Congratulations to the Collaborative Novel Contributors!

StarkLight Press would like to give a shout out to Laura Tyndall, who spearheaded the Collaborative Fiction exercise for the month of January. Laura gathered together a set of authors who contributed a chapter each to a mystery novel, writing the plot and developing its characters as they went along.

Our own Virginia Carraway Stark was amongst these writers, and a big congratulations to her for completing her chapter!

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Sales from The Concierge will go to a charity devoted to developing literacy and sharing the love of books.

Great job, everyone!

GAF Mainframe Overview

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As the vibrant heart of StarkLight Press’ science fiction universe, the Galactic Armed Forces universe is the theatre where we put on all our amazingly creative adventure presentations.

For all our new friends and fans, here is a brief overview of our flagship creative site http://www.gafmainframe.com:

Created in 2006, the GAF universe is an active, dynamic and growing science fiction world where commentary on today’s world blends seamlessly with high sci-fi adventure and wry comedy.

It is perhaps the most detailed, plausible, relatable and fascinating creative kingdom in existence, thanks to our loyal fans and creative cohorts.

Loaded with memorable characters, amazing worlds apes and a satisfying explanation for all its idiosyncrasies, the GAF universe has captivated loyal fans from over 15 countries to date.

We welcome newcomers who wish to add their creative energies to the GAF galaxyscape, just as we welcome all media. Music, poetry, news articles, artwork, sculpture, fan fic, videos- at GAFMainframe.com, your submissions are shared widely and much appreciated!

We keep a listing of important characters, events, entities and other data on GAF Mainframe for handy reference. Made as entries from the GAGA’s Encyclopaedia Galactica, these reference blogs contain important backstory on the characters in Tales from Space and other GAF stories. Many have pictures included, and we are working on links to other media like music and videos.

Excerpts from GAF stories in production as well as behind the scenes tidbits from existing novels are often posted, too.

We also offer writing prompts where our fans can stretch their creative legs and play with the GAF characters in fun and adventurous scenarios. Winning contributions are posted on GAFMainframe.com for everyone to enjoy.

Check out the vibrant reference and chat portal for the GAF Universe today and get Galactic!

-Tony Stark

An Introduction to the GAF Universe

As the vibrant heart of StarkLight Press’ science fiction universe, the Galactic Armed Forces universe is the theatre where we put on all our amazingly creative adventure presentations.

For all our new friends and fans, here is a brief overview of our flagship creative site www.gafmainframe.com:

Created in 2006, the GAF universe is an active, dynamic and growing science fiction world where commentary on today’s world blends seamlessly with high sci-fi adventure and wry comedy.

It is perhaps the most detailed, plausible, relatable and fascinating creative kingdom in existence, thanks to our loyal fans and creative cohorts.

Loaded with memorable characters, amazing worlds apes and a satisfying explanation for all its idiosyncrasies, the GAF universe has captivated loyal fans from over 15 countries to date.

We welcome newcomers who wish to add their creative energies to the GAF galaxyscape, just as we welcome all media. Music, poetry, news articles, artwork, sculpture, fan fic, videos- at GAFMainframe.com, your submissions are shared widely and much appreciated!

We keep a listing of important characters, events, entities and other data on GAF Mainframe for handy reference. Made as entries from the GAGA’s Encyclopaedia Galactica, these reference blogs contain important backstory on the characters in Tales from Space and other GAF stories. Many have pictures included, and we are working on links to other media like music and videos.

Excerpts from GAF stories in production as well as behind the scenes tidbits from existing novels are often posted, too.

We also offer writing prompts where our fans can stretch their creative legs and play with the GAF characters in fun and adventurous scenarios. Winning contributions are posted on GAFMainframe.com for everyone to enjoy.

Check out the vibrant reference and chat portal for the GAF Universe today and get Galactic!

-Tony Stark.

Reasons Shakespeare Rocks #1

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Shakespeare is a man of duality- actor and playwright, historian and creative writer, master of poet and prose. It is therefore fitting that this listing of the other aspects of the Stratfordian’s straddling nature top our charts at Number One.

Although Shakespeare is the quintessential Elizabethan poet, it is necessary to remember the bulk of his work occurred in the Jacobean era, thus making him master of two separate eras of classic English Literature.

Shakespeare has the remarkable distinction of being a playwright with two significant birthdays thanks to his birth before the adoption of the Gregorian Calendar. By the old Julian calendar, Shakespeare was born April 23, St. George’s Day. The Gregorian calendar turns his birthday to May 3,  World Press Freedom day. Each is a fitting celebration for England’s greatest writer.

Shakespeare is widely regarded as the master of the sonnet, the quintessential love poem. Ever the iconoclast, his most memorable sonnets are ironic and depart from the high romantic ideal typifying the form.

2035 words were first recorded by William Shakespeare, not necessarily proof he invented them, but certainly mastered them, including frugal, crucial and assassination. This is a stunning achievement of innovation from a man who is regarded as creator of iconic themes and subject matter.

Shakespeare’s wife, Anne Hathaway, is also a figure of duality. She is recorded as having two spellings of her name, Hathaway and Whateley, the second appearing on a marriage licence Shakespeare applied for in November. There is also some uncertainty as to her age- her tombstone records her as being aged sixty seven, but the contemporary engravings for number one and seven were extremely similar. This therefore casts doubt as to whether she was two years or six years older than her husband.

A fascinating set of layers has Shakespeare 🙂

StarkLight Volume 3 Arrives End of February!

Well, the title rather said it all this time, didn’t it?

Following weather troubles and shipping snafus, StarkLight Volume 3 will arrive at our offices by the end of February!

Our StarkLight winners will receive their prize packs in March, as will the people who have so patiently awaited their

pre-orders.

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As a side note, this amazing volume is already over 60 % pre-sold of its first run- so feel free to drop us a line at starklightdesk@gmail.com to reserve your copy today!

Thought for the Day

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With StarkLight’s Fourth Short Story Contest ticking away merrily and the GAF Writing Prompts active, there’s no reason not to let your creativity run wild. You don’t want to be literally pinned to your seat- so get the lead out and onto that page today!

– Tony Stark,

CEO and Publisher, StarkLight Press.

Randy McCharles Gives StarkLight 3 A Grand Introduction

Here is the awesome foreword written for our latest short story Anthology by Randy McCharles, well-known Calgary author and

writing retreat guru. Many thanks to Randy for his thoughtful, high-energy and excellently penned words!

Congratulations again to all of our winners!

 

Foreword- StarkLight Volume 3
By Randy McCharles
“Katrina, she is death.” So begins the third compendium of quirky short fiction from Starklight Press. Like its predecessors, this issue fully achieves its mission of providing tales that are pertinent, timely and, above all, imaginative. The four words that begin the first of eleven amazing stand-alone stories are indicative of what you, the reader, will find– striking fiction that will wet the pallet, expand the mind, and bring a smile to your lips.
One of the pleasures of such a collection over say, a novel, is that you have little idea of what you will find until you have devoured the book. There is no back cover blurb enlightening you as to what to expect– setting, character, theme, and plot. A collection such as STARKLIGHT offers, instead, a treasure chest of surprises; eleven jewels to pick up and examine, each gem offering its own unique color, sparkle, and appeal. What the stories contained within these pages do have in common, however, is that they provoke thought and will take your imagination to lands and times and feelings you have never seen before.
Where the assembled stories differ is the second pleasure of such a collection. After discovering who Katrina is, why she is death, and why that is important, not only to the characters in the story, but to you the reader, there are still ten additional tales to enjoy, each astonishing in its own way, offering up new and unique experiences. Experiences unexpected, yet always managing to push one or more emotion buttons and resonate with realities in your life that makes each reading experience an intimate adventure between reader and author.
If that is not enough, a third pleasure is that you not only have eleven unique tales to enjoy, but tales from nine exceptional authors, each of whom have their own style and voice for story telling. Let us consider the opening line of our second story, What Has Kenneth Done! by J.M. Duell. “Let’s get a hold’a this fellow about the pamphlets again Fitz, there’s too many mistakes on ‘er.” Duell’s writing style could not be more different from Virginia Carraway Stark’s as enjoyed in Katrina, yet Duell’s story will carry you along just as easily. And what Kenneth did is only one surprise in the story.
It is said that variety is the spice of life, and this saying is no truer than in a compendium of short fiction. The selection of tales that fill these pages by authors no less distinguished than Virginia Carraway Stark, J.M. Duell, Veronica Robbins, Tony Stark, Roxann Alecia Harvey, John J. Higgins, G.W. Renshaw, Van Fleming, and Robert Marquiss, are stories you will wish to savour and share with your friends. So sit back, put up your feet, and prepare yourself to spend the next little while seeing the world in a different light. STARKLIGHT.

A StarkLight Press Definition of Speculative Fiction

Speculative fiction in the StarkLight Press sense is a very important and distinct concept.

Canadian fiction is rather rigidly structured to include a firm, “grownup” attitude toward other worlds, magic and the paranormal- these elements must happen in the ‘here-and-now’, in a tightly controlled geographical and/or dimensional locus. While particularly confined in the Canadian context, all conventional fiction adheres to this convention to a greater or lesser degree.

All windows in fiction thus open on the everyday world in which we live. The conceit is that the reader would be able to stumble upon the adventure from their own daily lives. Fiction is therefore written from a narrow and ultimately adult perspective.

Speculative fiction happens in a more openended, imaginative and energetic context that allows dimensional shifts, parallel universes and more creativity.

Conventional fiction is like Arthur C. Clarke; speculative fiction is like Carl Sagan.

Short Story Contest Number 4 Opens Today!

 

You should be.

Here it is, for all of our new fans and friends who can’t wait to submit their work for our next fantabulous StarkLight Anthology- the rules and regulations for our new short story contest!

Submission Length: 10 000 words maximum, flash fiction accepted.

Submission Content:
Any subject matter of a speculative, science fiction or fantasy nature involving either original characters or characters published under the StarkLight Press imprint (ie: GAF, Dorian, I’snian Characters or worldsets). Sadly, though we would love to hear your top notch fan fiction, we can’t accept any wider re-characterizations. Thinly veiled alterations of a truly original nature will be run past our legal department however, and will be considered for publication through our not-for-profit webpages.

Graphic novels, illustrated short stories consisting of grayscale (sorry, no color images) will also be accepted. Again, see content guidelines as above. We aren’t MAD magazine, so we can’t risk the litigation of a good caricature, even though we do enjoy them

Submission Format: ODT, RTF, PDF formats. Images in JPEG only please, either embedded in file or tagged separately, 300 ppi for black and white, 600 ppi for color.

Other requirements: For our first time submittors, please include a five hundred word maximum bio that describes a bit about you and your writing career.

Also include a five hundred word maximum overview of the worldscape from which your story springs.

Include email address, webpages, facebook sites etc. Also phone number if so desired.

Contest Deadline is April 15, 2015. All submissions meeting the requirements will be considered, and all submitters will be contacted by April 20, 2015.

StarkLight Volume 4 will be published in September 2015.

Each winning contributor will receive:
a copy of Starklight Vol. 4
a Prize Packet of promotional materials including posters for the compendium, GAF poster grab bag and a StarkLight t-shirt, hat, magic writer’s pen and mug plus other goodies.

-thorough, nay exhaustive publicity for the winner and their websites through StarkLight Media, including Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, web coverage
-an interview to be posted on the StarkLight Industries and Carraway Productions YouTube channel
– the winners will be signed on as part of our authors’ family (a non-exclusive arrangement, but one that guarantees your royalties to your story in this print and ebook incarnation in perpetuity)

All short stories considered for publication in StarkLight Volume 3 must be first run, not published in any other print media or copywritten e-means. StarkLight Press reserves the right to republish the works as per our standard contract and maintains first right of refusal for second connected media publishing of related stories or media- we want to keep publishing you, and aim to meet your publication needs! Subsequent publishing of accepted stories by other imprints is subject to StarkLight Press approval.

Contact starklightdesk@gmail.com or call 250-467-2995 between 4 p.m. And 12 a.m. seven days a week for details.