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Nothing of substance this week.

April 4th, 2013  |  Published in announcement

Although I’ve been trying to get in the habit of writing a blog post each week, the laptop on which I write has had an accident. That being said, I do have a couple of updates for you. I’ve been working on a YA short story, and I recently passed the 7,000 word mark, so the rough draft should be done soon. Second, I’ve been making notes for the Broken Shores story that I’m working on, and even came up with something that might work as an epigram for it: “The danger is, as always it has been, that in our reaction to violence we not only become incapable, but also undeserving of peace.” It will probably change, but it fits the story, so not too much. Finally, it is April, which means that May is coming up, and I have decided that I will run the Short Story Writing month again. However, since setting up and moderating a forum has been a pain in the ass (and time suck) I’ll probably do it as a Facebook or G+ group this year. More news on that in the next couple of weeks.

Update: I went ahead and made a Facebook page, this year all things ShoStoWriMo will be at http://www.facebook.com/ShoStoWriMo. Although, there isn’t much there now, there will be soon.

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Caldera ebook cover Version 1

March 7th, 2013  |  Published in announcement

I’m done with the first version of the cover for the Caldera ebook, and although I’m pretty happy with it so far, I do have some changes in mind (like making the corner bits a tad smaller). A couple more drafts and it should be done. Next up, fixing the map. I’m also making notes, so I can possibly write up how I did it.

 

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Caldera News

March 6th, 2013  |  Published in announcement

As you might know, I finally finished a project that I had been working on for quite a while in November of 2011, Caldera. ALthough it went through several iterations (many of which are archived in the old posts on this site) I finally finished it as a novella which I am quite proud of. The only problem is that there aren’t many markets for novellas, and I quickly ran out of options. I did, however, submit the story to the Writers of the Future Contest last year and while it did not win, I did receive an honorable mention for it.

So what now? Ten years ago, my only option would be to file it in a drawer and hope that I get famous. Thankfully that is no longer the case. Now I have the option of digitally self publishing it. Of course, before I do that, I would like to redo the map, figure out a cover (I actually have something in mind for this), and maybe get it copy edited. In the mean time, I am working on a new Broken Shores story and a non-speculative short story (or novella, we’ll see how long it runs).

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Back to work.

November 20th, 2012  |  Published in announcement

The last few months have been fantastic, spending my days off at home with my wife and son. But today my wife goes back to work, and it’s about time that I get back to writing, too. I’ve written one piece of flash, which is out on submission right now, and I’m almost done with another. After that (next week, I imagine), I’ll begin work on a new Broken Shores story.

I’ve had a lot of time to think about writing, while not actually having much time to do any. This has been both good and bad. Bad because I really love writing, and it has been difficult to not put words on paper. Good because a lot of ideas that had been milling in a nebulous cloud in my head (there is a lot of empty space in there for this to happen, I assure you) coalesced into actual stories that are now residing in my Idea Journal (which I need to remember to post about one of these days; remind me). Also, I’ve read some awesome books, which I look forward to sharing with you in the next month or two.

But enough for now, I should be getting back to work.

 

Downtime

September 25th, 2012  |  Published in announcement

You may have noticed that things have been quiet around here for a while. That is going to continue, but with good reason, I assure you. You see, I am now a father (!) (which is completely awesome, by the way, highly recommended), and for the next couple of months, I don’t expect to have a whole lot of free time to dedicate to writing. That doesn’t mean that stories aren’t bouncing around in my head, though, and I will have some awesome stuff to share with you at the end of the year or early 2013. Thanks for your patience!

New Horizon story!

August 17th, 2012  |  Published in announcement

I’ve been working on it for a long time and it’s finally here: Heist.

As the title (not so subtly) suggests, it’s a caper story. I hope that it is as much fun to read as it was to write. Also, if you haven’t read any of the Horizon Station stories yet, don’t worry, Heist stands on its own (according to readers who hadn’t read any of the other ones).

Whew. With this posted, I only have one project left that actively needs work, The Symbol Formerly Known as Google, and I hope to have a strong second draft of that done early next week. I’ll let you know how it goes.

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At long last, a new Broken Shores story.

August 14th, 2012  |  Published in announcement

It has been, way, way too long in process, but I have finally posted a new Broken Shores story, Tragedy and Triumph. It is the third story about Kai (following Bound and Saw, Chisel, and Plane) and some of the larger plot elements that I have been thinking about from the very beginning are starting to come into play. If you haven’t read any of the stories in the series, you can start with this one, or you can start from the beginning (or anywhere in between).

As for why this story took so long, there are several reasons. Part of it is that I have been working on other stories (I have written three other rough drafts since I began), but the main reason is that I finished the rough draft of this, and sent it to my first reader, who in turn sent it back, saying that it was woefully incomplete. After a few more drafts, I have a story that I’m really proud of, and I hope you enjoy it, too.

What’s next? First, I am still in the process of publishing the stories on Smashwords, which involves formatting work as well as creating a cover. The next one to go up will be Saw, Chisel, and Plane. Also, I have a new Horizon Station story that is getting close to completion, and might be posted as early as next week (depending on how my final tweaks go today). I’ll keep you updated.

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A Pile of Short Stories

August 2nd, 2012  |  Published in announcement

Yesterday I finished the rough draft of my most recent project, The Symbol Formerly Known as Google. It still needs work, a lot of it, but the bones are there. The rough draft comes in at just over 9,200 words, but I don’t anticipate it getting any bigger. I’m very excited about this project and look forward to sharing it.

In other news, I have a new Horizon story and a new Broken Shores story pretty much done and I will try and get both of them posted this month. I also have two more stories that are out on submission. I also plan on continuing to add stories to Smashwords (I’m up to date with Horizon, I just need to do more covers for Broken Shores before I post them). All in all, you will have new content, one way or another.

More free stuff on Smashwords

July 10th, 2012  |  Published in announcement

FractalI just published Fractal on Smashwords, which means that I’m all caught up as far as Horizon Station is concerned. This, in turn, means that I will now start putting the finishing touches on Heist, the fourth Horizon Station story, and will probably have it up by the end of the month.

In other news, I’m still trying to decide what to do with The Revolution Will Not Be Microwaved. I’ll probably end up putting it up for sale in the same manner as The Press and Try Not To Panic. You’ll know when I know. Also, I have a new Broken Shores story that’s pretty much finished, and hope to have that posted by the end of the month as well.

As far as what I’v been actively working on, I’m still writing the rough draft for The Symbol Formerly Known as Google. It’s coming along nicely, although the holiday slowed my writing for this past week.

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Embarrassment All Around

June 26th, 2012  |  Published in announcement

SymbiotesAfter putting Horizon up on Smashwords last week, the obvious next step was to do Symbiotes. The only problem was, that when I went to copy it to begin formatting, I realized that the version that was available here was the original 500 word version, not the revised 2,400 word version that I did late last year. It seems that I wrote it, edited it, got feedback on it, then never posted it. In any case, that is fixed now, and the story is also available on Smashwords for free. Next up is Fractal, which will require the creation of a cover. With any luck I’ll get it done next week.

In other Horizon Station news, I have finished the rough draft of the next story in the series, tentatively titled Heist. I need to give it another read through, but it should be ready to post soon.

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