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Monthly Archives: October 2011

Greetings, Bearers!

No, fortunately the title does not refer to any of my previous works.  But it does refer to my review of Peter Straub’s A Dark Matter.  I’m not too happy about that; the review wasn’t half bad, all things considering. Don’t know why it didn’t accept what I put down.  Unless, of course, I’m getting senile and forgetting to send the review in after typing it up… a completely feasible situation, knowing myself….

Sooooooo… I’ll put it up again, hoping that this time it sticks.  Might be a day or two before I finish it, but it’ll be there.  Promise. 

In the meantime, back to writing on The Summoning of Kran. I’ve finally set aside a consistent block of time to work with, meaning the pages are churning out!  Meaning I’ll have this baby ready to be edited sooner than I thought! 

Ahh… beautiful thing when things go your way..

Before I sign off, I want to remind all of you to check out “Fraidy-Cat” and “10:15” on smashwords.com before they come down November 1st and join my upcoming short story collection.  Enjoy them while they last!

See you in the Vein!

J. Dean

Greetings, Bearers!

My short story collection is almost finished.  I’m waiting on the cover to show up, and have to say that I’m getting more and more excited by the day.  When the cover shows up, you who frequent this site will be the first to see it.  I hope to hear from you about your thoughts regarding the cover when it’s up!

Alas, I must report some sad news: as part of the story collection, I will be including my free short stories, and as a result I intend to take down two of the three stories, Fraidy-Cat and 10:15 , from Smashwords.com (I will leave Nick up there for perusal, as well as my poems and, of course, the novels).  So if you’d like to check out my free stuff while it lasts, check out the links above to read the stories, before they go.

I have to admit, I’m pleased with the readership of the short stories.  They’ve gotten many downloads, and it’s pleasing to see so many people get enjoyment from the material put out there.  If you liked what’s already been offered, then I’m sure you’ll like Alternate Endings when it’s finished up.  The stories are fresh and new, and will be sure to entertain!

Okay, no more yakking.  Back to work for me! 

See you in the Vein!

J. Dean

Greetings, Bearers!

And to this entry I add a hearty “WHEW!” By this time tomorrow, I’ll have my last short story for Alternate Endings finished. After that, it’s just a matter of going back through the works and smoothing out the rough edges, formating the collection so that it looks like an honest-to-goodness professional author was involved in the process ( 😀 ), then getting my cover art in order, and my first short story collection will be ready for purchase!

Thinking about it, it’s been both fun and tedious to put this one together. On the one hand, it’s a good exercise for me (and good entertainment for you) to write short stories, as it presents a diverse platter of selections for you to peruse and enjoy. On the other hand, as I’ve said before, my short stories at times tend to get longer than originally planned, and almost end up being novellas (I’ve got two of them in this collection. Hey, Stephen King, if you read this, tell me how you prevent this from happening!).

Next week, I’ll send you more details as to the contents of the collection. For now, it’s time to tidy up one last story and get it ready for inclusion.

In the meantime, I’ve also put together a review of Peter Straub’s book A DARK MATTER, which I posted on Amazon.com a couple of days ago, but for some reason has not shown up on their website. When it comes up, I’ll let you know.

So, in the meantime, I’ll polish up my new creation, keep pressing forward on the Summoning of Kran, and do all of this with an I.V. of coffee needled into my arm!

See you in the Vein!
J. Dean