I’m being followed by a Moonshadow

OK, and with 2.6 hours to go, Moonshadows is off to the editor of the Origins Game Fair‘s 2015 anthology.

This was one of those stories that simply refused to come together until the last possible minute. In fact, I’d say 2/3rds of the story were completely rewritten in the past week. Heck, you probably noticed this is the fourth title change to the story alone, which means I kept changing the focus of the story.

Moonshadows was a fun story to write though. I decided to do an homage to From the Earth to the Moon by Jules Verne. If you accept the concept of launching men to the moon in the 1880s via a giant cannon, then there’s easily the conceit of lunar colonies set up by the Great Powers by the turn of the 20th century. So, how exactly is the Great Game played on Luna and how does the start of World War I affect the colonists?

Those answers will have to wait until Origins Game Fair in June 2015.

*evil grin*

Nothing like a deadline to excite the ol’ adrenaline.

Working on the first edits for A Game of Moonshadows, my submission for the 2015 Origins Anthology. So far, I’ve managed to trim several hundred words off of it. Now tomorrow, I need to type in the next section and edit it. Hopefully, I’ll get this puppy done by the deadline. *sigh*

I hate letting things slip like this. Definitely need to work on my time management for 2015.

The end of one road, the opening of another

#10 - Sword of Fate

#10 – Sword of Fate

Sword of Fate, the final story in the For A Few Gold Pieces More collection just went live today at Musa Publishing, Amazon, Smashwords, Barnes and Noble, and other fine purveyors of e-books everywhere.

For the six of you who’ve been following the storyline (I kid, I kid), this story brings to a conclusion the fight between the protagonist and Gisselle, a dancer, thief, criminal mastermind, and his former fiance. However, when forces beyond natures control are summoned to tip the battle to one side, can an old sword, a stoic shield maiden and a smart-alek shape shifter be enough to keep our protagonist alive long enough for this final confrontation.

I’m not certain if this will be the last story ever for this character, affectionately known as the “Rogue with no name”, but I’m going to be taking a break from his story to focus on some longer pieces of fiction.

Tomorrow, as promised, I’ll post the various folktales and fairy tales I’ve based all ten of the short stories on.

2015 is approaching like a tidal wave

And, Crossed Swords is ready to go to Joni for last edits before I send it in to the publisher. *huzzah!* Finally typed in the last of my personal edits, trimmed about 1000 words out of the story and feel it’s a lot tighter than it was. Now, I get to see how much more she can help me tighten it up so I can get it out of here this weekend.

Gah. Some of these projects just haven’t come together as quickly as I had hoped. 2015 has got to be a better year.

The good news is, I have my line edits back on Sword of Fate and for the first time, no major comments from the line editor. Figures it would be the last story in the short story collection. I’ll be going over the story tomorrow and getting it back to them as soon as possible.

Then, I need to finish Desolation by the end of the month and start on Operation Komodo in January along with brushing off Steel on Target and getting back to my poor Armored Cavalry in Space novel.

Oh yeah, and I have to . . . .


Another exciting evening with a red pen

OK, what have we been up to today? Filled out a questionnaire for an upcoming convention appearance, edited a story due by the end of the week, and . . . wow, I guess that about covers it.

The questionnaire wasn’t too bad. I’m certain I probably gave the convention a LOT more information than they really wanted, but they didn’t give me a word count limit (heh, heh, heh). I got to not only talk about new and recent projects, but they let me ramble on about my sword fighting days.

Yes, I fenced in college, did SCA sword and board in college and in the Army, and now I participate in Kendo. I have no real interest in fighting hand-to-hand, but let me pick up a cane, large stick or something pointy, and I’m all over that.

I like to think my fighting experiences, as well as my military training, help me write reasonably realistic fight scenes. Of course, there has to be a little Hollywood in them, mainly because most real fights only go a few seconds if one of the participants knows what they’re doing or they go on forever if they don’t. The writer’s job is to find the sweet spot where you keep the reader’s interest, but you don’t just have Joe sucker punch Bill and then walk off . . . unless that’s what the story needs.

I’m almost done with the edits. (Huzzah) I’ll spend some time tomorrow typing them in and then have Joni go over the document to find all the stuff I missed – because I do miss stuff. Yes, believe it or not, a second set of eyes is a good thing BEFORE you send it to your editor. Make their life happier by getting it as clean as you can first.

(This PSA is brought to you by editors and aspirin makers everywhere.)

And now, to bed!