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    Why living on a corner lot is a bad idea

    So I still managed to get 3000 words written today despite this: It turned out that our neighbor decided to back into the fence. Judging by the damage I actually think the driver was settling some cosmic score between them and the fence. Three full sections of fence destroyed and two posts snapped. I had heard the noise when impact happened but just assumed it was the train. It was only when I left to pick my kid up from school that I noticed the giant hole in our fence. At least nobody was hurt and I had just moved most of the kids toys to the other end of…

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    Recent Story Sales

    Realized that I hadn’t paired titles with markets for my two recent sales so here goes: I sold my fantasy story ‘Onion Farmer‘ in October to Aoife’s Kiss and my more recent sale to Abyss and Apex is another fantasy story called ‘Stone Eater‘. As always I’ll let you know when these stories are available to be read. In the meantime you might want to check out ‘From the Sea‘ or ‘The Tale of Lady Spite‘, two other, previously published stories of mine, also set in the same fantasy universe as these two new sales.

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    Nanowrimo complete!

    So I passed the 50 000 word target for my first Nanowrimo. I’m pleased with my progress. I’ve been writing 3000 words or more on most weekdays (not so much on the weekends as that is family time, though I did add a few hundred words each weekend). Though I’m pleased I’m anticipating this novel will land between 90 000 and 100 000 words so I still have a lot of work left to go. I’d like to finish this rough draft before the upcoming holidays. I think it is possible. How is the draft going? I’m making more technical errors (spelling and whatnot) at this speed but I think…

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    Aurora Awards 2011

    Congratulations to the Aurora Award winners for 2011! Very pleased to see that Hayden Trenholm’s story the “Burden of Fire” won for Best English story. My story ‘The Kol Effect’ was in that same issue of Neo-Opsis. That’s the second time I’ve shared space with one of Hayden’s stories; my first sale to On Spec (“A Ragman’s Vow”) appeared in issue #73 with Hayden’s story “Love in its Season”. The full list of winners can be found at Locus Online.

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    Something Different

    I’ve mentioned numerous ways for you to read reprints of my previously published works on various ‘ebook’ devices but for those dedicated to print there’s a option for you too. There’s a cool site called AnthologyBuilder where you can peruse hundreds of previously published stories and assemble your own anthology. Then they’ll print it and ship it to you. Anways I’ve just created my second anthology there, a collection of the eight story reprints I’ve made available through AnthologyBuilder. If you are curious, check it out. Have a great weekend!

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    Facebook Messages… gone missing

    So I just realized I was missing a lot of Facebook messages. This article explains it all. Anyways, going through the messages has taken a bit of time (though I still managed another 3000 words towards my Nano novel). Going forward I’d urge you, if you want to talk to me in a timely fashion, to use this blog… just toss a comment on one of the pages and I get a notification or check my other contact options. I do rarely look at Facebook messages at the best of times (and really wish I could just turn them off). p.s. Thanks to Eileen Bell calling the article to my…

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    New review for Digital Rights

    ‘Digital Rights’ my Writers of the Future winning story just received a new review today. “Digital Rights kept me interested. I was hooked right away, and I didn’t stop reading until I finished, despite its being fairly long for a short story at 12K words. There are a number of really good things about the story.” You can read the full review here. And the story is available in Writers of the Future Volume 26, along with a horde of fantastic stories or on its lonesome from Amazon or Smashwords.

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    Updates and Stuff and Penguins

    Just some quick updates. Nanowrimo progress going well. I passed 22 000 words today on my Wanderer novel (if you don’t know what I’m talking about see this and this). I’ve also done a lot of reading, probably will toss up some reviews this weekend. As if that’s not enough I’ve serious work on my first Sifteo game. I’m still intending this to be something just for my own kids but we’ll see how it turns out later next year. I might try releasing it to the sifteo store. Also, for those who don’t hang out in Goodreads, I’ve received several cool reviews for some older stories of mine. I…

  • Technology,  Writing Resources

    Recommended: Teamworkpm

    Yep, I’ve been quiet around here. I’m in the midst of nanowrimo, striving towards writing the rough draft for novel 4 this month. However I did want to make mention of some software that I’ve been using recently. It is a web-based task/project management tool called Teamworkpm. What do I like about it? It is simple to use and flexible. You can track time and add a place to upload resources to. Or you can use it simply for its tasks list (I basically ignore everything except the main task page). Because it is web based it is painless I can go to it on my iPad and add a…