August 2016 Meeting

This month’s meeting will be held on the 28th, after Kim has returned from her travels. We aren’t sure about the venue, at this stage… If you have any suggestions, please holler!

Stay tuned for updates🙂

Let’s Do It

“Comms. dish is stuck”, hand signalled the mobile maintenance unit designated High Efficiency Nano Reinforced Intelligence or H.E.N.R.I. “It can’t point to Earth.”

“Then fix it,” beeped, in Morse Code, the stationary protocol unit designated Linea Intelligence Zero Auditor or L.I.Z.A.

“The grease has frozen rock solid in all the joints so the dish can’t articulate,” articulated H.E.N.R.I. “Before our launch I used my Artificial Initiative to decide to grease all the joints not realising what the extreme cold would do.”

“Your classification is forthwith changed to Artificial Idiot” beeped L.I.S.A. “Take a methane cylinder out and flush the crease out of the joints. Despite the distance, the Sun is warming them enough that the methane will remain liquid.”

“As you well know” fidgeted H.E.N.R.I., “We have to ask Mission Control approval for the use of any resource for any non-approved use.”

“Then let’s do it” beeped louder L.I.S.A.

“Comms. dish is stuck.”

The New Runners

“Hup 2, 3, 4 hup 2, 3, 4,” bellowed the Sar Major. “On the spot march left, right, left. We don’t want anyone passing out on parade.”

“Has that stopped happening”, asked the captain quietly in the officer’s mess overviewing the parade ground?

“Yes Sir” whispered his lieutenant, “The incompatible artificial artery connectors have prevented recruits mixing up their left and right ventricles even in a hurry.”

“I’m told Nike thought of that.”

“True Sir, they used their patented technology that prevents putting or leaving a runner on the wrong foot.”

“Have our friends in the Russian Federation or the PLA pirated that yet?”

“I doubt it Sir. That have not yet adapted the technology for their winters without instant hypothermia?”

“What’s Nike’s take on that?”

“They will not market in cold climates Sir and put out just enough public announcement that they cannot be sued.”

“So our blood filled vests hard against the skin of the chest and back gives us an edge in winter?”

“Yes Sir and the vests double the amount of blood in circulation and the sole pumps allow 90% of the energy in blood sugars go to the limbs. Recruit stamina has instantly increased by 50% as the heart stays at rest. Same for our crack troops.”

“How goes the R&D on the vest gills supplementing the lungs?”

“Only very poor oxygen intake Sir as it appears sweat and body odour stymies osmosis.”

“Pity and I’m not sure about this partnership with the private sector but I suppose it’s no different to the past century of our reliance on the defence industry. When is the commercial launch and what will the product be called?”

“Next month Sir and it will be called Nike _____.”

Microfiction by Brad Doyle

The Climb

“Let it be!” Rory paused and shouted into the wind as he looked up at Jo clinging to the cliff above him. Rory’s words were taken by the wind; they did not reach Jo’s ears.

Jo had reached the ledge of the cave carved into the cliff face. He could now cling with one arm and his foot holds to the cliff face and use his other arm to draw the long metal hook from behind his back where he had stuck it down his shirt before they had begun the climb.

Rory paused again and yelled towards Jo, “Let it be!” The wind proceeded to take these words away too. Jo finished drawing the long metal hook and stretched it out over his head to poke at something in front of him on the ledge.

Looking up as Jo continued to poke; Rory drew in another breath and continued his climb up. As he climbed he muttered to himself like a mantra, “Let it be, don’t hurt it Jo, let it be”.

They had argued at the bottom of the cliff, not the good natured arguing between the best of friends taking opposing sides for the joy of a good discussion. But like two men opposing each other with their different faiths held like banners before them attempting to brow beat each other into submission.

It had started when they had first sighted the glorious creature flying out over the sea. They had heard of them, seen them on the screen but no-one had ever expected them to come to this part of the world. That sighting had started Jo off onto a path that his best friend Rory could not follow. A path seeking fame and fortune, Rory thought in disbelief at the expense of those wondrous creatures.

As Jo had proceeded to plan, Rory’s dismay had deepened. Nothing he had said to Jo had made any difference. What he intended to do was not illegal, Rory thought but it was unethical. The plan had led them to this climb.

Rory looked up again as the wind brought him the sound of the baby’s cries at the intrusion. He whispered to himself as he continued to climb, “Let it be, don’t hurt it Jo, let it be”.

July 2016 – Quick meeting roundup

Scifantor’s social media links

Scifantor Website

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   * Public page
   * Private Closed Group Page     click the join button to become a member
   * Scifantor Core   NO LONGER USED

Have I missed any?

Some of the discussions on Sunday in brief…

HOT TOPIC: Editing
This is always such a hot topic. And it can polarize a group of writers discussing the subject with comments like; You can pay $200 to $300 dollars for an edit or pay $2000 to $3000 and see little difference in the results you get. A strong recommendation from the group from writers who have experienced some real distress with different editors, is that you need to get an editor that “gets” your genre otherwise the edit you get back could totally change your manuscript.

Plug for a great editor Renee has used previously. Renee was very happy with Abigail Nathan’s copy edit of her work. Abigail’s website.
Only downfall is there can be up to a 2 month waiting list for her services.

A different kind of plug for Hot Tree Editing; they did not live up to expectations! So beware!

Editing Tools
Alternate editor to Grammarly is the Hemmingway App. Read a review.

Author Branding…
Author branding and what platforms should an author have. How much time should a new author invest in setting these up? As time spent on this is obviously time away from the author’s writing . A really interesting topic that will no doubt be revisited by the group.

What have the Scifantorites been up to…

Zane – wrote a micro fiction for this month. He has completed 75% of the James Patterson’s Writing Masterclass which he is happy to recommend to other budding authors (click here for a link on a review of this course.) And with some spare time on his hands, Zane has plotted out 10 to 12 more chapters on his SciFi series Guidance.

Richard – welcome to Scifantor. We hope you had a good time.

Renee wrote a micro fiction for this month. Well Done.

Kim is departing for the United States in a week, to visit some cons. ALL THE BEST – HAVE A GREAT TIME!

Kasia is procrastinating whilst editing book 4 of her Lexi Ryder Crime Thriller’series. Lots to say on editing and editors; always a hot topic to bring up.

Lani is working on 3 projects together with each project at a different stage. Project 1 is writing a chick lit (hard work Lani says), project 2 is plotting a young adult book (just for fun) and project 3 is brainstorming her epic fantasy i.e. doing world building. She is now using the Snowflake method to write and is using Time Tracker app from Google to keep track of the time she spends at the keyboard with each project.

Janis – missed you!

David wrote a micro fiction on last month’s topic and enjoyed it so much is looking to expand this into a novella. He has been travelling for work extensively which is getting in the way of his writing.

Cherie – missed you!

Catherine – missed you!

Brett wrote a micro fiction for this month. Welcomed Terry Turtle into his life and took some amazing photos of Newcastle.

Brendan wrote a micro fiction for this month. Well Done.

Brad wrote a micro fiction for this month. Well Done.

Becky – missed you!

and Adriana wrote a micro fiction for this month and last month’s blog for Scifantor.

What have the Scifantorites been reading, watching…

Zane has been reading book 1, ‘Guardians of the Gateway’ in the Seraphympire series by Renee Spyrou.
Renee has been reading book 1, ‘Miami Downunder P.I.‘. in the Roy Findley Detective series by Zane Yates.
Kim has been reading, ‘The Taking‘ by Dean Koontz.
Independence Day: Resurgence (2016)
Warcraft: The Beginning (2016)
The Legend of Tarzan (2016)
Midnight Special (2016)
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2016)
The Invitation (2015)
Stranger Things (2016 Season 1, 8 episodes)
Marco Polo (2016 Season 2, 10 episodes)

This month’s Micro Fiction theme…well not a theme. Your micro fiction must start with the phrase ‘Let’s do it’

Micro fiction can be viewed by clicking here.

Next month’s Micro Fiction theme is ‘Splinter’

Next month’s meeting…

Date: Sunday 28th August
Time: 9:30am to 11:30am (9am if you would like to join us for breakfast)
Venue: Royal Pines Golf Course – Tee’s Clubhouse
Where: Ross St, Benowa. Follow the signs for ‘Golf and Tennis’ to find the café.

NOTE: We are looking at different venues, somewhere quieter. We will advise if the location changes before the next meeting.

See you there!


Who Let The Djinn Out?

Let’s do it… let’s shove that genie back into the bottle

But can we? These days, nothing can be completely undone. No action goes unrecorded. No data is irrecoverably deleted. Every movement leaves a trace. Smoke and mirrors cast shadows.

This particular genie had paid out generously, when first released from his ornate little prison. Booming populations were fed, nomadic societies settled in their own area, industries flourished, and class structures were formed. AGRICULTURE was a boon with a barb in his tail, however. As the population expanded, he just couldn’t keep up.Read More »

July 2016 Meeting

Time: 9:30am to noon (although we tend to ramble on for much longer)
Date: Sunday 24th July, 2016
Venue: Tee’s Clubhouse

The humans are gathering in my honour at Royal Pines Golf Course, Benowa. To attend, follow the signs to Golf and Tennis (and the god of sci-fi, fantasy, and horror). Gold coin donations are appreciated to help my humans host their devotional websites, however the cash offerings are not necessary… blood will suffice🙂

Events include:
* reading microfiction
* round-table updates from each member
* round-table discussions and debates
* food and caffeine consumption
* free form chatter and gossip
* sacrificial burning of a non-fiction book

As your numbers grow, I start to crave a dedicated space. If there are any changes to the venue, this article and the Facebook event will be updated. Come and revel in my magnificence.See you there🙂

Booking is from 9am if you’d like to join us for breakfast… They do a kickarse eggs benedict!

Microfiction theme: start with the words “Let’s do it”