Monday, March 24, 2014

Escape to Elsewhere

I haven't blogged in a bit, but I have a good excuse - I've actually been writing! The first draft of my second novel is done. Rise of the Paramancers is about an arms race in a fantasy realm, featuring characters who break gender norms, dogmatic thinkers vs. those thirsty for evolution, and a world of elemental magic inspired by classic video games like Final Fantasy and Chrono Trigger.

(I also have good publishing news to announce soon, though I can't yet. Stay tuned.)

Escaping the mundane is a wonderful reason to read. Otherwise life can wind up being a series of hassles and bills. Consider some of my 99 cent stories to aid in your escape:

Friends and Pyromaniacs - To Tom, fire is a revelation, proof that life never ends, only transforms. His best friend Bill just thinks it's fun to burn stuff. Tom goes to extremes to make Bill see his vision in the flames.

Equality Chair - After the fascist takeover of our public schools, there is a wave of experimental classroom devices used to maximize efficiency. One such device straps the teacher in, rocketing them from student to student, ensuring equal time. Side effects include vomiting, seizures, dehumanization...

Eagle Eye - A sniper returning from war can't get care for his broken mind. Undaunted, he focuses his efforts on convincing the manager of his H.M.O. to put humanity before profits. And of course, if that fails, he is a trained killer.

Graduation - An eighth grader ad libs her graduation speech, ruining the evening for oblivious parents and a despotic administrator uncomfortable with her unfiltered truth. As a side-effect, she inspires a ne'er-do-well son of privilege to do the same.

Period Three Damnation - Exasperated with their dogmatic religion teacher, Chris and Kevin decide to start a war of words. They don't expect their war to have casualties.

I'm also editing a ton of newbies. Here's the link to buy.