Free Fiction Monday: Rememorations

  The Immortality Chronicles (September 2015) was a collection of short stories centered around a common theme: Immortality. There were 12 total stories in the volume, with varying views on the topic. What you are about to read was my contribution to the volume. The Anthology won the award for The Best Anthology Of The Year as voted in the 2016 Preditors and Editors Readers Poll. Rememorations was also nominated for Best American Science Fiction. Here’s a quick synopsis: Is living forever all that it’s … Read more

Free Fiction Monday: Hunter/Hunted

In honor of what some (ok, no one really) would call a “national holiday”, I’m going to share my romantic suspense short story with you during the week of Valentine’s Day. I wrote Hunter / Hunted in just a day back in February of 2015, inspired by the then approaching Valentine’s Day. Although it’s not a terribly long story, it was fun to write and has been a favorite of my readers for some time. When I’ve shared it in my newsletter, or when people read it … Read more

Work In Progress: Jacked

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The life of a writer is full of distractions. If it’s not the day job, it’s the home life. It seems that any time I have a chunk of time blocked out for writing, something inevitably comes up and eats away at my writing production. Most recently, I’ve been trying to juggle a little too much. In addition to my day job in architecture, I’ve been focussing on my blog here, redefining my reader’s group, as well as ramping up my social media presence. All … Read more

Free Fiction Monday: Afterlife

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If you’ve read The Borrowed Souls, here’s a nice little “prequel” that I wrote a few years back as a character study for the novel. If you’ve not read it yet, (Come again? What are you waiting for?) then this short piece will not spoil anything in the novel. It was simply a tool for me to expand my knowledge of Wilson and Hauser, and how their unique dynamic could propel the story. It is a short scene early in Wilson’s career as a Soul … Read more

Audiobooks To Get Excited About

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A lot has happened in the past 2 years, and I’m doing the best to make up for lost time. One part of my writing career that has lagged behind is the production of audiobooks. Actually, I started early on with my short story Borrowed Souls. It went live on Audible about 4 years ago. Since then, I’ve hired and subsequently fired a handful of producers that dropped the ball on making Linear Shift into audio. So, I kind of gave up. That was until … Read more

Story Process: Initial Story Concept

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story:noun, plural sto·ries.a narrative, either true or fictitious, in prose or verse, designed to interest, amuse, or instruct the hearer or reader; tale. What’s in a story? In its very basic form, there is conflict, action, and resolution. From there, an author can take a story in many different directions depending on their own approach. And there are as many different approaches as there are authors. Personally, I use a five-part structure that incorporates these five things, in no particular order: character, setting, plot, conflict, and theme. Things like point of view and symbolism fill in the rest but can be switched out depending on how the … Read more

Free Fiction Monday: Gateway

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Robert Paulson and Paul Robertson have real a problem. Each of them have suffered physical or mental injuries, causing moderate cases of amnesia. Hypnosis and other experimental devices are employed—with varying levels of effectiveness—in restoring their memories. As their past and present lives are revealed, it becomes alarmingly clear that they each think they’re in the wrong person’s body. In the end, only one can exist. Gateway was originally written to be part of a multi-author anthology, with each contributing tale worthy of being read … Read more

Book Review: Ready Player One

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The first time I read Ready Player One was back in October of 2014. I had recently bought a new Kindle and was in the process of loading it up with some new, unread fiction. By the time I finally bought the book, it had been out for more than three years, and the buzz was still pretty high. To tell the truth, I was reluctant to read it because of all that buzz. Many times, when a book or movie catches wild-fire, it’s usually … Read more

Story Fuel: Planet Nine

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As a fan of all thing’s science, I regularly peruse the Popular Science website, among other notable scientific based platforms. I’ll skim the headlines and if something jumps out at me, I’ll read it. Otherwise, I continue my path of knowledge seeking adventure. It’s High Adventure, let me tell you! Monday afternoon was no different. I came across this grabby headline—Planet Nine might not actually be a planet—and knew I had to read it.  I mean, who wouldn’t want to? First thoughts … WTF? Do … Read more

Free Fiction Monday: Perplexia

Free Fiction Monday: Perplexia

Who is Evan Mitchell? Is he a doctor, or a mechanic? An author or a cruise director? A terrorist or a thief? Your guess is as good as his.  His mind bending adventure begins when he materializes in a most unusual place with no idea how he got there. His identity is a mystery, and besides the need to discover his very existence, there’s nothing that he wants more than to break free from his unforced confinement. His only obstacle: fear of the unknown … and his lack of clothing. Perplexia is a … Read more