Help ToC…

April 7, 2008 at 7:23 pm (Acceptances, The Final Quarter, Writing)

The table of contents (author names, anyway) for the Help anthology has been announced. Even the dense blockhead that I am, I recognize some of the bigger names on this list. Kind of cool to be in the same company:

Gary Braunbeck
Douglas E. Wright
Stephen Mark Rainey
Brian Knight
Eric Enck
Joseph Mcgee
Benjamin Bussey
JG Faherty
Brian Youndt
Cassandra Lee
Garry Charles
Tim Deal
Sheryl Nantus
Sara Creasy
D.W. Green
Michael R. Colangelo
J. Travis Grundon
Mark Tullius
Steve Dean
Jimmy Gillentine & Donnete Smith
Marie Pacha
Alice Loweecey
Dave Rex
Randy Chandler
Sally Quilford
Monica J Orourke
John Grover
Michael A. Beoudry
Mari Adkins
Gustavo Bondoni
Kevin Macleod
Martin Owton
Jeremy Zoss
Colin Harvey
Catherine J. Gardner
David Mohan
Marcie Lynn Choff
Eric Christ
Ken Goldman
Lisa Morton
Guy Anthony De Marco
William Blake Vogel III
William Bulen
Helen Taylor
Karen L Newman
Jenny Orosel
Jeff Parish
G. George Taylor
Christopher Treaugus
Lisa Cavalear
A J Brown
Jill Elaine Hughes
Matthew Pierce
Rick Taubod
Christopher Conlon
Darrel Joyce
Terrie Leigh Relf
Dominic McDonagh
Mellisa Mead
Paul Freeman
Aaron Gudmunson
Kevin L Obrien
Natalie L. Sin
Peadar O Guilan
Mark Leslie Lefebvre
Mark Boss
Ellen Meister
Eric Smetana
R. Scott McCoy


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A helpful acceptance…

March 27, 2008 at 1:24 am (Acceptances, Submissions, The Final Quarter, Writing)

Just got word that my story “The Final Quarter” has been accepted for the anthology Help, an anthology being put together and sold to help Predators and Editors in the lawsuit filed by PublishAmerica (PA apparently didn’t like the fact that P&E warns writers against the fee-charging publisher and includes several examples of problems writers have had with them). The story is the basis for my novel of the same name (and largely the first chapter).


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Hot diggity dog!

June 29, 2007 at 6:07 pm (The Final Quarter, Writing)

The Final Quarter is done…at least this draft of it. I’m about ready to send it to Critters.

The novel didn’t turn out quite as long as I had expected, only 80,560 words, but I see no point in padding it just to get a few more thousand words out of it. I told the story I set out to tell and I finished the thing.



Now I’ve got another project to begin, should certain plans pan out. Watch this space for more details involving a possible serialized novel based on “First Night in Jennings Grove.”

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No news is boring

June 21, 2007 at 1:36 pm (Submissions, The Final Quarter, Writing)

Haven’t updated in awhile. And that’s mainly because there’s not been much to update about. Work has been crazy, and I haven’t had a lot of time to write.

I have sent a story called “Thinking Small” about a Fairy battle with clockwork spiders to  Magic & Mechania and rattled a couple hundred words into the novel, but that’s about it.

On the electronic front, I am working on a new Web site, which will probably see the light of day in a few months. Here’s a slight teaser:

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A brief update

May 10, 2007 at 8:46 pm (The Final Quarter, Writing)

Finally finished one of the two new chapters. Then it’s on through the previously written four chapters, and rewite # 1 is done.

 After that, though, I think I’m going to have to let it sit awhile and then comeback for another rewrite. As I go along, there are some points that hit me as insufficent when I think back. I don’t want to lose the momentum I’ve got going,  so I’ll take care of those later.

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My novel approach…

May 3, 2007 at 7:53 pm (The Final Quarter, Writing)

The Final Quarter rewrite is going much more smoothly than I had anticipated. I’ve gone through the first seven chapters and done the necessary revisions to make it fit in with the fantasy theme. It’s taken much less than I thought. Of course, I may find out differently once I put this through Critters, but so far, I’ve been able to add, change and delete with relative ease. I’m not sure how many new words I’ve written, but the additions have happened slightly faster than the deletions, so I’m about a thousand words ahead of where I was yesterday.

The first seven chapters mark something of a milestone because it’s after this point I have to write two new chapters instead of just revising. I think the first one will be a little harder than the second, but hte two should add somewhere in the neighborhood of 13,000 to 15,000 words.

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Prologue is done!

May 2, 2007 at 6:12 pm (The Final Quarter, Writing)

Just finished the prologue for my novel, tentatively called The Final Quarter. Aside from two new chapters a little down the line, most of what comes from here is reworking what already exists, so one of the hardest parts is finally done (I’ll probably look back on that statement one day soon and laugh manically).  But I’m really pumped about this, much more than I have been in awhile.

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A little more progress…

April 27, 2007 at 12:26 am (The Final Quarter, Writing)

Finished the third of four scenes in the prologue.

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Moving along…

April 23, 2007 at 11:40 pm (Rejections, The Final Quarter, Writing)

Finished the second scene in the novel’s prologue today, and got a rejection from A Thousand Faces for “Old Nag.”

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A bit of progress…

April 13, 2007 at 3:39 pm (Rejections, The Final Quarter, Writing)

I finished the first scene of the prologue. It starts with the end of the world and jumps forward from there, kind of giving the reader an idea of how the world of the story developed. I figure I’ll have another four or five such scenes.

In a little bit less happy news, got a rejection today from Darker Matter for “Routine Maintenance.”

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