Happy New Years all you sci-fi, horror, and psycho fiction fans! It’s almost 2020, and as sci-fi as that sounds, I feel like a time traveler with 2019 already in the rear view mirror. But this was another fantastic year for making connections and creating fiction. Here’s the yearly rundown of everything Joe Prosit from 2019:
Of everything that happened this past year, I think I’m happiest with the connections I’ve made with other writers. Almost a year ago, I joined the Lakes Area Writer’s Alliance, a group of local writers of all types designed to support and encourage writing. Some of us are published authors, like Carissa Andrews, Kacie Clement, and T.J. Jones. Others write for the local paper or freelance for magazines. Some are just starting on their writing journey. Regardless of our diverse background and ambitions, we all work together to make the writing community a better, more supportive, and more interesting place. You can find out more about Lakes Area Writer’s Alliance on their website.
In October, I was invited to present at the Lakes Area Writer’s Conference and Book Fair. It was a great weekend. My short story Pre-Triage won first place in the short story contest, and then I was allowed to rant and rave about short stories, story structures, character arcs, ugly babies, and all sorts of things in my presentation on Short Story Creation. You can read my blog on the short story market on the LAWA blog here.
My good friend, Sebastian Hetman, started his full time editing service this year and has a fantastic daily blog full of thought-provoking and conversation-starting ideas. The man has been hard at work and strives with every job and interaction to make fiction better. Read his blog and check out the services he offers at his website.
Back on the local front, I’ve somehow got entangled in another group of writing friends who’ve dubbed themselves, “Whiskey and Typewriters.” For obvious reasons, this is right up my alley! Right now, we’re just swapping stories and providing critiques, but I feel like big things are going to come out of this gang of miscreants. I hope to tell you more about that in 2020.
But you’re reading this which makes you a reader, and if there’s one thing I know about readers is that they like to read. You want fiction and you want it weird and you want it now! Well, don’t worry friends, I got you covered.
My science fiction tale of a boy who’s not a boy at all but must save everyone he knows from nuclear annihilation was printed in this year’s American Emerging Science Fiction Writers anthology. Get your copy here.
This November, The Weird and Whatnot published my tale of a strange high speed police chase: a sheriff from the sticks and a girl from outer space. Get your copy of the magazine and read Solo Pursuit today.
And most recently, Horror Tree: Trembling with Fear brings you my three-part horror series The Stilt Walker. When a girl and her best friend, a stuffed rat named Jones, stay up late at night they start seeing monsters stalking through their small town, infecting the unsuspecting as they sleep inside their homes at night. Episodes One, Two, and Three are available now!
But most of my writing time this year was spent on three science fiction novels: 99 Town, 7 Androids, and Zeronauts. They’re not available just yet, but as I search for an agent and a publisher I can feel the momentum building. When they’re released, be ready for a mind-bending action packed mystery for the ages. I can’t wait to tell you more about it!
2019 has been a great year, and 2020 promises more connections, more events, more announcements, and more sci-fi, horror, and psycho fiction. If you want to come along for the ride, keep coming back here for updates or follow me on Twitter at @JoeProsit. Hope you all had a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. See you in 2020!