Again, I have been too subtle in the creation of a story for my own good. Because it is still being judged, I am putting my explanation here and I won't lie by saying I don't want this to help in getting votes. It is what it is as, my boss would say.
First of all, the reason for the story. Doubt is one of the lesser appreciated themes that I feel comes out of the Bible and I wanted to write a story focusing on it. I remember vaguely the cautions given about following certain
Updated October 21st, 2009 at 02:39 AM by Gkarlives
My first book,Sword Dreamer, is available for download on the Amazon Kindle, iPhone or iPod Touch.
Back cover blurb is as follows:
Young Léofric is troubled with strange visions of battle. He does not understand them until one day two warriors, an elf and a man, arrive to take him away to war. While being instructed in the ways of combat, he learns that he is the Sword Dreamer, whose visions of pending battles are necessary to bring an end to the civil war in Irminsul. He learns the
Is up in issue 8 of Ruthless Peoples Mag
Very chuffed with this.
Have another story being held pending publication, but heard nothing for ages so it might be dead in the water.
Also have the following submissions out.
Horror Library Vol 4 cutting block press - Death won't be cheated.
Murky Depths - Jac
Clockworkphoenix - Full Circle
All are coming
It will be another (though larger) collection of science fiction short stories. Through their self-publishing arm.
That said I've decided it's time for something a little longer and I have launched into writing a sci-fi novella.
By the way - a flash fiction story of mine - an edited version of "Surprise Attack" is slated to appear in the February edition of the Aussie on line magazine "Antipodean SF"
Well it sounds as if my fears about The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (THGTTG) may be misfounded.
With the release of the sixth book in the trilogy this week, there's an awful lot of media coverage about it.
The Guardian newspaper reviewed it and liked it.
They also reviewed the Hitchhiker convention, HitchCon, though I have found in the past that media reviews of cons tend to be along the lines of 'look at the funny people dressed up....where's the
For anyone interested, here are the books I have read listed on librarything.com.
As of now, I have only reviewed a few books but rated almost all of them. If you are loking for more information, just PM me. Enjoy.
Updated October 13th, 2009 at 06:19 AM by Gkarlives
(Trying to make a better link)
I think I must visit my Pilanel relatives in Murask. Now that the Singing is over, I guess I have time on my hands...
Seeing as this is my first entry it won't be long. Just a general hello to all.
So I'm still getting used to this site, but so far I love it. Read a few short stories last night and I must say that they are all very well done.
If you emjoy reading blogs and are a sci-fi/fantasy/horror geek then I definitely recommend following Caitlin R. Kiernan's blog @ her LiveJournal.
A good podcast/magazine is Clarkesworld. A good one is
...but sadly, not all site/genre related!
Anyway, for now, here's a couple of items in the news that caught my eye.
1) Big UK bookseller stops workers accessing publishing industry website: HERE.
Hmmm. I have a lot of time for our sellers, to be honest. Most of the people I've come across at such well-known retail outlets are genuine fans and keen to do well in the system. But articles like this one, if true, do little to make me happy about what's going
Updated October 9th, 2009 at 07:49 PM by Hobbit
After taking a few days off from blogging, I decided to check on the hit counters on not only the "Characters in Action" entries but the sample chapters as well, just as a means of trying to see which characters seem to be liked the best. This time I'm only focusing on this blog.
The (again, unscientific) measure I'm using is views of entries for each character. This time, the "Phantom Squadron" chapter will count for all four, so each character is spotted 18
I've been waiting impatiently for the proof copy of Labyrinth of Fire to arrive, and finally it showed up today. It looks exactly as I expected it to look, and I'm very happy, especially when stood next to Island of Fog on my shelf! Fills me with warm fuzzies. :-)
Speaking of book cover comparisons, Island of Fog has been through two or three minor revisions since April, and we're talking very minor edits to fix a couple of typos and re-word a sentence or two. But the latest revision
The last month or so has been very bad for me family wise. About two weeks ago I lost my brother-in-law to cancer. He had been fighting it for several years without success. Unknown to me, toward the end he was hallucinating, out of control at times, and barely eating.
Last week, I learned that my cousin was put in the hospital for a brain tumor. She had just started having headaches so she went to the doctor. I guess the situation was so bad that they immediately put her into
So I entered the short story competition in the writing section last month.
It so happened that as I was devising a comic short story our prose competition was starting and lo and behold, the topics fitted nicely. For my comics I write a full prose version, albeit dramatically thinned, to get the major beats. That became, with a touch of polish, Ferryman's Toll above.
Originally posted on October 1, 2009...
I finished Labyrinth of Fire (for now) and have sent out a couple of copies for proofing. One went to my brother Darren in England, who has one or two eyes for detail and is a qualified proofreader. Another went to Laura Canning, who is Irish but currently living in Australia. She's a journalist, author and proofreader. I might send out a couple more proofs shortly.
Updated October 3rd, 2009 at 01:37 PM by Keith Robinson
Originally posted on September 18, 2009...
I wrote the final words of Labyrinth of Fire last night. If I smoked I would have lit a ciggie, and if I had some champagne I would have popped the cork. Instead I watched The Office and ate a frozen strawberry popsicle.
104,227 is the total number of words (227 pages) in this first draft. This is longer than the previous book, but I have some editing and cutting to do so hopefully it will squeeze down to Island of Fog size,