Reality Skimming

Reality Skimming

Reality Skimming promotes optimistic SF -- stories that inspire us to fight the good fight for another day. Committment to larger projects, the writer's sense of mission, joy of reading, the creative campfire of the SF community and the love of deserving protagonists are celebrated. We believe in heroes and striving to be what we believe in. It is also a news hub for content related to the Okal Rel Saga written by Lynda Williams.

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June 30, 2014 – Okal Rel Quote

June 30, 2014 - Okal Rel Quote

June 30, 2014 - Okal Rel Quote

25Feb/14Off

Feb 25, 2014 – Okal Rel Quote

Feb 25, 2014 - Okal Rel Quote

Okal Rel science fiction books - fly for your own reasons

Writer-daughter Jennifer Lott's 2013 Xmas gift to Lynda Williams was an Okal Rel quote of the day stack for 2014, featuring intriguing snapshots of the ORU adventure from all titles in the series: Saga, Legacies and online.

From web story "Going Back Out" by Lynda Williams.

"Kid, I don't care what you scored in some lab back on Rire. I've earned my laurels where it really counts. Out there." Ann gestured at random with a thumb. Any direction on a space station was 'out'. "And as for the 'who's better than who' crap, let me ask you this. At what? You won't find many Sevolites running the Reetion mail. they don't share our values. And if you've got to discount everything that can't be measured straight up, how about Amel? He's one of the best they've got, but even he can be outclassed."

Feb 25, 2014 - Okal Rel Quote

Feb 25, 2014 - Okal Rel Quote. Ann debunks Gadar's definition of being the "best" pilot.

Commentary

Ann tells off a young pilot who has lost the will to fly for Rire because she's realized Sevolite superiority in the cockpit isn't fiction, and she's used to being "the best".

11Feb/14Off

Feb 11, 2014 – Okal Rel Quote

Feb 11, 2014 - Okal Rel Quote from Part 1: The Courtesan Prince.

Okal Rel science fiction books - Ann is astonished by Amel's professional love making.

Writer-daughter Jennifer Lott's 2013 Xmas gift to Lynda Williams was an Okal Rel quote of the day stack for 2014, featuring intriguing snapshots of the ORU adventure from all titles in the series: Saga, Legacies and online.

From saga novel The Courtesan Prince by Lynda Williams.

"I hope I get to keep you," Ann mumbled, feeling drunk on endorphins.

Amel's thumb glided into the soft place between her leg and groin.

"I don't know what you're made of," she moaned, propping herself up to ruffle his hair. "But I'm only human!"

"No more?" he confirmed, conversationally.

"Law and Reason!" she exclaimed with a laugh. "Where did you learn about women?"

Feb 11, 2014 - Okal Rel Quote from Part 1: The Courtesan Prince.

Feb 11, 2014 - Okal Rel Quote from Part 1: The Courtesan Prince. In which Ann is astonished by Amel's professional attitude to love making.

Commentary

Ann takes the teenage Amel (aka Von) to her bed thinking he's the Gelack aristocrat he is impersonating. In truth, he's a trained courtesan back home, and has taken her for a client, because she acts "Vrellishly" -- Vrellish women being at least as sexually demanding as their men. At this point, they are still struggling with language problems, as well.

16Jan/14Off

Jan 16, 2014 – Okal Rel Quote

Jan 16, 2014 - Okal Rel Quote - Ann objects

Okal Rel science fiction books - Ann objects to accusation of robbing the cradle by taking up with 16-year-old Amel.

Writer-daughter Jennifer Lott's 2013 Xmas gift to Lynda Williams was an Okal Rel quote of the day stack for 2014, featuring intriguing snapshots of the ORU adventure from all titles in the series: Saga, Legacies and online.

From saga novel The Courtesan Prince by Lynda Williams.

"I suspect you are so wrapped up in your resentment at his failure to remain a perfect lover that you can't think of him as a person. As the boy you seduced and encouraged to care about you."

"I seduced?" Ann shot up. "Hey! You weren't there!"

Jan 16, 2014 - Okal Rel Quote - Ann objects

Jan 16, 2014 - Okal Rel Quote from Part 1: The Courtesan Prince. Ann objects to accusation she seduced the teenage Amel.

Commentary

Falling into a physical relationship with Von (the young Amel) felt so natural to Ann she never questioned the ethics. Or how come a supposed aristocrat from a foreign culture was such a pro in the sack.

5Dec/12Off

Why SF #12: Colleen Anderson

Why SF? Asking kindred spirits in the SF community the story of why they give back and create forward.

ColleenAndersonColleen Anderson's fiction and poetry have appeared in over 100 publications with recent work in Over the Brink, Polu Texni and Heroic Fantasy Quarterly. She is a two time Aurora Award finalist in poetry. As well, she edits poetry and fiction for CZP, and is co-editing Tesseracts 17. New work will be coming out in Bull Spec, Bibliotheca Fantastica, Fantastic Frontiers, Artifacts and Relics, Deep Cuts, and Chilling Tales 2.



As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.~Nelson Mandela

Interviewed by Tegan Lott

1)Steve Vernon and yourself will be editing Tesseract 17. What do you hope to include in "Speculating Canada From Coast to Coast to Coast"?

Tesseracts is a distinctly Canadian anthology, which means it reflects the diversity of Canadian writing. If any Tesseracts should do this, Tesseracts 17 is the one. From Coast to Coast to Coast should include writers from all regions. While we will look at quality first, we want more than stories from Ontario. We're less likely to take stories of the same old tropes, unless there's a unique twist, so sending your best writing will give you a better chance.

I would love to see stories from the Maritimes, and the territories, from writers of all cultures. So far, I think we've only received one from those areas. Canada is a large country where climate and land often dominate us. This theme comes out in movies and stories. I think we may have some of those, as well as hopefully stories that embrace the uniqueness of Canada, whether that's through Wendigo,Sasquatch and Ogopogo (or some other made up myth) or through traversing the wilderness in new ways, or politics with a twist.

Lest we be flooded with sasquatch stories, I'd like to see true diversity in the poetry and fiction we receive; everything from Steampunk and ancient lands, to space-faring and nano-tech. From horror to humour, I hope we'll have a true rainbow of tales, and excellent writing in all of them.

2) Why, in particular, did you decide to edit Tesseracts 17?

The Tesseracts anthologies are put out by Edge Publishing. Every year Brian Hades chooses editors and the themes for the yearly anthology. Brian approached me at When Words Collide and mentioned there had been complaints of too much focus on Ontario (sorry, guys) so he wanted to make sure that this Tesseracts reflects all of Canada. I'm not sure but I think many of the past editors have also been from Ontario or Quebec.

Brian chose Steve and I, partly because we are on opposite coasts, and we have enough of a track record of publications, editing and judging. Steve and I co-edited the Rannu poetry competition last year, as he was the previous year's winner and I was the runner-up.

For me, personally, I've wanted to edit an anthology for a long time. Rhea Rose and I tried to sell an idea to Brian a while back, so this has been a long-term goal. Of course I love to write, but I want to help shape the face of speculative fiction, and support writers. If I could afford it I'd do my own anthology as well.

3) How are personally involved in the writing and poetic community?

I'm part of SF Canada and our e-list allows for a virtual community. I've never met Steve Vernon in the flesh but we know each other to a degree, and I asked him to do an introduction for my reprint collection Embers Amongst the Fallen. SFC gives me a chance to talk writing with others across Canada. I'm also part of HWA (the Horror Writers Association) but I haven't been able to explore that community as much. And of course I go to a couple of conventions when I can.

I don't do as many readings as I used to in Vancouver but I'm thinking it might be time to re-energize that. Toronto has a very large and vibrant writing community, and they seem to always have readings and launches and other writing related events.

Here in Vancouver, there are only the pricey writers festivals and a few readings that are not always well advertised. Vancouver has been accused of being a no-fun city and a cultural black hole. The arts struggle here and I'm not sure it's because of size.

I'm thinking I might start out with holding writer cocktail parties and then maybe finding a suitable venue for doing some readings. Something is needed to bring writers together and we have very little. Vancouver is so laid back that we'll never have a world-class convention (WFC, WHC, Worldcon) because no one wants to organize.

I also run my blog www.colleenanderson.wordpress.com where I talk about writing among other topics. Like I said above, if I could get the money together I'd do an anthology, partly so I could support the writing community, and help new authors. I also edit for Chizine, as poetry editor (with Carolyn Clink) for the online magazine, and as a slush reader for manuscripts. I always try to give some constructive advice if I reject a story because, as a writer, I know how hard it is to be published and how thankful I was any time I received a clue as to what wasn't working in my story.

Who knows. Writing and editing are my life and I would love to immerse myself even more in the community so the future will evolve with what I'll do.

 
                                    
28Aug/12Off

ORU Quote #1: Amel on Sanity (CP)

Q: What was Von's answer to Ann's question, "Are you sane?"

A: "I don't think so, but it doesn't matter."

From Part 1: The Courtesan Prince, p. 291. Compiled by Angela Lott c.2009.

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