From Short Story to Novel: Get Published Podcast

Get PublishedLast week, I had the honor of being interviewed for the Get Published podcast. Now you can listen to the whole crazy, chaotic thing as I ramble about my new short story, my upcoming novel, and life in general.

Get Published Episode 150 — From Short Story to Novel

For those of you who don’t know, later this month my new short story “Paradise Out of Order” will be published as part of the Dimensional Abscesses anthology. Edited by Michell Plested and Jeff Hite, this anthology will be published through their new venture Evil Alter Ego Press. It is a collection of stories about portals that go to places you’d rather not go. In the case of my story, it’s a door in the back of an alchemist’s shop that is supposed to take people to paradise, but it’s not working. (Hence, my title.)

When I mentioned to Plested and Hite that I’d like to help promote the upcoming anthology, I mentioned it was important to me because the main character in my short story (the alchemist who owns the shop) is the main character of the novel — and series! — I am currently writing. Well, they were so thrilled with my offer to help market their book that they asked me to be a guest on the Get Published podcast.

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Your Morning Confabulation

Confabulator Cafe logoEven though it’s been a couple of months since I posted to this blog, I have not been resting on my laurels. In fact, I’m pretty sure I don’t even own any laurels. In addition to working on my novel, I’ve also been working on a short story for the Confabulator Cafe.

So, what is the Confabulator Cafe? It’s a virtual gathering place for writers (most of them are either local to the Lawrence area or passed through here on their journeys). For the past several years, I have been lucky enough to call these writers my friends. They are each amazing and inspiring, and they push me to work on my craft.

In 2015, the Cafe changed its mission. The editors decided to focus exclusively on short fiction to showcase the writing talents of its members. Although I haven’t been a contributor to the Cafe in over a year, this new direction appealed to me.

This month’s writing prompt was “unlikeable midnight.” Cafe writers were free to write whatever they wanted, as long as they used those two words.

I hope you enjoy my entry, a short story about Pete, a very unlikable man who wants nothing more than to grab a late-night breakfast at a 24-hour diner called “The Midnight Star.”

A great thank you goes out to Sara Lundberg, our editor supreme, for spearheading the return of the Cafe after its hiatus. I hope I’ll be able to contribute to it regularly in the year to come.

Agent Carter Delivers Action and Intrigue

Agent Carter poster 2Sometimes Christmas comes early. This year, it’s arriving a bit late. Since the announcement in May, I’ve waited impatiently for the debut of Marvel’s Agent Carter.

This show presses all my buttons. It’s set in the 1940s. It has a film noir look and feel. It has spies, gadgets, and clever bon mots. Most importantly, however, it has Haley Atwell as Agent Peggy Carter.

Set after World War II, the series follows Carter, now an agent at the Strategic Scientific Reserve (S.S.R.), a precursor to the more familiar peacekeeping organization S.H.I.E.L.D.

In 1946, it’s clearly a man’s world. But that doesn’t keep Carter from making her mark. She makes it clear that she’s an agent, not a secretary, but that doesn’t help her when nearly every other member of the organization looks down on her.

When Howard Stark (Dominic Cooper) is investigated by the government, he comes to her for help. Someone has stolen some of his secret weapons, and he’s keen to get them back before they fall into the wrong hands. But helping him puts Carter at odds with the S.S.R. and could mean treason if she’s caught.

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5 Comic Books You Should Be Watching on TV

The Big Board 2014

The 2014 Big Board. As you can see, Monday and Tuesday were busy nights for television!

As summer dragged on in the Heartland, it was difficult to believe autumn had arrived. I might not have noticed the change of seasons except for the change in the television schedule.

Each year my wife and I engage in a routine affectionately known as “setting up the big board.” We go through each of the major television networks’ fall line-ups and decide which new shows we want to sample and which old shows we will keep. We’re big fans of fantasy and science fiction, so we keep an eye open for genre shows whenever we can.

This year, the networks have brought some wonderful comic books to the small screen, with the much-anticipated The Flash, Gotham, and Constantine.

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Guardians of the Galaxy: Anatomy of a Killer Soundtrack

Guardians of the Galaxy Awesome Mix Vol 1If you were to look through my music collection, you’d find — very quickly — that I have an overabundance of movie soundtracks. For years, my love of film and high-fidelity have converged in a mixture of pop music, classical scores, and the holy grail of movie music — title songs.

With the recent release of the Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack, which goes by the righteous title Awesome Mix Vol. 1, I’ve been thinking a lot about the music from this film and why it works so well.

Note: If you haven’t seen Guardians of the Galaxy yet (and why haven’t you? Get out there!), be aware there are some minor spoilers here.

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