Monthly Archives: February 2012

Book Review: Old School

Old School, the first compilation of short fiction by writer Dan O’Shea, is filled to the brim with pieces that are as hard hitting and visceral as they come. As I read through the book I was so immersed in the stories, so involved with the characters, that a few times the events on the page actually prompted a physical reaction. My brain has been awash in violence and suspense for most of my life, thanks to movies and video games, and I thought I was inured to it all. Turns out I’m not. O’Shea manages to hone his fiction into a point sharp enough to break through the wall of desensitization and make the reader squirm.

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The Goal

So here’s an interesting little news article: Independent Writer Sells Millions

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What the Snow Covers

Click here to read another response to a flash fiction prompt. 500 words, something about snow. This prompt from Going Ballistic, the blog of writer Dan O’Shea, whose collection of short stories, Old School, I have read, and is great.

Please leave some feedback if you like it, and maybe check out some of my other posts.

Thanks to Dan O’Shea for the fun writing prompt.

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New Project in the Works

I’m working on something that I think will be interesting and fun. What I have so far is a sort of preview for the whole work, which will be an Arthurian tale when it is completed, giving my personal take on Arthur’s final battle. It’s probably too long to post here in its entirety, so I am going to post a link to my Wattpad page. Please go there and check it out.

http://www.wattpad.com/3532382-c%C3%A6mlann-field

There is also a new flash fiction challenge from http://terribleminds.com/ramble/. It’s a little bit different from the last two. I want to do it, but I need to spend some time generating a worthy idea.

Anyway, off to bed.

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Submitted My First Query

I just finished submitting my first query for writing a magazine article. I would be writing for escapistmagazine.com, and the article would be about digital piracy. If accepted, it would be my first piece of professional writing, also the first piece of writing I would actually get paid for. I have no idea how likely it is that I will be accepted, but I think my idea was good. I should hear back soon, and I will update with the news. I would really like this to work out. I write academic papers all of the time, so I have plenty of experience, and it would be nice to get paid for one.

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Thoughts on Blogging

In which I very briefly relate how the blogging / writing process is going so far, and talk a bit about what my goals and plans are. I also give thanks to the people who have been helping and supporting me so far.

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Egg Salad

A response to a “flash fiction” challenge from over at http://terribleminds.com/ramble/. The challenge this time was to write a story, of 1000 words or less, about making a sandwich.

I didn’t think that a story actually about making a sandwich would be readable, so I settled for a story that takes place while someone is making a sandwich. That’s close enough, right?

Click this link to read the story: Egg Salad Flash Fiction

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