Flash Fiction – r/WritingPrompts Killer Extravaganza

Hello!

I wanted to put up something a little different after all the recent sci-fi,  so I went over to Reddit’s writing prompt subreddit and found this little doozy:

“A hitchhiker murderer picks up a murderous hitchhiker.”

One thing I love about these flash fiction prompts is how quickly they can flow out of you. I put this together in very little time, but with a strong and simple concept like the one above there wasn’t a lot of agonizing over where to go next. It’s a lot of fun, and if you want to do your own there’s no reason it has to be as long as this one.

Here’s my entry – and here’s a link to the Reddit thread so you can upvote my comment!

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Update: It’s Coming…

Won’t be long now!

Trese Brothers Games is releasing my new eBook Subjective Vengeance as early as tomorrow! I’ll be posting as soon as it’s up, but for now here is the product description that will accompany the eBook on iBooks, Google Play, and Amazon. If everything goes according to plan (and we know how often that happens) then it’ll be up bright and early on Saturday.

Stay tuned for more!

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Update: Star Traders Book 2 Out Soon!

I’m proud to announce that the second eBook in my series for Trese Brothers Games will be out soon (meaning March) and available across Amazon, Google Books, and iBooks!

The book is titled Subjective Vengeance, and takes place in the rich Star Traders universe. Check out the game, it’s a blast. There’s also a free version, but if you take as many Google surveys as I do, you probably have a few bucks knocking around in your account. Well worth it.

Keep your eyes open for the release, with updates available here over the next couple of weeks. I’ll post the official synopsis once Trese Brothers has it up on their site!

 

 

 

I Am Workahol and So Can You!

First, an update:

– My eBook Subjective Vengeance will be released in 2016 after all. It’s nobody’s fault, just the holidays kicking into gear and both Trese Brothers and I being very busy overall. It’ll be an early 2016 release, no worries about that. Stay tuned for more.

Now, to the rest:

I’m lucky enough to be friends with a kind fellow who possesses tickets to go see Star Wars: The Force Awakens tonight, Thursday the 17th! (Bit weird to be typing out the whole title, I feel like you don’t need to say Star Wars because people will know what you’re talking about but it’s my first opportunity to say ‘go see Star Wars’ in almost 20 years without prequels being involved, so leave me alone.)

Having finally wrapped up Christmas shopping for the season and liquor to sneak into the theatre tomorrow, I came home tonight just to write a post and spend the rest of the night off. I’ve been working myself to the bone, especially the past couple of months, and I’m taking it a bit easier until the new year starts. But tonight actually held a somewhat rude awakening to the extent of my workaholism.

See, I decided to write out maybe 500 words of flash fiction to post here and call it a night. I went looking for writing prompts, but didn’t like any of them. So instead, I went back to an idea I’d been noodling for a while and decided to write it on that. 2000 words later, here we are and I’m writing this post instead and polishing up a new short story for the first round of 2016 writing contests. And I feel more relaxed than I have in days of taking it easy.

My vacation is going to be interesting.

Enjoy whatever solstice-based festival you call whatever it’s called! Christmannukwanzaturnalia for everyone!

Update: Where The Hell Am I?

Is it almost the end of 2015 already? There’s only 5 Mondays left in until 2016, which is some small mercy considering the black hole of pain and suffering every single one seems to become for most of us. Now that my forehead is sore from bashing it against the wall trying to pound out a few thousand words, the fruits of a long night of writing and a much longer day of working the day job, I feel like now’s as good a time as any for some updates here.

Firstly, what have I been up to? It’s a long list, and there are NDA’s in the way of some of what I’d love to talk about, but here goes:
My next eBook, Subjective Vengeance, will be released through Trese Brothers Games soon! We’re hoping to have it out by Christmas, but that’s an optimistic date to shoot for so fingers crossed it doesn’t spill over into 2016. It’s been a blast to write, and I can’t wait to get it out alongside my first Star Traders eBook with the Trese Brothers. Awesome people.
In October I took a trip down to Michigan to meet with Kevin Siembieda and Chuck Walton at the Palladium Books offices. What a day! I brought loads of material, we talked over a lot of it and Chuck sneaked me a glimpse of some amazing art he’s working on right now.
In fact, the upcoming double-sized Rifter 71 & 72 contains some of my game material from that meeting! Since then I’ve done some freelance editing for Palladium on their upcoming book for the Chaos Earth series, Resurrection. I’ve never seen zombies done like this before, and can’t wait to get my grubby mitts on it when it comes out so I can read all the parts I wasn’t directly involved in and get the whole picture. Plus, Kevin even gave me a shout out in the Palladium Weekly Update – how awesome is that?
Before my arm gets tired from slapping myself on the back too much, let me say that there’s been a lot of work this year that hasn’t been nearly as fruitful. It makes me regret not spending more time here, on something that I can share just for the sharing of it instead of holding it secretly in case I can get money for it. The line on where that needs to be drawn, what defines giving it away as a good or a bad thing, I don’t know. Maybe I’ve been miserly with my writing for that reason.
In 2016 I’m hoping to get past that. But it seems that every time I get the urge to sit down and slam a little flash fiction out onto this blog, I turn to the looming deadlines and remember that there’s a lot of stuff I should be doing. Not quite Virginia Woolfe’s Angel in the House, but in a way that’s what it feels like – maybe even the funhouse reflection of it.
In other news:
– There’s a blog post coming (promise!) regarding a great photo shoot I had with an old friend not too long ago.
– Although there hasn’t been a script meeting in a couple of months, work continues on a short film project which I’m hoping we can start shooting for in early 2016.
– Speaking of scripts, I might be working on a few more – but that’s a bit more than 5 Mondays away.
– Anybody know a good literary agent in Toronto?

Flash Fiction Jealousy Prompt – New Material

What’s this? Another post, so soon?

One thing that I’m going for now is a bit more consistency in my posts. It might not be the same length of a post I might do for Huffington Post or a flash fiction contest. With all of my current projects and responsibilities, I don’t really have enough time left over for that. But if you’re interested in little injections of what’s floating around my head every fortnight or so, I think I can maintain that at a modest level of quality.

This is flash fiction, written for a challenge a couple of months ago. The prompt was ‘Jealousy.’ Stuff like this could be more frequent additions to this blog, feel free to leave challenges or prompts in the comments and I’ll see what I can whip up for another update!

I’ll take one more opportunity to let you know about my eBook release of No Legacy Between The Stars with Trese Brothers Games. Check out the interview on their blog along with links to the various markets where the story is for sale.

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Sci-Fi Story For Sale, Trese Brothers Interview is Online!

It’s here…

My short story No Legacy Between The Stars is now available for purchase through Google Play, iBooks, and Amazon!

This was a hell of a story to write, in the best possible way. It was great to get involved with the Star Traders universe and work with the Trese Brothers. I can’t wait to get the next one out there soon and keep fleshing out the fantastic universe they’re building!
Here’s a link to the Trese Brothers Games blog, where they’ve put up a brief interview I had with them when preparing for this release. 
Thank you to everyone for your support (and patience at the irregular updates of this blog) and here’s to more stories coming soon!
Cheers.