Doing What You Love + Lending A Hand = AWESOME

Doing What You Love + Lending A Hand = AWESOME. My story, “Soggy Shoes,” was accepted for the 100 Stories for Queensland anthology, and I am personally thrilled to be able to contribute and to get into print again. It is my first non-scifi/fantasy story and is a sweet little romance (as in: boy loses girl, boy admits he’s and idiot; boy gets girl back). What is happening to Australia is reminding me a lot …

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100 Stories for Queensland

I am just putting the final touches on a submission for 100 Stories for Queensland. Like 100 Stories for Haiti and 50 Stories for Pakistan before it this is a charity anthology to help those in need. In these case the flood victims in Australia. I just found out about it two days ago, and was confronted with the void of the blank page yesterday morning when I sat down to write something for it. …

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The Psychology of Writing, Part 1

Writing is hard… No, no, that’s not it. Writing is not hard; getting your writing read is hard. Hmm, that’s not exactly it either. Dealing with the rejection that goes with writing is hard. Actually dealing with success is hard too. It’s the psychological aspect of it you see. If you are trying to get traditionally published (and for short fiction, I definitely am) it is a strange, strange dance. You do your best writing …

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50 Stories for Pakistan is Here!

50 Stories for Pakistan Helping the victims of the floods Produced by www.bigbadmedia.com Book Preview Actually, “50 Stories for Pakistan” has been out since October 28th, and  I am remiss in blogging about it. This is in no way a comment on my enthusiasm for it, just a testament to just how busy things have been. It is a beautiful book and I am proud to be part of it. It is availible on Blurb here: http://www.blurb.com/bookstore/detail/1678288. My copies came last …

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50 Stories for Pakistan

Greg McQueen, the force behind 100 Stories for Haiti is at it again. This time it’s a book to support the victims of the flooding in Pakistan called 50 Stories for Pakistan. Once again he sent the call out for submissions, this time a limit of 500 works and “no stories with any violence, death, or mass destruction.” With 20 million people displaced by the flooding, I was inspired by by the effort. I had a …

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Finding the Time

Writer John Scalzi has a great post on finding the time to write: http://whatever.scalzi.com/2010/09/16/writing-find-the-time-or-dont/ It is written with his usual sharp pointed wit, and right on the money. Here are some of my favorite bits: “So will you please just shut the fuck up about how hard it is for you to find the time and inspiration to write, and just do it or not.” “Being a writer isn’t some grand, mystical state of being, …

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Page 190

My copies for “100 Stories for Haiti” came in about a week ago; a box shipped all the way from England. My wife was out, so I waited for her to get home to open the box. I was feeling a strange mixture of emotions and I really wanted someone to share the moment with and to make it real (because this all still wasn’t feeling that real). When she got home I opened to …

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100 Stories for Haiti is Here!

Woop! Well the book is out! 100 Stories for Haiti, which contains my story “The Path of the Faerie King” is on sale now. Here’s how you buy: Preview the eBook at Smashwords. Buy the eBook at Smashwords, you set the price. Buy the paperback from Bridge House Publishing in the UK. £11.99 + P&P. So, go grab a copy, enjoy some great fiction, and help people in the process! For those of you that …

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A Big “First”

A contract, I just filled out a publishing contract! The 100 Stories for Haiti project is rolling along and legal issues needed to be dealt with. The first-ness of this continues, and I am doing my best to have the presence of mind to feel and enjoy the experience. Life is, of course, full of firsts: first step, first kiss, first date, first love, first heart-break, first car, first house, first job, first bike, first …

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I’m a (Soon To Be) Published Author

I just got word from the 100 Stories for Haiti folks; “The Path of the Faerie King” has made the cut! I am, needless to say, very excited. This will be my first published story and is a wonderful balm for all the rejections I have been receiving. This is a big “first” and I am happy and proud that my first published story is being used for a Haiti fundraiser. Yup, now I can …

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