I spent part of last week and the weekend up north visiting family. Travel, especially with a small child, can be exhausting, so Sunday night after my son went to bed and we were able to relax for a bit, I thought to check how the Get the Greek Hanukkah giveaway did.
Revised, expanded, updated, and more relevant than ever, my short story How to Fix a Broken World has been published by Liberty Island!
I’m pleased to announce that my short story Hold On has been published by Liberty Island.
It’s a bit of a departure, as it doesn’t involve the bizarre, horrific, or supernatural: Hold On is a human story about marriage, parenting, and loss in the not-too-distant future, when America’s illegal immigration issues come to a head.
Overall, 2014 has been quite an extraordinary year. Here are a few highlights:
- My Baby: On March 5, 2014, I published my first novel, The Blessed Man and the Witch. So far, the few reactions to it have been very positive to fairly positive. It’s the first book in a trilogy, and I began working on the sequel right after I got feedback from my beta readers. It’s $2.99 to buy, or you can read it free from Amazon Unlimited. If you like the pieces I’ve written here, you’ll love the novel.
- What You Are Reading Now: On March 13, 2014, I started this blog.
- I Went High-Concept: In June of 2014, I changed the focus of this blog from writing, which nobody other than certain writers want to read about, to other things of interest, including book reviews, movie reviews, personal defense issues, horror in general, and social commentary.
- Twittin’ It Up: In August of 2014, I joined Twitter. At times, I wish I hadn’t. Other times, it’s been an interesting experience.
- Paying off My Overdue Books: In September 2014, in partnership with the Dunedin Public Library, I began writing a Halloween-themed novella that involved zombies, Lovecraftian horrors, and antediluvian terrors, using local teen volunteers as supporting characters.
- An Unpronounceable Name: On October 19, 2014, the novella Dreadedin Chronicles: The Nameless City was published. It’s available for $.99 from Amazon.
- Second Place Is Still Losing: In mid-December 2014, my short story Get the Greek: A Chrismukkah Tale was published as the first runner-up in their non-traditional holiday story competition. Losing sucks, but it’s still a great story.
Here on the blog, I’ve written some short stories. Here are the links to a few of them; browse through the blog to find more:
- A Pennsylvania Haunting: A ghost story in three parts. In Part One, we are introduced to the ghost. Part Two details the ghost’s malicious mischief, and in Part Three, the ghost story is wrapped up. Disturbing and graphic at times, especially at the end.
- Howard Tinkertoy: A man looks through his little boy’s kiddie tablet and his life takes a very sharp turn for the bizarre.
- In Angels in the IHOP, we sit in on a conversation between celestial beings.
My hybrid Christmas/Hanukkah story Get the Greek: A Chrismukkah Tale, was published by Liberty Island!
It’s got comedy, pathos, excitement, and the most incisive social commentary you’ll ever see outside of a gas station water cooler conversation. If you’ve ever been interested in what Judah Maccabee really thinks about the holiday season, then this is the story for you.
There’s a little bit of rough language, some implied intimacy, adult situations, mild violence, and angels. Which reindeer takes a bullet? What does Heaven’s VFW post look like? Where do cat souls come from? These questions and more are answered in Get the Greek, free to read on Liberty Island!