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Poets of Queens Reading, 6 June 2018, 6:30 pm, Vintage Wine Bar, Astoria, Queens

Just a quick note to announce that this week's Poets of Queens Reading has been postponed until Wednesday, June 6, in anticipation of the coming storm.

Hope to see you in three months as I read with the estimable Josef Kaplan at Vintage in Astoria, Queens!

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Poets of Queens Reading, 7 March 2018, 7:30 pm, Vintage Wine Bar, Astoria, Queens
I'm honored to be part of the Poets of Queens Reading Series! I'll be appearing with the remarkable Josef Kaplan on March 7th at Vintage in Astoria, Queens. Come join us, have a glass of wine, and support a wonderful new organization in the neighborhood.

Poets of Queens was founded by Olena Jennings to celebrate the poets of Queens and to create a community around poetry in Queens. I hope you'll come be part of it.

Poets of Queens
Wednesday, March 7, 2018, 7:30 - 8:30 pm
@ Vintage
23-14 Ditmars Blvd.
Astoria, New York 11105

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I'm delighted to announce that my new short story, "Last" (with a nifty illustration by Marco Megrati), has just appeared at Seat14C.com, an online science fiction anthology and writing competition presented by XPRIZE.

XPRIZE, as you may know, is a non-profit organization that designs and manages public science competitions intended to encourage technological development that could benefit all of humanity. (No small goal, there.) One of their latest initiatives is a push for science fiction stories that promote a more hopeful future than the dystopian visions that seem to be so popular.

To that end, XPRIZE has launched Seat14C.com, a site that is both an online anthology and a fiction contest. Thirty well-known science fiction writers have all contributed short stories about the passengers on a transatlantic flight that departs Tokyo in 2017 but somehow lands in San Francisco in 2037. (The contributors list includes names like Margaret Atwood, Hugh Howey, Nancy Kress, Bruce Sterling, Charlie Jane Anders, Paolo Bacigalupi, and Charles Yu.) Our stories were written to highlight the amazing positive effects that twenty years of scientific advancement could have on a city like San Francisco.

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latest line break reading series post

Julie Threlkeld has been performing in storytelling shows in and around New York City since 2011. She has appeared as an invited storyteller in shows like RISK!, Talk Therapy Stories, New York Story Exchange, and The How I Learned Series, to name just a few. Podcast appearances include RISK!, A Funny Thing by Splitsider, The Whole Story, and Succotash: The Comedy Podcast Podcast. Her solo show, Generator: A Disastrous Love Story, premiered at The Tank theatre in Manhattan in 2015 and hasn't been heard from since.

Julie is also the creator and host of Modern Stories Mix, a studio-recorded podcast that turns a sonic Klieg light on one story (and one storyteller) each episode—although the show is currently on hiatus. In addition to storytelling, Julie occasionally performs standup comedy. She sometimes composes and performs music. From time to time she guests hosts a storytelling show. Or she writes a poem. Or maybe makes a short film. Even less frequently she engages in random acts of journalism, having written about anxiety for The New York Times and about the strange, obsessive world of professional distance running for Runner's World and Running Times. By day Julie works as a content strategist and writer in the user experience group of a large technology company. By night she eats and sleeps with fellow Line Break reader Jonathan Sumpter.

Upcoming summer appearances include Big Irv's Pet Detective Agency (May 26), Storytelling at Halyard's (June 10) and New York Story Exchange (July 10).

Please join Julie and all our amazing readers for Line Break #19, Saturday, June 2, 5:00 p.m. at Q.E.D. in Astoria. Tickets are only 7 bucks!

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latest proper manuscript format post

Paragraph formatting box from Microsoft Word 2010
A reader writes to ask:

I want to submit a novel manuscript to a small press in the US and their guidelines say "indented, not tabbed."

What's the difference? Usually I just hit the tab key once. Should I be doing something else?

I have Word Starter 2010, and I can't see any distinction between "indent" and "tab."

How do I make sure I'm indenting and not tabbing? If I'm tabbing, how do I change it to indent?

This is an excellent question, and I'm sure the cause of much confusion among word-processing novices. There is in fact a distinction between tabbing and indenting—or rather, it might be more accurate to say that tabbing is only one way to indent a paragraph. I will try to explain a method for indenting paragraphs that makes your document more portable* and easier for your publisher to use.

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latest perry slaughter post

'Deus ex Machina' by Perry Slaughter
Sigh. Much as I try, I can't keep those crazy kids at Sinister Regard from putting out new ebook editions of my juvenilia. The latest novella to get this pixelation treatment is Deus ex Machina, my ridiculous sci-fi romp about an artificial intelligence who tries to kill God and take the Big I AM's place.

The trade paperback edition of Deus ex Machina was released late last year, but for the ebook release Sinister Regard has given it a spiffily updated cover. And the ebook is available pretty much everywhere! Smashwords, Kobo, Nook, iBooks and Kindle all have it for a measly $1.99, and it's also available for your reading pleasure on such subscription services as Oyster and Scribd. How do you like me now?

But wait! That's not all! Sinister Regard will be bringing out three more of my books in print and electronic editions over the course of the summer, including two that have never before seen the light of day! First, on June 16th, is Whether We Are Mended, my collection of three long sci-fi love stories, which is also getting a cover that's a vast improvement over its original hardback edition.

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Upcoming Appearances
Wednesday, June 6, 6:30 pm
Poets of Queens Reading
23-14 Ditmars Blvd.
Astoria, NY 11105
Past Appearances
Tuesday, December 6, 2016
Tuesday Funk Reading Series
Hopleaf Bar
5148 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60640
Monday, October 10, 2016
Taboo Tales NYC
(People's Improv Theater)
123 E. 24th St.
New York, NY 10010
Sunday, April 3, 2016, 7:10 am
Saturday, November 14, 2015

About William Shunn

William Shunn is the Hugo and Nebula Award–nominated author of over thirty works of short fiction, which have appeared since 1993 everywhere from Asimov's Science Fiction to Salon. A collaboration with Derryl Murphy, Cast a Cold Eye, came out from PS Publishing in 2009. For three years he hosted Tuesday Funk, an eclectic monthly reading series in Chicago, and he occasionally writes in the guise of Perry Slaughter.

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