PSWG Winner – Flash Fiction

PSWG Contest Winner for Get Out 020318

 

My entry “Get Out” won the Palm Springs Writers Guild contest for flash fiction. A reading was performed at the Rancho Mirage Library and the award was announced at the general meeting on February 3, 2018. I am humbled and wish to express my thanks to the membership and to the judges.

Thank you.

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Who’s Your Friend?

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Your spaceship has crashed on an uncharted world. Civilization is nowhere in sight, and you are alone in the alien wilds. The atmosphere is breathable, and there is drinkable water. Scanners indicate that the planet hosts a wide variety of unidentified plants and animals (some most likely to be dangerous), and there may be one or more societies at various stages of technological development, from primitive to advanced. How friendly or hostile they might be remains unknown.

Out of the collection of fully functional robots currently in stasis in your hold, you have enough time to retrieve and power up one to serve as your companion before your ship explodes. Every replica has been produced to look and act exactly like a robot or android taken from the history of film and television. Each model possesses the knowledge and abilities of its original.

So, Captain Crusoe, which robot do you choose? And why?

*Bonus Questions: Which robot would you least wish to take with you, and why?

[Do not feel limited by the selections shown.]

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REMEMBER

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For all who served our great nation in the cause of liberty, for all who sacrificed themselves in the name of free speech and and to protect our right to be who and what we are without fear or persecution, and to those who loved and lost our brave soldiers of every creed, color, sexuality, and gender:

In the name of humanity, thank you.

Worthy to Remember

Snoopy The Writing Life

The following are some of my favorite quotes from authors about writing:

         “All the best cutting is done when one is sick of writing.”
                                                                      ~ John Fowles ~

         “The first draft of anything is shit.”
                                                                      ~ Ernest Hemingway ~

         “A writer is somebody for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.”
                                                                      ~ Thomas Mann ~

         “A fish out of water is a dead fish, and a genius kept from his art is often a simpleton.”
                                                                      ~ Lajos Egri ~

These are posted on the wall behind my desk. It helps me to know that I’m not alone–and not the first to come to these same conclusions.

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Gathering of Wizards

Castle at Sunrise

Our Wizard’s Workshop is now over 130 apprentices strong. Candidates from 72 different countries have passed through our doors.

Thank you to all who follow me on this path of magic and to all who participate and to all who share.

This week, I am preparing submission of The Wizard Ignites to DAW. No response as yet from Tor. Roughly 90 agents have been queried, with response to date from only 29 — all form rejections.  (Don’t despair. This is the typical onset toward publication. A huge body of very successful and even classic novels went through years of rejection and piles of denial before ever making it to press.)

Waiting on no one, I am preparing a budget for self-publication. I’ll be launching two separate crowdfunding campaigns. The first will be to raise funds for developmental edit, copy edit, and proofreading.  The second will be for design and layout, printing, and marketing. I am planning on digital editions plus a limited first edition hard copy to begin. The hard copy will most probably be Print-On-Demand to save me on warehousing.

Personal recommendations for editors with solid backgrounds and love and respect for the fantasy genre are appreciated.

I have to nail down quotes within the next few months and come to decision before I can setup the crowdfunding and launch. Once the developmental edit phase is complete, I’ll be vetting designers and getting quotes for the second crowdfunding campaign.

Meanwhile, I am also finishing up a period fantasy short story (set during the civil war and involving a grieving witch, a homicidal ghost, a confederate soldier weary of war, and the corpse of a satyr).  The working title is “Hecate’s Faun”. I’ll be submitting that first as a Kindle Short. I’m curious to see how that program works.

On a personal note, I had a root canal two days ago, and the dentist had to drill into my skull as far as up and behind my nose. I’m still recouping from that mugging, but I am otherwise enjoying relief after months of agony.  Back to the dentist again in a few weeks to hopefully resolve any complications.

Onward!

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2014 in review

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A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,000 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 33 trips to carry that many people.

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