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UBS Prequel 1

Just finished my first run through the prequel short story–although prequel may not be the right term. It certainly happens before the main story, but by a significant margin, and it doesn’t actually lead directly into what’s happening now. Just an earlier story.

At any rate, it’s provisionally done. Now to edit it and make sure it’s presentable, and then I’ll start putting it up for all to see on this site (so be on the lookout!). It won’t be quite as rigorously polished as a novel, but you should enjoy it nonetheless. I mean, if fantasy’s your thing. If it’s not… well, give it a read anyway. It’s free. What have you got to lose? (Don’t answer that)


Tomorrow I’m taking a break from my usual activities to go to a “writing retreat.” It’s not, like, an official writing retreat or anything. I’m heading to a hotel with a handful of creative-minded crazies to work on a script for an upcoming project that we’re putting together. Plays aren’t usually my bailiwick, nor is collaboration, but I do love dialogue and these people are a dangerous mix of intelligent, deranged, and inventive, so I’m excited to see what we come up with.

If you’re curious, our troupe is Off The Quill and the show is Violent Delights; it goes up at this year’s Capital Fringe Festival in (of course) Washington, DC. It will be a spectacle of one kind or another, I have no doubt. Come see what we managed to put to paper, and then what horrible, fantastic things come to life from that paper. Also, I suspect there will be violence, and everyone likes a good bloodsport, right?

Otherwise, it’s business as usual. Stealing time to write when I can, minding the day job, reveling with the people that tolerate me. The short story’s coming along nicely–there was a snag, but it turned into an opportunity that I am content to explore further. I’m also itching to get back to the rest of Under Broken Stone, but I know this needs to happen first. I am learning a lot about the world I’m building.

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Hi. JPL again.

I survived another year on this planet, which is cool and noteworthy, and always makes me consider what I am doing and why I haven’t finished it yet (this is a common thing writers do, as I understand it). I always kind-of know, in the back of my head, exactly what I’m working on at any given moment, but this is rarely narrower than 3 projects at once. I mean, I don’t actively work on them all, but like unwanted house guests, they refuse to go away. They get some brain time, whether I like it or not.

I talk a little bit about what I’ve got on the agenda in my FAQ, but I wanted to tease the idea that one of them will appear here very soon. I’m somewhere in the field of 20,000 words into my next piece, and to help some of the characterization, I started sidetracking to write some short stories in the same setting with, more or less, the same characters. They are small installments that I really have no interest in publishing in any kind of organized way since they were basically made for my selfish benefit, so I’m going to put them here! The first one looks like it’ll be a five-part short story (probably only like 10,000 words overall), so I hope you can swing by, read, enjoy, and let me know what you think.

No immediate plans to make another one in the same series, but you never know. I’ve always wanted to put some freebies on this site while I’m working on novel-sized stuff, so more of something will show up, I’m sure.