This is the cover of Monster Attack: Gruesome Tales. It is the anthology where I my short story Affliction was accepted. Not only is it available in the digital format, but a paperback is available via Amazon – and maybe some other places.
Honestly, my story is a bit more than a short. It probably approaches a novella; since I lost count of words…oh, around the 8,000 mark. To learn more about my contribution and the anthology availability, read on…
Before an official close can be made to 2014, I have to present the facts and figures related to my blog. This is a great breakdown which showcases all of the (minor?) achievements related to this blog.
Did you think I should have gotten more attention? You need to take the word to the virtual streets and tell your pals to come check this place out.
Here is an example: My most-commented posts ended up as a two-way tie. The bad news? Only two comments in those. Hopefully that is enough motivation to make you all speak up a bit more. No need to be afraid to post your thoughts. If someone gives you a hard time, I’ll delete or silence those negative types. Say what you want concerning me…but I won’t let anyone abuse or attack any of my fans. That’s my word.
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,100 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 35 trips to carry that many people.
Two short stories have been sent off – and I have no clue what the actual reception of them will be. I happened across some information about some anthologies looking for submissions. I queried someone, and got a positive response…asking me to submit my stories.
I don’t know a whole lot, but I figured it can’t hurt to post some news that someone is interested about something I wrote. When I learn more, I promise to share – including which stories…if used.
I finished and submitted a short story for something scheduled to be released (hopefully) by the end of the year. Here’s what I know I can reveal… I had to write the story based off an introduction given to me; which was less than a few hundred words. My job was to write what happens next.
With no idea how everything is intended to come together to become a full-length publication, I did get this response…
“I’m definitely including your work in the book so no worries there. I’m hoping for a late Dec or early Jan release. I’ll keep you posted as things progress further. Thank you for your participation and great contribution towards this book, it is much appreciated.“
When things get closer, or more decided, I’ll share the details…same as the title. I did make the cover myself – for no particular reason. Here’s a look at the original concept for the cover:
Now I had to go and rune it all? It’s a new year, but plenty of unfinished blogging business has stockpiled in my life and on my computer. I started this blog to chronicle my writing success (or failure), and then it branched out to showcase some of my diversions.
Instead of kicking right into new business, I decided to post all the stuff I haven’t from 2013. A blog is assumed to be more topical, but this month I plan to use it as more of a look back – or salute to procrastination.
My Road to Glory yearly resolution feature will still continue, but I will first catch up on some other things such as desktop pics; Nanowrimo recaps; and even the fizzled finale of fantasy football. Stay tuned.
[If there is something I should drop or continue pursuing on the blog, let me know…either via comments or mailing me. Thanks again for all the followers and supporters amassed thus far.]
Number two of three novels in the have been [digitally] published now.
The first one was my unfinished, appropriate-for-all-ages story which I was working on for a couple of years.
This one? It does have some similarities; such as being a Nano project in progress for years now. It’s also unfinished, and has a female as a central figure…as Kindergarten Dropout.
Is there any difference? The characters are adult, and so would the rating be. At least a PG-13 rating if a movie…pushing for an R. The story takes places in more than one state – and even out of the country in parts.
Plenty of intrigue, violence, mystery, death; and even some romance (what I keep getting told is in the story at least).
Of my paltry fanbase, this novel was read and commented on the most. It also seems the one people most want to see completed.