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My QuarterReads stories

Posted in Scifi, Stories, Writing with tags , on February 20, 2015 by oneoveralpha

For those who don’t know, QuarterReads is a site where readers can buy short stories for only a quarter. What’s great for the authors of these stories is that $0.22 goes to the author. Usually, it seems like for other sites the pay ratio is the opposite of that. In addition, if you really enjoyed a story, you can tip the author $0.25, $0.50, or $1.00. If you are interested in reading great short stories – and helping out their authors – I highly recommend you checking out QuarterReads. This may be a bit biased, but here are six stories I suggest you take a look at. 😀

No Longer Number One

Offers one possibility of what it will be like after the aliens arrive.

It’s Harder Than It Looks

A ghostly little story about writing.

Double Trouble

How can a Presidential assassination be bigger news when it fails?

Invisible Strings

What’s the worst thing that can happen after learning you’ll be President some day?

Community Improvement

What happens when politicians decide to use time travel?

Bitter Medicine

A scifi author’s worst nightmare; when the alien invasion they write about, comes true.

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First story on Patreon!

Posted in Scifi, Stories, Writing with tags , on November 24, 2014 by oneoveralpha

Earlier this morning I posted my story “Cleansing Fire” on my Patreon profile.  This is the first story of my Solar System Stories series where I plan to write twelve stories set at various locations throughout the solar system.  This story is set nearish the sun and is about a guy who does dangerous stunts.  To read the story, you either have to become a patron at the low, low price of a $1 a story, or you can wait over a year until I collect them all into an ebook which will probably sell for $2.99.

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.

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.

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.

A Man of Few Words for only $0.99!

Posted in eBook, Humor, Scifi, Stories, Writing with tags , , , , , , , , , on May 1, 2014 by The Prince of Pithy

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A Man of Few Words was my first anthology I self-published four years ago.  Here is the blurb for it:

A Man of Few Words is a collection of 50 flash fiction stories by Stephen L. Thompson. How does a teenager work up the courage to call a girl? What would happen if a “T-Rex on steroids” attacked a city? Why do science fiction writers make the best lovers? How does a company get to Second Base with VIPs? These questions and more are explored by Stephen using less than 1000 words and in various genres from humor to horror and general fiction to science fiction.

The majority of the stories have been previously published (most by Stephen himself on his website) but all have been revised for this collection. In addition, each piece is accompanied by some background information giving a fuller story experience.

It’s available in paperback, but also for Kindle.  And it’s because of Kindle that I’m posting this blog.  Last year, Amazon made a change to their promotions.  Before the only promotions were to have your ebook for free for a few days.  But the change allowed you to have discount sales.  For example, the Kindle version of A Man of Few Words is normally $2.99, but I could now have a discount sale for $0.99.  This will be the first time I’m trying this discount to see how it works.  Unless I screwed something up, you should be able to get the Kindle version of A Man of Few Words for $0.99 starting early on the morning of May 2, 2014.  It will stay at that price for about a day and a half, and then go up to $1.99.  After another day and a half, it will return to it’s normal price of $2.99 in the wee hours of May 5.  (They do have set start times, but they’re not always on time.)

So, take a look at my ebook, and if it looks interesting pick it up in the next few days and save a dollar or two.