Week 26 of the Year of Stories signals the end of Quarter 2. I've now accomplished six months' worth of one short story per week, and I think that's pretty special. Capping off these six months is The Castle of the Grand King, starring new action adventure hero Meghan Maloney. Here's a synopsis:
There is an ancient castle hidden in the heart of South America. Once it was the seat of a glorious empire, housing the throne of the Grand King. Now it is a forgotten ruin. At least one archaeologist thinks it's still worth exploring, and he's begun to unearth strange stories, local legends of a mystical machine that turned rocks to bread and water to wine... "Ancient silliness", according to some. But when the expedition goes silent, Meghan Maloney sees an opportunity to get in on the action and maybe even land herself in the history books. She just hopes no one else has had the same idea.
And as a reminder, this will be the last story posted for a while, as I take a hiatus from the Year of Stories.
Happy Friday! Here's episode 19 of my podcast.
9:38 Losing Freight: Cresting the wave of poll consequences.
14:53 Sign-off. (No Q&A this week.)
Today I'm so excited to announce the opening of preorders of the second Year of Stories collection, BECOMING. Like DISCOVERY before it, this book contains three months' worth of short stories, 15 in total this time, making up around 195 pages of adventure, exploration, danger, decisions, and learning moments, hopefully not only for the characters but for you, the reader, as well.
You can grab yourself a copy of the book from my online Store right now for just $11.99 plus shipping, or let me know on Facebook or by some other means if you'd like to buy one from me in person. I'm hoping to have orders begin to ship by the end of June.
In related news, I announced in my most recent podcast that I will be taking a bit of break from the Year of Stories project to focus my efforts on continuing Special People, wrapping up Losing Freight, and hopefully finishing the novel I've been working on off and on for the past six months. This doesn't mean that BECOMING will be last you see of the Year of Stories, but it does mean that Quarter 3 will probably be pushed back a few months, and may be presented in a slightly different format when I pick it up again. As always, watch this space and listen to my podcast for further news on this front.
It's week 25 of the Year of Stories, so you all get to read what I think is one of the better entries in the series so far, This Wretched Dog. It's a classical science fiction tragedy, in the tradition of Frankenstein (though of course I would never claim to match that level of greatness). Here's a synopsis:
It all started with this wretched dog. My wife put the thought into the children's heads, though she claims they picked up the idea elsewhere. I should have been firmer. I should have ignored their bleating and whimpering. But I succumbed, I gave in to my sympathy. Now look what has become of me.
For week 24 of the Year of Stories, you're getting treated to an offbeat ninja adventure, Council-Approved.
Kashi is in training, learning everything he can from his ninja mentor, Toru. He hopes to apply soon to become an official, council-approved ninja, part of an elite society, but before he gets there he has to survive his next practice mission. Supposedly this one's going to be a lot more challenging than the past few cakewalks.