Friday, May 25, 2018

Mid-Week Flash Challenge - Week 56

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Everyone likes a little flash fiction, right? Thanks to a prompt from Miranda Kate's 56th Mid-Week Flash challengeyou're going to get some! This is from Miranda's post:
Here is a link to the photo prompt for this week's challenge.
If you want to join in, here's what she's looking for:
General Guidelines:

Story length: Anything up to 750 Words (no minimum).
How enter: Either provide a link in the comments, or post the entire story in the comments.
Deadline: I will post a new one every Wednesday, but if you're inspired by a previous weeks, go ahead and write for it.
Genre/Theme: All/Any - completely open. It doesn't even have to refer to the picture.

Link to story:

I've written a very short horror piece this time. It's called Out of Kindness. The story is posted on my Patreon site (free access).

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Monday, May 21, 2018

The Amazing Shrinking Kindle Universe

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Write On

Kindle Scout

Amazon's platforms for authors keep shrinking

And if you haven't heard, Amazon is shutting down Kindle Worlds. In Amazon's words:

"Kindle Worlds is a publication platform where you choose a licensed World, read the Content Guidelines for that World, write your story, upload that story, create a cover, and click through a publishing agreement with Amazon Publishing. Once published, every Kindle Worlds story will be featured on, as well as on Kindle devices and apps. Follow the steps below to publish your story today!"

Except that submissions are now closed.

This is a real problem for authors who have written for Kindle Worlds. It's up to each world owner to determine how, or if, authors can keep selling their work. A few owners I've looked at have mentioned nothing.

Let me know if you've written for Kindle Worlds and if you've heard what your options are. You can read the thoughts on this subject by Kindle Worlds author Terri Deno here: The Death of Kindle Worlds.

What alternatives are you looking into for writing fan fiction? Let me know!

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Thursday, May 10, 2018

Shore Leave 40 Is Coming Soon!

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Yes, the annual Shore Leave Sci-fi convention is only a couple of months away. It sneaks up on me every year. I go to meet WRITERS and CELEBRITIES, and try to keep up with what's going on in the sci-fi world. This has been a difficult year at best, and I'm not sure how much of the convention I'll be able to attend, but I hope to spend some time there.

If you want to get an idea of what the convention is about, here's a short video! (This may not show well on mobile devices.)

Video courtesy of BCPL Online (Baltimore County Public Library)

BTW, I'll be giving away a few books from authors I know and maybe have a couple of works in the art show. The don't have a direct link for the art show yet (they aren't the best at getting information out...), but it should be coming soon. Until then, click HERE.

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Friday, May 4, 2018

Old Book, New Sales

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Sometimes a book surprises you.

Here's a link to my post on Patreon telling how.

BTW, I'll be giving away a copy of Dead Men's Tales at Shore Leave 40 this year!

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