Malcolm’s News: a ghost, a give-away, and a great quote
- My short story “Patience, I Presume” appears in a new anthology from Rocking Horse Publishing called Spirits of St. Louis: Missouri Ghost Stories. The anthology, which includes stories from twenty writers, can be ordered from the publisher now (click on the graphic). Or, you can wait for it to appear on Amazon and other online booksellers within a week or so. I had fun writing the story. (See On Location: in St. Louis for a Ghost Story about the challenge of writing about a town far away.)
- You have two days left to enter my October give-away for a free audio book copy of Jock Stewart and the Missing Sea of Fire. To enter, leave a comment on the give-away post.
- My three-story set of folktales about a panther, a snake bird, and a black bear in the north Florida swamps at the dawn of time is available on Kindle. Called The Land Between the Rivers, the stories imagine why the Florida Panther doesn’t roar, how the snake bird (anhinga) figured out it needed to dry off its wings before it could fly, and how the Florida Black Bear discovered the food he likes best. I won’t say here what that food is except that when I went camping in the area, I viewed that food as: (a) a great hiding place for snakes, and, (b) something that tasted horrible.
- When the news came out Thursday that Canadian short story writer Alice Munroe won the Nobel Prize, I read a fair number of articles about her. I came across one of her quotes about writing which, for me, really says it all: “A story is not like a road to follow … it’s more like a house. You go inside and stay there for a while, wandering back and forth and settling where you like and discovering how the room and corridors relate to each other, how the world outside is altered by being viewed from these windows. And you, the visitor, the reader, are altered as well by being in this enclosed space, whether it is ample and easy or full of crooked turns, or sparsely or opulently furnished. You can go back again and again, and the house, the story, always contains more than you saw the last time. It also has a sturdy sense of itself of being built out of its own necessity, not just to shelter or beguile you.” I like reading (and writing) stories that can be explored multiple times rather like songs we listen to multiple times. Such stories have depth as well as drama.
- The release date for The Betrayed, the third book in my “Garden of Heaven Trilogy,” has slipped. I had expected it to be out this past week. The one thing we can be certain about in the publishing business is that the work is filled with uncertainties. The electronic edition will be out first, and I hope to know early next week when we can expect it to “go live” on Amazon, OmniLit and Smashwords. I’m excited about this novel, not only because it ties everything in the trilogy together, but because my main character goes through quite a bit of hell before the story ends.
- On the lighter side, you may smile over my Malcolm’s Round Table post Man plus Woman equals What? Actually, this one was inspired by another Alice Munroe quote.
- On Magic Moments, I posted a few new pictures from Glacier Park from my recent trip in Back to the scene of the 1964 Glacier flood.
- You can find writing tips and ideas on my web site here. This page has recently been updated. And, as the picture here suggests, one of those ideas has to do with your first kiss. You remember it, don’t you? Well, that memory will come in handy some day. So will a lot of other memories. Not that you’re going to name names in your fiction. Your experiences, though, are the stuff of tale telling from romances to thrillers to fantasies. Or maybe even a horror story or two.