John W. Campbell Award Eligibility!

The publication of my story, “A Bird, a Broad, and a Mess of Kyodatsu” in the January 2016 issue of Mothership Zeta has made me eligible for the John W. Campbell award for new writers. This is a great honor and major milestone in my writing career (I can call it a career, right?). The thought of it is exciting yet it brings with it some sadness as well.  Continue reading

Still Here. Still Maintaining.

Just a quick note to let people know I’m still writing. 2016 has not been kind to me. The publication of my story in Mothership Zeta has been the high point of the year by far. Since then my writing career and personal life have taken a bit of tumble.

But I have not given up.

Holy Cats! I’ve Been Professionally Published!

Hi. It’s been awhile, but I haven’t been entirely slacking. Back in August I got some crazy news, news I never thought I’d get. I’d made a professional writing sale. My story, “A Bird, a Broad, and a Mess of Kyodatsu,” was sold to Mothership Zeta, the new online magazine by Escape Artists, Inc. This is a story I put a lot of research and time into. It combines elements from several things I love: dieselpunk, Japanese folklore, noir, and history. And I’ve been a fan of Mur Lafferty for years. To have her not just read my story, but think it was good enough to publish. . . well, I kinda freaked out the night I got the acceptance letter.

My first instinct was to blast the news everywhere, but then fear grabbed a hold of me. The story had been rejected before. What if the acceptance letter was a mistake? I had actual nightmares of receiving apologies in the mail and of Escape Artists cancelling the magazine. I fussed over what the professional thing to do was. So I sat on the news. Only my wife and closest friends knew. Several weeks later after the contract was signed I let my parents and the other writers in my critique group know. And now that the story has been published, I’m letting you  know.

If you haven’t already, please check out Mothership Zeta. And I hope you enjoy the story.

 

Good Riddance

There’s no other way to say it. 2014 was terrible for me. I lost Chaos, who was my best friend outside of my wife, to cancer. My wife had to have surgery on her foot. Despite our health insurance, this resulted in a flood of medical bills that taxed our finances after paying for Chaos’s treatment. And then, thanks to the policies of my wife’s employer, all the work done by the surgery was reversed because my wife was faced with the choice of either going back to work too soon or be unemployed. Our year in health finished out by me learning that someone very near and dear to my heart has a terminal illness they have been hiding from everyone. Continue reading

Fan Art!?

OK, maybe calling it “fan art” is a bit of stretch, but my friend, artist and web designer, Pete Vasquez drew the following portrait of Friedrich Von Krieger from my story, “The Pro Turned Weird.”

If you haven’t read it yet, you can find it over at the Stupefying Stories SHOWCASE.

I’d worked on the story for a good number of years, and Pete lived with me with during some of that time. I think he was just as happy as I was to see the story get a good home. Thanks, Pete!

 

Some Exciting News Regarding Sidekicks!

About a year ago I wrote a post about a few Kickstarters I felt were worthy of your time and money.  One of those projects was run by a small press called Silence in the Library Publishing. It turns out they have another Kickstarter underway currently. This one is for an anthology called Heroes! Like Time Traveled Tales, Heroes! saw a limited release at Origins Game Fair in 2013. I bought a copy of the book there, and let me tell you, there are some damn fine stories within it. Now Silence in the Library Publishing is hoping to give Heroes! the widespread release it deserves. Thus, the new Kickstarter. Continue reading

A Quick Update and Another Beer Review

Hi. I know. This site has been dormant. You probably thought I’d given up, yeah? Naw. Just getting some shit sorted. Some of it involves Chaos. The old boy is still fighting, but the allergies this year have taken a toll on him due to his compromised sinuses. Some of it involves stuffs I’m not sure I want to talk about here. But everyone still has their health. And I’m still writing.

However the reason I’m here right now is because the good lady who runs the Tipsy Techie has allowed me to post another of my beer reviews. This one is going to be a two parter. The first part is here. The second part should be going up in about a week. Take a look!