Mummy Attack!

August 28, 2016

I promised you flash fiction, so here ya’ll go! More than that, I promised you the very first flash story I ever wrote–this is it! A friend had told me that “true” flash fiction was 100 words or less, but that’s not important. I managed to write something short that tells a complete story, and saves you time.

It was much shorter, but I had to fix some stuff. The writing was pretty atrocious, after all. Hey, I wrote it in 2004, what did you expect?

Anyway, enjoy!

MUMMY ATTACK!

I had been working as a grave digger for the past three months, literally working on the graveyard shift. Even though it was the end of September, it was hotter than blazes in the middle of the night. Worst of all, I was only half-way done with my work for the day.

At three in the morning, I took my lunch, as always. Color me disrespectful, but some of the tombstones made perfect picnic benches. As I sat down, a moaning wafted my way.

Jolting to my feet, I held my shovel in an attack position. My manager warned me about potential zombie attacks, but I had yet to experience one. This was no zombie, however.

It came quicker than I anticipated. A white blur ran in front of me. Seconds later, something from behind punched me in the head. Before my shovel even hit the ground, the white blur snatched it up.

Looking over my shoulder, I saw it behind my back. The sight of it grabbed hold of me, taking over my senses. I spun around, but stumbled backwards into the freshly dug shallow grave, knocking the wind from my lungs.

As it started piling the dirt on top of me, my eyes focused long enough to see what my bane truly was: MUMMY!


Thanks a lot for reading! Liked it? Hated it? Tell me in the comments!

If you enjoyed reading this, please check out My Smashwords Page for more writing, much of it free! (Okay, there’s only one story there now, but more is coming soon!)

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The Long Con

August 20, 2016

Between work and writing, I feel like my eyes are constantly glued to a computer screen. Ugh, eyes melting, eyelids drooping…

Stop! Stop, I say, I must persist! I’ve been doing lots of great stuff, but for now, I’d like to talk about my latest epiphany.

Of course networking is a good idea as a writer, yes? So why am I not out there doing so? The internet is a great place to start, of course, and I do plenty with my loving internet, but it’s not enough. So, with what little spare time I’ve had, I’ve been figuring things out.

Promotions! Book fairs! Conventions!

Of course, I’ve always loved conventions, being a gamer and a meganerd, but haven’t had the money in recent years to go to many. However, if I am an exhibitor, I don’t need to worry as much about that. Since I’m self-publishing, I can bite the bullet, invest in some self-published physical books, not just ebooks. If I go to cons, even with a few publications on my table, people will know me, read me, and be entertained just as much as everyone else.

At least, I hope  so…

It’s a hard business, but I think I can swing it. I’m planning now, so next summer, expect to see me out doing my thing. But I don’t have to have physical publications, I can still rub elbows and hobnob, not to mention pass out litter-ature.

I used to play in bands, so I’m no stranger to hanging up flyers and passing out papers. I call it litter-ature because 90% of people toss it on the ground when you hand it to them, but that other 10% will look at it, and possibly follow the lead. If I put my internet connections on there, not to mention where they can get FREE stories, I’ve got a few new followers.

Yikes, I sound like Charlie Manson! Don’t worry, I’m nothing like him, honest.

In fact, I am going to go to bookstores in and around the area to promote. I’m going to drop off flyers at comic book shops, coffee houses, libraries, maybe even a few colleges. But more than anything, it’s those conventions and book fairs.

I at least owe it to myself to try. And I’d love to see you at a few as well!

Tell me in the comments: what fairs/festivals/conventions/etc. around you should I go to, or at least look into?

Stay sexy!

I Did It

August 13, 2016

Well, I did it. I took the plunge and self-published. A lot of people are probably thinking, “What took you so long?” Some others are probably wondering why I need a blog post to celebrate this. But my vainglorious attempts at becoming a bookstore cover name have dwindled so small I had to accept that the only way I can do this is on my own.

So, here ya go. People who clearly know better than me, people who think they know better than me, and people who just love to scream out unsolicited advice–I’ve self-published. Happy?

As of now, it’s only one story. More are coming, trust me. And yes, my novel I’ve had sitting here collecting dust will go up as well. There’s a lot of work involved in this, work I could put towards writing something new, but I’ll have to take it on the chin and accept that I’m playing more than one or two roles in this now.

https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/mykelen

Go there. Enjoy it. Write a review! And as always, thanks a lot for looking. I love all my sexy friends and fans, and I wouldn’t still do this if not for you guys!

Planet Flippers

August 10, 2016

Coming soon…VERY soon!

Everyone has been on my case about self-publishing for so long, so here it goes. My first foray into doing it on my own, and it’s just about as much work as I expected.

Still, I’m excited, and I can’t wait to get this posted. And yes, it’s free!

Planet Flippers

Stay tuned, for info on how and where to get it!

Stay sexy, my friends.

In a Flash!

August 2, 2016

(Note: I’ve had this blog written for about four months or so by this point, but never got around to posting it due to things outside of my control. Finally, I’ve gotten a chance to tweak it and post it in all its glory. Enjoy!)

Way back in September of 2013, I declared on this blog and my Facebook page that I would be writing flash fiction and posting it for free—FOR FREE!!!—right here, on this blog. I did, once, but immediately took it down.

I didn’t really want to talk about it, but at the time it didn’t seem appropriate. My mother was diagnosed with cancer, and a lot of those flash stories were pretty gruesome. Most ended in death, for one or more people. While none directly addressed her situation, I felt it would be in poor taste given what my family was going through.

Fortunately, Mother is all better. They got it taken care of, and she’s never been better. My dad was recently in the hospital as well, but he’s doing good too, and they just celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary back in March! That’s big news.

But anyway, I’ve been thinking about the flash fiction quite a bit recently. I have a story that I revised a few months ago, and despite the fact that I could probably (possibly? Hopefully? Maybe?) get it published in an actual publication, I really don’t feel like messing around with it. I must have sent that story out to 50 or more publications over the course of three years before sitting on it for a while (leading up to the recent revision).

I realize something though.

I’m done with it.

Don’t get me wrong, I love that story and I’ll always love that story, no matter what anyone else says about it. Sitting around and waiting for someone to maybe say they liked it enough to publish it while I could just as easily do that makes zero sense to me.

So I’ve decided to self-publish it.

A part of me wanted to put it up here, on this blog. But then I realized, if I put it on Amazon or Smashwords or whatever self-publishing sites are out there, it has a better chance of many people reading it. Plus, it’ll be easier in the long run to direct people over to it.

So that got me thinking about my flash pieces I’ve had just sitting here, collecting virtual dust.

I’m finally putting them online. Starting very soon, free flash fiction will be published here on this blog. No editing (okay, maybe a little), no elaborate plots, and very little character development. You know what they will include? Great stories that don’t take a lot of time to read.

AND THEY’RE COMPLETELY FREE!!!

Is your mouth watering yet? I hope so—mine sure is!

The funny thing is, it made me think of a flash piece I wrote back in 2004, while bored in class. A friend told me that true flash fiction is 100 words or less. The story isn’t the greatest, but I did manage to tell a complete tale in under 100 words.

For me, that’s a big accomplishment. One that I’m proud of, and one that I can’t wait to share with you.

Assorted musings:

-Neil Gaiman has a nonfiction book coming out. I’ve been thinking about trying my hand at some as well. Yea or nay?

-I’m still waiting for that response, 7th Sea…

-Getting ready to get back into the latest novel. Hopefully it’ll be done before the leaves start falling!

-Whatever you think about the Game of Thrones tv series or even the books, George RR Martin still kicks ass, despite his slow speed at writing. Hey, all the more better, right?

-It’s August already. Ugh.