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Download Political Pies for free!

Posted in eBooks, Give away, humor, Stories, Writing with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 1, 2014 by oneoveralpha

What’s scarier than all the ghosts and goblins at your door? There’s an election next week.

To try to blunt the horror of the season, I’m offering my anthology of forty, short, political stories Political Pies for free! You’ll be able to download it to your Kindle now through Wednesday November 5. Download it early, and you can read it while waiting in line to vote on Tuesday.

If “free” isn’t enough to entice you, check out the cover and blurb:

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Everybody complains about politics, but does anyone do anything about it? Stephen L. Thompson’s attempt to do something about it is to collect forty of his short stories with a political element into his Political Pies anthology. His stories are either politically neutral or equally condemning of the national parties. Instead of trying to sway you to one ideology or another, his goal is to just get people thinking about politics in the hopes a rose might grow out of all the political manure.

So what are you waiting for? Download your copy now, you won’t get another chance until next year.

Ebook sale!

Posted in eBooks, Give away, humor, Stories, Writing with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 23, 2013 by oneoveralpha

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On December 25th and 26th, ten of my ebooks will be FREE to download to the Kindles that Santa brought you.  Together, they contain 144 short stories and 10 essays that can all be yours for the price of a click.  To learn more about each one, check out my Amazon Author Page.

Happy Holidays.

30 Stories in 30 Days #02 – “Hmmm”

Posted in 30 Stories in 30 Days, Stories, Writing with tags , , , on June 2, 2013 by oneoveralpha

HMMM

The old man stood up behind the podium and raised his glass to the score of gentlemen seated before him.  “As Prime,” he said, “I welcome you to the 417th Annual Meeting of the Cacumen Society.”

As one, they all downed their drinks.

The Prime smiled, then stated, “Before we get down to business, I wish to welcome Jonathon Lowe, son of the late Benjamin Lowe, to our ranks.”

A young man looked around the room and the other men nodded to him.

“Jonathon,” the Prime asked, “would you care to make an introductory speech?”

Jonathon stood and said, “Yes.  Thank you, Prime.  I would very much like to make an introductory speech.”

The Prime stepped aside and waved to the podium.

Jonathon looked around the room, then stood up straight and walked to the podium.  He smiled at the Prime and said, “Thank you, Prime.” Turning to the room he began, “My fellow members.  When my father explained to me that we were members of this illustrious Society that controls the majority of world affairs, I frankly thought he was telling a joke.  But as I’m sure you all know, my father was not known for his sense of humor.” Several of the men gave smiling nods to that.

After a brief smile, Jonathon went on.  “I reviewed the information he gave me, and I came to the conclusion that there is a secret society that controls worldly affairs.  This revelation surprised, pleased, disturbed and confused me.  The disturbed and confused part comes from the fact that, okay, we control the world.  But you have to admit, we’re doing a pretty poor job of it.”

There were a few grumbles from the room.

“On one hand,” Jonathon continued, “I understand how – by fomenting wars – we can ensure a large profit from our companies profiteering off the war.  But I have to wonder, can’t we make just as much money – perhaps even more – by selling dishwashers and computers to the Third World instead of guns.

“I brought some of my ideas up to my father, who explained that by keeping the population worried about war and crime and such, it keeps them from trying to better their lives, keeping them better sheep for us to control.  But to me, that seems like it would have the opposite reaction.  If we want docile sheep, then we should make them fat and content.  Instead of having them worried about crime, or losing their job, or where their next meal will come from, stuff them with quintuple cheeseburgers, give them movies filled with explosions and nudity and video games filled with violence.”

Jonathon looked around the room.  “In my opinion, what’s the point of ruling over a cesspit of a world?  I mean, we should we worry if a revolt we’ve planned doesn’t come off as planned leading the sheep to wake up to try to rule themselves.  Why worry when we could just make them fat, content, and docile.  Then we’d never have to worry about them again.

“Thank you for hearing me out.” Jonathon then stepped back from the podium.

The room was silent for a few heartbeats, then it exploded in laughter.

Wiping his eyes, the Prime stepped back to the podium.  He put a hand on Jonathon’s shoulder and said, “Ah, the naivety of youth.”

“What?” Jonathon asked.

“Your thoughts are not new,” the Prime explained.  “But in a few years, you’ll come to understand why we do things the way we do.

“Now, be a good lad and take your seat, so the meeting can begin.”

Oh

Posted in Books, Give away, humor, Stories, Writing with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 9, 2013 by oneoveralpha

This weekend I’m having a free promotion for the Kindle version of my third short story anthology Political Pies.  When I woke up, I checked on it and was happy to see that it was #17 in the list of their free political books.  So I sent out a tweet about it being #17 and all.  Afterwards, I decided I should check out the competition, which is when I saw this:

OhThe books on the left are the paid political Kindle books, while the seventeen on the right are the free ones.  At least I made the list.  😀

 

Political Pies sequester sale!

Posted in Books, Give away, Stories, Writing with tags , , , , , , , , , on March 8, 2013 by oneoveralpha

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Last year, I decided to try to promote each of my books for a month, starting with my anthologies and moving on to my other stories.  So I’m working on promoting my third anthology – Political Pies – during the month of March, when everyone is sick of hearing about politics because of the sequester.  Joy.  Now part of my promotions are a weekend where people will be able to download the Kindle versions for free, and for Political Pies that will be on Saturday March 9th, and Sunday March 10th.  So why am I calling it a sequester sale?  Because.  😀  Did you really expect a serious answer?

Promoting Political Pies

Posted in Books, humor, Stories, Writing with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on March 1, 2013 by oneoveralpha

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Late last year I decided I would spend the first three months of this year promoting my three anthologies, giving them a little boost.  I should have realized, that politicians would have done something to make people sick of politics when I was promoting my third anthology, Political Pies.  But what are you going to do.

Here’s the book description:

Everybody complains about politics, but does anyone do anything about it? Stephen L. Thompson’s attempt to do something about it is to collect forty of his short stories with a political element into his Political Pies anthology. His stories are either politically neutral or equally condemning of the national parties. Instead of trying to sway you to one ideology or another, his goal is to just get people thinking about politics in the hopes a rose might grow out of all the political manure.

This link will take you to my website page for Political Pies.

 

My new book, Political Pies, is out!

Posted in Books, Stories, Writing with tags , , , , , on October 3, 2012 by oneoveralpha

I’ve just self-published my third short story collection, Political Pies.  It is a collection of forty of my stories with a political theme, but don’t worry, I’m not trying to sway you to one ideology or another.  The stories are just to make you chuckle and – maybe – to give you something to think about.  Here is the description for it:

Everybody complains about politics, but does anyone do anything about it? Stephen L. Thompson’s attempt to do something about it is to collect forty of his short stories with a political element into his Political Pies anthology. His stories are either politically neutral or equally condemning of the national parties. Instead of trying to sway you to one ideology or another, his goal is to just get people thinking about politics in the hopes a rose might grow out of all the political manure.

Here is a link to the page on my website where I link to all the places I’ve found it.  I hope you’ll check it out.

Fresh pie, coming soon

Posted in Books, Stories, Writing with tags , , , on September 19, 2012 by oneoveralpha

I just finished the final polish for my third short story collection, Political Pies.  I’ll need about a day to go through all the formatting issues and to upload it, and then there will be a week or so while I wait for the proof copy, but – baring some unforeseen problem – it should be out by the end of the month.

Preliminary info for Political Pies

Posted in Books, Stories with tags , , , , on August 23, 2012 by oneoveralpha

Here is the preliminary cover and description for my next short story anthology, Political Pies, which I hope to have out in early October.  Let me know what you think.

Everybody complains about politics, but does anyone do anything about it?  Stephen L. Thompson’s attempt to do something about it is to collect forty of his short stories with a political element into his Political Pies anthology.  His stories are either politically neutral or equally condemning of the national parties.  Instead of trying to sway you to one ideology or another, his goal is to just get people thinking about politics in the hopes a rose might grow out of all the political manure.

Weight Off My Shoulders

Posted in Books, Stories, Writing with tags , , on June 22, 2012 by oneoveralpha

For those of you who didn’t already know, I’m working on my third story anthology.  Here is the initial cover idea:

Yes, I’m taking advantage of the brouhaha over the 2012 Election by hoping to release a collection of political stories.  😀

Anyway, at some point I counted up all the stories I had written (most of which had already been published) and the ones I hoped to finish and had about forty.  So I figured it would be a collection of forty stories.  So far, so good.  But as I worked on it, I came to realize that a few of the stories didn’t fit.  They were either too dated, too naive, or just sucked.  Last week I went through all the stories again and ended up dropping two more, leaving me with only thirty-eight stories.  I did come up with a new idea, and I’m still working on it, but what could I use for the fortieth story?  I’m pretty sure that between the heat and that I’m just sick of politics, my story generator isn’t working that well.  In desperation, I went through some stories I had online – hoping for some inspiration – when I came across a story that was perfect for the collection but I had forgotten to include it.  I have my fortieth story!  Now all I need to do is rearrange a few things, finish writing a couple of the stories, and give the whole thing a polish, and I’ll be done with the first draft.

This is a huge weight off my shoulders.  I was beginning to seriously doubt that I could finish the first draft by the end of the month, but now I think I may finish it this weekend.  I think the worry of not coming up with a fortieth story was making me dread working on the collection, but now there’s a level of excitement because I’m almost done with the damn thing.

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