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About F.C. Shultz
F.C. Shultz is an author and poet who did not begin writing fiction until his early twenties when the stories of Ray Bradbury grabbed hold of him and never let go. He likes to introduce one fantasy element into an otherwise realistic world and see what happens. It has been great fun so far.
His stories and poems have been published in Every Day Fiction, Amethyst Review, and Ekstasis Magazine. He was one of the Missouri Arts Council's February 2021 Featured Artists and is the poetry editor for The Joplin Toad. He lives with his wife, Sammi, his two kids, and his cat, Batman in Joplin, Missouri.
You can find more information, as well as free short stories, at www.fcshultz.com.
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In that spirit, editor Lancelot Schaubert rounded up sci-fi and fantasy writers to write about cosmic influence. The fantasy writers took a more mythological approach, speaking of the symbolic (or perhaps godly) Mercury and Mars and Neptune. The sci-fi writers tell you what it’s like to live on Jupiter and Uranus. All of them, though, speak of the influence of what one writer called “the music of the spheres.” These are stories OF GODS AND GLOBES. They’re quite the ride: they made the editor laugh and cry and chilled him to the bone with terror. And one of the stories made him long for a home that… well for a home he doesn’t think he's ever been to before.
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Once more, my friends and colleagues and I have banded together to compose literature connecting astronomy and mythology: to write Of Gods & Globes II. Each one of us chose a name that connected astronomy (science fiction) and mythology (fantasy) such as “Janus” and wrote forth.
But why on Earth — or off Earth — would we do such a thing?
Well for starters, in his introduction to Bernard Silvestrus’s Cosmographia, Winthrop Wetherbee III (which, let’s be honest, is a doozy of a name but PERFECT for anyone destined to study and teach Latin) said that the thinkers of the classical and middle ages offered up:
The idea the events of earthly life were governed and predetermined by the orderly disposition and activity of the heavenly bodies and could, in part, be foreknown through the careful analysis of celestial phenomena… Adelhard of Bath, in the De eodem et diverso, extols the power of the Arts to guide the soul in its earthly journey; they teach her to recognize her special relation to the rest of creation, to know the nature and intuit the divine pattern of the universe. For the soul’s basic affinity is with the divine rationes of things…
Man, like the universe, lives and moves through the interplay of rational and irrational forces… which evokes preoccupation with the archetypal implications of myth and the themes of classic literature.
We had such a successful launch last time that we decided to come together and write even more stories around this theme. We have continuations on a couple of new universes, hilarious new additions, heartbreaking horror stories, and flirtatious little romps.
In the spirit of drawing on themes of myth and classic literature and of the tidal influence of the constellations, I rounded up sci-fi and fantasy writers to write about cosmic influence. The fantasy writers took a more mythological approach, speaking of the symbolic (or perhaps godly) Mercury and Mars and Neptune. The sci-fi writers tell you what it’s like to live on Jupiter and Uranus. All of them, though, speak of the influence of what one writer called “the music of the spheres.” These are stories Of Gods and Globes. They’re quite the ride: I enjoy each of these stories differently. They made me laugh and cry and chilled me to the bone with terror and one of them made me long for a home that… well for a home I don’t think I’ve ever been to before.
Come fly with us. Let’s fly. Let’s fly away.
Or, if you prefer, to appeal from Sinatra to Sinatra:
Fly me to the moon
Let me play among the stars.
At the end of the twenty-first century, a decade after the VR-evolution that sent everyone into the virtual world know as The Stream, a fifteen year old girl living off the grid in an East Tennessee forest has to leave the safety of her home high in a fire watch tower to search for her hard-nosed mother who has been missing for nearly two weeks.
Using her closed-circuit robot companion and a patchwork paramotor, Sparrow Hoodia sets out on a search and rescue mission that will take her places beyond her wildest dreams…bending the nature of reality itself.
(a note for readers: this is part one of a six part story, that will be released serially over the course of six months.)
When the Thompson twins invite twelve year old Wilson to go to the beach with them in the summer of 1958, he couldn’t say no. This was way more exciting than going to the vacuum cleaner museum with his family. But, once the kids arrive at the beach house and find there’s no adult supervision, Wilson’s excitement turns to panic.
To his relief, Wilson makes a new friend on the pier who helps calm his anxieties for a moment. The moment only lasts until Wilson discovers something on the beach. Something that causes him to never return to the ocean for the rest of his life.
Set against the backdrop of the Missouri Frontier in the early 1800s, an eighty-year-old retired fur trapper decides to make one last trip West to honor his late friend’s dying wishes. He’s accompanied by his teenage grandson who is desperate to prove himself a man, and gets more than one opportunity to do so.
I’m Going Now is a feel-good frontier novella about friendship, family, and a lick of good fortune.
"If you are at all a writer, F.C. Shultz has created a simple, easy to read resource that needs to be on the shelf above your desk." - Jared Scrowther
“A deep well of information and inspiration that will aid in your journey to becoming the best writer you can be.” - J.D.S. Jones
My goal for this book is to give you a little resource that will get you thinking about your writing in new ways, and to start building a consistent writing process that works for you and enables you to do a lot of work.
As a writer, there are a ton of story elements and craft principles you have to hold in your head while you’re writing your book. This book is meant to give you little reminders like, “Make sure you’re thinking about the characteristic moment,” and “Have you set your writing goals for this month?” This book was not created to be the only book on writing you’ll need (if you’re looking for that, put this book down and buy On Writing by Stephen King).
The chapters are short because when it’s all said and done, there’s one thing that talking about writing can never be; writing.
I hope this book will encourage you to not only talk about writing, but to sit down and do the work.
- The anticipated sequel to The Rose Weapon -
After the most recent fire beast attack, Hosperan, his father, and his father’s warriors set sail toward the fire beast’s homeland--on a mission to end the fire beast’s reign. Hosperan is thrust into leadership as he navigates his shifting beliefs. He must decide what he believes is right, and take a stand, even if it means disobeying his father.
When Embers End is a story about fire beasts and vikings and fathers and sons and growing up and honor.