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My QuarterReads stories

Posted in Scifi, Short Stories, Stories, Writing with tags , , , , on February 18, 2015 by oneoveralpha

For those who don’t know, QuarterReads is a site where readers can buy short stories for only a quarter. What’s great for the authors of these stories is that $0.22 goes to the author. Usually, it seems like for other sites the pay ratio is the opposite of that. In addition, if you really enjoyed a story, you can tip the author $0.25, $0.50, or $1.00. If you are interested in reading great short stories – and helping out their authors – I highly recommend you checking out QuarterReads. This may be a bit biased, but here are six stories I suggest you take a look at. 😀

No Longer Number One

Offers one possibility of what it will be like after the aliens arrive.

It’s Harder Than It Looks

A ghostly little story about writing.

Double Trouble

How can a Presidential assassination be bigger news when it fails?

Invisible Strings

What’s the worst thing that can happen after learning you’ll be President some day?

Community Improvement

What happens when politicians decide to use time travel?

Bitter Medicine

A scifi author’s worst nightmare; when the alien invasion they write about, comes true.

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.

30 Stories in 30 Days

Posted in 30 Stories in 30 Days, Stories, Writing with tags , , , , on August 31, 2014 by oneoveralpha

Just moments after midnight, I’ll be starting my 2014 30 Stories in 30 Days Challenge.  In case you can’t figure it out, that’s where I try to write thirty short – sometimes very short – stories in as many days.  In previous years I have posted the stories on my website or here on this blog, but this year I’ll be posting them on my Bubblews page.  To get a little more information, check out this post which should answer any questions.

Wish me luck.

A Cabin Under a Cloudy Sea and other stories

Posted in eBooks, humor, Stories, Writing with tags , , , , , , , , , , on August 19, 2014 by oneoveralpha

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A couple of years ago, I came up with the idea of putting out minianthologies – collections of five to ten stories – on Kindle as a way to use up some of my stories and to let people know I exist.  Well, I have just put out my latest minianthology – “A Cabin Under a Cloudy Sea and other stories.” It contains five stories set upon the moon.  The blurb I have for it is as follows:

Hopefully, in the not too distant future humans will return to the moon. We will build bases and colonies, create farms and factories, and live, love and learn. “A Cabin Under a Cloudy Sea and other stories” contains five short stories set upon the moon. They give the tiniest glimpse of the possibilities awaiting us there. 

 I hope you’ll check it out, and if it strikes your fancy you can download it for only $0.99.  I hope you’ll enjoy.

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The story behind this minianthology is somewhat long.  Part of the idea behind my minianthologies is to show people a sampling of my writing, but I also like to group similar stories.  When I realized I had several stories set on the moon, it was natural to put them together.  A couple of these were published before – I’ve revised them for this – but I also wanted a couple new stories.  I had one story that involved time travel, and I haven’t figured out how to make it work.  So I would start working on this collection, only to get stuck on this story, set it aside to let my creative juices flow, only to then get caught up in some other project.  It was probably almost two years ago that I started this project, but I didn’t really get anywhere with it until about four months ago.

About four months ago was when I learned my story “The Reluctant Host” would appear in Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Dog Did What? which would be published now.  (See my previous blog post.)  You know what would be good, I thought?  If I had a Kindle book come out at the same time to get some of that chicken soup splashover

Of my dozen or so projects, “A Cabin Under a Cloudy Sea and other stories” was the closest to being finished, so I set out to finish it.  One problem was this time travel story I couldn’t make work.  Fortunately, I had recently come up with a new story idea also set upon the moon, “Putting Down Roots.” Since I could finish that story, and since the other stories in the collection were more grounded scifi (no warp drive or aliens) the time travel story kind of stood out.  So I swapped the stories and set to work finishing it.

I was making steady progress, when in early July I smacked my forehead because I had missed something.  July 20 marked the 45th anniversary of Apollo 11 landing on the moon.  What better time to put out a collection of stories set on the moon?  I debated for a bit if I should change my publication plans, but I couldn’t finish it in time.

As it turns out, this later publication date may actually be better.  One thing am really passionate about is setting up a permanent human presence in space, such as at a moon base.  If I had published this a month ago, it probably would have been lost in all the hoopla for Apollo 11, which I believe all faded into obscurity on July 21st.  But with this ebook coming out a month later, it can help advance my goal of moon bases in my lifetime by showing people the moon isn’t just something to get excited about on big anniversaries. 

At least, that’s what I tell myself to keep from smashing my forehead for missing such an obvious connection.

Thoughts on a cover and blurb

Posted in eBooks, Stories, Writing with tags , , , , , , , on August 3, 2014 by oneoveralpha

I’m hoping to get an ebook out in a couple of weeks.  Here’s my take on the cover I’ve made and my blurb for it.

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Hopefully in the not too distant future, humans will return to the moon. We will build bases and colonies, create farms and factories, and live and love and learn. “A Cabin Under a Cloudy Sea and other stories” contains six stories set upon the moon and give the tiniest glimpse of the possibilities awaiting us.

Grab my Kindle story “Lonely Phoenix” for free!

Posted in eBooks, Give away, Stories, Writing with tags , , , , , , , , on July 18, 2014 by oneoveralpha

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This weekend, Friday the 18th through Sunday the 20th, you’ll be able to download my scifi story “Lonely Phoenix” for free. The story is set onboard an interstellar colony ship in its centuries long voyage to a new star. And it involves a … vampire? Well, not like any vampire you know about, that’s just the closest word we have for what he is.

To find out more, you’ll have to download, which you can do all for the price of a click.

A Man of Few Words for only $0.99!

Posted in eBooks, humor, Stories, Writing with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on May 1, 2014 by oneoveralpha

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A Man of Few Words was my first anthology I self-published four years ago.  Here is the blurb for it:

A Man of Few Words is a collection of 50 flash fiction stories by Stephen L. Thompson. 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? How does a company get to Second Base with VIPs? These questions and more are explored by Stephen using less than 1000 words and in various genres from humor to horror and general fiction to science fiction.

The majority of the stories have been previously published (most by Stephen himself on his website) but all have been revised for this collection. In addition, each piece is accompanied by some background information giving a fuller story experience.

It’s available in paperback, but also for Kindle.  And it’s because of Kindle that I’m posting this blog.  Last year, Amazon made a change to their promotions.  Before the only promotions were to have your ebook for free for a few days.  But the change allowed you to have discount sales.  For example, the Kindle version of A Man of Few Words is normally $2.99, but I could now have a discount sale for $0.99.  This will be the first time I’m trying this discount to see how it works.  Unless I screwed something up, you should be able to get the Kindle version of A Man of Few Words for $0.99 starting early on the morning of May 2, 2014.  It will stay at that price for about a day and a half, and then go up to $1.99.  After another day and a half, it will return to it’s normal price of $2.99 in the wee hours of May 5.  (They do have set start times, but they’re not always on time.)

So, take a look at my ebook, and if it looks interesting pick it up in the next few days and save a dollar or two.

 

Ebook free promo

Posted in eBooks, Give away, Stories with tags , , , , , , , , on February 13, 2014 by oneoveralpha

Certainty

To mark Valentine’s Day, I figured I should have free promo for one of my Kindle ebooks.  But which one?  Well, after looking at what I’ve published, the closest to a romantic story I have would be “The Only Certainty:”

On The Day, for reasons still unknown, people began changing. They went to sleep as their old selves and woke in their beds in different bodies: bodies that had belonged to other people. And each time they fall asleep, they wake as someone new. Set months later, “The Only Certainty” follows Derrick Gorton on an average day in this new world as he deals with food shortages, the semi-collapse of society, and how to finish his latest novel.

What does that have to do with romance?  Well, you’ll have to read the story to find out.  😀  It will be free to download on Kindle from now through Saturday the 15th.

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.  😀

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.

Mr, Mr.

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