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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 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 69: The One That Is, The One That Will Be, and The One Remembered

Some troops deploy stronger than others...

Some troops deploy stronger than others…

So it’s been a busy month, not the least because I’m waist deep in slush for Unidentified Funny Objects 5 [SIDENOTE: Writers! Send us your funny!!].  Anyway, in the space of like a weekend I’ve got news of new stories.  It’s a trifecta folks, which is strange considering how we got here.

First, the one that is.  Freshly printed in the inaugural issue of the new prozine Compelling Science Fiction, check out my hard SF story “Opportunities for Lost Children.”  This one was one of my wife’s favorite pieces, full of old money, augmented reality, luchadors and a dude named Joke Roosevelt.

Secondly, the one that will be.  Specifically, my latest story “Episodes from the Abner-Mortimer Karmic War” sold to the folks over at the No Sh!t, There I Was anthology.  Conceived by Steven Saus and edited by the illustrious Rachel Acks, these stories promise to be the most awesome over the top tales you’ll find anywhere.  Currently the Kickstarter to support the project is live.  I hope you check it out.  Preorder!  Your money raises my pay rate… papa needs a PlayStation VR headset, which is likely the closest I’ll come to a holodeck in my lifetime.

Finally, we have the one remembered.  Ares Magazine bought my story “King of the Shell Game” like forever ago.  I’m talking like March of 2014.  They said they wanted it, would pay on publication and… went quiet.  It was that deathly stillness horror in the fog kinda quiet.  That process let me know authors age in dog years when they’re waiting to see their stuff hit print.  A year later, March 2015, the folks over at Ares hit me and said my story would appear sometime within the next three issues.  Cool.  Months went by.  And I just plain stopped checking.  I finally got an impulse to look into it and there it was… no announcement about it or nothing.  It’s just hanging out there, quietly being a story I really enjoyed writing, this cool concept of energy beings wearing other sentient races as shells and absorbing the host’s attributes for a short while.  I urge you all to check it out.

 

 

 

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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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