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9th Anniversary Blog: Re-Invention

May 18, 2020

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The Stats Wow. I just checked and this is my 302nd blog. Since I published 4 blogs in one day, it went right by me. This year is my lowest ever total for published pieces with 12, or one a month, in the meantime I have over 70 posts in draft….Yet somehow people are still […]

The Damned of Eldritch Creek

November 20, 2019

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The Damned of Eldritch Creek By Jon Tobey   I’m assuming that anybody on my Facebook page who is going to buy More Lore from the Mythos has already done so, so I’m going to post a portion of my story in the analogy here, and ask if you like it, please invest $1.99 in […]

Storycrafting 10: Free Association

October 24, 2019

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In his book Zen and the Art of Writing, Ray Bradbury famously discussed his “noun list” writing technique. It’s been regurgitated many times. I first read about this in the preface to either Something Wicked this Way Comes or Dandelion Wine when I was 12, and of course forgot it for a good 40 years. […]

I Shot Muldowney

May 8, 2019

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This will be my third year entering the Stories of the Sea competition. Clearly, I had a year to write something, but I seem to have this bad habit of writing the piece just before the competition. I had the title for this in a notebook for a long time, and was going to write […]

Published Pieces

December 20, 2018

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Image from Fernie BC. Click to see the portrait version. When I was cleaning up Amber’s Picks, I ran a couple of searches on the stories that had gotten published to include the links and I ran across a few I had forgotten, and a few I didn’t even know about. So mostly as an […]

The Feather Thief

August 2, 2018

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A Fascinating Caper and Moral Tale The Feather Thief, by Kirk Wallace Johnson certainly proves my dad’s adage that “truth is stranger than fiction.” The entirely non-fictional story reads like a novel. As a novelist and short story writer, I sure wish I could’ve come up with this plot. And, while the crime was tangentially […]

How Kurt Vonnegut Taught Me to Create PowerPoint Decks

May 17, 2018

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Featured image graciously provided by the artist Maya Eilam at mayaeilam.com  Narrative in Technical Writing 3 Story Crafting 8 Recently, I was working on a PowerPoint presentation for work, and despite creating if from an agreed upon outline, the customer wanted a total rewrite. That’s okay, the deck was about the Agile philosophy, one tenet […]

She Loves Me, She Cleaned My Truck

May 7, 2018

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All photos by Mike Sepelak, Mike’s Gone Fishing I opened the door to my ‘76 Ram Charger and nothing fell out. Absolutely nothing. That should’ve been my first clue, but I was busy shucking my gear in for the day and thinking about other things until I got in and saw the card carefully stood […]

Calculated Risk

March 25, 2018

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It may seem like I’m not writing much, but the opposite is true. It’s just that I’ve been submitting them to publications which only consider “unpublished” works, and that includes vanity blogs such as this. I have four stories out right now. Nevertheless, I’ve held this up for too long as I have been searching […]

Troutaholics Anonymous

March 8, 2018

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Cover image by Amber Mullen, don’t you wish your ice cubes looked like that? This is the long version of the story that was published in the last issue of the Fly Fish Journal. I had to cut half of it to fit, and it I sent it to 6 published authors who each cut […]