I’m Back!

Hi all – you can now follow me at Words & Stitches for new stories, as well as book/movie reviews, free crochet patterns and more ūüôā

Thanks for all your support!

Stay Strange.

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NaNoWriMo!! And Other Resources

Hey all!

You may have noticed that I have been conspicuously absent for quite some time now. There’s a few reasons, not the least of which is that life has just been kind of in the way. But more to the point, my writing goals have changed and I’m not quite sure what that means yet for Beyond the Threshold.

When I first started this flash fiction blog, it was something of an experiment. I had never written in short-story form before, and had several unfinished “novels.” I wanted to explore flash fiction as a way to test out new ways of telling stories, improve my world-building skills, and create a bunch of characters and scenarios. I wanted to have fun, and see what I could learn.¬† It was well worth it, but I feel like I might have hit a wall for what I can do in 1000 words. In order to grow, I think it’s time to change up the game.

So, for the first time ever – I’m participating in NaNoWriMo! In the spirit of that, I’d like to share some of my favourite writer resources with all of you lover of words ūüôā If you are looking for inspiration, motivation, or just a way to geek-out writer-style, you’ll want to check these out!

Podcasts

Podcasts have become a constant in my life. They are perfect for listening to while I’m doing anything very hands-on like cooking, cleaning, crocheting – anything of that nature.

Here are a few aimed specifically at budding writers:

  • Writing Excuses: Tips, advice, and writing challenges brought to you by 3 working¬† authors
  • How Story Works: Story theory! Course-style discussions on how to craft a well-written story brought to you by author Lani Diane Rich
  • Comics Experience Make Comics: Everything you need to know about making comic books and participating in the comic book industry

And whether you are interested in writing or not, story-lovers need to check out these podcasts by story-teller extraordinaires:

  • Myths and Legends: Folklore from all over the world, told accurately – but with a critical and comical edge, brought to you by Jason and Carissa Weiser
  • Fictional: Iconic tales you may have never actually read, also brought to you by Jason and Carissa Weiser
  • Lore: Stories from the darkest corners of history, brought to you by Aaron Mahnke (now a TV series on Amazon Prime Video)
  • Origins: Exploring the origins of dark legends and supernatural archetypes, brought to you by author Jaimie Engle

Gamified Writing

Looking for a fresh challenge or a way to spice up the relationship between you and your story? Here’s a couple places to check out:

NaNoWriMo – obviously! Sign up for free and challenge yourself to write 50,000 words in the month of November. It’s already started, but it’s not to late to join. Update your word count, race your writing buddies, win badges and qualify to win a prize at the end.

4thewords: In this quest style game, you kill monsters in battle by writing to complete quests! Set up as many projects as you want, and choose which to write for in each battle. You’ll start off by needing 200 words in 30 minutes, but it gets tougher – pressure’s on!

Ad Hoc Fiction: This is a free weekly flash fiction contest. A prompt word is given and you have 150 words to tell a whole story, using the prompt at least once. Be creative! The competition is sharp.

Happy Writing!

 

 

 

Beyond the Threshold is EXPANDING

Hi all!

This is just a quick update about what I’ve been up to, and some changes you will notice on Beyond the Threshold. As much as I love writing flash fiction, there is so much more within the realm of speculative fiction that I want to explore. As you may have guessed, I’ve always been a lover of books, comics, TV and movies.¬†I spent 7¬†years in post-secondary education for film studies, so when it comes to discussing film and TV, I really can’t shut up. So I’m expanding Beyond the Threshold to leave room for things such as more book/comic reviews, and Top Lists for a variety of topics regarding TV and movies. I’m currently writing for a pop culture website, so a lot of this content will be linked to those published articles. And, of course, I will also continue to post my own fiction here too.

Thanks for all the support – I hope you’ll enjoy the expansion. Stay Strange!

3 Days, 3 Quotes Book Tag – Day 3

It’s the final day, and a final thank you to Irene of Books and Hot Tea for tagging me on this one. It’s been more difficult than I had anticipated – finding those perfect words. But at least I’ve gotten to revisit some of my favourite books!

So, one last time, here are the rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you
  • Post three different quotes in three consecutive days
  • Nominate three new bloggers each day

To end, I’ve chosen an eerie quote from Angela Carter’s short story, “The Lady of the House of Love.” It’s been published in a collection of her works,¬†The Bloody Chamber.

She herself is a haunted house. She does not possess herself; her ancestors sometimes come and peer out of the windows of her eyes and that is very frightening.

A sorrowful and grim passage that well represents the tone of Carter’s fairytale retellings. I recommend this collection to anyone who has outgrown¬†fairytales as told by Disney, and is longing to return to their darker, more powerful, roots.

Thanks for reading!


Today I nominate Friendly Fairy Tales, ronovanwrites, and C.M. Rininger. Feel free to join in, or pass.

3 Days, 3 Quotes Book Tag – Day 2

Day 2, and once again, a thank you to Irene at Books and Hot Tea for tagging me.

Here are the rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you
  • Post three different quotes in three consecutive days
  • Nominate three new bloggers each day

Today I bring you a thoughtful prose¬†from¬†Weaveworld¬†by Clive Barker. The story is magical, and dark, and (at times) convoluted due to its dense use of language.¬†It makes for¬†an extraordinary read though, and you can pull quotes from it for days. So here’s mine:

Nothing is fixed. In and out the shuttle goes, fact and fiction, mind and matter, woven into patterns that may have only this in common: that hidden amongst them is a filigree which will with time become a world.

As the first page of the story, this grandiose introduction invites the reader to fully immerse themselves into the world of storytelling, and to think about what it really means to life into characters. I recommend the book to all writers, and to anyone intrigued by words and how they come together to create meaning.


Today I nominate The Writer’s Inkwell;¬†Nightmares, Daydreams and Imagined Conversations; and HemmingPlay. No pressure, but feel free to join the fun!

3 days, 3 Quotes Book Tag – Day 1

A big thank you to Irene of Books and Hot Tea for tagging me on this one – it’s going to be a lot of fun. If you’re a book lover, be sure to stop by her blog for her awesome posts on all things lit.

Here are the rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you
  • Post three different quotes in three consecutive days
  • Nominate three new bloggers each day

So I’m going to kick this off with a quote from one of my favourite books,¬†Let the Right One In¬†by John Lindqvist. It’s not one for beautiful prose; but this complex, multi-levelled, narrative does have a lot to offer in every line. Using¬†the guise of a vampire thriller, Lindqvist seizes the opportunity to discuss the innocence of coming-of-age,¬†starkly contrasting a pre-teen boy’s¬†sweet simplicity with the ugly world in which he lives. One of the most difficult topics he tackles, is sexuality.

Elias.¬†Elias. A boy’s name. Was Eli a boy? They had… kissed and slept in the same bed and… Oskar pressed his hands against the bathroom door, rested his forehead against his hands. He tried to think. Hard. And he didn’t get it. That he could somehow accept that she was a¬†vampire, but the idea that she was somehow a¬†boy, that could be… harder.

 

Oskar’s struggle with his romantic feelings for Eli throughout the novel are some of the most genuine moments the book has to offer. I highly recommend this one for anyone looking for a true coming-of-age tale, tarnished with a gritty darkness that is intense enough to stay with you at night.


Today I nominate Tiffany – Book and Coffee Addict, Magic of Stardust and Words, and 23 Galaxy St. Cosmic City. Hope you join the fun, but don’t feel obliged ūüôā

 

Write Drunk, Edit Sober.

Calling all writers! I now offer professional editing services.

Since beginning this flash fiction site in 2015, I have gained access to a beautifully inspirational and ever-growing community of¬†writers. If there’s one thing we all learn pretty quickly, it’s that the significance of the editing phase cannot be understated. Many of us have probably also realized that self-editing never really seems to do the trick. That’s because as the author of the work, we are most liable to let our brains auto-correct errors. There’s nothing like having a fresh set of eyes evaluate your work; and as scary as that sometimes seems, it’s a necessary evil!

So I have decided to put my editing training and experience to good use, by reaching out to all of my fellow writers. This service is not only for your blog posts or flash fiction Рif you are a professional writer or looking to become one, you can send me manuscripts and documents of all lengths, genres, and subject matter. I am a certified technical writer, which means I am trained in the art of flexibility РI can tackle any subject, and any type of document, fiction or otherwise. I am also a member of Editors Canada.

Since each piece of work is a different challenge, my prices are not fixed. Please send me a query or quote request at shylafairfax[at]editors.ca, and visit my Righting Words page for more information.

Happy writing!