Where Stephen writes about his writing and other writing things, and some other things as well.
WCSJ - San Francisco 2017
The World Conference of Science Journalists was pretty much a whirlwind experience all around. Being invited, being on the panel, meeting interesting people and staying in one of the great US cities (on my bucket list) over the course of just a week was fun and exhausting to say the least.
Jude Isabella and Corey Powell invited us to be pat of “The Rise of Digital Science Magazines” discussion and the format turned out to be a lot of fun and far more interactive than I expected. Pamela Weintraub did a great job of moderating, covering essential ground as well as checking in with Corey on questions from the audience sent direct to the screen in the front. Plus, I learned a lot from the other panelists - some new ideas and some things we have in common.
The panel featured:
Steven Bedard (Editor in Chief, bioGraphic),
Estrella Burgos (Editor in chief, ¿Como ves? Magazine),
Stephen Embleton (News network and online manager, Earth Touch News),
I'm really proud to be part of the rising tide of African speculative fiction,I'm really proud to have been given the opportunity to create the logo/brand.
With member input, we managed to steer the design into something unique - and most importantly for me - not clichéd African (continents, design motifs, rough textures).
The central character (literally) is the Nommo: "The Nommo are mythological ancestral spirits (sometimes referred to as deities) worshipped by the Dogon people of Mali. The word Nommos is derived from a Dogon word meaning "to make one drink." The Nommos are usually described as amphibious, hermaphroditic, fish-like creatures. Folk art depictions of the Nommos show creatures with humanoid upper torsos, legs/feet, and a fish-like lower torso and tail. The Nommos are also referred to as “Masters of the Water”, “the Monitors”, and "the Teachers”. Nommo can be a proper name of an individual, or can refer to the group of spirits as a…
My latest short story, Journal of a DNA Pirate, was published in the latest anthology AfroSFv3.
In 2010, while writing my speculative fiction novel, Soul Searching, and having sent it to a top SA publisher (waiting and waiting) I decided to carry on writing. But I wanted something simple and not as bogged down in size as a novel. I decided a blog style story would work to be able to write every day (almost every day) and rather than having a preconceived idea of where the story needed to go, I would take each day where I left off.
I left it for a while (no ending done) and then revisited it in 2011. And that was it.
During this time I had two large publishers in SA take the Soul Searching manuscript for two years each (with revisions done) before they finally rejected (first – 2009-2011; second – 2011-2013). I took that as a sign that my writing had something to it. I carried on tweaking the novel.
Then in 2014, Fox & Raven publishers in SA had a call for entries for t…