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Anthologies, New Books & Ambitious Plans

After a long hiatus it is time to get active on this blog again. I’ve been busy writing and that is producing a stream of published books and stories in anthologies, with more coming quickly if everything goes right.

Let’s start with the anthologies. My stories have recently been published in two anthologies. The first was: Alternate Peace, with alternate history stories not involving wars. This was a major ego-boost, with my name in the table of contents next to Harry Turtledove, arguably the biggest name in Air-218Alternate History. The second was a New Pulp anthology called Mystery Men & Women Volume 6. This was an experiment for me, a venture into a sub-genre that consciously strives to be a throwback to the days of the depression-era pulp hero, complete with covers and interior illustrations that hark back to that era.

My pulp hero can briefly, painfully bring the recently dead back to life, hopefully to figure out who murdered them.

I also self-published a collection of stories and Alternate History essays

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called Space Bats & Butterflies. The Alternate History essays are for people with a deep interest in history. The stories should be general interest. This collects a lot of stuff I’ve written over the years for an on-line zine but wanted to put in more permanent form. This is roughly sixty percent alternate history essays, with the biggest single section looking at what might have happened if the Germans went after Moscow instead of heading south in 1942.

I do include several AH and time-travel stories for more general readers.

 

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Build a (Better!) Alternate Timeline

interconnectedImageIf you really look at what would happen in an alternate¬† timeline after something significant changed, you realize that events are so inter-related and there are so many points of individual decision that within a decade or two what happens in that alternate timeline is pure guesswork, no matter how meticulously you think it through. Continue reading “Build a (Better!) Alternate Timeline”

Writing: Measuring Writing Progress

TargetImageIt’s hard to measure progress in writing. Quality improvements are what we should really be going for, of course, but it’s almost impossible to measure quality improvement. We can measure quantity of writing, at least in rough drafts. Words per day is pretty simple to track and I find that setting a minimum goal is a good way to motivate myself.

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