Phillip McCollum hails from the normally sunny expanses of Southern California where he writes “fantastic fiction”: speculative fiction in many different genres, usually with a twist. He wrote “52 Stories in 52 Weeks” which includes his inspiration and writing process along with each story.

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  1. Great stuff here! I enjoy your determination! Do you also have a site for your electronic music?

    Mark Blasini

    1. Thanks for visiting and the compliment Mark. I’m working on finishing up some pieces to throw up on Soundcloud soon, but I don’t have anything up at the moment. I checked out your Dark Lion site. Really good stuff and I love that you talk about my two favorite things – music and writing. I look forward to reading and learning more!

      1. Thank you for your kind words. I also read Inked, which I thought was very entertaining. Creativity is one of those exciting yet burdensome things. I’m glad for people with your passion for it.

  2. Hello! I just nominated you for the Liebster Blog Award. To be honest I’m not entirely sure what it is, but you can read my latest blog post for details if you like. Anyway, I really enjoy your blog and your writing, so please carry on!

    1. Wow, first time for everything I guess. 🙂 Thanks for the nomination and kind words. I’ll fill out the info in a post. I like your compromise rules better as well, so I’ll follow those.

  3. I liked your short and sweet bio. Best of luck with your writing.

    1. Thank you verasilver! 🙂

  4. Hey, Phillip! I’m nominating you for the Blog of the Year award! My post will be up soon with details!

    1. Wow! Thank you Candace! That was an unexpected Christmas present. 🙂

  5. I’ve nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger award =*)

    1. Thank you for the nomination! 🙂 I’ve really been enjoying your blog as well and am glad you’ve become a part of the WordPress writing community.

  6. Hi Phillip,

    I don’t know if you accept blog awards, but I chose you as one of my recipients for the Super Sweet Award! I hope that doesn’t make you blush – The reason I chose you is on my blog 😀 If you wish to accept it, please go here:

    All the best,

    1. Thanks for the nomination Steve! I’m not very good at following up with them, but talking about food? I can get behind this one. 🙂

      1. LOL! You deserve an award Phillip – that’s for sure 🙂 I really appreciate all the support you’ve given me 🙂

  7. Thanks Steve. 🙂 I really appreciate the support YOU’VE given me!

    1. Always a pleasure, Phillip 🙂

  8. You have been nominated for the Wonderful Team Member Award and the Versatile Blogger Award. Congrats! Here are the details:

    1. Wow, thank you Marie! I’m usually horrible about these awards, but will try to get to this soon.

  9. Hi Phillip. Congrats on the awards! I’ve nominated you for the Sunshine Award. No obligations. 🙂

    1. Thank for the nomination Marny! Like I mentioned to Marie, I always fall behind on these, but I appreciate the nod. 🙂

  10. Ah..writing fiction. Always fascinated me. 🙁

    1. Thanks for stopping by A. I. Yes, something about creating your own world and story is fascinating to me.

  11. Just looking at the picture up there makes this professor a bit sleepy! I hope it’s not bad. Anyway, nice to meet you. I like how you have your WIP’s on the side there!

    1. Not bad at all! Only hits around 110 in August. 🙂 Though I live closer to the coast now, so I’m probably not as hardened against the environment as I used to be. Nice to meet you as well, Professor, and thanks for stopping by. I checked out your blog and you seem like my kind of Professor.

      1. Yes, very professorish is this professor! It will be great having you comment around.

        110?! Wow. That would put this professor to sleep, in his hammock, with a glass of…

  12. Patient? You’re a doctor, too? Wow. That must leave you with a chance of drawing a lot of story ideas from real life!

    And did you say you compose electronic music, too? Wow again! I’m not into music but I do know that when playing instruments, the player goes into a different world of music — same as we writers (Am I a writer? Not sure, though!) dive into our own little world when writing.

    You know both — you must be living a dreamy life!

  13. Phillip, since you so kindly keep turning up on my blog, I have bestowed upon you The Loyal Reader Award. The usual lack of obligations, naturally. Congratulations!

  14. Hi, Phillip! I’ve nominated you for the coveted WordPress 5 in 1 Award. If you want to participate, you can read the rules here: Participation is not required. In fact, you might be upset that I’ve nominated you, but think of it this way: with the 5 in 1, you won’t be nominated for any of them ever again!

  15. I love the new picture!!! And oddly enough, you look very much like what I imagined. 🙂

    It looks GREAT Phillip. This makes me soooo happy!

    1. Haha, thanks Lauren! It’s always interesting to finally see people after you form a mental picture of them. I’m not very good at that, so most of the time, I’m surprised.

  16. Hello, Phillip’s face 😀 nice to put a face to a name 😀

  17. Now that’s one friendly lookin’ dude! ?

    1. Friendly is just one of many colorful terms used to describe me! Thanks Kevin! 😉

  18. This is great! Sounds ridiculous, but I love knowing what my fellow bloggers look like. You’re much better looking than Homer Simpson 😉

    1. Haha, thanks Gwen. 🙂 Not ridiculous at all. I think we all want to complete the picture of the friends we’ve made online!

  19. It is wonderful to be able to put a face to a name. I’m usually off by a mile if I’m left to my imagination 🙂

    1. I’m the same way Marie 🙂

  20. […] “Guys don’t have to worry about this, because, well, who really wants to see most guys naked?”  Phillip McCollum […]

  21. Great blog! I wish I could find employment as a (lady) of elegant leisure! Good luck with your writing! (For a moment I was thinking of the Iliad, and then I realised, it was the other Homer!)

    1. Thank you M.C.! I think we can all find our way to employment as folks of elegant leisure. Openings are slim, but I keep applying anyway. 🙂 Thank you for stopping by and watch out for that Homer (who may or may not bear some resemblance to the Iliadic Homer).

  22. Hi Phillip. Thanks for visiting and following my blog. We all start off writing horrible-terrible stories. It’s an important writerly rite of passage the first time you go back on read something you wrote and think, This is actually not bad! Good luck in pursuing that Elegant Leisure.

    1. Thanks for stopping by Janna, and for the words of encouragement. 🙂

  23. Thank you for choosing to follow my blog Phillip =)

    Congrats on your two pending publishings this year. I hope they go gangbusters =)

    1. Thank you D. James! Looking forward to following your journey, but too bad I found you just as you’re going on hiatus. 😉 I know all about real-world intervention though, so best of luck getting through all that you need to there.

      1. So sorry about that. Murphy’s Law strikes =

        Thanks for the encouragement. Getting back into the swing of work life is a bit daunting (barely avoided 6 months out), but here’s hoping it all goes well =)

  24. Just found your site. Your series on Techniques of the Selling Writer is excellent. Homer doesn’t haunt me, but my dog Panda–may she rest in peace–wants to be a time-traveler in a fiction book for middle-grade readers. I’ve only written nonfiction, so I did NaNoWriMo one year and discovered a way to send, “the best dog ever,” time-traveling. She was/is a stubborn dog and won’t leave me alone about this. So, on a wing and a prayer, I’m working on it. Thanks for your articles–they are very helpful. Panda thanks you, too. To quote her, “WOOF!”

    1. Thank you Linda (and Panda)! I’m so glad you found the articles useful. Your book sounds really fun and I wish you the best on getting it done and put out there!

  25. Thanks for your encouragement, Phillip!

  26. I’ve nominated you for a blog award! It’ll be posted on my blog tomorrow. 🙂

  27. Hi there, Phillip, lovely to find you through Lauren Sapala. Thanks for the follow, I’ll be following back

    1. Nice to meet you, Lynne! Lauren is so amazing. She’s put me in touch with so many fantastic artists like yourself. Looking forward to getting to know you better.

  28. Christoffer PetersenDecember 14, 2018 at 7:34 am

    Hi Phillip

    Just wanted to reach out and say hi. I have been following Dean Wesley Smith’s blog for some time now, and just saw a comment from you. I’m really impressed with your 52 short story challenge, and was thus “compelled” to say hello. ?

    I took the plunge to start writing full-time in January 2018, and am anticipating a very exciting, and hopefully more sustainable 2019. I’m pleased I discovered your website at the end of this year, but can only wonder why it took me so long!

    I’m looking forward to catching up and learning more about your challenge!

    Best regards


    1. Hello Christoffer! Thank you so much for stopping by and commenting. Very exciting to hear about your full-time commitment! Like Dean says, keep it fun and you will succeed. Are you taking on any particular project or challenge next year?

      1. Christoffer PetersenDecember 28, 2018 at 2:35 am

        I’m actually thinking about a short story challenge similar to your 1 story a month challenge, in addition to my writing projects. I’m still working out the “details”, and wondering just how feasible it is when I have other projects to think about. 🙂

        1. Wow! I love the ambition! I’m working up to taking on that much work at one time. ? I hope to hear more about your attempt!

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