Sentence of the week

“We nestled onto a mat in near darkness of the shelter and peeked through cunning slits in the blind at the bright old world.”

An impressive sentence from Laird Barron’s “LD50”, a free thank-you story to his readership. You can read it online here.

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The Brock Hollyday Experience

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I spent a delightful evening at the Brock Manse this weekend for a holiday get together. This included meeting a number of non-human party goers, including these two adorable turtles. Don’t let the “slow as a turtle” stereotype fool you- when they smell potential food, those critters can be sneaky as it gets…

Our host and hostess were as gracious as anyone could want, and genuinely enthusiastic! ! I got to meet a handful of local writers and creative folks, and to hang out with frequent panelist and SF legend, William  F. Nolan.

The Brocks have been doing a ton of work over the last few years to bring out a number of new projects, including their documentary work, a fully illustrated anthology called “The Devil’s Coattails”, ongoing presentations/panels, editorial work, art work/art directon, and so on. Plus their new biannual, [Nameless Magazine]. I came home with a present of a signed copy of the latest edition, the hallmark of which is a series of personal stories about Ray Bradbury (who passed away in June of 2012…RIP) from those who knew him and wished to honor his memory in print. I hope to submit something soon, although Jason tells me it’ll take him a while to slog through and place many of those he’s already gotten– not because it’s a drag, but because they were “all so good”.

I didn’t think we had that many local Rennaissance creative folk in the area, but boy was I surprised. I am pleased that we have the Brocks to help keep the finger on the pulse of SF, horror and dark fantasy for the Wilamette Valley area.

A Successful Harvest: My First Professional Story Publication

It’s nearing the end of October, and as we move into Harvest Festival/Samhain/All Hallow’s Eve and all of that, I am pleased to announce that my work over the summer has allowed me to reap a super hot story publication with Gorgon Press, publishers of “Phantasmagorium Magazine.” My first short for Clarion Writeathon, “Shadows Will Fall”, is currently featured as a Weekly Offering from today, Oct. 21st, until Saturday, Oct. 27th. You can read it here.

Write-A-Thon Week One

OK, so I was a little distracted by events in the past week or so… Pedalpalooza here in “Sunny” Portland, Oregon… busy season at work… Pride Weekend… but I did sit down and bang out most of story number one. It is called “Shadows Will Fall.” A fun fantasy/psychological thriller or disturbing horror piece that is shaping up nicely.

… But, it may not be flash! That is, it may want to turn into a full blown short story. Eek!

Stay tuned for more exciting updates… And if you haven’t already, please help spread the word on this ongoing project series.

Write-A-Thon Week One

OK, so I was a little distracted by events in the past week or so… Pedalpalooza here in “Sunny” Portland, Oregon… busy season at work… Pride Weekend… but I did sit down and bang out most of story number one. It is called “Shadows Will Fall.” A fun fantasy/psychological thriller or disturbing horror piece that is shaping up nicely. It’s inspired, in part, by the real-life struggles of someone near & dear to me… although I think he’ll be more than happy he doesn’t have the kind of life challenge that THIS protagonist winds up having!

… But, it may not be flash! That is, it may want to turn into a full blown short story. Eek!

Stay tuned for more exciting updates… And if you haven’t already, please help spread the word on this ongoing project series.