Archive for May, 2011

Story countdown – 2010

Posted in Stories, Website, Writing on May 31, 2011 by oneoveralpha

The third story in my countdown to my 30 Stories in 30 Days for 2011 is from June 2010 – “Merry Christmas.”


Story countdown – 2009

Posted in Stories, Website, Writing on May 31, 2011 by oneoveralpha

The second story in my countdown to my 30 Stories in 30 Days for 2011 is from June 2009 – “To Live on in Unexpected Ways

Story countdown – 2008

Posted in Stories, Website, Writing on May 30, 2011 by oneoveralpha

To lead up to my 30 Stories in 30 Days for 2011, I figured that I should do a quick countdown to it. What I decided to do was to pick a story from each of the first three years I’ve done this. These aren’t my favorites or the best, just stories I think are good examples of what I’m doing.

The first story, is also the first story I ever did for my 30 Stories in 30 Days in September 2008 – “So Little Time

Ten days until madness

Posted in Stories, Website, Writing on May 21, 2011 by oneoveralpha

On June 1 I will once more descend into madness in my fourth attempt to write 30 Stories in 30 Days. On that page you can read how this came about (as well as the 90 stories I’ve written the first three years) and see that I’m doing something different this year. Instead of posting the stories on my website, I’m going to be posting them here on this blog. The reason for the change is I think it will be easier for me to upload my stories and people will now be able to comment on them. It should be interesting.

Happy Publication Day!

Posted in Books, humor, Stories, Writing on May 6, 2011 by oneoveralpha

My book A Man of Few Words is one year old today!

If you haven’t purchased your copy yet, now would be the perfect time.  Hint hint, nudge nudge, wink wink.  😀

Stephen L. Thompson’s April 2011 Newsletter

Posted in Newsletter, Stories, Website, Writing on May 1, 2011 by oneoveralpha


Welcome to my electronic newsletter, covering April 2011.

My publication news for the past month:

Publication of my story “The Perils of Spring”on my Ficly account.

Acceptance of my story “Housebreaking” by AntipodeanSF. It will be published – in print and as audio – in September.

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This month I wrote 2,481 words, giving me a total this year of 12,985. Again my goal is to write a total of 50,000 words this year, so I need to get busy.

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Here is my story board at the end of April:

It has already borne fruit.  I wrote “Housebreaking” sometime last year, but it was laid aside and buried until I dug it out to fill out my board.  Seeing that I had a finished story there, I started submitting it, and AntipodeanSF took it.  So I guess using a board was a good idea.  😀

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I did get around to writing a story for this month. Enjoy.



Much as the frog who doesn’t notice the slowly warming water, Nick remained unaware of the gently increasing patter of rain on his balcony.  It took the distant rumble of thunder to tip the balance.  Now that he was more awake than not, he noticed gravity pulling the rain to his balcony or the wind slamming it into the glass door.  It took half-an-hour – and half-a-dozen more cracks of thunder – to bring Nick fully awake.

He lay in bed – rolling to one side then rolling to the other – in the elusive quest to fall back asleep.  While he would have loved to get some more sleep, his bladder had other ideas.  As he walked out of his bathroom, his stomach grumbled, as if saying, “Since you’re up ….”

Nick went to the kitchen and took two slices of cold pizza out of the box in his refrigerator.  He ate them while standing at the door to his balcony watching the traffic slosh by on the street below.  The thunder had moved off and the wind had died down, leaving just a steady downpour.

After he finished the second slice, he crossed his arms and chuckled.  He then went to his computer and sat down.  He logged into his Living as a Writer blog and started a new post titled, Side Benefits.

It has been ten days since I left the slow death in a cubicle to take up writing full time.  This morning, I realized a side benefit to my new life.  It’s – as they say – raining cats and dogs out there.  Untold thousands of wage slaves are slogging their way through the cold, dreary misery to spend cold, dreary, miserable days somewhere they don’t want to be.  And I sit here in my dry, warm apartment.  If I do go outside today, it will be for the experience, not the yoke of employment.  Writers are like kids jumping into puddles.  Maybe I’ll do that this afternoon.

Nick posted the blog and again chuckled to himself.  He glanced once more at the rain, then went to work on his novel, his fingers drumming on the keys like the rain on his balcony.

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