March 2021 Bookshelf

March 2020 Bookshelf Jesse Cunningham Author

I recently installed a bracket-less—about three foot—shelf above my writing chair. I think there’s a fancier name for them, maybe a shadow self?

Anyway, here are the books I have for reference and casual reading.

Dragon Wing has beautiful prose.

Consider This is a wonderful, no nonsense, look into prose and structure of a story with “postcards from tour” where the author relates story telling to personal experiences while on book signing tours.

Winter’s King is a quick story that spans generations. Super fun and mind-blowing. Beautiful.

Prey is a good one. Simple prose that works. It’s all about the story. The author is invisible.

Fight Club is Fight Club–a force of its own.

Dune is a masterpiece.

Shadow of the Giant is a great read. The author has wonderful prose and is a master, of course.

This anthology from Neil Clarke had some nice ones, specially Nancy Kress’s Law of Survival.

The Way of Kings is an epic fantasy. Super popular and it’s obvious why.

Ender’s Game is great. Masterpiece in my opinion.  

So that’s it. There’s the quick rundown.

Hopefully, I’ll be receiving the outcome of the latest Writers of the Future contest. The submission, To Azra, was written a few months back before I had enrolled in Dave Farland’s 318R class. Since then, I’ve learned a lot about the proper structure of a story. And looking back at that story, I’d be surprised if it got anything above an honorable mention (which is the lowest mention on the tier of mentions). Winner>Finalist>Semi-Finalist>Silver Honorable Mention>Honorable Mention>Rejection.

The next story that I’ll be submitting is titled: Albert the Robot’s Ice Cream Dream.

It was written in a very methodical, know the ending, type of way. Three try-fail cycles with a reversal in the end.

It’s a story of hope, of life, of what it means to be “living” or human.

Stay tuned.

Writers of the Future 4th Quarter Honorable Mention for Volume 37

J Cunningham - The Man Under the Kitchen Sink - Writers of the Future 4th Quarter Winners Announced for Volume 37

My recent story, The Man Under the Kitchen Sink, received an honorable mention for the 4th quarter of the Writers of the Future contest (WotF).

Click here to read it.

If you are unfamiliar with the contest, especially if you are an aspiring author, check it out here.

Created by legendary author L. Ron Hubbard, the contest holds a quarterly contest for non-professional authors and visual artists (for cover art on books).

And best of all, it’s free to enter.

Also, there is an online forum found here.

And last but not least, the WotF judges and proctors have put together a comprehensive guide on writing found here.

Big industry names, such as Orson Scott Card, contribute to the lessons.

They are informative and palatable.

Anyways, I have submitted for the next quarterly deadline (which was December 31st, 2020) with a story titled To Azra.

Fingers crossed.