Camp Activities Specialist Bulletin #4

Star Date: April 27, 2019 Greetings Readers! The Spring winds are blowing away the remnants of Winter here in Flagstaff. In early April, Robert and I made a short getaway for a “working vacation” to Colorado. We were able to dip into hot springs and recover from a very long winter of snow, injured knees, and puppy care. Our sweet Olivia is maturing and developing the cutest little habits. She buries her biscuits in the …

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Camp Activities Specialist Bulletin #3

Star Date: March 30, 2019 Greetings Readers! Wow this month has flown by! It started with Robert being at a writer’s conference in Las Vegas. He’s going talk more about that, but I must say how proud I am of his accomplishments there. His stories were well received, and he gained so much insight as to what editors look for before they buy a story for professional publication. He returned from the Vegas experience with …

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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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Introducing Woody and June

Post-Zombie Apocalypse Reporter, Aleia O here. Well who would have thought I would go from a life of service to a life of zombie apocalypse reporting? Not me! That is until Robert read me Woody and June versus the Wannabe Warlord. He told me it was a zombie adventure/love story. I am the first audience for every short story, novelette and novel Robert writes. Picture this: me making dinner, chopping various veggies in the kitchen; Robert …

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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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Stories I Love: December 2018

Well, we are at the end of a year of Stories I Love. It was a worthwhile experiment for me. I read 367 stories, most of them very good, many of them astoundingly good, and I learned a lot about what impresses me as a reader and what kind of writer I want to be. All of these stories that I read, an editor paid for. That means they loved them. And what is clear …

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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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