Happy 25th Issue, SSBB!

The 25th issue of Shousetsu Bang*Bang is out. The theme was 25 Rooms and I chose a modular housing unit. This factors into the story only a bit, I’m afraid, but I was pleased that I could at least work it in some, as this was the story that I swore I would go off-theme to write if I had to.

The story is ApocalyptiCon, or It’s Not The End of The World, and I really love how it turned out. Admittedly, I originally envisioned a funny convention romp and what I got instead is a by turns snarky and hopeful convention romp. I’m learning that I cannot write comedy plots. I think I don’t believe in funny things happening; I only believe in funny responses to unfunny things.

For the previous issue, historical stories, I had planned to do something about the Japanese internment during WWII, but my mind rebelled at the no-fantasy rule for the issue and I just never quite came up with anything. But I had been doing research in preparation for that since the beginning of the year. Some of the outrage brought up by that definitely leaked into this story. A mishmash of current immigration arguments did as well. I will be the first to admit that I am not particularly well-informed on the political front, but there are, I believe, some things that a person should just know are not right. Some things are born only out of the ugly parts of humanity. Some things must not be acceptable ever. /soapbox

But in there with the anger is also a lot of love for pop culture conventions and the good memories I have from them. I’ve been attending Anime Expo for seven years (though not this year, which makes me cry) and went to San Diego Comic-Con for the first time last year. I love fandom and I love being in a room full of people just fanning all over the place. I love the undignified passion and the weirdness and the disregard for normal behavior. I love to see a hall full to the point of bursting with people who care THAT MUCH about, let us remember, FICTION. Fake stuff. Lies. Stories. I think convention attendance should be mandatory for all professional tellers of stories. Because until you understand conventions, I don’t think you really understand your audience. Not, at least, the people who will be dedicated enough to make your career for you out of their dedication. But I digress.

ApoC came from all this. I am, as I said, really happy with it. I hope everyone enjoys it.

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About Joyce

Joyce Sully lives in Southern California. She graduated from UC Irvine. She likes to knit and cook and play video games. But mostly she writes. Joyce writes short stories and novels, songs and poems, scripts and instructions to feed the cat if she stays out late. She has been spotted as far afield as Seattle, but travel makes her nervous. She believes in magic and dragons and ghosts, but is not convinced her next-door neighbors are real.
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