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Istanbul/Constantinople!

March 18th, 2013  |  Published in site news

PSA time. A while back, my comment spam filtering went down, and I was flooded with, you guessed it, comment spam. In retaliation, I shut down comments. Now that I’m more active on the site again, I have gone back to allowing comments on posts, sort of. Comments will be open for ninety days. Of course, if it gets to be too much work, I might just shut it down again, which reminds me of that song: Istanbul/Constantinople/Istanbul/Constantinople/etc.

In other news, I plan on doing some organization and clean-up of my non fiction writing so that you will be able to pick the brain of my past iterations. Also, my son would like you to know that getting new teeth while sick is not fun, and he does not recommend it. That is all (that I can remember, it’s been a rough day).

Update 1:31pm – I just went through and added an rss widget that will show the five most recent stories I’ve shared from my various readings (once I get Newsblur properly set up, that is). Also, I went ahead and added some tag links (under My Thoughts On:) that should make it easier to access some of my past rants. Both of these are on the widget bar to your right, underneath the featured stories (which I need to make into a rotating link image thing, but that’s a project for another day, Gunnar just woke up).

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Five Things

July 18th, 2011  |  Published in site news

OK, so it has been a bit quiet here recently. There is a good reason for that. You see, I’ve been doing a lot elsewhere, and what I have been doing, I have neglected to share with you. So I’ll just give it to you all at once.

First off, I have finished writing The Root of All Things, and posted it. It contains the last POV character that I wanted to include for Broken Shores, and so now I will have no choice but to get the plot moving in a serious way, which is good for you, the reader.

Second, I have one story submitted to the second Machine of Death collection, and another that I’m going to submit elsewhere to another market. Should either of those masterpieces not be purchased, you will see them here. They are both, in a way, superhero stories, but not in the traditional sense (one of them takes place in the Succession universe).

Third, I have been working on my virtual rough draft of the next Horizon story. If you wonder what I mean by ‘virtual rough draft’, well, it’s kind of like a normal rough draft except that I haven’t written anything down yet. I won’t say much except that it will probably be a heist story and that it may or may not involve fish.

Fourth, I have been working on a new introductory story for Caldera, which will hopefully be ready within a week or two, although I may try and sell it, either way, I’ll let you know what the status is on that.

Finally, I have been working on several essays which I hope to post here, or maybe sell, who knows. One is called ‘Voting as an Act of Faith’ and another has to do with people saying that GRRM is brilliant and so Tolkien is no longer relevant.

So sorry about keeping you out of the loop, but things have been happening (all of which I’m excited about), and I look forward to sharing them with you. In the meantime, you should go and read Who Is Jake Ellis, which is absolutely brilliant.

New fiction is on the way!

June 14th, 2011  |  Published in site news

I’m in the process of putting the sequel to Succession (not a direct sequel, but it takes place in the same world) up on Amazon. When I do, I’ll put an excerpt up here as well. Other than that, not much is new, although you may notice a new cover for Succession if you follow that link.

Where is the Horizon traffic coming from?

May 10th, 2011  |  Published in site news

For the past four months, Horizon has been averaging about 50 hits a week, which is great. the only problem is that I have no idea where the traffic is coming from, as none of my stats programs can figure it out and the Googles aren’t much help. Anyone have any clues for me?

Back From Canada

April 4th, 2011  |  Published in site news

So I’m back from Canada. It was nice to see the family, but at the same time it sucked that my truck broke down in the middle and I had to wait for a part for almost a week. On the other hand, I did manage to get some reading done in my unplanned leisure hours. Mostly I read John Ralston Saul’s book Voltaire’s Bastards, which was brilliant. A truly fascinating analysis of the modern age. By far my favorite part was the chapter on literature (surprise, I know) called “The Faithful Witness”. I’ll write more about it soon, as I imagine that the ideas will be bouncing around my head for some time.

New Fiction: Induction

February 9th, 2011  |  Published in site news

It’s the second Tuesday of the month, which means that there is a new Broken Shores story up: Induction.  So far it is the one that many of my first readers have responded to the best, so you might too.

More News

January 18th, 2011  |  Published in site news

I think that I’m about done messing with the site for the day.  But I just wanted to note that I imported all of my old posts from my old wordpress.com site.  There’s some interesting stuff in there, including the first parts of Caldera from before I scrapped it, and a couple of short stories like Waldo, Stealth Assassin.  If you do happen to run across some stories that were just horrible or that don’t seem to fit in with their current incarnations (I’m looking at you, Caldera), don’t worry, everything will be OK.

. . . And Changes Have Arrived

January 18th, 2011  |  Published in site news

As you can no doubt see, changes have arrived.  I have left most of the old site intact, so that old links should still work. All the stories have been copied over (the old links still work), but it will take a while for me to clean up all the formatting, images, and other bits.

Torpor

March 31st, 2008  |  Published in site news

It has been interesting, but unfortunately, Pawnstorm has to be put on hold.  As I plan on working full-time in the near future, I will be unable to concentrate on both writing and this site, and so I will focus on my writing.  As of now, this site is going dark.  I will leave it up, and might even come back to it, but that would be at least a year away.  I had fun, I hope you did too.

An Experiment

March 28th, 2008  |  Published in Fiction, News, Publishing, site news, Stories, writing

Last year, I wrote about what I saw as the future of short fiction. In that post, I talked about how there was a need for a better way to find short fiction that is available on the internet (particularly free stuff). My original thought was that there should be a site like podiobooks.com.

Upon further reflection, however, it occurred to me that written fiction did not suffer from the same problems as it’s audio counterpart. Mainly, its not difficult to distribute written fiction, just about everyone can create a web page, pdf, or failing that, a simple text file. The difficulty that they do share, however, is publicity- it doesn’t matter how good your stuff is if no one knows its out there.

My first attempt at a solution to this is a digg/reddit style site, where people submit short fiction and then are able to vote on it. Right now, the site isn’t very refined or slick, and it doesn’t have a slick domain name yet, but it is up (I’ll be updating it this next week). If it sounds interesting, go check it out:

http://fish.2mariachis41.com

Right now, I’m setting the site up for just speculative fiction (sci-fi/fantasy/horror/etc.), but I may change that.  Of course, registration is free and I welcome any suggestions.