Tuesday, December 31, 2013

The End Is Near!



Update: See the best of 2013 by various writers HERE!



The end of the 2013, that is.

And since the year is rapidly coming to an end, I thought I'd give a chance for others to spread the word about their writing. If you have a favorite blog post, or link to something special you've written that's on the web (or even published), pass it on in a comment and I'll put a link out here for it. This way, all my readers (or those just passing by) will have some interesting reading material to wart off the new year. There's no time limit on this, so if you don't get to it right away, send a comment when you can!

I have to admit, I've stolen this idea from Rum Punch Drunk's blog, so you should visit there, too.



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Have a Happy New Year, and I look forward to any posts you want to share!

P.S. I stole this image from Bethanne Strasser's website until I can get one of my own... hmmm.... I've stolen the idea for the post and the image... I should make a resolution to be more honest next year!


© 2012-2013 K. R. Smith All rights reserved

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas!




Image "Merry Christmas Word" courtesy of jannoon028 at www.freedigitalphotos.net


No news or story - just Merry Christmas!



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© 2012-2013 K. R. Smith All rights reserved

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

FSF Challenge - Silver



Lillie McFerrin Writes
This week's writing challenge from
Five Sentence Fiction
Lillie McFerrin Writes ) is based upon the prompt:

 Silver

What it’s all about: Five Sentence Fiction is about packing a powerful punch in a tiny fist. Each week Lillie posts one word for inspiration, then anyone wishing to participate will write a five sentence story based on the prompt word.




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The horror anthology,
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Available on Amazon for Kindle or in paperback.


One for the holidays... 




Jingle Bells



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     "I know you miss her, but I'm sure that wherever she is, she's alright," he said, putting his arm around wife as they sat in front of the packages they feared would never be opened. "You shouldn't do this to yourself every year."
     "But what else can I do when I have no idea if she's alone or hurt—or worse."
     "She's very strong, you know," he said, as much to reassure himself as anyone.
     In silence, they nestled together, holding on to each other and what was left of their lives, when the small, silver bells hung over the kitchen door jingled ever so slightly, and a tiny, unsteady voice asked, "Mom?" 



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© 2012-2013 K. R. Smith All rights reserved

Sunday, December 22, 2013

This Week's Free Photo - Sunrise Over The Ocean



A little change of pace this time around. Instead of snow, think summer. Summer along the ocean, to be exact. These are from a few years ago, but I thought it might be nice to see some pictures that would warm people up instead of making them shiver that much more during the shortest days of the year.

I happened to be up and about on a morning when the air was fairly clear over the Atlantic and the sun was visible as it popped up over the horizon. Quite often, there is a layer of clouds that prevent you from seeing this. Also, the ocean was very calm that morning.


Image "OC SUNRISE 2006_1.JPG" ©2013 K. R. Smith - www.theworldofkrsmith.com - may be used with attribution


By the way, that little fin out there is a dolphin (Atlantic bottlenose dolphin, T. truncatus), not a shark... they're quite common along here. So are sharks, but they don't seem to cause any problems.


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You can click on the picture to see a larger version. And if you do use it, the red text below can be used for attribution. I also have a larger version (2160 x 1440) should you wish to use this for a project.

Stop back again! I'll have another photo for you next week!



Top image "OC SUNRISE 2006_1.JPG" ©2013 K. R. Smith - www.theworldofkrsmith.com - may be used with attribution.

Bottom image "OC SUNRISE 2006_2.JPG" ©2013 K. R. Smith - www.theworldofkrsmith.com - may be used with attribution.


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© 2012-2013 K. R. Smith All rights reserved

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Is Twitter Useful?



I saw a tweet from Bethanne Strasser yesterday asking about the usefulness of Twitter, especially from an author's point of view.


I sometimes have the same question. I do get some good info from other's tweets, but it's hard to find it among the garbage that comes in, especially when some of those you follow seem to retweet everything that comes their way. Just a hint: it's not always interesting to everyone else.

What I've found is that I don't look at the main Twitter feed, but review tweets from various sources, like Duotrope and Horror Tree, and those from a handful of followers, and ignore much of the rest. I don't have time to read every tweet sent my way. I often wonder if others do the same. And seldom do I get useful feedback from more than a handful of followers.

So....

I've put a little poll on my site that will be up until the end of the year. It's not a scientific poll; I'm just curious. If you have an opinion and would like to cast a vote, please do so. You can always leave a comment, too!

Thanks in advance!

Note: The poll is now closed. If you would like, you may still leave a comment on the subject!


© 2012-2013 K. R. Smith All rights reserved

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Zombies And Steampunk - A Natural For Haiku



I have two new submissions - just for fun...

Both are to Dreamscape Press, a small publisher (as if I submit to any other type), and both are haiku. The subject matter? Zombies and steampunk. "That seems like a natural match," he said while rolling his eyes.

Anyway, they are on their way to the editor for consideration.

That's all for now - except that you may want to check out the book below. Just a thought...


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The horror anthology,
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Available on Amazon for Kindle or in paperback.


© 2012-2013 K. R. Smith All rights reserved

Saturday, December 14, 2013

FSF Challenge - Alone



Lillie McFerrin Writes
This week's writing challenge from
Five Sentence Fiction
Lillie McFerrin Writes ) is based upon the prompt:

 Alone

What it’s all about: Five Sentence Fiction is about packing a powerful punch in a tiny fist. Each week Lillie posts one word for inspiration, then anyone wishing to participate will write a five sentence story based on the prompt word.



Shameless
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The horror anthology,
includes my poem, The Ballad of Drunken Jack.
Available on Amazon for Kindle or in paperback.


A resourceful mind can adapt and survive... 




A Crowd Of One



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     Billy was rather depressed about his new home in the country as there weren't any other children his own age within miles and he desperately wanted a playmate. He decided to walk to the pond, if for no other reason than to kill time until lunch, and as he did, he began to talk to himself, having a discussion with no one in particular about his plight. He eventually took the other side of the argument to keep the conversation going, enumerating all of the interesting places there were to explore, and to provide a little variety assigned his second voice to an imaginary friend he hadn't conjured up in years. Not much farther along, another voice joined in, and then another, all walking in lockstep through the autumn leaves. Before getting halfway to his destination, he was strutting and high-stepping, leading his own little parade down the trail, the trees standing tall on each side to applaud. 



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© 2012-2013 K. R. Smith All rights reserved

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Give A Christmas Present To A Library



...and make an author happy in the process!

One of the writers I follow, Lisa Shambrook, is part of a forty author effort to help the Mount Rose Elementary School Library in Reno, Nevada through sales of a Christmas / holiday season anthology. It's called Tales By The Tree, and it's quite a diverse selection of stories (75 in all), with everything from angels to zombies! There's something in it for all ages and interests.



Image of Lisa with a copy of Tales By The Tree
Lisa with a copy of Tales By The Tree


It's available through Amazon for the Kindle or in paperback—just in time for Christmas! Here are links to the Amazon site:

Tales by The Tree amazon.co.uk

Tales by The Tree amazon.com 

From the Amazon page:

Gather Around The Tree With a Collection of 75 Tales From 40+ Authors

Welcome to Tales by the Tree, a collection of holiday stories brought to you by a group of authors whose imagination knows no bounds. No matter how you enjoy your holidays, our collection features something for everyone. Included are Traditional Tales, Family Friendly, Holiday Humor, and Noel Nightmares.

Grab a cup of cocoa and settle in for a long winter's night with Tales by The Tree, an amazing way to discover new talented authors, many of whom are published and can be found on Amazon.

All royalties benefit the Mount Rose Elementary School library in Reno, Nevada.

Take a look at it and let your friends know about it (it would make a nice gift).

And, yes, I have a copy!


My Kindle with Tales By The Tree in the "Authors I Follow" collection


When I opened it I got a surprise as two other writers I follow, Jeffrey Hollar and Lizzie Koch, have stories in it, too!


© 2012-2013 K. R. Smith All rights reserved

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

This Week's Free Photo - Snowy Pines



My last photo, Canadas, was supposed to warm you up a little. This week's photo (yes, I know it's a little early) is going to cool you down a bit. A snow storm blew through yesterday, so I have a number of snowy pictures that I'll be posting over the next few weeks. So get used to seeing that white stuff...

This image is a little larger than most I post out here, but I thought it needed the detail. It'll also take a while longer to download. It could be used as a book cover or other background, and is free to use as long as attribution is given (see notes on this below). This is a stand of white pines (pinus strobus) in Gunpowder State Park, Maryland, USA. If you're in England, you'll know these as Weymouth pines.


Image "PINES_WITH_SNOW.JPG" ©2013 K. R. Smith - www.theworldofkrsmith.com - may be used with attribution
Pines with snow


You can click on the picture to see a larger version. And if you do use it, the red text below can be used for attribution.

Stop back again! I'll have another photo for you next week!



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The horror anthology,
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Available on Amazon for Kindle or in paperback.

© 2012-2013 K. R. Smith All rights reserved

Saturday, December 7, 2013

This Week's Free Photo - Canadas



It's getting cold around the area and some ice and snow storms are on the way, so I thought I'd try to bring a little summer back with my blog, maybe warm things up a bit.


Image "CANADAS.JPG" ©2013 K. R. Smith - www.theworldofkrsmith.com - may be used with attribution


Just a couple of Canadian geese swimming on a pond, looking for something to eat on a lazy summer day...

Update: I found another picture I thought I'd throw out here, too...


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He's just doing a goosestep down the road...

Feel free to use the images, or any part thereof, as is or modified, so long as attribution is given. You can use the text below for that:



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The horror anthology,
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Available on Amazon for Kindle or in paperback.

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Thursday, December 5, 2013

FSF Challenge - Highway



Lillie McFerrin Writes
This week's writing challenge from
Five Sentence Fiction
Lillie McFerrin Writes ) is based upon the prompt:

 Highway


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The horror anthology,
includes my poem, The Ballad of Drunken Jack.
Available on Amazon for Kindle or in paperback.


The adventures of Ralph and Wanda, my favorite couple...




Ms. Direction


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     "Gosh, Ralph, isn't it just so great that they've finally opened the new highway interchange?" Wanda asked as they made their way up the entrance ramp, her voice bubbling over with enthusiasm. "We can go anywhere in the state without dealing with a million stop signs, traffic lights, or speed bumps on some winding side road."
     "I suppose," Ralph replied, tapping his fingers impatiently on the steering wheel as traffic slowed.
     "Well—where would you like to go first?"
     "Home." 



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© 2012-2013 K. R. Smith All rights reserved

Submissions Update - December 5, 2013



This is just another brief update on my submissions...


Image "Feathered Quill And Ink Pot" courtesy of Simon Howden at www.freedigitalphotos.net


The Fisherman and His Wife: (Short story - humor/fairy tale) Accepted a long time ago, but I'm still waiting for something back from Fringeworks about a more concrete schedule. Is anybody home?

Skarett's Treasure: (Short story - humor/horror/pirates) Also accepted a long time ago by Fringeworks (for the KnightWatch Press imprint). Mellissa Black, the latest editor, tweeted back to me that the stories for this anthology were being edited, but it feels like Dead Men's Tales project has dropped off the face of the Earth. I hope to hear something soon, but I'm not counting on it...

Dance (Short story - fae/horror) was rejected by World Weaver Press / Rhonda Parrish. At least they were quick about it. I may rework the story and try elsewhere, but not right away.

A Matter of Personal Taste (Short story - horror) was submitted to Penumbra - actually a re-submission of a slightly reworked version of what was posted on The Were-Traveler. This is a long shot, but why not try?

I'm working on another entry for The Were-Traveler (Lovecraft/Poe issue) with a January 15, 2014 deadline.



Image "Feathered Quill And Ink Pot" by Simon Howden / FreeDigitalPhotos.net


© 2012-2013 K. R. Smith All rights reserved

Saturday, November 30, 2013

FSF Challenge - Human



Lillie McFerrin Writes
This week's writing challenge from
Five Sentence Fiction
Lillie McFerrin Writes ) is based upon the prompt:

 Human


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The horror anthology,
includes my poem, The Ballad of Drunken Jack.
Available on Amazon for Kindle or in paperback.


Putting some real-life experiences to work here on FSF... 




A Sign Of The Times



Image "Homeless Man" courtesy of Mantas Ruzveltas at www.freedigitalphotos.net


     One after another, they passed by, briefcase in hand, on their way to work in the Emerald City of corporate and government offices that covered blocks of the city center, never giving so much as a glance to what surrounded them along their journey. Bernie knew those people, if not personally, at least in spirit , for he was once one of them, on his way up the ladder to bigger and better things. He held a sign that said, "Please help," but was about toss it in the trash for all the good it did when one man, seemingly no different than a hundred others who had passed, stopped in front of him. Their eyes met as he pulled a couple of dollar bills from his pocket and put them in his cup. There were no words spoken between them, and none were needed, for they both understood so much more than they wanted to know. 



Image "Homeless Man" courtesy of Mantas Ruzveltas FreeDigitalPhotos.net


© 2012-2013 K. R. Smith All rights reserved

Friday, November 29, 2013

New Short Story Submission - Dance





I have just submitted a new horror short story for consideration in an anthology to be published by World Weaver Press. The anthologist, Rhonda Parrish, has published before, so we'll see how this goes. They had a deadline of 11/30/2013, so I submitted just in the nick of time.

It's another fairy story, but unlike my story The Fisherman and His Wife that I hope will SOMEDAY be published by Fringeworks, this is a bit darker. It's not that I have a thing for fairy stories, it just happened to work out that way...

Until I hear further on my submissions, there are always these to read!

A Tinker's Damn  ( sort of dieselpunk flash fiction  )

Going Home  ( Werewolf  )

A Matter of Personal Taste  ( Mummy  ) 

Please stop by and give them (and the other stories) a read!


 
The horror anthology,
includes my poem, The Ballad of Drunken Jack.
Available on Amazon for Kindle or in paperback.

© 2012-2013 K. R. Smith All rights reserved

Monday, November 25, 2013

Bethanne Strasser's New Book



My blogger buddy, author Bethanne Strasser, has a new romance book out. It's called Letters From Home.




The book was already selling well even before it was released, and we're all hoping it keeps up the momentum! It's a Christmas story, and Christmas is coming (I haven't checked to see if the goose is getting fat), so it might make a nice gift for someone who likes romance stories.

It's available for Kindle from Amazon by clicking on the title here: Letters From Home. It's only $1.99 (US), so if you have 2 bucks, you can buy it and still have enough left over to put a penny in an old man's hat.

And, yes, I have a copy!





© 2012-2013 K. R. Smith All rights reserved

Sunday, November 24, 2013

This Week's Free Photo - Big Gunpowder River



I promised a while back to put up a few pictures from the the Big Gunpowder River area, and so I shall. Right now, in fact. Not only one, but three of them!

This first shot is just to give an idea of what the river looks like for those who may have never seen the river. This would include most of the population of your irrelevant little planet. Did I say too much? Just ignore that last remark...


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This area used to be populated with a number of small farms before about 1900, and there are quite a few old foundations and walls throughout the valley. The following photo is from an old foundation I pass by on one of the trails. It might make a nice texture image or background. The stones are weathered and quite covered with greenish-gray lichen and moss.


Image "ROCK_WALL_9298.JPG" ©2013 K. R. Smith - www.theworldofkrsmith.com - may be used with attribution


And I can't possibly pass up the chance to post a picture of some fungi. As a horror writer, anything that feeds off of the dead is fair game. Instead of tree mushrooms, perhaps they should be called tree ghouls. In addition, they can be quite interesting with the various colors and patterns they display.


Image "TREE_MUSHROOM_9298.JPG" ©2013 K. R. Smith - www.theworldofkrsmith.com - may be used with attribution


No, I don't know which mushrooms are safe to eat, but I've heard they're often found in small cans or shrink-wrapped packages. I haven't run into any of those yet during my hikes.

Feel free to use the images, or any part thereof, as is or modified, so long as attribution is given. You can use the text below for that (in order as they are displayed):



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Image "ROCK_WALL_9298.JPG" ©2013 K. R. Smith - www.theworldofkrsmith.com - may be used with attribution

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Friday, November 22, 2013

I Gotsta Get Paid (My First Paycheck As An Author)



I know a lot of beginning writers are out there sending their work off to some e-mail address to people they've never seen hoping their work will be published. And if any compensation was promised, hoping they'll actually get paid.

Well, Burial Day Books kept their word, so I thought I'd let any aspiring authors out there know. They published my poem, The Ballad of Drunken Jack, in their anthology Gothic Blue Book III. It's just as important to mention the publishers who help us out as it is to promote our work.



I'm supposed to be smiling in that picture, but it looks more like I'm constipated. I really am smiling. Hey, I'm a writer, not an actor...


The books are part of the payment, too.



The horror anthology,
Gothic Blue Book III - Graveyard Edition by Burial Day Books,
includes my poem, The Ballad of Drunken Jack.
Available on Amazon for Kindle or in paperback.



© 2012-2013 K. R. Smith All rights reserved

Thursday, November 21, 2013

FSF Challenge - Pieces



Lillie McFerrin Writes
This week's writing challenge from
Five Sentence Fiction
( Lillie McFerrin Writes ) is based upon the prompt:

 Pieces



The horror anthology,
Gothic Blue Book III - Graveyard Edition by Burial Day Books,
includes my poem, The Ballad of Drunken Jack.
Available on Amazon for Kindle or in paperback.



This one's dark and short. I've been trying to cut the length on some of my stories. I've always been envious of those who can do these challenges in just a few words.




Special Delivery


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     The flash lasted but for a split-second, the sound barely longer. Now only smoke lingered as a reminder of their brief existence. Those still standing wandered about in shocked silence. The unfortunate ones, their lives as shattered as the glass that shredded their bodies, were scattered among the debris. It was a message, but no one understood its meaning or knew the intended recipient.


© 2012-2013 K. R. Smith All rights reserved

Sunday, November 17, 2013

This Week's Free Photo - Dragons!



Every now and then, a writer needs to get away from the computer (or pad and pencil) and get out into the real world. It refreshes the mind and provides a bit more exercise than sitting at a desk. So, off into the nearby woodlands of the Big Gunpowder River I went, hiking up the hills and breathing in the crisp autumn air. But wouldn't you know it, there must have been some fantasy writers nearby because I was overrun by dragons. Huge, man-eating, fire-breathing dragons! And here I was without my sword. My mother always warned me about that.

Okay, perhaps they weren't quite so fearsome as I've made them sound, but they were, nonetheless, very interesting. I think the first one is an Eastern Red-backed Salamander even though it doesn't have a lot of red on the back. I thought it might be a Northern Dusky, but it didn't have the ridged tail, so I'll stick with the Eastern Red-backed variety. But don't quote me on that—I'm not an expert. I don't even play one on TV.


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I think this next one is a Northern Slimy salamander. No offense, little fellow. I wasn't the one that named you.

Image "Northern_Slimy.jpg" ©2013 K. R. Smith - www.theworldofkrsmith.com - may be used with attribution


There were a few other photos I took along my way that will eventually make there way here as a weekly photo. Some might even be useful as backgrounds or book covers. But if you plan to take any hikes along the Gunpowder, don't forget your sword! There are dragons out there!

Feel free to use the images, or any part thereof, as is or modified, so long as attribution is given. You can use the text below for that:



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© 2012-2013 K. R. Smith All rights reserved

Thursday, November 14, 2013

FSF Challenge - Letters



Lillie McFerrin Writes
This week's writing challenge from
Five Sentence Fiction
Lillie McFerrin Writes ) is based upon the prompt:

 Letters



Available on Amazon for Kindle or in paperback.



Veterans' Day was just a few days ago, and I wanted to write something for this, but couldn't come up with anything meaningful. Then Lillie's serendipitous prompt provided the way. It's not exactly fiction; it is based upon the events of my father's life.




Man of Letters


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     He never quite completed his education in the normal way; indeed, he was graduated early from high school so that he could begin basic training. It was his first time away from the small mountain town where he was born, the Army sending him first to Georgia and then to California, and once deemed ready to fight, directly into the Ardennes offensive—what most would come to know as the Battle of the Bulge. There was little chance for direct communications with those back home, but there was the mail, irregular and unreliable as it was from the battlefields of Europe. As the dark shroud of war covered the world, those brief notes were the only tangible evidence he still existed to friends and family. Despite his poor spelling, and having never attended a single day of college, he became a man of letters. 


© 2012-2013 K. R. Smith All rights reserved

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

News: Gothic Blue Book III and Burial Day Books



I have a little bit of news on Gothic Blue Book III and Burial Day Books. These are from Twitter:


It will be interesting to see where they end up. My poem in a real bookstore...maybe. Hard to imagine.


The Daily Dead. Not exactly The New Yorker, but I'll take it! You haven't lived until you're in the Daily Dead. To find the part about Gothic Blue Book III you have to scroll down a ways, but it's there.


And finally, the Horror Society. They were good enough to list the authors, including me!


© 2012-2013 K. R. Smith All rights reserved

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Gothic Blue Book III Available In Paperback Edition



Gothic Blue Book III from Burial Day Books is now available from Amazon (Paperback edition)!

Now I can see my poem, The Ballad of Drunken Jack, in print! 







It's a little less than the planned price at $6.65.


© 2012-2013 K. R. Smith All rights reserved

Saturday, November 9, 2013

This Week's Free Photo - The Fungus Among Us



I may be a little early with this week's image, but that's alright since I won't have to worry about it later. This is another photo taken along the Little Gunpowder a while back. I liked the blue and green bands in the fungus that was covering the side of a fallen tree. This might make an interesting background image for a project. Size 1200 x 800.


Image "BLUE-GREEN_FUNGI.jpg" ©2013 K. R. Smith - www.theworldofkrsmith.com - may be used with attribution


Feel free to use the image, or any part thereof, as is or modified, so long as attribution is given. You can use the text below for that:



Image "BLUE-GREEN_FUNGI.jpg" ©2013 K. R. Smith - www.theworldofkrsmith.com


© 2012-2013 K. R. Smith All rights reserved

Friday, November 8, 2013

FSF Challenge - Dancing



Lillie McFerrin Writes
This week's writing challenge from
Five Sentence Fiction
( Lillie McFerrin Writes ) is based upon the prompt:

 Dancing



First of all, just a subtle hint. You really need to buy this book. It's titled Gothic Blue Book III by Burial Day Books. It's available on Amazon.


It has a poem in it that I wrote (along with other stuff, I'm sure) called The Ballad of Drunken Jack. It's about a ne'er-do-well who fails to understand the proper way to treat a young lady. She, however, gets the point across in the end.



This week's entry, which is a bit on the romantic side, is dedicated to Bethanne Strasser, my romance novelist blogger-buddy who has a new book coming out soon, and to Mary, the red-haired girl I knew so many years ago.




Dance Hall


     Sandra stood silently by the door with the other girls who were talking about the boys that had asked them out. She tried not to let the hurt show through her feigned indifference; she was the girl who was never asked, never had any stories to tell, and always felt awkward with her blaze of hair, blotchy face, and crooked teeth. Mark paced along the other side of the hall, fidgeting with his backpack while watching a girl that seemed so beautifully different; she had soft, coppery curls that flowed so naturally around a face flecked with orange, and a slightly twisted tooth that made her lip stick out just enough to be cute. He waited until most of the others had started back to class before walking over and saying, "I—I was wondering if you'd like to go to the prom." Though the event was still some weeks away, with the reply of an imperfect smile, their hearts were already dancing.


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Saturday, November 2, 2013

This Week's Free Photo - Sunset



This is a photo taken with an old Kodak digital camera some years back of the clouds at sunset. It was taken in eastern Baltimore County, Maryland, USA. It's not a super-high resolution image - only 800 x 600.


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Thursday, October 31, 2013

FSF Challenge - Erased



Lillie McFerrin Writes
This week's writing challenge from
Five Sentence Fiction
Lillie McFerrin Writes ) is based upon the prompt:

 Erased




A dark story, perhaps appropriate for the times...





Manual Deletion


Image from http://lilliemcferrin.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/face5-2.jpg



     To most, he was just another face in the crowd until he disappeared one night. After that, his name was spoken everywhere, but only in the hushed tones of frightened people who were now his followers, followers of a man most had never seen and never would. There was no explanation coming from the government, and none brave enough to ask, but those in power were unwilling to risk that someone might. They ordered the electronic commands issued that would traverse every network, invade every system, remove any connection to those who knew him, and delete every record of his existence. Slowly, the man who was just another face in the crowd became the man without a face at all.



This comment came in via Twitter - not sure why the comments weren't working at the time, so I'll post it here:




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Monday, October 28, 2013

Gothic Blue Book III Available



Gothic Blue Book III from Burial Day Books is now available from Amazon (Kindle edition)! 


Image from Amazon.com
Gothic Blue Book III,
Edited by Cynthia Pelayo

I'm rather excited about this since it contains my poem, The Ballad of Drunken Jack!



Authors and their works in this issue:

Meg Belviso              MUST LOVE CHILDREN AND CATS 
Die Booth                THE GHOST BRIDE 
Melissa J. Davies        EZABELL FROWNED

Lance Davis              THE VIEWING 
Nicole DeGennaro         THE KEEPER 
Mathias Jansson          DEAR MADAME INSANE

K. Trap Jones            THE BASEMENT 
Michael Kellar           THAT WHICH REMAINS 
Edward J. McFadden III   SINS OF OUR MOTHER

Jessica McHugh           AUNTIE GRAVE 
Georgina Morales         A DIARY OF MADNESS 
Cortney Philip           DIARY OF A DOOR MOUSE

Jennifer A. Smith        AND ALL THE TRIMMINGS 
K. R. Smith              THE BALLAD OF DRUNKEN JACK 
Peter Adam Salomon       THE QUESTIONER’S APPRENTICE

Jay Wilburn              REST 



I guess I'm going to have to set up an Amazon author's page now! The Kindle edition is only $0.99. The printed book will be about $7.00, and should be out soon.


© 2012-2013 K. R. Smith All rights reserved

Friday, October 25, 2013

FSF Challenge - Determination



Lillie McFerrin Writes
This week's writing challenge from
Five Sentence Fiction
( Lillie McFerrin Writes ) is based upon the prompt:

 Determination




This is Part II of a Five Sentence Fiction story I wrote some time ago called Wardrobe Malfunction. It was based on a dieselpunk/steampunk story from another FSF writer, Rogue Tinker. And by continuing the story, I get to use the word dieselpunk again which, for some reason, always excites me.

When we last left our heroine, she was trapped on the side of an enormous analog computational engine that controlled the city's entire infrastructure, with part of her goggles jamming the works...

Yes, I know that's happened to all of us at one time or another, so I'll try to come up with something more original in the future.




Escape

(or Wardrobe Malfunction, Part II)


Image from Lillie McFerrin's FSF website - http://lilliemcferrin.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/DGBHop.jpg


     Her muscles were beginning to quiver, exhausted from clinging to the side of the enormous mechanical beast that governed the city's workings, but she was determined not to have her life end splattered on the ground below—or worse—pureed among the pinions. Unable to move the top of her body because of the goggle strap jamming the mechanism, Ysabelle slowly raised her foot closer to where her right hand had a tenuous grip on the oily metal. With her foot finally resting on the metal bar beside her fingers, she pulled a small knife from her boot before wedging her leg into the framework for support, and then delicately sliced the leather to free herself. Once again able to maneuver, she used the blade to extricate the strap end out of the cogs, and the myriad of gears resumed their rotation, as did, unfortunately, the entire section of clockwork on which she was perched. Although Ysabelle was hiding the fact that she was a young woman from those who thought her occupation to be the soul domain of men, few in the crowd that had gathered to observe the spectacle would have suspected even if they had been within earshot, for the next words she uttered were most assuredly unladylike.



Image courtesy of Lillie McFerrin's FSF website / Lillie McFerrin Writes


© 2012-2013 K. R. Smith All rights reserved

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

This Week's Free Photo - Bumble Bee On Sedum



I took this a couple of years ago on flowers I'd planted around the house using a Canon SD850 on macro setting.


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Bumble bee on sedum


Feel free to use the picture as long as attribution is given. You can use the text below for that:



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Thursday, October 17, 2013

FSF Challenge - Malice



Lillie McFerrin Writes
This week's writing challenge from
Five Sentence Fiction
Lillie McFerrin Writes ) is based upon the prompt:

 Malice



I had to have a little fun with this one....




Communications Breakdown


Image "Girl Crying In Mothers Arm" courtesy of David Castillo Dominici at www.freedigitalphotos.net


     "To help everyone understand all of the new words we've learned, we're going to play a little game," the teacher said, "where everyone gets to tell me something about those words. We'll start by describing something you might experience from malice."
     The teacher called on each young student as she went around the room, all of them describing in great detail some dark scenario, until she noticed a girl in the back nearly in tears. When questioned, she asked, "Why does everyone hate me?"
     The confused teacher put her arm around the child and said, "We don't hate you, Alice!"




Image "Girl Crying In Mothers Arm" courtesy of David Castillo Dominici / FreeDigitalPhotos.net


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