Sunday, August 24, 2014

Two Photos




I made a filter with some welders glass. That is all.

-Daniel

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Excuses

I always hate writing about why I haven't been writing, but I think this time I have a fairly decent excuse. The months leading up to June 6th, 2014, as well as the weeks after have been pretty hectic. What happened on June 6th, you ask?

This.
(There's my hand! And to the right is my son.)
This here is Jonah Bjorn. He's been a lot of fun, but at the same time he doesn't seem too interested in my writing. Mostly he seems interested in my ability to feed him and change his diaper. And that's just fine. My wife and I have already been reading to him quite a bit, and I'm sure it won't be long before this little guys is spinning yarns of his own.

That being said, here's a short book update: My friend who has been combing through my first novel (which also happens to be my only novel) returned it to me when she visited little Jonah. She gave me some helpful advice and encouragement, a lot of it having to do with making my villains more believable. When I find the time, I'm probably going to rewrite a good chunk of the book and then start getting serious about trying to get that sucker published. And if it doesn't get published, oh well. It took Brandon Sanderson six novels before anyone noticed him!

That's all for now. I'll leave you with another photo of Jonah,

(Jonah's reaction when he realizes Bruce Willis is a dead person.)


-Daniel

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Finished a Novella . . . I Think.

The past two weeks or so I've been working on finishing stories that I started during the past year but never finished. I think I mentioned a few of them a while on the blog and said something like, "I'll post this on the blog soon!" But that was about six months ago, and, as I'm sure you all know, I never posted them to the blog.

(Unrelated to the post...but here I am in Colorado!)

Well, anyway, I finished up a sci-fi short story the other night. When I took a look at the word count, I saw it was 19,000 words long—which is much more a novella than a short story! I didn't even realize it was that long. I just looked at it and went, "Huh...how 'bout that..."

I'm thinking about doing another edit, then I'll start sending it out for publication. I've heard it's harder to get novellas published than short stories—and I haven't had much luck getting short stories published—but it'll still be fun. I think I might start at the top...I'll print the sucker out and send it to The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction the old fashioned way (they only accept subs via snail mail).

I'm probably not going to post any stories to my blog, though. Sorry 'bout that. A few of the places I've submitted stories won't accept anything that's previously been on the internet—even if it was just on a blog that only gets 50 or so views per post. Although, after something gets published, the rights usually revert back to the author after a year or so. So maybe then I'll post some stories here...after TOR is done with them!

Well, that's all I've got for now.

Happy Writing!

-Daniel

Friday, March 28, 2014

I Won!

This is going to be a short blog, but . . . I won!

A few months ago I mentioned Patrick Rothfuss was doing his annual Worldbuilder's Fundraiser—in which he raises money for Heifer International by selling "lottery tickets," with which you can win signed books and games.

I won some games! This is the first time in three years of donating to the fundraiser that I've won something, and I'm pumped! Also, I used to work at a board game store, so even though signed books sound cool, I thought it was fitting that I won some games.


So far I've only punched out and put together the dice from Diceland Ogre. It seems like an interesting game. You toss large octahedron dice onto a table. Depending on how they land you maneuver your army.

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In other news, I heard back from Shimmer, and they didn't take my short story I mentioned in my last blog post, but they did give some valuable feedback!

Happy writing!

(I feel like I used a few too many exclamation points in this blog post.)

-Daniel!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Short Story Tracker

I'm feeling that satisfied sense of accomplishment right now.

From having a story published, you ask?

Ha! No—from submitting a story to be published.

I just submitted a flash fiction story to Shimmer. Hopefully I'll get some good news. They're a premium short story destination, and I'd be tickled purple to see an acceptance email. But even if I don't get one, I've come to enjoy submitting to them because they tend to give valuable feedback with each story of mine they reject.

That doesn't happen very often when I submit stories. Most of the time, the rejection letters are succinct and simply inform me that the story is not going to be published. Since I mainly submit stories to premium sites, I don't expect much—they do receive a crap ton of stories. But still, it's nice when you hear why they didn't like your story.

Anywho, here's a small section of my short story tracker I use to remind myself of where I've submitted my stories. I know there are online tools that do this, but for some reason I enjoy making spreadsheets with excel.



I've been trying to get The Migraine Prophecies published the longest, as you can probably tell. The first story on the list, Winter's Sirens, was actually accepted for publication (an awesome feeling it was, getting that email), but the publisher went defunct before the story hit the presses. I was bummed by that, but when I initially found out the story had been picked up, I was inspired to pump out the rest of my novel (which I'm still working on, don't worry). So that's a plus.

Well, that's all I've got for now. Here's yet another random photo.

(Me preparing a snow trench during a recent winter backpacking trip)


Here's another one!

(No tent necessary!)


Happy writing!

-Daniel