Finally, I got in my submission for the next Busan Writing Group Book

The reason why Far Flung is far behind – I’ve been working on my piece for the next book by the Busan Writing Group.

My marking also dragged me down this semester – like way down, worse than before. At least it’s done.

Finally! I can enter the new year with only minor edits to the BWG story left, and with a fresh look at my plans for Far Flung.

Thanks for reading my blog and my story folks. I’ve really appreciated the visits and comments this year.

This site’s about to lose some of its nice design – I’m not paying for WordPress premium any more. I am paying for the domain, so I’ve got that going for me, which is nice.

I have to really examine my options for funding Far Flung and my other writing. Something like Patreon or Kickstarter, maybe.

We’ll see.


It’s been a heck of a year – have a great 2016!

2015 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,700 times in 2015. If it were a cable car, it would take about 28 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

Far Flung is now updated on Wattpad and Inkshares

Sorry, no new chapter yet!

I’ve got a job to do for the Busan Writing Group – yup, we have a new book coming out and I intend to be in it.

In the meantime, here are some new places to read Far Flung – I’ve added the most recent chapters to my Inkshares page, and I’ve put everything on Wattpad!

For voting and commentary, I still prefer Jukepop, but I have so many friends using Wattpad that I just had to cross-post there!

Keep on writing, folks.


Far Flung Chapter 5 is live!

The journey continues

A new episode in the adventures of the lost colony ship Tereshkova is up on Jukepop today!

When the pilot Helena Clarke awakens in Medbay. she finds herself under the control of an unseen alien force known only as the Alliance. Against her will, she acts as an agent for the Alliance’s rigid control over the galaxy, and holds Captain Joseph Konev accountable for trespassing on Alliance territory using ‘illegal’ technology.

Stop by my Jukepop serial page, read, and please vote or comment on the story!

First Impressions – Conviction by M. Howalt

My attention turns to Conviction, another serial on Jukepop


The author, M. Howalt, frequently replies to posts here (Hi! Always a pleasure to see you here!), so how could I not?

I’m now somewhere in the 5th installment of Conviction, and this post is about why you’ll want to check more of it out after the first chapter.

This story establishes a mood and a character very quickly, with the protagonist Iliya Radov trying to recover his memory in a horrible jail cell. As his cell is described, there are great little lines like “The paint and the plaster of his mind were crumbling, and it would be only a matter of time before he broke” that get the reader into this man’s head. At the end a bit of hope, a man who knows Iliya, and whom Illiya seems to have some fractured memory of. What does this man want? Illyia is an ‘Infantry Assault Wizard’? Such tantalizing clues!

It’s a lot to take in, but I think most readers will be drawn in by exactly that! I’ve kept on reading because of the mysteries and the simple narrative that navigates them quickly. That’s why I encourage you, dear reader, to check this out. Be sure to post your thoughts – let me know if you enjoyed Conviction as well!

#IWSG December 2015 – Writing in Sickness and in Health

One of the hardest things about writing is doing it e.v.e.r.y. d.a.y., no matter what.

I’m a father, a full-time teacher, a part-time tutor, a weekend teacher, a member of a good writing group, AND a writer. I’m sorry to say that yes, several days can go by when I do not write fiction. Now, I do make an effort to at least read various stories, especially those on Jukepop, where I’m trying to make a splash.

I like to think that writing reviews and blog posts “counts” as writing, and that reading is every bit as important as writing. As long as I do something that furthers my dream of being a full-time author, every single day. Even today, when I’m coughing like crazy, falling asleep in my chair, and faced with a huge stack of emails from the Creative Writing ESL class I teach at my full-time job.

I’ve been taking my time on my current serial, but this has also meant that the social side – the reviewing, following up, and promotion that I have to do to keep it alive – has fallen behind. I’m sick, darn it! Yeah, well – that old excuse just don’t cut it in the writing world, eh?

For the Insecure Writer’s Support Group, I’d like to ask:

Do you “count” your blogging in with your writing, or do you feel you have to write some bit of fiction, every day, no matter what? How do you handle sick days – would you say it’s better to slug it out, or give yourself a bit of a rest?

Well, happy writing folks. I gotta take my medicine…