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YoS Week 1 – Discovery Two and Diana and the Animal

And so it begins…

The Year of Stories starts today, with the release of the first two stories of the year.

Week 1’s story, Discovery Two, is a 3,700-word sci-fi drama. It’s available to read now for free, and can also be purchased in the Store for $1. Synopsis:

NASA’s manned space flight programs are finally regaining some momentum. Their newest shuttle, the Discovery Two, is about to dock at the International Space Station, and the media buzz is picking up. No one can imagine the magnitude of the discovery that its passengers are about to make, but will the astronauts’ pride threaten to destroy one of the greatest moments in human history?

Week 2’s story, Diana and the Animal, is a 6,700-word sci-fi adventure. It can be purchased now for $1, and will be posted to the site on January 9. Synopsis:

Diana works for the Ministry, helping to educate children about the many dangers posed by animals, the hazards of a poisoned natural environment, and the Filter Dome that keeps their city safe. When an animal disrupts her family’s Aster holiday celebrations, she ends up on the front lines of the battle against her society’s greatest threat, and finds herself questioning everything she knows about Animal Control, the Ministry, and the system she’s been trained to uphold.

Diana and the Animal also comes with some great cover art courtesy of artist Nate Johnson.

I Need Your Support!

This Year of Stories project is a big creative leap of faith, and I’m investing a ton of time and energy into it. I’m going to be counting on all of my friends, family, and fans to read the stories, leave comments with your thoughts and opinions, and share the links around to people you know.

Without your support, I won’t be able to accomplish much, but if winning the Vanessa Voth photography contest has shown me anything, it’s that Larissa and I have a great network of people behind us. I know I can rely on you all to make the Year of Stories a solid group effort during 2012.

Thanks everyone!

Your Generosity Leads To My Creativity

The more time I put towards expanding myself creatively, the more cool stuff seems to happen. Here’s an update on what’s been happening on the creative front recently, and a look ahead at a few things you can expect in the future.

The Diaper Fund Evolves

Your generosity has far outstripped my expectations, or even my hopes. I created the Diaper Fund hoping to raise $300 by the beginning of April 2012. Instead, you guys polished off that $300 target in three weeks. Thank you all so much for your Flare Fiction preorders and your donations!

Of course, I’m not going to stop selling my writing just because we reached that goal, so I’ve converted the Diaper Fund into the Baby Fund. New stories and anthologies will be coming out between now and April to help fundraise for a car seat, a baby monitor, and possibly a rocking chair, with anything extra that I sell going towards clothes, toys, and other small necessities.

Thank you again for being so generous and pushing me to keep writing!

Upcoming Projects

I have all kinds of ideas about what to do with myself creatively these days. Some of the ideas are only half-formed, so I don’t want to jump the gun by announcing or releasing anything prematurely. There are a couple of things, though, that will definitely be happening between now and, let’s say, February or March.

Short Stories

I have a variety of short stories that I’ll be releasing over the next couple of months, probably at a rate of one every couple of weeks or so. I’m still ironing out the exact details, but one way or another you’ll have the chance to do some interesting reading in the near future, I promise!

Print Anthology

The majority of my writing is only available digitally, but I know that a lot of people, myself included, like to read on paper, too. At some point in the new year, I’m going to be putting together a print anthology of short stories, flash fiction, and poetry, combining the contents of my existing short fiction collections with other unreleased stories and some stuff that won’t be available anywhere else.

Special People

New chapters keep flowing over at Special People, so if you haven’t been reading so far, I suggest you go catch up! SP has been a ton of fun so far, but this is only the beginning. If all goes according to plan, I should have some new multimedia offerings from the Special People¬†universe over the coming months. Sorry, no more specific details than that yet!