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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A Lesson in Light

When I started this blog, I intended to include some of my photographic work and thoughts. It has taken a while to get to it, but here we go. Light is everything for photography, quite literally. I didn’t knew that, but didn’t really “know” it until last October at a KOA in Oklahoma. We had just spent the month in Rochester, NY and were on our way back. The whole time there I was hoping …

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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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Goodbye Friend Leo

Leo, the dog, is a neighbor of mine and a friend. Today the cancer claimed his body and he is off to his next adventure. Yes, I am one of those dog-centric types and I have called many dogs friend. Indeed dogs have been some of this man’s best friends. Leo was a bright buoyant spirits always up for digging into the enjoyment of being alive; always bounding up to see you with an enthusiastic …

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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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100 Stories for Haiti

Author Greg McQueen is putting his time where is heart is and leading a project called 100 Stories for Haiti. It is a book project whose sales proceeds (as an eBook and a paperback) will go directly to the Red Cross for relief efforts in Haiti. I stumbled across this project on John Scalzi’s blog on Monday (the original due date for the stories) and just had to start writing. There is something wonderful about …

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The Wonders of “Avatar”

I saw Avatar a few weeks ago and left the theater feeling something I hadn’t felt at the movies in a while: Awe. The immersive quality of the experience made me feel like a boy again (and that  in itself was worth the price of admission). The NY Times nailed it in their review of the movie: Few films return us to the lost world of our first cinematic experiences, to that magical moment when …

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