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War Journal 78: My First Audiopub

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!

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War Journal 74: Two to View

I meant to do this last week, but life got in the way… this time in the form of my nephew who came to visit.  He’s 18 now, and because of my former life as a military servicemember and deployed defense contractor, I hadn’t seen him in years.  So I spent a while talking to him about the Air Force (which he plans to join!), investing and life in general.  Also, I spent a good minute aggressively trying to not get my ass whipped on my own PlayStation games.  It was brutal, y’all.  Meanwhile this is the stuff that happened in publishing last week.

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Counting back from the most recent first, my story Yours in Heaven debuted in Sci Phi Journal.  It’s the story of a sociopathic arms dealer who goes from being a captive in an interstellar zoo to Commander-in-Chief of an alien army.  I wrote this awhile back and I’ve always loved it because of the voice and style.  Unlike a good many of my stories, I think Yours in Heaven is uniquely appropriate for Sci Phi Journal, as they include the philosophical talking points which gives the reader much more to consider beyond what’s just going on at the surface.

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Then earlier in the week, along my road to (hopefully!) J.K. Rowling fortune and glory, I accomplished one of my writing career side quests.  My story Soliloquy in a Cheap Diner Off Route 66 debuted in Apex Magazine.  These guys have, bar none, the BEST submission guidelines in the business.  My story is about Lolonyo, a man with strange and awesome abilities, who is trying to brute force his will over the seemingly immutable laws of the universe.  Not only was my story published, but Andrea Johnson over at Apex interviewed me, and it was a really awesome interview.  Granted, I’ve only done a handful of interviews in my career as a writer, but Andrea had some really dope questions.  Read the story, which is free on site, and then check out the interview.

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War Journal 71: Futuristica!

I swear I'm in it... this girl's looking at me, I'm right off cover. Promise.

I swear I’m in it… this girl’s looking at me, I’m right off cover. Promise.

Yo Fanbase!  I’m back.  Man, some of y’all remember, not too long ago, when these war journals were like war journals.  I mean, rejection here, near miss there, hell some actual war stuff in actual war zones?  It’s getting so the War Journal’s more of a Victory Journal.

I’m pretty sure that’s a good thing, even though I do miss some of the randomness I used to drop.  But I digress.

Victory Journal Update!  I’ve got a new story, and this time in both an e-book and physical book!  Futuristica: Volume 1 recently debuted and it features my story “Whole Lives in Hammered Fragments.”  I’ve always loved this one, and it’s one of my serious pieces (sorry humor fans).  The story description made the back cover, the first few lines even, when the editors were choosing choice stories to entice readers into buying.  I’ll post it below so you, too, can be enticed!

What does the future hold for us?

This anthology of nineteen diverse stories from authors around the world show us a future full of adventure, intrigue, fun, heart-ache, and wonder.  An imprisoned space pirate from Phobos is given a last chance for freedom, but only if he’s willing to kill his younger brother.  Again.

It’s available at Amazon, those folks who, every time I swear, don’t include me in the author’s section, forcing me to request it through their cold, automated feedback process.  There’s easier ways to get in contact with me, I have a page built for it, but they don’t ever seem to tire of me harassing them about inclusion.

Anyway, check out Futuristica: Volume 1 on Amazon.  If you check it out now you’ll see Amazon shading me out of the collaboration, even though you can read a good chunk of my story in the “Look Inside”!  I swear, my next war is gonna be against the world’s biggest online bookseller.  And speaking of wars and their associated journals, what do y’all think?  Do you miss the randomness too?  Drop a line and let me know.  Nothing beats selling a story more than tailoring my web presence to you few folks that actually care!

 

 

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War Journal 67: Settling Beef

Hello small yet growing fan base and the random theoretical folks that somehow wondered onto my site!  Those of you who belong to the latter group may not know, my latest flash story Settling Beef debuted today over at Daily Science Fiction.  This marks my first new story published this year, with a bunch more coming (I actually guarantee this)!

The fallow year is over folks.  In 2016 I’ve settled that beef!  To those who are fresh and new to the site, welcome.  That welcome comes with a smile that you can’t really see on your end of the Internet.  It also comes with a recommendation that if you liked Settling Beef then you should definitely check out Saviors, also at DSF.

In much related news, my friend, peer, and overall stand up guy Anatoly Belilovsky (seriously check out his Kulturkampf, text or audio!) sent me a video to commemorate this latest story.  It was too awesome not to share with you all!

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