Archive for August, 2011


Posted: 29 August 2011 in Uncategorized

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.


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Anarchic Hand

Posted: 27 August 2011 in Uncategorized

Anarchic hand, also known as Alien Hand Syndrome, is a neurological condition where the hand seems to take on a mind of its own.

Wikipedia Article

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).

A Glitch in the Continuum

Posted: 27 August 2011 in Uncategorized

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:

Hi Kevin,

Thanks for submitting ‘The Healing Time’ but I’m afraid I’ll have to…accept it! Congratulations 😀

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.

Anyway, this has been a dream of mine since 5th Grade when I used to write short stories in the form of the 1940s serials where each chapter ended with the hero in some sort of peril and you had to wait until the following week to see what happened. I stopped writing my latter years in high school and instead thought about film making. College put a damper on any creative works and I didn’t do anything creative until 2000 when I collaborated with a friend, Thomas, on a video roast of our senior boss. I dabbled in trying to write Interactive Fiction, finally going back to writing fiction with Thomas. I wrote my first few stories in 2007 along with the beginnings of a novel, and finally finished The Healing Time in 2008 during my lunch breaks at work.
I have a novellette/novella (10,000 words) in the submissions process now, along with an experimental flash fiction work (1,000 words), and a collaboration with Thomas (also flash).
I have several other projects on the back burner at the moment, including the interactive fiction game, and hope to complete them soon. I still dream of having my novel published, but I’ve hit a roadblock in the plot design.