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Chasing Two Rabbits

Success as a writer on the left, digital publishing revolution on the right.

Couldn’t even catch these cute, fat little bastards.

They say that if you chase two rabbits, you’ll catch neither, and my recent experience has borne that out. I wanted to not only be successful as a storyteller, but also simultaneously build a revolutionary foundation for the future of publishing… and I’ve so far succeeded in neither. Thus, after much soul-searching and careful consideration, I’ve decided to (at least temporarily) put Oktopod Digital Press to rest in order to focus on building my personal platform as a writer.

I have some exciting news and a fresh project that’s nearly ready to show, but Oktopod won’t be part of the equation going forward. I’m consolidating my efforts into social media, and you’ll be able to follow my further adventures on Facebook and Twitter, where I’ll be sharing updates, insights, and my usual sarcastic self.

Click here to follow me on Facebook

And/or here for Twitter.

I want to personally thank you all for following this clumsy and stumbling enterprise. There have been ups and downs, and looooong stretches of nothing-much-at-all in between, but I just want you to know that I appreciate every second you’ve spent reading my rambling diatribes, and (even more so) traveling through strange realms of the imagination with me. I promise there will be more to come… much, much, more…. just not in this form.

Thank you so much for accompanying me through the past six years of prologue. The real story is just about to begin.

~Chris

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New Story — They’re Harvesting Stars, You Know?

Photograph by Axel Antas. A thematic image, borrowed from the collection at StockSnap.io

Photograph by Axel Antas. A thematic image, borrowed from the collection at StockSnap.io

I wrote a piece of flash fiction over the weekend called They’re Harvesting Stars, You Know?, which I’ve just posted in a couple places. I usually work in science-fiction & fantasy, but this is a step or two outside of my comfort zone, falling instead into magical realism. It’s all of 900 words (or 4 minutes by Medium’s estimation), and I’d be tickled pink of you’d hop over and give it a read.

You can find the piece at Medium.com;

Or with an ambient soundtrack at Booktrack.

Cheers, and I hope you enjoy!

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New Scary Story — The Witching Light

Halloween is the best holiday, isn’t it? Costumes, candy, hiding dead bodies in stranger’s houses… wait… please disregard that last part.

Anyway, I wrote (and soundtracked) a piece for Booktrack’s Spooky Flash Fiction contest, and wanted to share it with you fine folks.  It’s called The Witching Light, and you can find it by clicking on the spoooOOOoooky cover below!

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Happy Halloween, everyone!

 

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Short Story — Bodies in Revolution

Surprise update!  I put together a story for a writing prompt at io9 the other night, and thought I’d share.  The prompt was a concept painting by an artist named YONG, whose work can be found at his personal gallery.  This is the image:

Stone Hand, by YONG

And now my piece inspired by it, called…

Bodies in Revolution

 

They left it here to remind us.

A monstrous hand arcs up and over me, an oppressive monument built of soil and stone, conjured from the ground using technology beyond our understanding. We call it a Grip of Five, and it’s the standing embodiment of their raw power; their unsullied hatred; and most of all, their absolute dominion over our civilization.

When they tossed us aside, the invaders left the hand and a thousand replicas scattered across our world, a promise and a threat undying, an inescapable reminder of who precisely is at our throats. That hand makes sure we can never forget one simple fact: that all we are, and whatever meager belongings we may cling to… all of it belongs to them.

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Short Story — Tranquility

"Child of the Moon" by Vlad Konstantinov

“Child of the Moon” by Vlad Konstantinov

Last night, I ran across a story prompt on Google+ which asked for 500-word shorts inspired by the image above (Child of the Moon by the very talented Vlad Konstantinov). I thought it was a wonderful picture, so I sat down to see what I could come up with, and now I’m sharing it with you! 😀

Tranquility

It’s nearing sunset and the Earth is shining bright. She fills the sky, a swirling ball of blue and green and white like a flower blossoming in the sunlight. And I wonder, not for the first time, what it was like when my parents looked up here at the Moon.

What did my home look like to them, and how bleak a sight must it have been? It was a dead piece of chalk back then. Barren. A warning rather than an invitation… until it became a necessity.

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Webfiction: Elsewhere Bound

Greetings, and a thousand apologies for the recent silence. There’s been a lot going on behind the scenes around here, and posts have unfortunately fallen by the wayside. I assure you that this is only a temporary condition, though, and regular posting will soon return.

In the meantime, here’s another webfiction short presented for your momentary amusement. I’d originally intended for this story to be the start of a collection called Maximilian Bonaventure and the Travels on Foot, full of magical realism tales about the modern American condition, but the project was always pushed aside by more pressing matter. I still suspect I’ll finish it one day, though.

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