February 2021 Update

Whew! What a busy month February was for me. I covered it in detail in the “February Updates” blog post on my website: https://www.ramonaridgewell.com. Check there for novel progress, and my upcoming appearances (especially one where I’m an invited guest reader! More on this in a later post 😉 ).

January 2021 Update

Lots to report this month about readings and progress on my latest blog, including being asked to guest read at Dan Rabarts’ book release party for his new novel, “Sisters of Spindrift.”

The new blog is now up on my website. Updates on writing, reflections, Two Hour Transport open mics, new 2am Notes: A Literary Open Mic open mic. Dates for upcoming readings. Join my mail list for even more details (deets on my page 😉 ).

Wear a mask. Stay safe. We’ll get through this together.

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Happy 2021!

And good riddance to 2020. Whew! That was a rough one. I hope you and your loved ones are all well as we begin our journey into 2021.

The new blog is now up on my website. Updates on writing, reflections, Two Hour Transport open mics, new 2am Notes: A Literary Open Mic open mic. Dates for upcoming readings. Join my mail list for even more details (deets on my page 😉 ).

Wear a mask. Stay safe. We’ll get through this together.

Copyright ©2014‐2021 Ramona Ridgewell. All rights reserved.

Fall Update 2020

Well, wasn’t this a crazy fall. I’ve been meaning to post an update for months, but, like everyone else during this insane year, other higher priorities took up all my time. The highlight, with respect to writing, was attending the premier of FIYAH Literary Magazine‘s FIYAHCON. Best con I’ve attended, and highly recommended for 2021. I wish I had time to write an entire blog about that event, but they had to settle for lots of praise in my Fall Updates 2020 blog post on my website.

Other news included a little bit about Two Hour Transport events, of which I attended many, and updates about my progress on my current novella in progress. Check out my page for more on these, future appearances, and a newly expanded literati lists.

Wear a mask. Stay safe. We’ll get through this together.

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August Updates

Last night, I attended the August Virtual Two Hour Transport, and what a lovely evening it was. See the latest Blog on my website for a complete recap—including Guest Reader Nisi Shawl, as well as lots of fantastic stories across a broad swath of speculative fiction. I was happy to see Dan Rabarts—a Kiwi author I met at CoNZealand last month—not only in attendance, but willing to share a story snippet with us.

The previous Blog posting, also on my website, from only two days earlier includes lots of information on where I’m at, and where I’m likely to head, with my writing. I wrote A LOT during August. Hmm. That seems to be a pattern with me, I just realized—I wrote the first draft of “How to Tame a Vampire” during month of August. I’d like to get that one polished up and published, but the stories from this year have all been about this year—pandemic and protests, etc.—and I think I need to do something with my new vampire while his story line is still relevant. I’ve already noticed Coronavirus stories beginning to be released, and I need to catch that wave.

Wear a mask. Stay safe. We’ll get through this together.

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CoNZealand 2020

Last week, I attended the first virtual WorldCon, CoNZealand 2020–which could be subtitled “Zooming from Zoom to Zoom.” I had such a good time, and learned a lot of new concepts and ideas that I’m still assimilating. I covered Day 2 (which was the first day I actually attended any events, due to technical difficulties the first day) in a blog on my site, and also made an entry for Days 3 & 4. I was sad to see it end, but exhausted at the same time. Check out my site for the blogs, and visit me on Twitter @ramonaridgewell for photos and contact handles for many of the nice folks I met at panels, Kaffeeklatsches and readings. I really had a wonderful time.

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July Update

It’s been a while since I lasted updated about my writing. My website has a couple of new blogs—one about last week’s Two Hour Transport, and news about a new novella!; and one about my first full day at CoNZealand (this year’s WorldCon). While I have so many other things on my plate, some events are well worth the time to attend. I met some really nice people and gained some knowledge. What more can you hope for? Well, in person would be nice, but they’re doing a good job dealing with going virtual for the first time. I’ll be posting more soon (hopefully, tomorrow, but certainly over the weekend) about today’s CoNZealand. I am really excited about some of the events.

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Little Bright Things

I have been making a concerted effort to offer more hope in my writing during what are already pretty depressing times. I started my latest story, “Coronavirus Tales—Mylar Ribbon,” with that intent. A week earlier, I had said the following to a friend who was struggling, “We need to look for the the little bright things, like the shiny gifts crows give us.” It gave me the idea for the story.

When I began writing, it felt forced, and I didn’t make much progress. It turned into another starving‐vampire‐during‐the‐pandemic story. While I like my new vampire—a lot—I wasn’t certain where to take this story.

Then, George Floyd was killed by a Minneapolis police officer. As events unfolded, I forgot all about writing. After the past weekend, I felt the need to write some fiction. As I returned to this story, my vampire led me directly into the nighttime protests in downtown Seattle. Where else would he go? If it would have been possible, I would have been there.

Find the story, “Coronavirus Tales—Mylar Ribbon,” on my website, in the Stories section (below the Blogs). As always, I appreciate any comments or feedback you might provide. Please do so on my social media.

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More Coronavirus Tales

I’ve been remiss in posting about my new stories on my website, of which there are three. You can find all of them in the Stories section (just below the Blogs). The stress of our current state of affairs is wearing on me. I’ve also been focused more on getting my new business site up and running instead of writing, which is both good and bad. I’ll try to keep you all post on that as things progress.

The new stories include “Contingency Plan,” which I posted on May 3. It’s speculative fiction, about a young person eight years hence. I consider it dystopian near‐future. Like most of my stories, it offers just a little hope.

The flash fiction “If There’s Bunnies” popped out one morning a few weeks ago when my next‐door neighbor texted me to say, “Look out in the parking strip—there’s bunnies!” to which I replied, “If there’s bunnies, the coyotes won’t be far behind.” A lot of my recent fiction has been in the first person, present tense, as is this one. The voice is of a ten‐year‐old, dealing with quarantine and a sick parent. It was posted May 10th.

On May 19th, I posted “Fed Up.” This feels like a follow up story to “The Test”—like I’m channeling the same vampire. It’s interesting writing in the first person. I haven’t yet figured out how to let the reader know much about the protagonist. In this case, I feel it’s a male voice, of indeterminate—but adult—age. Let me know how you perceive this. I like this character, a lot, and hope he shares more stories with me.

Even though I kinda promised a story a week, it’s been tough keeping up that pace. I have dived into Wolf Dream stories—to either fill in back stories, flesh out future stories (so I know what to include in the “current” stories), and work on a prologue for “Tishta,” which is still in revision. I’m reluctant to share those here, since I don’t yet know what their futures hold or if their truth will change. I did begin a new story based on the prompt, “we need to look for the the little bright things, like the shiny gifts crows give us,” using the same voice as “The Test” and “Fed Up.” It’s been hard to find the flow. I’d like to write a more hopeful story. My vampire is still hungry, that is certain, I’m just not sure where this story will lead. And, with the world crashing down around us, it’s difficult to focus.

Stay safe.

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Another Story & Other News

I’m super excited to share another story from Corona Virus Tales, “The Test.” It finally was rejected, so now I can post it. 🙂 You can find it on my website under Stories, “Corona Virus Tales—The Test,” where it joins “Corona Virus Tales—Frozen Pig’s Blood.” I’d love it if you give them both a quick read–they’re both flash. Please leave your impressions in the comments.

This week, the second Virtual Two Hour Transport took place. I posted about it in the Blogs section of my website. We’re getting the hang of it. The readings went well—both from The Order of The Open-Mic, and from our invited guests. We tried break out rooms for a bit socializing, which was a lot of fun and much better than trying to socialize online in a large group. If you’re interested, check us out at the next event on May 27. We embrace new readers, so feel free to add your name to the list (sign-ups at 6:30PM PDT). The open-mic readings begin promptly at 7:00PM PDT, and the guest readers at around 8:00PM PDT.

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