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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Trapped

Trapped

Roy is eighty years old. He moves and speaks slowly, and doesn’t hear well. One ear is dead, the other is constantly fuzzy. Sometimes he fails to hear the phone ringing, or people talking to him. On a gray morning in February, when a woman begins screaming, he hears it clearly. The sound cuts right through the static of his bad ear. There is something about a woman’s scream that demands attention. He struggles out of his recliner and slowly makes his way across the living room. Looking out the window into the parking lot, what Roy sees sends a chill up his back. It’s the girl from downstairs, the pretty girl who is married and expecting. She is kneeling in the snow, rocking back and forth and wailing, cradling her belly. Roy wonders what is wrong with her, knows it must be bad. He needs to help if he can. He shuffles back through the living room into the kitchen, cursing his slow gait. He picks up the phone and carefully dials 911. It takes a long time to explain what is happening to the dispatcher, and longer to make his way downstairs and out into the parking lot. He approaches the girl, Sarah, who is now weeping, covering her face with her hands. He is about to speak to her when he catches sight of what is lying in the snow at her knees. He stops, lifts a hand to his mouth, and closes his eyes.

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What’s The Poop, Wendig?

What’s The Poop, Wendig?.

This article is amazing, not because of what it means in terms of Chuck Wendig’s life and work – even though what it means for him is a great thing – but in terms of what it means for all creative people. Another very interesting and thrilling example of the same thing is the business of Tim Schafer and Doublefine raising over two million dollars on kickstarter to develop a game.

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25 Reasons That Writers Are Bug-Fuck Nuts

25 Reasons That Writers Are Bug-Fuck Nuts.

For the 2 or 3 people who have visited this blog that did not come directly from Terribleminds, this is a blog by Chuck Wendig, a particularly foul mouthed and humorous author who writes advice for writers and observations about the writing life. It’s pretty good, you should check it out (Adam!), but easily offended people should keep clear.

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