Virtual Venue: Curious Fictions

I got an invite to join a new online virtual venue for writers called Curious Fiction. When I clicked over to check it out, I saw Ashley Dioses already over there. If Ashley is on there, it must be a pretty good site. I accepted.

Exploring the site, I think I’ll be using it to get feedback from beta readers on new chapters of the Bitter Suite sequel, Suite & Sour as well as parking some of my past work. I loved being on Radish, but that app seems geared toward romance, of which I have none (unless you count “Poinsettia Creams,” the second chapter of Bitter Suites). Curious Fiction seems to have a lot of dark and speculative work up already, so it may be just the place for me.

Anyone else have any experience with Curious Fictions? To me, it seems like a cross between Gather and Patreon. Share your thoughts!

Visit my profile at Curious Fictions here.

About Angela Yuriko Smith

Angela Yuriko Smith is an American poet, publisher, and author with over 20 years of experience in newspaper journalism. She co-publishes Space and Time magazine with author husband Ryan Aussie Smith. For more information visit
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5 Responses to Virtual Venue: Curious Fictions

  1. Marge Simon says:

    I got an invite too –went to the site and there’s this money/donation thing involved. It’s just me, I guess –but I’ve (as a Dem) been barraged daily (many times) to donate small amounts and then on FB –Indigogo sites for authors or editor’s anthologies abound. Or someone I barely know of is in hospital and has insufficient insurance, donate, donate & more donate.

    I don’t want folks to donate to me as fans of my work. So I passed on it. But to each, their own?

    • I agree with you on the annoyance of everyone asking for small donations lately. If I gave a dollar every time I was asked, my checkbook would be a mess—and empty!

      Since you can offer work for free reading, I’m thinking it might be a nice venue for connecting with readers, especially since the site seems to favor the darker works. Ages ago I used to write for Gather, a similar site without the donation aspect, and it was a great way to get my work out there, get feedback and connect with other writers. I’m hoping this can be the same thing.

      • Marge Simon says:

        Angela, it does have a positive side –guess it’s what you do and how you deal with it. Do post more (or email me) once you try it out for awhile and let me/readers know! :)

        • I will. I signed on with Radish awhile back for the same reasons but it didn’t achieve what I wanted. The main readership there seems devoted to romance and soft porn. Since I write neither, I stopped posting there.

  2. Marge Simon says:

    Forgot to put notify me if you reply on your blog page!

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