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  1. How to make an idiot of yourself without even trying.

    As I had only had two short story submissions out I thought I would send a couple more out.

    I chose the mags carefully, followed the submission rules, and sent the stories off. I didn't realise the major c...up I had made with one until today.

    In the submission instructions there were two email addresses, one, editor@, one, queries@. One was for submissions, the other for queries about submissions, or outstanding submissions. Guess which one I sent my story to... "sigh" ...
  2. Excerpt from Chapter 6 of The Slingshot Saga Vol. 1

    They were about to start in the direction of the wall when Sam grabbed Derek by the arm and said, “Do you hear something?”

    Derek listened for a moment and replied, “No…what did you hear?”

    “I dunno sounded like something howling…maybe my imagination…let’s go.”

    Unconsciously the boys walked a little faster in the direction of the wall.

    The wall was now in sight by the naked eye but unfortunately this time both boys heard howling and ...
  3. Excerpt from prologue of The Slingshot Saga -vol. 1

    He watched from behind a large stand of trees fifty feet away as the two men stood in the river shallows spear fishing.

    He wanted to capture both alive as earlier he had stalked two others and had to kill one of the two that had tried to escape. The corpse lay on top of his wagon and would be a meal for his “pets” when he returned home.

    The other was secured inside his wagon.

    As he watched, he worked out a plan of attack. If he moved ten feet to the ...
  4. Moved the Blog

    I have moved my blog over to
  5. Healthcare

    Now that the debate about how to fix the US healthcare system is beginning to take center stage, I feel like putting down a thought I have had for sometime now. I tell this to anyone that brings up the subject around me. Yes, I know there are diverse reasons for our problems with healthcare, but I feel there is one part of the solution that is being over looked, paperwork.

    Everyone wants to focus on the mechanics of the actual treatment and payment of healthcare costs. My idea ...

    Updated July 8th, 2009 at 04:38 PM by Gkarlives

  6. Progress.

    Well, the story sent to Black Static has been rejected.

    So that leaves two short story submissions out there. Sent a reminder to one, as it was submitted back in February. If not reply by the end of August I will consider this one dead.

    The other story is with an e-zine that has a 60 day turn round, so another month yet to go before I nudge.

    Effort one is plodding on, 5,000 words done, and a good handle got on two main characters, though I am going back ...

    Updated July 12th, 2009 at 05:15 PM by Holbrook

  7. Recent 15 minute slot on Strategic Talk Radio

    The links to the written interview and live show for my recent 15 minutes on blog talk radio are attached:


    Updated July 14th, 2009 at 03:57 AM by David Scholes

  8. Getting a 15 minute time slot on US Strategic Radio

    I'm getting a 15 minute timeslot on US Strategic Radio at 3pm US Pacific Time on Monday 6 July. To discuss my new book and a few other things.

    That's a respectable 8am Tuesday 7 July here in Canberra, Australia (AEST).

    The link to the Strategic Radio site is:


    Updated July 4th, 2009 at 12:40 AM by David Scholes (My author site was already shown on an earlier blog.)

  9. The world turns.

    A good friend died today. Known her for 35 years, She was just a year older than me. She fought cancer for over 12 months, in the end it won.

    Of all of us she took care of herself, watched her weight, did the keep fit, ate well, yet the big C took hold. Does not seem fair at all.

    The world turns, and there is one less light out there.
  10. Spammers

    If there's something I hate it's spammers and all their tricky ways of doing just that. We try as best we can to be on top of things, but a returning problem has been someone signing up and then spamming people through the Private Messaging system. Finally I think I have fixed that problem once and for all .

    Updated July 1st, 2009 at 01:48 AM by daigoro

  11. THE MAGICIANS by Lev Grossman

    I've recently finished an advance copy of THE MAGICIANS by Lev Grossman and loved it.

    THe book follows the adventures of Quentin Coldwater, a high school senior who is obsessed with Christopher Plover’s series of fantasy novels set in the magical land of Fillory, only to discover that Fillory really exists!

    To go along with the book, they've created some amazing viral websites that I think you'll enjoy exploring:

    • You can explore Fillory here: ...
  12. On the DGLA...

    Been a little while, so an update.

    In case you haven't read on the Forums, I REALLY enjoyed the inaugural David Gemmell Legend Awards in London on Friday. I've written pretty much all I wanted to say there, but simply lots of great people there, a nicely done ceremony and a fabulous venue.

    I do think that it's going to continue onwards and upwards. I hope David would've enjoyed it, I rather think he would.

    Afterwards there's been some interesting comments. ...
  13. Yikes, cursed again.

    I blog about getting started on my new work and the old curse strikes again.

    My ongoing heath problem has flared up. (Lympodeama) So I feel like crap, and am on antibiotics so strong that I feel I have had one over the eight!

    Not touched either story since Wednesday, or was it Thursday? I am totally out of it lol...

    Anyway going to make the effort today, as well as read some of the flash fiction entries. Mine has bombed, expected it would. Lately I don't ...
  14. Philip K. Dick: Gnostic? Prophet? Saint?

    Looking back at my husband's life and work 27 years after his death, I wonder what he would think of this world. Is it anything like the future that he predicted? Not really.

    Perhaps Phil's dystopic visions helped us to make changes that prevented the rise of the police state, at lest to some extent. But we are headed int he direction of cities swarming with homeless people, thieves and murderers, much like the major European cities of the Middle Ages, but with modern technology. ...
  15. The Slingshot Saga Volume 1

    If you liked the Chronicles of Narnia and the Lord of the Rings then read The Slingshot Saga.

    The story’s main characters, Derek and Sam, are teenage cousins who love adventure and plan to spend the summer working on Sam’s family farm and hanging out.

    However, a mysterious scroll with unusual directions leads them to a strange land fraught with danger and unique, deadly creatures.

    They are befriended by a primitive life style people who turn out to be ...
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