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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Quarter Reads


A really cool online short story publisher accepted 3 of my short stories today! Quarter Reads is just as it sounds, one quarter will get you one story. For 25¢ you can read a short story. Pretty cool concept. So for just $5 you can purchase 20 short stories! I love this idea and think it's great in a day where we always have a device in our pocket. The next time you are waiting in line or find yourself with a little time to kill you can grab a story that's bound to be a quick read. They cap their word count off at 2,000 words. That's pretty short for a story length. I found 6 of my stories to match this length, with one that I had to edit down a bit. I'm excited to have my work in this new cool venue! I should have 3 more short stories available on the site soon. Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Dan Dan The Art Man's Book Reviews | Episode 18
The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown


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In this 18th episode I review The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown. Listen to hear why I feel it fell short compared to his previous books.



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Written by: Dan Brown
Narrated by: Richard Poe

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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Crystal Night (The Prometheus Saga) by Charles A. Cornell
Book Review

This story was very interesting. I've read books that took place during World War II and this fictional take gave me the same feeling as those stories. You feel like you're there in Germany as you read. There is a general tension to the whole city the story takes place in. Before the end of the story you see German brutality against Jewiah people. This story handles this famous historical time well. You can tell the author did their research. 

This story is about a probe that aliens constructed and sent to earth to study it. This being is like a human to everyone who interacts with it, but somehow a bit more. It was fun to read a story that took place in a historic setting with a splash of science fiction brought on by the main character. It felt very much like reading a historical story but had the added fun of this alien being interacting with people like Nazis. The author does a good job of putting in subtle ways that show the being is more than human. The reader can guess at the alien's amazing abilities but the other characters in the story assume it's because the being is just a very talented and proficient human with a great memory and education. 

I really enjoyed reading this short story that drops you into Berlin Germany during the terrifying time of the Third Reich. It was very respectful and realistic to the history it was taking place in while offering up a fun science fiction element to explore this dark time in our past. It was well written and had some nice imagery. 

The author also did a good job establishing the different settings. I could picture all of the scenes in this story really well. I'm interested to see what else this author Charles A. Cornell has written. 

Thursday, March 5, 2015

The Light Beyond the Window



I've been trying to find an image to inspire a new short story for the past few days. I've found that some of my best short stories come from the photo story prompts over at www.EveryPhotoTells.com. So I set out to find an image that would inspire a story and I think I've found one. I whipped up a cover with it. Now to write the story. I have a few ideas in mind. We'll see where it takes me. It's been a while since I've written a short story. I'm excited to see what I can come up with. You'll be sure to see links to it as a free Ebook and as an audio version through my podcast. Thanks for stopping by!