August 28, 2006

Writer Anticipation

Waiting for the editors of Apex magazine makes it harder for me to work on my next short story. I know I need to keep working, but I'd much rather sit around and wait, checking my email much too often, looking for any response from the story that I sent to them recently.

I need to write, so my hopes don't all rest upon one story. I did send out a very short story to a contest in The Drabbler magazine. A piece of fiction exactly 100 words in lenght is a 'drabble'. The prize is publication and a copy of the magazine. Not much of a prize, but it wasn't much work.

I'm just over 2000 words in my newest short, another sci-fi-ish story, this time about a feud between low-tech and high-tech people. You've heard that theme before, but hopefully you haven't heard this specific conflict. We'll see if I have it in me to get this one finished. I'm expecting it to come in at about 5500-6000 words.

August 23, 2006

Three out of Four's Not Good

Everyone is sick except me, and I'm only partially not sick.'s a good time around here. Feel free to stop by if you're looking to add some sinus pressure to your life.

Oh, and if you don't like to sleep, this is the house to be at. We're up snot-partying all night. Oh yeah baby!

August 22, 2006

Let's Play Pee-Ball


August 18, 2006

Short Story Submitted

I've gone over a big hurdle in the world of writing fiction. Last night, two full weeks before my goal, I submitted my first story to a publication. I'm very excited about getting a response, be it yes or no.

It's a rather disturbing (or so my first readers say) short sci-fi piece about a man's struggles to become smarter. That's all I can give you right now, because I don't want to 'publish' it on my blog, as that lessens my chances of getting it actually published. That is, if it is indeed good enough to publish, and who am I to judge that.

I sent it to Apex Science Fiction and Horror Digest. They take an average of 15 days to respond to submissions, so I shouldn't have to wait very long.

August 16, 2006

Museum Adventure

A fun time was had with Grandma Chicken at the Michigan Historical Museum, even if we weren't supposed to climb into most of the exhibits.

August 14, 2006

A Visitor from Beyond

We had a fun visit from my friend Adam over the weekend. It was the first time that I'd seen him since my wedding (in 2001), and I'm glad we had the chance to see him. He's been living in Maine for the past few years, but he's recently moved back to Michigan.

Marion and Henry both really liked him. One time Keleigh handed Marion to me, and she reached out for Adam instead.

Fun stuff, quite a nice weekend.

August 05, 2006

Pre-Season Football

Henry's ready for the football season to start, all decked out in his Anchorage Iceball's shirt that his Aunt Jenn designed and his Grandma Chicken (my mom) embroidered for him. Thanks family, this'll be great for team spirit! The Iceballs, by the way, are my fantasy football team, I've been using that name since high school, and we're bound for glory this year.

August 03, 2006

I'm Writing

Jon was a different man. Jon knew that he was better off without his toes, his legs, and his ears. He was better off without his left arm, and his right arm, and he was sure that he'd be nearly perfect without his torso.

That's the first line of my latest short story. I set a goal for myself to have the first draft done by Friday night, and I think I'm going to make it. I got a lot done yesterday, more than expected, so I'm in good shape.

After the first draft I'll do some revising, and then I'm -going- to send it out to some sci-fi short story markets. I'm very excited to get my first rejection letter.

Although, officially it won't be my first rejection letter. As a little guy I sent out a query letter to Cat Fancy, proposing an article about new litterbox technology, and I did get a rejection. It wasn't fiction though. And it wasn't really the same kind of thing. Ya know...cuz I was a little guy.