Saturday, November 10, 2012

One story of NaNoWriMo2012 complete

I've written my first real short story in a long time. The rough draft is around 12,000 words long. I am proud of it and can't wait until NaNoWriMo is over so I can do a new version. I think my friends at Critique Circle and maybe DHS will enjoy it.

I don't know my plans yet, but maybe it will be the anchor story in a novella size collection.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Return of the Reaper available

Return of the Reaper  is now available on Amazon Kindle. Only $0.99 for a good short story.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Rant

Our country is facing serious issues and we are wasting our time arguing about "reality tv" type issues. We need to concentrate on the 14% real unemployment rate, a deficit that is growing at record rates, job creation that is at a standstill, a stock market which will plummet again, a trade imbalance that undermines our nation, and our looming energy crises. 

Over the past week, I've unfriended several people on Facebook, because they keep posting the same set of lies over and over. I'm tired of people who continually repeat things that anyone with an IQ of over 100 would realize is false. The internet has increased the rate that a lie spreads to "warp" speed. I had hoped that the people I associated with were smarter than average. Alas, I appear mistaken.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Experiment

Over the past two weeks, I conducted an experiment to see how long would pass before someone who is not related to me would initiate a conversation in person. The conversation had to be non-work and non-business related. I went 13 days.

 My health is improving. On Monday, I had a follow up doctor's appointment and everything came back normal. I am still very weak and have no endurance, but that will reappear with time.

 I plan to edit a short story in the next few weeks and post it on Amazon. It won the professional division for the Story in a Bag competition at ConQuest 42 last year. I did not have the energy or will to participate this year, but I judged the entries.

While at ConQuest 43, Johanna Gegraitis gave me a copy of Facilitators. To be honest, I didn't expect much from the book and really only went to talk to her because she looked a little sad. We started talking and she gave me a copy. I promised myself that I'd read it. Last week, I picked it up and read it in only a few hours. The 293 pages flew by. I didn't scan for typos or anything like that, I read it for the story. Johanna can write.

 On a final note, research is progressing on an historical novel which may or may not be an alternate history/horror. I am also outlining a funny business essay.

 Until next time, I remain, Dane Grannon.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Writing Completely Suspended

I've stopped writing for the foreseeable future. My re-occurring lung issue has sapped my creativity and energy levels to the point that it is all I can do to work at my day job.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Update

To those who have asked. Yes my old foe has returned.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Yesterday I received my winner's certificate from last year. I did not feel up to participating this time. I am reading the entries and casting my votes.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Lucky Streak has been pulled by May December Publications

Effective April 30, 2012, May December Publications removed Lucky Streak from their catalog thus ending that chapter in my life. I will be removing the Lucky Streak Fan page from Facebook as soon as I finish this post. I am very pleased at this. As stated earlier, I'll be sending a check for the proceeds to the American Cancer Society. I am working on Return of the Reaper and hope to post it sometime in June. I also have started a new short story which may appear in an upcoming anthology. My idea has been approved but I still need to complete a suitable draft. Fortunately, the final draft isn't needed for several weeks. I'm in a much better place than I have been in since I started this blog. I feel the nightmare of the past year is finally over. Until next time, I remain, Dane Grannon

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

An experience a reader can only have once

I checked Watchmen out from the library. I have never read this before. This is the most celebrated graphic novel of all time. Today, I start the experience of reading a great story for the first time. I'll let you know what I think.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Story idea tentatively accepted

For the first time I submitted a story idea without having a completed story in hand. I received word today that it has been tentatively accepted.

I know what I must do this weekend regardless of how my stomach feels. I've completed NaNoWriMo before, i don't intend to need to do that again.

Be sure to look for my stories on Amazon. If you don't own a Kindle, download the free application for your PC, Mac, or smart device.

Friday, April 6, 2012

Saturday, March 17, 2012

The problem with being a writer

I've always had a vivid imagination and the wildest dreams. Some become stories while others are to weird for anything. I woke up an hour ago while having the worst nightmare. I've never been so scared in my life and yet I can't remember any of it.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Next story nearly ready

My next short story, Return from Paradise is nearly ready. I contacted Thomas about doing another fantastic cover. By the time he finishes, I should have the final edits completed.

I considered making up a publishing company and logo to place on the cover, but re-considered. I think it is intellectually dishonest to do such a ploy. Besides, I think the independent single short story plan may completely replace anthologies.

Ghosts of Chancellorsville is selling better than I expected. The sales aren't anything to write home about, but they almost match the sales of the short story version of Escape From Hope. Good cover art makes a big difference.

A rather detailed project unlike anything I've tried before is in the early stages. I hope it comes to fruition.

One last thing, someone found The Ghosts of Chancellorsville by googling Ghosts in Chancellorsville. The person clicked through and visited the bok. I hope that person bought it.
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Thursday, March 8, 2012

Tough day ahead

I spent last night throwing up, but decided to go to work anyway. It may have been a mistake, but I know I'm not contagious. I feel like I have a hangover without the night of drinking, I'm sipping a sport drink and will try some crackers later. Work luncheon was cancelled, so I'll be able to eat soup without attracting attention.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Friday, February 24, 2012

New projects on the horizon

I met with a group of writers yesterday. They have a great idea for a project. I would like to be involved. If I do, I need to write an original 7000 word story in less than 2 months. This will greatly curtail my other writing, but I'm excited anyway.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

The Ghosts of Chancellorsville is available.

The Ghosts of Chancellorsville is available here. I am excited and nervous.

Monday, February 20, 2012

By the time you read, this it may be too late ,.,

to be the first person to download and read my new short story, The Ghosts of Chancellorsville.

It will be available within 12 hours of when this posts.

Until next time, I remain Dane Grannon,

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Saturday

What I hope are the final edits of Ghosts are going well. I need to finish the research for the cover size.

I learned that a person I worked with who was a barely competent employee is starting his own consulting business. I wish him the best but predict failure. I know that sounds mean, but it is the truth.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Why am I awake at 0200?

I don't have a story idea running through my head trying to get out. I'm neither hungry or thirsty. My body decided that it isn't sleepy. That would be an interesting story idea.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Update

I arranged for a piece of fantastic art for the cover of Ghosts. The story just finished crits. I hope to apply the suggestions and produce a clean copy in the next two weeks.

I need to look up the KDP format information and let the artist know the size and format I need. I really should have done this last week but real life intruded.

Until next time, I remain, Dane Grannon

Monday, February 6, 2012

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Cryptic by DA Cheney

I was fortunate enough to receive a copy of this as a present. I was excited enough that I did not notice the chocolates that came with it. I made the mistake of reading this right before I went to sleep. The book gripped me and refused to relinquish its grasp until the final sentence. Then my mistake became more glaring. The story invaded my dreams. I read horror stories to be scared or made uncomfortable. This accomplished that mission. BTW It is free on 2/4/2012 and 2/5/2012 Buy it here

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Busy Sunday Writing

Today I completed re-writing a short story and placed it in the horror queue at Critique Circle. It is supposed to be available after Feb 8. I've started another re-write with the goal of having it ready to make a Feb 15 reading. This story was written three months or so after the other one. I really can see the difference.

After they've been critted and edited again, I think I'll bundle them as an eBook that I can use for promoting my other writing.

Until next time, I remain, Dane Grannon

Interesting day of writing

I transferred all the writing I've done in the past year to my primary computer. As I read through several of my first attempts at short stories, the improvement in my writing skills became obvious. What I thought of as my best stories turned out to be on par with the stories I disparage today. I wrote about 1300 words on several different projects. None of which are the 1916 story. I hope to finish the rough draft of a 110o word story tomorrow. I think it is going well so far. I want to remind my readers that Lucky Streak is still available. My publisher has been running specials on the other titles in the catalog, but I have not been contacted regarding such an action on my book. I strongly suggest that everyone pick up a copy of Fervor by Chantal Boudreau. I hope that it will serve as a gateway for others to experience her fine work. Since I've received no feedback concerning the 1916 story, I think I'll stop the serial posts for the time being. Until next time, I remain, Dane Grannon

Thursday, January 26, 2012

A new reader

Someone who was within a few miles of my brother and sister-in-law's house read 37 pages of my blog and I didn't notice a comment. :-(

10 Oct 1916

I don't know how to describe the last few days. Last night, a mob stormed the boarding house while screaming anti-American slogans. I ran.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

8 Oct 1916

King George V announced on the radio that Prime Minister Asquith has been asked to resign. In an unprecedented move, he stated that he will personally ask his cousin Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany for terms. Dead silence followed the broadcast.

Monday, January 23, 2012

7 Oct 1916

After three additional ferries were sunk, Germany has announced that the evacuation of foreign nationals. The United States formally recognized the Irish Republic.

I haven't eaten all day. There is no bread or meat available at any price, yet Britain refuses to surrender, The situation reminds me of the situation my grandfather described in Vicksburg.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

3 Oct 1916

The Germans allowed a ferry to cross the channel. They announced a plan to allow foreign nationals to leave the British Isles.

I tried to reach the embarkation point, but ten thousand people stormed a ship designed for five hundred. It sank at the pier.

Friday, January 20, 2012

1 Oct 1916

Today, I spent a month's salary for a loaf of bread. I am concerned for my safety. Gangs of starving men roam the streets. Last night, Mr. Knightly was beaten and knocked unconscious. The people are so hungry that they tried to eat him.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

17 Sept 1916

Day 100 of the blockade. France surrendered this morning. Their navy sailed past my window on the way to Germany. The entire boardinghouse fell silent as our onetime ally passed by. The Irish revolution has flared. This time, the Irish are well-armed and fat while the British troops starve. Last Easter seems like a lifetime ago. There is no news from Russia. The United States confirmed her neutrality in the European conflict. President Wilson is running on a platform of "He kept us out of War." As I look at the starving children in the streets of Dover, I'm ashamed to be an American. How can our people think this will not affect them? There are rumors that a ship will arrive in France to repatriate my fellow Americans. The Germans have announced that they will allow a ferry to transport us across the channel. I hope my employer allows me to go, even if leaving makes me a coward.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Part IV

I sat in my room looking at the pamphlets the Germans had dropped over Dover. Their veracity was beyond question. 200,000 spectators had lined the cliffs while The High Seas Fleet destroyed the remnants of the Royal Navy. And there was no mistaking the German battleship that blockaded the port.



Tuesday, January 17, 2012

9 June 1916 1800

My Kaiser,
Engaged Anglo-French fleet outside of Dover.

As anticipated, the English fought bravely with all vessels sinking while still fighting. 28 battleships and numerous smaller vessels destroyed.

4 French Dreadnaughts and 6 battleships surrendered. 3 French dreadnaughts confirmed sunk. Remnants of French fleet scattered.
2 Dreadnaughts and 6 battleships of The High Seas Fleet sunk or badly damaged. Commencing blockade of the British Isles and France.

Long live Germany.

Your humble servant, Admiral Scheer.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

1 June 1916 0500

My Kaiser,

The English Fleet rests on the bottom of the North Sea. High Seas Fleet losses minimal. Germania rules the waves.

Admiral Scheer.

1 June 1916 0100

Situation report.

As per my plans, have engaged the English fleet in a night battle. My losses include the Helgoland and Moltke. Our victorious forces sank the remaining three English battle cruisers and 11 additional Dreadnaughts. Our fleets are now the same size. Am going for the kill and plan to sweep them from the North Sea.

Your humble servant,
Vice Admiral Reinhard Scheer

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Keeping my resolution


I want to remind everyone that Lucky Streak is still available in both a printed version and kindle versions. Download the free sample. I promise that you will enjoy it.

I made a resolution to write every day. So far I've kept it although almost none of it is tied together. I have several unrelated pages although I posted a 900 word story for my writing group. The draft wasn't polished. The story itself reveals a bit of introspection but will never be publishable as written.

I was hoping to write a longer entry, but am being called away. Until next time, I remain, Dane Grannon.


Thursday, January 12, 2012

Someone purchased a copy of Lucky Streak

I sold my first copy of 2012. This time, I don't even know who purchased it. My only hope now is that the reader posts a review.

Until next time, I remain, Dane Grannon

Saturday, January 7, 2012

My latest story

Either Return of the Reaper is not well written or reading the Stoker nominees has seriously jacked up my sense of what good writing is. I re-read it today with the goal of creating a new draft to show my writing friends. If they liked it. I was going to self-publish the story.

I'm glad I didn't make that mistake. It is a special skill to recognize flaws in one's own writing. I hope that I have reached that point.

Tonight I'll watch 28 days later then re-read my work.

Until next time, I remain, Dane Grannon

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

A little short on writing today.

I only wrote about 250 words today, but I did finish my crit. I'd keep writing on my story but I have a virtual stack of reading to do for the Stoker ballot.


Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Holding myself accountable

Today I wrote a critique on two chapters of a novel for a friend of mine and finished a draft of Return of the Reaper. I've met the 500 word goal.


I also read an absolutely dreadful short story that I got for free. I don't remember if the author emailed to me or if I downloaded it from Smashwords. If you sent me a short story on Christmas evening, I won't be posting a review. My 16 year old writes considerably better than the story. I won't write a bad review on a free story. So none will be posted.

For my friends on Google+, I shared a great link. If you were there, you could see it too.

Until next time, I remain, Dane Grannon

Monday, January 2, 2012

Today I met my writing goals

This isn't an earth shattering announcement. It won't give my readers new insights about writing. This is all about me. Today, I wrote critiques on about 9200 words and added over 600 words to my WIP.

Nothing spectacular. Nothing great. Just me.

By the end of the month, this story will be ready for the next step.

Until next time, I remain, Dane Grannon

Sunday, January 1, 2012

2012

I few years ago, I wrote a short story placed in 2012. I tried to find a copy to post but I don't have a soft version and I don't want to re-type it without doing a complete re-write. The printed version isn't horrible, just bad. I've really grown as a writer since then.

This year I plan to write 500 new words every day. This does not count blog posts. I will also finish a new version of Escape From Hope and Return of the Reaper. I may even finish another novel. I don't know which one, but I'll see,

Until next time, I remain, Dane Grannon