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Looking For Darlene Bobich #zombie #dyingdays

Posted in Armand Rosamilia, dying days, florida, steampunk, zombie with tags , , , on October 15, 2015 by Armand Rosamilia

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Huh?

Is Darlene Bobich missing? Have I misplaced her? Not quite.

When I first began writing my Dying Days series I had no real idea it would take off and people would want more and more. I needed a cover for it, something a little different, so I decided on zombies on a beach since the setting is in Florida. Simple enough. Ash Arceneaux did a wonderful job creating cover after cover for me, but the lag time between releases (about a year apart) meant there was no real consistency in the covers, something I wish I’d done. 

One cover I really liked was the redone Darlene Bobich: Zombie Killer. I thought it kinda caught the essence of who Darlene was… 

An average blonde in her late twenties. No super sexy hot mama look, no total bad ass action movie star wearing a steampunk-ish outfit and high heels carrying two shotguns and ammo belts wrapped around her hourglass figure. Just your typical everyday woman who happens to be caught up in the zombie apocalypse. 

It got me thinking, which I sometimes do. 

I’ve scoured the model sites, Pinterest and the stock photo places. Countless hours searching for Darlene. 

I don’t want to use the same stock photos of a blonde woman everyone else uses. I want something fresh, a real person who wants to be on the cover of a continuing series. Not looking for zombies, either. 

Now, for the fun part…

Do you look like Darlene?

If you do I want to put you on some book covers. Nothing crazy, just a few different poses with a background that compliments each cover as it is re-released and for future Dying Days books.

We’d need to work out the details of what is involved as far as payment/swag/gratitude for being the model for the covers, and the way to get the photos done, etc. etc. 

Bottom line… are you Darlene? Do you know someone who would be perfect as Darlene?

An average blonde in her late twenties. No super sexy hot mama look, no total bad ass action movie star wearing a steampunk-ish outfit and high heels carrying two shotguns and ammo belts wrapped around her hourglass figure. Just your typical everyday woman who happens to be caught up in the zombie apocalypse. 

Have I said that enough? 

Send all serious inquiries to me at  armandrosamilia@gmail.com 

Armand

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Spotlight On Violet Patterson #Imaginarium

Posted in Armand Rosamilia, authors, fiction, Imaginarium, interview, Spotlight On, steampunk on September 12, 2014 by Armand Rosamilia

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SPOTLIGHT ON: Violet Patterson

 

How did you get involved in the upcoming Imaginarium convention? 

The fabulous Stephen Zimmer told me about it 

 

What is your latest release and what genre is it?

My newest release is a New Adult Steampunk/Fantasy titled Immortal Machinations: Arc of Transformation. I’m releasing it the weekend of Imaginarium!

 

Quick description of it.

It’s Illuminati versus Immortal in this first installment of the Immortal Machinations series. A young vampire with a brilliant mind finds himself cast into a war where he is the prize.

 

Something unique about it.

This trilogy is an offshoot of my Emerald Seer series though it predates Storm by several hundred years. Arc of Transformation is my fictionalization of the birth of Steampunk tech. 

 

Links for people to buy it.

It is not available for sale yet but I will send the “pre-order” links as soon as I have them!

 

Your promo links.

Check out more on my blog at http://emeraldseer.blogspot.com.

 

Your short Bio.

Known in the convention circuit for her extravagant handmade top hats, Violet Patterson has also romanced her way into the hearts of Urban Fantasy readers with the Emerald Seer Series. With a cast of Seers, Seraphs, Immortals and more, Violet strives to leave her Midwestern roots behind as she soars to the far reaches of her imagination to compose vibrant stories of action and intrigue, magic and fantasy. Her current project promises to imbue part of the Emerald’s world with a healthy dose of Steampunk. Stay tuned for Immortal Machinations: Arc of Transformation to be released September 19, 2014.

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“Imaginarium is an entire convention centered on creative writing taking place September 19-21 in Louisville KY, featuring over 140 panels and workshops organized into 12 categories.  Over 130 professional guests will be featured in the programming, covering all aspects of creative writing in the worlds of books, eBooks, screenplays, comics/graphic novels, and even game design.  All of it is set within a fun, convention atmosphere that includes activities like a Masquerade, gaming room, film festival, and more.  Please visit www.entertheimaginarium.com for further information.”

Spotlight On Katina French #Imaginarium

Posted in Armand Rosamilia, authors, fiction, Imaginarium, interview, Spotlight On, steampunk on September 2, 2014 by Armand Rosamilia

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SPOTLIGHT ON: Katina French

 

How did you get involved in the upcoming Imaginarium convention?

I’ve gotten connected with the indie and small press publishing community in the Louisville area over the past few years. I’d had a good experience at a couple of cons, but was disappointed when some seemed to shuffle their literary track off to the side. Several writer friends are Seventh Star Press authors, so when Stephen Zimmer suggested a conference to put creative writing front and center, I thought it was a great idea.

 

What is your latest release and what genre is it?

Mirrors and Magic: A Steampunk Fairytale. I suppose the subtitle is sort of a spoiler for the genre, but it’s steampunk, or gaslamp fantasy if you prefer. There are elements of anachronistic steam and clockwork technology, but there’s also a functional magic system in the form of alchemy. Some purists don’t consider anything with magic true steampunk.

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Quick description of it.

It’s a retelling of Snow White, set in a traveling circus at the turn of the century in an alternate North America where the states never united after the Revolutionary War, the Emancipation Proclamation was signed the same day as the Declaration of Independence thanks to automatons making slavery obsolete, and where circus magicians can pull off real magic as part of the show. The main character, Neve, is the daughter of the former star performer. After his death, she carries on in his memory as the new star, a diva acrobat, runs the show into the ground. She’s encouraged by the charming knife thrower to bring back her father’s magic act and save the circus. All the characters you know from Snow White appear, but in a different and sometimes unexpected form.

 

Something unique about it.

There’s a homicidal monkey named Roderigo who attempts to kill our heroine and sabotage the circus throughout the story.

 

Links for people to buy it.

http://www.amazon.com/Mirrors-Magic-Steampunk-Clockwork-Republic/dp/B00KX8R66U/

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/mirrors-and-magic-katina-french/1116336154?ean=9781940938257

http://www.audible.com/pd/Sci-Fi-Fantasy/Mirrors-and-Magic-Audiobook/B00KWGM0P0/

https://itunes.apple.com/ca/audiobook/mirrors-magic-steampunk-fairy/id888381259

 

Your promo links.

www.katinafrench.com

www.amazon.com/author/katinafrench

www.twitter.com/katfrench

www.facebook.com/thatdarnkat

www.goodreads.com/thatdarnkat

 

Your short Bio.

Katina French is a speculative fiction author from southern Indiana. An award-winning copywriter, she’s been writing professionally for over 20 years. Recent works of fiction include THE CLOCKWORK REPUBLICS series, as well as THE BELLE STARR CHRONICLES, a space adventure serial in the vein of Joss Whedon’s Firefly and Chris Wooding’s Tales of the Ketty Jay.

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“Imaginarium is an entire convention centered on creative writing taking place September 19-21 in Louisville KY, featuring over 140 panels and workshops organized into 12 categories.  Over 130 professional guests will be featured in the programming, covering all aspects of creative writing in the worlds of books, eBooks, screenplays, comics/graphic novels, and even game design.  All of it is set within a fun, convention atmosphere that includes activities like a Masquerade, gaming room, film festival, and more.  Please visit www.entertheimaginarium.com for further information.”

Keyport Cthulhu And KDP Select

Posted in Armand Rosamilia, Cthulhu, horror, keyport, Keyport Cthulhu, Kindle, novella, short story, steampunk, writing with tags , , , , , , on October 28, 2013 by Armand Rosamilia

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I’m going to try something a bit different and go completely against everything and everybody (except, of course, Robert Chazz Chute)… I’m going to take a series off of every platform but Amazon and enroll it for the next 90 days in KDP Select and utilize free days.

Keyport Cthulhu is this series, and since the fifth and final story, “Evil,” is completed, I thought it time to mess around with the many sales platforms. You see, despite having the first four parts (“Ancient,” “Barren,” “Cabal,” and “Dagon“) on Amazon Kindle, Nook, Kobo, SmashWords and iTunes, the only place I actually made any decent sales was Amazon. In fact, everywhere else wasn’t even worth the time unless you count the freebies I gave out thanks to a SmashWords coupon. 

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I’m a huge fan of Robert Chazz Chute’s excellent and informative Blog and he’s gone back into KDP Select. So I Skyped with my fine Canuckian friend (it’s a pleasure to see his angelic face when we speak) and barraged him with questions, my own ideas and fears and cried like a little girl until he took pity on me and told me the Golden Truth: just do it and damn the torpedoes… I’m not sure if that’s even a real saying or a Tom Petty album, but you get the idea. 

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So, I’m doing it… all five stories will only be available on KDP Select, and on November 9th or thereabout the complete stories will be available in eBook and print formats for your reading perusal. 

Who knows… maybe some free days of the original stories will jump start some sales and get people reading the Keyport Cthulhu series and the rest of my many releases. 

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Look for “Evil” to be released this coming weekend! More details to follow!

Armand

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Guest Post: J.L. Mulvihill

Posted in Armand Rosamilia, authors, fiction, guest blog, horror, steampunk with tags , , , , , on September 27, 2013 by Armand Rosamilia

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Young Adult Readers and the Steampunk Genre

Thank you, Armand for having me here today.  I would like to talk a little about the steampunk genre and my book The Boxcar Baby and teenage readers.

A teenager reader was something of a myth until J K Rolling brought them back to us with her epic Harry Potter series.  What I hope to do with the Steel Roots series is to keep them reading.  However, as we all know teenagers are fickle and it’s very hard to keep up with their likes; one day it’s wizards and witches the next it’s vampires and shape shifters, so I decided I would go with an old/new trend. 

Of course steampunk is an old genre; it’s been around since Jules Vern, Edgar Allan Poe, Charles Dickens, and the like.  The phrase steampunk coined by K. W. Jeter, has been around since 1987 when Mr. Jeter sent a letter to Locus magazine describing the type of genre he was writing along with his friends James P. Blaylock and Tim Powers.  Over the years the cog has slowly turned spinning the wheels and setting the steampunk genre in motion.  Now steampunk is not only a genre but a movement.

Everywhere you look now you can see steampunk sneaking into our style of clothing, or media, our music, and of course our literature, but then that was always there.  There are some people who will still argue that steampunk is merely a subgenre of either science fiction or fantasy.  I suppose I could agree that there is a rough distinction.  I would like to describe the steampunk genre as a type of spice one would add to their recipe of writing because that is what I feel it adds to literature, spice. Steampunk is the feel of adventure and invention. 

The fun part about steampunk is not only the literature, the movies, and even the music, but the cosplay.  So many people get into the cosplay of steampunk and there does not seem to be an age distinction on this genre.  What is so fun about steampunk cosplay is that people get so creative and inventive with their clothing and their weapons, I think because there is no restriction.  They can create their own character in steampunk and go from there.  I find it so refreshing to see the whole recycle thing going on because people take old junk that would end up in the dump and use it to make a weapon or jewelry or part of their costume.  This to me is one of the positives of steampunk.

So does this mean the genre intrigues the young readers?  Only time can tell.  I can only hope that this is the flavor of the day.  I have no vampires or shape shifters, not even a witch, but that doesn’t mean I have not planted something else interesting in my storyline.  There are other monsters that are a bit different than the norm.  Since my story takes place in America I thought to stay within my own countries legends and folklore.  Keep in mind though, that steampunk is not real history but an alternative history which gives me carte blanche in my own little world.

The Boxcar Baby takes place in an America ruled by a government called the System and they make the rules, not the people.  One day a simple little girl happy with her simple little life finds out the hard way what her world is really about.  In per passion to put her family back together and her life in order this fifteen-year-old-girl, sets out on the biggest adventure of her life and finds not only a corrupt world around her, and that nothing is as it seems but instead shrouded in secrets and mysteries, but that monsters come in all shapes and forms.   

I thank you for allowing me this time to share with you my thoughts on steampunk and information about my book The Boxcar Baby and the Steel Roots series.  I hope that you will check my book out through seventhstarpress.com and then let me know what you think by friending me on Facebook on Steel Roots page.  If you are interested in obtaining a signed copy of the book my next event will be taking place in Louisville, MS at the Backwoods Comic Festival.  After that event I am scheduled for CONtraflow in New Orleans October 18-20 and then November 15-17 I will be attending the Memphis Comic and Fantasy Convention.

Until next time remember, remember to ‘Dream in Steam.’

J L Mulvihill

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Guest Blog: Tonia Brown

Posted in Armand Rosamilia, authors, Blogging, For The Night Is Dark, guest blog, horror, personal, short story, steampunk, writing on April 5, 2013 by Armand Rosamilia

How A-Muse-ing

By Tonia Brown

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Like many independent authors, I hold a day job to make ends meet. Or rather, in my case, a night job. When I am not slaving over the next short story or novel, I work the graveyard shift four days a week as a receptionist in the emergency department of a small, rural hospital. My job consists of checking folks in, collecting insurance and other information, and maintaining law and order in the waiting area for ten hours at a time. (Sure, I get bled on, puked on, and occasionally shit on, but the majority of my work lays in desk bound data entry. Boring sounding, isn’t it?) I don’t talk a whole lot about my employment, mainly because of the privacy laws there isn’t a whole lot I can discuss. As a result, I normally never feature my position, my coworkers or my medical background in my writings.

Emphasis on the normally.

My short story in the recently published anthology For the Night is Dark has been the single exception in my career so far. I approached Crystal Lake Publishing with the idea that I would write a steampunk horror, one of my favorite genres in which to dabble. Yet, when I sat down to pen a tale of terror about those things that go bump in the night, something very different resulted.

I blame the folks I work with. They got to telling hospital related ghost stories one night, and that set the tone for my muse. That bitch caught a hold of the idea and insisted I write something about it.

“No,” I said. “I want to write a steampunk-”

“I don’t give a crap what you want,” my muse said. “You’ll write what I tell you to write.”

I got real whiney then. “But I don’t want to write a medical tale. I might get in trouble.”

She snatched me up by the collar and from somewhere about her ample bosom, produced a switchblade of impressive size as she sneered at me. “You listen here, you sniveling little shit. I don’t give a fat rat’s ass if you get fired for this one, I want a medical story and I want it now. And what I say, goes. You got it?”

“Y-y-yes ma’am.”

She released me and I slumped onto my writing desk in a dejected heap. I glanced up to find her grinning down at me, rhythmically flicking that switchblade in the air like she was in the cast of Westside Story. It was then I feared for my life. That bitch would cut me if I didn’t do what she wanted. So, I wrote “Lost and Found,” a modern medical based horror, not a steampunk horror like I wanted.

Granted, that may not have been exactly how it all went down, but it sounds a lot more interesting than, “After my coworkers shared a couple of hospital ghost stories, I got a really cool idea for one, but then felt guilty because I kind of promised the folks at Crystal Lake I would do a steampunk story. Oh well…”

Easy enough to fix—just blame the muse.

We, as writers, go on about our muse all of the time, but what are we really talking about when we use the word muse? For most writers the muse is a buzz word they blame for everything from a lack of ideas to the much dreaded writer’s block, when in fact they’re just lazy. It’s simpler to blame a mythical idea for the reason you’re not writing, than it is to blame yourself. The muse is no more real than writer’s block. (I have done quite a number of blog posts on the utter lie of writer’s block, so feel free to rant at me if you disagree.) Yet we sling the word around whenever we feel dejected or lost or just plain tired. Sometimes we credit the muse when we are super productive, but not as often as when the words just won’t come. Think about it. How many times have you heard someone say, “I wrote 10k today! Thank you muse!” Not as often as you hear, “Three words today. And one of those was a lousy conjunction.  Thanks a lot, muse. You bitch.”

Okay then, Tonia, what do we really mean when we say muse?

We mean we wished we had something outside of just our willpower that controlled how and when and what we write, because wouldn’t that just be the bees knees? Placate her with enough delicious caffeine and she will turn on the creative fountain, spouting you with a word money shot like no other.

Take for instance the above scenario. Certainly there was nothing holding me to the idea of a medical based tale, yet something in my creative process wouldn’t leave the idea alone. I had a deadline, so I couldn’t write both stories. In the end, I settled for the one calling to me and ditched the other. I blamed my muse, but I suppose it was more of a blind drive toward a particular idea. An inspiration I couldn’t ignore. An out of control feeling that left me … oh hell, it was my muse commanding me, damn it!

I guess the point I am trying to make is thus: just because we recognize something as imaginary, doesn’t mean it isn’t real, but at the same time we need to remember it is real because we say so. The trouble starts when folks get caught up in this idea of a muse to the point of distraction. The key to working with her is not to give her too much credit, because while she may control the creative fountain, you always and ultimately control her.

Now if you will excuse me, I think my muse is calling me. Oh, no, that was just indigestion. Sorry!

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Tonia Brown is a southern author with a penchant for Victorian dead things. She lives in the backwoods of North Carolina with her genius husband and an ever fluctuating number of cats. She likes fudgesicles and coffee, though not always together. When not writing she raises unicorns and fights crime with her husband under the code names Dr. Weird and his sexy sidekick Butternut. You can learn more about her at: www.thebackseatwriter.com

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For The Night Is Dark

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The Dark is coming! Call your friends over. You don’t want to go through this alone.

You will be taken back into the past, down to the depths of the ocean and across the borderline between our world and the next. You will see snapshots from the lives of small children, old-time cockney gangsters and aimless stoners. You will journey into the darkest house on the darkest street, wander hospital basements and take a flight in the comfort of first class. You will meet Mr Stix.

This tome includes stories by some of the best horror writers around: G. N. Braun, Carole Johnstone, Armand Rosamilia, Daniel I. Russell, Scott Nicholson, Gary McMahon, Joe Mynhardt, Kevin Lucia, Tracie McBride, Stephen Bacon, Benedict J. Jones, Blaze McRob, John Claude Smith, Tonia Brown, Mark West, Robert W. Walker, Jeremy C. Shipp, Jasper Bark, William Meikle and Ray Cluley.

Are you scared of the dark? You will be.

Cover artist: Ben Baldwin (www.benbaldwin.co.uk)

Editor: Ross Warren

Only $15.99 for the 428 page print book, and $5.99 for the Kindle and Kobo versions.

Reblog: A Steampunk story by Armand Rosamilia!

Posted in Armand Rosamilia, Flash Fiction, short story, steampunk on February 17, 2013 by Armand Rosamilia

I am featured today on the Celebration Station! Railroad website by Tonia Brown. This Steampunk tale was written for my daughter Katelynn, and Tonia liked it enough to publish it. Someday I will write more in this world, I hope…

http://steampunktrain.blogspot.com/2013/02/celebration-station-armand-rosamilia.html

Armand’s April Writing Goals

Posted in dying days, Heavy Metal, horror, personal, steampunk, submissions, writing, zombie on March 31, 2012 by Armand Rosamilia

Since tomorrow begins a new month, I decided to post some broad-stroke goals for it and see what happens. Normally I constrain myself to only setting daily goals, which I will still do (2k minimum words written per day, so 60k written in April is the big goal)…

1. Joined the Script Frenzy thing (like NaNo but for screenplays) and the goal is 100 pages in 30 days. I’m not counting this in my word count for the month, preferring to simply write three solid pages a day on average. I figure once I get the hang of writing a screenplay it will get easier… I hope. Anyway, in May Dying Days should be ready for a second draft…

2. Still Dying: Select Scenes From Dying Days collection of 13 short stories featuring old and new characters from the series. I’m already at 11k of a possible 27k, so 16k of writing will be finishing this book.

3. Chelsea Avenue horror novel. The second draft is written but I need about 10k added to it for completion and I intend to have it done by month’s end and a final outside edit. I’m hoping to submit it to a publisher instead of self-publishing.

4. Dying Days: Origins novella featuring character Tosha Shorb (from Dying Days 2) in a prequel of her character. 25k in length.

5. Finish an untitled zombie novella (not tied into Dying Days) and submit to a publisher in the future. 13k of 25k done, so 12k left.

That’s a bit over 60k but I can do it… being positive… I also always end up writing some short stories for anthologies I see, adding new tales to the Dying Days world for future use…

I also have several projects on the backburner right now that I will need to get to at some future point:

a long-planned sequel to Death Metal (tentatively titled Death Cult)

my Metal Queens Monthly series has suffered with all this fiction, but I’m slowly working on it, I swear

Two different horror novellas about halfway done with the first drafts

A sequel to my extreme zombie Highway To Hell novella

Dying Days 3 – eventually, 2 just came out!

Another (non-zombie) short story collection

A collection of all my blog posts with new unpublished posts

A ton of steampunk ideas, some already started

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Old Stories Making New Stories

Posted in steampunk, writing on February 27, 2012 by Armand Rosamilia

A long, long time ago in a galaxy… OK, about 6 or 7 years ago… I began publishing my fantasy short stories in my epic Freehold series, and did this huge Thieve’s World thing as a shared world, with great authors adding their stories, and we’d all sell tons of books, and… it became a mess, I owed (still owe) people lots of money, lots of broken promises, tons of unpublished shorts and novellas, and it led to the demise of my own Carnifex Press. A dark period for me and others…

A few months ago I quietly published a novella Freehold: Betrayal as well as a companion short story Freehold: Corpsepaint, and watched them both do absolutely nothing…

I gave up on my dreams of becoming a great fantasy writer like Tolkien, Martin, and Moorcock… I’ll just stick to horror and zombies and… steampunk…

As you know from reading this blog (and taking notes of my every move, I’m sure) I’ve been dabbling in steampunk lately, because I’ve always been a fan of it as a reader.

In my very first short story I needed a name of a government agent who was a bit on the bad side, a strong character who didn’t hold back. I ‘stole’ the name Kruk from my Freehold baddie Bliack Kruk… easy enough, as only a couple of his stories had ever actually seen print.

In recent weeks I’d also been in contact with names from my past Carnifex Press days, notably Boone Dryden (who is back onboard as an editor), and Cythnia Rodania, who penned some great pirate stories for Freehold that we never published (well, it turns out she did publish those great pirate stories in some way or another), and they are both also big fans of steampunk.

And then it hit me… those old fantasy stories had some good plots and characters (even though my writing has been much improved over the last 6 or 7 years, I’d like to think) and they’d sit trunked forever… until now.

I’m pondering whether or not to use some of them, which can be easily converted into steampunk Victorian ideas, and create an entirely new universe and new adventures with these ‘old friends’…

After all, mad kings, outpost towns, political plots and assassinations, jealousy, barbaric creatures, beggars and thieves, the search for knowledge, dragons… OK, the dragon part can go, but the rest?

Excellent… add this to my list of Works In Progress… as if I don’t have enough to do already…

Steampunk Short Stories

Posted in steampunk, submissions, writing on February 21, 2012 by Armand Rosamilia

As some of you might know, I’m a Steampunk fan but never wrote too much in the subgenre until recently. I decided to write something a bit different from my horror stuff (especially the extremely graphic zombie work), something my eleven-year old daughter could read.

I created a character (Clockwork Katelynn), a setting (Arizuma, in the Old West of the Western Colonies), an agent of the Ministry of Defense for Mother England (Kruk), and wrote two short stories in two days.

Then I followed these up with three more steampunk short stories featuring one or both of the main characters and submitted those three to anthologies.

One of them came back rejected today already, which is fine in the grand scheme of things. With the way publishing works today, I’ll stick it in the bottom of the pile, do a rewrite when I get back to it, and either re-send it to another anthology or add it to a collecton of all these short stories.

I’m going to be at a Steampunk convention in Daytona Beach in mid-April and would like to have a Steampunk print book in hand to sell if possible. The goal was to write a short novella with these characters (15k-20k) and have the great editors/readers I use go through it chapter by chapter as I write it), and have it debut at this show.

Now, I’m thinking if one more of the remaining two come back, I might bundle the shorts into a release, add some more stories, and easily hit 20k… and if all three get rejected… nope, gotta be positive!

The rejection also drops me back down to earth with the streak of eight straight acceptances broken, but that’s fine. I’ll just have to start it over, right?

5 Shorts in 5 Days

Posted in horror, steampunk, submissions, writing, zombie on February 15, 2012 by Armand Rosamilia

Last night I wrote almost 500 words on the Dying Days 2 zombie novella, but I’m still a day behind of my goal… I’m hoping a solid day soon will catch me up.

I also found a unique anthology about fungi last night. I read the prompt, got an idea, and then started to write it. I was 250 words into it when I realized the deadline was February 15th. Yep, today.

Some might think I was crazy to try and finish a short story of 3,000 – 5,000 words in a day, but if you’ve been reading along you’ll see a pattern emerging with my writing… nothing like the last minute.

To that end, and since the previous two days I wrote and finished a Steampunk story each day, I decided to seek out other anthologies due now.

So, the goal is five stories in five days (and write Dying Days 2 AND write more of the Dying Days movie script).

Today will be fungi horror (and mushroom fun!)

Tomorrow? A ghost story – I’ll figure out the plot later

Then on Friday, another Steampunk tale, but I’ve already started another one

Saturday? I haven’t gotten that far… but five stories in five days seems like a nice goal… will let you know how I do!

Steampunk Bug

Posted in personal, steampunk, submissions, writing, zombie on February 14, 2012 by Armand Rosamilia

I’m staring at the Dying Days 2 document, trying to think of zombies and sex and killing, but my mind is elsewhere today… all I have in my head is steampunk ideas.

DD2 is due (my own self-imposed deadline) the last day of this month, so I can begin doing edits and get it out there for sale. My goal was nice and easy: 1,000 words per day for 25 days, with the 4 extra days as a cushion and to relax with other work while my three main readers rip it apart and let me know where I went wrong with it.

Unfortunately, I’ve been so immersed in steampunk the last couple of days that I haven’t written DD2 and I’m now techincally behind about 400 words, but if I don’t do some writing today on it, I’ll be 1,400 words behind…

On a positive note, I finished two steampunk short stories and submitted them to anthologies at the 11th hour, and have so many ideas for other stories that I’m bursting. I filled two index cards this morning with steampunk ideas, all set in the world of my Clockwork Katelynn and Mister Kruk characters. I’ve prety much outlined a YA steampunk horror novella in my head with these characters, and will most likely begin that while waiting for edits for DD2 in March… but knowing me I’ll probably begin playing with it and suddenly get six chapters in and forget everything else.

Oh, and today is Valentine’s day, so as soon as Kim gets home I’ll have to be nice and not hide in my office trying to write about zombies but writing about airships.

Wish me luck on all fronts.

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