Battle for Ebulon

Got invited to take part in this Shared World Anthology, had a blast writing the story and playing with the concept. The book is a free download from Smashwords for anyone who likes Heroic Fantasy.

Battle for Ebulon

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Cobalt Ontario

A lot of you know we moved to Cobalt Ontario. Cobalt is in what is generally referred to as the 'Far North', and we've had snow on the ground since early November. We've also had snow every second day since then.

Life is different here. Mukluks are the in winter apparel (you can order them from the Silver Moccasin). There are more snowmobiles than people in town, and nearly every driveway sports a snowblower.

I love it.
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What Scares the Boogeyman?

What Scares the Boogeyman?

I would like to joyfully announce that "What Scares the Boogeyman", edited by the talented, and probably insane John Manning (of course he's insane - he's an editor). What Scares the Boogeyman will be on the shelves in February.

This is a big deal, because it includes my first ever fiction sale!

Yes, I'm happy. Really happy.

John, along with Meghan Graham and Stormy Stogner-Medina have put together one heck of a book. Yes, I have a copy already. In addition to the cover I can share the index. Want to take a look?

Boogeyman Blues by Janet Morris

The Boogeyman’s Wife by Nancy Asire

The Road to Afghanistan by David Conyers

The Fear of the Lord by Robert M. Price

The River Witch by J.D. Fritz

The Cold by Jason Cordova

Blood and Ochre by Thomas Barczak

Testament of Tuff by C. Dean Andersson

Night of the Bettys by Beverly Hale

Jack the Raptor by Chris Morris

Failure to Comply by Michael H. Hanson

The Shadow of a Doubt by Larry Atchley, Jr.

L’Uomo Nero by Richard Groller

Bad Mustard by Bill Snider

Grandma by Wayne Borean

Breaking Up Is Hard to Do by John Manning

Apis Primatus by Bettina Meister

Under the Bed by Shirley Meier

I'm really excited about this (did I mention that?) It's been a great experience working with John and the rest of these writers. I particularly want to thank Janet Morris, who taught me things about the Short Story format that I'd never have dreamed of.


Wayne Borean

Friday January 11, 2013

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Well, I survived yesterday. I had my epidural. It was an interesting experience. The anesthetic that was supposedly so powerful that it would knock me loopy, had very little effect. I was ready to get up and walk around almost immediately, much to the nurse's annoyance.

She was even more annoyed that I didn't fall down when she did finally let me up. At this point she started questioning me about what medications I was on. Don't ask me why didn't just read the chart, it was all there. After hearing the list she concluded that I was already so stoned when I got on the table, that yes, they anesthetic wasn't very effective on me.

So all the excitement about me probably not being able to walk out of the hospital on my own, well, it was wasted. Mind you I didn't mind have two beautiful women along as an escort. smoooom and Shirley Meier even managed to put up with me getting a bit giggly. The stuff may not have knocked me out. I could have taken the subway back to Finch instead of driving the van downtown, but there's no way that I was safe to drive. I was trying to read as Shirley drove home, and often found I was reading the same sentence twice because I couldn't understand it.

This morning? I didn't wake up with a spike driven through my leg. I'm sitting here with my fingers crossed. If it stays this way for a week, I'll feel a bit more confident.

Obviously I need to be really careful. It would be all too easy to do more damage to my back (where the nerve is pinched). But I haven't had any pain in the leg today so far, and I can't remember the last time that happened.
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Short Stories

I'm in a really good mood this morning. I looks like I've sold two short stores. One is sold for certain. The editor told me that it made "a shiver run up his spine" and that he prevented his first reader from reading it before she went to visit her ailing grandmother for the weekend.

I'm really proud of Grandma. I really am. Since I haven't gotten the signed contract in hand yet, I can't really give you details. But I know it is sold.

The King in Yellow is a bit more problematical. From the way they are talking, it is accepted, with only minor re-writes, and I'll know today. There are a couple of things I do not like about it. The concept is solid. I'm not as sure that I delivered.

That is what re-writes are for.

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Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves

CJ Cherryh posted on her blog about a "fake" of one of her books. I looked into it, and noticed some odd stuff, so I did some research, and found some absolutely shocking things. I wrote it up in the article Corporate Copyright Scofflaws 0011 – Hephaestus Books. Several other people did bits of research, posting the results on Wave Without a Shore. I also got a comment from beamjockey which lead me to more information.

This is a major problem. Rather than posting the entire thing here, I'm going to suggest following the links, first to Wave Without a Shore where CJ tells about what she found, and then to the Corporate Copyright Scofflaw article, which covers my research, and the information beamjockey supplied.

Then complain. We know Amazon and B&N are involved. What other online book stores are involved?

Smashwords appears to be clean, and deserves kudos for keeping the scammers out.


Great Exploding Websites Batman, NaNoWriMo, and Publishing

Me and my junior editor, Kleopatra
Me and my junior editor, Kleopatra

We still don't know all the details, but the sites are now coming back up, one but one.

That's the unexciting news. The exciting news is after the cut...

NaNoWriMo 2011

I was going to skip NaNoWriMo 2011. I've got stuff that is nearly ready for publication. The main thing holding be back is that I decided that I'd do Mom's backlist first, and it has proven a bit more of a challenge than I'd thought.

While it was published previously, the editing just isn't up to my standards. Rather than reformatting and publishing, I'm editing, reformatting, and publishing.

I'm fast, but you can do it fast, or do it right. I choose to do it right. So my writing is falling behind the curve. I needed something to stretch my muscles.

And then Brandon asked me if I was going to take part in NaNoWriMo. Synapses began to fire, and in five minutes I had a thoroughly evil plan, so I got Brandon on IM and started to reel the sucker, erm, future collaborator in.

And I sold him on it.

Brandon Lozza, ex-Fedora Ambassador, Conspiracy Theorist, and all around fun lunatic, is going to collaborate on a NaNoWriMo novel with Wayne Borean, Political Gadfly, Copyright Pain in the Ass, Canadian Publisher, Futurist, and a man with the personality of Rabid Wolverine.

Check out the NaNoWriMo Suicide Pact 2011

This is a writing challenge until WRITER'S CRAMP forces one or the other writer to give up. Or until we run out of November, but that wouldn't be any fun, would it?

We'll alternate word chunks of varying sizes. Or mostly alternate. If eighteen hours goes by without a post being made, the original posted is welcome to pop back in. This could cause confusion if two posts are placed within seconds of each other. Guess we'll just have to write our way out of that mess too!

Often the character/s maybe thrown into a situation where he or she might be killed and the next person has to exercise their ingenuity to write them out of it. Or maybe they'll suffer a fate worse than death. Remember Buford "Mad Dog" Tannen from Back to the Future 3?

"I hate shit."

Our aim is to hit 100K words or more on November 30th, and to stretch our writing muscles. This isn't a contest, no matter how it's written above. This is a collaboration. We want to make it the best book that we can, and publish it. We've discussed a couple of basic plot ideas. I suspect that they will last at least two days.

We welcome everyone to check it out. Wayne plans to have his first installment posted by noon on Tuesday. Brandon is going to try to have his first rejoinder posted by about Six PM.

And please feel free to comment! We'd really appreciate your ideas.


Wayne Borean & Brandon Lozza

Monday October 31, 2011


Well, I had another epidural today. It will take about a week to kick in. Hopefully then I'll feel something like normal. Hopefully.

Meanwhile the battery on the MacBook is dead. This is a nuisance. I can't work away from the desk now. Frustrating.

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