My Sixth Published Short Story Is Now Live

Source: Mad Scientist Journal

Source: Mad Scientist Journal

I’m happy to announce that my story, “The Witchwood Whispers” is now posted on Mad Scientist Journal.

You can find it here.

Enjoy!

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Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Contest Update: Second Round

I recently posted that I had entered my first novel in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award contest. Today, I am very happy to announce that, based on my pitch, my entry is one of the top 20% of entries to advance to the second round, and my name and the title of my novel are now on the Amazon website under Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror. Continue reading

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Why I Entered the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Contest

Recently, I entered my first novel in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award contest, which Amazon has hosted for the past seven years. The contest allows a total of up to 10,000 entries for novels of between 50,000 to 125,000 words in five categories, including:

  • General Fiction
  • Mystery/Thriller
  • Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror
  • Romance
  • Young Adult Fiction

The contest’s Grand Prize is a contract with Amazon Publishing and a $50,000 advance. In addition, the contest has a number of other awards ranging from monetary prizes to free book reviews.

Besides the chance to win a publishing contract, I entered the contest this year for three reasons: Continue reading

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Top 10 Predictions for 2013: Results

Three years ago, I started this blog with my top 10 predictions for 2011. I also polled readers on these same predictions. At the end of the year, my accuracy rate was 40%, while my readers were right 50% of the time. I continued the tradition with my top 10 predictions for 2012. At year end, both my and my readers’ accuracy rate was 40%.

I am continuing this tradition in 2013 with my top 10 predictions for 2013. This year, my predictions were more accurate than those of my readers with an accuracy rate of 80% vs. 40%.

Since I like to hold myself accountable for things I wrote in the past, now is the time I assess how I (and my readers) did.

To make things easier, I have included my original post in its entirety, but have included the results below each prediction in blue (if I was correct) and red (if I was wrong). I will also use the same coding methodology for my readers.

Note: I have been unable to close these polls because I have been having technical issues with Polldaddy.com. The results in the post below are the statistics I had available at the time I wrote this post. I urge you not to vote on any of the predictions; just select “View Results” below each poll to see how readers voted.

Without further ado, here are my predictions with the subsequent results:

Continue reading

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My Fifth Published Short Story Is Now Live

I’m happy to announce that my story, “Shooting Stars and Schadenfreude” is now posted on Mad Scientist Journal.

You can find it here.

Enjoy!

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Tank Research

I’d been thinking about writing a novel based on a short story I’d written late last year and recently just sold to Fictionvale Magazine this past November. Over the past month, I’ve used National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) as a means to jumpstart this novel. In the process of writing the novel, which takes place in World War II, I’ve frequently struggled with trying to imagine what it was really like to be on one of the armored vehicles of the period, and that’s after accounting for my extensive experience on modern tanks as a cavalry officer in the United States Army.

Fortunately, I had the opportunity to visit the world’s largest private collection of armored vehicles this past weekend on Jacques Littlefield’s estate in Portola Valley before it is shuttered and its collection scattered to the four winds. Apparently, my tour group was one of the last to see the Military Vehicle Technology Foundation‘s full $30 million collection before it transfers some of its pieces to a museum in Stow, Massachusetts and auctions off the remainder to private collectors.

Below are some pictures of World War II tanks, anti-tank guns, and armored vehicles from Littlefield’s collection. At some point in the future, I plan to post pictures of some of the more modern equipment (e.g., T-72 tank, SCUD-A and SCUD-B missile launchers, among others), but I wanted to keep this post focused on World War II.

Enjoy! Continue reading

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Three More Short Fiction Sales to Fictionvale Magazine and Mad Scientist Journal

I’m very pleased to announce that I’ve sold three more short stories to Fictionvale Magazine and Mad Scientist Journal  over the last several months. “Enemy Allies” marks my first sale to Fictionvale Magazine, while “Shooting Stars and Schadenfreude” and “The Witchwood Whispers” mark my first and second sales, respectively, to Mad Scientist Journal. Moreover, “Enemy Allies” is the short story on which the novel I’ve been writing for National Novel Writing Month (i.e., NaNoWriMo) is based.

So far, I’ve sold seven short stories this year out of fifteen I’ve been submitting to various publishers. Here are some trends I’ve noticed about the stories I’ve sold: Continue reading

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“Remember New Roanoke” Is Now Free!

A free version of my story, “Remember New Roanoke”, is now posted on The Colored Lens’s website.

You can find it here.

I look forward to hearing your feedback!

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My Fourth Published Short Story Is Now Live

Source: Reflections of a Rational Republican ©2013

Source: Reflections of a Rational Republican ©2013

I’m happy to announce that Issue 8 of Plasma Frequency Magazine is now live with my fourth published story, “Spirals and Starways”.

You can find it here.

I look forward to hearing your feedback!

Plasma Frequency Magazine Issue 8 Cover

Source: Plasma Frequency Magazine

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My Third Published Short Story Is Now Live

I’m happy to announce that Issue 24 of NewMyths.com is now live with my third published story, “Cerebral Vortex“.

You can read it online for free here.

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