Clyde Penny's First Day
Clyde Penny's First Day

Clyde Penny's First Day

“At least he dies quietly.” “Dies?” “In a sense. At some point, he will just start over in receiving.” “Oh.” “Does that trouble you?” “Well, no. It just seems…” The small man raised an eyebrow. “Excessive?” “Not exactly the word I was looking for, but sure. I mean, what did the guy do?” “Who cares?” “Who cares?” “Yes, who cares? …

2014 Baen Fantasy Adventure Award

For those that may be interested, well-known sci-fi/fantasy publisher, Baen, is holding a short-story contest. The winner will be given an award at this years Gen Con. Details can be found on the website, but you essentially have until June 30th to send off your 8,000-word-max story. I think I’ll be giving it a shot and I hope you’ll join me (though …

The Grownup

This was a fun one. Thanks, Oliver, for the motivation to try something a little different. I could have kept editing this baby into oblivion, but the whole purpose of this contest is to win some editorial feedback. So at some point, I just had to set it free. Here is proof of this story finding its footing on paper. …

Weekly Recap – July 5th, 2013

I hope my fellow Americans enjoyed their Fourth of July. My ear infection seemed to be on its way out yesterday, so I was able to enjoy the fireworks without sandwiching my head between pillows. I’ve you’ve ever ridden in a car and had the window down on only one side, than you likely understand the low frequency flutter effect …

Weekly Recap – June 28th, 2013

Here’s a little YouTube inspiration that I listened to throughout the week. I needed a gentle kick in the ass so I would be forced to produce. Well, I probably needed something more than gentle, but this is a start! These pep talks helped me crank out 2,600 words over the past couple of days. Not that word count is …

Short Story – Higher Minds

As mentioned last week, I decided to post my latest short story. It can use some more editing — there’s too much exposition, some wooden dialogue, etc. But as I said, I will take that critical advice and apply it to my next attempt. I hope you enjoy it and, at the very least, can learn from my mistakes. I …

Weekly Recap – June 21st, 2013

I almost didn’t write today’s post. Sometimes, I get the feeling that I have nothing to say…until I have something to say. I have to constantly remind myself to just type things and chip away at the memory banks. In March, I decided to submit Higher Minds on a whim. It was the story I had put together for Litreactor’s Teleport Us contest, where it was well …

Godslinger

Thanks to Oliver at Literature and Libation for contributing a great piece to the Life in Skyrim series. If anyone is interested in contributing, we’re basically taking interesting screenshots from games (Skyrim in this case, but I’m open to anything) and writing some flash fiction based upon it. — I’ve come back here now, my steps bristling with just as much …

I'm not Good Enough

Is your writing ever paralyzed by that statement? I know it’s gotten me sometimes. All it takes is picking up a book you love and reading for a few minutes. Soon, you’ll be saying to yourself, “That settles it. No writing for me today! There’s no way I can match that, let alone improve on it. Find my own voice? …

Writing Contest – Liquid Literature

My good friend Oliver is running a flash fiction contest! Head over to Literature and Libation for further details. I hope you’ll join me in submitting something. The winner receives a free critique of their piece as well a critique of a short story/novel chapter of their choosing. Oliver knows his stuff, so it’s a fantastic prize for anyone who …