Death in Hathaway Tower – Podcast

Today WMG Publishing has posted a free podcast of my story “Death in Hathaway Tower,” from Fiction River: Fantastic Detectives. Read by the fantastic Jane Kennedy, it’ll be up for a week. I hope you’ll check it out.

Author Readings

The timing couldn’t be better. Along with launching members-only podcasts as part of my Books for Coffee deal, I’m launching an author reading podcast of my stories. The new podcasts will be going live in November, but I’ll probably have a special “beta” podcast up soon as I get things set up. The WMG Publishing podcast of “Death in Hathaway Tower” will go away after a week, but I plan to keep my podcasts up, and you’ll be able to subscribe via iTunes to listen in your Podcasts app.

Fantastic Detectives – Death in Hathaway Tower

Today marks the release of Fiction River: Fantastic Detectives. Here’s the table of contents:

“Case Cracked” by Joe Cron
“Living with the Past” by Dayle A. Dermatis
“All She Can Be” by Karen L. Abrahamson
“Under Oregon” by Kara Legend
“Role Model” by Kevin J. Anderson
“Death in Hathaway Tower” by Ryan M. Williams
“Trouble Aboard the Flying Scotsman” by Alistair Kimble
“Containing Patient Zero” by Paul Eckheart
“Canine Agent Rocky Arnold vs. The Evil Alliance” by Juliet Nordeen
“An Incursion of Mice” by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
“They’re Back!” by Dean Wesley Smith

See that story, right after Kevin J. Anderson’s (featuring his Dan Shamble zombie detective)? Yep. That’s my story. I’m thrilled to be in this book, with so many fantastic writers like Paul Eckheart, Joe Cron (hilarious story), series editors Kristine Kathryn Rusch and Dean Wesley Smith, and everyone else included. All wonderful writers and it’s great to be included.

Publisher Allyson Longueira posted recently about the new release in, These detectives are fantastic!

Check out the Fiction River blog for more news.

Kickstarter Subscription Drive

There are 7 days left in the Fiction River subscription drive over on Kickstarter. There are still some limited edition rewards packages available, including the print Fantastic Detectives package. That’s a full year of Fiction River in print editions, plus the print edition of Fantastic Detectives. Plus you get print editions of books by authors in this anthology, including: Joe Cron, Karen L. Abrahamson, Juliet Nordeen, and me! My contribution is Goblin Alley: The Bloodied Fang, first book in that series. That’s a lot of reading!

There are also a bunch of other reward packages, both e-book and print, including Fiction River subscriptions and extra e-books and print books from contributors. That also includes Fiction River: Moonscapes, which includes my story “Caressing Charon.”

The Greatest Gig

The Greatest Gig

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 The Greatest Gig is now available . This is a light, fun science fiction story about Chrystal Eagle, starship plumber. It was the first story I wrote in this universe, first with Chrystal Eagle and led to writing my novel Stowaway to Eternity. The novel is set in the same universe, but a different ship and different characters. If things go as planned, it should be out in about a year. I’d like to see it out sooner but there are just so many titles to get out!

This story has been out before, but this is the new preferred edition, available in e-book and paperback formats. Some of the sites are still updating and will be linked when it’s available.

I didn’t sleep well last night. I woke up around 2 AM with leg pain. I took some ibuprofen, had a snack and finished reading the Hamilton book. That’s a fun, long-running series. I’ve started reading Alan Dean Foster‘s Icerigger Trilogy now. I tried going back to sleep, but it never really took.

Up at 5 AM, getting ready, reading during breakfast, and then I worked on the first part of the post before leaving for work.

The rest of the day went okay. It was a slower day on the Day Job. I was also feeling tired and worn out, which made the day more difficult. I still wrote on my breaks and managed to get the bulk of my word count done. I finished the rest after I was home.

In a lull in the rain I also repaired the door to our chicken coop that had been torn off in a storm a few weeks ago. That done, I spent the rest of the evening relaxing. We watched TV, my son fell asleep early.

Tomorrow

My weekend from the Day Job starts, so there are errands and other activities to take its place. That means I still need to be focused if I’m going to get in my words for the day and manage a few other tasks. Maybe even study some. I have a new art book, The Digital Renaissance by Carlyn Beccia that I’m looking forward to reading.

To catch up on other posts in this series, check out the contents page: Working Creatively With a Day Job.

If you enjoy these posts, please comment and share with others. It does take time that could be spent on other projects, so if you want to show additional support, consider picking up copies of my books or stories either for your own enjoyment, or for someone else.

Daily Update, or Egg Hunt

Egg Hunt

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The reissue of Egg Hunt is available now through Glittering Throng Press. This new preferred edition is out in e-book and paperback editions. It’s available through my publisher site or various retailers.

This is the latest reissue, as I work through my inventory to do new editions of my stories and novels, and retire the pen names that I used for many of my titles.

When I got up this morning I realized that I haven’t been running/exercising as much as I’d like. I’m planning to do the Spartan Race in August. I still have a long way to go before I’m in shape to finish the race! Today on the monkey bars I attempted a pull-up. Yeah, attempted. A younger version of me could knock out a bunch without thinking about it. I ran ~3.5 miles this morning, I’m not sure about the exact time because I forgot to start the tracker app.

It’s a good reminder that the most effective trackers are those that happen transparently — but that’s not often the case. Most require you to do something, even if it’s just putting the thing on. I use the Endomondo app which works well as long as I start it.

I worked at the Day Job today, out in another library, but one with more staff. It made it easier to take breaks and get in my word count. The new novel is coming along well. I’m enjoying it and having fun. If I continue on track I should have it finished by the end of May.

To catch up on other posts in this series, check out the contents page: Working Creatively With a Day Job.

If you enjoy these posts, please comment and share with others. It does take time that could be spent on other projects, so if you want to show additional support, consider picking up copies of my books or stories either for your own enjoyment, or for someone else.

Daily Update, or Finishing, and Again

Truth-Seeker
Truth-Seeker

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Today was one of those days when I knew the Day Job was going to impact my creative efforts. It was a good day, but a busy one that wouldn’t give me a chance to really get off by myself for breaks when I could write. No breaks, really, since I was always “on” conversing with interesting supporters of the library. It was the annual Friends & Board Forum for all of the library supporters. Among other things, I was co-presenting about local authors and what the library is doing to develop more of a local author collection.

Knowing that I wouldn’t have much time, I made sure to get to bed at a reasonable hour last night so I could get a good night’s sleep. Unfortunately the dog and the child determined that sleep wasn’t going to really happen. On the one hand they did me a favor because I ended up getting up early and that gave me more time to take a ride on my trike this morning, and to work on my current short story before I had to leave and drive an hour out to Shelton. So (lack of sleep aside) it ended up being a good morning.

After getting home I spent another half hour writing and finished up the short story. That’s the third short story I’ve finished since I completed my last novel. The question to decide tomorrow is whether to start the next novel now, or do one more story.

The other fun thing today was the reissue of my short story Truth-Seeker, now available from Glittering Throng Press (and retailers) in e-book and print editions. This is a story that originally came out under my retired pen name, Michael Burges. Now the story is out in my preferred edition, under my name as I continue to reissue and release my work.

Tomorrow starts my weekend — which will likely be full of other activities than writing or illustrating, but I’ll find some time to create something new.

To catch up on other posts in this series, check out the contents page: Working Creatively With a Day Job.

If you enjoy these posts, please comment and share with others. It does take time that could be spent on other projects, so if you want to show additional support, consider picking up copies of my books or stories either for your own enjoyment, or for someone else.

Daily Update, or Writing, the Day Job, and Priorities

Different Gravities 

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Ever have one of those days when you feel like you just need to hit the reset button and reload from a saved game file? That was my day today. I woke up and listened to the pouring rain last night — and pulled the covers back up. Sleeping sounded like a really good idea right then.

Part of my brain yammered away about going for a 3.5 mile run, and the story I wanted to tell of how my day went, but the rest of me told that part to stuff a pillow in it. Then that pest changed tactics.

Fine, fine, if you’re not  going to go for a run, you should at least get up and work on “Different Gravities.” Isn’t today the release day? Didn’t you have all those troubles with InDesign eating the files yesterday?

Eventually that argument gained traction and I got up. Of course by then I’d already lost a lot of time. There wasn’t time for the run anymore, or at least not the run and working on the story. Which was it going to be?

“Different Gravities” won, and it’s now out over at Glittering Throng Press in print and e-book editions. It’s not up at all of the retailers yet, not in the current edition, but will come up there in the next few days. I spent part of the morning creating the .epub and .mobi (Kindle) files for the story and getting other work done. I’d already done the paperback edition.

When it came down to creative work vs. exercise, the creative work won. Exercise is a high priority for me right now, but my motivation was lacking this morning. My motivation to get the story out eventually conquered the desire to sleep longer and got me up working. I wasn’t done, not then, but I had to leave work for the Day Job.

When it comes to priorities the Day Job trumps the rest. I went to work and had a good time, because working in libraries is excellent. Anytime you have a kid say that she wants a longer “meaty book” it’s a good day.

I also found time to take my breaks, and work on my new short story. It’s coming along well, but isn’t done yet. I may do another story or two before I start on the next novel, although I’d like to get started on the new book April 1st. No joking.

When it comes to my priorities, talking about the creative work, writing takes the first spot. If I can’t get anything else done, I try to write. If I can do that then I’ll paint/draw and work on publishing my work. As I can I’ll also study and learn. Sometimes I’ll do an activity that is technically lower on the list, because I assume I’ll have time to write later and sometimes that backfires.

Today never felt quite right, but I got the story reissued and met my word count and even did some push-ups. The day didn’t start right, but it ended up okay. Even took time to watch Elyisum which I enjoyed even if it didn’t hit District 9‘s level for me. Movies are down on my priority list (TV in general) but I do enjoy some time to just relax and watch something entertaining.

To catch up on other posts in this series, check out the contents page: Working Creatively With a Day Job.

If you enjoy these posts, please comment and share with others. It does take time that could be spent on other projects, so if you want to show additional support, consider picking up copies of my books or stories either for your own enjoyment, or for someone else.

Caressing Charon in Fiction River: Moonscapes

I’m thrilled to have a new story, “Caressing Charon” out in Fiction River: Moonscapes.

Fiction River Moonscapes

We all look up at the moon and wonder. And maybe dream. For centuries, the moon filled our imaginations. Eleven professional writers took those dreams and set original stories on moons scattered all over the galaxy. Yet, as the dreams of centuries, every story holds a human touch. From a mythical man fulfilling a childhood wish to a fantastic addition to Kristine Kathryn Rusch’s bestselling Retrieval Artist series, this volume of Fiction River allows you to travel to eleven different moons without leaving the comfort of home. 

Fiction River is an original fiction anthology series. Modeled on successful anthology series of the past, from Orbit to Universe to Pulphouse: The Hardback Magazine, the goal of Fiction River is to provide a forum for “original ground-breaking fiction of all genres.” 

Find it at these retailers, available in paperback and e-book editions:

Amazon
Barnes & Noble
Kobo
Smashwords

New story relaunch: Quantum Uncertainty

Quantum UncertaintyNew story relaunch today, Quantum Uncertainty, now available from Glittering Throng Press.

Private Detective Barry Holliday, Doc to his friends, likes industrial cases for the pay check, but otherwise could leave it. The job from Q-Prime looks ordinary. Track down the hacker responsible for stealing private corporate data, retrieve the information and turn the hacker over to the cops.

Even the easiest jobs have a way of leading to unexpected places. 

 

New story relaunch: Witness to Dust

Witness to DustAnother story relaunched today, Witness to Dust, previously published as written by “Tennessee Hicks”, now available at Glittering Throng Press.

The Dust came and Death followed. An alien pandemic unleashed on the world, transforming people into Dusters.

They called themselves Witnesses. Witness to what?

Delancie Haines didn’t know. She read the news, saw the reports about the new minority, hated and feared by everyone. Stories of loved ones transformed, turning on their own families.

She didn’t understand. Not until Death chased her down the trail.

 

New story relaunch: This Book is Haunted

This Book is HauntedAnother story live today, This Book is Haunted, previously published as written by “R.M. Haag”, now available at Glittering Throng Press.

Librarian Scott Taylor enjoys the quiet at the end of the day. Picking up the books, straightening up, spending a few minutes to get the library ready for the next day.

Books have a way of capturing memories and feelings. And tonight Scott discovers that a connection to a book lasts.