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Coming soon from Galaxy Press: Writers of the Future V32, containing my story "Cry Havoc," the Q4 3rd place winner! Along with a bunch of other stories from a bunch of other really cool people.

More information, as well as links to buy it from all the usual suspects, is here.

Now available from WordFire Press, my first novel!

After seven horrific months as a POW, Army Ranger-turned-PI Ben Lockwood just wants a safe, boring life. With his boss on vacation, he takes what looks like an easy case of pharmaceutical espionage he can work from his desk.

Now he's caught in a three-way collision course between a ruthless werewolf on the hunt for a cure for his dying vampire wife, a mad scientist whose multinational company doesn't even research supernatural medicine--and himself. Ben's nanotech-injected blood holds the key to the vampire's recovery, and the werewolf doesn't much care if he lives or dies in the harvesting.

My first original short story, Illegal Beagles, is available right here on this LJ as a freebie. Read, enjoy, feedback is adored. There is a completely optional "donate" button at the bottom if you feel like tossing a couple of bucks my way. ;)

Summary: Russell Fisk, the captain of the tramp freighter Inquisitive Tamandua, hates transporting live cargo, but a creditor has him over a barrel. So now he has to get a pack of hunting Beagles to the client, while dodging Feds and dealing with an alien passenger who's more than slightly odd. And, oh, hey, one of the dogs is in labor.

I've had... *counts* Uh. Umpty-foo number of short stories published in various venues. My Amazon Author Page is here.

I also wrote a pair of villain origin stories--the Demon-Prince and the Vampire--for Lord of the Dead, a tabletop hex-and-counter horror game from Pocket Options.

Meerkat Manners was published in Jouth #2 by Blaster Books.

Summary: The crew of the Inquisitive Tamandua is hired by a mob of meerkats to transport them to a new colony. Between their infighting and the new Fed-mandated AI, Russ and his crew will be lucky if they can stay sane, let alone out of jail.

Bear Essentials was published by World Weaver Press in the "Far Orbit" anthology. Julie Czerneda says: "Daring adventure, protagonists who think on their feet, and out of this world excitement! Welcome to FAR ORBIT, a fine collection of stories in the best SF tradition. Strap in and enjoy!" It's also available as a standalone on Amazon, published by Digital Science Fiction, or as part of the Infinity Cluster 6 anthology put out by the same outfit.

Summary: The intrepid crew of the Inquisitive Tamandua is hired to transport a "grizzly bear" to a monastery. But neither the bear nor the monastery are what they seem, and their routine (ha) job is complicated by a reporter who's all too eager for a scoop to bolster her flagging career.

Daddy's Little Girl was published in the "Putrefying Stories" anthology by Stupefying Stories. It's also available as a standalone from Digital Horror on Amazon.

Summary: A father will do anything to save his teenage daughter in a zombie apocalypse...

Guardians of Public Safety was published in the "1st and Starlight" anthology, available on Amazon, put together by a bunch of Writers of the Future Finalists.

Summary: Keniesha Washington lives in a rough neighborhood filled with gangs, pimps, and drug dealers. But the supernatural cure for what ails it may be worse than the disease...

That Which is Hidden was published in the "Chronology" anthology by Curiosity Quills. This was my prizewinning story for the Salty Dog writing contest at Salt City Steam.

Summary: Gideon Bassett needs to solve the triple mystery of his sweetheart’s murder, a train robbery, and a bank heist. Problem is, he’s been outed as a werewolf and is a fugitive himself...

Habeas Felis was serialized by Stupefying Stories Showcase in three parts:
Part One
Part Two
Part Three

Summary: Daniella and her friends Gris and Mac must leave a talking cat in a dragon's cave for its annual tribute without being eaten by the grumpy dragon or murdered by goblins and mountain trolls. And they have to do it before a rival team beats them to the punch.

The Road to Hell was published by Domain SF. It's a free read, but it requires registration.

Summary: Oceanic algae farms have dumped extra oxygen into our atmosphere, with catastrophic results. Insects are now prehistoric size and we use baseball bats to swat mosquitoes. But the cure might be worse than the disease, as a grief-stricken woman learns to her detriment. And the planet's.

Servile Spirits to Invent was published in "The Death God's Chosen" by Deepwood Publishing.

Summary: A village decimated by plague uses corpses to till the fields so they don't starve. However, the entities animating the bodies have their own agenda.

War of the Were-Mice was published by Unlikely Story for their April Fool's issue. Be thou warned: This was written on purpose to be terrible. The challenge was to "write the worst piece of fiction you can stand to see under your byline." So... I did. It's a flash piece, so you won't lose too many brain cells by reading it. They also interviewed me.

Summary: The house vermin battle for supremacy.

Of Were-Critters, Widow Women, and Water Rights was published in the "Ways of Magic" anthology by Deepwood Publishing.

Summary: Mike Vaughn, a werewolf who works security for a rail line in Reconstruction Texas, is embroiled in a feud between a family of brothers and his ex-sweetheart. Throw in a professor with a water-sucking contraption, a preacher with a dark past, and a hunter, and Mike is having a truly rotten day.

Different in Blood was published in Plasma Frequency.

Summary: Ben Lockwood, werewolf private investigator, finds himself embroiled in the weirdest cheating spouse case ever. What the hell is a squonk? He's about to find out.

Showing Faeries for Fun and Profit was published in Stupefying Stories.

Summary: Faerie shows are cooperative enterprises between humans and faeries. When a faerie is kidnapped, it's a race against time -- and against faerie rights activists, the larger Fae, and an unscrupulous fellow competitor -- to find her before something terrible happens.

The Cow and the Beanstalk was published in Azure Valley, an imprint of TM Publishing.

Summary: We all know the story of Jack the Giant Killer. How he traded a cow for some magic beans, killed a giant, avenged his father, and lived happily ever after. Now, everyone assumes the bean man was out to cheat Jack -- but, you know, the beans really were magic. He delivered on his promise and then disappeared, never to be seen again. So, what was so special about a cow, that a fellow would be willing to trade beans like that for her?

Sensory Overload was published in Plasma Frequency. And you can listen to the audio version at StarShipSofa.

Summary: A security guard with electronic sensory enhancements accompanies a group of art students down to the home planet of a new alien species. While there, he sees things he shouldn't--but he's not sure if he's really seeing them, or if the enhancements have finally made him crack.

"Affairs of Dragons" was published in Renard's Menagerie, which is sadly defunct. It's also available through Anthology Builder, which is where the link to the story will take you. And it was reprinted in the "Far Orbit: Apogee" anthology by World Weaver Press. You can read the beginning of it here. It's the sequel to "Illegal Beagles."

Summary: The crew of the Inquisitive Tamandua is hired by a mother dragon to move her eggs from one planet to another. She's in the middle of an ugly divorce and an uglier clan war. The eggs aren't supposed to hatch...

"Bitter Honey" was published in AfterburnSF but can no longer be read online. It's available through Anthology Builder here, and it also appears in the "Fight On! Weird Enclaves and Black Pits" anthology. The link in the title will take you to a short preview, and it's available through Amazon here.

Summary: Desperate faeries raid a beehive for the honey they need to make it through a deadly winter. But at what cost to both faeries and bees?

"Fortunes of Soldiers" was published by Cosmos magazine, with a fabulous illustration by Emrah Elmasli. You can also buy it through Anthology Builder (link takes you to a preview of it), and it's in the You're Not Alone anthology edited by Damien Broderick.

Summary: Two week's pay for one night's work, babysitting a spoiled asteroid heiress? Mercenary Jake O'Dell thinks all his jobs should be this easy. Until, of course, everything goes disastrously wrong.

"Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf" was published by Darwin's Evolutions, with a fabulous illustration by Karl Nordman. It's available as a trade paperback for $9.99 (along with several other stories by several other awesome writers), or a high-quality .pdf download for $2.73. It's also available through Anthology Builder. You can read the beginning of it here, and purchase it here.

Summary: Mark Newman loves being a werewolf. But when his wife finds out she's pregnant, she attempts to cure him against his will, in his sleep. Naturally, it goes horribly wrong--and it goes even wronger when she gets a well-meaning priest involved, poor fellow.

My author page on Amazon is here. My author page at Anthology Builder is here. You can read more of my fiction right here on this LJ. I have a "DVD extra" from my first novel that introduces a couple of characters to each other under less-than-optimal circumstances, and you can read that here. This is one of my very favorite scenes. I post occasional snippets of my stories, and those can be accessed via my snippets tag.

Most of this LJ is me whining about writing, with some Real Life and Fannish Squee and a scosh of Politics thrown in on occasion. I have more information on my User Info page, or you can peruse my tags and see if anything in there looks interesting. You can also follow me on Twitter or friend me on Facebook. I don't always follow back on Twitter, especially if I don't know you, but I do friend back on FB.

So. Come in, kick back, have fun. If you feel like commenting, please do.

Thu, Apr. 28th, 2016, 12:00 pm
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Wed, Apr. 27th, 2016, 09:30 pm
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  • Wed, 06:22: My @WorldHorror2016 Schedule https://t.co/DHNykV0UgH
  • Wed, 11:30: I have partial eARCs of WotF#32 in which my #werewolf story "Cry Havoc" appears & will gladly send you one in exchange for an honest review.
  • Wed, 19:30: Oh, hey. Or, HAY, in this case. Scored a 48-oz bag of timothy hay for $5 at Cal Ranch. Piggehs will be happy, and so is my wallet.
  • Wed, 20:37: For the evening crowd, I have a partial eARC of #WotF32 in exchange for your honest review. PM me your email addy if you want one!

Wed, Apr. 27th, 2016, 06:22 am
My @WorldHorror2016 Schedule

World Horror Con is coming to Provo, Utah, April 28-May 1! Come join us!

Thursday 9:30pm: Women in Horror (yes, you read that right, 9:30pm, horror writers are owls). Who are some of the strong female writers of horror fiction and why is there so much attention being brought to them?
Jack Ketchum, Linda Addison, Courtney Alameda (M), Amber Fallon, Rachel Autumn Deering, Julie Frost

Friday 9am: How I Write. Panelists discuss how they wrote their book/story. Where they got their inspiration, how they start a story, etc.
Kevin J. Anderson, Brian Keene, Michael R. Collings, Julie Frost (M), Noel Hynd

Friday 3:15pm: Reading. Paul Genesse and I will be do a half hour each reading in this block. I haven't quite decided if I'm going to do my WotF story or something else. I have a story with demon civets...

Saturday 10:15am: Writing Excuses podcast. I'll be guesting on a segment, but I don't know which one yet.

Mon, Apr. 25th, 2016, 10:51 pm
Story Sale!

My Robot Bunny story, starring Alex and Ben and many many terrible puns, will be appearing in the Singular Irregularity anthology!

Pending Kickstarter funding, of course. I've offered an incentive to Tuckerize someone; I don't know if they'll take me up on it, and there's really only one character for that to happen with, as all the other characters are pretty much set in stone.

I am pleased as punch by this, which marks my sixth sale on the year. Do the Dance of Joy with me!

Sat, Apr. 23rd, 2016, 01:24 pm
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  • Sat, 10:27: Somehow when I get an email from a hotmail address telling me they've limited my Paypal account, I'M SKEPTICAL. Try harder, scammers.

Fri, Apr. 22nd, 2016, 10:40 am
World Horror Con 2016 is nearly upon us!

World Horror is one week away and we hope you're as excited about the convention as we are!

The schedule has been updated with a couple of changes. Primarily, Dan Wells and Carter Reid's kaffeeklatsches on Friday were switched. The new schedule is on the webpage. The game room schedule has been set and we've put the different events in rooms. You can download a PDF of each day's schedule with the room as a PDF.

Unfortunately, due to circumstances beyond our control, we've had to cancel the Killer Tea. Those who purchased tickets can either receive a reimbursement via Paypal or transfer their ticket to the tea for the David Farland Writing Workshop (that's $5 off the workshop price).

Films have been accepted for the film festival, but we're still waiting for the final schedule. That will be listed at the convention. We'll also put it on the website as soon as we get it.

Tell all your friends that the Art Show, Game Room, and Vendor Room will be open to the public. We'll also have tickets for those who just wish to see the films at the door.

A good time will be had by all!

Thu, Apr. 21st, 2016, 12:00 pm
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Wed, Apr. 20th, 2016, 12:47 am
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Mon, Apr. 18th, 2016, 12:50 pm
How do these things happen to me?

2015 was a pathetic writing year for me, as far as output went. Novel edits ate my brain, my productivity screeched to a halt, and then my poor Muse shivered in a corner after it was over. And that's okay, but this year I wanted to get back on the horse and start actually scribbling new words.

Be careful what you wish for.

I've penned five flash pieces so far this year. One of them is edited and making submission rounds. The other four, I still haven't had time to look at (even though I desperately need to!) because...

I finally put an END at the bottom of the Big Bad John Space Werewolf story. I'm waiting to hear back from a beta right now, but I might just take one more look at it and then start shipping it out. It's been sitting long enough.

My WotF 24-hour story is shaping up well. It's with a few betas right now; there's one scene that really needs expanding because, well, I had 24 hours to write the thing and that scene got super skimmed. Any of my betas reading this will know exactly which scene I'm talking about when they get to it.

I'm attempting Codexian Idol again this year. I slipped my first 250 words in under the deadline, and those words amuse me. The story has a shape, and a couple of characters I think I will enjoy writing. We'll see how it shakes out. I adore the story I wrote for Codexian Idol last year (though it hasn't been accepted anywhere yet), and hopefully I can make lightning strike twice.

The problem with writing all this short stuff (which is what I'm actually good at) is that I need to write another novel. I have the shape of the sequel to Pack Dynamics (yes, that is a shameless Amazon link, buy my book), but I have no idea how to outline a novel and am kind of afraid to try. One of the instructors at the WotF workshop suggested outlining the first third of it, writing that, outlining the second third, etc. I wonder if I can nest seven-point plot structures. Or something. Aaaaaaaaaaaaah I have no idea what I'm doing. #notanaturalnovelist

Not only that, but I've got the Hitman in Hell novel poking my side and going "HEY WHAT ABOUT ME HUH HUH HUH???" And, yes, I want to write this one, desperately, I love the concept so very much--but I need to figure out a bunch of character motivations and the damned thing is most certainly not salable even to my wonderful and very patient publisher (I'm pretty sure, because, uh, well, don't ask me why I like playing with POV but I do... and you, dear reader, know as well as I do that a new author swapping first person POVs across four characters will not fly).

Not only that, but Nate and Iann, from my WotF V32 story (yes, that's another shameless Amazon link, go, preorder it, you know you want to), are crossing their arms at me and going "You know there's a novel here, right?" And, yes, there is, Nate has smited his inner demons, but they've got a new threat looming and OH GOD JUST SHOOT ME NOW.

All right, you know what, whining about it isn't doing me any good. I will crack my knuckles, email my one beta, and then start setting a timer for each of these damn tasks so I can get my head actually in the game.

Wed, Apr. 13th, 2016, 12:01 pm
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  • Tue, 18:13: And I am home. I feel like a particularly overcooked noodle. I apologize in advance to anyone I give whatever this damned cough is to.

Mon, Apr. 11th, 2016, 02:10 am
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  • Sun, 12:05: My hair is done and looks amazing. Clearly I should figure out how she did this and do it myself.
  • Sun, 13:23: Makeup done! Now to see if I can cram myself into my dress after eating out for a week...

Thu, Apr. 7th, 2016, 12:00 pm
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  • Wed, 18:16: 24-hr story commences NOW. Yes, there's a werewolf, b/c if I have to write a whole story in a day, I am staying in my damn comfort zone.
  • Wed, 19:19: HAH. 439 words. First scene break. And, yes, I also defaulted to a first person male protag, because that's how I damn well roll. :p
  • Wed, 22:12: Down in the Loew's lobby by the window. Who wants to Word War with me? #amwriting #WotF32 #wotf2016
  • Wed, 23:03: Have moved my business up to the mezzanine, which is much quieter and less crowded than the bar. Maybe NOW I'll get some #amwriting done.
  • Thu, 00:21: ONE THOUSAND WORDS. Hey, check out my body count. #amwriting
  • Thu, 10:14: Oh, look, three rejections in less than six hours. That's a real confidence-builder, right there...

Sat, Apr. 2nd, 2016, 12:00 pm
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  • Fri, 12:09: This business is what it is, and I don't mind long waits. But a tiny note that my story has not fallen into a black hole would be nice...

Sun, Mar. 27th, 2016, 02:06 am
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  • Sat, 02:47: Went for drinks w/ @paolini after dinner tonight & had a blast. Half the fun of #FANX16 is meeting fellow authors & hearing crazy stories.
  • Sat, 10:20: Come see me on the Werewolves & Shapshifters panel tonight at 7 in 255C! #FANX16
  • Sat, 10:34: Come see @WordFirePress in booth 1643 w/lots of cool authors--Larry Correia, @TheKJA, @paolini, Quincy Adams, Steve Diamond, Dan Wells...

Wed, Mar. 23rd, 2016, 05:39 am
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Sun, Mar. 20th, 2016, 02:03 am
THE END. OhthankGod.

I've been bashing my head against this story for awhile. It's basically Big Bad John in space with werewolves, because that's how I roll, and the more I listen to that and the sequel song, the more I think that John could have by-golly been a werewolf, because he was preternaturally strong and also survived a mine collapse, so, uh.

It comes to a little under 5500 words, and is in no way the shape I want it to be in. But it pleases me to stick an END at the bottom of the first non-flash piece I've written in a good long while, and maybe this will un-stick my Writer Brain enough that I can finally write my damned novel sequel.

Please and thank You, God.

Wed, Mar. 16th, 2016, 02:21 pm
I'm going to be on Good Morning Utah tomorrow morning!

Channel 4, KTVX, at, apparently, 6am. Talking Writers of the Future and writing stuff. I don't expect anyone to be up that ridiculously early just to watch me, but you could set your DVRs. ;)

Tue, Mar. 15th, 2016, 12:00 pm
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Sat, Mar. 12th, 2016, 12:00 pm
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Sat, Mar. 12th, 2016, 11:29 am
...seriously, has this President even read the Constitution?

Because for someone who used to be a "Constitutional scholar," he sure doesn't seem to know what the Fourth Amendment says:

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

President Obama sez: "The question we now have to ask is: If technologically it is possible to make an impenetrable device or system where the encryption is so strong that there is no key, there's no door at all, then how do we apprehend the child pornographer, how do we solve or disrupt a terrorist plot?"

Well, the same way you've always done it, Mr. President. You prove probable cause and you get a damn warrant.

But this is awfully funny coming from the guy who won't even allow his law enforcement departments to look at public posts on social media. If a cop pulls you over for a traffic stop and sees drug paraphernalia sitting right there on your front seat in plain sight and arrests you for it, that's not an illegal search, that's out where God and everyone can see it. Same thing with public posts.

And this is the same Administration who thinks they should just be able to comb through the metadata of every American and have a haystack of immense proportions, rather than looking through the stack of needles they already have and going on a terrorist hunt there.

Not only that, but this same President is refusing to enforce our immigration laws, thereby allowing a massive leak of terrorists and MS13 gang members--along with murderers, rapists, and the pedophiles he's suddenly so concerned about--across our borders, with no end in sight--and now he's saying that he should get to break the law because "you cannot take an absolutist view"?

The law is the law, Mr. President. You are not a monarch, an emperor, or a dictator. You don't get to pick and choose which ones you enforce and which ones you ignore. Or which ones you outright break.

Wed, Mar. 9th, 2016, 04:56 pm
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Wed, Feb. 17th, 2016, 12:00 pm
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  • Wed, 11:25: Well, uh. I guess I oughta update my LiveJournal bio, huh...

Fri, Feb. 12th, 2016, 12:53 am
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  • Thu, 08:59: Dear @yahoomail team: Putting the Archive Button where the Delete Button used to be is screwing with my muscle memory. Terrible idea.
  • Thu, 09:29: And I'm off to LTUE. See you all on the flip side!

Wed, Feb. 10th, 2016, 02:18 pm
Oh, hi, one of my short stories is out...

Jouth has published a story starring my spaceship crew, "Meerkat Manners." It's not up on Amazon yet, but I will update when it is.

The intrepid crew of the Inquisitive Tamandua is hired by a mob of quarreling meerkats to move them to a new settlement. Unfortunately, immigration law isn't necessarily on their side--and neither is the new Fed-mandated AI installed in the ship.

Go check it out!

Also, Digital Horror is going to reprint "Daddy's Little Girl" in the near future. I love getting paid twice for the same story.

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