Long Time, No Write

On the blog, that is.

I realized I hadn’t updated this thing in months, which was a strange feeling on top of many others that have been rampant these pandemic years. I’ve been posting here (or on the blogspot that preceded it) since 2010 (!), and I don’t think I’ve taken a break this long ever before.

Strange times, indeed.

In my last post Reprint-palooza, I shared the news that a number of stories were being reprinted, breathing new life into old words. I can’t tell you how gratifying that feels, to know your stories have value even after the newness has faded.

On top of that, Implanted, my cyberpunk meets solarpunk / spy-fi meets cli-fi novel was named a definitive work of climate fiction by Grist.org, which was also a great feeling. Be sure to check out the full list and perhaps find a new read to get inspired to face our collective future.

Finally, I’m thrilled to announce my short story “Gray Rock Method” will appear in Chromophobia: A Strangehouse Anthology by Women in Horror from Rooster Republic Press and edited by powerhouse Sara Tantlinger. I got my acceptance just before the holidays and it was a much-needed boon to close out the year. The story is also my first foray into horror and was a lot of fun to write. The anthology comes out later this year and is already garnering a bit of buzz in horror circles. You can check out the contributors and learn how to preorder the collection here. And of course I’ll be posting more information as we get closer to the release date.

That’s it for now. I hope the New Year is off to a better start for you than it has been for me!

The Great Internet Slowdown

anigifNet Neutrality is in danger thanks to the maneuverings of Big Cable and their puppet, the FCC chair Tom Wheeler. This country already has a severe problem with the technological gulf created by the information haves and have-nots, which often falls on socioeconomic lines. By giving certain corporate interests a “fast lane” how can we ever hope to bridge that gap? I studied mass communications in grad school, and now I live in New Mexico, a poor state with internet usage well below average.

This is a personal issue for me, but with huge ramifications for the entire nation. If you support Net Neutrality, make your voice heard by September 15th. We’re running out of time to be on the the right side of history.

To understand just how bad it is, John Oliver’s examination is amazing. Brutal, but amazing.

Please visit Battle for the Internet to learn what you can do to help. Thank you!

My Writing Process (Lately)

I’m sure you’ve seen this meme floating around the blog-o-sphere lately, and Fran Wilde roped me in tagged me to participate. So here we go!

Photo courtesy of Takashi of Flickr


What am I working on?

What am I not working on should be the question… Let’s see. I have two (soon to be three) short stories in circulation. I have a young adult science fiction novel that I’ve been querying off and on. I’ve drafted another YA SF project that I’m letting rest while plotting out a sparkly new story—the first one of my books that has built-in series potential, which is scary exciting. I’ve also drunk the Kool-Aid and joined Pinterest. I’ve decided to create boards for all my published stories, though I only have two going so far. It’s been a lot of fun!

 

 

Why do I write what I do?

For reasons. Oh, you want a real answer? Well then. It’s fair to say I’ve always wanted to be a writer, even if I wasn’t willing to admit it. I consumed copious amounts of books growing up, but it was usually speculative fiction or romance. Combine that with being a life-long learner, here I am.

I love writing about the unknown and exploring what-if questions in my work. As a fan of action movies and video games, I try to include action-adventure elements in my work. I’m also a romantic at heart, so sometimes that creeps into my stories as well. My background in social science research also informs some of the topics I explore. But at the end of the day, I want to write good words that mean something.

 

How does your writing process work?

My ideas usually start with a scene or situation, and I have to then figure out how that person got to that point and work my way backwards and forwards in time to construct a story around that event. I may do some exploratory writing at this stage or I may not. Once I have my starting point (or at least what I think is my starting point), I start writing. I get maybe ten percent of the way into the novel, then I put on the breaks and start outlining the book. This helps me identify story arcs, acts, and the information that needs to be layered in at the appropriate moment so the book all hangs together. Once I have a full draft, I try to let it sit before it is time to revise revise revise. I’m a chronic underwriter, so usually I have some fleshing out to do at the stage. Then I have a bunch of wonderful people who read for me and tell me what I’m doing wrong. I usually have to revise some more before I’m ready to cross my fingers and send it off into the world.

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Thanks again to Fran Wilde for tagging me in this meme. Her first novel debuts from Tor in 2015. Her short stories have appeared or will appear in Asimov’s, Nature, and Beneath Ceaseless Skies.

 

 

 

 

A Fresh Start

Welcome to the new online home for speculative fiction writer Lauren C. Teffeau.

I used to post at The Bluestocking Blog, but have decided to retire that site and start anew. I have, however, migrated all those old posts to this site, and will be onerously going through them and cleaning up code and formatting in the coming weeks (months).

5524669257_ab67585fd0_nPhoto courtesy of jakeandlindsay of flickr

In the meantime, thank you for your interest in me and my work, have a look around, and stay tuned.

The End of the Year as We Know It

And I feel fine.

I feel totally fine with saying goodbye to 2013.

It’s been a year of transition for me. I went into it with a lot of momentum—finishing and polishing another novel, writing four short stories, one anthology sale, two workshops, a Worldcon, a new crit group, and making handful of new writing friends. In fact, all told, that’s just the first half of 2013.

The rest of this year, I’ve been sidelined dealing with a family member’s illness. Productivity came to a screeching halt, writing time evaporated, and all that momentum has turned into regret at what-could-have-beens.

So yeah. Don’t let the door hit you on your way out, 2013. I’ve got my eye on the horizon and what 2014 will bring. It’s going to be good. I can feel it.

Image by Amodiovalerio Verde of Flickr

What to expect next January? Well, more natterings on about my writing process, some subtle changes to the blog, maybe even some good news. A girl can hope!

In the meantime, whatever you celebrate, have a wonderful next few weeks and a happy New Year!