My second entry on MJ Bush’s photo prompts:
As the matte black Zodiac approached the breakwater, John cut the motor. Sun’s almost down. We’ll wait here until dark, then row in quietly.”
“Won’t someone notice us here and wonder?” asked Duncan. Continue Reading
I decided to try a new photo prompt for a change, over at MJ Bush’s Google+ page. Here’s the post with my first entry in the comments:
For your convenience, I’ll copy it here:
Keira shivered violently as she trudged through the snow, rubbing her bare arms. Her feet had gone numb long ago. Probably frostbitten by now she thought. But she had made it through the night.
Movement was growing more difficult. She was so tired. Maybe she should just rest for a few minutes. No! I have to stay focused. He has to be stopped. Continue Reading
I’m still behind on things, but catching up. I managed to put together a Friday Fictioneers entry for this week:
Genre: SF Thriller
Tim knelt down to examine something on the step, his hazmat suit crinkling. A lollipop, coated in mold. That likely meant kids. Great.
I just wanted to let everyone know that I have made my first-ever submission of a short story for publication (and that I’m still alive, not that one has anything to do with the other).
It’s one that has been in the works for many months. I got to about 3,000 words, but got stuck on how to end it. So I let it sit for a while, and started three others in the interim.
But then I saw a call for submissions for an anthology looking to include some new writers. I thought that with a few tweaks that it would fit well with what they were looking for. So I set out to finish it. Of course, life got crazy right around that time. Continue Reading
PHOTO PROMPT -Copyright-Roger Bultot
After a long absence, here’s a Friday Fictioneers entry for this week. I’m still swamped, so I may not be able to keep it up, but this pictures just spoke to me.
Genre: SF Thriller
“Oh my God, look!” said Sarah. Continue Reading
I hadn’t planned this initially, but I’ve just got too many things going on, and blogging has had to take a back seat (where it sits, piled up with everything else awaiting my attention). I haven’t even finished my spring cleaning yet, and it’s already summer.
I have three short stories I’m trying to finish. Yeah, I know, I should finish one before I start another. But I was most of the way through a rather long one, and got stuck on how to wrap it up. Then a news article inspired another one, so I dove into it, while I pondered the first one. But part way through that, while trying to take a nap, one popped into my head virtually complete, demanding to be written immediately. So now I’m planning to work my way back through all three of them, and get them submitted, before I start anything new.
Then there’s all the usual. The family is demanding more of my time, and we have to get out and enjoy the pathetically short Canadian summer while we can. I have volunteer commitments to keep up with. My TBR list continues to grow. And of course there’s the work I have to do to pay the bills.
I may still write a Friday Fiction entry if a picture inspires me, and I’m going to try to write reviews for my favourite books as I finish them. But otherwise, I probably won’t post much, if at all, until at least September, more likely October.
Enjoy your summer.
Going Dark by Ann Christy
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This is a novella set in the world of Hugh Howey’s Wool stories, the first in a series of four about Silo 49.
Silo 49 is in trouble, with water contamination causing cancers and stillbirths, leading to a steady decline in the population. Silo 1 is ready to terminate them. Graham, the head of IT, recruits his best friend Wallis, the Mayor, and a dying electrician, in a desperate bid to save their silo.
I really enjoyed this book. It didn’t quite grab me the way Howey’s stories did, but I didn’t find anything specifically wrong with it. I guess it’s just the indefinable difference between a good author and a great one.
If you’ve enjoyed the Wool books, I think you’ll enjoy this one too.
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