Occasionally, I write stuff. Not enough to make a living at, but enough to help fill up my hard drive. I’ve written lots of stories, several unfinished novels, and assorted essays and columns including an ongoing column/blog at www.news-journalonline.com called “Twenty-Four/Seven.”
Below are some links to stuff I’ve committed
“Twenty-Four/Seven” Over ten years of columns about pop culture and my involvement in it, outside of it, and despite it.
“Visit to a Weird ‘Verse, Re-revisited” – Nathan Fillion, on board the Serenity. Just for fun.
Flashers are stories told in 100 words or less. Here’s a few:
NYCMidnight Writing Contests
NYCMidnight holds various contests with specific challenges, and I took a shot. (And won!) First was the “Tweet Me a Story” contest where entrants had 140 characters to write a story that had to include a supplied word.
Now I’m in the Creative Writing Championships where we get 48 hours, 1,000 words and a supplied genre, location, and featured item. My entries and results follow:
First round: “Suspense / indoor swimming pool /piggy bank.” “Put Not Your Trust in Banks” (I placed 5th of 15)
Second round: “Fantasy / travel agency / lobster.” I submitted “TransmogriVacations, Inc.” (I placed 1st of 15)
Third round: “Romantic comedy / arcade / coffee pot.” I submitted “The Final Score.” (I placed 4th of 20)
Final round: “Fantasy / car wash / kitten.” I submitted “The Kitten, the Flame Demon, and the Car Wash.” Didn’t win.
National Novel Writing Month
Every year since 2002 I’ve taken a swing at NaNoWriMo, the writing exercise of madness wherein you attempt to write a 50,000 word novel in 20 days during November. Some years I ghit the mark, some I don’t, none have produced an entire with-an-ending-and-everything novel, but I keep trying. Here’s some excerpts.
2008: “The Highest Bidder”
Buying a crate of damned souls on eBay is a hilarious prank, until they get delivered. And Someone else wants them, very badly.
2007: “The Stolen Fairy Tale”
What happens when you swipe someone else’s fantastical adventure.
2006: “Save Hiatus”
The fans’ fight to save a beloved TV show, and the network executive who gets caught up in it.
2005: “Habaeas Corpse”
My attempt at a funny horror/thriller/mystery. One of these days I’m going to settle on a genre, and then look out.
2004: “So, This Murderer Walks Into A Bar…”
Running his uncle’s bar, no problem. Solving problems for his customers and friends, no problem. Finding a killer, no problem. Doing all of that during a hurricane? Tricky…
2003: “The Cure”
What happens when everyone in the world is cured of just about everything, without their permission? In this case, lawsuits.
2002: “Getting Pumped”
Two overweight people, desperate to get in shape, do something they would never ordinarily do in a million years: they go on a reality show to lose weight in front of a television audience. (I lost interest in this after a real weight-loss reality show premiered as I was writing my version)