Audiobooks and the magic of story telling

I’m told all the Cool Kids are into Audiobooks these days, so I’m taking my first steps in that direction. I’m happy to announce the short stories ‘Sozo’ and  “A Prayer to Saint Strelok’ are now available at Amazon’s Audible and iTunes/Books. The first is a straight-razor of a story about a combat vet returning to a broken, near-future America. Remarkably, it was included in The Crossover Alliance’s 2nd annual anthology in  2015.  (I note that of the three TCA anthologies, that year is the only one without a single review. “Coincidence?… Read More

My lodestars for drafting

  Second editing pass though my next novel, I’ve got a new Post-It on the bottom of my monitor: three  points to steer by as I hack, slash, and burn my way through the undergrowth. 1. Err on the side of the reader’s intelligence. Aside from the fact my latest isn’t a YA novel, I’m writing to a capable, nuanced audience who, while new to my particular story, is familiar with the genre as well as Life’s genuine struggles and victories. I will not talk to them like they’re pets or three-year… Read More

A Prayer to Saint Strelok

  There is more fiction in the pipeline but my latest short story is now available at Amazon. For those familiar with the STALKER or METRO 2033 video games, this should feel familiar – like the worn stock on your trusty AK-47, or the snug, sweat-soaked bands on your respirator. Release date is 16 December. You can pre-order now if you like. Enjoy and Spasibo. A Prayer to Saint Strelok

Shattered Worlds Excerpt

An Invitation

Beginning in 2016, I would like to feature a monthly Guest Post here on HSSJ by different indie authors and articulate readers. Topic will be fiction and or writing-related, which is rather broad, but it will give some of the fine internet friends I have an opportunity to discuss their work, their process, their thoughts on the industry. I’ve made a initial list and will contact these folks soon, but if you’d like to participate, drop a comment here or on FB. Thanks much.

Slapped by your grandmother

Ursula Le Guin laying the smack down. Art or Profit: I have to ask myself which is the ultimate engine that drives my work? Does it need a tune-up, an overhaul, or to be re-ignited?

Accepted to Viable Paradise

The annual SFF Writer’s Workshop, that is. One week on Martha’s Vineyard with other writers, select SFF authors, and several editors focusing on nothing but genre writing. I discovered VP when I first started writing fiction back in 2010, checked up on it yearly, but always had a dozen things that kept me from applying. This year however I clamped down, submitted the first 5,000 words of my next project, and was accepted. Looks like a great opportunity and not that I want summer to go any faster than usual, but I’m… Read More

Coming Soon

The next installment in The Clar1ty Wars series. Coming Q1, 2015. Cover art by Michal Oracz

“Sozo” release day

The short story “Sozo” is now available at Amazon for Kindle, IPad, or whatever your flavor of eReader. Set in a fictional near-future, it is a redemptive story focused on a combat vet who faces hard choices instead of easy answers. A hair under 5K words, it’s only .99. All the proceeds for Dec/Jan will be donated to The Wounded Warrior Project. Amazon Link Thank you and happy new year. – p.a.t. ps. if you enjoy it, please tell a friend and/or fire off a quick review. Much appreciated.

This image

It’s the promo poster for “In the Heart of the Sea”, the film about the whaleship Essex. (The basis for “Moby Dick”.) I was awestruck first time I saw it. It captures not merely the tenor of its movie, but – for me – the essence of good spec-fiction writing; there is a sense underneath of larger things, moving. The story is merely the bits that break the surface, the indicators of some terrible, wonderful immensity. To continue the analogy; every story is another throw of the harpoon and the desperate prayer… Read More