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Posted in ebooks, self-publishing, Short Stories.

There are two stories, which are much shorter than the previous six. They were written at about the same time – very early ‘90s, and over­lap­ping by a month. It’s inter­esting for me to reread them, because I often don’t reread my short fiction unless I’m looking for specific details in a partic­ular story – for instance, when looking up the Maker’s Guild in Memory of Stone. As I approach the task of proofing them (and describing elements of each story to the graphic designer), I’m struck by the sense of watching myself change as a writer over a decade and a half. These stories were written twenty years ago. All stories come from the sum of our expe­ri­ences, obser­va­tions, and inter­ests, but not in completely predictable ways. I do not remember … Continue reading 

Posted in ebooks, self-publishing, Short Stories.

I’ve been writing (Peril & War at the moment) and revising (Silence), and in between, when the creative impulse is at its lowest, I’ve been proof-reading and format­ting. All six of the stories related to the West novels are now on-line (six are avail­able in the iBooks store, four at Barnes & Noble, one at Kobo, six at Diesel, one at Sony. I do not know what happened to Echoes at B&N, and I’m trying to have it redis­trib­uted, but so far that hasn’t worked). My type­setter is halfway through the book, but has gone to Alaska for two weeks. ETA: All six of the stories are now avail­able, as of this morning, at B&N. A new page has been added to the sidebar — Short … Continue reading 

Posted in ebooks, self-publishing, Short Stories.

This is the sixth, and final (for now) of the short stories set in the universe of my DAW novels. It, as I mention in the intro­duc­tion, went a little on the long side, and it’s my personal favourite of the six. It’s also the only one so far that has one of those cover quotes — pulled from the Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror’s intro­duc­tion because it made me happy. Although this story focuses on two char­ac­ters that aren’t other­wise extant in either The Sun Sword or The House War, it touches on things that are central to the final conflict. It is now avail­able, as usual, on Smash­words, and will be coming up at Amazon​.com within the next twenty-four hours. Smash­words wait … Continue reading 

Posted in ebooks, Essalieyan, self-publishing, Short Stories.

Warlord is the earliest of the Essalieyan short stories. Published in 1998, it was written in 1997. It is some (small) part of Avandar’s story, and had the distinc­tion of being the longest short story I’d written to date in 1997. It is not the longest short piece I’ve written since, though. It was written for Larry Segriff of Tekno books, and both he and my editor were very patient with both the length and the timing of its delivery. As usual, it’s up on Smash­words now, and is in the Amazon​.com queue. The last two ebooks took five days to clear the Smash­words’ distri­b­u­tion queue, instead of the fifteen days the first book took, and the books went up … Continue reading 

Posted in ebooks, Essalieyan, self-publishing, Short Stories.

This is the fourth of six stories. I felt, after The Black Ospreys, that I had figured things out, and things would go smoothly. Hah. However, I am refining my orga­ni­za­tion, such as it is, and at least it was a completely new mistake, as opposed to the prior mistakes. I am confi­dent that I am learning how to do this prop­erly. The Weapon takes place during the period of the Blood Barons, as they were affec­tion­ately called. In the Hidden City, and actu­ally in at least one of the Sun Sword novels, mention is made of the first day rites, and of the festival of The Ten. The Weapon is the story behind the first day rites. Of the six stories that are connected to … Continue reading