we had gone through most of the basics of good writing. Rather than learning in a lecture / question and answer style presentation, he suggested we could collaborate on a sci-fi anthology. We could learn what it takes to create a book by participating in it hands-on. That was an easy choice for me. I was all in. The idea of contributing a short story or two, supporting each other under Drew’s guidance, and assembling and actually publishing a book was an exciting, reachable goal.

http://twitch.tv/drewwagar

“The Twitch Anthology” Stream – Mondays 22:00 – 21:30 (UK time)

We began by brainstorming, envisioning new worlds, and creating a timeline of events into which our individual stories could be grounded. The goal was to write a series of independent short stories, told in our own personal styles, that could stand on their own – yet be interconnected in a grand plot.

Some of Drew’s high tech graphics and humor (or humour) is always showing as he encourages us to “Write On!”

We began the process of individually writing our first drafts. I read and re-edited my initial story over and over. Edit after edit, revision after revision, would I ever rid it of the flaws that popped up like weeds? We each experienced the challenge of critical review before our peers. It was a vulnerable feeling, but we realized the critiques came from someone who had our best outcome at heart. We learned to edit and integrate our stories together, to bridge the gaps, and connect them. We learned how to work together.

My favorite part of the creative process was seeing ways that we could insert references of events, places and characters into our stories, tying them together into a complete adventure. When we finally got them all assembled, we had a novel-length book.

Those of us who were new writers had no idea how much effort it would take. However, as I look back on what turned into a year and a half long project, I’m proud to have seen it through to completion. I know I have personally grown from the experience, and so have my fellow authors (wow, we can call ourselves authors now!) I worked with a great group of strangers from across the globe, strangers whom I now consider good friends.

Thanks Drew, for the inspiration and the willingness to share your gifts and skills.

http://www.DrewWagar.com

Drew’s Author Website.