Rob Smales Dot Com

. . . the official Rob Smales website.

Writer In Progress

Writing is an exploration. You start from nothing and learn as you go.

~E.L. Doctorow

view:  full / summary

Our Collaboration--Part 3: Is It A Book?

Posted by Rob Smales on October 7, 2017 at 8:00 PM Comments comments (0)

I've been blogging lately about the experience I had writing a collaboration with ...
Read Full Post »

Our Collaboration--Part 2: Letting Go

Posted by Rob Smales on September 10, 2017 at 7:30 AM Comments comments (3)

Okay, did you see up there where it said "Part 2"? You missed that? No worries. You can

Read Full Post »

Our Collaboration--Part 1: Two Heads?

Posted by Rob Smales on August 14, 2017 at 1:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Fʀᴏᴍ Mᴇʀʀɪᴀᴍ-Wᴇʙꜱᴛᴇʀ

Read Full Post »


Posted by Rob Smales on July 17, 2017 at 11:10 PM Comments comments (0)

It all started with a raffle.

The raffle was a part of the Haverhill Holiday Bookfear, a dark/horror oriented book fair put on at the Haverhill Public Library last December. As a last-minute prize (there were lots of prizes in this raffle) they added the authors themselves: fill out one of your tickets, drop it in the bucket at any of the participating autho...

Read Full Post »

Surprise, Surprise, Surprise!

Posted by Rob Smales on June 19, 2017 at 8:55 PM Comments comments (1)

Image result for surprise public domain clip art

Hey, happy June! Thanks for stopping by.

They say things come in threes. They also say three’s company, third time’s the charm, and go on three! I think I’ve said all those things, but the one that applies today is that things come in threes:...

Read Full Post »

Moving Day (Welcome Back!)

Posted by Rob Smales on May 22, 2017 at 9:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Welcome to Writer in Progress—or, if you’ve been here before, welcome back!

I know I haven’t been here in a while, but that doesn’t mean I’ve been sitting on my ass eating bon-bons—and if you’re a WYMOP reader, yeah, I’m about to run through the ...

Read Full Post »

Instant Review

Posted by Rob Smales on March 31, 2016 at 4:35 PM Comments comments (0)

I was in Portsmouth New Hampshire the other night, at the Author's Night by the Sea, when an older woman came by our table and was fascinated by my Carol of the Bells chapbook.

"Well," she said, "my name is Carol."

"Oh," I replied with a smile. "So is the main character in this story. That's where the title comes from."

Read Full Post »

November - Ending With a Surprise

Posted by Rob Smales on December 8, 2012 at 7:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Okay people, this should actually be a short one. For those of you with attention deficit disorder, it should be -- hey! Where the hell are you going? Get back here! Even your attention span isn't that short!


Episode 19 of the podcast Protecting Project Pulp stars the work of author Thomas Thursday in the form of the story Ten Dollars - No Sense....

Read Full Post »

October - Reading, Writing, and... well, more Reading.

Posted by Rob Smales on November 14, 2012 at 1:35 PM Comments comments (0)



Happy November! I'll jump right into this one.


The Coffin Hop: Some Reading

October was a busy month, but mainly due to the Coffin Hop and my lack of preparation for it. For those of you who might not know, the Coffin Hop is a virtual shop-hop with better than 100 horror writers linking their blogs and websites together for a huge, ...

Read Full Post »

September: Editing, Reviews and Lists, Oh My!

Posted by Rob Smales on October 14, 2012 at 10:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Happy October!

For those of you who like quick reads, I think I'm offering you another one this month as last month not a lot happened with me as a writer. Not compared with SOME of the months I've had.

New Business: 

I did write a couple of short stories last month, one titled It's a Kind of Magic...

Read Full Post »