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Greetings, Bearers!

No, my silence has not been due to the travesty that was the Michigan-Ohio State game:

Kinda hard to win a game when you’re playing 11 on 14. (Do I still sound a bit angry?  Do I still care about the fact that apparently no Buckeye ever holds on calls?  Well.. maybe a little bit..).  The lack of updates here has been due to 1.) my writing (still going), 2.) my business in my other job that pays the bills, and 3.) the approach of December 25th, the annual time of year where we manage to make what should be leisure time as laborious as possible.

Which reminds me… I have a little gift for all of you.  But first, I want to speak to a question that I don’t think I’ve taken the time to answer in detail.

One of the things that has been proposed to me is that I try to write a Christmas piece.  After all, people say, it’s done by a great many other writers, J., so why don’t you do that as well?   And it is true that you’ll find special Christmas works done by authors much in the same way you’ll see musicians put out Christmas songs and albums.  It’s pretty customary for artists to do, both for artistic and commercial reasons.

All that to respond to those who ask me if I’ll be scripting a Christmas story with “No… not right now.”  Let me explain why.

First and foremost, Christmas is a sacred season for me.  As many know, I am a confessional Christian, and while I don’t push it down the throats of others, I don’t hide it either.  Meaning that my approach to Christmas is one of serious reverence and serious consideration.  I would not feel right simply putting out a piece that missed the point of the holiday (or worse yet, twisted it in a terrible way).  When and if I do decide to put something out there, I want it to be respectful and honoring to the One born in Bethlehem that night.  I’m not saying my work will necessarily be a sacred/religious one; I’m just saying that I don’t want to put out something that is blatantly in conflict with the Christian faith.

Which brings me to my second, related point: to be frank, I simply have not had much success with ideas for Christmas stories.  Actually, let me rephrase that: I have had ideas for Christmas stories, but they’ve all ended up being either decidedly not as Christmas-related as I’d like, or far too predictable and sappy (much like those Hallmark channel movies you see around this time of year… Does anybody actually watch those movies?).  And I don’t want to do that.  I like to take unusual angles with writing, and I feel that I would be cheating you, my thousands (:D) of dear readers.  I don’t want to put out a peace that people read and shrug their shoulders at.  I want something that is fresh, different in its approach.  And that can be a very difficult thing to do with Christmas, as so much of it is dealt with in many a book and movie.

With that being said, don’t rule out a Christmas tale from me.  This “guilt attack” seems to come upon me every November, and each time I do deliberately give thought to putting together a Christmas tale, but due to the reasons I’ve put forth above, nothing ever manifests itself.  Nevertheless, if I do get a good idea, even if it’s in the middle of May (and I do NOT like it when people obsess over Christmas outside of the Christmas season, btw), I’ll work on it.

Now, having said all of that, I do have a little gift for you.

Between now and January 5th, 2017, you can get my short story 2-pack  Surrealities part III for free.  Simply go to smashwords.com, enter the coupon JH83H, and read to your heart’s content! Even though it’s not really a Christmas item, consider it my Christmas present to you.  If you like it, pass it on to others, and let me know what you think!

Okay, four more shopping days ’til Christmas…or is it five? I’ve got wrapping and writing and bowl games and boxes to tend to.  Good grief… I might need a day off from Christmas!

Anyway, enjoy, and see you in the Vein!

J. Dean

 

Greetings, Bearers!

So, my coaching leaves a little to be desired.  But you know what?  My girls had fun, and so did I.  It was quite the learning experience coaching a powder puff team, one that I’ll remember as being a highlight of my time as a teacher.  If you have the means, I highly recommend trying it out.  It’s a blast.

On a sports-related level, it’s also made me appreciate how much work the big guys like Harbaugh, Saban, and Meyer put into their craft.  They have a lot of micro-managing to do as head coaches, even while delegating authority and duties, and it really is a full time job. So, while I’m hardly at their level, I have received a small glimpse of what they do, and perhaps on Saturday afternoons I’ll be a little less quick to snap when a coach makes a decision that brings about a less-than-desirable outcome.  It’s not the same thing seeing the game from the sideline as it is seeing it from the comfort of your armchair at home.

Anyway, I have a little more writing done, and hope to get Surrealities, part 4 out sometime soon, maybe even before Halloween.  And while I did have to sacrifice a bit of effort and attention from working in the Vein, that will no longer be the case.  I’ve missed my adventures with my friends in the Meridian, and need to see how they’re doing.

Not too well, I hope 😀

Anyway, to those of you who are new to my works, let me say hello and a thank you for taking an interest in my stories.  If you’ve liked them, pass the word on to others!

Okay, back to writing.  Or licking my chops for future Michigan football matchups.

Or, maybe both.

See you in the Vein!

J. Dean

Greetings, Bearers!

After many delays, I am pleased to announce that Surrealities part 3, my third installment in the Surrealities series, is now available for purchase on Smashwords! Check out the description below and enjoy!

See you in the Vein!

J. Dean

From the mind of storyteller J. Dean comes the “Surrealities,” short story series, a concept rooted in and inspired by weekly television serials such as The Twilight Zone, Night Gallery, and The Outer Limits, and classic radio serials such as Suspense, Dimension X, Lights Out, and other regular tales that take the imagination to the heights of exhilaration and the depths of fear.

In the short story “Sliver,” a woman preparing for an illicit meeting encounters a distraction requiring more than just a little medical attention. “Charity work” tells the tale of a college professor who stumbles upon a startling discovery while attending a benefit dinner.

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Greetings, Bearers!
I am now proud to announce that Surrealities II is now available on Smashwords.com for 99 cents! This is the second installment in the Surrealities series, which is a nod to the influence of serial shows such as The Outer Limits, The Twilight Zone, Inner Sanctum, and other similar programs. This particular installment ventures into the realm of science fiction, with a pair of stories that touch upon the wondrous as well as the terrifying. I hope you enjoy it!

See you in the Vein!
J. Dean

Greetings, Bearers!

So here I was thinking that my routine would slow down after fall began, and that getting updates and books out would be easier for me to do.

Silly me.

On a better note, you can expect Surrealities part 2 to be released next week–no, seriously! It WILL be out! (I heard that snicker in the back of the room). I had a little… shall we say, “trouble”… with getting it prepped (If I told you the story, you wouldn’t believe me). But it will be ready for public consumption definitely by next week.

And The Summoning of Kran will also be ready soon as well. I’m waiting on some final alterations to the cover, and that will FINALLY be out (Boy, this whole “getting-your-book-out-in-a-timely-manner” thing is harder than I thought. You’d think I was neurotic about it or something… 😉 ). Plus, my re-release of The Summoning of Clade Josso with its new cover will also be ready soon, so this is going to be a very productive fall for me (unlike my beloved Michigan Wolverines; anybody here know a good coaching staff?).

So hang in there, and keep reading. Let me know your questions, comments, thoughts, tailgating recipes, etc. at any time! And if you like what you’ve read from me (as a few have expressed), tell others about the books!

See you in the Vein!

J. Dean

Greetings, Bearers!

Finally, after years of wandering in the wilderness (read: being nitpicky about how my stories look to the point of being neurotic), I am pleased to say that Surrealities, Part I, is now available on Smashwords  for only 99 cents! 

(Pause for the audience to say “It’s about time!” 😀 )

So come on over and check out my first installment of a series of short stories that range from science fiction to outright horror.  Each part of Surrealities will have a bit of a different theme, although all of them will include something unusual and off-kilter (just like me!).  And my intention is that the next installment won’t take nearly as long for publication, so you should be seeing Part II coming out much sooner… so long as I am not abducted by aliens.  Again.

Okay, back to insanity for me.  Enjoy the stories, and let me know what you think of them!  And as always, if you like them, tell other people about them!

See you in the Vein!

J. Dean

Greetings, Bearers!
And finally, time opens up for me to reconnect with you 😀  

First, some updates.  I’ve got Kran nearly ready to go now.  The major editing will be finished by the end of this week, after which I’ll be having it proofread in order to smooth out the rough edges.  And if everything goes well there should be some cover artwork to show you soon.

As for the Surrealities stories, the first set of those is going to be put up on Smashwords soon.  The stories are set; all I’m waiting on is finalization on the cover work.  I’m excited about doing the Surrealities stories, as they take me back to my Twilight Zone days when I used to watch reruns of the episodes on afternoon TV (and I’m STILL creeped out by the “Living Doll” episode, just to let you know). So while I’m hardly Rod Serling, I hope that you enjoy these little stories that will soon be ready.  I have quite a few in the works, and hope to have several published throughout this year.

As for Hutch Sheridan–I haven’t forgotten about him.  Those of you who’ve been curious as to his status will see him making his first appearance later in the year. Look for him to be walking the streets of Chicago in the summer.

Okay, back to work.  And as always, a BIG thank-you to those of you who have made recent purchases of my works.  I hope you enjoy them and tell others about them!

See you in the Vein!
J. Dean

Greetings, Bearers!

I’m just about finished with my first installment in the “Surrealities” series, which consists of a pair of short stories being released on Smashwords.com for your enjoyment.  Prepare for an announcement of release soon!

See you in the Vein!

J. Dean