Wednesday, February 28, 2007

On Top of Stromboli-Part 1

Hey folks. Time to play around with another short story. I have no idea where it is going, which is a hint that input would be greatly appreciated. I have learned over time that the act of creation is a fun thing and I hope you will join me in this one. In fact, I would love a challenge in that you give me some sort of prompt that you want me to include into the story.

So come on and let’s have some fun!

On Top of Stromboli…

There once was a man from Stromboli whose…well you know how the rest of it goes. A little rhyme children, teenagers, and perhaps even some adults have used illegitimately for years and years. Like the rhyme, it’s funny how we find comfort in that we believe all things go in a certain way, a preordained order if you wish. Call it induction or perhaps deduction, but just about everything falls into its own niche. Yet things are not always what you think they are. The island of Stromboli is one of these cases. I know. I was there when it happened...when my world changed.

Stromboli is one of the Aeolian Islands of Italy. The island is about 3 miles (2 km) in diameter and 2,900 feet (900 m) above sea level. It rises 10,000 feet (3,000 m) above the floor of the Tyrrhenian Sea. Stromboli is one of the most active volcanoes on Earth. It has been in nearly continuous eruption for about 2,000 years (some volcanologists suggest 5,000 years). Most of the present cone was well developed 15,000 years ago. Violent eruptions are rare at Stromboli. In 1919, four people were killed and twelve homes destroyed by blocks, some of which weighed 60 tons (50 metric tons). In 1930, during the largest eruption of Stromboli this century, three people were killed by pyroclastic flows. A fourth was scalded to death in the sea near the point the flows entered the ocean. The amount of ash erupted in the explosive eruptions in 1930 was equivalent to that produced during five years of normal, quiet activity. Most recently, in 1986, a biologist was killed by a block while on the crater rim. Information courtesy of website at

And now it is acting up again…

Friday, February 23, 2007

Book of the Year

Alien Deception
has been nominated for best science fiction novel by Foreword Magazine.
I'm quite surprised and pleased to get the nomination for the award.
Happy dancing!

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Freddy Lives...

I have knocked off the dust from an older manuscript and have started the rewrite process. It's tentatively called "Freddy." Here's the premise of the story:

Sitting atop the Fairfax hotel, there is a statue of a gargoyle. It preys on the personal wants and desires of humans for its own perverse gratification. Unaware of its sordid past of human sacrifice and murder, which it utilizes to open the way for those that fall under it's spell to achieve wealth, power, and success, Sam finds himself in the middle of a close-knit circle of deceit that involves the people that have entered into his life, and the mental pull from the creature and its promises. For Sam his life becomes not his own as he tries to survive the strong and tempting pull from the dark side of a medieval creature and from the humans who serve it.

For those of you that have read the short story of mine by the same title, that was where the idea came from.


Saturday, February 10, 2007

Where I am Going...

Yes it's been a while since I have posted but life has gotten in the way to the point of sapping all my time, but mostly all my energy or desire from writing a n y t h i n g...

Anyway, I have...well I haven't but someone else has been doing me a huge favor by developing me a page over at myspace to increase my visibility. It's coming along superbly so hopefully if you get a chance you can take a look at it.

Have fun.