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New contribution to Totally Novel on writing, update on Sweet Sixteen Killer

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I've been pretty quiet lately on the blog, sorry about that. I've been laying mostly low, though I did recently begin contributing to a new website for writers and readers called Totally Novel. My first contribution for members of the site is a post I titled 3 things that prevented me from writing a novel. To read the post, sign up for a free trial. Take a look around and if you don't wanna stay, don't renew membership. That said, it's a pretty cool effort being put together by a former Google+ member like myself. As a matter of fact there are several members on the site from the old Google+ days. (Side note: there is a free membership option)
I will be contributing to the Totally Novel blog bi-monthly for now. My next addition will be in August. I'm super excited for the site and I hope you can come join us and become a part of the groups, forums, blog, workshops, and more. 
All that said, I haven't given up here. This is still my primary site and blog. 👊

The Experiment (revisited)

In the fall of 2011, a pretty amazing thing happened for me. I had a short story of mine published in The Derby Telegraph over in Derbyshire—you guessed it, in England. I had a short story being read by the people of Derbyshire, and in print no less. It was a fuzzy feeling of warmth. Knowing that somewhere, across the pond, people were picking up their local newspaper and reading a story by me. I'll never forget that fuzzy feeling.

Soon after the story made it to their website and I linked to it form this blog.

Well, recently I clicked on that Derby Telegraph link and found it no longer existed. Saddened by its removal from their website, but kind of understanding because it did sit on their site for many years, I've decided to republish the story here. And as is my new custom, I've converted it into 3 readable formats (epub, mobi, PDF). And also as is my custom, they are all free for download to read at your leisure on whatever device you carry or keep locked to the desk.

BUT FIRST, some art!


Hitchcock's artwork and headline as they originally appeared in The Derby Telegraph.

The above amazing artwork was made by David Hitchcock to accompany my short story when it ran in The Derby Telegraph. This artwork is fantastic, and really captures the feel I had in my head at the time I wrote the story. I wanted to make sure that I shared his work, because it was incredible and if you know him, let him know how amazing his artwork is and that I love it.

If you are tired of waiting, here is the link to the files: Download link for eBook files (epub, mobi, PDF).

About the story.

But before I go, how about a little history on the story? A little behind the scenes? When I wrote this story it was just under 2,000 words in length, but The Derby Telegraph was accepting stories under 1,500. I had to trim a good 500 words out of this already short story. The result? In my opinion, it turned out to be a much better story, after I trimmed and trimmed and trimmed. It really felt like I let a lot of excess go.

Side note – do you think I might have more to this story? WELLLLLLL…. I did develop some more to it at some point. But still have not written any of that down. If you'd be interested in an extended Experiment someday, let me know in the comments.

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