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Monthly Archives: January 2011

Greetings, Bearers!

Before getting to the business of stories and writing, I just had to give a shout out to my Michigan Wolverines. Last night, they shot down the Michigan State Spartans in a good game, and although basketball’s not my thing, you give credit where credit is due. Go Blue!!!

Now, on to writing and reading. I”m still plugging away at Joe Hill’s Heart Shaped box, and although I’m not ready to put up a full review, I can say for a fact that I’d definitely recommend this book for a great example of good horror writing. So, if you’re not willing to wait for the full review, go ahead and take a chance on the book. I give the guy two thumbs up for writing a novel scary enough for preventing me from reading it just before bedtime.

As for my own writing, I’m plugging away at my short story-which is starting to look more like a novella now, a bad habit of mine-and pushing through The Summoning of Kran. I’m also working on getting another cover for The Summoning of Clade Josso and The Summoning of Old Velt. When you don’t have the talent to design a good cover, you have to fess up to it, and I’m guilty as charged for being inept at designing good covers for novels. Short stories are one thing: you can get away with something a little less formal in design. But for the novel, you need an attractive cover, and as much as I maintain that novels should not be judged by their covers, it happens nevertheless. Sooooooo…. time for me to get with it.

Well, back to work. In the meantime, keep reading, and again I put out a hearty “thank you” for all who have purchased my books and short stories this month! Enjoy!

See you in the Vein!

J. Dean

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Greetings, Bearers!

Amazingly, I’ve found time to read as well as write!  I wanted to take a moment to share with you the literature I’m spending my time with for entertainment and education-yes, education.  Believe it or not, the two best ways for a writer to improve are to read and write.  When you read other people’s works, you can get a fresh take on writing for yourself, and that’s a good thing to do when you’re trying to create your own novels!

I’m about halfway through Joe Hill’s book Heart Shaped Box, which is very well-written, and is holding my attention well.  I’m generally not one for ghost stories, but Joe has a literary style that flows well and moves well, especially for those who don’t like to read authors who saturate their stories with over-detail, like Joe’s more famous father (hint: think Carrie 😀 ).  While such detail isn’t an issue for me, it is for people like my better half; she likes her stories short and to the point.  In either case, I plan to write a review of Joe’s novel on Amazon.com when I finish, which will hopefully be in the next week or so.

The second work I’m pushing through is a magnum opus: a collection of Ray Bradbury’s short stories.  Those of you who have been following me know that I put Bradbury up there as a must-read.  He has such a great sense of flow with unorthodox word pictures and injects a beautiful whimsical flavor into his works.  Last night I read “Almost the End of the World,” a short story about a world in which people panic because-GASP!-televisions and radios no longer work!  What’s best about that story is that I know people personally (as Mr. Bradbury does too, I’m sure) who would actually react in such a way if electronic entertainment were to vanish from existence.  Better to starve them than shut off their satellites.

So back to the grind for me, writing and reading, and another thank you to all of the new-found readers of my works for taking the chance and purchasing my novels and short stories!  Enjoy them and let me know what you think!

See you in the Vein!
J. Dean

Greetings, Bearers!

Hard at work once again, but taking the time out to give everybody and update.  I’ve almost finished another short story entitled (so far) “Due”, which should be coming out in the next month or so on Smashwords.  Not quite sure whether or not I like the title, though.  I’m funny about titles; they don’t come to me as easily as stories, believe it or not.  I’ve half considered sending the story to people and asking them for a title on the piece.  A lot of it comes from everything sounding hokey or cliched when I say it, and I don’t like that.  I like things that are fresh and original, yet at the same time can be readily taken by the reader, and that’s not always an easy thing to do.

Speaking of “Hokey”-we now have Brady Hoke, former coach of San Diego State University, as our football coach at Michigan.  Count me excited, because Hoke is at LEAST a stepping stone in the right direction (If you don’t believe me, look up Michigan’s defense for the past three years… 😦  ).  It’ll be good to have a tough team once more.

Well, don’t have much time to talk today.  I’m trying to get myself back on a writing roll, which hasn’t come along as good as I’ve hoped ever since Christmas and New Year’s.  God willing, I’ll be back to the regular output of writing in another day or two.  Until then, keep reading, keep enjoying, and keep spreading the word!

See you in the Vein!

J. Dean

Greetings, Bearers!

I hope the rest of your Christmas/New Year’s time was as enjoyable as mine!  On the downside, I can’t say that I did a lot of writing-matter of fact, I didn’t get to do anything at all.  Between family and travel, it was difficult to do much for myself at all, but knowing that things would be settling down in a week and a half, I didn’t sweat it too much.  Don’t fret: I’m getting back to work and getting things done :).  I’ve finished a short story and will be re-visiting it for editing, have started another short story, and am diligently pushing forward with The Summoning of Kran.

I also want to throw out a quick shout of thanks for those of you who made purchases of The Summoning of Clade Josso and The Summoning of Old VeltAs always, I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I enjoyed writing them, and I plan to deliver the next book in the Vein series with as much adventure, excitement, and terror as I did with the first two.  Spread the word about the Vein!

Right now, we of the University of Michigan faithful are sitting on pins and needles, waiting for the selection of the next football coach.  I liked Rich Rodriguez: I really did.  I was hoping to see a season like West Virginia’s last season with him manifest itself in the Big House.  Alas, when you ignore your defense and let it stagnate and regress into the pathetic joke that it is now, you end up losing your job.  Too bad, really.   But I’m sure that wherever he goes, he’ll do well.

Between you, me, and God, I’m hoping for Les Miles.  Harbaugh would be nice, but not likely; the NFL’s siren song is calling him.  I’ve researched Brady Hoke, and while I think Hoke is solid and would get us winning seasons, I don’t see him as being a 12-0 coach for the Wolverines (of course, I’d be happy to be wrong about it).  I don’t know who else Dave Brandon is looking at for a replacement, but those are the three top dogs being mentioned.  Frankly, all I care about is that whoever comes to coach is a winner, plain and simple.  I don’t necessarily need a “Michigan man,” I need a good coach who can bring winning to the Wolverines: that’s it, plain and simple.

So, in the meantime, while I and other maize and blue fans pace the floor, awaiting the coming of our great football knight in shining armor, the rest of you enjoy reading and living!  More to come!

See you in the Vein!

J. Dean