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Recent and Ongoing Projects, November 2013

Posted by on November 22, 2013

I’ve been a little lax when it’s come to announcing some of the latest happenings on my blog recently. But, since I was invited to be part of a blog party (click for the Facebook event), I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to talk about some of them, as a way of introducing some people to the sorts of things I do. As an added bonus, commenting with a question for me (about me or any of the things I do) will give you a chance to win an ebook copy of my novel, Adrift. I’ll respond to questions as soon as I can (which may not be until my morning).

Writing

Last month, I had a couple of short stories published in anthologies. Both of these stories are set in the same universe as my novel, Adrift.

Harvest Moon cover

Haunted
Published in Harvest Moon.
Being murdered wasn’t the end of the world for Prudence. Unfortunately, the purgatory she is sent to is an eternity on Earth as a mermaid. While she makes the most of her predicament, there is one thing that will always eat away at her…
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Horrors of History cover

Bridging the Divide
Originally published in issue one of Plunge Magazine
Now re-published in Fey Publishing‘s Horrors of History anthology.
A mermaid hunts a murderer in London, 1894.
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Both of these stories feature Prudence, the mermaid who appears in Adrift, and Haunted could be considered a missing scene from the novel.

In addition to these Prudence stories, I have a number of prompts from fans for more Prudence stories, which will eventually be collected together in a book called Losing Prudence.

Anthology Editing

I’m presently putting together an anthology of speculative fiction for Solarwyrm Press, specifically looking for stories that are set in the Asia-Pacific region, or written by people who live there.

If you’re interested in submitting something, the deadline for submissions closes on November 30, and the full guidelines can be found here.

I’ve been really excited by the range of countries/places used in the stories submitted so far. Australia, Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, China, Indonesia, North Korea, India, New Zealand, Singapore, and various Pacific islands. I’ve read less than half of my current submissions, though, so I’m particularly looking forward to seeing the content of those that remain.

Video Editing

In February 2012, I travelled to Honolulu, Hawaii, in order to shoot a second music video with Oil in the Alley. The first video I filmed with them was for “Rule the World (Skulls & Dragons)” released in January 2011. Due to needing extra footage, and my wanting to finish and release my novel first, I’ve taken a good long time to finish the editing of the video for “He Makes You Laugh.” However, it’s close to being finished (I’m awaiting more feedback or approval on the latest edit) and it is due to be officially released early next year, when Oil in the Alley have more shows to promote.

Here are some sneak preview screenshots:

Oil in the Alley @ The Dragon Upstairs, He Makes You Laugh music video sneak preview Oil in the Alley - He Makes You Laugh music video sneak preview

Oil in the Alley - He Makes You Laugh music video sneak preview Oil in the Alley - He Makes You Laugh music video sneak preview

R Kevin Garcia Doyle in screen shot from He Makes You Laugh music video Sean TC O'Malley in screen shot from He Makes You Laugh music video

And, as an added bonus, Sean TC O’Malley and R Kevin Garcia Doyle (of Oil in the Alley) recorded a song for me during a rehearsal last month, inspired by a prompt I gave them about Adrift. Watch it below!

(Watch on YouTube, which also includes links to more of their videos.)

Reading

This Saturday, November 23, I’ll be reading an excerpt from Adrift as part of Readings@Seksan, which is on in Bangsar, Malaysia. Here’s the Facebook event page. I’ll also have a few copies of the book available for purchase, for RM55.

Travel

I’m about to head off on a trip to Cape Town, South Africa, though I am yet to blog about my last two trips overseas – to Kochi, Kerala, India in June, and to Melbourne, Australia and Christchurch and Dunedin, New Zealand in August.

That’s it!

Now, feel free to ask me anything you might want to know. All commenters with a question will go into a draw to win a free ebook of my pirate time-travel novel, Adrift. If the winner already has my book, or prefers otherwise, then they can instead choose a prompt for me to use in my next book, Losing Prudence. The prompt needs to include a character name, time period/year between 1662 and 1900, and a location that can be accessed by water that is attached to the ocean somewhere (or the ocean itself). The story will also include a dedication to the winner.

I’ll draw the winner when I get home from my reading on Saturday 23rd November (probably around 8pm Malaysian time, which is 7am US EST). The winner has been drawn!

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Dominica has a strong interest in exploring diversity in media, seeing people subverting corporate control of creativity through crowdfunding and indie publishing, and spending as much time as she can travelling the world and discovering culture. This is what she most regularly blogs about. In her spare time, Dominica is primarily focused on long-form improv theatre, and writing and publishing speculative fiction. You can find links to some of her free and published stories and screenplays on her writing page, or check out her pirate time-travel novel Adrift. Though born and raised in Australia to American parents, Dominica lived in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, between 2008-2014, until she moved to the San Francisco Bay Area. She also has a background in web programming, filmmaking, and stand-up comedy. For more information, check out her about page, or any of the specific pages about her various creative pursuits in the links at the top of the page.

6 Responses to Recent and Ongoing Projects, November 2013

  1. Cindy Davidson

    I love that you have gone away from vampires and werewolves. There is so much more out there in the supernatural world yet to be discovered.

    • Dominica Malcolm

      haha, that I agree with, and it’s one of the reasons I don’t write them! Besides, I don’t think I could write anything that compares with my favourites with vampires or werewolves.

  2. Cindy Davidson

    How do you come up with ideas for your books? Do you dream them or sit for hours pondering your next move?

    • Dominica Malcolm

      I usually just get a glimmer of an idea for something I’d like to write, usually based around something that hasn’t been written much, and then just busy myself with other activities until the rest of the story comes to me.

  3. Sarah Miles

    What was it like writing a story that showed up in a magazine? Do you prefer that kind of writing over straight to book? Or was it just a way to break in to writing? It’s kind of cool that you did that, since a lot of older books were done that way (in magazines, but serials). Cool to see how much things have changed between then and now :)

    • Dominica Malcolm

      Ahh, I wrote that story specifically to submit to Plunge Magazine, as they wanted queer women in mythology stories. It was just a way for me to try and get my name out there, and a place for people to get a sample of my writing for free! (Since it’s an online magazine).

      I guess I prefer having my work in books, but it’s hard to get your name out there and read if that’s the only place people can find you, I think.

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