ShoStoWriMo ’13

May 1st, 2013  |  Published in announcement

Regrettably, I will not be running ShoStoWriMo this year. I had hoped to, but the reality of the situation is that I wouldn’t be able to do it properly (I have an 8 month old son at home and am taking a trip in the middle of the month). I will not be putting up a forum, but I was planning on moving away from that anyway (keeping the spammers away was a itself a job). Still want to participate? The good news is that ShoStoWriMo isn’t a thing, its a protocol, to participate, all you have to do is write a short story this month. That being said, here is an idealized schedule if you want to follow one:

  • May 1-9: Write the rough draft of your short story. Don’t worry about getting it perfect, just get it down. A good length to shoot for is 3,500 – 6,000 words, but shorter or longer works, too.
  • May 10-17: Give feedback, get feedback. Spend a week away from your story, preferably reading and providing feedback for others who are doing the same.
  • May 17-21: Revise. Take that feedback that you gathered and do a second draft. When you’re done, send it back out for more feedback.
  • May 22-30: Polish and share. Do more drafts, get more feedback. Read some published short stories to see how others have done it in the past.
  • May 31: Celebrate! Congratulations, you have a short story that has gone through the revision process and is ready to post, sell, publish, whatever you want to do with it.

Since I’m not setting up a forum, I went ahead and created a Facebook page for ShoStoWriMo to help people connect with other people. In the next couple of days, I might add a Google+ one as well.

I will be trying to participate, but due to time constraints, I’m setting a conservative goal of just writing a short story this month. I’ll keep you posted about how its going. Also, I plan on writing a couple of blog posts about the medium, so let me know if there’s anything in particular you’d like me to cover.

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Brought to you by the American Guinea Pig Council

April 11th, 2013  |  Published in writing

Last May, for ShoStoWriMo I wrote a short story titled The Revolution Will Not Be Microwaved, an element of which was the rise of Guinea Pigs as a common food in the US (as one friend said, “I think of that story every time I see a Guinea Pig now.” Sweet savory success.). According to NPR, it seems that I was ahead of my time. Which reminds me, I need to put together a cover for that story and publish it, so that you can read it.

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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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Short Story Writing Month!

April 24th, 2012  |  Published in announcement

It’s almost here! In the US at least, May is National Short Story Month, and what better way to celebrate it than to write one? Last year I declared May to be Short Story Writing Month (ShoStoWriMo), kind of like a relaxed NaNoWriMo where you write a short story (between 1,000 and 10,000 words) in a week and then spend the rest of the month giving feedback to others who did the same and revising your story with help from their feedback.

Last year it went quite well, with a number of good stories coming out of it, and this year I’d like it to be even better, so you should go and sign up! It’s open to everyone and quite a bit of fun.

In other, more personal news, things have been going well here. I have a Horizon story that needs some work but that will probably be ready sometime in May, and a Broken Shores story that will be ready sometime after that. In any case, I’ll keep you up to date on everything as it happens.

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“I Guarantee” and other news

January 9th, 2012  |  Published in announcement, Fiction

In December, I decided to take part of the Reddit Fantasy Writers December Writing Challenge (which was to start a short story with the line: “I guarantee you won’t find the same quality for a cheaper price,” the merchant insisted.). All was going well, I had an idea, and finished a first draft by the sixteenth, but then forgot all about it and missed the deadline for submission. In any case, I went ahead and revised it this morning and have posted it. It’s only about 1250 words, so it shouldn’t take long to read. Enjoy!

In other news, I hope to make some more progress on restoring this site tomorrow and Wednesday, focusing on redoing the sidebar and fixing the RSS links (I try to run everything through my feedburner feed). In addition, I plan on fixing the Soapbox page so that it once again has the complete story.

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New Story Over At Broken Shores

November 22nd, 2011  |  Published in announcement

I just posted the sixth Broken Shores story, Trust and Vulnerability. I’m really happy with how it turned out, so you should go read it. That is all.

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The Press

October 25th, 2011  |  Published in announcement

The PressI just posted a sample of The Press, along with links to where you can purchase the full at Amazon or Smashwords. If you’re not familiar with the story, here’s a brief overview:

In the city that lives and breathes magic, something has gone wrong. Strange explosions have killed many, people have fallen into comas with no cause evident, and longstanding enchantments have begun to fail for no detectable reason. The authorities have no leads, and now it is up to Independent Investigator David Ramsey to discover the cause of the problems and, if he can, stop them.

The story is a lot of fun (or at least that is what I am told), think Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files but set in a fantasy city that is on the verge of a technological revolution.

In addition, I’m making the story free on Smashwords until November 11th (or about two weeks), just use the coupon code BS23J. All I ask is that you post a review after you read it. Enjoy!

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Drop the Na, which leaves us with ShoStoWriMo

April 26th, 2011  |  Published in announcement

I realized that I didn’t like the idea of something being National, so I dropped it. In any case, it looks like I’ll actually be doing this, and maybe some other people will, too. If you’re interested, head over to shostowrimo.pawnstorm.net and get registered. I’ll try to keep everyone updated as I go.

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Reddit Love

January 28th, 2011  |  Published in announcement

Hey Redditors, I noticed an unusual number of people coming here from Reddit the other day, and lo and behold someone had submitted Drones to the scifi subreddit.  If you liked Drones, the closest story to that is Try Not To Panic, which also happens to be the only story on this site that isn’t free, making me sound like kind of a bastard.

To make me feel better about myself, have some short story love.  Go read the excerpt, and if you like it, head over to smashwords and pick it up for free (coupon code YT48N).  If you really love it, you can always buy it. Or if you really love it, but are broke, you can leave a review.

Thanks!

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First Review

September 21st, 2010  |  Published in writing

Try Not To Panic has just recieved its first review.  You might have guessed that I wouldn’t mention it here unless it was positive, and you’d be right.  Four stars out of five.  OK, enough self congratulation, back to writing.

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