Author Announcement – Invitation to guest post

From Wim Coleman and Pat Perrin at http://www.playsonideas.com/

We have just put up a new post about Story — the main topic of our blog. We invite comments.  But I’d like to invite any members of the Visionary Fiction Alliance who find the topic interesting to send us guest posts about Story, what it is, what it means personally, and/or how Story affects our whole culture. If we get lots of guest posts, we’ll put up a new page just for everybody’s definitions and discussions about Story.

If anyone from the VFA wishes to guest post, please email Pat at wim.pat[at]gmail.com

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Visionary Fiction’s Effect On This Author

By Eleni Papanou

In the not so distant past, writing felt more like a chore. It took ten screenplays and one badly written novel to admit I never felt satisfied with what I produced. It seemed like I wrote only to satisfy an audience, which made the experience hollow. Longing to create something more personal, I switched my focus from high concept to indie and began working on The Cabin. The concept was simple: two ex-lovers, Damon and Flora, meet up for eight lifetimes. The hook: Damon’s memories of his past lives are triggered when Flora arrives to arrest him for assassinating their leader, and they soon end up murdered by  a well-respected elder.  Each lifetime, Damon races against time to save himself and Flora.

After I finished the screenplay, I liked the story enough to explore the idea of writing it as a novella. Starting was easy as a screenplay makes an excellent outline. I expected all the plot points would be the peaks, and the new material would be the valleys leading towards them. Yes, this was going to be easy…so I thought. Little did I know The Cabin was about to  transform into a full-blown epic…something I had dreamed of one day writing.

The move that changed everything…

The Cabin evolved after I introduced a piece of technology from an older screenplay I had given up on. This fortuitous maneuver ended up  connecting the two stories together and made the peaks of The Cabin less significant to the overall story! Other characters entered The Cabin, and it was now too small … Continue reading

Giveaway – The Jamais Vu Papers

Wim Coleman and Pat Perrin

The Jamais Vu PapersBefore The Jamais Vu Papers was a book, it was a series of newsletters—pasted up, printed at a copy shop, and mailed to a small group of subscribers. Those newsletters led to an agent and a book contract. Some newsletter material is in the book (plus a lot of new writing) and some isn’t. Wim and Pat are making them free downloads, month by month as they were originally published, at http://jamaisvupapers.blogspot.com/

You can read more about how this all came about on their blog at http://playsonideas.wordpress.com/2012/09/10/jamais-vu/

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Story vs Message: Striking the Balance

Guest post by Randy Davila

Visionary fiction authors have one of the hardest jobs as writers—to both entertain their readers and to introduce them to new metaphysical topics, which the readers may have never been exposed to before. The most successful authors, of any type of fiction, understand that the first purpose of their book must always be to entertain.

Unfortunately, many times we see visionary fiction authors who feel so powerfully about their message that they let it become the central focus of the story, and drown the reader in metaphors, exercises, theories and unnatural dialogue all in the name of conveying their message. They have forgotten that their readers came to the fiction section of the bookstore to be entertained first and foremost. This is where the fiction author can run into the most difficulty in trying to reconcile their love of the story for the love of the message.

We, as fiction authors, have been told time and time again to “show, don’t tell”—and your metaphysical or spiritual message is no exception to this rule. To keep the reader engaged, you must show them how your character’s negative thinking is drawing negative circumstances into his life; or leave room for the reader to intuit how the character’s dreams about the Divine Feminine correlate to her real life experiences. Showing the reader how these theories work instead of simply telling them that will help them to learn your message gracefully through the story that you are conveying. Remember, the art of great fiction is in what the author doesn’t say rather than what … Continue reading

Launch Giveaway – Winner

VFA launch competition – and the winner is …

To celebrate the launch of the VFA, seven VF titles from our founding members were up for grabs.  Thanks to all of those who entered.

We now have a winner: Kevin Thomas

Congratulations!

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1 )SANDY NATHAN (Kindle)

Complete saga: Tales from Earth’s End:

– The Angel & the Brown-eyed Boy

– Lady Grace

Sam & Emily

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2) JODINE TURNER (PDF)

Book One of the Carry on the Flame series:

Carry on the Flame: Destiny’s Call

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3) SALEENA KARIM (Kindle, epub, PDF)

Systems – A Novel

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4) D. E. LAMONT (Kindle, epub, PDF)

The Way of the Eagle: An Early California Journey of Awakening

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5) PEGGY PAYNE (Kindle, PDF)

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Relevance Of Visionary Fiction – Margaret Duarte

Margaret Duarte

Before I explain what Visionary Fiction is, let me position it on a chart that shows the basic types of literature and genres.

As you can see, rather than being a genre of its own, Visionary Fiction is a subgenre of Speculative Fiction, which makes it hard to categorize, and, although VF has been around for a long time – think shaman stories of ancient times, most agents, publishers and big book buyers don’t recognize it as a genre or subgenre.

That said, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, and Christian/Spiritual Fiction are also subgenres of Speculative Fiction, which doesn’t make them any less popular with agents, publishers, booksellers, and fans.

So what, exactly, is Visionary Fiction?

In its simplest terms, VF is what John Algeo calls “a modern and sophisticated version of the fairy tale.”  And, according to W. Bradford Swift, what separates VF from other speculative fiction is intention.  Besides telling a good story, VF enlightens and encourages readers to expand their awareness of greater possibilities.  It helps them see the world in a new light and recognize dimensions of reality they commonly ignore.

In a world riddled with fear, misunderstanding, and lost hope, I believe there are people prepared to transcend the boundaries of their five senses and to open to new thoughts and ideas.  In other words, I believe the audience is ready for fiction that heals, empowers, and bridges differences.

That’s why I write Visionary Fiction, and that’s why I joined the talented visionary writers at Visionary Fiction Alliance to promote a genre whose time has come.

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Visionary Fiction – Light Carrier Of This Dark Age – Eleni Papanou

Eleni Papanou

I see visionary fiction as a timely genre and one of the light carriers of this dark age.  It’s the ideal counterbalance to western pop culture that seems to favor violent themes and images that permeate the whole media landscape. The present cycle will continue until a contrasting alternative presents itself. I see the birth of a counterforce happening right now. There are many people who are weary of what’s happening in this world as well as what’s being promoted as news and entertainment by the mainstream. They want something that has more substance and meaning.  Visionary fiction is one of the outlets available to them as well as to  those of us who find personal fulfillment as writers of this  genre.

I don’t state any of the above lightly. Art has the power to move and effect change. We need that now as much as we needed it during the middle ages. The world is more polarized than it has ever been, and the news successfully obfuscates what’s really happening. Some of you may feel like you’re the only ones that can see through the madness of this age, or maybe you may at times think you’re mad for suggesting anything is wrong. Sometimes I feel a little like both, and it’s my writing and spiritual practice that keeps me tethered to the light within me.

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Giveaway – Sryd of Werth

Sryd of Werth, the third book in the Cosmic Library Series, a popular series of adventurous, romantic and metaphysical novels in the Young Adult Fantasy genre by Mirti Venyon Reiyas, will be available for free download on Amazon Kindle from Saturday 1st September to Monday 3rd September 2012.

When the blue-haired Rhaeadr-ambyth, one of the last remaining hominidial manta ray beings on the planet Werth in the Wavy Domain, cannot find anyone to go to the college dance with her, her long-standing desire to meet someone similar to her intensifies. Little does she know that the fulfilment of her wish to meet a humeray boy, is but the beginning of an exhilarating and empowering mission of self-realisation. Not just a singular mission, but a co-operative effort by her incarnations and higher selves that she never knew existed. Can she fulfil her life’s purpose and become the Sryd of Werth? Can she change the planet’s increasing industrial and consumerist future? With a special touch of romance, prepare for the ultimate swim … As with the other books in the Cosmic Library Series, the Sryd of Werth contains elements of New Age, environmentalist and New Thought philosophy, combined with an adventurous quest into the secrets of the Cosmos.

Click here to pick up a copy.

Thank you!

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Giveaway – Mayan Interface

Mayan Interface has recently won the silver medal in the Adventure Fiction category of the Living Now Book Awards, and you have a chance to win a pre-release copy!

Mayan Interface will be released September 1. It  is presently being offered in two pre-publication giveaways at Goodreads and Library Thing (scroll down or search the title on that page).

Good Luck!

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Visionary: Fiction of the Future – Saleena Karim

(Note: This is a  slightly edited version of a blog post originally written for the VF web-ring under the title, The Place of Visionary Fiction in Today’s World and published March 2012)

Saleena Karim

According to one online dictionary, the meanings of the word ‘visionary’ include something characterised by foresight; fantasy and imagination; prophecy or revelation; and idealism.

Ancient roots

True to its name, visionary fiction contains all of these elements as well. Although the genre of visionary fiction is relatively new, it actually has its roots in ancient mythology, and in the parables and legends we find in religious scripture across the world. It openly harks back to the original function of ‘story’ itself, to ask questions about human potential: What we are, where we are going, and what we would like to become. So in a way, visionary fiction isn’t new at all. But we might ask why this ‘new’ type of novel has appeared just as we have crossed into the new millennium.

It’s a mad world

The future is undoubtedly both exciting and uncertain. It’s exciting because of the pace of technology; faster communications such as the internet and mobile devices and TV; the leaps in our understanding of the physical universe; our advances in medicine, genetics and much more. Yet it’s also uncertain, because it seems to lack direction. Many of us fear that our combined knowledge is not being put to the best possible use; we remain painfully irresponsible when it comes to the environment; the vast majority of scientific research is funded by, and carried out for, the military; and we still can’t seem to … Continue reading