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Bartender, Keep ’em Coming! New Story!

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It’s been a while, i know, what with the madness that was Easter Bunny’s Apocalypse, but now that the flying fur has settled, here for your enjoyment is a story that i wrote just for you, my followers. It involves alcohol, and it’s called Bartender, Keep ’em Coming! And if you like it, or even if you dislike it, leave me a comment and let me know. I would appreciate it greatly!

Oh, and while i’m here i may as well tell you that i received my first rejection today, with regard to a short story i submitted. They praised my talent and writing style and said they enjoyed the story, but it was not what they were looking for. I found out later via a good friend and amazing author M. C. O’Neill that they were asking for a specific theme for their fantasy anthology, something i had not spotted, and neither had he, so i’m in good company!

I have another chance at being successfully chosen for this anthology, so i shall put on my thinking cap and this time come up with a story that has relevance to their needs!

And i have been invited back to submit for further anthologies, so that says something for me!

The cup’s half full, guys, not half empty!

A Great Day!

Read a new author! They'll thank you for it!

Read a new author! They’ll thank you for it!

Yesterday, i read a Tweet from the fantastic author, James Roy Daley, founder and owner of BOOKS of the DEAD PRESS, advertising the fact that they were open for submissions of pieces of flash fiction no more than 400 words in length.

Recognising the fact that unpublished writers like myself have only a very small reading audience and few fans, and that we write for nothing, he has taken the decision to showcase unknown writers who are of a decent standard, thereby giving them the benefit of increased readership, as his site has had over 1,000 visitors in the last 2 days alone! What a marvellous guy! It’s great for someone such as myself to find someone who sees how hard it can be to make a name for yourself, and for that person to stand up and say, “Hey. I’ll give you a helping hand.”

A good friend and co-writer of Easter Bunny’s Apocalypse, Sandra Hould had been successful in her submission, and was featured on BOOKS of the DEAD PRESS yesterday. You can read Sandra’s story, The “V” Syndrome Vaccine here. I edited her work before submission, and as soon as i found out that her piece had been accepted, i decided to write a piece of my own and try my luck.

The tale i wrote began as a conversation between my brother and i yesterday morning, about his having to cancel a dental appointment. Something that he said made me laugh and triggered my “story switch”, so i filed it away in memory to use in a story later that day. I played around with it, altering things here and there, and i could visualize it in my head as if i was watching a movie, and it may have only been 396 words in length, but it took me until this morning, working non-stop during the night to get it “right”. I din’t get to bed until around 5.30am!

I was happy with what i had written. James had asked for our best work, and i delivered just that, and now there was nothing to do but play the waiting game, with everything crossed! Earlier this afternoon, i received an e-mail from James Roy Daley, informing me that my submission had been succesful! Attached to the e-mail was a minimally edited copy of my story. James wanted to know if his edits were acceptable, and i was to let him know whether or not to go ahead and publish. The story is better for the small edits; of that i have no doubt. Any writer who thinks that his or her story will be published without being editing is delusional. I’ve a message for you: you’re not perfect!

Within minutes of my reply, my story was emblazoned on the screen of my laptop. It felt great to have a little recognition, no matter how small. And how James Roy Daley described my writing! He said i reminded him of…

To find out who i reminded him of, you’ll just have to go and read my story, The Teeth Police. Read it on BOOKS of the DEAD PRESS, or on my blog, here. Wherever you choose to read it, please feel free to drop by my blog and leave a comment. After all, it’s the surest way that writers like me know that we are being read and enjoyed!

 

Chapter 8 of Easter Bunny’s Apocalypse – It’s Enough To Make You Puke!

Blue Peeps Chick

Oozing with sickly sweetness. Just how many can you handle?

Another chapter of Easter Bunny’s Apocalypse is upon us as chapter 8 goes online later today at www.kseniaanske.com.

In today’s chapter, the cruelty of the Peeps King becomes apparent, and when you read it, you will feel sick! It’s brought to you by the fantastic imagination and writing skills of Dustin McKenzie. Writing is not Dustin‘s main interest, it is merely a hobby; his main area of expertise is 3D animation and he is a Director at Nerd Corps Entertainment, but judging from his ability to write chapters such as the one he gifts us with today, he certainly has skills in the writing department, and should continue to hone his skills to produce gems similar to this diamond! Here’s what Dustin says about himself:

I broke free of the shackles of my small town to embark to the west coast. Mainly to pursue a career in animation, but also to not have to shovel any more snow. My career is not enough for me to purge all the zany story Ideas from my mind, and so I’d also like to take up writing as a hobby.

Dustin McKenzie

The quiet, mild-mannered, unassuming entity that is Dustin McKenzie, author of Easter Bunny’s Apocalypse chapter 8

Dustin has a blog about a wonderful character he has invented, so go check it out! He is active on Twitter, Google+ and Facebook. Here’s a little something he doodled especially for readers of Easter Bunny’s Apocalypse:

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Now it’s war! Doodle by Dustin McKenzie.
Used with his permission.

Don’t forget to read today’s chapter, and if you’ve not read any of Easter Bunny’s Apocalypse before…do it now, before it’s too late!

Tomorrow is another day, as Scarlett O’Hara famously said, and so tomorrow, it is the turn of the wonderful Michel Lee King, author of chapter 9 to be featured here on this humble blog.

Rock On! Aussie/DC Gig at the White House

Whatever you do, don't call them rabbits!

Whatever you do, don’t call them rabbits!

I hope you “got” the title for this blog entry. Yes? No? Never mind. On with the show, as they say. Today is chapter 7 of Easter Bunny’s Apocalypse, and it will be available for reading later today, as are all other previous chapters, at www.kseniaanske.com. Pentagon officials are called to the White House in today’s chapter, which was written by author Doug Karlson. In his own words, he describes himself as a:

Cape Cod based journo and mystery writer (not the cozy kind). Addicted to social media but still found time to write my next book, SLEEPER CELL, and working on sequel to my last book DEVIL’S REEF, which will be called COLD COMFORT. Is the hero, Harry McCoy my alter ego?  Maaayyybe.

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Author, D. E. Karlson.
Photo by Doug Karlson.

Doug writes as D. E. Karlson, and is an experienced marketing consultant and newspaper editor as well as an author. He lives on Cape Cod, and is a keen sportsman. He grew up in New York City and went to Choate, and Northwestern (where he studied Radio, TV, Film) and then got an MBA at NYU.  He is divorced and has three children.

Doug has his own author blog, and is active on Twitter and Google+.

Be sure to read today’s chapter, as Doug writes a brilliant piece and introduces a wonderful, quirky and very amusing character to the story.

Tomorrow, the featured author of Easter Bunny’s Apocalypse chapter 8 is Dustin McKenzie.

 

The Peeps King’s Boffins Cook Up Trouble For the Cats in Easter Bunny’s Apocalypse chapter 6

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Today’s chapter of Easter Bunny’s Apocalypse sees Easter Bunny enlisting the help of the Peeps King and his scientists to come up with a solution to his feral cat problems. Beyond that, i’m saying nothing. You’ll just have to read it, and you can do that here.

Chapter 6 is brought to you all by the wonderful Sandra Hould.

Sandra Hould

Sandra Hould, author of chapter 6.
Photo by Sandra Hould.

Sandra is Canadian, and a native of Quebec, so her primary language is French. She spends a lot of time apologising for the fact that English is not her first language, which i find is so amusing and completely unnecessary. Sandra, your English is far better than my French could ever be! Here’s what she has to say about herself:

I am crazy about writing, reading, steampunk and anything that takes my imagination. I am a stay at home mom and I constantly love to travel through stories I read. I am right now trying to write my first novel and so far, I absolutely love it! Oh, and I am French Canadian by the way, so I will do my best to write well. But expect many grammatical errors. Practice makes perfect!

Sandra is a delight to work with; her enthusiasm for her writing is admirable and inspirational. She has even shared a video of herself reading an excerpt from the novel that she is working on at the moment, A Witch’s Portal, and has recently created a page on Facebook specifically to showcase her new-found love for flash fiction, but you have to have an invite to be able to read it!

Sandra is active on Twitter, Google+, Facebook and on Goodreads.

Tomorrow’s featured writer will be Doug Karlson, author of Easter Bunny’s Apocalypse chapter 7.

The Bunnies Acquire A Sickly Sweet Ally – But Will the Rot Set In? Easter Bunny’s Apocalypse – Chapter 5

Shit! The Peeps are coming!

The shit – or rather the sugar – is about to hit the fan as the Peeps army enters the fray!

Things are getting interesting as Easter Bunny enlists the help of the Peeps King and his sickly sweet army in chapter 5 of Easter Bunny’s Apocalypse, which you can read here later today.

What is this madness, you ask? Let me explain: A beautiful, talented writer, Ksenia Anske decided in a moment of madness–moments of which are not as uncommon as you may think; have you read her tweets after midnight?–to yet again gather together a collective of authors and writers, including myself, set them a topic to work with and set them free to come up with a wonderful story, with each writer contributing a chapter of between 500 and 600 words.

Today’s chapter 5 is written by Andrew Hovenden, who also contributed to one of Ksenia’s previous madcap collaborative literary ventures, Bloody Santa vs. Zombie Siren.

Andrew Hovenden

Chapter 5’s author, Andrew Hovenden.
Photo by Andrew Hovenden.

What can i say about Andrew? He’s American and he’s spent time living in Fukuoka, Japan, so he speaks Japanese; he’s completely bonkers about martial arts; karate initially, but now he’s into Brazilian Jiu-jitsu and the MMA scene; he has served in the National Guard and trained as an interrogator, so his military experience comes in handy in this particular story; he plays the organ in his local church; he has 6(!) children, a beautiful photograph of which adorns the header of his Facebook page; he loves to write, has a fantastic website at www.ahovenden.com and at present he is Director of IT HR for Sims Honda. Andrew is also active on Twitter, Google+ and Linkedin.

You must read his chapter! It’s marvellous, and so cruel for a man who plays the organ in church!

As a parting gift to those of you who are parents, i give you this: Andrew’s viewpoint on parenting. In my opinion, he’s absolutely right!

Tomorrow, the featured writer will be the author of Easter Bunny’s Apprentice chapter 6, Sandra Hould.

 

Rabbits Meet Resistance in Easter Bunny’s Apocalypse chapter 4!

Attack!

Attack! The bunnies meet feline resistance

In chapter 4 of Easter Bunny’s Apocalypse, which will be online for reading later today at www.kseniaanske.com, we see Easter and Gorse discussing their options now that it’s been made clear that feral felines have entered the fray and chosen to take sides with the humans. Is Easter’s plan doomed to failure from the start, or does he have an ace up his sleeve? Be sure to read today’s thrilling chapter brought to you by writer number 4, Seth Werkheiser.

Seth Werkheiser

Music blogger and writer, Seth Werkheiser.
Photo by Gino Depinto. All rights reserved.

As i said yesterday, i deleted everyone’s bio while cleaning up house in Gmail, so I’m quoting Seth from his Facebook bio:

Ahoy, I am Seth Werkheiser. I’ve been living on the road since August of 2010, carrying everything I own in my bag.

Hmmmm! Sparse information indeed! What else can i tell you about Seth? Ah! I know! He, like myself and Brandon Yusuf Toropov, yesterday’s featured writer, sports a most excellent beard! I see a pattern emerging here, if you discount Becky Flade, our opening author, who does not have a beard!

Basically, Seth is a writer who has not written fiction since his High school days (you could have fooled me!). His writing genre is the music industry, where he reviews albums and interviews musicians. He made the decision to jump in feet first with “…real writers. People who write books. Freaking BOOKS” , and i am so glad that he did! Seth picks up the story from where i left off in chapter 2, and it’s like he was inside my head, seeing things as i saw them. He’s written a fantastic chapter! Be sure to read it!

Seth hosts a daily Heavy Metal trivia on Twitter, Monday-Friday. Follow @skulltoaster. Answer #metaltrivia and win stuff!

He can also be found on Twitter as @sethw, on Facebook, and on his blog.

He is currently Managing Editor at CredFM.

Andrew Hovenden, writer of Easter Bunny’s Apocalypse chapter 5 features here tomorrow.

By the Goddess! It’s Easter Bunny’s Apocalypse: Chapter 3

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You’re in for a treat today, bunny-lovers, as you will find out later today when you read chapter 3 of the Easter Bunny’s Apocalypse, the wonderful collaborative flash fiction project brought to you by 20 authors and writers! Every day, a new chapter is released into the wild, with the final chapter, chapter 20 going live on Easter Sunday, March 31st.

Read it here on the website of writer and blogger, Ksenia Anske.

Chapter 3 is brought to you, the reader by an immensely talented man, Brandon Yusuf Toropov, and i have a little confession to make: I accidentally deleted the e-mails containing all of the writers’ bios, so i’m going to have to cheat and pilfer some text from around the web to tell you a little about him.

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Author, Brandon Yusuf Toropov.
Photo by Brandon Yusuf Toropov.

Brandon is an American writer and a convert to Islam. He is the author of over a dozen published books, including religious guides Beyond Mere Christianity, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to the Koran and The Complete Idiot’s Guide to World Religions. Other books by him include Shakespeare For Beginners and The Olympics For Beginners.

Do a Google search for his name and you’ll see that he is active in all manner of things. The man is a dynamo, a great thinker, incredibly humorous, and a really nice guy!

Read his blog, follow him on Twitter, and on Google+ and add him as a friend on Goodreads.

But above all else – read his chapter of the Easter Bunny’s Apocalypse, because after you’ve read it, you’ll come to realise that rabbits are not the cute, cuddly bundles of fur that you thought they were!

Don't be fooled! - Inside this bundle of fur, there lies pure evil!

Don’t be fooled! – Inside this bundle of fur, there lies pure evil!

Salaam (Peace)

Salaam (Peace)

Tomorrow,  writer number 4, Seth Werkheiser will be featured, so please visit and find out a little about him before you read his chapter of the Easter Bunny’s Apocalypse at www.kseniaanske.com


Easter Bunny’s Apocalypse…Update.

Writer and blogger, David Eccles.

Writer and blogger, David Eccles.

Friday 8th of March 2013 saw the beginning of a new flash fiction writing collaboration that will give birth to, nurture and raise to adult bunnyhood the phenomenon that will go down in literary history and be known as the Easter Bunny Apocalypse.

Previous flash fiction collaborations involved fewer writers: Ferrets had a team of 6 writers, and Bloody Santa vs. Zombie Siren had 10, but bigger, bolder and bloodier than its 2 older, smaller siblings, this, the 3rd collaboration by a team of 20 fantastic writers and also published authors makes its debut in episodic format on the website of talented writer Ksenia Anske, with the first chapter being made available to read on Tuesday 12th of March. Each writer has an allotted 500 words, but a discretionary total of up to 600 words is allowed, and they are given free rein to let their imagination go wild so that they can deliver to you, the reader, a truly epic tale.

Each day, a new chapter will be publshed, with the finale to the whole apocalyptic affair going live on Sunday 31st of March.

At time of writing, the first 4 chapters have been written and delivered to all members of the team. We get to read each chapter as soon as it is finished, and i must say, i have enjoyed reading every single one! Chapter 2, incidentally, was written by my good self!

The members of the writing team, in order of writing are:

1. Becky Flade; 2. David Eccles; 3. Brandon Yusuf Toropov; 4. Seth Werkheiser; 5. Andrew Hovenden; 6. Sandra Hould; 7. Doug Karlson; 8. Dustin McKenzie; 9. Michel Lee King; 10. Aliaa El-Nashar; 11. Sheila Hall; 12. Kai Kiriyama; 13. JLuis Licea; 14. Colleen M. Albert; 15. Rosalind Nazilli; 16. Lori Lesko; 17. Barry NoVa; 18. Catherine Scully; 19. M.C. Oneill; 20. Franza Dirnberger. 

In order to promote awareness, any mention of the project on Twitter will be accompanied by a #bunnyapocalypse hashtag, and a few, though not all of the writing team have replaced their normal Twitter avatar with one of themselves sporting a pair of bunny ears. So, if you see someone with bunny ears in your Twitter feed, there’s a very distinct possibility that it’s one of the writing team!

Flash Fiction Collaboration: Easter Bunny Apocalypse.

Photo by Limaceous

Photo by Limaceous

Call me insane if you like, but i have just volunteered my services to take part in a flash fiction collaboration that is the brainchild of Ksenia Anske, writer of YA urban fantasy Siren Suicides. I think i am correct in thinking that it was Ksenia’s fans who broached the subject, and she started the ball rolling from there, inviting other writers to participate in a project where a topic was chosen and a word limit was set. One writer would begin the story and then the other writers involved would follow on in turn, adding to the story until the final writer got to bring the story to a satisfying conclusion.

There have been 2 other flash fiction collaborations: Ferret (Ksenia’s original ferret story is available here) and BLOODY SANTA vs ZOMBIE SIREN.

The subject matter for this collaboration is Easter Bunny Apocalypse, and so far it appears that there will be a fantastic pool of writers willing to show what they can do, with 20 writers now taking part, some of who are published authors! Each writer will be asked to submit 500 words, with 600 being a ceiling limit, and i’m pretty sure that the project begins tomorrow – Friday 8th of March, with publishing beginning on Tuesday 12th March. Wish us all luck, whoever the final choice of participants are – We’ll need it!

And if you think that The Easter Bunny is all sweetness and smiles – THINK AGAIN!