Cover for my upcoming anthology of previously published short stories, written with Thomas C. Johnson (together as Patrick Christian).
A video tour taken 21 years after the closing of the “1863 Cinema”, my father’s theater in 1977-1979. We wrote the names of all the movies on the projection booth walls (the first part of the video).
A friend of mine sent me this link about a 21-year-old author, Samantha Shannon, who has an upcoming novel The Bone Season, the first of a seven-part series.
I just found my 3rd Place certificate from grade school (6th or 7th Grade) for the county WREECH tournament. It was for my short story “The Scientist, Mad?” circa 1980-1981.
A very late post, but the 18th Annual IFComp voting ends today. Once again, I’ve missed the opportunity to enter a game into the competition (something that I’ve wanted to do since around 2001 when a friend and I started writing it).
From the official site:
For the last seventeen years, the readers of the Usenet newsgroup rec.arts.int-fiction have held a yearly interactive fiction competition. For fans of the old Infocom games as well as for newcomers to the genre, the competition is a chance to enjoy some of the best short adventure games available anywhere.
Maybe next year.
I just discovered on Amazon that K.C. May, author of Venom of Vipers and The Kinshield Saga, has released a free Kindle book on how to format e-books. The process is a bit cumbersome, but her book is helpful in getting first-timers through the process. The only drawback is that it’s for Windows users only, but many of the programs referenced are in fact available for Mac (or a suitable alternative is available).
Tags: anthology, books, literature, writing
Synaptic Void, the anthology with my story, is finally out at Amazon. Unfortunately, it’s already sold out. I wasn’t expecting it out so soon and forgot to check for the past couple of week.
One of my short stories (Graceful Exit) will appear in the upcoming Synaptic Void anthology along with a collaborative effort with Thomas C. Johnson (Binary).
Here’s what the editor posted on his blog:
This anthology is now officially closed, and with some great stories, I might add. I just sent everything off to Chris, so hopefully it won’t be too much longer until its out!
Now on to the winner of best story… Congratulations to Ran Cartwright for his story “The Last Singularity.”
Close runners up were “Graceful Exit” by Kevin P. Kilburn and “Pupils” by Wol-viery
Many thanks to everyone who submitted. It’s going to be a great anthology!
Stories in the Ether Issue 3 is available for only $2.99 from Amazon. The authors get royalties from the sales.
My flash fiction work “Graceful Exit” has been accepted for publication. Not much to tell about it because it’s less than 1,000 words and “experimental” in that the format is part of the story telling. It will appear in the upcoming Synaptic Void anthology with “Binary” (writing as Patrick Christian – a collaborative effort with a friend of mine, Thomas Johnson).
The Synaptic Void anthology, which will feature Binary, a story by Patrick Christian (the pen name for collaborative efforts between me and Thomas C. Johnson – our middle names).
So far, the antho is up to 40K words.
The Last Singularity by Ran Cartwright
Dear Mom and If Buk Wrote Sci-fi by David S. Pointer
Invaders We by Martin Zeigler
The Death and Life of 14RR-E by Jake Johnson
Alpha and Omega by Voss Foster
Binary by Patrick Christian
Ego Trip by John H. Dromey
The Bachelor by Ron Koppelberger
Memories of Jonathan Lampedius by Howard Cincotta
As Nature Intended by Ken Goldman
Edge of Twilight by Matthew Wilson
Deejnoy 351c by Dene Bebbington
Ganglion Trains by Sean Monaghan
Rat Pack by Lee Clark Zumpe
Pupils by Wol-vriey
Snowbound, With Wolves by Dave Fragments
Death of Progression by Matthew Wilson
Dead Air by Matthew Wilson
Stories in the Ether Issue 3 is out now as an eBook. One of my stories, “Eternal Memories”, is featured in it. Authors get royalties from the sales. These will later become a printed anthology to be published later this year.
Seems that A Glitch in the Continuum is not destined for publication. The new publisher (after the old one cancelled), Pill Hill Press, has also cancelled Glitch. Too many of the original authors bailed out making it unviable for Pill Hill to continue with it. When I get time, I’ll submit my story “The Healing Time” elsewhere (and now I have the opportunity to change the title, which was a reference to a part of the story that I eventually removed, making the title a bit obscure now).
Translated from Italian news via the Panorama military newspaper, Friday 16 December 2011 edition.
Wine bottle writing contest grows in popularity
According to Italy’s statistic agency ISTAT, more than half of Italians don’t read even a book a year that is not imposed by their work or study duties. One Italian family out of 10 doesn’t have a single book at home, the survey reported. Since people read very little in Italy, winemakers and a leading Italian bookstore decided six years ago to promote reading in a particular way. They set up a short story contest for amateur writers on a subject related to wine, and three winners would have had their works published on the backs of wine bottles. This year, winners will see their short stories published in the form of tiny booklets attached to the bottles of wine. This contest’s popularity grew over the years, to include about 1,000 short stories, and the organizers are now thinking about extending the contest in Europe, as well as in the United States and Canada.
Interesting concept. I haven’t yet seen the stories on the backs of wine bottles here in Italy, but I’ll be looking now that I’m aware of it. I hope this finds its way to the States.
When I was in grade school, I really enjoyed horror movies and comics. I had always thought I owned some horror comics in 5th Grade, but it could have been later, perhaps 6th or even 8th. I always had a memory of a particular one that had a graphic beheading as the title page (and again later in the story). I didn’t remember the name of the story or the magazine that contained it, but a few years ago I found a book called The Zombie Factory, and it contained the story “A Corpse for the Coffin” – the one I remembered from years ago.
There was another story I remembered reading around the same time. It was about a man visiting a castle in search of a tapestry. He encountered a vampire, whom he destroyed at the end in sunlight. After searching for some time, I found a website that listed all of the horror comics by Eerie Publications. “The Hungry Vampire” seemed like the story, so I ordered a DVD ROM of the comics and confirmed that it was in fact the story I remembered.
I found that both “The Hungry Vampire” and “A Corpse for the Coffin” were published many times over the years. Both were published in Weird Vampire Tales in subsequent issues, January 1981 and April 1981. This puts them in 7th Grade for me, which doesn’t seem right because I really (think) I remember reading them in 5th Grade.
It’s possible that both stories were published in some other magazine, but I haven’t yet found anything.
Anyway, listed below are all of the Eerie Publications that contained the stories from 1978 onward (taken from the website above). If anyone knows of other publications that contained these particular stories, please let me know.
Terror Tales v9n1, Jan 1978, 68pp, $1.50
Cover reprinted from Weird v8n4b
The Horror Doll – Reprinted from Tales From the Tomb v6n5
Living Corpse – Reprinted from Tales From the Tomb v6n5
The Witches Coven – Reprinted from Horror Tales v3n4
Dead Dummies – Reprinted from Weird v3n5
The Zombies Vault – Reprinted from Terror Tales v2n3
A Corpse For the Coffin – Reprinted from Witches Tales v2n4
Satan’s Demon – Reprinted from Horror Tales v2n5
The Transparent Ones – Reprinted from Tales of Voodoo v5n4
The Devil’s Machine – Reprinted from Tales of Voodoo v4n5
Mask of Horror – Reprinted from Weird v6n6
Weird Vampire Tales v5n2a, Apr 1981, 60pp, $2.50
Fangs of Horror – Reprinted from Witches Tales v6n2
The Flesh Eaters – Reprinted from Tales of Voodoo v5n5
Vampires Plague – Reprinted from Terror Tales v7n1
The Evil Trip – Reprinted from Weird Worlds v2n3
Vampire – Reprinted from Tales of Voodoo v7n2
The Demons Night – Reprinted from Terror Tales v4n1
A Corpse For the Coffin – Reprinted from Witches Tales v2n4
Dead Thing Among Us – Reprinted from Tales From the Tomb v6n6
Signed in Blood – Reprinted from Tales of Voodoo v3n1
Weird Vampire Tales v5n1, Jan 1981, 60pp, $1.95
The Strange Vampire – Reprinted from Horror Tales v4n4
Snakepit – Reprinted from Weird v7n7
The Fleshrippers – Reprinted from Weird v7n6
Drowned in Sand- Reprinted from Weird v7n6
The Hungry Vampire- Reprinted from Weird v6n3
The Invaders – Reprinted from Weird Worlds v2n4
[When They Meet the] Vampire – Reprinted from Witches Tales v6n1
Werewolf – Reprinted from Weird v4n4
Fangs of Terror – Reprinted from Terror Tales v6n2
Terrors of Dracula v1n5, Nov 1979, 68pp, $1.75
Cover reprinted from Horror Tales v5n4
Inside Front Cover – Reprints art from cover of Weird v7n5
The Evil Black Cats – Reprinted from Witches Tales v3n2
The Hungry Vampire- Reprinted from Weird v6n3
Where the Flesheaters Dwell – Reprinted from Tales From the Tomb v6n2
The Spider – Reprinted from Tales From the Tomb v6n1
Swamp Monsters – Reprinted from Tales From the Tomb v2n2
Fangs of Terror – Reprinted from Terror Tales v6n2
The Hungry Ghoul – Reprinted from Tales of Voodoo v3n4
The Deadly Corpse – Reprinted from Tales of Voodoo v5n2
The Blind Monsters – Reprinted from Weird v9n1
Satan’s Cat – Reprinted from Horror Tales v2n2
Back Cover – Reprints art from cover of Weird v7n3
If I had to pinpoint when I became a writer, I’d probably say “Fifth Grade”. That’s a long time ago, 1978-1979 to be exact, but I believe it’s when I took my first step to becoming an author. Of course, at that time, my knowledge of writing was limited. One of the first stories I wrote was about Santa Claus getting sick and Mrs. Claus having to dress up as him and deliver the presents. Sound familiar? It should. I plagiarized The Year Without a Santa Claus.
It wasn’t intentional plagiarism. I just didn’t have an understanding of writing and that you couldn’t simply retell a story and call it your own. Mrs. Boggs was nice enough not to call me out on it (I’m quite certain she and everyone else in the class had seen the special on TV before) and even read it to the class. For some reason I missed school that day and they had lost the second sheet of paper (which had two lines on it). She said that she was able to read the last two lines that I had erased (written on the half-line at the bottom) though.
My memory is a bit vague on exactly when I wrote my first “Mad Scientist” story, but it was definitely in Middle School (6th – 8th Grade). (For accuracy, my school had grades 1 – 8 all in the same building and was called Elementary School.) Because we switched classes, I have memories of writing stories in each classroom, but I think it was 6th Grade because I used to give my stories to Mr. Walker, our homeroom teacher, to read. He was very accommodating and actually read my stories week to week.
I patterned my stories after the 1940s serials where each chapter would end with the hero (or one of the good guys) in peril and the viewers would have to see the next chapter the following week. When I was in 5th Grade, there was a short-lived TV series called Cliffhangers that tired to revive the serials, but the series never finished.
Each week, I’d write a new chapter of “The Mad Scientist” and would draw the cover art to go with it. Around this time, I was also dreaming of becoming a comic book artist/writer, though I lacked any talent in drawing. I had several “covers” for stories, though never really wrote any of them. “Iceberg” comes to mind, though I can’t imagine now what type of story I had in mind when I made the title. “The Iron Soldier” was a comic (Sgt. Rock copy) I was trying to do, but it died a quick death also.
In 7th or 8th Grade, we had county-wide writing tournaments. The first I remember was called WREECH (Writing/Speech), the latter called SPRITE (Speech/Writing). I won Third Place for my story “The Scientist, Mad?” This was a revision of my Mad Scientist serials, condensed into just two chapters with the first ending in a car-crash cliffhanger where, Allen, the main character barely escaped.
It was Mrs. Arthur’s insistence that I rename my story from “The Mad Scientist” to “The Scientist, Mad?”. I never liked it at the time, but I thought she knew best and went with it. In retrospect, it was probably a better title, though I’m not sure anything could have helped the content.
This was my first attempt at dialogue (believe it or not, my previous stories had NONE). I can imagine if the phrase “epic fail” existed back then, it would have been used to describe the dialogue in my story.
The exchange went something like this:
Allen and John opened the box in the warehouse.
“Oh my gosh, it’s a bomb,” Allen said.
“You got a dime, bud,” John replied.
Allen handed John the dime and they went to call the police.
As they went outside, the warehouse exploded.
Ugh, I know. I unfortunately have a really good memory, so sadly that’s an almost exact copy of my original story dialogue. I’m sure there was more, but belaboring the point would most certainly be too painful for anyone reading this.
Remarkably, I did win Third Place (I’m hoping that there were at least FOUR participants so I can claim not to have come in dead last). The comment on my paper was “A young Hemingway…” though I don’t recall the rest of it. I’m sure the judges were just being nice.
I also did a “descriptive writing” entry that didn’t place at all. My original idea was to do “Dracula’s Castle”, but I got lazy and at crunch time wrote “Pac Man” instead. Even the best of authors would have a hard time making Pac Man interesting in text, so you can imagine my effort … “I guided my bright yellow dot around the maze gobbling up the smaller white dots while avoiding the red, pink, orange, and blue ghosts…” I don’t remember exactly what I wrote, but it’s probably a memory best left forgotten. Mrs. Arthur reminded me afterward that I should have written Dracula’s Castle.
I didn’t pursue much writing after that, with the exception of some attempted game writing and script writing in high school and my first years of college. Maybe more on that later…
“Binary” was just accepted to the Synaptic Void anthology, edited by Joe Jablonski.
“Binary” is by Patrick Christian, my and my friend’s pen name for our joint projects. (Patrick Christian is our middle names — Kevin P. Kilburn and Thomas C. Johnson). Binary is flash fiction. I originally had a self-imposed 750-word limit, but it wasn’t possible to tell the story with that limit. I increased it to 1,000 words, which allowed me and Thomas to finish it.
The story stemmed from a writing project (experiment) we did together. We each wrote a scene without divulging to the other where we were headed with it. We alternated back and forth over a period of a few weeks. “Binary” features one of the characters and a refinement of a scene in our project. I was really happy with it, so I decided to make it a stand-alone story and recruited Thomas to help polish it up.
Co-writing is difficult. I can see why collaborators split even after several succesful screenplays/movies. Sometimes the writers just want to go in different directions and if neither give, then there’s going to be some conflict, perhaps to the point where resolution is impossible.
Thomas and I started on an interactive fiction game, which turned into a sci-fi novel, but we never completed the project. It got stuck in the conceptual phase because we never established a “good idea cutoff point”. I hope that we can complete it someday because I think it’s a good story with solid characters and scientific background.
I have another story in the works which also comes from our writing project/experiment. I’m not sure where this one will go in terms of length, but I think it will be at least a short story. I’m thinking about a series of stories, all set in our world we created from our project. There are lots of possibilities.
I just purchased the Index Card app for iPad. It’s a notecard system for writing that synchs with Scrivener via the Dropbox service/app.
This tutorial explains it in detail: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qoGevEX1SUM
In short, Index Card requires a “flat” structure, so if the Scrivener project contains folders with documents inside, Index Card won’t recognize it. In order to use Index Card, the Scrivener project must be set up with Collections. The documents are selected and added to a Collection (I named mine Index Card Synch). The Collection is saved in the Dropbox folder through Scrivener’s menus (see the tutorial for more detail). Now, the file can be opened on the iPad with Index Card and edited.
Looks really useful at this point, but I’m always a bit hesitant to synch things over a network because of the danger of file corruption. There are several threads on the Literature and Latte site (creators of Scrivener). http://www.literatureandlatte.com/forum/viewforum.php?f=22
This is important to note — how Index Card stores the text from Scrivener (it’s on the “back” of the index cards, something that wasn’t evident to me at first).
A Glitch in the Continuum is being published by Pill Hill Press.
“A Glitch in the Continuum” was put on indefinite hold a few weeks ago, but it looks like it may have another life and could possibly get published in both PDF and hardcopy in about three weeks. Fingers crossed.
Here are the documents I’m reading to learn LaTeX and Multimarkdown (MMD). They are scattered in various places and some I found only from a message board posting (didn’t show up in any search I did, even though it was exactly what I was looking for).
Please let me know if any of the links don’t work.
The LaTeX Tutorials document is about 155 pages and covers “The Basics” (Tutorial 1), bibliographies, tables of contents, typesetting mathematics, boxes, and cross references (to name a few). I think this should be the first document you read if you’re unfamiliar with LaTeX.
This is a comprehensive reference on LaTeX by Tobias Oetiker, Hubert Partl, Irene Hyna, and Elisabeth Schlegl written in 2011. It’s 190 pages and it’s subtitle is “Or LaTeX in 174 minutes”. I like the organization of the document and that the PDF version (not sure there is another version though) has hyperlinks from the table of contents and from within the document (to external URLs).
This is an “advanced” document for LaTeX 2e. From the Introduction “LaTeX2e is the new standard of the LaTeX Document Preparation System. This document describes how to take advantage of the new features of LaTeX, and how to process your old LaTeX documents with LaTeX2e. However, this document is only a brief introduction to the new facilities, and is intended for authors who are already familiar with the old version of LaTeX. It is not a reference manual for LaTeX2e nor is it a complete introduction to LaTeX.”
This document was published in 2001.
This is the 8th Edition of the User Guide for The Memoir Class. It’s 547 pages, but many of the pages are examples of the various features of the Memoir Class. (I capitalize memoir, but technically I guess it should not be because it’s written in all lowers in the text).
From the Remarks to the User page “memoir gives you many ways to change the appearance of your document, and also provides some ready-made styles that might be appropriate for your purposes. As you can see, this manual is not slim and attempts to describe in some detail how the various aspects of memoir work and gives examples of how you can change these to better match your needs.”
I had a hard time finding this (mostly because I was searching for Multimarkdown cheat sheet). In any case, this is a nice quick reference for Markdown.
From the document: “First of all, let me state that this is not a LaTeX primer! If you’re reading this document, I assume that you have at least a basic understanding of LaTeX and of its basic commands. In this guide, I’ll explain how to replace a word processor effectively using LaTeX.”
“This document describes first how to import graphics into LaTeX documents and then covers a wide variety [of] issues about their use.”
This is a bit advanced and I haven’t read much of it yet.
The reference for MMD written by the creator himself.
TeXworks comes as part of the MacTeX distribution. This is the manual for it. I prefer TeXshop, though that’s not to say there’s anything wrong with TeXworks.
I’ll post some more later if/when I find things that are useful.
Here is a Wikibooks article on LaTeX. Lots of good info for the beginner in it.
I recently discovered LaTeX, a typesetting program, while searching for book templates for Microsoft Word. I began writing a retrocomputing book on the Commodore 64 using Word, but had a hard time formatting the text exactly like I wanted. I search for various templates and even considered switching to a desktop publishing program, but nothing seemed to work.
I found a few articles on LaTeX. The Wikipedia definition is:
LATEX ( //, //, //, or //) is a document markup language and document preparation system for the TEXtypesetting program. Within the typesetting system, its name is styled as . The term LATEX refers only to the language in which documents are written, not to the editor used to write those documents. In order to create a document in LATEX, a .tex file must be created using some form of text editor. While most text editors can be used to create a LATEX document, a number of editors have been created specifically for working with LATEX.
LATEX is widely used in academia. As a primary or intermediate format, e.g., translating DocBook and other XML-based formats toPDF, LATEX is used because of the high quality of typesetting achievable by TEX. The typesetting system offers programmable desktop publishing features and extensive facilities for automating most aspects of typesetting and desktop publishing, including numbering and cross-referencing, tables and figures, page layout and bibliographies.
LATEX is intended to provide a high-level language that accesses the power of TEX. LATEX essentially comprises a collection of TEXmacros and a program to process LATEX documents. Because the TEX formatting commands are very low-level, it is usually much simpler for end-users to use LATEX.
LATEX was originally written in the early 1980s by Leslie Lamport at SRI International. It has become an important method for using TEX. The current version is LATEX2e (styled ).
As it is distributed under the terms of the LATEX Project Public License (LPPL), LATEX is free software.
This turned out to be exactly what I was looking for. In a single lunch hour, I was able to produce a document in LaTeX formatted very similarly to what I wanted.
The official website for LaTeX is here:
LaTeX is a document preparation system for high-quality typesetting. It is most often used for medium-to-large technical or scientific documents but it can be used for almost any form of publishing.
LaTeX is not a word processor! Instead, LaTeX encourages authors not to worry too much about the appearance of their documents but to concentrate on getting the right content.
Here are some chapter style examples from the Memoir Class (a package available for LaTeX):
The learning curve is a bit steep for LaTeX (at least for me). I’d liken it to learning HTML. You could learn the basics pretty quickly, but to be good at it will take some time and effort. For me, this effort is worth it because the LaTeX system 1) produces professional-quality documents and 2) allows me to focus on writing rather than messing around with the formatting (a pitfall for procrastinators like me). I’ve decided to move forward with my book using LaTeX.
There are some other attractive aspects to this system:
1. LaTeX is available in a Mac distribution called MacTeX. MacTeX contains (from the MacTeX Wiki):
MacTeX is the official release of the MacTeX Technical Working Group. A very Mac-like installation using the Apple installer, so the installation process will be very familiar to Mac users.
MacTeX includes the most recent official standard distribution of TeX Live (the modern TeX distribution standard of TUG) for the Mac, a front end, documentation and extras.
MacTeX 2010 was released 2010-09-08 and is approximately 1.6Gb  .
MacTeX 2008 was released 2008-09-01 and includes:
- the convert utility from ImageMagick
- selected GUI Applications including:
- installer for Perl/Tk, needed to enable the GUI interface for the TeX Live Manager
- TeX Live
fonts in formats suitable for system-wide use:
- See also MacTeXtras
2. Scrivener will export to LaTeX. Scrivener is a Mac-based writing program (now also available for Windows). http://www.literatureandlatte.com/scrivener.php?show=features
Scrivener is payware, but it’s a paltry $45 (US) for an excellent software program. (And no, I’m not a compensated endorser for Scrivener — it’s just something I have found useful).
Below is from the Literature and Latte website (the creators/sellers of Scrivener) and shows some of the features of Scrivener…
Who said WYSIWYG is always best?
Tools for Writing Non-Fiction
Watch the MathType video ●
Draft the next blockbuster
Statistics and Targets
Watch the video ●
I’ve used Scrivner to author several short stories and I’m using it for my novel. Now, I can use it to write my retro book also.
Within Scrivener, some of the formatting for LaTeX can be passed via Multimarkdown.
The Multimarkdown website at http://fletcherpenney.net/multimarkdown/ defines it as:
What is MultiMarkdown?
MultiMarkdown, or MMD, is a tool to help turn minimally marked-up plain text into well formatted documents, including HTML, PDF (by way of LaTeX),OPML, or OpenDocument (specifically, Flat OpenDocument or ‘.fodt’, which can in turn be converted into RTF, Microsoft Word, or virtually any other word-processing format).
MMD is a superset of the Markdown syntax, originally created by John Gruber. It adds multiple syntax features (tables, footnotes, and citations, to name a few), in addition to the various output formats listed above (Markdown only creates HTML). Additionally, it builds in “smart” typography for various languages (proper left- and right-sided quotes, for example).
3. LaTeX is free.
Although Scrivener is payware, everything else I mentioned here is free — LaTeX (MacTeX distribution) and MMD3 (Scrivener ships with MMD2, but MMD3 can be installed so that Scrivener “sees” it).
I plan to document my journey into learning LaTeX / MMD / Scrivener as I write my book. So far, I’ve been really pleased with the results I’ve obtained with the workflow, but it will be some time before I really learn how to use LaTeX to its fullest and ultimately format my book with it.
More to follow…
My second (well, first now that A Glitch in the Continuum has been cancelled) story “Eternal Memories” has been published at NeverMet Press’ website. It’s due out later next year in a printed anthology.
Here’s the link…
Bad news about my upcoming story in the anthology “A Glitch in the Continuum”. Glitch and many other anthos were cancelled due to budget issues.
I’m posting this to keep you in the loop dear Librarians.It is with a very heavy heart that I must announce that all anthologies will be put on hold for at least 6 months. This is due to the poor economy. Anthologies cost me over $1,500 to put out and I just don’t have the extra money to afford them.The poor ecomony has even affected my Dental Practice. That’s where I used money to pay for the anthologies but cannot do this anymore. As blunt as I can be …. I’m going broke on the anthologies.There just isn’t any extra to use.I’m also afraid that many of the anthologies will be cancelled. This really breaks my heart, but the bottom line is that there is no money for the anthologies. At this time I’m not sure which one’s will be cancelled, so please don’t ask yet.I’m so very sorry to have to post this thread, but I’m being bled out here. I’ve got to stop the bleeding somehow.Again, I’m very sorry,Doc
This looks like a nice writing tool. For Mac OS X.
From the description on the blog:
Traditional timeline applications provide a one-dimensional perspective of events in time. Their primary purpose is to display data, not to capture, explore and create ideas. They are presentational, attractive, well-suited to overhead slides and projectors. They suit after-the-fact recording, not spontaneous creation.
Aeon Timeline is different. Aeon Timeline grew from a conversation amongst writers about the timeline tool they want to see: a timeline that is more than a list of dates and events; a tool that captures the changes caused by an event, not just the event itself; a tool that displays not just the plot points for the story they tell, but the world of causality behind the narrative; a tool that could describe many lives in a connected universe. Foremost, they want a tool designed for them, not a tool they must wrestle to their command.
Aeon Timeline aims to meet this need.
I use Scrivener for my writing. So far, I've completed a short story with it and have started a novel. I'm working on a Commodore 64 Programming book, but I'm not sure how suitable Scrivener is for it. I have it formatted in Word right now.
Sent from my iPad
Anarchic hand, also known as Alien Hand Syndrome, is a neurological condition where the hand seems to take on a mind of its own.
I use the term anarchic hand in my critiques for other writers to describe a particular first-person narrative style where the author does something like this:
My hand reached for the phone.
My eyes shifted toward the door.
Instead of just saying: I reached for the phone or I looked toward the door.
I don’t guess there’s really anything wrong with it–we know what the author means–but it’s one of those things that I personally find distracting. In first-person, someone saying “my hand (did something)” sounds like they have no control over it. Ultimately, it’s the writers’ choices on how they want to word their narrative, but I always point this one out just in case they didn’t realize how it sounds to others (or at least me).
I just had my first short story accepted for publication in the upcoming anthology, A Glitch in the Continuum, a collection about time travel gone horribly wrong. After receiving so many rejections, I expected to receive yet another. Here’s the reply to my submission:
Thanks for submitting ‘The Healing Time’ but I’m afraid I’ll have to…accept it! Congratulations :D
I think your story has a very strong emotional core to it, and I really enjoyed the clear and obvious thought that’s gone into the execution of the piece. Definitely one of my favourites!
I’ve still got a lot of decisions to make regarding other acceptances, so it might be another couple of weeks before you hear from me again about this, but when you do it’ll be when I send you a first-pass edit. Once I receive all edits I’ll email contracts. Publication date is TBC, but I shan’t be surprised if it’s a good few months off yet (ie doesn’t appear until early next year).
Congrats again, and enjoy basking in the warm glow of acceptance!
I was quite surprised and happy to have my story accepted.
Here’s the cover of the book:
My story is The Healing Time.
Matthew Childers has experienced the tragic loss of his family at the hands of a brutal murderer, who walks free after a slick defense and incompetent prosecution at the trial. Even after a year, Matt hasn’t learned to cope with his loss and decides to seek revenge. After a confrontation in an alley with Matt, the murderer disappears. Matt’s shame in not being able to confront the man drives him to end it all, but a grief counselor named Sanborn intercedes and convinces Matt to allow him to help. Matt soon discovers that Sanborn has ulterior motives when he discloses that he is the one responsible for the murderer’s disappearance and that for a price, he will tell Matt where…or more appropriately when… the man is. Sanborn’s choice of words confuses Matt until he sees a demonstration of what Sanborn calls a temporal field generator, a machine that can send objects into the future.
In retrospect, I think I should have changed the title. I cut the original reference to “time healing all wounds” in the beginning, so the title’s meaning may not be as evident now.
I found this on CNN… Apparently the guy who invented the camera doesn’t know much about Star Wars. Look at the last part of the article. Doesn’t he realize that “Star Wars IV” was made in 1977???
Video cameras go disposable
PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island (AP) — For years, disposable cameras have been a magnet for last-minute photographic whimsy, encouraging all manner of embarrassing pictures from weddings and other social events.
Watch out: There’s now a disposable video camera.
The $29.99 pocket-sized digital video cameras are able to capture up to 20 minutes of video and sound.
CVS Corp. stores, which has exclusive rights to sell them, will process the camera for $12.99 and return a DVD; users also can e-mail video and video greeting cards.
Pure Digital Technologies Inc. developed and designed the camera with just three buttons. One starts and stops recording, another is used to play back video and the third deletes recorded segments.
Grant Pill, director of photography and imaging at CVS, said the camera is ideal for people who don’t want to spend hundreds of dollars or fuss with too many controls.
Available now in the Northeast and elsewhere by the end of the month, the video camera looks similar to a point-and-shoot disposable camera, except it’s held vertically to film.
The camcorder weighs 5.5 ounces, Pill said, and is about the size of an MP3 player.
Users watch what they’re filming through a rectangular, 1.4-inch wide color display. There are no zoom features. After filming a segment, the user can review what’s been recorded and choose to delete the segment at any time during playback.
Pill called the film good VHS quality, but acknowledged it isn’t on par with that produced by some personal camcorders.
“George Lucas isn’t going to use this to shoot Star Wars IV,” he said, “but a budding George Lucas may use this to shoot something in his backyard.”