Wednesday, August 18, 2010

What's goin' on

I have been a little negligent in posting here. So what has been happening lately?
I have written three short stories for the Pink Elephant shoot-out and scored three rounds. My first story (for the bloody carnival theme) was about a possessed carnival ride, my second (for the aliens on earth theme) was a story of a group of super-heroes after the aliens have taken over the earth.

I am still waiting for the scores on round 3 before I can post about my story but eight now my average score is 14.67 which puts me in second place, first place has a score of 15.53 and there are two others who have more than 14 points. The last prompt is spell-casters which is right up my alley, but I need to come up with a story that has wide spread appeal.

My story from Pandora’s Nightmare was accept as a reprint online at Mirror Dance. This continues my goal of getting my print stories online, so that more people can read them.

Other things going on?
Well are house, for the most part, is back together. The windows are all bordered up, the glass is cleaned up and new windows are scheduled to go in. Jessy and I are planning a week long vacation so that we don’t have to be there when they are working on the house. We found a pet friendly cabin near Deadwood South Dakota, about an hour and half from home. This will be the first time we have ever taken our dogs with us on vacation, and it should eliminate a lot of the worries.

Plus, Deadwood is just a fun place. A couple dozen casinos, museums, little shops, all in a town of about 10,000 people. Our cabin also has a hot tub, playstation, tv, etc. So even if we stay in, we should have a good time.

Last week we went to see a Bob Dylan concert. My wife and my father in law LOVE Dylan so this is the the third concert I have been to. Bob Dylan's music is good so I don't mind and concerts are fun anyway. The difference with this one is that it was during the Sturgis Biker Rally.

It was standing room only and there were just too many people for me to feel comfortable. There were people touching me on all sides. People who were drinking and needed a shower.

And there were too many half dressed women for me to feel comfortable having my wife there. No matter which direction I looked there were topless women, so I spent the whole time trying not to look in any one direction too long. I knew that if I did I would hear about it later.

Jessy and I wandered off from the crowd and found a little hill we could sit on by ourselves and still see the stage. So we both ended up having fun. In the end, the music was good, but I don't want to go back to Sturgis during the biker rally.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Zero Gravity Available!

The sci-fi anthology I edited is now available: Here

This thrilling collection features thirteen fantastic adventures set in the cold vacuum of space. Read about rogues, scoundrels, aliens, robots, heroes, junkers and priests as you explore the rich and creative diversity of the following stories:

Junker’s Fancy By Rosemary Jones, Leech Run By Scott W. Baker, A Space Romance By Paul A. Freeman, Hawking’s Caution By Mark Rivett, Parhelion By David Schembri, To Stand Among Kings By Kenneth Mark Hoover, The Unicorn Tree By Alethea Kontis, The Beacon of Hope By Gregory L Norris, Tangwen’s Last Heist By C.B. Calsing, The Stand-Ins By Gef Fox, Glacier Castle By Will Morton, Rescue By Margaret Karmazin, At One Stride Comes the Dark By Murray Leeder

Some of the more well known writers include:

Rosemary Jones author of City of the Dead (Forgotten Realms), Murray Leeder author of Sons of Thunder (Forgotten Realms), Alethea Kontis New York Times bestselling children’s book author, Gregory L Norris author of The Q Guide to Buffy the Vampire Slayer and episodes of Star Trek Voyager, Paul A. Freeman author of Robin Hood and Friar Tuck: Zombie Killers(Coscom Entertainment), Kenneth Mark Hoover author of Fereblau(Five Star), Margaret Karmazin author of the novel Replacing Fiona(etreasures) and David Schembri a respected member of the Australian Horror Writers Association.