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New Story at Sniplits

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Sniplits produced my story "Collections" and its now available for download. Its my second story by the pay per download site and just like the first one "Fear Factor" they did a terrific job.
Collections and Fear Factor

A Little Bit of Success

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Started reading Dan Brown’s The Lost Symbol, and tell me if you disagree, but the first 70 pages reads exactly like the first 70 pages of the Da Vinci Code.All the plot points and characters are there, he just changed their sex, age, race, locations and so forth.I assume the story will divert from the Code at some point, maybe that is what he’s doing, making us think we ….. oh, hell if I was Dan Brown and had written one of the most successful thrillers of all time, I’d just rewrite it too.The Dunesteef Audio Fiction Magazine has accepted a short story of mine titled, "The Day Hypnotism Died." Its one I've been tinkering with for a couple of years. Originally it was suppose to be a horror piece but it kept gravitating towards dark fantasy, which is probably a better description. Anyway, not sure when it will be podcasted but looking forward to it. Rish and Big always do a great job with their material, and they have assembled a really outstanding ensemble cast of voice t…

DUMBEST SHOW EVER!!!

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DUMBEST SHOW EVER!!!!

In order to enjoy the SciFi Channel’s Ghost Hunters, you must first, put your critical thinking, reasoning, skepticism, heck, just give yourself an intelligence lobotomy, and maybe this show will do it for you. But even a lobotomized troglodyte would still stare blankly at the screen and mumble, “What the hell?”

Imagine taking a couple of characters from that reality show in which they sit in a garage all day and build motorcycles, take two of those guys, give them some night vision cameras and a convoy of jet black SUVs (Just like the Evil storm chasers had in Twister) and tell them to go hunt ghosts.

So we have a show where the Skipper and his Little buddy (The Ghost Hunters) have spooky conversations like- “Dude, I totally saw something over there.”
“No, way.”
“Way.”
Does the audience ever get to see what they see? No, all they show us is these two yahoos reacting to all this stuff they claim they are seeing. This isn’t Reality TV, its Remedial TV. The SciFi network…

I'm on the Dunesteef

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The Dunesteef Audio Fiction Magazine is running an episode with 3 stories this week for their Broken Mirror Event. Its the first of two Broken Mirror episodes and my story/poem/limerick, not sure what it is, kicks it off. Its called The Return, and at 73 words long its by far the shortest piece I've ever had published. The Dunesteef folks really outdid themselves with the production, all three stories sound great. They've also put up the text, should anyone care to read:

The Episode is at: http://dunesteef.com/2009/09/19/page-57-the-broken-mirror-story-event-part-1/
Text is at: http://dunesteef.com/the-return-by-kevin-anderson/
Personally I'd rather listen to the episode then read The Return. Over the last two years listing to my stuff on Psuedopod, Drabblecast, Well Told Tales, Sniplits, etc, I've come to the very honest conclusion that I think my stuff sounds much better than it reads. And besides, its harder seeing all my typos when you're listening.
My ZomCom Nove…

Murky Depths

Finally heard back from Murky Depths, after seven months and two follow up emails. Rejection. Oh, well.

...and having a strangely difficult time rejoining the HWA (Horror Writers Association). No answer to emails but they took my application fee just fine. I've never known them to be this unresponsive.

Getting a weird feeling.

THE END

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Finally, finally - THE END-

After sitting down to write what I assumed was a novella, a fast 20,000 word story that I'd have done in about 3-6 months, I was dismayed to learn that my fast easy little zombie project was a novel. So almost a year after typing the opening sentence, 300 pages, and 62 thousand words later I was finally able to type the words THE END. Draft number one is in the can, and after some clean up, I'll be sending it off to my beta readers. I had hoped that it would be fun summer reading for my reading volunteers, but the kids are back in school and it feels like summer is pretty much gone. But hey, it's a big planet, I'm sure it's summer somewhere.
In other short story news, one of my short tales (written back in 2004) will be apart of a live 2 hour Halloween radio show, broadcast this Halloween. Here is the blurb from the producer:
FinalRune Announces Live Halloween Radio Drama
This Halloween, FinalRune Productions teams up with WMPG and members…

Featured Story

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My fantasy tale Fear Factor is one of five others in the featured story spot over at Sniplits, for the week of 7/26/09. It was produced last year, voiced by Malcolm Rothman, who did one of the best readings of any of my stories. It's available year round but this week its up on the Sniplits home page so I'm hoping it gets more notice. It's not my usual kind of story but its definitely one of my favorites.
www.SnipLits.com

Hate Mail

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I guess it was bound to happen. I just received my first bit of hate mail in regards to writing. This came in today about noon.
Date: July 15 2009 12:28 pm
You are a terrible obvious writer with clearly a very limited imagination. Please stop writing. You are an embarassment to writers everywhere.
Wes Yoakam
I don't mind saying that I was stunned. Somebody actually read my stuff. And they think I am well known enough to be an embarrassment to other writers. Wow. But on the down side, he was being pretty harsh about my writing skills, so that's kind of negative. I wondered if I should write the guy back, find out what he really meant by "Please stop writing," which seemed a very sincere request, not to mention polite. He did say please.
So I wrote back
Date: July 15, 2009 1:43 pm
Very sorry that you feel this way Mr. Yoakam. May I ask, was there a particular piece that made you feel this way?
He then responded
Date: Wed, Jul 15, 2009 3:47 pm
Well I will say I'm impressed …

Missed my own Deadline

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Well I missed my self imposed deadline for my Zom-Com novella, which is on its way to becoming a Novel. Most definitions cut off the word count for a novella at 40,00 and I'm already at 46,000. Novel or Novella I wanted to have draft number one done by the end of June, but its looking more like first of August. For my beta readers who signed on to read in June, I apologize, and I hope you can still read in August. If not I understand.

My wife is doing a brilliant job of reading as I write, adding input that is definitely making it stronger. I feel pretty good in my ability to write action, dialogue, and keep a story moving, but sometimes I get way to focused on those things and I forget to develop the characters. My wife is a MFT, therapist, and can easily spot when a character is not acting true to life, not exhibiting the appropriate emotional response, or just plain turning into a robot.

On the short story front I recently sold a short story to a new magazine coming out in August…

The Youthful Face of Unemployment

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Today's Press Enterprise (main newspaper in the Inland Empire, Ca) is running my essay (Op-Ed piece) in the opinion section. Originally titled The Youthful Face of Unemployment, the editors changed it to Tattoos Torpedo Job Interviews. The new title is more to the point, which is what an opinion piece needs to be, and I guess its the fiction writer in me that keeps trying to create mystery with titles, the exact opposite of what a newspaper whats to do. Its hard to switch gears sometimes. But I was a bit curious why they removed a paragraph with statistics from a source that gave support to my position. I can only conclude that an opinion editorial needs to be just that, opinion, not facts. Too many facts and it sounds to much like a news story.

Not sure if this is something to worry about, but the subjects of my essays, may indicate that I am in danger of becoming (or I am already) a grumpy old man. My last essay, Put down the phone and be a parent criticized young parents for be…

Popping Kernels

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I got some nice news this morning in an email from Withersin Magazine. My Flash Fiction story - its about 1600 words - is being held for a second read. Not a home run, but I'm on base, and looking to steal. WM will make their final decision by mid June, and if I make it in, it will be my second appearance in the magazine. They ran my story "Liberation," in 2008, with some outstanding, and creepy artwork by B.A. Bosaiya. If you haven't picked up a copy of WM, its worth checking out. It's one of the most intelligent Speculative Fiction magazines in the small press today.

In other news - I've recently tried to increase the amount of my submissions. I think I've been putting all my eggs in to few baskets of late, so I'm going back to the philosophy I utilized when I first started writing, that of having as many kernels in the frying pan as I can. The theory being that eventually, one will pop.

Currently I have submissions in at: Flash Me Magazine, Brutarian…

Award from Preditors & Editors

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This evening I got an e-mail from Dave Kuzminski, Editor at Preditors & Editors, informing me that my web site AudioMarketList.com was nominated and later selected as the latest recipient of the Preditors & Editors' Truly Useful Site Award.

My sincere thanks to person who nominated the site - whoever you are.
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In the last two weeks I've gotten rejections from Strange Horizon, Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine, and Intergalactic Medical Show. No biggy. Still working on my Zom-Com Novella. Hoping to finish first draft by May, or at least before the Zombie trend goes the way of the housing market.
In the meantime I've put up a Market List of audio markets that other writers might find useful. I spoke via email with Ralan about a month ago regarding the need for an Market List exclusively of Audio Markets, and it was something he wanted to do over at Ralan.com, but for a variety of reasons it just wasn't feasible at the moment. So, I went ahead and made one. If you come across any Audio Market News, please send it on over.
AudioMarketList.com

Halloween in July

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The Dunesteef Audio Fiction Magazine has just released my short story, Halloween in July. It's an unintentional prequel to the story Pumpkinseeds, which was produced in audio by the Drabblecast in October of 2007. The story was written in a rush as was the requirement - the Dunesteef was selecting scary stories that were written entirely in the month of October - calling this promotion / contest, The October Scary Story Event. I think they selected four from all the submissions, mine being one. So far I've been impressed with their production, and I can honestly say, I don't think there is another podcast like it. With detailed commentary, sometimes longer than the story, and author's notes which reviel some of the inspiration and thoughts behind the fiction. They don't have the audience size of a Drabblecast or an Escape Artist podcast, but I have no doubt, that they soon will.

They did a great job a few months back producing my dark and experimental piece, Framing…

Fear Factor

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This week I am the featured author at Sniplits. For one week (beginning today) my story Fear Factor will be available, as an audio download (MP3), for free.
Brought to life by character voice actor Malcolm Rothman, it is simply the best reading I've ever heard of any of my stories. His reading, which is really a performance, reminds me of Jim Dale's recordings of the Harry Potter novels. He brings the characters to life with their own distinct voices, while selling the jokes with professional comic timing.Here is Sniplits' summary:Fear Factor By Kevin AndersonWhen Nog the dragon tries to put his destructive ways behind him, the Guild of Magical Creatures is not amused.It runs about 24 minutes - http://www.sniplits.com/

2nd Place

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Got this one yesterday on my son's birthday.

Good evening Kevin,

We here at 2M Magazine have read over your story and have decided to pass. This one was discussed more than any of our other submissions, debated for quite a while before we came to a conclusion....
...it really came down to one simple deciding factor: If we have to convince ourselves we should take it then we shouldn't. The story should convince us, not each other. Thank you for submitting to 2M Magazine and feel free to do so again.

Sincerely,
AJ

Ah, the sweet smell of second place. A swing and a miss. I remember from my years in motor sports marketing that drag racing has this great slogan about second place. Second place is the first Loser! I don't really feel bad, the rejections are personal, but they just seem to be coming in clumps. That's okay, I feel a first place finish coming soon.
That's my old friend Jim Epler back in 2001 at the Sears Craftsman Nationals in Madison, Illinois. He got some bad b…

More Rejection

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The rejections just keep coming. I received two this Sunday; one from Chizine the leading online horror magazine, and one from Fantasy Magazine. They were both personal rejections which is good, but in the end, they were rejections.

I don't think I've sold anything this year yet and we are already in March. Oh, well. Tomorrow is another day.

Low Impact Parenting

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I got a really constructive rejection from Pseudopod on Friday. Two paragraphs of suggestions and some very encouraging words from the assistant editor, Shawn Garrett. Made my day.

On Sunday I had an (Op-Ed) editorial published in the Inland Empire's main newspaper, The Press Enterprise. I originally called the piece Low Impact Parenting, but they changed it to Put Down the Phone and Be a Parent. A little wordy, but probably works better. You can read or listen to it online at: Put Down the Phone an Be a Parent.

Rejection

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Everybody hates rejection. When someone tells me I have fallen short, I can't help but ask the question - am I good enough? I ask myself every time I see that line - Thank you for thinking of (such and such publication.) Unfortunately we are going to pass.

Form letters are the worst. They mean one of two things. 1) the publisher was to busy (to many submissions) to respond individually or 2) your submission didn't merit anything more than a formulated response. Either way, no rejection feels as empty as a form letter.
But a more personalized rejection can sometimes leave you scratching your head. I got one a few years back from a leading (pro-rate) online horror zine, that said they were rejecting my submission because it was to much like what they publish.
Anyway - I got two rejections this week, the first was a form rejection for a short story for Comet Press's new horror anthology. But the second was from Fantasy Magazine, and Fiction Editor Cat Rambo wrote some encoura…

On The Brighter Side - Mounting Fairies

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A text version of my story Framing and Mounting Fairies, (first released in audio 11/2008 at the Dunsteef Audio Fiction Magazine) has just been released in the 3rd and final issue of On The Brighter Side. This is an online downloadable PDF publication, that had a very short life, but just one of many small press zines to bite the dust in this dismal economy.

Of the three issue the editors did manage to get out before its demise, I think the 3rd is by far the best. It is, or was, a publication dedicated to the genre of humor, a first for me, as most of my stuff finds its way into speculative anthologies and magazines. The R.I.P issue is available from their web site - On The Brighter Side.
Or download it directly by clicking HERE