Saturday, February 26, 2011

My Other Blog, "Henry's Stories"

For some time now, I've been enjoying many of the fine webcomic sites.  These are serial fiction, where a comic is posted on a regular (or irregular) basis.   One of them in particular, The Airship Flying Cloud, R-505, while similar to a webcomic, is actually serialized text fiction (with a graphic header).  This got me thinking about about my own works.  As you know, I write and publish science fiction novels, paper and e-book versions.  But, sitting at my desk, or killing time with my iPhone, I am writing all the time, and perhaps half of my output is short fiction -- science fiction, fantasy, an occasional mystery, and general fiction.  Being so focused on publishing my YA Science fiction novels, I haven't bothered to submit any of these shorter pieces to the magazines in years.

Thus, I have created an alternate 'blog', which will have nothing on it but serialized fiction.  Here is my design, and rationale:  There are many people who read nothing but web pages.  While they might enjoy a novel, they never pick one up to read, because it's not in their habit patterns.  Many people read hundreds or thousands of 'novel-equivalents', but just in the course of browsing the web.  I am publishing, via Henry's Stories a regular stream of web pages, containing serialized fiction.

To fit this model, I have a target of one to two thousand words.  Since most of my short stories run in the 3000-10,000 word range, even these will be split up into daily chunks.  However, don't be surprised at the occasional longer or shorter bit that happens because of the pacing of the story.  I will also be hauling out some longer pieces, including some full novels, probably in MWF installments.

It is my hope, that getting these stories out where people can read them will help me get closer to my audience.  There are comments at the bottom of each page, and I welcome discussion, flagged typos, and questions.  I read them all and try to respond as quickly as I can.  It's also a good place to request more stories about a particular character.

I have placed several stories in the queue already, with a big to-do list to follow.  Go take a look at the first one, called Patterns.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

New Novel: Bearing Northeast Proof Arrived

The proof copy of Bearing Northeast arrived a few minutes ago, so I thought I'd give you a peek.  It's not out yet, since I had to make a minor adjustment on the back cover, but I should have some books in hand in a couple of weeks.
Here is the dedication page.  Take a look.  If you see your name (click to enlarge), you'll be getting a free copy as soon as I get my shipment in.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

New Blog, Just for Stories

As I type, there's a totally empty blog over here. But within hours, it will start to show serialized fiction.  With more enthusiasm than good sense, I've decided to see how well I can keep stuff coming.

Already cued up are two stories, Patterns, a Young Adult short story that surprisingly isn't even science fiction.  Second is The Attorney for Passenger Pigeons, which is straight SF.  Both of these are never before published, but I will be tapping into my collection of previously published stories as well.  Expect short fiction, novels, old and new.  If I can make it fit the short serialized fiction format, I'll be giving it a hard look.

So, add the bookmark.  If you use RSS, add it's link.  Share the information around.  And come by to read.

Now, just because this is hosted as a blog, it doesn't mean I'll be abandoning this one.  Idle Thoughts is here for the long run.  See you around.