Designing from Bones ~ Alternate Fiction

Hmm, I’m a bit late. Or maybe that’s a month. Regardless, it is awesome to see you!

While I’ll try to keep to my schedule, I am a writer who also blogs. Meaning, when I’m wrapped in story and things are moving along, I loose track of most other things. And that is the way it should be – for me.

Never worry though, when the fugue passes my mind always turns back to my dear friends, of which, as you are reading this, are one.

And so, Designing from Bones.

Allow me to introduce a new thought and direction for DfB. Yes, it is partly about the issue that rippled the blogsphere. Only partly. It is primarily about bringing DfB in line with my direction as a writer.

Alternate Fiction. A re-imagining. Not of direct information but through a blending of it.

Some are calling it New Pulp. I like the name, but I like the content even more. At the beating heart of New Pulp is alternate fiction. It is not in protest of the genres, but rather, seeing how they can be linked together and blended in new and powerful ways to convey story.

That is essentially what I have been doing with Designing from Bones from the beginning. Exploring how events, history and reality can be molded into fiction.

And that is what we will continue to do in the coming weeks. Only in a more streamlined format. Getting to the heart of the matter and opening the imagination, so that we, can re-imagine. And in so doing, empower our fiction, and the dreams of our readers.

It’s gonna be a fun ride. I hope you’ll join me. (smile)

Peaceful Journeys.

About Gene Lempp

Gene Lempp is a writer blending elements of alternate history, the paranormal, fantasy, science fiction and horror for dark and delicious fun. He unearths stories by digging into history, archeology, myth and fable in his Designing from Bones blog series. β€œOnly the moment is eternal and in a moment, everything will change,” sums the heart of his philosophy. You can find Gene at his Blog, Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads, WANATribe, Google+, Pinterest and StumbleUpon.
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15 Responses to Designing from Bones ~ Alternate Fiction

  1. Marcia says:

    Ooh, this is exciting! Your usual DfB posts are so intriguing and thought-provoking. Now they’ll be even better! Hard to imagine so, I can’t wait til they begin! You really know how to create suspense, Gene! You’re not only back…you’re back with the empowerment of your new direction. I can feel it in your words. That month off did you a world of good in a lot of areas!

  2. Debra Eve says:

    I’m a bit embarassed to admit that I’m not entirely clear what alternate fiction is, Gene. Is it alternate history or alternate universe stories? Do you have an exemplary book you could recommend? In any event, can’t wait to see your new direction!

  3. Looking forward to your posts!

  4. Pulp is fun. I loved the old concept of Desining from Bones and I know I’ll love the new one too πŸ™‚ Can’t wait.

  5. Can’t wait – sounds fahhhhbulous!

  6. Catie Rhodes says:

    How interesting. I had heard “new pulp” in relation to indie fiction. I like it. It definitely has several applications. For one, the old pulp fiction (the books, anyway) were inexpensive. That fits. Indie fiction is sometimes less pricey than traditionally published work.

    But I like your take on it, too. One awesome thing about the new pulp fiction is that readers are not necessarily stuck with what publishers think will sell this year. The sky is the limit, my friend. πŸ˜€

  7. Sounds fun, Gene. Can’t wait.

    I wodered where you’d gotten off to. I haven’t been notified of any blogs from WordPress. Good to know you’ve been writing. That’s always a good thing. Keep it up.

    Patricia Rickrode
    w/a Jansen Schmidt

  8. Jemi Fraser says:

    Popping over from the Muses to say Hi and Congrats for being their Writing Hero!! I love the pic in the header of your blog – gorgeous!

  9. gloriaoliver says:

    Huh, haven’t heard of new pulp, but I’m always behind. πŸ˜› Glad to see you posting again. I’ve been mixing genres in my short fiction for years. And some of my favorite authors have as well. Looking forward to more Designing From Bones!

    • Gene Lempp says:

      Marcia: Yes, the month was time well used and I can’t wait to get back into the roll of things. The writing is progressing well and I’m sure that will shadow along with the DfB posts at times. Good use of research time. Great to see you, my friend πŸ™‚

      Debra: Think Chuck Wendig or anyone that mixes genres without worrying about it. That is basically New Pulp. I call it a blending of the genres and while that is not entirely new, it is in resurgence. It is also what I do naturally, I’m not a fan of absolutes, call it a free imagination. Not sure that explains it, but its the best I say it at the moment.

      Matthew, Reetta, Natalie: Thanks! It will be a fun time πŸ™‚

      Catie: Exactly on all accounts. Inexpensive (in general). Great stories (especially in series with recurring characters). And, unconcerned about genre or how they blend. Just the story, ma’am (grins). It is very Indie, but I think that as the genreless genre grows a market, and by default, traditional publishing options, will begin to appear. Excellent time to write πŸ™‚

      Patricia: Yeah, I was a “spirit quest” – it found me and now I’m possessed. (joking, mostly). Thanks for the support πŸ™‚

      Jemi: Hi, Jemi! Great to meet you. The Muses totally surprised (and thrilled) me this morning – what an incredible honor. Thanks for the banner compliment πŸ™‚

      Gloria: Well, you lady are a trendsetter! My favorite books blend the genres, heck, even “genre fiction” tends to mix and match elements. Personally, I think this is a movement by readers who are bored with the tropes and writers who want to provide a new experience. Glad to be part of it. Thanks, Gloria πŸ™‚

  10. Lynn Kelley says:

    Sounds awesome. I’m looking forward to reading your new posts. Also, I’m glad you’ve been getting lots of writing done. So much nicer than taking a break from blogging to deal with BS, isn’t it?

    • Gene Lempp says:

      Hi Lynn πŸ™‚ Well, there was a bit of BS throughout the month, but I work hard to not let that distract me from the writing. And yes, I am getting more done some days then I did in whole weeks previously. Very pleased with the “new system” I am working with (should call it my Method but that sounds too clinical).

  11. Jenny Hansen says:

    Of course, we’ll join you! πŸ™‚

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