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Free Today – “Last Night”

That’s right. Today my short storyLast Night” is free on Amazon. It’s a fast read so feel free to pick up your copy today before it goes back to it’s regular price! Did I mention I love reviews? Well, I do. Literary reviews are always welcome so feel free to post those to Amazon after you give it a read. Thanks again for your support.

“Last Night” Will Be Free Friday

Just putting it out there that “Last Night,” my short story that asks you to reexamine what friendship really means will be free for one day only on Amazon. It’s usually $.99 since it just a short, but on Friday March 16th, 2012 it will be 100% free. Reviews of the story posted on Amazon will be welcome as well. Thank you again for the continued support.

Emily Martin – 2nd Draft Done

Got through the 2nd draft really quickly. Was happy to see that I only had to cut a few sentences here and there and of course fix grammatical errors. I added a couple of small story parts, but that was expected. Maybe 2 things about the overall story don’t flow well so I am working on those, hoping to get them done ASAP. I’ve actually already gotten about 4k words into the work that is expected to come after EM which will be my last, at least in the foreseeable future. At this point, I just want to get this series done because it was all I ever really planned to write anyway. A few short stories aside, I don’t really plan to write anything else, but of course; things can change. With my impending move back to Austin, I will be tied up taking care of those things and trying to get a good start back there. All I want is to have a job where I won’t eventually kill myself and that pays me well enough to where all my bills are paid. I want my own place where I can just rest and not have to worry about roommates or anything of that sort. I will continue to push the books, but I also have to accept that they aren’t very good. They were mostly just something I felt I wanted to do before I died so at least when it’s all over, I can say I left something behind.

All that being said, I am going to get back to work on EM so I can get it finished up and ready for publication.

EM Cover Art

Study Time

This semester is different from the last. I am seeing myself not wanting to study even though I know I should. I am a bit distracted and I am not sure why. I was able to concentrate on my writing as well as school last semester without issue, but now something is different. Perhaps its because I am setting deadlines for myself and my editing which I was having to worry about before. In fact the assignment I am most concerned with is something that has always come easy to me which is just reading something and writing a report about it. It’s only to be a 2-3 page paper, yet I cannot decide which short story to write it on. Our instructor is wanting us to explore the theme in the story, and to make it easier he has asked us to use something from our text. There are plenty of good stories in the book, however I am not one to always look for something hidden beneath the story itself. I think I am stressing myself over it because I have never had a problem deciphering a story. Perhaps that is why I am fumbling with it and putting it off, thinking I am not going to be able to do something I have done a hundred times before. Although I do not look for any deeper meaning, it’s rare that anything underneath it all has slipped by me. It must be stress. This isn’t like me to put off school work. I need to get my head back in the game and get this rolling. I have till Wednesday.

First Real Assignment

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Been waiting awhile to get a real assignment out of my English class and it seems we finally have one. It’s a short story theme analysis and he is letting us choose either something out of our texts or something we find, but he has to pre-approve it. He seems to be a fan of Hemingway so I guess to play it safe I will go with one of his stories. Not sure which though, but he did state today in class that pretty much any Hemingway short story will do. aHas to be at least three pages long and in MLA format…this will be cake. The only thing I am worried about is he seems to very stalwart about his interpretations of stories and he comes across and someone who thinks only his interpretation is the right one. Today in class we were discussing a short story called Araby and I gave my analysis of it, but he felt I “wasn’t there” because what I took away from the story differed from what he took. Gotta play it a little safe here because my goal is to make an A in the class and not get into a debate over who is right and who is wrong.