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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:

New Fiction Posted: The Wind Wasn't Right

A little explanation before the story
I read a lot of blogs by writers and agents. Some of these blogs host fiction contests. Janet Reid's Blog is a good one for that (as well as being an incredible source of knowledge on all things publishing). Fiction University is another good one. This past week, Fiction University posted a writing prompt - make a story about anything, of any length, that starts with the words "The wind wasn't right." I wrote a mildly cyberpunk police procedural at just under 400 words. You can READ IT HERE.

Evolution of a story, part 2: How “Honey Bees & Blackholes” became “Long-Term Storage”

Long-Term Storage was the third of my four drabbles published on the site SpeckLit in 2015. It’s only 100 words long (that’s what ‘drabble’ means, apparently). The story is about how a group of humans flee extinction by flying into a blackhole. Please read it before continuing (contractually, I can’t post it here yet).

 

How on Earth does one come up with a story idea like that?

Here’s how…

Two Science Fiction TV shows that deserve reboots

It seems like every old science fiction show is getting a reboot, except perhaps one or two that would actually be good. There have been a few shows that were either ahead of their time or whose premises were so good, that they've already been rebooted - The Prisoner comes to mind. And there have been TV shows that have been rebooted despite their reputations - Lost in Space anyone?

But there are a couple of shows that deserve to have reboots - because they had strong story ideas and were just a little ahead of the technology needed to present them well. Let's look at those...

Reflecting on The Force Awakens

I, as much as any fan, bought into the hype and excitement around Star Wars: The Force Awakens. I wrote a number of blog posts about it - more than any other movie, certainly. And generally, on reflection, I'm happy with what we got, mostly...

Now I’d like to revisit The Force Awakens from a different perspective: How to improve the version that we’ve all seen. I know, as soon as we talk about “improving” Star Wars, we get “Special Edition” fright. But the Phantom Edit and other unofficial works have shown that improvement isn't necessarily bad. Besides, there are only two places that I would prefer to have seen changes, so bear with my hypothetical "improvements."

Astronomers Find An Interesting Mystery (probably not aliens)

Interesting astronomy news breaking today (October 14, 2015):

A star 1,451 light years away from us, catalogued as KIC 8462852, is showing an odd behaviour. Up to 80% of its light disappears for between 5 and 80 days at a time, suggesting that something big is orbiting it.

We're not talking planet-sized big, we're talking big-big. For example, Jupiter, the biggest planet in our solar system, could have that same effect on an observer if the observer was standing on one of our outer planets, like Pluto. Pluto is about 5.5 light *hours* away from our sun. This star is 1,451 light *years* away.

Originally posted October 14, 2015 • LATEST UPDATE: January 19, 2016

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