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Excited to have a story in upcoming anthology The Sum of Us!

I'm pleased to announce I'll have a story, "The Mother's Keepers," in this upcoming anthology, The Sum of Us: Tales of the Bonded and Bound, edited by Susan Forest and Lucas K. Law. Here's how it's described: The world of caregivers and unsung heroes, the province of ghosts . . . If we believe that we are the protagonists of our lives, then caregivers— our pillars—are ghosts, the bit players, the stock characters, the secondary supports, living lives of quiet trust and toil in the shadows. Summoned to us by the profound magic of great emotional, physical, or psychological need, they play their roles, and when our need diminishes . . . ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 17:00, March 18th, 2017 under Blog, Books, Writing and Editing | Comment now »

Another Seven-Sentence Short Story

At When Words Collide in Calgary this summer I once again conducted a Seven-Sentence Short Story workshop, and had more people in it than ever before--30 or so, I'd guesstimate. This is a plotting exercise created by SF writer/high school teacher James Van Pelt, and it works great in this setting. Below is my story written during that exercise, with each sentence prefaced with the corresponding instruction. 1. Introduce what the main character wants and the first action he/she takes to accomplish that goal. Stanislaw crawled through the stinking mud of the escape tunnel on his hands and knees, screams chasing him through the darkness, the dim blue light that promised freedom glowing in the distance, seemingly just out of ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 12:35, September 7th, 2016 under Blog, Writing and Editing | Comment now »

Week 7 of the Great Book Giveaway: enter and get another free short story!

Neil from Saskatoon was the winner of last week's book giveaway. Now it's time to start Week 7. The rules remain the same. Simply comment on this post, reply to one of the posts I'll put on Facebook on both my Edward Willett and E.C. Blake pages, or reTweet one of the Tweets I'll post on Twitter @AuthorECBlake, @ewillett, and @LeeArthurChane. Next Saturday I'll tally up all the entries, do a draw, and I'll send the winner the book of his choice from this list (with a couple of exceptions--I don't have copies of absolutely everything). Fiction or non-fiction, his/her choice! This week every ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 10:50, March 29th, 2014 under Blog, Books, Giveaways | 2 Comments »

“Reunion,” a short story by Eddie Willett, age 19

As promised in the previous post, here's my short story from the Spring 1979 issue of Shapes and Names, the literary magazine of Harding College (now Harding University). The cover art at left was created by Jerry Palmer. My short story, at over 8,000 words, was by far the longest piece, and reading it now, I certainly see a few problems (not least the fact there's absolutely no reason this particular story has to be set in a fantasy world, except that was where my mind normally wanted to set stories...some things never change...because there's not the slightest hint of magic in it. It could have been set in the present ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 11:28, March 1st, 2014 under Blog, Writing and Editing | Comment now »

I wonder what my college professor would think of me now?

The next post after this one is going to be a very early short story of mine that I just uncovered. Called "Reunion," it was published in the Spring, 1979, issue (Volume 2, Number 2) of Shapes and Names, the literary magazine published by the department of English of Harding College (now Harding University) in Searcy, Arkansas, from which I received my B.A. in Journalism in December, 1979. When this issue of Shapes and Names came out, I was 19 years old. The forward to Shapes and Names was written by Dr. Neil B. Cope, Chairman of the Department of Journalism--my department; he was one of my professors. It's a bit lengthy, ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 11:13, March 1st, 2014 under Blog, Writing and Editing | Comment now »

An interview with me in honor of my story in Tesseracts 17

Colleen Anderson, editor with Steve Vernon of Tesseracts Seventeen: Speculating Canada from Coast to Coast to Coast (EDGE), the latest installment of the long-running Canadian anthology series, has been posting a series of interviews with the authors whose works are included in the book, and this week it's my turn, in honor of my story The Path of Souls. I am thrilled to finally have a story in Tesseracts, and enjoyed answering Colleen's insightful questions. Read the whole thing at her blog, but here are a couple of excerpts: CA: “Path of Souls” is a beautifully rendered world, told by an outsider who makes it home. But that ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 9:29, November 24th, 2013 under Blog, Books, Writing and Editing | Comment now »

Cover art for Tesseracts Seventeen: Speculating Canada from Coast to Coast

Here's the gorgeous cover art for Tesseracts Seventeen, the venerable Canadian speculative fiction anthology which this year contains my short story "The Path of Souls," inspired by Globe Theatre's Lanterns on the Lake events of a few years ago. Tesseracts Seventeen, edited by Colleen Anderson and Steve Vernon, has as its subtitle Speculating Canada from Coast to Coast, the theme this year being writers from across the country. There are 29 pieces in all, with me holding down the Saskatchewan spot. You'll have to wait for the book to come out to read my story, of course (or any of the others), but by way of a teaser, here's how it begins: HELLO, TRAVELLER. ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 9:59, July 14th, 2013 under Blog, Books | Comment now »

My short story will be in Tesseracts 17!

Tesseracts is the long-running anthology of Canadian speculative fiction published for the past few years by Calgary's Edge Publications. I've never sold a short story to it...until now. (This may have something to do with the fact I've never submitted to it before. Funny how that works.) Tesseracts 17: Speculating Canada from Coast to Coast to Coast, edited by Colleen Anderson and Steve Vernon, will include my short story "Path of Souls," a piece inspired by Globe Theatre's "Lanterns on the Lake" event of a few years past. Below is the official announcement. *** We are pleased to announce the official Table of Contents for Tesseracts 17: Speculating Canada from Coast to Coast to Coast. This anthology of speculative Canadian writing ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 0:03, June 12th, 2013 under Blog, Writing and Editing | 1 Comment »

Nice review of “A Little Space Music”

Speculating Canada, a relatively new blog focusing on Canadian science fiction, fantasy and horror, has a nice review of "A Little Space Music," my humorous "amateur theatre in outer space" short story just published in OnSpec. It begins: In “A Little Space Music”, Edward Willett demonstrates his creative wit and humour. He plays on an issue that is familiar to any of us who have done amateur theatre… the issue of making a cast out of actors with varying skills. But, ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 9:58, July 15th, 2012 under Blog | Comment now »

The Fifth Princess by Alice Willett

This is the short story my 10-year-old daughter Alice (that's her in the picture--she's the one on the right) entered in the Canadian Children's Book Centre's Book Week 2012 Writing Contest for Kids & Teens. She didn't win or get an honorable mention, but I still think it's pretty good. (It's also possible she was disqualified because, try though she might, with everything I could suggest, she couldn't get the story under the 1,500-word limit...although she was close. But since the first version of this story was more like 2,500 words, and at that, she'd left out some elements she intended to include, I thought she did pretty ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 23:04, May 13th, 2012 under Blog | 2 Comments »