Archive for November, 2011

“Binary” Accepted

Posted: 27 November 2011 in Uncategorized, Writing

“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:

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).

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).

"Glitch" is a go!

Posted: 7 November 2011 in Uncategorized

A Glitch in the Continuum is being published by Pill Hill Press.

Hello, wonderful authors!

As the subject heading says, GLITCH is going ahead with Pill Hill Press! I have to reformat the manuscript to account for the couple of authors who’ve dropped out, and in the meantime Jessy’s going to draw up the author and editor contracts. I should have another update in a week or so! Cheers for sticking with this! 



“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.