Archive for January, 2013

10,000 words and counting

Posted in Writing with tags on January 30, 2013 by oneoveralpha

As I pointed out in my December Newsletter, one of my goals for this year was to write 120,000 words, which nicely works out to having to write 10,000 words each month.  Now in all of 2012, I only wrote more than 10,000 words during the month April when I was doing my 30 Stories in 30 Days Challenge.  But I am happy to announce that as of today, I have written just over 10,000 words in January and I still have two days left.  Hitting 120,000 words may not be as challenging as I thought.


“Rise” has risen

Posted in Stories with tags , , , , , on January 14, 2013 by oneoveralpha


My short story “Rise” is now available on Kindle for only $0.99.  So check it out.

Coming soon, “Rise”

Posted in Stories with tags , , , on January 10, 2013 by oneoveralpha


“Rise” is a short story set in my Human Republic Universe concerning the response to the tragic deaths of all the colonists of the Trident Colony.  I need to give the story another polish and format it for Kindle, but I should have all of that done by sometime next week.  So there will be more information on that coming soon.

In addition to promoting my new ebook, I also want to promote Sandra Giles of Words From Another World who designed the cover.  So while you wait for me to finish my part of the book, go check out what she has done.


A Man of Few Words

Posted in Books, Give away, Stories with tags , , , , , on January 10, 2013 by oneoveralpha


This month, I’ve been working to push my first short story anthology, A Man of Few Words.  The link will take you to the page I’ve set up with the places where you can find it.  In addition, on January 11th and 12th, you will be able to download it for free on Kindle.  So circle those dates and be sure to check it out.

My projects for this year

Posted in Books, Stories, Writing with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on January 10, 2013 by oneoveralpha

There are a lot of writing things I want to do this year.  At one point, I started making a list of all I wanted to work on, but I stopped when I hit thirty.  Many of those projects are short stories I want to finish or polish up and submit, but here is a list of some of the bigger projects I want to work on this year.

Finish None of Them Knew the Color of the Sky.  This is a novel I’ve been working on for several years now.  It’s set a few centuries after a nuclear war, and some time ago I came up with this one sentence description of it: “Will a treasure from the past be enough to unite the survivors of a nuclear war; or, are arrogance, mistrust, and hatred too akin to cockroaches?” The book contains four parts, and I had finished the first two a couple of years ago.  Last year, I set out to write a chapter a week to finish it.  I had to set that aside after eight chapters to work on the two short story anthologies I self-published last year, The All-You-Can-Read Buffet and Political Pies.  This year, I have again set out to write a chapter a week with the hope of finally finishing it.

Self-publish The Uncapped Pen.  This will be my fourth short story anthology and will contain stories about writing.  Basically, all my stories about writers with too many ideas and unhelpful muses will be in it.

Self-publish “Amongst Us and other stories.” Late last year I put out a five, scifi story minianthology on Kindle, “Brain for Rent and other stories.” This will be the same idea and the stories will all have the theme of aliens on Earth.

Self-publish “The Future is Coming.” A couple of years ago, I started writing a blog series about science fiction elements I believe will – in the not too distant future – become science fact.  The goal was to write up these blogs because I found them interesting, but also to get people to start thinking about the future.  I only wrote one blog, but I had ideas for others.  I’ve revised that one and am working on writing nine more short essays on how these “scifi” things will effect the world.  I’m thinking of then putting the book out for free to hopefully get some traffic to my other books.

Self-publish one, or both of my haiku projects.  I’m working on two collections of haiku.  The first one is Stephen L. Thompson/A collection of haiku/One hundred total.  My plan is to put out 100 haiku for $0.99.  The other haiku project started with the realization that there was a guy named Nostradamus who wrote bad poetry and people are still talking about him centuries after his death.  I figured, I can write bad poetry, and so I’m working a collection tentatively titled Dubiously Prophetic Haiku.  I’m thinking of putting that one out for free as well to hopefully get some attention, and for fun.

Stephen L. Thompson’s December 2012 Newsletter

Posted in Newsletter, Writing with tags , , , , , , on January 1, 2013 by oneoveralpha


Welcome to my electronic newsletter, covering December 2012.

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My publication news for the past month:


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This month I wrote 4,832 words, giving me a yearly total of 88,100.  My goal was 80,000 words, so I easily met it.  I also wrote every day of the month.

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Here is my quarterly photo of my story board.


I reworked it recently.  The stories at the upper left are ones that are done or need one more polish.  The ones on the upper right are ones I’m writing, or need major revisions.  And the stories on the bottom are the ones I haven’t started yet, or have barely started.  For right now, they’ll have to wait.

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Now, what will I do in 2013?  First off, I had thought of setting my goal of words at 100,000, but I figured I should really go for a challenge.  Therefore, my aim is to write 120,000 words in 2013.  This means I’ll need to write about 330 words a day, and in 2012 I averaged about 240, so I’ll really need to get my butt in gear.  Also, last year I tried writing a chapter each week of my novel None of Them Knew the Color of the Sky.  I suspended it so I could work on my anthologies.  I do plan on self-publishing one anthology this year (The Uncapped Pen, which I have started working on), but I probably won’t publish it until the fall, so I have no excuse not to go back to working in my novel.  I goal is to finish the first draft this year.  I do have a few other little writing goals, but it would be too confusing to try to keep track of them all.

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An example of one of my little writing goals is to write four haiku each week.  The reason is that I plans for two collections of haiku I want to self-publish on Kindle this year and I need haikus to fill them.  So if I’m writing a bunch of haiku, I shouldn’t have a problem writing one for my newsletter.




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