A New Ebook

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My newest eBook went live today.  Dollar Tales from the Morbid Museum: Flash Fiction.  It includes four flash fiction stories and an introduction that is in its own way a story.  It’s a little introduction to the Morbid Museum and the curator of the museum, Mister Siris Grim.  There will be one, or possibly two, more installments of Dollar Tales from the Morbid Museum leading up to the release of the full collection of short fiction titled The Morbid Museum.  This will be a collection of horror, true crime, science fiction, and other genre fiction curated around the theme of death.  So exciting!

The first story in this new release is titled “Clyde.”  It’s about the ghosts of the Pac-Man game from the perspective of Clyde, the orange ghost.  Fun Fact: the orange ghost in the Ms. Pac-Man game was named Sue.  The next story is titled “Highway 491.”  This is a real highway that goes through New Mexico, Colorado, and Utah (partially).  Prior to 2003 it was called the Devil’s Highway because it was U.S. Route 666.  What kind of spooky things happen on the Devil’s Highway?  You’ll have to read to find out.

The next story is “Blue Ridge Mountain Hop,” a ghost story set in the Appalachian Mountains which are sometimes called the Blue Ridge Mountains because of the misty hue they reflect during certain times of day.  This is followed by the last story “Jesse’s Lament.”  This is a tale about a young man during the Civil War feeling homesick and missing his twin brother.  This story takes place during the Battle of Gettysburg on Culp’s Hill.  “Blue Ridge Mountain Hop” also includes some apparitions from the Civil War which is why I put those two together.

This new eBook will be available for free this week on Wednesday, July 4, only.  The promotion is in celebration of Independence Day and will only be available for free on that day.  As always, reviews are greatly appreciated, and any feedback will be heard and considered.  Who doesn’t love free stuff?  If you don’t have a Kindle device, you can download the app for free to any device from the App Store or Google Play Store.  I hope you enjoy the stories and I hope you’ll keep an eye out for any future works I publish.  I promise more are coming.  You can check the Projects page to see what else I’ve published.

Slow Summer

The summers in Tucson are always slower due to the extreme heat.  Many businesses close and take a vacation because there are not enough customers coming in to bother with staying open.  With an entertainment industry still small but growing, this makes my line of work difficult.  We have many plans for the Fall and things look good for the coming season in Tucson but, for now, times are hard.  This has not stopped me from pursuing creative endeavors.  To put it simply, I can’t be stopped.  I’ll give you a little glimpse of what I’ve been up to the last couple months.

As I mentioned in the previous post, I sent out some short fiction to be published in online magazines.  I submitted about four stories to four different magazines and e-zines.  Two have been rejected while the remaining two are still under review for another month.  I will continue submitting to different places until at least one is published.  This is all part of the master plan and I am always nefariously plotting.  (insert evil laugh)  The final goal is to get a traditional book publication, be it a novel or collection of short fiction.

At the end of May, myself and a few others were voted onto the Board of Directors for the Tucson Fringe Festival.  This has been a new and exciting experience and I am looking forward to working the festival in January.  Fun fact: World Fringe Day is July 11 and it is the first ever celebration of the 70 years of fringe.  That is one reason why I’m excited to be apart of this.  The point of fringe is to help people who can’t normally get their foot in the door at more traditional venues.  It kind of makes me feel I’ve been on the fringe my whole life.

Finally, I want to mention my company, VaudVil, and our Patreon Page.  This is a great way for you or you or anyone to participate, at least a little, in the creative process.  By donating a little money, as little as $1, you can support VaudVil and be included in our future endeavors.  The more you donate, the more you get access to, including how to videos for the publishing industry or how to pitch your movie or TV show ideas.  All it takes is a small amount of money and you can even help during our events if you want.  Check out Patreon and tell me what you think.