I had to take a break from all the murdering I’m doing on Bloodborne to tell you guys to check out A Villain Turns Mad over at Daily Science Fiction. For those of you who follow me, this is the second one of the series involving the self-professed villain named Dastard Fantastic. The third one in the series is only available for those who’ve signed up for my mailing list… because that’s what a villain would do! It’s not too late, sign up here if you like my comedy or dig Dastard Fantastic’s exploits or both!
For those of you who just found me out of some random webz stuff, welcome. You may be lacking context. You’ll want to start with A Villain Considers His Options. Then you’ll be near caught up and ready for A Villain Turns Mad.
That’s it! See you guys in whatever spaces we’ll congregate in the near future!
I WANT YOU – to read my book!
So here we are, years of selling shorts to better and better markets, blogging across continents, 80 war journals documenting life in these trenches, and we’ve finally arrived at a public release of my novel.
I’m gonna keep this extra short and teaser free. You folks who’ve read me kinda know how I story and the folks that may be new to me, whether because you’ve stumbled upon this post from LinkedIn or Twitter or my Amazon Author Page, well here’s the perfect opportunity for y’all to get to know me. There’s about 95 copies left for free and then the site takes it down, so grab one before they’re gone.
You can find my debut novel Pendulum Heroes here.
Gather round, gristlers, for storytime.
Today I get to announce the completion of yet another side quest on my road to writer fortune and glory; my first time ever getting published in audio format! My story “The Wind You Touch When You Run” is up and available for not only reading, but for listening over at Escape Pod.
This is one of those side quests that started out virtually nonexistent and then grew into a fire. I guess that’s what happens when you go from hoping that somebody, just anybody will look at this thing you’ve drafted (some of my long timers will remember those days!) to growing into a quasi-vet. As my horizon expands, new markets and new experiences in writerdom are my quarry. I can report unequivocally that it felt absolutely electrifying hearing my story narrated. The narrator, Dominick Rabrun, had one of the characters sounding like Grit Eastwood-Batman and it so worked!
Back to the story. “The Wind You Touch When You Run” is about two black men, in a historical role reversal, on a world where they are working as slave catchers. I’m not going to go too much into what happens because, hey, you can listen to it (awesome!) over at Escape Pod. I will say it’s full of not often talked about black history, real stuff that may surprise you. The name of the story comes from a Langston Hughes poem called Demand and the protagonist quotes a line from Southern Mansion by Arna Bontemps. Southern Mansion really fueled the imagery of the story and since they’re linked and pretty convenient to get to, I highly encourage you folks to check these poems out.
Finally, I would be remiss if I didn’t shout out C.C. Finlay over at F&SF Magazine, who put early eyes on it and provided some really great suggestions which made the final story what it is. He’ll never know how much I appreciated his editorial gaze… well, unless he comes over to the blog and sees me talking about how much I appreciated his editorial gaze. Let’s just leave the compliment dangling out here on the webz and see if he finds it, shall we?
So get out of here folks… check out my first ever audiopub over at Escape Pod!