• Writing

    Monthly Writing Report – October 2022

    by Right, the monthly writing report. The one I haven’t done in three months, and that one was late. Still, since I claim to be getting back on track, I should put something here, shouldn’t I? Let’s streamline it, though. In October, I managed a whole 3 blog posts, 2 journal entries, and about a thousand words of fiction. On top of that, there was some academic writing for a couple of courses and I managed to start podcasting again after a gap longer than the Weekly Writing Report had been running. I was able to announce two story sales, and I’m not saying I’ve got something I’m not allowed…

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    Announcement,  Published Story

    Announcement – Doors and Shadows

    by Slowly making headway. A little writing, a little plotting, a little blogging, and I actually got an episode of the Weekly Writing Report out last week (and tomorrow is looking good for another), so I’m feeling better about the writing journey right now. Today, it’s time for another announcement. Which, as I type, is giving me a peculiar form of déjà vu. It feels like I’ve written the primary details about this before, but I can’t seem to find it anywhere, so perhaps it was in an alternate timeline. So… My short story, “Doors and Shadows” is set to appear in the upcoming anthology from Flame Tree Press, Hidden…

  • At the old residence
    Education,  Life

    Homecoming 2022

    by Homecoming is a thing. Every year, at pretty much every school. Even though I’m a current student, I’m not so interested in the big football game that goes along with it, or the giant parties. I’m after the nostalgia. Yes, I dwell too much in nostalgia as it is. I’ll see or hear something or someone that reminds me of something or someone else and a mental chain will remind me of something I haven’t thought of in years or decades. But that’s not this nostalgia. The nostalgia of Homecoming for me is a shared nostalgia. This year, I got to share it with an old friend who drove…

  • Falling boom box
    Announcement,  Published Story

    Story Appearance

    by Way, way behind on so many things. There are reasons, most of them academic. I’ve deliberately set myself a harder than necessary second year so that third year will be a little easier than the normal brutality in my program and cascading adjustments will let fourth year be a Thesis focus picking up the remaining requirements. But that means a lot of other stuff is behind. Writing in general, and as relates to the blog, I don’t recall the last time I posted, but I could certainly look it up and be disappointed with how long it’s been. So, to dip my toe back into blogging, an announcement! My…

  • Education,  Life

    Back To School

    by It’s Labour Day, which can mean a lot of things to a lot of people. And should. But a lot of people have, and will continue to, post better reasons than I can to remind you why Labour Day matters. I’m not going to talk about those. I am going to talk about BTS (Back To School) a little. My kids are all done with the public piece of education and have started pursuing their more adult paths. But BTS is still relevant for me right now because I’m about a third of the way through my return to school. Well, a third is probably generous. I’m about a…

  • Podcasting,  Writing

    Episode 2

    by I’m probably not going to announce it every week… well, I might for the first few, but Episode two of The Weekly Writing Report is live. This week, I give a quick overview of my basic fiction writing process. I know I’ve talked about it on more than one occasion here, but this is the first time it’s gone into audio form. What I probably should do is put the player in the sidebar so it’s always here and I won’t have to post about it every week. But it’s still pretty new and I like drawing attention to it. Stay safe and be well, everyone. by

  • Education

    School Is Fast Approaching

    by So school starts two weeks from tomorrow. And I mean school for me, in case you were wondering. Long story that’s been told elsewhere summarized: Covid-19 Shutdown of my industry Buy Out Package My wife explaining to me that it’s time to do those things I’ve dreamed about turning into a career Back to University The intention at the outside is to follow a science degree with an education degree and spend my remaining professional years as a high school science and math teacher. That’s evolved a bit, but the basic premise is still the same. This year, with things back to normal I’m looking for the full university…

  • Publishing,  Writing

    New Ebook Live!

    by Had I been smart enough to have a blog post prepped, I would have made this announcement yesterday. Unfortunately, I wasn’t smart enough and yesterday got demolished by other commitments. So…. “History Isn’t Cheap” is live! His name is Foog, Kymbflikpk Foog. He’s an agent for the Xiyan Historical Service and prefers his Flemlik Ooze scrambled, not whipped. He’s also discovered evidence of a lost Xiyan colony deep in the territory of a hostile alien species and it’s his job to find the truth of what happened to that colony. But he can’t do it alone. Wallace Tran isn’t sure he wants to help, but the paycheck is very,…

  • Podcast

    The Podcast Rises!

    by I’ve decided on a Tuesday release schedule instead of the originally planned Monday. I sometimes write late at night and want to be able to count all the words when I record. If I record on Monday, that’s going to be easier. The first episode is on the shorter side. In the early days of podcasting, I think people would have made it Episode 0 to introduce the podcast and what it will be about, but that always felt a bit weird to me, and threw off the episode count. Actually, the episodes will generally be short. I’m going to try to keep around or under the 10-minute mark…

  • Announcement,  Podcasting,  Writing

    Podcast Pushed Back a Week and the (Late) Monthly Writing Report

    by Doubling up on what goes into this Monday post so I don’t wind up writing two posts. First, like the title suggests, I’m pushing the podcast launch back a week for the Weekly Writing Report. Since I don’t know that anyone will actually listen to this one, and that’s okay, it’s not a big deal. Life intervened. Well, that’s not really true. I left my laptop and USB drive at my parent’s place on a visit and my last backup was a disgusting three weeks old (older by the time I got the USB back and fixed now). I didn’t want to duplicate everything I’d done so had to…