Facebook Migration and "The World of Ord"

Hello all!

You may have noticed (I'm a failure at life if you didn't) the big old facebook link up above this post. Recently Its come to my attention that people are having an easier time staying in touch with me (and I with them) via facebook than any other forum I'm active on. So, I've spiffed up my author page a bit, with some fun new features:

  • The World of Ord - A detailed reference for a myriad of aspects of the world The Traveler of Ord saga takes place in. Everything from politics to cuisine!
  • Links to Ord's Pinterest Board, and Twitter feed.
  • Links to my profiles on Goodreads and Linkedin.

Not to mention I'm making an effort to add lots of content and posts about the literary world in general. I've been subscribing to a lot of worthy blogs by a lot of talented and informative people, and hope to pass along some of what they have to offer. So come over and visit (and if you're so inclined, "like" before you go!)

Don't worry, by no means am I getting rid of ordonline.net. But if you haven't seen an update on this blog for a few days and are wondering what strange, dark nook in the back of the closet I've fallen into this time, try looking for me over on ye old FB.

Don't be a stranger! (At least, don't be stranger than me!)

"Triple Word Scare" - YA/horror short story

My 3,940 short story, "Triple Word Scare", was submitted to Dark Moon Digest last night for their YA special issue. I got a confirmation email, which I'm happy about. Nobody can blame publishers for not responding personally to every submission they receive because of how inundated most of them are, but it's really great when you at least get a confirmation that your submission was received, so you're not worrying about garbled email screwing things up. Even better, the message was not a form letter, and it mentioned that all submitting authors would be informed of the outcome, accepted or not. That's a class act, in my opinon. Good work guys :)

Updates and Birthday!

Time to catch up with the world!

Spent a few days out of life sick. Now that it's behind me and the warmer weather has charged up my batteries, it's time to get back to work. The short story submission to Dark Moon I mentioned last post is finished. It needs a teeny-tiny bit of edit work before it gets shipped off, but it will be ready to go before the deadline at this point. I hope for the best! If I can publish enough short stories, I intend to release an anthology once all the first-world rights to the various publishers expire.

TGL's sequel continues. The plot has taken a turn for the mysterious, and at this point in the book the reader will have some new questions to contend with -- not to mention the new settings and multitude of new characters to enjoy! I will consider the ending a success if the reader turns the last few pages and thinks -- "Oh! So THAT'S it! I see!"

More to come!

Did I mention the 9th was my birthday? I spent half of it not feeling well, but my stomach and I made friends just in time to enjoy a sushi smorgasboard, courtesy of my wonderful wife. That and a new chainsaw (which I swear is being used to fuel my lumberjack needs -- no horror here!!)

In Other News...

Taking a brief break from TGL's sequel to write up a short story for Dark Moon's YA horror special issue. I think getting chosen for an anthology is as much about putting an original spin on an idea as it is producing top-notch writing, and that can be tough with all the cliches that exist in the horror world these days. I hope they like it!