Story #17

I just pushed “publish” on The Blob On The Rock, making it the 17th story I’ve epubbed so far.

It got an HM from Writers Of the Future, but didn’t get picked up by pro magazine markets (I heard back from Analog last night).  But that’s ok, because all y’all who wait with baited breath for my latest story (all 3 of you) can still get it.  It’s live now on Smashwords.  It’ll be live on Amazon tomorrow, and B&N probably tomorrow or the day after.  The Smashwords distribution channels will take a week or two.

So what is it, you ask?  Well, allow me to opine:

A scientific expedition in deep space makes a discovery that could alter everything we know about the nature of life.

As long as it doesn’t kill them first.

The Blob On The Rock is a 5,000 word short story.

Includes a bonus story: Lords Of The Remnant (3,800 words).

Like my other paired stories, it’s priced at $2.99.  Get it while it’s hot!

Finally…Another One

I finished another short story tonight.  First one since the move, and since my bicycle injury.  It came in at 3,100 words and took 2.42 hours to write.  That comes out to 1284 words/hour.  Which is slower than normal for me, but actually not half bad, considering my hand is in a cast.  The problem is those 2.42 hours were spread out over seven writing sessions spanning sixteen days.  That is not so impressive at all.

Now, now, Kingswood, you’ve had a couple big life rolls.

Well that’s true.  And I’m not kicking myself too hard because of that.  But, even though it is quite a bit more tiring to type with this cast on than normal (it’s a bit of work for the shoulder), I can still do it.  I allowed myself to use it as an excuse.

And not just for writing; I put off really getting back into the dojo because of it.  But, but how can you do karate with a cast on your hand?  By not punching with that hand and not doing pushups.  But I can still block, and punch with the other hand, and kick.  So Thursday, my next class, I’m going.  Huzzah!

I’m also getting back into writing again, and it’s about time.  🙂

So what about this story, you ask?  What’s it about, and what’s it called?  Not gonna tell.  This one goes to Writers of the Future.  It’s somewhat scifi, but I’m not sure if it’s scifi enough, if you know what I mean.  But I need an entry for this quarter, and the quarter’s almost over.  So this story is it.  How knows?  Maybe it’ll get another Honorable Mention (or maybe  more).

Speaking of which, I think I mentioned that The Blob On The Rock got an HM.  It’s since been rejected by a couple mags.  Right now I’m waiting to hear from Analog.  If that doesn’t pan out, I’ll be releasing it myself, paired with Lords of the Remnant.  Then I just need two more scifi/fantasy stories and I’ll be ready for another collection of five and one of ten.  I suppose I could do the collection now, with my two Alex Mariner tales, but I’m not sure about crossing genre lines that broadly in a collection.  I guess I’ll just have to writer some more mysteries, too.  🙂

Last, but not least, seeing as Glimmer Vale is ready to go as soon as the cover art is finalized, I’ve entered it in a giveaway.  My better half is hosting a giveaway contest to support her business, and what kind of hubby would I be if I did not support?  So roll over to Busy Bee Boutique‘s Facebook page and check out the giveaway, will you?

That’s it for now.  Enjoy!

Life Goes A’Rolling…

Dean and Kris have talked and posted a lot about life rolls, and how to deal with them.  The main point they made was sometimes life hits you and you just have to deal with it before you can get back to writing in earnest.

I’ve had a couple of life rolls lately.

First (and this is a good one), the Navy just transferred me to San Diego.  Hard to complain about that, but it did entail a week-long drive across the country with three small kids and a highly pregnant wife.  And then several weeks unpacking and getting fully settled.  I got exactly 700 words written from May 10th to June 5th.  But that’s ok.  Check out the results.

Look to the left from our driveway and you see the San Diego Skyline.

Look to the right from the end of our driveway and you see the Pacific Ocean and Mission Beach.

So the beginning of this week, I got started writing again.  I had a 1,400 word day on Sunday – not awesome, but ok.  Didn’t write yesterday, but that’s not a crisis.

And then we had today….

The is the least bad thing that can happen when a bicycle takes on a car. In case you’re wondering, the bicycle will always lose that fight.

We live just 3.5 miles away from my new duty station.  I bicycle to work.  This morning, I was heading in to work, passing the local high school, when a kid in a car parked along the street flung his door open right in front of me.  I had no chance of avoiding it.  My handlebar struck the door and I was knocked sideways…into the side of the moving car next to me in the lane.  Then I hit the pavement.

I got up on my feet quickly, sure that either I or my bike was completely trashed.  Amazingly this was not the case.  At first glance my bike was unharmed (I later found the gear shifter/brake mechanism is scratched to hell and canted to the side; it will likely need repairs).  It’s a carbon frame – it will shatter vice bend so I suspect the frame is ok.  I’m going to bring it to a bike shop to make sure.

I had road rash on my elbow and severe annoyance, bit little else…until I looked at my hand.  Ouch.

Turns out that pinky was broken in three places, and knocked out of alignment.  I spent the day in the hospital.  The Ortho Docs were able to set it no problem and put on a cast, so all’s well that ends well.  It COULD have been a lot worse.  If the car next to me was a few seconds slower, I would have flown in front of it and maybe got run over as opposed to just rebounding off its quarter panel.  So I’m one lucky bastard.

But…

I’ve got a cast on my entire right hand and forearm, and I’m right-handed.  Just signing my name is nearly impossible, and will be for the next 6 weeks, until they remove the cast.  And then after that the Doc says I’ll probably need Physical Therapy to regain full range of motion.  That sucks.

And as far as writing goes…  This post is now 531 words long.  It’s taken 25 minutes to write that much.  My normal speed is about 1,500 words an hour.  Do the math on how it had affected my typing.  I actually thought it would be worse than that.  But it’s also been bloody tiring, because I’m having to hold the cast up with my shoulder vice assume a comfortable writing position, so writing two-handed probably won’t happen for extended periods of time.  The offshoot?  Probably not going to get much writing done in the next month and a half.

Damnit.

Oh well.  Life rolls happen.  The most important thing is I’m not seriously hurt, I can still provide for my family, and they have my back 100%.

That, and I get out of doing dishes for a few weeks.  😛

Thank the Lord for little blessings, right?

On a brighter note, Glimmer Vale is just about ready for publishing.  Layouts are all done, and the ebook cover is squared away.  All that’s waiting now is the wraparound cover for the print version.  It’s going to rock!

Coming soon.