This site hasn’t seen any activity in a while. Sorry about that. It’s been a weird few years. But I’m back and chugging along. Be sure to visit my new home, since this one is now inactive:
Speculative Realms: Where there’s a will, there’s a way is now for sale! The book contains my dragon tale “Of Bones and Blades” and costs $15.95 at Lulu.com.
Check it out!
I’m posting this a few days late, but that’s the way it goes with a work schedule like mine these days.
Anyway, I received an acceptance the other day from Abominations for “For the Good of the Flock.” This is a werewolf tale — which can be a hard sale in and of itself. This one is a guilt-ridden priest facing temptation. I originally wrote it for The Beast Within, but sent it to Shroud Magazine’s anthology when it was rejected. I wouldn’t mind if this was a sign of things to come, since the other story TBW rejected is now at Clarkesworld, which has a much higher pay rate.
Got a notice that a zombie flash I wrote for Bits of the Dead has been passed on for the second round of reading. I should hear sometime in May whether they’ve accepted “After, Life.”
You’ll find that a lot of it’s the same as on here…but it’s a step toward getting my own real .com home on the Web.
I have been zombified! The picture below is the work of the very talented Stephen Blundell, who’s working on a book of such pictures that should hopefully be out sometime in 2008. And, I have to admit, I look better dead than alive. How’s that for a kick in the teeth?
I don’t normally get into the whole thing about posting videos, but this is perhaps the best short film I’ve ever seen.
I wasn’t sure I was going to do this, but then I got tagged by both Ian Rogers and Mike Stone to share seven weird things about myself. I told Ian I wasn’t sure I’d be able to come up with seven, but here it goes:
- I chew on plastic. Most people who know me “IRL” know this already, but I’ve usually got a pen or something in my mouth. Sometimes I’ll break pieces off to limit it to something besides a full sized pen. I haven’t a clue where this particular quirk came from.
- I hate bugs. This might not seem all that weird by itself, but it goes beyond mere dislike or even loathing. I’m actually scared of nearly anything with more than four legs. I’m not just talking about things like bees and wasps, although if it buzzes and/or has a stinger, I freeze. Moths, grasshoppers, you name it — if it lands on me, I swipe at it hard enough to bruise myself just to make sure it’s gone. Of course, my wife thinks this is funny and likes to throw grasshoppers at me.
- I really dislike swimming in anything that isn’t a pool — not so much because I’m scared of snakes, snapping turtles or sharks (in the ocean), but because I can’t stand the feel of aquatic plants on my legs and feet. They’re slimy and nasty.
- Even though I took classes like creative writing, archery and fencing in college, my favorite course was History of the English Language.
- I also enjoyed Advanced Grammer.
- I’m still kind of scared of the dark. Not in the screaming-if-my-nightlight-isn’t-on manner of my daughter, but I do tend to hurry across darkened rooms and make sure everything is covered by at least a sheet when I go to bed. (If you’ve read Jennings Grove, a lot of that stems from impression I got of the dark while sleeping at my grandmother’s house when I was a kid.)
- Despite my handle, I’ve never actually seen or held a hamster. I’ve been around mice, guinea pigs, flying squirrels, chinchillas and gerbils, but never a hamster.
Sadly, I know very few people online yet, so if you’re one of the few reading this thing, consider yourself dinged. What’s weird about you?
Too bad I don’t have the time/money to do my own fantasy magazine. I’ve even got a title: “Better Gnomes and Goblins.”
Who wouldn’t want to read that?