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

Sunday, February 24, 2013

"Helium Heart" now Available in Text & Audio

Hey guys. The short story I wrote for the Every Photo Tells Podcast has been released! It is now available on their website in audio, and available in all eBook formats at Smashwords. I will also be adding the .mp3 to my podcast feed. They did an amazing job narrating the story. It is, as you may have read earlier, the saddest story I've ever written. A young man must face the first real tragedy in his life, the loss of his best friend. So grab your preferred box of tissues and snuggle up to your eReader or slide on some headphones and have yourself a listen. A big thanks to Mick & Katharina of Every Photo Tells for such an amazing reading of my story and for providing this outstanding avenue for writers to get inspiration to write and submit short stories.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Out SIck

Last Monday night or Tuesday early morning my daughter tested positive for Influenza A. Then the rest of us got it. I have never been sick for this long in my life. It has been absolutely miserable. Six people in one house, all sick with fevers up to 104 Fahrenheit. It has pretty much been the worst week of our lives. My wife would barely be well enough to let me sleep as I shook with the chills, and then I would do my best to care for the kids while she slept.

Yesterday my youngest son was admitted to the hospital. This has been my view all day. My son has asthma and so influenza on top of that has made his poor little lungs not able to breath well. He's had little cannulas in his nostrils since yesterday and is not able to come off of the assistance of oxygen to breath yet. When that happens, we can probably go home. Thankfully our kids have amazing grandparents who are helping us out by watching the other kids and bringing us food. We are very blessed, but we're ready to go home. This has been a stressful month. I've gotten a tiny bit of outlining and writing done, but lately I've just been trying to catch up on sleep and get back to my full health. Please pray for my family to get healthy asap, especially my youngest son. 

The next thing coming up for me is the audio publication of my short story called "Helium Heart." I submitted it to It will come out some time this month on their website and in their podcast feed. It is the saddest story I've ever written, which is quite fitting for me this month. I think if you give it a listen though you'll find it ends in a good place and doesn't leave you too sad. I guess you'll have to see for yourself. I think you'll enjoy it, and if you've gone through something similar to what the character goes through it should be pretty cathartic for you. I know it was for me as I wrote it. 

I can't wait until spring. My son does better with his breathing then. Winters are super rough on his little lungs and airways. Last winter we were in and out of the E.R. way more times than I'd like to remember. If you haven't heard my latest short story, ER3, just click on the play button near the top of the page and have a listen, or here's the .mp3. I do a lot of updates after the story as well. It's a sad story too. Hmm, must be my theme this month. Hopefully in March I'll publish a super sappy happy short story, but we'll see. Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, February 8, 2013

Short Stories of DanDanTheArtMan 11 - ER3

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A short story about a boy and his beloved robot who has become out of date. The boy's father wants to trade the robot in for a new one, but the robot has become the boy's best friend.

Intro Bumper by Katharina Bordet 

Music Attributions:

Danse Morialta by Kevin MacLeod

SFX Attributions:

Door Slammed

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