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Monthly Archives: December 2010

Greetings, Bearers!

Alas, Christmas and New Years are almost upon us.  Hard to believe, especially in light of the fact that… *sniff*… football season is almost over!  But then again, all good things this side of eternity have to come to an end.  On the plus side, perhaps Michigan will do well in its bowl game.  It’ll be interesting to see what fate awaits Coach Rodriguez if my maize and blue gridiron warriors come up short.  Regardless of the outcome, the Wolverines will rise again.  It’s just a matter of time.

So the writing continues, and I’ve started another piece that will have to wait until I get back from Christmas break to finish, unfortunately.  On the plus side, I’ll have plenty of time to keep rolling with The Summoning of Kran and make good headway on it.  But before I head out and go incognito for the next week and a half, let me leave you with the first line of my newest short story:

My name is Perry Prescott, and I’m going to live forever.

Happy Christmas and a Prosperous New Year!  And if you’ve not yet done it, check out my Christmas Special that continues until January 1st!

See you in the Vein!

J. Dean

Greetings, Bearers!

I will have finished my Christmas shopping as of tomorrow.  Not much else to say besides that right now, except that I’m still plugging away with The Summoning of Kran and exploring some more ideas for other short stories.  I’ve got one in mind that I think would go over really well with a lot of readers: perhaps that will be the next venture, even though it’s not really in my preferred style…

Hmmmmm…. better think about that one…

See you in the Vein!

J. Dean

Greetings, Bearers!

It’s all done!  I’ve sent in my submission for the Twist contest at Red Adept Reviews.  This piece is entitled “The Appointment,” and it’s a 5,000-ish word piece that I hope to add to a future short story collection I’m compiling.  It was a fun one to write, in part because the story is set in first person, and the narrator jumps between the past and the present, which is a neat little challenge for writing.  Jumping tenses can be tricky if you’re not careful, but upon re-reading it and making a few edits, I’m pretty confident that it came off well–at least, I hope it did. 😀  An honest writer will tell you that (s)he is never completely satisfied with a final product, but a good writer knows when to let the story stand as is and not tinker any more with it, lest it become ruined (George Lucas, anybody?).

The other fun part about this was stepping up to the challenge of a writing contest.  If you’re a writer, I encourage you to enter contests, for a couple of reasons.  First, they’re good for exposure.  Even if you don’t get any money from it or win any prizes, people get to know you.  Second, it’s a good way to make yourself a better writer.  Oftentimes you’re working to beat a due date, and at times you’ll have to step outside of your writing comfort zone, which for a writer is like exercising muscles-it hurts at first a bit, but the more you do it, the easier and better it gets. 

So, between that and continuing on The Summoning of Kran, I’ve been pretty busy with writing.  I plan to set up a few more short stories in the near future, not necessarily for contests, but because some new ideas have crossed my mind (It’s amazing how stimulated the imagination is for story ideas when you spend the day around seventh and eighth grade students!) and I want to flesh them out. 

Oh yeah–Christmas is coming, too. I’d like it a whole lot more without the snow thing 😦

Before I go, a word of thanks to those of you who have purchased my first two books!  I hope you’re enjoying reading them as much as I enjoyed writing them!  Feel free to drop a line to me about them! And remember that, for the rest of this month, if you buy The Summoning of Clade Josso at Smashwords, you get a coupon at the end of the novel for a free Smashwords download of The Summoning of Old Velt!  Pass the offer on to your friends, or better yet, get them for that special someone who’s expecting a new Ebook reader in their stocking (Hmmm… need to put a bug in my wife’s ear about that one..)

See you in the Vein!

J. Dean

Hello, all

This one’s going to be a little bit of a departure from my normal talk.  Before I get out of here today, I just wanted to drop a word of condolence for the family and friends of Chicago Cubs legend Ron Santo. Mr. Santo, 70, passed away early this morning.  A member of the Cubs for over a decade, he belonged to the famous 1969 Cubs team who had a mostly successful summer.  He broadcasted the Cubs games alongside Pat Hughes and the legendary Harry Carey for 20 years.  His voice will be sorely missed.  I thoroughly enjoyed his color commentary during the games, and he was part of the motivation for my poem, “A Hundred Years (plus) of Solitude.”

Prayers and thoughts for his family.  May God be with them all.

J. Dean

Greetings, Bearers!

This month only, I’ve got a special Christmas present for you.  Purchase The Summoning of Clade Josso at Smashwords between now and December 31st, and receive a coupon found at the end of the novel good for buying The Summoning of Old Velt for FREE!  That’s right, folks: it’s a buy one, get one free offer, one that I hope you’ll take advantage of and enjoy!  It’s only on Smashwords, and only for this month, so if you want the offer, head on over and check it out!  If you’ve been curious about this epic series, but have not yet taken the opportunity to start the journey, now is a great time to start!

Well, back to work for me, but please take advantage of this special offer, for this month only!

See you in the Vein!

J. Dean