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


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