• to 365 stories and beyond
    Writing

    To 365 Stories and Beyond

    Okay, I stole my title straight from Toy Story. Don’t even care. Right now I’m working on a science fiction novel. I’m roughly 10k words in it and my goal is 40 to 50k words depending. However, I’ve also challenged myself with another goal (I’m way too ambitious for my own good). I want to come up with 365 short story ideas and try to write one or two a week. Maybe even more if I’m on a roll. Of course, writing 365 stories is many stories and I don’t plan to complete that many for quite a while. The strategy is two-fold: 1. I want to have a deep well of…

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    Writing

    Fooled by Mr. Keating: Embracing Plot Structure

    Previously, I wrote about how I defied rules and structure in my writing in Fooled by Mr. Keating. Some might call this style “post-modern” writing and I certainly had my head entrenched in that school of thought. It was not to my benefit. I think it makes sense to dig a little deeper. Let’s talk about plot structure in fiction writing. Before we get into it, I want to make clear no potential genre novelist wants to be a post-modern writer. Why not?

  • Horror

    True Stories on Friday the 13th

    Superstition and Friday the 13th is synonymous with each other. People try to stave it off. Sometimes you have to knock on wood or throw salt over your shoulder. Somewhere along the way, Friday the 13th kept getting passed down from generation to generation as a bad, unlucky day. Many point to Christ, the 13 disciples, and Good Friday as the beginning, or the Knights Templar and their horrific torture, but the most likely explanation point to William Fowler. The movie Friday the 13th, of course, probably helped reinvigorate interest for today’s modern sensibilities. I remember growing up always hearing from classmates about how “tomorrow was Friday the 13th. Better watch out! Something bad might happen.” I…

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    Deals,  Fiction,  Horror

    Cyber Monday

    If you’d like another chance to get my short horror story collection Pocket Wilderness & Other Horrors on Amazon for FREE, well, you’re in luck. On Cyber Monday, I’ll be running another sale and it will be FREE again for you to download to your Kindle.   Click Here for the Amazon Page Two brothers hike the Appalachian woods, stalked by men with brutal intentions. A man wakes up in a car trunk with temporary memory loss. A loner sees a monster in the theater seats. A Claims Analyst discovers he isn’t alone in his hotel room. A collection of four horror stories, Pocket Wilderness & Other Horrors tells the tale…

  • Free Short Stories

    Short Story – Water

    Preface What’s Thanksgiving without a little reading material to pass the time while you’re patiently waiting for food? I can’t think of a Thanksgiving where I haven’t sat down for a little bit and read something on the couch with the wonderful smell of turkey, mashed potatoes, and pumpkin pie filling up the house. This story came to me fairly recently and it is loosely based on true events. I will warn it is in many ways a horror, and it’s also rather disgusting. So, if you are faint of heart or have a weak stomach, perhaps consider reading this another day. If you would rather read this in PDF…