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Relaunching my Weekly Stories

Posted in Stories, Website, Writing with tags , , , on January 2, 2014 by oneoveralpha

During the summer of 2006, there was an event that was big news for two days. Late on the second day, I came up with a story idea that tied into it. I thought it was just my luck that I would come up with a good story idea on a current event, but that it would be several months (at best) before I could get it published, by which time nobody would remember what I was talking about. So I decided to start publishing a story every week, that way people would know what I was talking about with stories based on current events. In case you’re wondering, here is the story that started it all: “Speak Up.”

There were other reasons for me putting a story up every week. One, forcing myself to write something each week is just good practice in general. Two, it is a scheme I have for getting people to keep coming back to my website. (Sneaky, aren’t I?) And three, I thought that if I actually wrote a story a week, I could slap together a book, a Year in 52 Stories idea. For two-and-a-half years, I put a story up my website for most weeks. While I never got around to doing a Year in 52 Stories book, I have put many of my Weekly Stories into my various anthologies.

But I suspended doing Weekly Stories in 2009 to free up time for other projects. My thinking was that all the time I spent writing my Weekly Stories I could just put into my longer projects. That works sometimes, but there is a drawback. By necessity, these Weekly Stories are usually rather short, typically just a few hundred words. What that means is that I can get the idea, write it up, wait a day or so, then polish it up and post it. I get to see “tangible” progress with my writing. For longer projects, you plug away at them day after day, for months before you finish the rough draft. Then you have to polish it and try to find someone to publish it. Having a novel published is (I suspect) a far greater reward than self-publishing a 300 word short story about the latest political scandal, but those smaller rewards are far more immediate and moral boosting.

Thus, after years of getting bogged down in my longer projects, I have decided to go back to putting up Weekly Stories. There is, however, one big difference. Before, all of my Weekly Stories were published on my webpage.  But for my new round of Weekly Stories, I will be publishing them on my Bubblews account. (I will still have a page linking to them on my webpage). Part of the reason is that my Bubblews profile gets far more traffic than my regular website, but also because – if you don’t know – Bubblews pays me a penny every time someone views my post. So I’m putting my stories on Bubblews because more people will get to read it there.  😀

Stephen L. Thompson’s June 2013 Newsletter

Posted in 30 Stories in 30 Days, Stories, Website, Writing with tags , , , on July 9, 2013 by oneoveralpha

Howdy,
Welcome to my electronic newsletter, covering June 2013. Sorry this is a bit late, but these last few weeks have been a bit hectic.

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My publication news for the past month:
Publication of my poems “A Price too High” and “For the Public Health” on my Bubblews Profile.
Publication of my stories “Figures,” “Hmmm,” “You Didn’t Pray Hard Enough,” “Details,” “Hot Heads,” “House Call,” “The Buzzing of Flies,” “A Not so Different Future,” “Heartbeat of the Night,” “For Want of a Pen,” “Directions,” “Woggy,” and “Memories” as part of my 30 Stories in 30 Days Challenge.

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This month I wrote 7,914 words giving me a yearly total so far of 54,295. To reach my goal of 120,000 words this year, I’ll really need to step things up.

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In June I ran my yearly 30 Stories in 30 Days Challenge, but things didn’t go so well this year. I only managed to put up thirteen stories. There are several reasons for this. One, I was sick for a few days which really slowed things down. Two, with good weather (for the first half of the month) there were all sorts of things I needed to do outside, which cut into my writing time. These two things combined to take away my momentum, which really floored me.

Hopefully, when I do this next year in September, things won’t take away my momentum and I’ll get back to writing thirty stories in as many days.

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Here’s a photo of my story board at the end of June.

june

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I’m always looking for new ways to spread the word about myself and my writing. The latest idea I came up with, was to ask that the readers of this post – if you’d be so kind – tweet out a message for me. The message being: “Check out Stephen L. Thompson’s Newsletter – http://bit.ly/12cUyt4 #sltnews #writing” The #sltnews bit will let me see who tweets this. It’s an experiment, so we’ll see how it goes.

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I didn’t get around to writing a haiku in June.
Sorry,
Steve

Stephen L. Thompson’s May 2013 Newsletter

Posted in 30 Stories in 30 Days, Newsletter, Stories, Website, Writing with tags , , , , on June 1, 2013 by oneoveralpha

Howdy,
Welcome to my electronic newsletter, covering May 2013.

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My publication news for the past month:
Publication of my short story “Four Score and Dear God!” on my Bubblews Profile.

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This month I wrote 5,699 words giving me a yearly total so far of 46,381.  To reach my goal of 120,000 words this year, I’ll need to step things up.

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Something that should step things up, is that in June I will once again have my 30 Stories in 30 Days Challenge.  For the past week or so, I’ve been feeling a little worried about the idea.  For the past month or so, I’ve had the writing blahs.  That and my not taking to the heat is part of the reasoning why my writing was so low in May.  So I was worried I wouldn’t have the oomph for writing thirty stories.  But in the past day or so, I’ve come up with several little ideas that I’ve had to restrain myself from starting on.  That’s one of my rules, I can come up with an idea now, but I can’t write it until June.  So you’re going to have to come back and see how I’m doing.

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I’m always looking for new ways to spread the word about myself and my writing.  The latest idea I came up with, was to ask that the readers of this post – if you’d be so kind – tweet out a message for me.  The message being: “Check out Stephen L. Thompson’s Newsletter – http://bit.ly/12cUyt4 #sltnews #writing” The #sltnews bit will let me see who tweets this.  It’s an experiment, so we’ll see how it goes.

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One of the non-writing things I did in May was help plant some of our garden.  It was while thinking about that that I came up with the following haiku.
Enjoy,
Steve

dripping sweat upon
rough ground – prelude to the fall’s
sweat dripping harvest

Stephen L. Thompson’s January 2013 Newsletter

Posted in Newsletter, Stories, Website, Writing with tags , , , , on February 1, 2013 by oneoveralpha

Howdy,
Welcome to my electronic newsletter, covering January 2013.

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My publication news for the past month:
Publication of my short story “Rise” on Kindle.

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This month I wrote 10,038 words.  As I said last month, my goal this year is to write 120,000 words, so I am well on my way.

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I wrote 10,000 words this month, putting me on track to meet my goal, but I’m a bit unhappy with my work.  I had hoped to put a lot of those words towards my novel None of Them Knew the Color of the Sky by writing a chapter a week.  However, I only managed to finish one chapter.  Most of the other words went towards a collection of essays “The Future is Coming” which is now about a third finished, as well as a still untitled story.  The untitled story started with an idea I had maybe a year ago and had been lounging in the back of my mind ever since.  But one night as I tried to fall asleep, I figured out how to start it.  And once I started it, I kept going.  I don’t fully know where it’s going, so I don’t know how done I am with it.  Now you may be wondering why I’m unhappy getting work done on two projects.  The reason is, I wanted to get more work done on my other projects.  Something I didn’t say in my last newsletter was that I starting counting all the stories, anthologies, and other writing things I wanted to do this year.  I started, but stopped when I hit thirty.  And that untitled story, wasn’t one of them.  Some days it feels like if I wrote 10,000 words a day, I’d still be backlogged.  On that happy note .…

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I wrote this month’s haiku last minute.  I have problems with my internet connection, especially when it’s cold and windy.  I don’t know if others have the same problem, so I made a change for the haiku.
Enjoy,
Steve

blustering wind strikes
fear into all before it –
might knock cable out

Stephen L. Thompson’s April 2012 Newsletter

Posted in Newsletter, Stories, Website, Writing with tags , on May 1, 2012 by oneoveralpha

Howdy,

Welcome to my electronic newsletter, covering April 2012.

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My publication news for the past month:

Publication of my stories: “Unforgettable,” “Black Market Books,” “Is That How it Works?” “An Eye for an Eye,” “A Cabin Under a Cloudy Sea,” “Free Crap,” “Bad Scifi is Universal,” “Stuff Happens,” “One Question,” “Job Security,” “Priorities,” “In a Rut,” “Bound to Happen,” “Bottomless Pit,” “If Only It Were That Easy,” “We the People,” “Quieting the Voices,” “Faulty Programming, I,” “Faulty Programming, II,” “Backup,” “The Sophias,” “W. A.,” “An Improvement,” “Rambling with Purpose,” “Connecting with the People,” “Idiot 2.0,” “How Did They Get Our Number?” “Can’t Hack It,” “Motherhood,” and “It’s Tough Being a Writer” as part of my 30 Stories in 30 Days Challenge.

In addition, I also self-published my second, short story collection, The All-You-Can-Read Buffet!

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This month I wrote 18,642 words, giving me a yearly total so far of 37,398.  If you notice, that means I wrote more in April than I wrote in the first three months of the year.  Not bad.  I’m also pretty close to halfway to my goal of 80,000 words this year.  Also not bad.

What makes that even more surprising, is that there were two days where I didn’t write at all.  One was because I was sick and just couldn’t do anything, and the other was because I was taking it easy.  I’d just written thirty stories in twenty-eight days, so give me a break.  So I still have seventeen non-writing days left this year.

I didn’t write any chapters for my novel None of Them Knew the Color of the Sky.  My plan is to get back into that while I work on my third story collection, Political Pies, which I hope to have out in October.  So we’ll have to see how that goes.

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Here is my story board at the end of April:

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You’ll forgive me for not writing a story this month for the newsletter.  I was busy.  😀  But I will try to have one for next month.

Steve

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.

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 October 2011 Newsletter

Posted in Newsletter, Stories, Website, Writing on October 31, 2011 by oneoveralpha

Howdy,

Welcome to my electronic newsletter, covering October 2011.

My publication news for the past month:

Publication of my stories “Failure to Communicate,” “Planning Ahead,” and “The Horror” on my Ficly account.

Acceptance of my story “Enigma” by Books To Go Now.  I’ll let you know when it will be available.

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This month I wrote 5,904 words, giving me a total this year of 41,595.  I hope I can make it to 50,000 by December 1st.

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Here is my story board at the end of October:

One change is that I’m visiting friends this week, so I had to take the picture a couple of days ago.  Since then, I’ve received a rejection from The Martian Wave for “Exodus.”  I guess better luck next time.

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Instead of a story, this month I wrote an haiku.  Enjoy.

Steve

 

all the time falling
rain – leaving everything damp
why I stay indoors

Stephen L. Thompson’s September 2011 Newsletter

Posted in Newsletter, Stories, Website, Writing on September 30, 2011 by oneoveralpha

Howdy,

Welcome to my electronic newsletter, covering September 2011. 

My publication news for the past month:

Publication of my story “Housebreaking” by AntipodeanSF.

You can also listen to “Housebreaking” here.

Publication of my story “Never Done” on my Ficly account.

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I don’t want to make this a monthly thing, but I just want to remind you that I also have several blogs you can check out.  There’s The King of Prussia Writing Examiner, the Prince of Pithy Blog, the Oneoveralpha’s Writing Blog :D, and Enjoying Scifi Blog.

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This month I wrote 3,704 words, giving me a total this year of 35,691.  

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Here is my story board at the end of September:

 

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Here’s the story I wrote for this month.  Enjoy.

Steve

“It Came Out of the Night”

Last fall I stayed with a friend and his wife for a few days.  I was in the area visiting with some old acquaintances, and they had offered to put me up.  The first evening we caught up over dinner and then went out to a play. 

I was fatigued from my journey, so I turned in early that night.  Their house was old and had settled some, leaving the door for one room not square with its frame.  The lock on that door didn’t always catch, so they used that room for general storage, including a small bed for visitors such as myself. 

A chill woke me early the next morning.  In the dark I managed to find the drawer I was told held extra bedding.  I found a heavy quilt and added that to the bed. 

I buried myself under the covers and was close to drifting back to sleep when I heard what sounded like something falling in the hallway.  I wasn’t the only one to hear it, as my friend’s bulldog let out a single bark.  Being nearly asleep, I figured it was of no importance.

Some minutes later, I again heard a thump from the hallway.  This time – however – the door slowly swung open about a foot; the hinges creaking the whole way.  The hallway beyond was lit with moonlight, but without my glasses I saw only a blur.  From down the hallway I could hear my friend’s snores, but there was another, closer sound: a faint, almost squeaking breathing. 

Uncertain if I had fallen asleep and was now in some dream, I sat up in bed.  I stared at the blurry doorway, but saw nothing.  I strained my hearing, but the mysterious sound had vanished. 

After ten or fifteen seconds I thought, This is foolish.  I moved my hand to the edge of the bed as a prelude to standing up, and it collided with something small and furry.

Five seconds later – once my heart had slowed down – I let out a slight chuckle.  In addition to the bulldog, my friend also had a cat who was recovering from a respiratory infection.  Despite having free range of the entire house, I had been told that the cat often slept in the storage room.  My friend had assumed that a closed door would just make it find someplace else to sleep. 

I had heard it run out of the room, so I reclosed the door and went back to bed.  The cat apparently found somewhere else to sleep that morning.  We all had a good laugh about the matter over breakfast, but for the rest of my stay with them, I kept a chair in front of the door.

30 Stories in 30 Days Update

Posted in 30 Stories in 30 Days, Stories, Website, Writing on August 29, 2011 by oneoveralpha

I mentioned in a previous post having had some thoughts about my 30 Stories in 30 Days Challenge.  But first, I know it’s a few months late, but I did enjoy the change I made this year of posting my stories to my blog instead of my website.  It was easier for me and I’m going to continue doing that.  Now the change I’ll make starting next year is the time of the challenge.  Back in 2008 I came up with the idea of writing thirty stories in as many days sometime in late June or July.  So the next thirty day month was September, which is when I held my challenge for the first time.  Back then I was also trying to get my Reader’s Choice going (which never really got off the ground) but I didn’t want to have these major writing things going on so close together.  So in 2009 I moved my Challenge to June.  But now I think I’ll rotate through the months.  Next year, I’ll hold the Challenge in April, in 2013 it will be in June, 2014 September, and November in 2015.  I’ll see how I like that, then see if I want to make further changes.

One thing I still need to work on is fulfilling part of the original plan for my Challenge.  In the beginning, one of the reasons I wanted to do this was to force myself to finish stories I had ideas for but never did anything with.  Before the Challenge, I’d make out a list of these ideas I want to write.  What usually happens, however, is I write a few of them and then finish off the rest of the month with ideas I think of that month.  Of the nineteen stories I wrote for this year’s 30 Stories in 30 Days Challenge, only three – “Unkilling Your Grandfather,” “Mercy,” and “From Out of Town” – were from old ideas.  And “From Out of Town” I took in a completely different direction than I had intended.  I could still use the original idea.  So my plan of using the Challenge to clear out my idea box, needs some work.  What usually happens is, I have the list, but then I fall behind and I end up just whipping something together.  But next year I should have more time, so maybe I can stick to my list better.  I guess you’ll have to come back in April and see what I do.

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