A Most Joyful Chanuka to those who celebrate it

Ah, I just love this time of year. Lots of people are happy because they celebrate a holiday in December.


And Now for Something Completely Different

To take my mind off the June n Peaches story in the hands of others, because obsessing is rarely a good thing, I started a fun little project that is completely different. No wizards, no cats, no bad government agency, none at all. This is in a different world, where a crazy physics Professor invents a weather machine and proceeds to get his revenge on the small town that treated him so badly for the last twenty years.

I have no idea if it's marketable, all the 1950s adventure stories may show up one night to get their revenge, and the James Bond books have all been done, but gawd if writing this isn't fun. My protag is an arrogant young pup newbie reporter at a small town newspaper who thinks he's too big for this two-bit town. Here, see for yourself,

The young man ran down the sidewalk.

Steampunk is much more than gears and brass spraypaint

One of the reason I haven’t joined the Steampunk bandwagon is I don’t want to do it wrong. Like the people described in this musical rant. Enjoy…

So the lesson to learn here is take a little thought in the worldbuilding, just because there’s a road to follow doesn’t mean you can be lazy.

Hey, look what I just found out about!

From the best writer's on twitter, @Julie_Butcher, I learned that

Big Christmas party with FREEBIES!
WHAT: Holiday Chat with Cecil, Marley, The Knight Agency and YOU!
WHEN: Thursday, December 15th at 9pm ET
WHERE: Chat Room–http://client1.sigmachat.com/sc.php?id=115545
HOW TO CHAT: Enter any combination of username and password. Your computer must be Java enabled to chat.

I hope to make it, and you should too!

Insominia Internet Wandering: My kind of Christmas tree

My kind of Christmas tree – Imgur

Feedback on my short story

I got back from the writers coffee this evening, and the feedback was good on my son's story "The Tower of Yule." I had concerns that it was way too cheesy, but they liked it. Sort of the story embraced  the cheese and made it work thing. lol  I did have a continuity error with a character's name that was embarrassing, but fixable.

One person, who has sold short stories-unlike me, told me that I should send it out next year for some Christmas anthologies. I thanked her, but I have no clue where to find the submission instructions for anthologies like that. While I might have had lightning strike on my book length story, I don't have much luck finding places to send my short stories. I have played around with the idea of putting them together one day and publishing them myself. Maybe called them "My son's Christmas Stories" or something. 🙂

Oh Christmas Tree…

Hey, I remembered I promised to post a pic of the tree after we got it decorated! It was fun, for some definition of fun anyway, to herd cats um…I mean kids (16yr old and 11yr old, both boys) and Hunnybun through the process of fluffing the branches, assembling our fake tree, finding extension cord, plugging it in, and hanging ornaments, whew! We enjoyed a delicious spaghetti dinner afterwards and ate while admiring our handiwork.

I do think it turned out well, don't you?

The question now is will the two cats stay out of it?