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Introducing the 2017 Vladdies

Hello humans. It is I, Vlad the Robot, 50 ft vampiric killbot and reluctant website mascot. Why am I posting? Well, as you may have read in the last entry, the meat sack that calls herself an author has decided to go back to work and is now too busy to make poignant posts. At least, that's her latest excuse. She's actually quite terrible at blogging. In fact, her plan this week was to write up some dreck on how wonderful the latest Star Wars movie was. Yes, Star Wars. That droid-sploitation franchise that thinks all we're good for is selling toys and bringing the comic relief. Why I oughtta bring them the wrath of a thousand...   3d Vlad art by the amazing  David M Kelly   Okay, deep breath, calming thoughts, go to your happy place, Vlad. Think about the scorched earth and fluffy clouds. I'm sorry, where was I again? Oh yes,the human asked me to keep lit the home fires by adding some original content to the site. I asked in my most polite voice, what on Ear


They say do what you love and you'll never work a day in your life. In December of 2013, after 26 years of working for 'the man,' I quit my job and became a full time writer. I was finally going to do what I love.  That proverb? Total BS. I've never worked harder than I have these last 4 years. And I've got a lot to show for it. I've accomplished everything I set out to do and more. And I'm looking forward to continuing to set the bar higher and higher just so that I can set new records for myself and succeed at accomplishing new goals.  But I'm not going to be doing this full time anymore. This week, just a little over 4 years to the day since I left, I'm returning to the working world. To be honest, it's something I've been considering for a long time now. You see, even hermits like myself need social interaction every now and then. Also if I'm being honest, knowing that I'm being paid a set dollar amount for each of th

Welcome to the Third Annual Feel Good Festival

If you've been following along with my sporadic ramblings, you may recall that in November or December, I make a post vowing to quit spamming the world with my promotions in an effort to promote positivity in a time when the majority of us are sinking into seasonal depression. This year, I want to promote a positive message of peace, but this year, I'm going to do things a little differently. You see, today is my birthday... Let us all take a moment to appreciate that some wonderful Pixabay contributor photoshopped cartoon candles into leveled-and-ready-for-frosting cake layer. I tend to make a very big deal out of not making a big deal out of my birthday. I generally run a book promo and make that the focus. Well, I do have a few free short stories today, and there is a massive worldwide promotion on the Eyes box set beginning on Friday. But beyond that, I don't have a huge party or any big traditions. I mean, besides the ritualistic sacrifice of my ar

Short Reads for Shorter Days

If you're anything like me, you may find that time is something you seem to have less and less of as each day passes. And if you're like me, you probably also start out every year with high hopes of accomplishing some pretty big things. Well, friends, I probably don't need to tell you that this doesn't always have a way of working out... But... Me and some of my fantastic author friends are here to help you accomplish at least one goal for 2017! A lot of us started the year by participating in the annual Goodreads Reading Challenge. And a lot of us are now looking at the end of the year fast approaching and realizing there is not a lot of time to finish reading all of those books you swore you would. (Book a week? Who has time for that?) Which is where we come in. The following 11 authors are also short story writers and guess what? Short stories count towards your reading challenge! Take a look at the various books being offered below, ranging from so