Story Central

. . .
Published Short Fiction: Short Fiction on this site:

How It Really Happened
Long Term Storage
Hello, God?
No Present For Second Place
My First Cosplay
Forget Me Nots

Last Breath Day
The Wind Wasn't Right
Sylvester Down
Death vs Taxes
Divine Knowledge
Fortunate Waze
Shakespeare's Last Stand
Uncertainty Persists
Toto Was Wrong
The Devouring
Hail to the Chiefs


Recent Blog Posts:

Things you never think about: does a 20-cent coin make more sense than a 25-cent coin?

I noticed that I seemed to need less coins to make change in Malaysia than I did in Canada. Canada, like its counterpart the US, uses the following coins for values under $1: 5, 10, and 25 cent pieces (under $1, so not counting the loonie or twoonie). While Canada does technically have a 50-cent coin, it’s not widely circulated and can be hard to spend or receive as change. Malaysia has the following coins: 5, 10, 20, and 50 cents. Canada, like Malaysia, no longer has a one-cent co

The Value and Bane of Word Counts

Writers live an die by the words they write. Invariably, they die by word counts.

Lately I’ve been setting myself writing goals for a novel I’m working on, Tau Ceti. Each month I project where I want the story to be at both the end of that month and the next. Unfortunately, missing those targets can be incredibly deflating. In July I missed my word count goal, and again in August. My story got stuck around 73,000 words and didn’t seem to go anywhere.

Gupta-Gate: A failure in South African journalism

In May 2013, a scandal broke out in South Africa over a private jet landing at the top military base. At the time, none of the statements being made by the government made sense, and they often contradicted each other. I wrote the following to draw attention to them and to ask that some journalist step up and actually challenge these "facts."