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A Discarded Pistol

Steampunk is a subgenre I fell into. I started writing in it because I saw an opportunity and decided to challenge myself. I ended up with two published short stories because of it. I was invited to submit a third.

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Wanting and Longing

While meeting with some local writers, I shared a new flash fiction with them. One of the guys read it and was furious because he enjoyed it.

I hadn’t given him as much as he wanted with the story. He wanted more, he even demanded more.

Friends, this is what I’m in the game to do. If my stories don’t leave you wanting more, at least on some level, then I have fallen short. It might only be enough to make you wonder for a moment what happens next. This is enough since it means I have evoked a sense of wondering and imagination in your own mind.

This isn’t the first time I’ve been given these comments. Those who read my first and second steampunk stories often gave me the same reaction: “I want to read more!”

It’s a brief bit of joy, but I love whenever it happens.

Just Chill

There are times when it all looks like too much.  In those moments, we have to just chill.

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The Theme of Everything

After hitting a recent creative dry spell, I found myself trying to come up with something to write.  I wouldn’t say I had writer’s block, if only because I could still write.  What I was after was a story or an idea to fall in love with.

I didn’t find it.

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Thoughts on 33

This year has been rough, though not without its gains.

The main writing highlights came from the usual forces.  A second steampunk adventure featuring Harrison and Bianca was released.  It took a few months longer than I’d expected, but “Heart of Steel” is out as part of Gadgets: Dreams of Steam.

I managed to get some momentum with Vitamin F as well.  To date, it’s the best I’ve done financially with any of my releases.  Soon, I plan to clean it up and expand its digital reach.

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There’s a time that comes along for a writer, a time that brings excitement and validation that we’re doing well.  In the past, this comes with a visit to the mailbox.  In the realm of e-books, this can come from checking e-mail or the books themselves.

That time is payday.

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Why “Heart of Steel?”

I just sent out the latest Harrison & Bianca story, “Heart of Steel,” to hopefully be part of the newest Dreams of Steam anthology.  The fine people at Kerlak Publishing were nice enough to include “Dreams of Freedom” in Dreams of Steam II: Brass and Bolts.  So I thought I might take a minute and discuss where this new story comes from.

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I did not have the greatest week as far as writing goes.  But there’s still progress and even small steps lead to greater progress. Continue reading

Back again for another update.  This week was the most overall creative I’ve felt in months.  I worked on a drawing, I wrote more of Tesseract, I got some chapters revised for Vitamin F, and I even started putting some pieces together. Continue reading

I’ve been discussing my regular progress with a wonderful group of writers for about a year now and it’s worked out well.  With the COWRDS (Company Of Writers Really Determined to Succeed), I report my word count each week.  I thought I’d step things up to the next level.  I have enough projects in development, from finishing the first draft of Tesseract, to final edits on Vitamin F, to covers, and even short stories.  Let’s take a look. Continue reading