The Fairy Punks over at QuailBell have picked up my whimsical story, She Who Commands the Fireflies for publication.
I’m always thrilled when I find alternate opportunities to share my work and find new avenues for self discovery and fantastic readings. Online literary magazines like QuailBell have been extremely supportive and helpful in promoting my work as a writer. 2021 has been a vigorous and encouraging note from the universe I am moving in the right direction. #thankful
Literary Journal Recap. As I’ve leaned into writing in this last quarter, I’ve successfully placed at 9 outlets for my short story work. With thanks to Avalon Literary Review, Horla, Cafe Lit, Peeking Cat Literary Journal, Crepe & Penn, Clever Magazine, Free Bundle Magazine, Fiction on the Web and Danse Macabre. #thankful
Gamers Isla and Ger are thrown into a worldwide conspiracy in 2058 as they battle the mysterious cyber-hacktivist, Jericho. Bound by circumstance and hunted by the police, they uncover a dark conspiracy set up by Isla’s own father, an officer in the interplanetary military complex, as he attempts to steal human consciousness and control the worldwide robot workforce. Now, they must learn about the all-powerful Hieronymus machines that are responsible for the human bio-thefts as they join forces with their arch-enemy, Jericho, in attempting to bring down the shadowy Axiomm Corporation.
As you may know, I’m currently working on the first part of my new Hollyweird North series of novels, Nothing to Lose, and wrapped the first big edit of the draft today. With that done, I immediately turned to my ‘book hook,’ and opening pitch blurb to set the query process in motion. I had a great time writing this first novel with five more scheduled to be part of the series.
Here’s the hook and the pitch:
Lights, Camera, Action – Making Movies is Murder!
When low-budget producer Julian Grant cranks out his latest kickboxing picture, he finds himself battling Eurotrash drug-dealing, snuff-movie psychopaths, angry local cops, bottom-of the-barrel crew members and a has-been cast designed to drive him insane. It doesn’t help that he’s got a crippling alcohol problem, is running the show on his last credit card and been arrested for two horrific murders. It’s all part of Hollywood North as we follow the ‘mostly-true’ exploits of real-life moviemaker Grant as his 12-day picture proves that he has Nothing to Lose.
For over 15 years, Julian Grant churned out shitty movies for everyone. From HBO to Lionsgate, ABC Disney and more, he took the money and made the movies that clogged the video stores and TV late-night slots. Now, he’s telling all in his series of ‘murder memoirs’ loosely based-on his reel-life adventures (changing the names to avoid litigation on the advise of counsel). Fast, furious and FUBAR, Grant tells-all and paints a bloody picture of death, destruction and twisted desire behind-the-scenes in these confidential exposes. The bodies and laughs pile up as he careens from one jackpot to another as he tries to finish his movie and not wind up dead or worse, back in Rehab.
My 50 word flash fiction story, “At The Funeral” was accepted for publication with the Avalon Literary Review. Summer of 2021. I’m thrilled to let them have First Serial Rights as it’s a nice little story. Creating these micro-micro bursts demands real economy – and it’s a great too in teaching me the importance of brevity and clarity.
The Avalon Literary Review The Avalon Literary Review is dedicated to publishing noteworthy works of poetry, short fiction, and personal essays.
“Hearthorne” #VisualNovel #WIP Gothic short game I am making over the holiday break. It’s getting bigger by the day, of course. Excuse typos and the like as I plot and plan. It comes complete with all the sound FX one might wish for and a haunting music box melody to tie it all together.
2020 has been good to me, despite the global pandemic, of course. This was the year I decided to declare myself a writer of both prose and poetry. Not that I haven’t written films, essays and thesis essays over the years.
But working as a fiction writer, a non-cinema author was a goal that I had always been beyond me for many (unknown) reasons. So, this year, I started publishing and placing my work.
I’ve racked up literary journals online by the score and completed my second novel while I shopped my first. I’m now writing every single day carving out the most fulfilling time as a creative as I spend my time getting stronger, faster and better. I’ve got beta readers, a mentor or two, 3rd party critical acceptance and have never been happier with my opportunity and options. Thank you everyone whose taken the time to read, to comment or request materials for publication. #writer