Eternal Memories is Published

Posted: 31 October 2011 in Uncategorized

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…

Eternal Memories

In the wake of his father’s death, John Crandall prepares to return home one last time in the hopes that he can find something of his mother’s in the old homestead.  The morning of his flight, John receives a message from Tony Petrelli, a research neurologist and childhood friend he hasn’t seen in over 35 years.  John thinks the timing is too coincidental, and his suspicions are confirmed when Tony mentions that the old man wanted them to meet after he died, going as far to give him a metal tag stamped with numbers and telling him that John was the only one who knew what it was for.  John later learns that Tony’s uncle, a neurosurgeon, was the one who treated his mother until her death from a ruptured brain glioma when John was only a few months old.  Worse, Doctor Petrelli’s secret medical records indicate that she died in July, several weeks before the date John always knew.  John and Tony realize that the answers lie in John’s repressed childhood memories and dreams, but is John ready to face the truth knowing that it could change his opinion of hisparents forever?

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 

Aeon Timeline

Posted: 1 September 2011 in Uncategorized

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.


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.
This is great…
It has C-64 books and magazines scanned and available for download.  This is an absolutely fantastic contribution to Retro Computing.

Posted: 10 April 2009 in Uncategorized
A neat website.  I added a comment about the RCA COSMAC computer.

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.”