Saturday, January 31, 2015

Story Emporium

Well, Story Emporium opens up for submissions tomorrow. This is a new endeavor.  I am the publisher, but not the editor of this project.   We've tried to go to the next point after Steampunk Trails and Science Fiction Trails.  Steampunk Trails had a lot of submissions, but very poor sales. Science Fiction Trails had decent sales, but it was always a struggle to fill an issue.  We'll see how this interpretation fares.  At least we finally dumped the Trails name, which never really accomplished much as a brand.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015


I keep hearing about inflated balls.  Frankly, I can't imagine why anyone would want their balls inflated. It sounds rather painful.  But, whatever turns people on I guess.  Now there are some things that I like being done to my balls, but I'm not going to list that here.  But, having them inflated? No thanks.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Six Guns Straight From Hell 2

There's a nice review of Six Guns Straight From Hell 2 on SF Site.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Mow rons

Do you consider yourself a student of human behavior?  No?  Yes?  Have you ever sat near a drive up mail box for ten minutes?  It's astonishing how difficult it is for people to take a letter and place it in the mailbox.  I mean, they can barely do it.  Not everyone, but you will almost always see somebody struggling with this simple task   I don't know if these folks are over medicated or simply stupid. But it's nice to know they're out on the road.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The Haunted Elevator?

I've mentioned before that I work in the hotel business.  Sunday morning a mother and her two young daughters came down to the lobby for hot chocolate and coffee, respectively.    The older daughter got bored waiting for them and decided to go back in the elevator. Well, she got on the elevator and abruptly got back off.  She said there was a black man in the elevator.  She would not get back on.  They finally all took the stairs back to their room. I would’ve liked to talk to the child more about this, but her mother didn’t want to hear the description, apparently thought the child saw a negro person, and ushered the girls away.

This is the second time a young girl has made that claim—of seeing a black man in the elevator. It happened back in August as well. In that case, I got a little more description.  It’s the shape of a man, but not exactly.  It’s more like a walking silhouette. In other words, it’s not a black-skinned man.  It’s a black ghost.

Black ghosts were once scoffed at by even most paranormal researchers.  These elusive entities just didn’t seem possible With the huge spread of low light cameras, people are capturing them more and more on video. I don’t know for certain what these kids were seeing, but the description seems to be one of these elusive entities.   I don't know why it's manifesting in our elevator.

Monday, January 19, 2015



Why do I have kittens?
When I asked for mittens?
It's mittens I want, not your kittens.
Please don't give me kittens when I only want mittens.

It's cold outside.
I want some mittens.
I ask for mittens.
I only get kittens.

Warm and toasty, my hands would be.
If only I had mittens instead of these kittens.
I don't get the mittens.
They just send me more kittens.

I write very few poems.  Here's one.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Indented Servitude

I don't know what they teach kids in school these days.  There is one thing  I find baffling.  In editing projects I'm noticing a huge increase in stories where paragraphs are not indented.  I'm really struggling to figure out why.  I've lamented before that writers don't seem to have any concept of standard manuscript format.  But the lack of paragraph indentation really ticks me off.  This blog is block left and not indented. It's my blog and I like it that way.  Still, I would not dream of sending something off for publication without it being in proper format--and, especially, with indented paragraphs.  It's easy to do on a computer.  I get the impression that the people spewing out manuscripts don't understand that paragraphs are supposed to be indented.  And they wonder why they don't get published. Frankly, it's the number one peeve other editors have voiced in conversations. It generally carries the death penalty.  Yet, I keep seeing more and more of this. There must be something I'm missing. A good looking and well prepared manuscript won't get you published. However, a poorly prepared one may easily keep you from getting published.  I'm not joking about this. It is a big deal.

Any editors who read this are welcome to post comments. Likewise, any authors may comment as well.