New Flash Fiction: Butterfly Icarus

Ready for another flash fiction challenge?

Now that the move back to Toronto is all well and done, I can relax on one of my two pieces of furniture and do another writing prompt. June kind of came and went, didn’t leave a lot of time for anything but the day job and the move. It’s been taxing, but I don’t know if cross-country moving is ever easy without wealth.

But now I’m ready to get back to business, which means another story with the Trese Brothers to follow No Legacy Between The Stars – but beginning with this new short story.


Anyways, I went hunting for a writing prompt and found this thread on Reddit. The post is there, so click the link if you want the context of the challenge before reading the story. Otherwise, it follows here. 

Enjoy!

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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.

Read on for the story!

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Update: New Story Incoming & So Much More!

It’s been a while since the last update. The last few months have been a whirlwind of activity. Although I’ve been at the center of it, this sure doesn’t feel like the peaceful eye of the storm.
The major update here is that I’ve been developing some short fiction for Trese Brothers Games, the first of which drops this weekend. No Legacy Between The Stars was a ton of fun to write. Helping to flesh out the universe Trese Brothers have built around their Star Traders game continues to be a blast, and I’m really looking forward to more.
Enough of the mushy stuff – the story goes up (how can something drop upwards?) on Google Play, iBooks, and Amazon. It’ll go for 99 cents, and believe you me there’s definitely not-quite-a-dollar’s worth of entertainment in there. I fought against charging the extra cent just so I could make that promise. 
I’ll post the various links on Monday, after I splatter them all over social media like the cry for attention and validation that they definitely aren’t.
In other news:
Over the last year, I’ve started working a day job. Despite those boastful claims of working for myself written in a flurry of self-congratulation and optimism, that is not always how these things work out. Projects fizzle, money dries up, and bills still need to be paid. 
However, I was lucky enough to find a great place to work instead of a soul-sucking Sarlacc pit of corporate greed. Last year I went to work for O2E Brands via their flagship company 1-800-GOT-JUNK? and decided to stick around. Now I’m doing some blogging for them in addition to the other stuff they pay me for. There are already some articles up on their blogs, which I’ll start linking to in the future – and again, more to come.
That’s about it for the news, but how about some cryptic hints?
  • I’m expanding and refining my entry for the 3-Day Novel Contest 2014 into a novel for release late 2015/early 2016.
  • The first draft of my upcoming book of short stories is almost finished, with the completed book releasing early/mid 2016 or earlier.
  • I’ll be spending more time on screenwriting, maybe some short films with a few local Toronto filmmakers in the near future.
  • I’m moving back to Toronto.
  • I don’t understand the concept of crypticism.


 

Update: The Rifter #66 Available for Pre-Order and New Huff Post Article Goes Live!

I’m happy to announce that my short story “Skipping Stones” will be featured in the next issue of Palladium Books’ The Rifter!

It’s great to be working with Palladium again, especially so since I can continue a series following the adventures of Happy Ending Solutions. They’re a lot of fun to write.  Palladium has such a rich playground of a universe already, and I’m happy to be contributing to it.

Check out the pre-order on their website here. Order now or check it out at your local tabletop or comic store! (If it smells nerdy, they probably have it.)

Also, an article written by me is now live on the Huffington Post under the title “There’s No Shame in Shaming An Asshole.” I’ll be reposting it to this blog over the weekend, but for now you can enjoy it here.

More updates and work are coming, stay tuned!

Update: The Rifter #64 Now Available, Podcast Appearance, Detroit Fanfare, and Incoming Posts!

There’s a bit to cover this update, so I’ll get right to it.

First, I was lucky enough to sit in with 3Men2Souls for another of their podcasts earlier this month.  We had a great time trying to figure out how the multiverse theory allows us to blame all possible problems on our friend Nick Brodie, as well as cracking each other up to no end. I don’t think we really discussed anything, but damn was it ever fun.  You can find it, and many more of their episodes, here.

Next, The Rifter #64 is now available for pre-order on Palladium Books’ website!  My story ‘A Cold Night, Dead Past’ will feature in this issue, and I couldn’t be more excited. Working with the fine folks at Palladium like Wayne Smith, as well as the legendary Kevin Siembedia, is a dream come true.  I’ll post another update when the issue ships, but you can order yours now here!

I’ll be attending the Detroit Fanfare convention in Dearborn, MI this weekend (Oct. 26-7), so if you’re in the area send me an email and maybe I’ll see you there! Look for the Palladium Books booth, since I’ll most likely be nearby kissing Siembedia’s feet.

Finally, there’s a few new posts incoming over the next few weeks. I have a lot of work ahead of me and behind me, meaning sporadic updates are the name of the game right now. However, I’m really excited about some of the projects I’m currently working on, and can’t wait to share more of them with you as they develop. For now, I’ll just say that over the next month or so I’m tentatively planning to include:

  • An article or articles regarding several shows and events in Toronto I’ve attended recently.
  • A Movember marathon chronicling my soon-to-be-shorn beard’s triumphant return (after a moustachioed detour).
  • Some music review/interviews with a couple of local Toronto artists
  • Maybe even more…
Stay tuned!
Brett

Update: Winner of Scare Us! Story Challenge

My submission to the Scare Us! horror story challenge on LitReactor is one of the three winners of that competition: full results here. Our prize is feedback on our stories from none other than Chuck Palahniuk. Speaking for myself, this is a mind-blowing reward.


Chuck is one of my favourite authors, so this was a terrific surprise for me.  I’d like to thank him for his feedback and most of all his time. Also, I should thank the LitReactor staff and users, as well as anyone else that read my submission and/or gave feedback of their own. Last but certainly not least, I’d like to thank Suzy Vitello. She’s a gifted editor and writer, and most importantly she’s damn inspirational.


The story is “We Called It God,” and you can read it here – log in with Facebook or register with LitReactor to download the Word document.

Cheers.