Now Playing in Theater B

It's here! My short story "Melt" is officially out on paperback and Kindle. It's the first story in the new anthology by A Murder of Storytellers entitled Now Playing in Theater B.

You can find more information about it on my Publications page. This is the blurb, which I'm also proud of having written:

Evil Dead. Grindhouse. Brain Damage. Motel Hell. Night of the Comet. There are no conventions that the vanguard writers of these films wouldn't eschew. There are no rules that they wouldn't break. These maestros of the macabre took everything we know about horror and set it on its head, all for fancy's thrill. For them, there is no caprice too bizarre to indulge. No limits. No precautions. Just you, a story, and the wind rushing past you with the ground fast approaching. Oh, and your bungie cord isn't attached to your harness. Your evil hand must have loosened it.

Maybe the voice living in the zit on the left side of your nose can help. Why don't you ask her? Oh, yes—your zit is a chick. The incarnate ghost of your dead great-aunt.

Theater B is a collection of short stories written in the same vein as the classic B movies that we fell in love with for their utter lack of shame. They are orgasms of creativity, sluicing imagination from every orifice. They are monuments to the raw idea, bereft of filter, spawned to electrify, to terrify, and to nauseate.
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Two new short stories I wrote will be released in Dark and Dangerous Things III, which is slated to come out some time soon. I'll pass on the information as I have it.

When you read "Melt" and all the other short stories in Now Playing in Theater B, I hope you'll leave a review. Those things are amazing not only for drawing in new readers, but for letting authors know how to improve. Five stars are welcome only when they are deserved.

In other news, now that I'm done with short-story-writing for a bit, I'm ready to take on a slightly bigger project. I've been working on political satire modernizing the well-known classic Don Quixote. It's a bit experimental for me, but I'm finding it a lot of fun. As I get closer to actually completing it, I might sneak some peeks out at you.

It's December?!

The sound of an alarm is shrill and sharp, and most people can't sleep through one. I don't have  that problem—never have. Needless to say, I seem to have missed the switch from November to December. Even work was able to surprise me with things I hadn't yet done. (And work is one of the things I generally do impeccably.)

I've gone ahead and removed the NaNoWriMo update thing from the site since November is over. I didn't win, but I'm okay with it. The month of November was less productive than I wanted it to be, but it got me back on track. I'm more productive now than I've been in months. I've completed two short stories, started a novel that I'm flooded with inspiration for, and I've written a lot of non-fiction stuff.

Moreover, as January approaches, I'm going to be submitting a bunch of stuff to the OWFI Writing Contest. It's gonna make the convention this spring more fun. Honestly, if you're a writer in Oklahoma, and you don't go to the OWFI Conference, you're missing out.

A Murder of Storytellers is coming out with one anthology in January that I'm helping to edit! It's called Theater B. I want to get you excited about it, so I'll repost the blurb from the back of the book, which I wrote. Enjoy...and anticipate!

Evil Dead. Grindhouse. Brain Damage. Motel Hell. Night of the Comet. There are no conventions that the vanguard writers of these films wouldn't eschew. There are no rules that they wouldn't break. These maestros of the macabre took everything we know about horror and set it on its head, all for fancy's thrill. For them, there is no caprice too bizarre to indulge. No limits. No precautions. Just you, a story, and the wind rushing past you with the ground fast approaching. Oh, and your bungie cord isn't attached to your harness. Your evil hand must have loosened it.

Maybe the voice living in the zit on the left side of your nose can help. Why don't you ask her? Oh, yes—your zit is a chick. The incarnate ghost of your dead great-aunt.

Theater B is a collection of short stories written in the same vein as the classic B movies that we fell in love with for their utter lack of shame. They are orgasms of creativity, sluicing imagination from every orifice. They are monuments to the raw idea, bereft of filter, spawned to electrify, to terrify, and to nauseate.

Last thing. Look up! It's a new logo! It doesn't look very different, but you get special bonus points if you notice the sleek differences. 😉

Everyday is Not the Best Day

Sometimes you find yourself unable to really sit down and do anything productive. Yesterday, I managed a good word count for NaNo. An excellent word count, actually. Over 3,000 words in just one day. But that was a Sunday. My first Monday amounts to very many fewer words.

It's not the worst--I'm not that far behind actually. I am, in fact, ahead of where I need to be if I had only made the goal of writing 1667 words per day on November 1st. So there's that. Everyday is not the best day; that's my lesson for today. Sometimes, you just don't make your goal. Don't let that stop you. Forgive yourself and carry on.

Life made up of failures. But there are plenty of successes among those failures. Focus too much on the failures, and you'll be swallowed whole by them. Tomorrow will be a better day. Maybe not the best, but definitely better.

A great thing did happen today. Muzzleland Press wrote a review about Broken Worlds. I think it's fair to say that we didn't get 5-out-of-5 stars, but we did demonstrate that Broken Worlds is a quality piece of fiction from a new editor and a relatively new publisher. Every single time we produce something, we improve our ability to produce that thing. I'm honored by Muzzleland's willingness to review our work, and I expect that the next anthology will be better. Not because Broken Worlds wasn't, but because we should always be striving to improve ourselves.

I hope I'm improving myself until the day I die, both in the way I write and in the way I edit. And in all the ways that have nothing to do with my career in literature.

To Write or to Edit?

I never wanted to be an editor. Literally. I have not once had the dream of reading other people's work for fun or money. I've dreamed many times of being a writer on and off since the fourth grade. As far as being an editor, it always seemed more like being a glorified proofreader or a teacher who reads essays written by people at all levels of wordcraft skill.

It's all those things and more actually. Broken Worlds is one of the most amazing things I feel like I've done. I owe so much to the authors who contributed their work to this anthology. I love being an editor and, honestly, I'm looking forward to doing it again.

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But for now it's time to get back to my own writing. That's why I've joined the frenzied rush that is NaNoWriMo for the month of November. As I write this, I just got back from the Midnight Kick-Off event, where some fellow Murderers and I joined other writers from the Tulsa area to work on our 50,000-word goal. I have to admit that it was slow-going, but it's been some time since I've sat down to crank out my own work.

I'll be doing a lot more of that this month. I have about 1210 more words to write before 11:59pm. But first, I think I'll sleep on my current, untitled short story.

Oh, and yes, I haven't posted a blog since midsummer, but I've been pretty active everywhere else. If you want to keep up, you should subscribe to my new newsletter. It'll let you know what I've been doing, whether it's for my own writing career or for that of others. 

Updates on a Broken World

This is the latest update on the Broken Worlds anthology.

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As you can see to the right, I printed out the whole thing. It's about 270 pages of great stories. All that's left is to dots the I's and cross the T's.

The Kindle version will be ready on July 31st, but unfortunately the paperback won't be ready until about a week after that. This is because we have to order a copy ourselves to make sure the proof is a quality product. This anthology has been  our biggest project yet, and we want to know it's perfect before it goes out.

Thank you to all our authors for their support, and to my boss for her help with all the nitty gritty essentials.