My latest short story "The Night the Lights Came On"

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Short Stories of DanDanTheArtMan 04 -
Little Willie's Revenge

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Good old Thomas, or @Trreed on Twitter, challenged me to come up with a short story based on a Little Willie poem he used in one of his bitstrips. This short story is based on this poem. Little Willie's mother passed away and now his dad has remarried. Now Willie has a sister a bit older than him. He hates her. Find out why and what he does about it by listening to this story.

Bitstrip by Thomas Reed or @Trreed:

Pirate Jack by Alessandro Cima

Dead Mech by Jake Bible


Jelly Roll Morton - Creepy Feeling

Images used to create story graphic:

Friday, July 23, 2010

An Update and a Song

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A brief update from Dan's driod R2D3PO and the full version of a song by Dan's old band Dying To Live.

Trreed's Bitstrip webcomic:

Dying To Live

Me With My Rock N' Roll Hair

Lyrics to "Redemption" by Dying To Live written by Dan Absalonson:

Who am I that you should care for me
But you do. You say you love me as you love your son
and I except that love
There's no way I could live up to deserving what you've given me
but your blood was spilt so that I
may be seen as holy in the Father's eyes

Undeserving death
you laid your life down
to save mine and so I die
to sin but I'm alive in you


The Adventures of Indiana Jim

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

I'm a Contest Winner!

Over at View From Valhalla, @odin1eye as he goes by on Twitter, reviews and interviews podiobooks authors. So right away, you know I'm a huge fan - anyone who promotes podiobooks is the man in my book. This is definitely true of Odin1eye, don't take my word for it, pop on over to his site and see the large number of great reviews he's posted. Also, for those authors looking to put your fiction into audio form, he has lots of great interviews asking Podiobook authors how they do it. He even has some of his own fiction over there.

New to podiobooks, and don't know where to start? I have a blog post recommending some of my favorites, but go over to his site for a ton of more extensive reviews to see what many of the books are all about. Also, leave comments on what you thought of his reviews. That's what I did, and it instantly entered me into a contest to win a free signed book he has reviewed of my choice! And guess what, I won! I chose to have Nina Kimberly the Merciless by Christiana Ellis sent to my doorstep, and she even threw in a Casey's Cadets pin that looks like the image to the right of this text! Click on the book title link and go listen to the entire novel yourself for free! It has a dragon it in, and the protagonist is a female, so not your average fantasy novel. If you're more a fan of Sci-Fi, then check out another book related to the image above by her called Space Casey, a really fun podiobook. Again, listen to the whole book for free! That's why I love Thanks again to Odin and Christiana for the signed free copy of the book!

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Flying Island Press | Flagship

This 4th of July, celebrate our country's independence, and short story speculative fiction. Some friends of mine are starting a brand new short stories E-Zine. I had the awesome opportunity to create the cover art for their first issue, as well as the logo for the Science Fiction and Fantasy side called Flagship. The most exciting thing to me is that they're releasing the stories in every format you can think of, even audio! That's just cool. Here is a press release about their upcoming debut issue:

Flying Island Press
Press Contact - Scott Roche
(336) 462-9676

Enjoy Your Sci-fi and Fantasy How and Where You Want
Beginning July 4th, science fiction and fantasy fans will be given a new place where they can discover authors and stories they’ll be able to enjoy wherever they go. Flagship, the new e-zine by publisher Flying Island Press, will soon be releasing short stories every other month in formats for the Kindle, the iPad and iPhone, and other electronic readers.

Flying Island Press also recognizes the increasing popularity of podcasts and other forms of audio fiction. So, in addition to the e-zine, an audio version will be available to listen to on any MP3 player. Stories they release will be available both in text and in audio, allowing the consumer to choose their preferred version.

Zach Ricks, managing editor for Flagship, had this to say. “I wanted to hearken back to what some have called the Golden Age of Science Fiction.” It’s his hope that “FlagShip will be a place for optimistic, entertaining fiction.”

Each issue will cost $1.99 for the text version or the audio version or get both for just $2.99.

Issues will be available starting July 4th, 2010 at

Friday, July 2, 2010

I Started a New Blog & Podcast - Fostering With Love

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My wife and I are very soon becoming foster parents. This is no small matter. I've decided to start a new blog and podcast about the experience. I'm hoping it can be a tool for those looking to become foster parents, or anyone else who wants a glimpse of what it is like to have foster children in your home. We are very excited, and soon a little baby will be coming into our home. The blog can be found at: Wish us luck and send us your prayers. :)

Bitstripped Again! This One Leads To My Next Short Story

Good old Thomas, or @Trreed on Twitter, challenged me to come up with a short story based on a Little Willie poem he used in one of his bitstrips. So my next short story will be based on this poem, I'm calling it "Little Willie's Revenge." It will drop into my feed and right here on the blog Friday July 30th. If you haven't noticed, I've been releasing my Short Stories of DanDanTheArtMan episodes on the last Friday of every month. Until then, have a great 4th of July weekend!