Hey!! What's the story?
I just completed, as near as I can tell, my first book: a collection stories disguised as a novel. I do currently have a working title that I was initially happy with, BUT it may now be too obscure or inapplicable.
The title as it is now is "The Psalterdemalion." This is a combination of two of my favorite words: Psalter, which is a small book of psalms, and Tatterdemalion, which is a man dressed in multicolored rags and tatters. My thinking was that the man character, a story thief,…Continue
Added by Daniel Hale on December 14, 2015 at 18:29 — No Comments
A Memory Resides In Soho
On the 1st August 2015 a special night had arrived for seventy-five year old Robert Harris and his seventy-two year old wife Barbara. Robert was nattily dressed in a blue suit and Barbara looked elegant in a long flowing…Continue
Added by Ronnie Capaldi on November 24, 2015 at 21:06 — No Comments
So I've got my stories together for my first collection, and am currently working on the connecting narrative. I haven't even thought yet how I'm gonna get this published. Gotta start thinking what I need to do.
Added by Daniel Hale on November 16, 2015 at 2:41 — No Comments
Mark stood on a sea cliff top. A wave below roared in and sprayed out a ferocious impact. Its retreat left a glistening carpet of foamy shale. To his left, a slender figured girl appeared, dressed only in a skimpy black nightie. Her blonde…Continue
Added by Ronnie Capaldi on November 12, 2015 at 17:40 — No Comments
I'm consistently humbled by the creepypasta movement online. Marble Hornets, Dogscape, Candle Cove, Dionaea House...stories I never would have thought of, concepts beyond anything I could dream even after an entire of binge drinking coffee and trawling the darker corners of YouTube.
Is anyone else familiar with these? If so, what do you think it takes to create a truly unique horror concept? Something with the flavors of Lovecraft, yet grounded in a modern human experience? House of…Continue
Added by Daniel Hale on September 20, 2015 at 18:03 — No Comments
A Walk in the Park
Almondell, the oasis in a sea of concrete
Ecosystems for all walks of life
Where ancient and contemporary meld
And nature blends with man
A tapestry of green, woven skilfully by Mother nature
Giant redwoods, to miniature Monkey puzzles
Feeding frenzies at the feeder
Buzzards circling on the thermals
Children screaming with ecstasy
All kinds of life are…Continue
Added by Mary Chandler on August 23, 2015 at 10:07 — No Comments
Recently, I had my second round at the Writer's Arena, and made a greater effort than previously to tell my friends and family about it. More than once, I heard this:
"I'll vote for your story, but I won't read it."
That kinda stung, not gonna lie. The contest doesn't matter to me if I can't even rely on my friends and family to read my stuff and give me their honest opinions. I'd rather they just said they wouldn't vote at all.
What do you think? Do you ever have a…Continue
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Part I of the Botolf Chronicles
Cosmogonic Marbles (e-book format)
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Added by Steve Downes on June 12, 2015 at 12:02 — No Comments
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Cosmogonic Marbles, Book I of the Botolf Chronicles, available in Print and E-book.Continue
Added by Steve Downes on May 13, 2015 at 14:15 — No Comments
Part I of the Botolf Chronicles is now available IN PRINT
so now you can use the book as a doorstop, a flyswatter, a basis to start a new religion or even (at a push) something to read
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Added by Steve Downes on May 6, 2015 at 13:37 — No Comments
I've just started my third attempt for a story to submit to an anthology and I'm already having misgivings again. This one is tricky, because it refers to a work in the public domain and I dunno how they'd feel about that. Sent an email to ask. Nothing so far.
Should I continue this for now? Or maybe try for something else?
Added by Daniel Hale on April 26, 2015 at 5:50 — No Comments
April Book Sale, All Pagan Publications books are reduced to minimum price for this week only
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4 Authors and 7 title to choose from with more titles coming soon …
Added by Steve Downes on April 21, 2015 at 9:56 — No Comments
Hi, we've now been able to catch up with our March entries and everyone should now have a reply. We're also delaying the March announcement until Sunday 26 April. Apologies for the delay. Keep writing!!
Added by Jem (Admin) on April 19, 2015 at 16:13 — No Comments
NEW Release #Poetry from Misplaced Places
Added by Steve Downes on April 3, 2015 at 10:05 — No Comments
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Added by Steve Downes on March 25, 2015 at 10:02 — No Comments
NEW from Pagan Publications Ireland: Land of Lies by Cal Murphy available on all Amazon Book Stores Today #novel
Writer, Cal Murphy, touches down at LAX. His Marine pal, Johnny Kensow, picks him up and the two drink themselves into the following week. For this week and two more, Cal obsessively documents his day-to-day happenings as well as the criticisms, insights, and hallucinations that come with them.
With an endgame in sight and a meantime for degeneracy and brilliance,…Continue
Added by Steve Downes on March 23, 2015 at 8:32 — No Comments
One day, I know, I shall start work on a proper novel. But I've been doing the short story thing, partly because I enjoy it, and partly because Bradbury recommended it as a the best exercise for finding ideas and keeping a hand in storytelling. And speaking of Bradbury, I have ideas for story collections that I want to put together in a way that works as a narrative, not just a hodgepodge collection.
I know the market has changed immensely with the Internet; there's still places for…Continue
Added by Daniel Hale on March 16, 2015 at 2:28 — No Comments
One of the Positions you could apply for at Botolf-Almost-Oxford ….
Interim Professor of Greek Illogical Thought
From the Botolf Chronicles by Steve Downes
Added by Steve Downes on March 13, 2015 at 16:09 — No Comments
So happy to have finally finished editing my YA Scifi novel but, my god! Writing the synopsis to send out to agents is like wringing the life out of a beloved pet.
Added by Misinformed Poet on March 12, 2015 at 17:45 — No Comments