THE LOST TRAIN has arrived!

Anthology Cover Front Lost Train FinalYes, today’s the day…the official Release of THE LOST TRAIN Anthology! Please consider purchasing it on Sept. 1st – today – since your choice can help raise visibility to a larger community when pooled with others on Amazon today. So your support for local Arts programs gets boosted to even more benefit!

To celebrate the big day, here’s a note from Editor, Sheri J. Kennedy:

This project came along during a time of deep uncertainty and difficulty for artists. With the lock down for covid-19 and event cancellations that followed, the whole community was reeling, but artists and authors were also hit in their livelihood.

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Sheri J Kennedy, Editor

The Anthology project brought a talented and prolific group of artists and authors together and provided a chance to work together to send new beauty to the greater community. The result was  incredibly encouraging to all of us who worked on it. Though we were separated physically, we came together online and felt that amazing connection that is so needed right now. I think you’ll feel the spirit of connection in this collection too!
All proceeds benefit building of facilities to bring artists of all kinds together through North Bend Art & Industry.  I know I can speak for all of our authors and artists in saying that we hope you enjoy this wonderful collection of stories and artworks as much as we enjoyed creating them for you! You can get yours today!

photo of Sheri J Kennedy by Brenda Huckle, Genuine Photography

Spotlight: Sheri J. Kennedy & Kristin Tetuan -THE LOST TRAIN ANTHOLOGY

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Old Tree – by Pepper Allphin

THE LOST TRAIN Anthology is coming soon. Release is September 1st, and that’s tomorrow! So here’s the last post about the Authors and Artists that were paired to create works for the project…

Sheri J. Kennedy is a FVP Featured Author, and she was paired with Kristin Tetuan. Sheri is also the coordinator and editor for the The Lost Train Anthology project. Sheri and Kristin worked independently due to a tech glitch that kept them from communicating until the final deadline. But coincidentally both of their works were influenced by a Lost Train of Thought, and more specifically by exploration of mental states that lost touch with reality – Sheri’s explored dementia, and Kristin’s detachment from self. Both their works will be in the Anthology, but here’s a peek at some of Kristin’s other work and a snippet of Sheri’s Anthology story. Be sure to follow their links to more…

Kristin Tetuan:

Find more of Kristin’s work at ArtClubPNW on Facebook and artclubpnw on Instagram

STORY DESCRIPTION:

Mash-up of Speculative Fiction / Steam Era Time Travel – Thoughts run OFF THE RAILS into dementia and alternate reality. Love stories run parallel through tests of time. Can a steam train break through space-time into dimensions of the mind? Is it true, all you need is love?  By Sheri J. Kennedy & Kennedy J. Quinn * Paired Artists: Kristin Tetuán and Cameron Tower & Ellen Rowan

Snippet of “Off the Rails” by Sheri J. Kennedy (and Kennedy J. Quinn:

“I suppose you’re here to ask my permission to date my granddaughter,” Tom stated.

Barry broke into a wide smile and turned his head to Mrs. Scott. She rolled her eyes and laughed silently, then pulled the door nearly shut as she left. He hoped she mistook his pleasure as agreement with her amusement at her uncle’s mistake. Though she seemed perceptive enough to guess Barry wanted her daughter. She’d been sizing him up since they’d met.

“Uh, yes sir,” he replied to Tom, “among other things.” He remembered his mission and quit talking, to check the man’s reactions.

Without missing a beat, Tom asked, “What other things would you be interested in from an old man?”

Barry noted his tight connection to reality. No sign of disorientation, at least currently – dementia could be a tricky thing. “Conversation.” He grinned. “Believe it or not, some of us ‘kids today’ in ‘the younger generation’ are actually interested in history.”

It was Tom’s turn to grin. “History’s a tangled subject for me. But I guess Marlene thought I’d be a good source for you with all my reading?”

“Yeah, sure.” Barry waited to see where old Tom would take it.

….“It’s the experience of history you gain by talking with a man.” Tom stopped and studied Barry’s face.

Barry nodded, hoping he’d go on.

Tom apparently took the nod as agreement. “Are you sure that’s what you’re after?” He cocked a bushy eyebrow at the boy. “I’ve seen my share of it, to be certain, but my journey’s been more complicated than most. I’m not sure you’d want to jump on that train.” Tom burst into laughter.

Barry gave an obliging snicker, but the old man’s rich laugh grew louder and wilder until he gasped for breath. Barry snickered again but didn’t get the joke. Perhaps Tom was a little off after all. ...Read more…

Find more from Sheri at realitywithatwistbooks.wordpress.com, on sherijkennedyriverside.wordpress.com , under Sheri J. Kennedy on Amazon, and on her FVP Author Page

All Proceeds from the Anthology benefit non-profit Arts organization North Bend Art & Industry. Thanks for supporting the Arts!

GET THE LOST TRAIN ANTHOLOGY HERE

THE LOST TRAIN COVER

Terrible Poetry Reprise for Burning Cat

Sheri's Giant Gingebread Man 2017FVP Books or at least some of our featured authors are hoping to be part of @BurningCatCon in Portland in May 2020. As part of our quest for a table, I’m sending this digital offering to Catleesi, the massive Cat Sculpture that will preside over the event. #BurningCat Fitting to the season, here’s a reprise of my entry into a Holiday Terrible Poetry contest run by blogger, Chelsea Owens. I didn’t win since the rhyme and rhythm was critiqued as ‘too good,’ but I’m hoping it’s also good for a laugh. Hohoho…

‘Twas the night before Christmas and all through the office

The peeps were all fluey and all full of coughses

Their eyes hung in bags with bulging lids droopy

Their answers to emails were all nincompoopy

They swallowed more syrup and dreamed of their beds

While blurred visions of monitors multiplied in their heads

The holiday was coming, they leaned upon that

While doing their darndest not to barf in their hats

A bottle of OJ, another pain pill

They pushed around paper, just an hour to kill

Away to the door they stumbled in stupors

A stop at the party and boy were they poopers

At last up their driveways they wove their way home.

And fell in their beddi-byes to spend Christmas alone.

-by Sheri J. Kennedy, yes that’s the entity All Rights Reserved (though hardly deserved)

 

Norwescon is Back and so are We!

FVP won’t officially be at Norwescon, but being Independent Authors… several of our Authors will be at an FVP branded table on Writer’s Row and at the Clockwork Dragon branded table in the Dealer’s Room. Come and see us April 18th-21st!

Norwescon 42What can you do at Norwescon? They briefly describe it like this: No matter your age or interest, Norwescon strives to make sure there is always something appealing to do over the four days of the convention. Our programming department schedules hundreds of hours of panel programming covering a myriad of subjects. Whether you’re looking for writer’s workshops, costuming tips, artistic creativity, musical concerts, or deep dives into any number of science fiction, fantasy and science topics, you’ll find it here! Learn more HERE!

Here’s a sneak peek at the conference Writer’s Row offerings from Rachel Barnard, Kennedy J Quinn, Victoria Bastedo and Sheri J Kennedy.

And stop by the Dealer’s Room to see Jeffrey Cook with Clockwork Dragon.

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Feeling Human Countdown Deal Celebration!

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I’ve Been Chosen! – Likeness & Valley Reads

Congrats to FVP Featured Author Sheri J Kennedy for being chosen for this exciting program with King County Library System!

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Likeness KCLS Valley Reads RegisterI’m so excited about King Co. Library System choosing my book LIKENESS as their first Valley Reads feature for community book club reading!! Our newspaper, The Valley Record did a Feature Article on the program. I’m #almostfamous !

Anyone who REGISTERS for the program can pick up their FREE book at North Bend Library after April 7th, and then I’ll be leading a Discussion Event at North Bend Library on May 2nd. The book is great for discussion since it’s concept driven and is a playful romp full of thought-provoking ideas regarding similarity and difference.

If you’re in the area, be sure to REGISTER, before March 25th, and if you’re curious, check out the book preview on Amazon.

Get your copy of LIKENESS today!

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Writing Tips: Kennedy J. Quinn- Give Me a Blizzard!

kennedy-j-quinn-author-photo-colorIn a mere 15 minutes the other day things went from a normal drive home to near chaos. Not much fun when commuting, but absolutely critical when writing. Creating conflict – putting your characters in peril or moral dilemmas or perhaps threatening their relationships – is key to keeping pages turning.

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Miss Livingstone’s story has been entertaining to me as a writer as well as to readers partly because she seems good at getting herself into jams, and rather creative at getting herself out of them again. Many of my characters struggle with inner angst or subtle conflict, but her circumstances are dire, like suddenly finding herself on the deck of a dirigible, flying through the air, or so far back in time the sheer number of years incites terror.

 

trees-heavy-with-snow-by-sheri-j-kennedy-jan-17The beauty of snowfall on trees is lovely in poetry, but for a story, give me a blizzard!

snow photos by Sheri J. Kennedy – All Rights Reserved

Si View Holiday Bazaar 2016

Selling books at a Holiday Bazaar may sound a bit bizarre, but for the past 4 years we’ve been very well received by our community. They are kind and enlightened enough to understand that writers of fiction are artists too. Here are a few photos from the event… Showing three of our authors and a patron with a very cool holiday shirt!

Thanks, Maple Valley!

We met lots of readers and a few writer’s at the community festival in Maple Valley again this year. Thanks to those of you who came by, and if you missed us, be sure to catch FVP and tons of other amazing Indie Authors at Capital Indie BookCon at Evergreen State College’s Longhouse on July 16th.  This is a DON’T MISS! for avid readers and those who love to see local authors’ new works. See you there!

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