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October 6, 2009

Not the good lamb with Guinness kind, but a bit of everything in today's post...even a recipe for stew if you hold on 'till the end.

My flash story, "Policy Woes" is up at Hypersonic Tales. Sort of a science fantasy, definitely dark, and a little disturbing. I chalk this one up to a "popcorn dream" ala Joe R. Lansdale (if you don't know what I mean, read one of his short fiction collections).

Bards and Sages Quarterly is running a survey for their "best of the year". Not that you would wan...
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Published on October 06, 2009 06:19 • 16 views

October 5, 2009


Another small press magazine bit the dust. As a former contributor, I received an email that Necrography was no more. The publisher produced one and only one issue (which can still be purchased through Amazon.com), and my short story "Brian Cullen's Confessional" found itself in the TOC. It's a nice little magazine, glossy and slick with clean layout.

Am I sad that another paying market has bitten the dust? Yes.

Am I surprised? No.

I turned to writing short fiction when my first novel was i...
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Published on October 05, 2009 06:26 • 14 views

October 2, 2009


The first of them hits a window with a wet thunk. Valerie jerks upright at the sound.

"What the 'ell was that?"

Richard mumbles, rolls over and pulls a pillow over his head.

Valerie clutches the quilt, listening. A few more smacks—amplified noises like insect kamikaze against a windshield at high speed—echo from the kitchen.

"Richard, wake your lazy arse." Valerie shakes Richard's shoulder.

He moans, sucks a breath into his lungs, and opens his eyes. "What you want to go and wake me for?"

"Somethin...
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Published on October 02, 2009 06:19 • 6 views

October 1, 2009

How much is art worth?

I always like to understand an idea's evolution. This post comes by the way of Jeremy Brooks who sent me to this post from Amanda Effing Palmer, but the seed was planted when I read about author royalties at Galleycat a few weeks ago.

I quote from the comments:

Marvin11: "I think that writer [sic:] make MORE than enough money"

PeterKing: "writers should be writing because of their love for the craft, not for the money"

I could go on...but you are all big people. Read for ...
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Published on October 01, 2009 10:02 • 6 views

September 30, 2009

Today's WIP Wednesday is about honesty: a final tribute to the shifty Richard Ridyard.

Aaron Polson is my real name. I understand the need for pseudonyms. I respect most people who use them. Tricky Dick Ridyard, I do not. The "Aaron Polson" on Facebook from Australia is not me. There is a small town in Montana named "Polson" and a former liquor store in Manhattan, Kansas named Polson Liquor. I have no affiliation with either. The surname Polson is Scandinavian, meaning (at some point i...
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Published on September 30, 2009 14:54 • 7 views

September 29, 2009

So there's a plagiarist afoot who calls himself Richard Ridyard. It seems Tricky Dick tried to pull the proverbial wool over some eyes at Shock Totem by subbing a little changed version of Stephen King's "The Boogeyman".

Um, Dick? Here's a clue: the editors at a pro-paying horror mag have probably read everything by Mr. King.

Stoooopid.

But wait...there's more: Check out Angel Zapata's blog for all the gory details. It seems Tricky Dick Ridyard has been up to a lot of "tricks". And guess what?

Tr...
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Published on September 29, 2009 18:26 • 7 views

September 28, 2009

My "process" (nod to KV Taylor, Danielle Ferries, and Cate Gardner among others for going before):

1. Are you a "pantser" or a "plotter?"

I like to know the end before I begin, but I generally let the story and characters write the rules as they go. I've flirted with plotting, but it all crumbles in the process. The end is a destination, but the journey to the end is the story.

2. Detailed character sketches or "their character will be revealed to me as a I write"?

A little of both. Some characte...
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Published on September 28, 2009 08:05 • 18 views

September 25, 2009

A word of caution...this one isn't for the kids.


John Wilton found himself in his sun porch clutching the handle of a stirrup hoe. Rain had soaked the yard for the past few days, and he knew—following Karen's example—that the garden would need a good weeding. It was her garden, suggested by her therapist, a hobby to occupy her troubled mind—something living to help her forget the baby.

But Karen didn't forget. With her in the hospital, he was left with the house and the garden to tend, alone.

He...
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Published on September 25, 2009 05:30 • 11 views

September 24, 2009

After yesterday's Zombie Snails, I couldn't help posting this:



Some of the most gloriously weird insect deaths caught on film.
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Published on September 24, 2009 06:30 • 8 views

September 23, 2009

How could I watch this video about zombie snails and not be inspired to write something?


I call my take "Guided by Wire" and it will appear in a future edition of the new Night Chills magazine. A man who eats of the snail that has eaten of the worms...

Okay, so what am I working on, now? I finished "Tap, Tap" last weekend...it needs some significant edits, but I do like the ending. Nothing is more important than the end of a short story (only if nothing is another name for the beginning).

I'm...

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Published on September 23, 2009 03:07 • 6 views