A few weeks ago I wrote about my idea for Abominable Cereal, the cereal with little Abominable Snowmen inside the box. Well, there's another idea I have that I lack the resources to develop and market. Lump O Coal. Basically, people would buy a yellow card with a shrink wrapped lump of coal on it at stores. Lump O Coal--For that rotten little kid. And on the back would be a little story about how Santa gives the bad kids a lump of coal instead of a present. I think this would be just awesome.
Thursday, December 5, 2013
Every year about this time we get an arctic blast that comes down from Canada. Damn cold last night. A foot of snow came down in about five hours. That's a lot in such a short time. I guess that'll make the skiers happy. Why do I live in a ski resort? I ain't got good sense.
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Do a search for slime creature and you get some interesting results. But what is a slime creature? Hell if I know. Sometimes, when writing stories, you start with a story idea and come up with a name for it as the story develops. Other times, you start with a title and work out from there. So, that brings us back to a slime creature, and not any slime creature, but one from Planet 12. What would Planet 12 be like?
The answer: Planet 12 is a dark place, barely lit by a dim red star. It's warm, it's close to said star in terms of relative distance. It's a swamp-like world. How do I know? Because I said so. One of the hottest things in astronomy right now is the fact they're finding all of these planets. Once they've found them, then you have to figure out what they're like. Then the scientist yields to the science fictionist. who tries to decide what would actually live there. And on Planet 12 there are slime creatures. And that's how we come up with a story idea.
Next, we go from idea to actual story. Are there other creatures beside the slime creature? What's it like on this planet? And you soon have your story.
Monday, December 2, 2013
Well, after repeatedly being lied to by my bank, they've finally issued me a credit. This after causing two checks to bounce and they refuse to cover the fees I'm stuck with for that. Just got back from opening my new bank account. There aren't any credit unions in the county I live in--not one.
These sort of things happen to me all too often. I've been bumped off of airline flights and not only have I been refused compensation, but the airlines even refused to refund my ticket money. Those resulted in going to small claims court, just to get my ticket money back. My health insurance refuses to pay for my flu shot, even though immunizations for influenza are listed plain as day under the things they cover. I wonder who will screw me over next.
Sunday, December 1, 2013
Think your money is safe in the bank? Ha! I recently made a bank deposit, only to discover the next day the bank had deleted the transaction and was literally pretending it was never made. I've never experienced anything like this in my life. And the bank refuses to give me the money back. I bounced two checks. The bank will not give me any explanation for what happened or why. Monday it'll be time to find another bank. Alas, I have no money to open another account.
Saturday, November 30, 2013
There are an amazing amount of weird westerns out there, if you look for them at places like Amazon. But, if you look more closely, a lot of them appear to be self published. And still more are just short stories being sold as books. And they're all horror stories. Believe it or not, there was a time not that long ago when weird westerns were heavily science fiction. Then there was an abrupt shift and everything with the weird western label suddenly became horror--and ultra dark horror for the most part. And the science fiction weird western was all but gone and forgotten.
That's actually why I started publishing Science Fiction Trails. There just aren't many homes for western themed science fiction anymore. And, alas, it seems writers no longer have much interest in writing this stuff. Our submissions are way down. The western flavor of steampunk fired up people for a bit. We also saw a real surge when Cowboys & Aliens came out. Now that the fervor from that has quieted down, there just isn't much going on in this market. I actually feel more like the Dutch kid with his finger in the dam than at any time since I started doing this over a decade ago. Even though sales are not what they could be, as readers continue to favor free downloads over actually paying for something, it is the departure of writers than worries me more.
Friday, November 29, 2013
I'm pleased to announce a short collection of Kit Volker's weird western stories are now available on Kindle in a collection titled Bullets & Paint Brushes. Kit's work has appeared in our anthologies and recent editions of Science Fiction Trails. It's only a buck. Check it out.