The Market Says

Discussing the magazine market with my friend, she said there was a bigger market for ‘how to write’ especially in the speculative fiction field than there was for the fiction. She’s been researching for her own magazine, and I don’t doubt it.

But it’s a little funny, since in order to write for any genre you need to be familiar with the genre. Of course, they’re probably buying books instead of magazines, but why?

If we’re out for the short story market, it’s best to get our hands on the actual publication we want to have purchase our work. (I’m sure that’s best in every market.) Wouldn’t that make the demand equal for both products?

Are we trying to write in a vacuum?

Maybe we’re listening to the characters in our head. What’s to stop them from taking over the story? Not that it’s bad for them to take over the story, that’s part of what happens when they become real to the author. I guess I’m asking: How do we know they have the best plot possible, if we have nothing to compare to?

Not that we want to redo a plot. I know I’ve heard Twilight has a lot of similarities to Wuthering Heights (can’t be bad to be compared with a classic), but I wonder sometimes where the line can be drawn between using an old plot with newish characters, like Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, and the arguable every plot can be traced back to one of [insert number of plots below 50 you think there are].

Have you ever wondered what the true fascination with Zombies really is? I think if I get around to reading those re-makes, I’ll choose Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters instead…


I play video games sometimes. They’re silly brainy games – Brain Age (1 and 2) and Big Brain Academy. One of them asked me to contemplate fictional objects. “Imagine a cat. Imagine a ladder. Now imagine a cat ladder. Was it furry?”

I guess it’s good for the brain to think about stuff like that. Imagine things that don’t exist (at least, not yet).

So is it good for the brain to create speculative fiction worlds? It seems like we’d have an advantage with all that.


Something about building a universe always get me excited. There are worlds to explore, creatures to flesh out, and new things to learn.

I happen to be fairly attached to the creatures. So many things out there use humans, giving them reasonable explanations of why they are so far from home or just letting them explore on their own.

Humans are easy. We understand them so well. Then we change them slightly for this or that – we add magic or abilities or knowledge. Sometimes we approach the beast inside, and sometimes we humanize the creatures.

The question I’m considering lately:
How do you make someone sympathize what’s inherently unhuman to make a worthy protagonist without making them human?

I’m just sure there has to be a way.

Coming Soon from Dehanna Bailee


Blue Leaf Publications

To Be Released Early 2009

Rating: PG-13

“Every honorable act demands sacrifice — not just of flesh and blood but one of heart…”

Coming soon, a book with a futuristic setting and romantic elements. Teah Valtamise is a former Brigadier from Calypso; she fled, but her newest protégé turns on her. She works to save an innocent person from the dealings of a man bent on vengeance while working with an old comrade. Is she prepared to sacrifice everything for the sake of right? At stake is a chance at love, an old friendship, and maybe even her own life.

Calypso’s Revenge is very readable, and the heroine is an intriguing character. It promises to be an original speculative fiction novel that keeps readers in suspense and doesn’t follow the conventions of the science fiction or romance genres. The story packs surprises, including the end. This is good for anyone who appreciates excitement and realism with believable characters.