Wednesday, December 5, 2012

After the storm

Rainy day walk

Surely you need a new Kindle?

'Books on Fire' Contest To Give Away Kindle Fire HD Loaded with Books

The Books on Fire contest, which runs through the end of December, is giving away a new Kindle Fire HD loaded with 13 books of science fiction, fantasy, and historical fiction (including mine!).

Sponsored by authors Judson Roberts, Ruth Nestvold, Luc Reid, William Hertling, Annie Bellet, and me, Books on Fire can be found on the Web at . In addition to the first prize winner of the Kindle Fire, ten second prize winners will win three eBooks of their choice from the list on the contest Web page. To enter, participants simply announce their three top book choices from the book list through any of these methods:

eBooks included in the prize pool include:

  • William Hertling's artificial intelligence thrillers Avogadro Corp. and AI Apocalypse
  • Del Law's merged worlds fantasy novel Beasts of the Walking City
  • Annie Bellet's crime novel set in the fantasy city of Pyrrh, Avarice, and her story collection Till Human Voices Wake Us
  • Luc Reid's novel of Vermont backwoods magic Family Skulls and his collection of flash fiction Bam! 172 Hellaciously Quick Stories
  • Ruth Nestvold's romantic Authurian novels Yseult and Shadow of Stone, as well as her collection The Future Imperfect: Six Dystopian Short Stories
  • Judson Robert's deeply-researched, adventurous Viking novels Viking Warrior, Dragons from the Sea, and The Road to Vengeance

See the contest Web site at for full details.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Several links for new blog readers

Hey, thanks for swinging by the blog!  If you're new here, I thought I'd post a few links to get you oriented.

First, if you're coming over from Glimmer Train Magazine, you might be interested in a story of mine that was first published by them back, I think, in 1997, called "After Kimberly."  It's available as a download on Amazon for $.99.  (Though if you're really interested and broke, just drop me a note and I'll send it to you for free.  Hey, I've been there.)

Second, I've edited the Blue Penny Quarterly, a free online literary magazine for many years:  our latest issue (optimized for iPad, but readable on most devices that read PDF files, which is most devices) is available here.  Some great stories from some awesome writers that I recommend you check out.  (Did I mention it was free?)  And, hey, we're open now for submissions.

Third, I wrote a fantasy novel I'd been dying to write for many years, and have published it through Amazon's Kindle Publishing program.  I know, some of you are thinking "how good can a self-published book be," but I'd suggest getting past that.  As much as I love real books and real bookstores (here's proof), Amazon is offering a lot of opportunities for writers these days, and if you're a writer yourself you might want to investigate the possibilities here further.  (See this post for some of my own thinking on this.)

Lastly, you can still get copies of my first short story collection, "A Patrimony of Fishes," only in print, either from or directly from Red Hen Press (who is great to work with, by the way, and really worth your support too).

And, of course, there are a lot of pictures here too.  I'm a dad and hold down a full time job in Silicon Valley that has a lot of travel to it, so often an iPhone picture on the blog is all I have time for.  But I do live up in the mountains where "The Mushroom Hunter" is set, so if you want to get a sense of things before that story comes out, feel free to just click around.

Thanks for visiting--I'm easy to get in touch with via the email address on this blog if you want to discuss anything here.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Thank you, Glimmer Train!

Many thanks to Glimmer Train Stories, for picking my story, The Mushroom Hunter, as the winner of their 2012 Fiction Open Competition!

If you're new to my blog, welcome!  Here's a post to get you started.

And here's what the story looks like in GT.

Friday, September 28, 2012

An Interview about Beasts of the Walking City

Many thanks to Luc Reid, who interviewed me about world-building for his blog at  It was a lot of fun to talk about this stuff, and he got me thinking:  where did some of these characters come from?  (Hmm, good question.)  How long have I been thinking about this stuff?  (A very long time.)

Read the interview here, and be sure to check out some of Luc's other articles while you're there:

Fireball in the morning