A bunch of merry business has gone by. Allow me to fill you in:
- The Party At the Last Tomorrow is finished. Drafted, anyway. I’m going to go back in the summer and give it a thorough edit, tie down some loose threads, establish the things in the early chapters that I pantsed in the later ones, but you can read the existing draft on Tablo. Since my due date for finishing this draft was Easter, I’m pretty pleased with myself.
- Unnamed Journal put it’s ninth issue out, and it’s full of WWI-related shenanigans, plus some other fine fare. You’ll never look at scarecrows the same way again.
- Included in the above is the first piece I wrote using Scrivener instead of Microsoft Word or the Tablo app. It took some adjustment, but I really do like the way Scrivener works. I look forward to using it for the Summer Novel (I NaNoWriMo whenever I damn well please).
- Also included is the fifth Chapter of Void. It’s the shortest chapter so far, but I like what I did with it. It sets up the actual thing that made me want to write this in the first place. Read it on UJ exclusively for the next few months. Get caught up with previous chapters on Tablo.
Oh, and Void has a new cover:
Not bad. I’m not sold on it, though…
In the past, I’d finish a chapter of something and let it marinate, let my juices recharge, get back to the next chapter when I’ve a mind to.
That approach, it no worky.
So the fifth Chapter of Void is finished. I’m not going to post a link to it, because Void chapters are spoken for by Unnamed Journal. When Issue 9 of UJ goes live on April 1st, Void 5 will be available for viewing.
The next issue will have some WW1-related shenanigans in honor of the 100th anniversary of the Doughboys going Over There. Plus, Scarecrows. Subscriptions, they are still free. So what have you got to lose?
So, that’s a deadline I’ve got to meet. I also am still holding to the deadline of getting Last Tomorrow finished/drafted by Easter. Which means I have two more chapters to write. Which means I really need an outline or some kind of methodology of getting me to the ending I want. So I’m working on that, or at least a collection of beats.
So that’s two chapters and a short story for UJ9. I can do that. That’s totally doable.
Edit: Link was displaying messy code. Fixed now.
Unnamed Journal, a magazine I have been known to write for, is now in its second year. It’s been available in print from POD houses, Blurb and Lulu, and in digital form on Amazon. For the new year, they’ve switched gears, going to online magazine publisher Joomag.
The thing Joomag lets magazine publishers do is offer subscriptions. Amazon floated this idea for a little while for self-published magazines, but closed it. You can still subscribe to magazines on Amazon, but they’re from established players only. So it goes.
Right now, the editors of Unnamed Journal are offering their subscriptions for free. So when you click the cover pic below, you go to joomag.com and you can have the next issue, and subsequent issues, at no cost to you.
The previous year’s issues are now collected in the Year 1 Omnibus on Amazon. There’s lot’s of good stuff in there.
Chapter 3 of Void got finished last night (I’ve made some minor edits to the first few chapters). It will be part of Unnamed Journal, Issue 7, which is supposed to be out November 15th. That will be our year anniversary issue, so check the Facebook Page. Big changes will be afoot: a free back issue starting tomorrow, an omnibus, and a new design from a new platform. It will be rad. .
I’ve also laid down some good outline material for The Devil Left Him, so some new material should be out on that soon as well.
That’s all. Just what I been onto.
Some stuff I’ve been working on.
Here’s a free chapter to The Party at the Last Tomorrow, my post apocalyptic homage to Edgar Allen Poe:
Muse staggered her way along the Last Call Causeway, amid the broken rocks and occasional bones. Her brain was screaming at her to sleep. With each step the saccharine synth ploddings and weird blue lights that was part of Hard Harry’s new performance faded, leaving only a dull ringing in her ears and heaviness in her eyes. The granite between the Last Tomorrow and the old dead world didn’t absorb sound well, but it did leave that noise feeling faraway and foreign, like it had happened to someone else.
Muse wondered again what things sounded like under the sky. She remembered the sky. She was only a little girl when the world died, when Darker gathered the Party into the Last Tommorrow deep underground, and closed the Last Gate, but she remembered sky. Sometimes it was blue and sometimes it was red and sometimes it was gray and wet, but she remembered it. And when she felt as badly as she did right now, those memories of a world under the sky instead of under the rock came to her.
It had been forever since she’d felt this bad leaving the Grotto. One time she’d let a junior cutter do her party dose, and she collapsed after a dim memory of dancing on the Grotto floor. It had taken her two full shifts to even regain consciousness, and another to feel ready enough to resume grinding. After that she only let Cutter John dose her.
Read the rest and the first chapter for free at Tablo.
I’ve also got the first Chapter of another novella called Void on Tablo. If you like that, there’s a second chapter in the sixth issue of Unnamed Journal. You can buy a dead-tree copy of UJ #6 at Lulu, or a digital copy at Amazon.
Also available in the Issue:
- A Freeform rant by Thomas Fitz on the Ghostbusters remake
- The Djinn and the Daesh, by Alfred Underhill, in which terrorists and genies have it out.
Read and enjoy, read-and-enjoyers.