Friday, August 24, 2012

SFFS: Snippet from "Feeling Blue Today" in Hazard Yet Forward


"Feeling Blue Today" from HAZARD YET FORWARD

DESCRIPTION:
"Feeling Blue Today" is an excerpt from my current speculative thriller ATOMIC ZION. I decided not to use this piece in the novel, but it worked well as a short story.

And about the anthology...

Seventy-six writers connected to the Seton Hill University Writing Popular Fiction program have created a multi-genre charity anthology entitled Hazard Yet Forward. All proceeds from this project will benefit Donna Munro, a 2004 graduate of the program. Munro, a teacher living in St. Louis, Missouri, was recently diagnosed with breast cancer.

Genres represented in the book range from horror to romance to mystery - and everything in between. Some of the notable writers in the anthology are World Fantasy Award winner Nalo Hopkinson, Bram Stoker winners Michael A. Arnzen and Michael Knost, Bram Stoker nominees Lawrence C. Connolly and John Edward Lawson, ALA/YALSA Best Book for Young Adults winner Jessica Warman, Rita finalist Dana Marton, Spur award winner Meg Mims, Asimov's Reader's Award winner Timons Esaias, Rhysling Award nominee K. Ceres Wright, Ronney Award winner Jason Jack Miller, and WV Arts and Humanities literary fellowships winner, Geoffrey Cameron Fuller.

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SNIPPET:
"Now, tell me why you colored the entire page with the grey crayon first," Dr. Srockman said.

Evie had done this on every observable occasion, but had never explained why.

She squished her mouth up like she was debating on whether to answer. "Because," she finally said. "That’s how everything starts out." She avoided the psychiatrist's gaze.

"What do you mean?" Dr. Srockman needed to be careful. Rule number one in sessions was no leading questions. Diagnosing synesthesia of any sort relied heavily on participant honesty.

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13 comments:

  1. Ooh well that sounds interesting - why does everything start out grey? Sounds like a Big Bang theory ;)

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  2. Great lead-in...and can't wait to find out what the answer is.

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  3. I'm really enjoying the book--and so pleased it's for a good cause!

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  4. Thanks, T.M. and Chantal!

    So glad you're enjoying HYF, Babs. I'm amazed at some of the stories in there.

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  5. I'll be honest. I had to look up synesthesia to know what's going on. Fascinating! My interest is definitely piqued now. And, this isn't in the story?

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  6. I'd like to know what she means, too. Intriguing snippet AND book cover. :)

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  7. I know what synesthesia is,but everything starting out gray is a little different from anything I've heard about it.

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  8. Interesting setup can't wait to see where you're going with this.

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  9. Thanks for stopping by, Patrick, Gayle, Sue, and JC!

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  10. Nice, Heidi! I look forward to reading your short in Hazard Yet Forward! =)

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  11. Like everyone else, I'm very intrigued by this snippet. I love how this psychiatrist is very careful and thoughtful. Definitely want to know how she answers. And the anthology sounds very interesting, too!

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  12. Thanks, Alexa and J.M. -- I've been loving the anthology stories!

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  13. I liked this a lot, Heidi. It may have come from a speculative thriller but as a stand alone it reads as "literary" to me. Can't wait to see Atomic Zion
    -Tricky

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