Author Archives: Catherine Krahe

What Do I Do Now?

You wrote the story. You edited the story. You scrapped it. You rewrote it. You edited the story again. You asked friends for input, then ignored them. You continued editing. You cut, you cut, you cut. You asked friends for input and listened to them. You put it into proper manuscript format. You sent it… Read More »

The Dell Award and Alphans

The Dell Magazines Award for Undergraduate Excellence in Science Fiction and Fantasy Writing just announced its winner, runners-up, and honorable mentions. Like last year, Alphans have made a very strong showing. How strong? Eight Alphans were honored. The full list, taken from the Dell Award Facebook page, follows. Alphans are listed in bold. Winner: “The… Read More »

Ann Cecil

Ann Cecil, an amazing woman and staff at all but the most recent Alpha, died this morning. She will be very much missed. Ann was active in fandom and helped found PARSEC and Confluence. More than that, she committed part of each year to helping pass on her knowledge of science fiction and fantasy to… Read More »

I Meant to Do That!

So I have two Rules of Writing (so far). Be specific, be intentional. Time to unpack that second one. I’ve broken it into several categories. Be intentional: Everyone plays favorites. Everyone has favorite characters and types. For a long time, almost everything I wrote involved a tall, skinny, white, redheaded female outcast. I am tall… Read More »