Archive for March, 2012

Stephen L. Thompson’s March 2012 Newsletter

Posted in 30 Stories in 30 Days, Books, Newsletter, Writing on March 31, 2012 by oneoveralpha

Howdy,

Welcome to my electronic newsletter, covering March 2012.

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My publication news for the past month:

Publication of my story “A Clear View” on my Ficly account.

Acceptance of my story “Have to Learn the Hard Way” by AntipodeanSF to be published in May.

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This month I wrote 3,322 words, giving me a yearly total so far of 18,642.  In order to reach my goal of 80,000 words this year, I needed to write – on average – 6,667 words a month, so I was off this month.  Part of that is because I was busy revising The All-You-Can-Read Buffet which counts as writing but doesn’t produce that many words.  Also, I felt a little blah at times this month so there were a few days where I just wrote a sentence and called it a day.  But I should easily make up for it in April (details below).

As I mentioned last month, March 9th marked my 100th day of writing!  However, about two weeks later there was a day where I didn’t write anything because I was worn out and needed a vacation.  But, I’ve given myself twenty non-writing days this year and so far I’ve only used the one, so that’s not bad.

As to my writing a chapter a week for my novel None of Them Knew the Color of the Sky, I’ve put that on hold while I work on other projects (details below), but I should get back to it in May.

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After several revisions and untold hours fiddling with the format and numerous times I felt like smashing my computer because it wouldn’t do what I wanted it to do, I’ve uploaded The All-You-Can-Read Buffet to Createspace.  My hope is to get the proof copy and make sure everything is fine and officially launch it – when else – on Friday, April 13th.  Stay tuned for all of that.

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Above I said I’d be busy in April.  Why?  Well, it’s my Fifth Annual 30 Stories in 30 Days Challenge!  It’s a time for me to try to write thirty stories in as many days and you get to watch a writer slowly go insane.  It’s fun for all, so be sure to check it out.

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Here is my story board at the end of March:

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I swear, I started a story for this month, but I spent so much time fiddling with The All-You-Can-Read Buffet that I didn’t really have any energy left for other writing.  But I will promise to have a story for my May Newsletter, since I’ll be too busy in April.

Steve

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Upcoming story madness

Posted in 30 Stories in 30 Days, Stories, Writing on March 29, 2012 by oneoveralpha

Four years ago, I had the crazy idea of trying to see if I could write thirty stories in thirty days.  What’s even crazier, is that I set out to write thirty stories in thirty days and I succeeded.  What’s even crazier than that is that I’ve tried every year since.  For the first three years, I succeeded in writing thirty stories, but last year – while in the process of moving – I only managed to write nineteen.  So why do I bring this up?  Well, this Sunday (and it’s not an April Fool’s joke) I’ll be beginning my Fifth Annual 30 Stories in 30 Days Challenge.  You can check that link for a complete listing of my rules and a more detailed description of the origin.  Originally, I posted the stories on that webpage, but last year I posted them to this blog because it was easier and people could comment on them, and I’ll be doing the same this year.  So why don’t you check it out.  There will be stories – a few of which should be good – and you can watch a writer go insane.  Cheers.

Self-promotion palooza

Posted in 30 Stories in 30 Days, Books, Stories, Website, Writing on March 18, 2012 by oneoveralpha

I am going to be busy in April.  First off, if everything goes as planned – and so far, so good – about the middle of the month will be when my second story collection, The All-You-Can-Read Buffet, will be out.  I still need to double check the formatting and page numbers and I want to give it another polish, but my hope is to upload it to Createspace by the 31st.  I’ll get a proof copy, and if everything looks good, I’ll finalize it and it will go on sale.

While that is big news, most of the work is already done.  But I’ll be working hard in April because of my 30 Stories in 30 Days Challenge.  The concept is simple: produce thirty stories over a period of thirty days.  (Just click the link to read a more detailed accounting of this insanity.)  The first three years I tried this I succeeded in writing thirty stories, but last year – while I was in the middle of moving – I only wrote nineteen.  So this year I’ll be pushing myself to complete thirty stories.

What does that have to do with a self-promotion palooza?  Well, one of the points to my 30 Stories in 30 Days Challenge is to draw attention to myself and my writing.  That’s good normally, but especially important when you have a book about to go on sale.  So I’m trying to drum up interest: both for what I’m about to do and for what I’ve already done.  You can check out my website to find most of the stories I’ve written in the past like all 109 stories I’ve written for my previous 30 Stories in 30 Days Challenges, but there are fifty-three stories I’d like to draw your attention to.  Three are separate pieces while the remaining fifty are contained in my first story collection, A Man of Few Words.  Some information about these stories and links to all are below.

Now, if you’re thinking I’m just trying to draw your attention to my stories that you have to pay to read, I will point out that you can download “The Price to Pay” for free, which is ironic.  But to be blunt, part of why I’m trying to draw attention to my writing is so I can make some money off of it.  I have to pay my bills somehow.  😀

I hope you enjoy.

Steve

 

Story: “The Price to Pay

Price: Free

Formats: Various

“The Price to Pay” is a flash fiction story dealing with a consequence of detecting an alien signal.

 

Story: “An Ounce of Prevention

Price: $0.99

Format: Nook

Like most people, Jason Fisher wanted to make the world a better place. But he doubted he would ever have the chance to make much of a mark. Then a “woman” came to him, asking his help to save humanity by threatening it.

At roughly 5600 words, An Ounce of Prevention packs a lot into a few words.

 

Story: “Enigma

Price: $0.99

Formats: Kindle, Nook

“Enigma” is set in my Human Republic Universe, and consists of two parts.  Part I follows Carlos Molina, a maintenance man at a comet mining facility.  He is sent out to fix a problem with one of the automated miners.  In the process, he discovers a cube embedded in the comet’s nucleus.

Part II is set five years later and follows Doctor Susan Black, Director of Cube Studies.  With the upcoming anniversary of the discovery of the Molina Cube, she is deluged by news requests for comments.  During this she gives an interview to a student from her alma mater concerning the nature of the Cube.

When we do travel into space, we will discover many things we will never be able to explain.  We need to learn how to accept that basic fact.

 

Book: A Man of Few Words

Price: $7.00

Sellers: Various

A Man of Few Words is a collection of 50 of my flash fiction stories. 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? These questions and more are explored using less than 1000 words and in various genres from humor to horror and general fiction to science fiction.

100 days of writing

Posted in 30 Stories in 30 Days, Writing on March 9, 2012 by oneoveralpha

I have written every day since December 1st!  That means that – as of my writing a few sentences shortly after midnight – today marks the 100th day straight that I’ve written.  In that time, I’ve written a total of 22,627 words.  Not bad.  And I’ll most likely write a few hundred more before the end of the day.  I almost want to say “On to 200,” but next month I’ll be doing my 30 Stories in 30 Days Challenge, and while I’ll probably write every day in April, I’ll most likely need to take a few days off in the beginning of May.

QR Code Test

Posted in Books, Odds, Website on March 5, 2012 by oneoveralpha

I’m in the process of putting the final touches on my second story collect, The All-You-Can-Read Buffet.  One minor bit, is in the back of the book I include my website and a QR code.  I didn’t put much thought into, just found a QR generator, plugged in my website, and pasted the image into my manuscript.  But then I was on Empire Avenue and saw a mission from (e)SKING sending people to his blog “9 Ways to Screw Up QR Codes at Trade Shows.” After reading his list I made a change to the way I had presented it in the book, but I still hadn’t tested it as per his example number 8.  So I’m putting this out there to test my QR code.  It should take you to my website, www.oneoveralpha.com.  Leave a comment letting me know if it worked, or not, and what you were using.  All I can offer in return is that you’ll receive a blanket “Thank you” in my Acknowledgment.  😀

Thanks.

Stephen L. Thompson’s February 2012 Newsletter

Posted in Newsletter on March 1, 2012 by oneoveralpha

Howdy,

Welcome to my electronic newsletter, covering February 2012.

My publication news for the past month:

Publication of my story “Agent 202” on my Ficly account.

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This month I wrote 7,782 words, giving me a yearly total so far of 15,320.  In order to reach my goal of 80,000 words this year, I needed to write – on average – 6,667 words a month, so I’m well on my way to reaching my goal.

As I mentioned in December, I want to write every day, but I will give myself twenty free days where I don’t write.  Well, I wrote all 29 days in February, so I still have those twenty days.  If I keep writing each day, I will hit the 100 day mark on March 9th.  So keep your fingers crossed for me.

And as to my writing a chapter a week for my novel None of Them Knew the Color of the Sky, I’m six-and-a-half weeks into it and I’m almost done with chapter seven.  So I’m staying on course with that as well.

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Here is my story board at the end of February:

I realized that I haven’t explained my story board for a while, so here goes.  These are all of my stories that I’m working on.  I’m either writing them, revising them, having them critiqued, of have sent them out.  It’s part motivational and part record keeping.  My hope is to wipe several of those stories off the board this year, meaning, having them published.

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I meant to write a story this month, but I just never got around to it.  Cut me some slack, it was a short month.  😀  I didn’t even get around to writing a haiku.  I know I keep saying this, but it is something I need to work on.

Steve

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