Tips Straight from the Horse’s, er Judge’s Mouth

One of my current goals as a science fiction and fantasy writer is to eventually get into Writers of the Future. This has been a target for me ever since one of my literature teachers in college won and was published by them. If you can survive the brutal competition and professional-level judging, you can proudly …

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My Writing Process, or Dirty Dancing with the Muses

Some people are plotters, some people leave their characters adrift in hopes they will do something interesting. Stephen King is in the latter camp, adamantly a member of the let-the-characters-do-their-thing party. I imagine Tolkien must have been a plotter, and a big one. He started out building a language and then wrote a story for it. I'm …

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(Flash Story) The Adventures of Iric, Vol 20

Iric’s heart thundered in his chest as he strode to the cafe. Hunter hopped along at his side. Seeming to notice his apprehension, the dog rubbed her head reassuringly against his leg. The young watchman stopped in his tracks. A thousand emotions and thoughts fought for center stage in his mind. He stared at the …

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(Flash Story) The Adventures of Iric, Vol 19

Iric couldn’t have guessed that Sergeant Vott was such an avid Foxes and Larks player. The moment the big man found out the rookie watchman was learning the game, he disappeared into the dark, dusty storage room. “Any man with even a slight measure of wits should know this game,” Vott said from the cavernous …

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(Flash Story) The Adventures of Iric, Vol 18

The old man chuckled, the wisdom lines on his face bursting out in chaotic patterns, not unlike the cracks on a spot of sun-dried mud after a storm. “This isn’t funny,” Iric said, trying to contain his frustration. “There’s a thief on the loose, and if I don’t catch him, Sergeant Vott will have my …

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Weekly Wrap Up – might be radio silent for a bit…

Just a reminder to check out my two flash stories that were released last week: Memories of the South No Longer a Pup I will have one more story dropping this week, and another next week. Tomorrow, one of my Iric stories will be released on The Flash Fiction Press. Even better, another story will be published …

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(Flash Stories) The Adventures of Iric, Vol 17

“What’s all the commotion?” Iric said, pushing his way through the agitated and growing crowd. “The Wizard Council’s proctor has arrived,” a relatively quiet, middle-aged woman said to him. She was shorter than most in the crowd, with shoulder length graying hair that fell from a polished copper band, roughly carved in the shape of …

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(Flash Stories) The Adventures of Iric, Vol. 15

The pair of small, polished-iron shields jiggled on the dog’s collar as it limped through the watchhouse breakroom. The sound was like the squeal of a wounded rodent, only serving to draw the attention of lurking predators. “Iric!” Sergeant Vott screamed from the opposite side of the room. “What is that mutt doing in my …

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