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November - Ending With a Surprise

Posted by [email protected] 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....

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

Posted by [email protected] 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, ...

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September: Editing, Reviews and Lists, Oh My!

Posted by [email protected] 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...

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Not a Lot in August...

Posted by [email protected] on September 10, 2012 at 6:20 AM Comments comments (0)


Hello, it's me again.

Due to what I've been referring to as a 'personal crisis', I actually didn't manage to write anything for just about the entire month of August, so there's not a lot to report right now.  I even suspended my narration work with The District of Wonders, figuring that would be better and look a little more professional than failing on any assignmen...

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And that was July... Can you Hear Me Now?

Posted by [email protected] on August 7, 2012 at 6:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Hello, it's me again.

Just a quick rundown of what's been happening over here in my little corner of the world ... which is to say, my bedroom, mostly, though I write pretty much wherever I can.

The Ghost IS The Machine from Post Mortem Press will be available from...

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June - Productive? Hmm... not so much...

Posted by [email protected] on July 4, 2012 at 8:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Happy Independence Day!

Don't worry folks, this should be much quicker than last month., I can hear the sighs of relief from here...

Anyway, I have good news and bad news.

First, the good news: 

Do you remember that submission I made last m...

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May - A Wild Month of Success and Failure

Posted by [email protected] on June 3, 2012 at 9:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Hi everyone.

I know I skipped posting here last month, but I didn't get any complaints, so I figure it was alright with you folks. One month without my babbling - probably a pretty good thing. But here's what's been happening since that last post. It's been busy here.

Vamplit - The Friday Flash has continued to be written, though it's now going to a different place....

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Marching On

Posted by [email protected] on April 7, 2012 at 6:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Not a lot to report about March - those of you with attention deficit disorder will be able to get back to your shiny things in just minutes!

I've kept up with the Vamplit Friday Flash, though I'm not all that happy with my submissions for the month of March. I tried to make 5 flash stories that could both stand alone as individual stories and be strung together to form one larger story, much like I did with Harold's Holi...

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Santa Clause and Zombies... Yeah, I can see that...

Posted by [email protected] on March 2, 2012 at 11:00 PM Comments comments (0)


Another month down and not that much to report, I think.

I'm still putting out a story a week on Vamplit Blog, and I've revised the math after seeing more of the Twitter lists involved. If you have no idea what that means, don't feel bad; I barely understand it and I'm the one who wrote it! Essentially, I've looked at the "Following" lists for the people and websites involved, and...

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Vamplit and Zombie Love - It's Been a Strange Month

Posted by [email protected] on February 1, 2012 at 6:35 AM Comments comments (0)

And that was January. 

Weird month. I worked on the novel I started for NaNoWriMo quite a bit, but I took a little time out to work on another project, one I was invited to work on, called Zombies Need Love Too. If you've been reading my Blog you've probably heard of it. I wrote a story I liked a lot, but it was a little long --6,500 words, when the requested cap for submissions was 5,000.

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