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Five definitions to inspire writers around the world and an unlimited number of possible stories to
1) A colored fluid used for writing 2) The action of signing a deal 3) A black liquid ejected by squid 4) Publicity in the written media 5) A slang word for tattoos
Ink features 300-word speculative flash fiction stories from across the rainbow spectrum, from the minds of the writers of Queer Sci Fi.

256 pages, ebook

Published August 10, 2021

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J. Scott Coatsworth

72 books164 followers
Scott lives with his husband in a leafy Sacramento, California suburb, in a cute yellow house with a pair of pink flamingoes in the front yard.

He has always been in the place between the here and now and the what could be. He started reading science fiction and fantasy at the tender age of nine, encouraged by his mother. But as he read the golden age classics and more modern works too, he started to wonder where all the queer people were.

When Scott came out at 23, he decided he wanted to create the kinds of stories he couldn't find at the bookstore. If there weren't gay characters in his favorite genres, he would reimagine them, filling them with a diverse universe of characters. He'd remake them to his own ends, and if he was lucky enough, someone would even want to read them.

Scott's brain works a little differently from most folks - he sees connections where others don't. Born an introvert, he learned how to reach outside himself and connect with other queer folks.

Scott's fiction defies expectations, transforming traditional science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary worlds into something fresh and surprising. He also created both Queer Sci Fi and QueeRomance Ink with his husband Mark, and is an associate member of the Science Fiction Writer's Association (SFWA).

His writing, both romance and genre fiction, brings a queer energy to his work, infusing them with love, beauty and strength and making them fly. He imagines how the world could be, and maybe changes the world that is, just a little.

Scott was recognized as one of the top new gay authors in the 2017 Rainbow Awards, and his debut novel "Skythane" received two awards and an honorable mention.

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Author 6 books56 followers
August 11, 2021
This review is for Moon Child

by Susan Stradiotto

Though only 300 words, this short story by Stradiotto evokes strong emotions right away. The reunion between Realtin and Willow is bittersweet and emotional. It leaves you wondering what the evil Warlock has done and at what cost Willow gave to let Realtin see their Moon Child, Amaris again. There is so much I want to know! Lovely short story that leaves you wanting to know much more.
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1,307 reviews4 followers
August 15, 2021
Confusing numbering (Eighth Annual, #7, Book 1... ) and page numbers (Kobo lists 142, kindle 254 print length, and paperback 256... )

As the title suggests short 'flash' fiction using 'Ink' a the starting point. A mixture of SF, fantasy, supernatural, horror - easy to read and interesting in the directions to which the trigger sends the writers.
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2,254 reviews65 followers
August 21, 2021
This was an absolutely brilliant anthology. I loved the variety of stories that were all inspired by one word - Ink. Since they're all flash fiction they're rather short, but it's impressive how much depth, emotion, and imagery are packed into only 300 words. The perfect anthology to make your own imagination take flight.
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