User Manuals and Magic-users

So, I intentionally wrote something akin to a technical manual, but it’s really sorta like a speculative flash-fiction. In the vein of George Saunders’ I Can Speak™, it tells the story of a fictitious product and informs the world in which it exists through a form other than a normal story. In Saunders’ work, it was done through epistolary, and in mine, it’s done as an owner’s manual. This was a fun experiment to both write in such a professional and technical way, while also trying to establish the kind of world where this product would fit into.

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People only check the manual when they’re already knee-deep in trouble…

So if you’ve got some time, you can check out the dry delivery of a possibly magical world through the uCast® Σ Owner’s Manual. Hope you can find some enjoyment in it!

Until the next post, Keep Yourself Alive!

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Words, but for your ears!

Hey bookworms! While I’ve been just slaving away at new chapters, I also started up another little project, and I swear it isn’t nearly as distracting as it sounds. There’s lots of people out there who like stories, but don’t necessarily have the means to hunker down and stare at a book or screen for a time to consume it. Audiobooks are pretty huge now, and so I figured, I might as well offer people that same luxury, so I started up the Aural Anthology, a channel where you can find audio versions of my work! For free!

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See? They’re diggin’ it, so it must be great

First up is the audio version of Friday Nights at Cheep’s, some quick flash-fiction to test everything out and see how it all goes! A very special thank you to Matthew Branton for his excellent voice work in this little piece.

I hope you all enjoy it, and if you do, don’t hesitate to share it! Until the next post, Keep Yourself Alive!

Randomly, a flash-fic

Heya bookworms!

Been a little bit. Things have been hectic obviously, although I won’t deny there was some laziness in there somewhere. I’ve started some freelance work as an editor, and I’m happy to be putting my skills to good use, especially in a way that helps others. There are some new chapters on the way, along with some other new stories that I want to refine a bit more before they go up.

However, one thing they always say is to keep writing, everyday, as much as you can, no matter what it is, even if it’s the same word repeatedly. This morning, I did just that. I had a random thought in my head, and I decided to let my fingers do the talking, so here’s Friday Nights at Cheep’s. Just scraping in under 1000 words. Not exactly flash-fiction in length, but in that it came outta nowhere in a flash for me, so whatever, it’s some random flash-fiction for your Friday. Well damn…maybe I should make that a thing to help me get back into this…”Flash-Fiction Fridays.”

For now though, enjoy this one, and let me know what you think, if you think anything!

Three New Short Stories! And Some Souls!

Oh what a glorious day! We’ve got some more short stories for you, bookworms. Three to be exact!

If you’re not at least this excited, I question your level of vitality

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Brand New Short Stories

Well! It certainly has been a while, and I apologize. Starting more classes and getting myself more set up in the city (again) consumed way more time than I had expected, especially giving some of the more intense classes I ended up taking. On the plus side, I’ve begun a facebook page which you can (and should *nudge nudge wink wink*) Like to follow me on a more consistent basis and see what I might be talking about.

Now, with that out of the way, on to the more important stuff, and that would be some brand new short stories to read!

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Blast Back is [insert explosion synonym here] again!

*PHEW* Finally finished the newest chapter of Blast Back, just in time for the start of summer vacation. hopefully I’ll be able to continue releasing these with a greater schedule over the summertime (fates willing), and we can make some real headway into the heart of the plot!

In related news, this chapter is also the first piece of content that is being put up in conjunction with Patreon! With this, I’ll be able to received support from all you lovely people, and offer exclusive content about the fiction I create! If you’re not a patron and would love to be, you can head over to my Patreon profile and look into what’s what.

Now, back to the grindstone, I’ve got more story to tell! Until the next post, Keep Yourself Alive!

Does The Hobbit count as a Short Story?

Hello all! How are we doing this fine Monday? Oh…that bad huh? Well, maybe if you stopped picking at it…

ANYway, as you should all probably know by now, I’ve been in university up here in Coovie Town (Vancouver for all you squares), hence the slowdown in updates for both Blast Back and DmC: Devil May Cry -Stairway to Heaven-. However, one of my classes is a Creative Writing course, and I thought it’d be a small consolation to put up the assignments I wrote for class here, to not only get me back to actually putting stuff on here, but also to hold you over until something you actually care about comes along.

So here’s one of them now! Three Amigos was actually a replacement for a different short story assignment. Originally, I had a story that, while fun in its own right, was a bit too big for the assignment itself. it sounded like, and is, potentially part of some greater idea. Instead of submitting that, I decided to test my mettle, jump outside my comfort zones of third-person perspective and fantasy, and create something new from scratch. Three Amigos is the end result. It got an A, too!

If you haven’t followed the link above to read it, you can also get to the story by clicking this whole block of text. Did you click it yet? How ’bout now? You’re allowed to, I said you could. There! Hope you enjoy it, and rest assured that I am slowly working on the next chapter of Blast Back when I have free time.