Chuck Wendig: Libera Me

This week’s Chuck Wendig Flash Fiction Challenge is Strange Photos.  Our instruction was to go to Google Images and type in “strange photos”.  Pick one for inspiration and go for 1,000 words.  Mine is here, and appears to have been originally created by Blinkbox as part of an advertising campaign for Game of Thrones.  Go figure.


My story is exactly 1,000 words long.  Please to enjoy, and feel free to leave a comment afterwards.  Thanks for stopping by.

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Chuck Wendig: Meeting the Familiars

I sort of feel like I cheated on this week’s Chuck Wendig Flash Fiction Challenge, but if so, then I’m going to go ahead and cheat.  This week’s theme is Subgenre Shake-and-Bake, Baby, which is always one of my favorites.  He gives us a list of subgenres, says to pick two of them, and have at it.  Usually I try to randomly pick my two, but I saw that one of the choices was Musical, and one of the others was Comic Fantasy.  I was thrilled.

As it happens, my 2016 NaNoWriMo novel is a comic fantasy about a group of musicians.  I had no choice but to pull one of their performances out of the book and throw it up here for my story this week.  So what you’re getting here is an excerpt from what I think is the best story I have ever written, a novel called Everlasting Tunes: The Ballad of Myron and the Familiars.  I’m going to be revising this later in the year but for now, please to enjoy this taste of the best–and only–bar band in the land.

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Just a quick note to let you know I’ve started working on my revision goals for the year.  I’ve put up a new stats section over in the sidebar to track my progress on these revisions, chapter by chapter.  I’ve started working on the beta read for my friend Heather’s newest book.  I’m almost halfway through.  I’m trying to give her some good, detailed feedback so she can make it awesome in her rewrites.  She writes romance/women’s fiction and is pretty good at it.  If you like that sort of thing you should check her out either on her website or on Twitter.

Doing the beta read is good practice for my own revision goals, which are to revise a couple of my own pieces.  I’m going to start with my alternate-history novella, Red Skies at Night, then go on from there to my fantasy novel, Everlasting Tunes: The Ballad of Myron and the Familiars.  Hopefully the experience I get being part of Heather’s beta will help me get my own stories in shape.  I’m excited to get started on it.  Keep coming back to see how I do.

To further that end, I signed up at  Paige Christie, one of our NaNoWriMo MLs, recommended it as a way to track progress on all sorts of writing progress.  I’ve put my revision goals up there and will be tracking.  Feel free to come join and friend me and follow along.  Apparently you can choose to get an e-mail each time I update one of my goals and can follow me that way.  Come join me and cheer me on.  My username there is sambrady.  Come follow me!


Chuck Wendig: Snowflakes – In The Air

This week’s Chuck Wendig Flash Fiction Challenge is called Travel Woes.  I thought a fun way to do this would be to take a look at the NaNoWriMo novel I started last November.  I actually wrote the first chapter of this novel a few years ago and posted it here on my blog a couple of years ago.  I didn’t come anywhere close to finishing the novel in November, but one of my favorite scenes had Our Heroes attacked by evil sorcerers while at cruising altitude on an airplane.  If that’s not indicative of travel woes I don’t know what is.  I pulled an excerpt from that scene and put it up.  I think it’s a pretty cool scene.  I hope you like it as much as I do.  Please to enjoy and let me know what you think! Continue reading

Chuck Wendig: Three For The Road

Last week, we got to pick our song lyric for the Chuck Wendig Flash Fiction Challenge.  This week, sez Chuck, I pick the lyric.  We have 1,000 words to use on the them of the lyric that Chuck chose, “Why is it so hard to accept that the party is over?” from the song “Drew Barrymore” by SZA.  For the second week I used 998 words.  This week I went back to my D&D/sword-and-sorcery roots and hit some classic fantasy tropes REAL HARD.  This one was lot of fun to write.  Please to enjoy and thanks for supporting your local writer.

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