Jumping into Patreon

Posted in eBook, Scifi, Spaceflight, Stories with tags , , on October 28, 2014 by oneoveralpha

So several months ago I heard of this Patreon site where creators of videos, comics, stories, or whatever can raise funds with the help of patrons. I thought it was a great idea, but I wasn’t too sure how well it would work for someone like me. But after thinking about, I decided to join.

My first project I’ll be working on is to write twelve, short science fiction stories of a few thousand words at least. These stories will be set in twelve “locations” in the solar system, the sun (well, near the sun), Mercury, Venus, Earth/moon, Mars, Asteroid Belt, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Kuiper Belt, and the Oort Cloud. My plan is to write a story a month, and at the end of the year I’ll polish up the stories and publish them as a Kindle ebook. Anyone who finds this interesting, and especially those who’d like to help out financially, should check out my Patreon Profile.

My original plan was to write the first story or two, and then start posting them in January. But recently I’ve been trying to force myself to write more, so I decided to start a few months early. The first story, set near the sun with the working title “Cleansing Fire,” should (I’ll say 95% likelihood) be up sometime in November. Right now I’d say it’s about a third done, but I hope by giving myself a deadline I’ll get around to finishing it. We’ll just have to see.

Check out QuarterReads

Posted in Humor, Scifi, Stories, Writing with tags , , on October 18, 2014 by oneoveralpha

QuarterReads describes itself as “A short read at a fair price.” Basically, you read short stories or poems for a quarter. What’s really interesting is what happens for writers. Of that $0.25 you spend on a story, the author of said story receives $0.22. Having things the other way around where the author only gets $0.03 is more common. But that’s not all. If you enjoy the story, you can tip the author an additional, $0.25, $0.50, or $0.75, and all of the tips go to the author.

As someone who usually writes short stories, you can understand why I’m excited by something like QuarterReads. But for the site to really take off, requires readers. So I encourage you to check it out and hopefully find some stories you like. If you’re curious about my stories, here’s my author profile.  Right now, I have two stories up but I’m hoping to add at least one a month.

30 Stories in30 Days

Posted in Stories, Writing with tags , on August 31, 2014 by The Prince of Pithy

Mere moments after midnight, I will start my 2014 30 Stories in 30 Days Challenge. In case you can’t figure it out, that’s where I try to write thirty short – sometimes very short – stories in as many days.  In previous years I have posted the stories on my website or on my other blog, but this year I’ll be posting them on my Bubblews page.  For more information, check out this post which should answer any questions.

Wish me luck.

A Cabin Under a Cloudy Sea and other stories

Posted in eBook, Scifi, Spaceflight, Stories, Writing with tags , , , , , , , on August 20, 2014 by The Prince of Pithy

BigcloudyA couple of years ago, I came up with the idea of putting out minianthologies – collections of five to ten stories – on Kindle as a way to use up some of my stories and to let people know I exist.  Well, I have just put out my latest minianthology – “A Cabin Under a Cloudy Sea and other stories.” It contains five stories set upon the moon.  The blurb I have for it is as follows:

Hopefully, in the not too distant future humans will return to the moon. We will build bases and colonies, create farms and factories, and live, love and learn. “A Cabin Under a Cloudy Sea and other stories” contains five short stories set upon the moon. They give the tiniest glimpse of the possibilities awaiting us there. 

 I hope you’ll check it out, and if it strikes your fancy you can download it for only $0.99.  I hope you’ll enjoy.

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The story behind this minianthology is somewhat long.  Part of the idea behind my minianthologies is to show people a sampling of my writing, but I also like to group similar stories.  When I realized I had several stories set on the moon, it was natural to put them together.  A couple of these were published before – I’ve revised them for this – but I also wanted a couple new stories.  I had one story that involved time travel, and I haven’t figured out how to make it work.  So I would start working on this collection, only to get stuck on this story, set it aside to let my creative juices flow, only to then get caught up in some other project.  It was probably almost two years ago that I started this project, but I didn’t really get anywhere with it until about four months ago.

About four months ago was when I learned my story “The Reluctant Host” would appear in Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Dog Did What? which would be published now.  (See my previous blog post.)  You know what would be good, I thought?  If I had a Kindle book come out at the same time to get some of that chicken soup splashover

Of my dozen or so projects, “A Cabin Under a Cloudy Sea and other stories” was the closest to being finished, so I set out to finish it.  One problem was this time travel story I couldn’t make work.  Fortunately, I had recently come up with a new story idea also set upon the moon, “Putting Down Roots.” Since I could finish that story, and since the other stories in the collection were more grounded scifi (no warp drive or aliens) the time travel story kind of stood out.  So I swapped the stories and set to work finishing it.

I was making steady progress, when in early July I smacked my forehead because I had missed something.  July 20 marked the 45th anniversary of Apollo 11 landing on the moon.  What better time to put out a collection of stories set on the moon?  I debated for a bit if I should change my publication plans, but I couldn’t finish it in time.

As it turns out, this later publication date may actually be better.  One thing am really passionate about is setting up a permanent human presence in space, such as at a moon base.  If I had published this a month ago, it probably would have been lost in all the hoopla for Apollo 11, which I believe all faded into obscurity on July 21st.  But with this ebook coming out a month later, it can help advance my goal of moon bases in my lifetime by showing people the moon isn’t just something to get excited about on big anniversaries. 

At least, that’s what I tell myself to keep from smashing my forehead for missing such an obvious connection.

The Dog Did What?

Posted in Books, Humor, Stories, Writing with tags , , on August 20, 2014 by The Prince of Pithy

pageChicken Soup for the Soul: The Dog Did What? came out yesterday, and as you can see, my story “The Reluctant Host” can be found on page 293.  And while it would be nice if you read mine first, I won’t be offended if you take your time and read all 101 stories about dogs.

Grab my Kindle story “Lonely Phoenix” for free!

Posted in eBook, Scifi, Spaceflight, Stories with tags , , , , , , on July 17, 2014 by The Prince of Pithy

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This weekend, Friday the 18th through Sunday the 20th, you’ll be able to download my scifi story “Lonely Phoenix” for free. The story is set onboard an interstellar colony ship in its centuries long voyage to a new star. And it involves a … vampire? Well, not like any vampire you know about, that’s just the closest word we have for what he is.

To find out more, you’ll have to download, which you can do all for the price of a click.

I really am a geek

Posted in Scifi, TV with tags , , on July 3, 2014 by The Prince of Pithy

So for the past few days I’ve been rewatching the first season of Orphan Black.  There’s a perhaps not entirely reputable website I know that has the episodes.  They’re not the highest quality, but they’re good enough.

Anyway, I just finished watching the episode “Unconscious Selection.” About halfway through I almost cried out when I saw this scene:

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In case you don’t get it immediately, there’s a swan!  I don’t know if it was in early episodes – it probably was – but this was the first time I noticed it.

You have to love shows that put little touches like that in.

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