Indie Adventures – Part 1 – The Starting Line

The publishing world is changing. Fast. A brief look at some writers blogs out there (Dean Wesley Smith, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Joe Konrath) will orient you to the changes. I can sum it up briefly in one word: Indie. The indie movie industry and the indie music industry are well established. It is, simply, when an artists takes control of their art and brings it as directly as possible to the consumer. Less corporate-centric, more …

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50 Rejections and Counting

On 3/18/2009 I submitted a story called “As I Shall at Death” to Flash Fiction Online. It was rejected, and that rejection was psychologically hard. Now, nearly two years later, I am around 50 rejections and counting for a total of 15 stories. I am not completely sure of that number, I have a spreadsheet that I track stories and markets on and track rejections and acceptances. The numbers on the two pages of the spreadsheet don’t agree …

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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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Somewhere Between Denial and Depression

I wrote the following last August the 12th as we struggled with our dear Emerson’s illness. We helped her on to the next life on about August 25th (I don’t remember exactly what day it was, and I don’t really want to.) I am posting this now because in looking back at it, there is something to what I was getting at, and mostly, because there is enough distance now that I actually can post …

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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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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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