My response to the To Go Boldly challenge

The next author to take up the challenge mantle.
From the author of No Name, the one and only Bryan Nowak…

bryan the writer

Eric Lahti, a fellow author (one of my favorites), blogger and member of the Indie Author Support and Discussion (IASD) group tasked writers to select a graphic and attempt a short story, less than 1,000 words.


Kalara stared into the book before her with delight, reverence, and a bit of desire. It spoke to her in a way few things ever had. She didn’t know, or maybe she wasn’t allowed to know, why the book held her like it did.

From the moment she touched it, she could feel the energy surge through her. It grabbed her mind and soul. It was in control of her. She leaned on the table in front or her to steady herself.

The book gazed into her, as if reading her thoughts.

There was no explanation for it, but just having spent a few brief moments with the book, she could see the…

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To Go Boldly …

And the first entry in the writing challenge is in. From the talented Tom Benson, I present…
(I promise I’ll get mine up tonight!)

Eric Lahti, a fellow author, blogger and member of the Indie Author Support and Discussion (IASD) group on Facebook produced a challenge.

Produce a short story of 1,000 words or less inspired from a choice of supplied graphics.

My response is ‘To Go Boldly …‘, a story of desire and duty.

A 1000 word - for Eric

New York City, New York

“Jim darling,” Penny Kirk said, her eyes misting. “Please be careful out there.”

“Don’t worry love, her husband said. “I’m equal to the challenge, and you know I must push myself or I can’t get through the day.”

“I think 25 years with the New York Police Department proved what you’re capable of, so you need to learn to take it easy.”

He leaned forward and kissed his wife. “I’m not with the NYPD anymore, so I can’t understand why you worry so much.”

“You might not be, but you’re…

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Imaginary Friends – Silas Payton

If you stumble across this Silas, I hope you’re doing well.

The Quill Pen Writes

Humour me awhile. I’ll tell you a story of ‘Imaginary Friends’ and in particular, one such friend – Silas Payton. That is what Silas himself would refer to us, the members of the IASD Facebook group, as. Now, it’s fair to say that I never knew Silas personally BUT, and here’s the crux of it, within our group I believe it is very possible to ‘feel’ each individual after a period of time, simply by how and what they write. We live in a virtual world, almost literally these days, a world governed by high speed this and super-fast that where everything needs to be done yesterday or for some odd reason, it is too late. So where does Silas and imaginary friends fit into my ramblings? Well, it’s like this you see… Silas Payton is a brilliant writer, he has a talent for stories and as a person…

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Kindle Unlimited and Serials – An Experiment In Exposure

Ask a handful of authors what they think of Kindle Unlimited and you’ll get a handful of different answers. Some love it, some hate it, most seem somewhat ambivalent about. We’ll never admit that, though .We’re writers, we’re supposed to be cantankerous.

So, for those who are uncertain what Kindle Unlimited is and why it’s important think of KU (as the cool kids call it) as a kind of Spotify for ebooks. Pay a small fee each month and you can read all the books you want. You can only have ten or so on your device at a time, but once you’re done you can get more. If you’re really into reading KU is a great thing. I’m a really slow reader so it makes more sense for me to buy a couple books a month and call it good.

Authors get paid for the people who read their works through KU, but it’s not as much as if someone bought a full copy. The Clock Man, for instance, is $2.99. For each sale I get 70% of the total cost which comes out to about $2.09 per sale. For each page read under KU I get about half a cent, or about $1.59-ish for the 318 page Clock Man. A little less, but at least people are reading it, so it’s all good. Henchmen and Arise, which clock in at 200-ish pages and about 270-ish pages respectively, pay less for a full read. Again, all good, people are reading and that’s a good thing.

A couple years ago I wrote a post about digital printing and binding – the kind of stuff Create Space uses to put together a book. It’s pretty revolutionary technology, easily on par with the movable type printing press. KU isn’t a new tech per-se, but it is a new distribution method. And I am going to try to take advantage of it.

In a recent book review I discussed Felipe Adan’s Lerma’s idea for a serial novel. It’s a good idea. It used to be short stories and the like were the exclusive purview of anthologies and literary magazines. KU is a game-changer, though, and new games require new exploits. Now it’s possible to put together a novelette-length story of around 15k-20k words, enough to tell a full story without delving into short-story territory but still staying away from full-length novel territory.

I’m picturing a kind of Television show level story, where each story is a complete unit, but each unit builds on the total story arc. Something that would be ideal for KU subscribers because it would be easy enough to produce a monthly installment and the shorter time to read would allow readers to cover more stories per month. It wouldn’t pay much, but it might be good exposure and it’s certainly a good writing exercise.

Now this plays right into the Henchmen universe because of everyone’s favorite go-to guy. No, not Steven. Wilford Saxton has a story that’s separate from the main Henchmen story arc but will still intersect at a later point. In the interim, he’s out building a small army and hunting monsters. I’m still working out the long-term story arc and figuring out the first tale which will take place immediately after the events of The Hunt (one of the stories in The Clock Man).

So, without further ado, let me warn you that a new hunter is coming and all the monsters of the world had best tremble.


BTW, I will never advertise this as Free on Kindle Unlimited. Nothing on KU is really free; the readers pay for it. But I am hoping to leverage KU to achieve my goals of world domination. By which I mean, selling more books. Saxton’s adventures will also be available for purchase at $0.99 and I might even compile them all into a “box set” at some point.

Expect the first one in about a month.

Author Resources

Excellent resource list from the talented RA Winter

Ra Winter Writer

Today, I want to pass on a few free resources for Authors.  If you are published, soon to be published or an avid reader, these sites are for you.

photoAs always, check out the Indie Author Support and Discussion for author resources, our upcoming critiques of our work, and join in the fun. Our site is expanding and there are exciting changes coming in the future.  Here you can chat with many talented authors, find new releases and some great writing.

The second is  Here you can upload your book for a  free review.  They will give honest feedback and have a huge following of readers.  Once your book is reviewed, the reviewer blogs it (and sometimes adds it to Goodreads and Amazon).  A few of these bloggers have large followings.

The third is On this site, reviewers and authors read and rate books based on…

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Tips for editing your writing

I really need to put my MA in Speech Comm to good use and start reading my work out loud. Maybe I’ll even cut a short MP3.

World of Horror


No matter what type of writing you do, it can be easy to miss your own mistakes in the editing process. Since you wrote the words, you often read what you intended to write (and not what is actually written). You can’t see any flaws in your writing because you’re just too close to it.

Use these five tips to edit your own work more effectively — and to improve your writing.

1. Let Your Writing Rest for a Few Hours or Days

The more distance you put between yourself and your writing, the easier it is to make improvements and find mistakes. When possible, let important writing sit for a few days. When you pick up the material again, it’s almost like proofing someone else’s work.

If you don’t have the luxury of letting your work sit for days, then a few hours will have to do. Find another…

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You’re Not Alone: An Indie Author Anthology: Reviews Links and Excerpts, Part 4 – 100% of Proceeds to Charity

From the talented Felipe Adan Lerma, his final mini-reviews of You’re Not Alone.

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(from product page description) : An international group of indie authors, inspired by the personal grief of one, decided to collaborate in the spring of 2015 in a project to create this multi-genre smorgasbord of original short stories, all with the same potent theme – relationships. Some are heartfelt, some funny, some poignant, and some are just a little bit scary – much like relationships themselves. All are by authors fired by the shared enthusiasm to give something back in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. Cancer touches us all. It has in some way affected those who have contributed their time and talent here. This is our way of showing that we care.

100% of the royalties earned or accrued in the purchase of this book, in all formats, will go…

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The Quill Pen Recommends – 2016

A couple reads for you. I’ve been through most of Little Book of Horrors and have The Third Servant on my TBR list.

The Quill Pen Writes

Yes! We made it through another year and what better way to kick off the new one with my first book reads. Granted, much of them were read last year but hey, who’s counting? First up, a collection of three shorts that’ll put the heebie jeebies up you, and rightly so.

The Little Book of Horrors - Lacey Lane Click image to buy

Here’s my Amazon Review of this book, The Little Book of Horrors – Lacey Lane (5 Stars)


You’d think that such stories, condensed versions where everything happens in the turn of a few pages, wouldn’t appeal. That, my friends, is where you’d be wrong. A well-written short story has the ability to give the reader all of the sensations of a full novel and these three little gems are no exception.

The opening story, Karma’s a Psychopath, reminded me of another novel I’d read about revenge not so long ago. This wasn’t about personal…

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Queen, the Serial Novel – My First Twitter Image Ad

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Original image by Felipe Adan Lerma.

Technical Advice and Inspiration via Eric Lahti.


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January 01, 2016

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It’s only fitting I begin the new year with a new image toy, the twitter image tweet.

Eric Lahti had recently posted a nice article with enticing examples of how to construct one plus what they could look like. (He also writes some nifty little stories.)

Though this first of mine is relatively…

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