This Just In…. (a slightly late mid-year review)

It’s been a while since I posted something.

Partly this is because of events in Real Life™ (job and whatnot), and also concerted efforts on my part to capitalize on progress made in game writing, which is beginning to bear fruit. I’ve also been trying to get back on the regular writing bandwagon, thanks to my friend and fellow author Derek Künsken, who once challenged me to write 300 words per day as a way of generating more stories. I resumed that practice in April, and at the time of writing this blog post have drafted 34,325 words. It may not seem like a lot, but it is more than I would have otherwise produced, and in the process I wrote a number of things that have either been accepted for publication or are still making the rounds. So without further ado, here is how things are shaping up so far this year…

Fiction

Four(!) works of fiction have been published this year by publishers, so that makes me happy.

First, Pole-to-Pole Publishing picked up “Deadly Cargo”, my Lovecraftian tale of terror on the Great Lakes, for inclusion in their reprint anthology entitled Re-Terrify, which was reviewed very awesomely by Ottawa-based horror author and podcaster Lydia Peever! This story is special to me because it’s the first historical piece I ever wrote, and it is set in Ontario’s Prince Edward County, which is where I’ve spent a good portion of time over the years, and is itself a place steeped in history.

Re-Terrify Cover
Second, Lycan Valley Publishing released its Subliminal Reality anthology, which features my story “The Draught of Dreams”. I’m especially proud of this one because it happens to be one of the first short stories I ever wrote, which I’ve submitted to a number of markets and never abandoned. It really does pay off to be persistent.

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Third, “By a Thread”, an alternative fantasy story I co-wrote with my partner, Fiona Plunkett, is appearing in EDGE Publishing’s long-running Tesseracts series of anthologies. Tesseracts 22: Alchemy and Artifacts, is out now!

Book Cover

Finally (and this is big for me), The NoSleep Podcast picked up my flash fiction story entitled, “Passing On” (which about laying family grievances to rest – and what can happen when they rise up again) for inclusion in their Suddenly Shocking series. This is the first time any of my work has made it into audio, so this is a real first for me.

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Roleplaying

The bulk of my game writing this year has been for Sentinel Hill Press’s Arkham Gazette, which is an awesome magazine for the Call of Cthulhu roleplaying game that features new adventure scenarios; characters or monsters for the players to encounter; evil tomes to acquire; and so on. A number of articles will be appearing in upcoming issues – due out fairly soon! I won’t say too much about what I created, but issues 4, 5, and 6 will feature a possibly sinister school in Kingsport (as well as a strange pond just outside of town); numerous strange curios (which may help or hinder players) that the players can come across in their investigations; and an adventure outline scenario that could put the players on the trail of a missing journalist. There could be even more in the offing but it’s still early days, yet.

I’ve also designed a collection of interesting random tables for Rogue Comet’s Dungeonesque game, which is an accessible version of D&D 5E. There could be more projects in the wings, but time will tell.

Finally, I am now a freelancer for Fat Goblin Games! I’m working on a product for the TinyD6 “rules lite” game engine, and I’ll be able to say more when it’s closer to being done.

 

If nothing else, all of this activity keeps me out of trouble!

 

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