Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Things People Should Do

I've always maintained that the world would be much better off if everyone would just blindly do what I tell them. Of course, the reality is no one does anything I tell them. That's why it's so screwed up.

Case in point.  I don't watch Dr. Who because that would cost extra for my cable package.  So I have no idea about the new Doctor. Don't know anything about him.  Back when it was announced Matt Smith was leaving, I wrote to the BBC and told them I'd like to try out for the job.  I never heard back from them on it. It was like when the last pope resigned.  I wrote to the Vatican and told them I was available.  I never heard back from them, either.  Maybe it's my letter writing skills.  I guess I didn't sell myself well enough.  Of course, it could be a racist thing.  In the case of the BBC, I'm not British. In the case of the Vatican, I'm not Catholic. 

Others would argue that I'm not qualified for either job as I've never done any acting and I've never been a priest.  Well, to that I'd say lots of people who aren't remotely qualified get hired every day and they do just fine. So, since they don't want me, next time they hire a new Doctor, they should get some big black guy. And the next time they hire a new pope, they should get some big black guy.  

And, while I'm on the idea express, the Doctor should get a dog, preferably a nice golden retriever. And, that advice goes for the pope as well.  

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Plastic Bags

Those in the solid waste industry view plastic bags as a menace.  Our recycling bin has multiple signs begging people not to leave stuff in plastic bags there, to no avail. The thing is full of plastic bags.  People are either dumb as hell or do not care.  One teenager keeps dumping regular garbage in the recycling bin. Why? It's about 30 feet farther to the regular bin. Either that, or he's just an assh*le. I kind of suspect the latter. So, I'm sure glad I don't work at the sorting place. They must get tons of unrecycleable garbage. 

Thursday, April 17, 2014


Well, the ebook versions of Science Fiction Trails 11 are now available on Kindle and Nook.  In the past few years ebook sales have significantly overtaken print for our projects.  So, it's good to get everything up for sale.  I think this was a very good issue.  We tried some really short gunfight stories along with our regular feature stories.  It's got Martians and alternate universes and weird inventions. What's not to like?

In my role as art director for our sister publication, Steampunk Trails,  I just sent out the art assignments. You never know how those will turn out until they come back in. And, I've also been reading story submissions for a new western horror anthology.  So, I've been kind of busy.  

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Steaming Ahead

Well, I've gotten word two of my steampunk stories have found homes.  More details when they're ready to come out. I don't talk about projects much until it looks like they're really going to happen, as I've been burned too many times.  

I've had an interesting development with the new issue of Science Fiction Trails. After the print issue released, another artist hated the cover and offered a redone one.  This was completely unsolicited.  I've been reluctant to go back and re-do what's already on the market.  I'm thinking about having different covers for the print and ebook versions.  The ebook version has not come out just yet. More on this in a few days as I grapple with this.  

Monday, April 14, 2014

Six Guns 2

If anyone who reads this blog has submitted to Six Guns 2 and is wondering about their submission, I'll likely have some decisions in about two weeks.  Right now I've been preoccupied with the new Science Fiction Trails issue.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

It's Here!!!! Yay!

Well, I am very pleased to announce the new issue of Science Fiction Trails is now available. The print edition is available from our distributor right now or from Amazon.  The ebook should be out late next week.

List Price: $7.50
8.5" x 11" (21.59 x 27.94 cm)
Black & White Bleed on White paper
102 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1497596207
ISBN-10: 1497596203
BISAC: Fiction / Science Fiction / Short Stories
In our action packed eleventh issue those pesky Martians are in two very different takes on Martian invasion. Folks always seem to think they know how to handle alien technology–but they never do and the device the government wants proves to be quite deadly. And a Native American warrior gets a really fast lesson about parallel universes. We go to Name Pending, Wyoming for a story that reminds us perhaps nature can handle evolution better than man Featuring stories by Sam Knight, C. J. Killmer, J. A. Campbell, Lyn McConchie, Henrik Ramsager, R. A. Conine and Jackson Kuhl with an article by David Lee Summers...

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Friday, April 11, 2014


I enjoy mustard on some sandwiches. Yesterday I had a 7 Eleven hot dog and I put mustard on it.  So, as I was sitting in my car eating my hot dog, I gazed off at the sky, where there are hundreds of planets that have been discovered, and found myself wondering if they have mustard on any of them.  I think it would be depressing to have to eat hot dogs and not have any mustard for them.