by J. Scott Coatsworth
Jameson Havercamp, a psych from a conservative religious colony, has come to Oberon—unique among the Common Worlds—in search of a rare substance called pith. He’s guided through the wilds on his quest by Xander Kinnison, a handsome, cocky wing man with a troubled past.
Neither knows that Oberon is facing imminent destruction. Even as the world starts to fall apart around them, they have no idea what’s coming—or the bond that will develop between them as they race to avert a cataclysm.
Together, they will journey to uncover the secrets of this strange and singular world, even as it takes them beyond the bounds of reality itself to discover what truly binds them together.
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How Social is Too Social?
J. Scott Coatsworth
As a writer, I have a complicated relationship with social media, especially its granddaddy, Facebook.
I love Facebook.
I loathe Facebook.
I can’t get enough of Facebook.
It’s a great place to find people, to connect, and to reach out directly to them in a way that’s far more immediate than email. I’ve become adept at this, swimming in Facebook’s queer writer ponds, and have created an amazing network of friends and acquaintances and contacts.
One of the best things about it are the communities of people I have become a part of, communities whose strength and expertise I draw on regularly.
But Facebook is a time suck too. For every great story I have about what it allowed me to do, I have two about how it intruded into a real life moment, or cut into my writing time, or kept me awake at night about something I read on a FB post.
And yet, there’s no going back now, is there?
One of the author complaints I hear most often is that Facebook and the rest have taken away some of the mystique of being an author. Where before we were often distanced from the public, accessible only by a handwritten letter to the publisher, now we are expected to be available almost 24-7, and to perform for our audience, inviting them into our everyday lives.
And that’s true, up to a point, but only as much as we allow it to be. We have the power to say no, to keep some things private, to turn off the phone.
For me, I will continue to use Facebook, to hang out with other authors and reader friends, and to see where it takes me. And when it’s time for the real world, I can pull the plug.
My new novel, Skythane, is just out – and it combines my love of sci fi and secret reveals and MM romance. I hope you enjoy it!
About the author:
Scott has been writing since elementary school, when he and won a University of Arizona writing contest in 4th grade for his first sci fi story (with illustrations!). He finished his first novel in his mid twenties, but after seeing it rejected by ten publishers, he gave up on writing for a while.
Over the ensuing years, he came back to it periodically, but it never stuck. Then one day, he was complaining to Mark, his husband, early last year about how he had been derailed yet again by the death of a family member, and Mark said to him "the only one stopping you from writing is you."
Since then, Scott has gone back to writing in a big way. He has sold more than a dozen short stories - some new, some that he had started years before. He is currently working on two sci fi trilogies, and also runs the Queer Sci Fi (http://www.queerscifi.com) site, a group for readers and writers of gay sci fi, fantasy, and paranormal fiction.
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