Friday, April 12, 2019

Cities of Wonder, Rails of Irreality ebook available for pre-order


So you've been curious about this chapbook but wanting the ebook version instead? Well, National Poetry Month is an excellent time to give it a try. It combines poems, some previously published and some new, with poetic flash-story prose into something that I think you'll find entertaining.

And now the Kindle version is available for pre-order and will be released next week Tuesday. If you have Kindle Unlimited, you'll be able to read it for free. And even if you don't, consider buying a copy for your phone/tablet/ereader or whatever.

Thanks in advance!

Monday, April 08, 2019

Short story published in Mirror Dance

My story "Amid Sun and Stone, an Alias," is in the latest issue of Mirror Dance. I've longed enjoyed the stories written by the editor of Mirror Dance, Megan Arkenberg, and kept thinking I should submit a story...and never got around to it before sending in this one.

This story is a lyrical fantasy that I wrote...quite a few years ago, I guess. I was trying to capture a flavor of mythic writing that I was enjoying in various novels and stories at the time, and ended up with this story of a woman who flees her home, but leaves behind her name. And names, as any reader of fairy knows, are far more important than we humans might imagine, whether it's the name we're given or the ones we choose for ourselves.

The writers in the issue were asked to share any writing advice they might like. So read to the end, and you'll see my advice, coming from the world of improv comedy. (Not that I'm a stand-up comedian, mind you...)

Wednesday, April 03, 2019

Faux ad of Spire City--entertainment!

Spire City isn't only infections, callous wealthy, and dirty alleys and tunnels. People can enjoy themselves here. When they aren't running for their lives... So maybe they'll even get a chance to hear this traveling troupe:


Like the last ad, this is a multi-column ad. Clearly a high budget campaign.

Sunday, March 03, 2019

Spire City 50% off sale!

If you want to patronize stores outside the Amazon milieu, Smashwords is a great source for buying ebooks. This week is Read an Ebook Sale at Smashwords, and all my Spire City novels/seasons are on sale there. Season One: Infected, Season Two: Pursued, and Season Three: Unwoven are each 50% off.

One week only!

Friday, February 15, 2019

Faux ad of Spire City: Banking!

Where do the people of Spire City go for their banking? Probably not here if they have the steampunk equivalent of a good credit score... But if not, this is the place to go. This is one of the ads that would have crossed multiple columns of the Spire Song's news stories and cheap serials.

Friday, February 08, 2019

Cities of Wonder copies have arrived


Doing print copies through KDP's print-on-demand service (as with Createspace previously) always gives you this moment of wondering how the final product will look. You can examine the pdfs all you want, launch the viewer, order proof copies. But until you have the final version in hand, it always feels a little surreal, a little too unknown.

So I love finally getting my hands on copies of the books. I'm impressed with the quality of the books KDP produces. These chapbooks look very good, inside and out.

Get your copy today!

Monday, February 04, 2019

Return of the Spire City ads

Lots of talk about ads today... Here are some very different kinds of advertising.

It was roughly 11 years ago when I began the pre-writing for the Spire City episodes, dreaming up the characters, the effects of their terrible infections, and details of the city itself. Early on I had the idea to have an in-world explanation that these episodes were appearing, serialized, in some pulp newspaper within the same setting. I even created letterhead for the newspaper:


That was fun to create. I started playing around with other grunge and distressed fonts. Of course, the official claim is that these infections are something natural, that the warnings of those who are infected arise from delusions caused by the same infection. So I created this warning to appear within the pages of the newspaper as well. It likely appeared on lamp-posts throughout the city as well.


For those who've read the stories, you know how cruelly false "easily treatable" is...

Anyway, I kept playing around with free images and various fonts and came up with dozens of in-world ads to appear alongside the episodes. They're meant to look...like they'd appear in a cheap newspaper, nothing fancy. I've always loved when writers create in-world...things, realia to go along with the story. It gives the story world an extra dimension, extra weight as it were.

I've shared some of the single-column ads on my blog before, though I had to go back quite a few years to find the latest. I'm planning to continue sharing more of them in the weeks ahead. But first, here are all the ads that I've already shared. You can follow this link to see the original posts for each one as well as new ads in the series. I hope you enjoy it!