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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 ( ūüėÄ ), 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 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

*GASP* Greetings, Bearers! *COUGH, COUGH*

Finally!¬† Access to a computer and an update to share!¬† For those of you who have been hanging on, wondering whether or not I was sucked into a trans-dimensional wormhole opened by a gang of evil beet-eating cows dressed in clown shoes, I’m happy to report that the rumor was false.

They ate mushrooms, not beets.

Anyway, on a more serious note, a shout out goes to the ever-increasing fanbase of my novels and short stories, especially¬†The Summoning of Clade Josso.¬† Those of you who have made recent purchases of the book, I’m looking forward to hearing from you, getting your thoughts and comments about the book.¬† Please feel free to drop me a line and let me know what’s up!

I’ve come up with a working title of my upcoming short story collection.¬† Right now, it’s called Alternate Endings, and while the majority of the works will be scifi and horror, I’ve got a few other curveballs that might work their way into the book (How about a little romance storu?¬† I know… I cringed too when I thought about it.¬† But the nucleus of the story was one told to me by a waitress, and it was too good to pass up.¬† Don’t worry: I promise not to make it a habit, and will be sure to include cannibalism or aliens or man-eating stuffed teddy bears in¬†any¬†future love story ideas).

In addition to writing the stories for Alternate Endings, I’m also pushing forward on The Summoning of Kran: The Third Descent into the Vein.¬†¬†This one’s going to end up being a bit¬†longer than Clade Josso or Old Velt.¬† On the one hand, it means more work for me editing (¬†ūüė¶¬† ), but this is offset by the joy I know you readers will get when you see the shaping of this¬†the third novel in the Vein¬†epic ( ūüėÄ ).¬† To be honest, I think it’s shaping up to be one of the best ones I’ve written so far.¬† That’s the cool thing about writing: if you’re doing it¬†right, your work gets better as you go along.

That is, unless you lose your fingers somehow.  Kinda makes it hard to type.

Reading has been good as well.¬† I’ve recently finished Peter Straub’s A Dark Matter and F. Paul Wilson’s The Tomb, both good reads.¬† Straub’s book is a little more of a pure horror story, while Wilson colors his horror with a little more action.¬† A good comparison for the two novels in the realm of movie would be Alien and Aliens: The first movie is the haunted house; the second movie is the roller coaster.¬† Both get big recommendations from me.

Well, that’s it for now.¬†I ¬†hope to send another update your way in the next week or two.¬†¬†¬†God willing, I’ll have something to put up that’ll whet your appetite for more.¬† Until then, keep reading, and contact me!

See you in the Vein!

J. Dean