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Greetings, Bearers!

Two days away from that yummy turkey, and already my mouth is watering!  I’m finicky about turkey-to me, it’s a dry meat, and bland.  I don’t like to have it too often, and outside of Thanksgiving I usually don’t, so when I get one cooked to a golden brown with succulent juice running down the side, all accompanied by mashed potatoes, pies, stuffing, and… well, you get the idea 😀

Anyway, things are going well on the writing front.  Getting a few more sales for Clade Josso and Old Velt here and there, and I’m considering putting up sections of Kran on the bookmato site.  I found out how it works: essentially, you can put up pieces of your work for people to read, and charge the price per chapter.  Personally, I’d rather put two chapters up at a time, as I feel that’s a better value for the reader, and will garner more interest for curious newcomers.

On the short story front, my piece for the RedAdept challenge is almost finished. The hardest thing for me to do on a short story is to keep it short: I have to keep the concepts somewhat small, otherwise I’ll end up with novellas-and that’d be fine, if I wanted novellas, but I don’t, so… well, you get the idea here too 😀

So on to writing and preparing to dine like Jaws at a pool party!

See you in the Vein!

J. Dean

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Greetings, Bearers!

I’ve been approached by another Ebook distributor, Bookmato, to put my books up on their site.  Being the capitalist I am (insert evil laugh here), I couldn’t say no.  While browsing around the site, I found some books that I don’t remember seeing on Amazon or Smashwords, so I’m hoping that this will bring some new readers into the fold.  Clade Josso is going up there today, and Old Velt should be ready to go by next week.  It’s a little bit of a different format, as the book is put up by chapters, rather than by the entire document at once, and it looks like you pay by the chapter.  I’m not entirely sure how that will work when it’s all done, but hopefully it’ll be finished in a manner beneficial to both me and the readers 😀

In other news, I’m putting together a story for RedAdept’s Twist Story contest , which should be ready to submit by next week.  I like doing story challenges like this, as it’s a personal challenge for me to put something out on the spot, and do it in a limited allotment of time.  There’s something about a little stress in our lives that makes most of us improve our efforts and brings out good results.  It’s good writing practice as well.

And last but not least, a shout out to the Japanese author Haruki Murakami, whose short story collection Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman is a definite treat to read.  If you’re not familiar with the work of this excellent author, I strongly recommend picking up this book, as well as his novel Hard Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World.  The man knows how to craft stories and mold thoughts.  A definite must-read.

Well, back to work for me.  Thanks for letting me come up for air!

See you in the Vein!

J. Dean

Greetings, Bearers!

First of all, a big Thank you for those of you who have purchased The Summoning of Old Velt.  I hope that you’re enjoying it as much as I enjoyed writing it!  Hopefully, for those who prefer paperbacks, the paperback edition will be on its way soon. That takes a little more time to set up, as you who are fellow authors are aware that prepping a book for paper publishing is a bit more tedious at times than Epublishing.

I just realized that I had a story posted.. and said nothing to anybody about it!  My short story, “Happy Birthday, Eric,”  is a contribution to the Zombiepalooza project from Halloween.  If you like zombie-themed works, check it out HERE and let me know what you think.  I’ve already gotten some good, positive feedback about it, which makes me feel good, considering that I don’t consider writing in the zombie genre one of my stronger areas.  So feel free to check it out and enjoy!

In the meantime, in addition to the third installment of the Vein series, I’m rewriting a short story entitled “Due”, after receiving valuable input from fellow indie authors Suzanne Tyrpak and Steven Hawk (a BIG shout out and thank you to BOTH of you for your input! I owe ya each one!) and plan to put it up in the next couple of weeks.  This story taught me a valuable lesson: it’s good to have other writers proof-read your work, as they catch things that the casual reader might gloss over.  If you’re a writer, make sure you have at least one fellow author look over your work if you can.  A fresh set of eyes does wonders for making a good story even better.

Well, on to work.  Enjoy the material!  And See you in the Vein!

J. Dean