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Intelligence Report: Becoming Hero

How would you fine folks out there like a story where a comic book hero, whose life is constantly besieged with enemies, lost loves, and insurmountable odds on a near-weekly basis, finally gets tired of it and decides to kill the person who’s always stacking the deck against him, namely his writer?  If you raised an eyebrow or leaned a little closer, welcome to Jen Finelli’s Becoming Hero.

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If there’s any one I can call my protégé in this business, it’s Jen.  She’s been listening to my good but weird (or is it weird but good?) writerly advice for a few years now, soaking in the big points and tailoring the finer points to match her own witty and irreverent voice.  You can see a great example of that in Brain Worms and White Whales, which is free to listen to and read over at Escape Pod.

Jen wants to bring to life this very meta story of a comic book hero getting revenge for all the torturous machinations we writers cook up, and when I say to life I mean full on color life.  She wants to hire graphic artists and a voice actor to provide some high quality audio and kickass visual aesthetics on the ebooks, audiobooks and physical print copies.  That costs a bit of coin and there’s a reason why the words “starving” and “artist” go together like chocolate and peanut butter.  That’s where you guys come in.

I invite you to go over to Jen’s Indiegogo page for Becoming Hero.  It’s very hard to not get excited by the premise and all the cool rewards she’s got in store for backers.  Plus there are contests and games, no matter your backing pledge amount, coupled with a real and altruistic sense of community and plain giving back.  At the time of this post, she’s about $1200 short of reaching that dream goal of fully funded.  So head on over there and check out the project!

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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 70: 17 Amazing Plot Elements…

My people!  I’m back after a month of slushing through a heap of really funny stuff for the upcoming UFO anthology.  I don’t blog enough… I think I may be

a) too busy

b) too lazy

c) too newsless

I don’t mind being b) even if I wanna believe it’s a) in my own mind… but I’m starting to think it’s definitely not c).  My news seems to be growing more and more in 2016 and here’s another example of that.  My newest story is out at Daily Science Fiction!  It’s called “17 Amazing Plot Elements… When You See #11, You’ll Be Astounded!”.  It absolutely holds the title of my longest title ever, a distinction I owe to fellow writer Karlo Yeager Rodriguez.    I’m just glad he said 17 and not 31 like it was Baskin Robbins!

I’ve gotten some great feedback on the story, so please, check it out here.  Let me know what you think.  And as I continue to stay less and less newsless, I’ll definitely make sure I’m not too busy to let you know where to find me.

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My attempt to tease you to check out my story!

 

 

 

 

 

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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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