Vegas, Baby!

In early March, I spent a week in Las Vegas at a workshop all about writing for anthologies and getting to understand how editors choose stories. I was one of 50 writers who wrote a bunch of stories, and then we read everyone’s stories to get the editor’s eye view of things (that was 1.3 million words!) and then the editors put together nine anthologies and talked about all 300 stories while we all watched. …

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Woody and June Wednesday… Ready. Set. Go!

Post-Zombie Apocalypse Reporter, Aleia O here. Checking in after what I would call the ‘Flagstaff Snowpocalypse of 2019’, I’m happy to report that we have seen a few signs of Spring. The snow is still piled high in places, but we can see the ground around our home which Olivia really enjoys. Here she is using her tunneling skills; adorable! I’m not going to get ahead of myself with Spring fever yet because the weather …

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Camp Activities Specialist Bulletin #2

Star Date: February 23, 2019 Greetings Readers! We have been very busy campers this month, mostly shoveling snow and keeping up with our new puppy, Olivia. First though, as the Camp Activities Specialist, I have nudged our author to make a slight change on Facebook. Currently, Robert has a Facebook Group, named “The Totally Official (and very fun) Robert J. McCarter Author Group.” After much discussion about the trials and tribulations of social media; a …

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Camp Activities Specialist Bulletin #1

Star Date: January 26, 2019 Greetings Readers! I’m here to let you know that Robert has completed the first Campfire Tale, and what a story it is! It’s on the way to market now, and I’ll keep you updated as to when and where you will be able to read it. The title is “The Pearce Shoot Out“. Suffice to say it’s a western with a bit of a sci-fi twist. Robert did a lot …

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Saturday Stories: Shogun Dreams

There is nothing remarkable at all about Jeffery Smith. Not his name, not his job, not even the cancer that is threatening his life. But when his disease inspires him to start living his life instead of just dreaming it, the most remarkable things happen. Shogun Dreams (Excerpt) Robert J. McCarter Jeffery Smith was a wholly unremarkable man. He was neither old, nor young; neither short, nor tall; neither skinny, nor fat, although he did …

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Ten Years of Writing

Ten years ago, right about now, in the lull between Christmas and New Years, something magical happened to me. There were no work deadlines, no personal emergencies and I was reading Ursula Le Guin’s collection of essays on fantasy and science fiction, The Language of the Night. One of the essays hit home for me and made clear what I love so much about speculative fiction (science fiction and fantasy). The power it has to boldly …

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Campfire Tales

Aleia O’Reilly, here. I’m Robert’s wife and recently designated “Camp Activities Specialist,” here to introduce Campfire Tales. This idea has developed over years of Robert offering raffle and silent auction items for local fundraisers. Winners were able to join the creative process by naming characters before the story was written. . . Such fun! Blinky, Leila, and Father Finnegan are a few so named. Most recently Robert offered a gift card in which the auction …

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Saturday Stories: The Free Story Roundup

If you are in the US, this is Thanksgiving weekend and I imagine you are spending time with family and enjoying some tasty leftovers. And even if you are not in the US, I hope you are taking time to nourish yourself in this crazy world with friends, family, and good food (and, yes, I know there is a ton of shopping going one, but don’t forget the friends and food). In any case, I’ve …

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Saturday Stories: A Postscript for Elizabeth

Hugh is a holographic surrogate, one he created of himself while he was alive, while he was dying. Now he has to find a way to help his grieving wife, Elizabeth, find a way to get on with her life. This story was a semi-finalist in the Writers of the Future Contest in 2013 A Postscript for Elizabeth (Excerpt) Robert J. McCarter Day 1 “Hello, Elizabeth,” I said as you dropped the bag of groceries …

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Saturday Stories: Memories of the Breakers

Smith erases memories, he’s one of the best. He can remove your traumatic or dangerous memories and and lighten your spirit. But the Order of Mnemosyne requires that the Eraser then erases their own memory of the encounter, leaving Smith with very little left of himself. Now’s he’s met a client whose memories put her in danger. Can Smith erase her memories, protect her, and somehow keep something of her for himself? Memories of the …

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