I've been having exposure and technical issues with Blogger. I have been unable to get assistance of any kind from blogger. I set up a wordpress blog and have migrated my blog there. I'm leaving this blog up since there are several links from other sites (specifically Chuck Wendig's.) I won't be updating this blog any more and will be deleting most of the posts.
Head over to article94.wordpress.com for my new blog.
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Many of you have seen the special edition "Green" cover of Champion Standing. That's not the official cover though. That cover was for promotional purposes. It will be available as a super-limited edition. The rest of the world will get the "Red" cover:
Friday, February 7, 2014
"You gonna' move, or what?"
"I'm just resting, chill the fuck out!"
"Yeah, well, do you wanna end up like Sam?"
Ashlee's eyes snapped open. "Don't you fuckin' say her name!" she screamed, before clamping her jaw shut. "You hear me, cue ball?"
"Yeah, I got your attention now?"
Rising to her feet, Ashlee whispered, "Asshole."
The hairs on the back of her neck stood on end. Before the collapse, she was always aware of her surroundings. Bigots were everywhere. That feeling had saved her from more than one 'unfortunate situation.' It wasn't that she felt fear, quite the opposite, she could hold her own. It was the stigma and the constant discrimination.
"Yeah, well. Shit! Look out, out, out!"
She rolled on the boulder and came face to face with one of The Afflicted. He simply stared at her.
There's no time for this... She thought. The KA-BAR seemed to materialize at the thing's throat. She pressed her lips together tightly as his neck erupted in a spray of blood as the knife traversed his throat. She wiped her face off on her shoulder and flicked the blade to rid some of the viscera clinging to the blade.
"Holy shit! You're a stone cold bitch!"
"Can it, Quentin. I am so over this mission." She flicked her KA-BAR once again before sheathing it. "How's my exit?"
"You're golden all the way to zone Alpha-One."
Alpha-One was the area directly north of the boundary between Human and Afflicted territory. She should be able to bribe her way across. She would pay her way in sugar, gold or blood - whichever was easiest.
Tuesday, February 4, 2014
I've started the second revision of Champion Standing. Unfortunately, of the eight beta readers I sent this out to, only one responded within the time period I asked for. The good news is she has many wonderful ideas and after I integrate them, the novel will be better. I only have a two week window to get it done so I can submit it to the 2014 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. Escape has actually been done since last summer, I'm just agonizing over the edits. The Afflicted is about a third of the way done. These three titles will be my focus this summer when I start writing again.
I wrote the Body Rentals prologues years before Body Rentals. My writing has improved tremendously since then. I feel these stories do not accurately reflect my writing skill or style. Characters introduced in all three prologues appear in Body Rentals and the sequel, so I'm not inclined to completely throw them under the bus, but I can't have them souring potential readers from my better works. So, here's what I've decided: When I start my 2014 summer writing session, I'm going to log into my KDP dashboard and see when the contact expires on these titles. I'll have them all unpublished by the end of summer. They have ninety day contracts, so it may take through the summer for them to fulfill contractual obligations. I'll do some editing and package them all up with an early promo chapter for the Body Rentals sequel and other promotional art and notes from me. I'll make it free whenever I get it finished. If you do decide to purchase these titles between now and the end of summer, I appreciate your support.
Friday, January 31, 2014
I'm a little bit heavy on this one, because I wanted the story to be perfect. Chuck is celebrating his latest store item and the flash fiction challenge reflects it. My fictional cocktail for this challenge is Warrior's Blood. It is derived from rice wine, rare herbs grown near the South China Sea and the blood of a freshly slain jungle animal. Which animal? You'll have to read to find out. At 2,147 words, enjoy Warrior's Blood:
The astral landscape preceding the Hainan dawn found a young Warrior beginning his day with the usual regiment of calisthenics.
As he had days previous, Liao made his way to the square where meals were prepared. He selected his course and took his place with the already seated Shui. The older man stood as Liao approached.
“Liao - you’re overdressed. Finish your meal. Much has to be accomplished today.” Before Liao could answer, Shui turned and walked off.
Over his shoulder, Shui called out, “Eat. You’re going to need the energy." And he was gone.
Liao followed and found clothing and equipment laid out for him. Beside the clothing was an assortment of knives and a survival belt. They were going on a hunt and Liao’s pulse raced at the prospect.
They headed into the densest part of the forest surrounding the village, away from the Great China Sea. Base camp was a three hour trek into the woods, giving them time to find their camp, engage in the hunt, kill, clean, cook and eat any quarry they could find.
Shui’s familiarity with the area kept them from getting hopelessly lost. The path was overgrown with a dense growth that resisted blades used to cut the path through the surrounding jungle. Infrequent breaks in the dense overgrowth revealed towering hardwood trees, the tops of which would have been difficult to see even if the branches and foliage were less dense.