Flash Fiction : Spirit

The following is part of a flash fiction story (way down at bottom of post is link) that jumped out of my brain. The name challenge Clinton Plenty was on the list. It’s not his story though. This maybe the kickoff for my November writing challenge, depending on how far I get outlining my fantasy trilogy, I may throw some excerpts on, pending reader response.

A huge thanks and shoutout to my guest editor, JC Hutchins. He looked at the first draft of this and applied his mighty old school journalist editing powers to make me realize how much rewriting I need to do. Tighten up prose, check grammar. You know, the basics? Thanks again JC. You are brilliant, and the world will get the 33 eventually. (For those of you who haven’t experienced the awesome work of 7th Son, and Personal Effects : Dark Arts, I’m so jealous that you get to experience it for the first time. But you’ll be jealous that I’ve gone through a lot of his great work.) Also check out his amazing meta-fiction for Discovery Channel.

Without further ado, here’s Spirit (working title),

I’m still here,

Throwaway Lines! and Tales of King City : Balance Part 4

Also thinking about starting up a twitter meme. Had a conversation where I had to explain that the ‘throwaway line’ is sometimes better than the punchline, and is actually funnier than any joke. Try it out… when you are walking into a room, just over your shoulder say something like….

We never found the goat.

Her name was Sheldon. Yes, Her.

I couldn’t fill the hole.

Strangest Pie ever. But I liked it. I dream about it.

I couldn’t find the knobs.

But I think Least I Could Do has one of the best uses of the throwaway line. Go read, enjoy, get offended.

What else is going on… Oh yes, had a great writing session today. Got over 2k in words on Balance. As it is first draft, I still like the concept, but I know I can do a better version of this. But as people have been asking for the next part. Here it is. Part Four of Watson Goodstone’s improbable investigation of the extra people inserted into the reality of King City. Previous parts can be found here.

I’m still here,
P.S. Check this out for JC Hutchins latest fiction creation for Discovery Channel. Watch Twitter feeds for #stillhere. This is for the next season of The Colony… and one of the coolest uses of social media I’ve seen in quite a while.

Can I suggest something for your Summer Reading?

So, I’ve submitted and it looks like my short story made the cut!

From the Dark Side

From the Dark Side

20 authors submitted stories and poetry towards an anthology, From the Dark Side. Between now and July 9th (release date) excerpts of the stories will be featured on the editors blog.

So here’s the deal, proceeds on purchase of the anthology go towards the Office of Letters and Light. You know the fine folks who put up with writers every November for NaNoWriMo? If they get enough donations throughout the year, they can put “laptop-like word processors in the eager hands of young writers who lack access to computers at school“. So yeah, getting e-published, relatively cool. But proceeds going back towards young creative types? And you get some very original fiction and poetry that you can brag to your friends about. How cool is that?

Electronic format will be available on Amazon.com and Smashwords.com for $4.99. It’s over 55K words, so a big read for your Kindle, or E-reader. A lot of different writers and styles, so there is something for everyone. Actually, it’s more suited for the beautiful, the handsome, the adorable, the cute, the gorgeous and/or the lucky. If you are any of those or derivatives thereof, you should pick it up. And get one for your Mom, or that lady who lives down the street who makes things out of other things. Don’t judge, its art!

More details on the following link… Digg it! Don’t forget to check out all the other authors websites for insights and updates on this very cool project.

I’m still here, (and yes insomnia is winning tonight)

P.S. The Macguffin that I built for this is way better than James Cameron’s one for Avatar. At least in my opinion… which everyone has, like a bellybutton.