Friday, December 19, 2014

Shared Storytelling: Advent Ghosts 2014

Today is the day for Loren Eaton's "Shared Storytelling:  Advent Ghosts 2014".  You'll find mine below and links to many more stories here.  Take a few minutes from your hectic Christmas preparations and relax with some great stories.  They're only 100 words long.  Merry Christmas, everyone!

NAUGHTY, NAUGHTY NICK
by Sandra Seamans  

The prosecutor had told the gruesome truth, he should have won the case.  Nick was gleefully guilty, but he'd won the jury over with his best Santa Claus impersonation.  Nick had cultivated his resemblance to that paragon of hope, a gift that had saved his ass on many occasions.

Outside of the courthouse a North Pole chill crawled up Nick's spine when a voice whispered in his ear.

"It's not nice to mess with Santa's image, Nick"

The sound of sleigh bells smothered his screams as a coal truck careened out of control and jumped the curb where Nick stood.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Getting Ready for Christmas

Just a note to let you know that posting will be sparse over the next week.  Yeah, the usual, presents to wrap and cookies to bake among other things.  Plus the markets have been pretty scarce the past few days.  I will be posting my Christmas drabble tomorrow though :)  Enjoy your holidays!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Cutting Block Books - Call for Submissions

Cutting Block Books has posted a call for "Single Slices".  They want supernatural horror short stories of 8000 to 15,000 words to be published as individual ebooks.  The deadline is January 31, 2015 and payment is 3cents a word.  You can find the details here.

The Alcatraz Story Cupboard

If you love to write alternate history stories this Yahoo news story gives you plenty of food for thought.  Scientists have proven that the three men who escaped from Alcatraz in 1962 on a homemade raft could have made it to shore if they left at the right time.  Not only is the escape worth a few paragraphs in the story but what happened to them if they did survive?  Did they go back to a life of crime or did they go straight?  And how could they have changed history?

Monday, December 15, 2014

Drabble Challenge

Loren Eaton over at his blog I Saw Lightening Fall has posted a drabble challenge.  He'd like to see drabbles that center around Christmas but send chills creeping up your back - any genre welcome so long as there's that sense of dread.  For those who don't know drabbles are stories of exactly 100 words.  Stories should be posted on your blog this Friday, December 19.  You can find all the details here.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Pulp Modern - New Issue

Pulp Modern #8 is now available in both print and Kindle editions.  Check it out here.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Tokyo Yakuza - Call for Short Story Submissions

Tokyo Yakuza is a shared world project seeking science fiction stories of 2000 to 3000 words that help continue the world of Tokyo Yakuza.  Since this is an intellectual property owned by the publisher the characters you create will belong to them.  So basically this is a work for hire project.  Payment is 6cents a word plus royalties.  You can find the details here, just scroll down the page for the guidelines.

Thanks to Michael Bracken for the link!