Scribings, Vol 4: Miscreations contains twelve stories from the Greater Portland Scribists that explore these oddities. Errors in evolution. Discoveries in supposedly clean rooms. Extreme memory loss. Appliances that are a little too smart. Mythical beasts reborn. And one joke that went way too far.
Jamie Alan Belanger earned a bachelor's degree from the University of South Florida in Computer Science and worked for a small software company in Tampa for eight years before moving to Maine to pursue his own projects. He currently works for a company he started with his brother Paul, Lost Luggage Studios. His interests include computers, writing, photography, and designing worlds he'd rather live in.
Timothy Lynch is a Reference Librarian at The University of Southern Maine. He graduated with a BA in English Literature from St. Bonaventure University and an MLS in Library and Information Science from Simmons College. He enjoys reading, writing and walking around Back Cove in Portland. At least once a month he can also be found swimming mythical rivers and hiking the endless trails of dreams.
Richard Veysey is the youngest member of the Greater Portland Scribists and our current leader. He has been telling stories since he could put words together to form a sentence, and writing since he learned how to read. In his free time, he likes to write, program and play video games, make all-natural moisturizers, face washes, etc., and hang out with his friends. He also hates writing about himself in the third person.
D.L. Harvey has a degree in Anthropology-Geography with a side focus in economics that helps with creating her universes. Her pursuit of a Master's of Psychology aids in both the development of her fictional characters and in managing her real life family of five. She has an eclectic range of interests from genetics to psychics, from singing to quantum theory, from linguistics to motorcycles. She hopes her writing shows that the universe is an amazing, beautiful, and scary place, worthy to be explored and shared.
Steven Inman finds his many jobs to be an interesting diversion from his writing obsession. He lives in Portland where his B.A. in Classical Literature comes in handy in his daytime maintenance work, where he reads Candide to air handling units. He has worked in cemeteries, hotels, churches, shelters, and M60A1 tanks. In his spare time he reads, writes, runs, eats meals, plays with old movie projectors and office equipment, and eventually goes to work.
Shelli-Jo Pelletier has been determined to write stories for book-eager children ever since third grade, when a teacher assigned her additional coursework because she "read too much." Born and raised in southern Maine, she received her bachelor's in creative writing from the University of Maine at Farmington. Her previous publications include a chapter in "Telling Their Stories: Women Business Owners in Western Maine," a project by the Western Mountains Alliance to honor women entrepreneurs.
Scribings, Vol 5: Inversions presents eight stories from the Greater Portland Scribists, each with its own hidden twists and surprises. A former rock star who can no longer sing. Escaped convicts with much to atone for. A strange boy with an affinity for plants. Gods watch mortals make a seemingly simple choice. Tiny shoe prints lead to a birthday adventure. A hostage tries to salvage a botched bank robbery. A soldier flees war only to find it follows. And a quest for a missing corporate department that may actually be hiding.
Stories contained in this volume:
- What Time Is Our Torture Session? by Lee Patterson (from Vol 1)
- In the Business of Rotting by Cynthia Ravinski (from Vol 1)
- Secret Under the Sand by Jamie Alan Belanger (from Vol 2: Lost Civilizations)
- Otherkin by Steven Inman (from Vol 3: Metamorphosis)
- Breed by Timothy Lynch (from Vol 4: Miscreations)
- The Joke by Richard Veysey (from Vol 4: Miscreations)
- Sand Fleas by D.L. Harvey (from Vol 5: Inversions)
- Wolf and Raven by Shelli-Jo Pelletier (from Vol 5: Inversions)
- Repurposed by Matthew Stephen D. (from Vol 5: Inversions)
- Better Alive Than Dead by Robin Hansen (an all-new story exclusive to this volume)
In Scribings, Vol 6: Regatherings, the Greater Portland Scribists explore these bonds. Whether trying to save a childhood retreat from corporate interests, reuniting with old friends, returning home for a final goodbye, or trying to cope with a dear one who won't depart, these tales are about the twisting journeys of our relationships. Location, context, and pasts are irrelevant--it's the people with whom we connect who help shape our experience on this world.