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Shameless Self Promotion – Insomniac Nightmares

Those who pay attention have likely already seen this… but I have a new book out. Insomniac Nightmares is a collection of short stories, some seen previously, others new. It also includes “Little Miss No Name,” the story of my darling daughter, and one of the few things I’ve written that I can stand to reread without piles of self-loathing.

Little Miss No Name and her favorite doggy. How can you resist that face?

Anyway, if you’re in the mood to read some scary stories, you’ll find a few in here. At least, I think they’re scary. You can find the links below for both the print and Kindle editions. If you pick it up – or already picked it up – please consider leaving a review; it helps me know what I got right and wrong, so I can get better next time.

Thanks for your time; we now return you to your regularly scheduled blog posts.


Psst. Did you know?


I like, write stuff. Stories and books and things. Some of it is on this site, but not all of it. There’s lots of it in other places.

I don’t always spend my time playing games, making games, posting half-baked short fiction, bitching about health problems, and lurking on Twitter. Sometimes I actually finish stuff and unleash it on the public.

I don’t like talking about it, because part of me rebels against shameless self-promotion and tends to assume my stuff is horrible and not worth reading… but Halloween season looms, and I like to call myself a horror writer, and I could stand believing someone out there is paying attention, so… yeah.

It’d be awesome if some of you folks out there stopped by my Wattpad and peered at some of my stories. I’m especially partial to “Unkindness and Murder” and “Woman at the Window,” but I have a soft spot for most of them.

If you’re even more intrigued, you can visit my author page over on Amazon. There’s stuff there you can buy. It’s crazy. (And if you do buy something, it’d be extra amazing if you were to Tweet it or review it. Even if you hate it. It’s okay.) For Her seems to be the most popular, while Blogs from the Basement is my favorite over there. You can probably ignore Woken, as it’s stuck in a weird realm of legal hell (thus why they’re charging $108 for used copies and you can’t get it new.) Still trying to resolve that one.

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But wait! There’s more!

I have a YouTube channel, too. It doesn’t get used often – my illness means extensive video production is kinda off limits, let alone location shooting – but I do try to post to it once in a while. Usually gaming-related stuff, but there should be something more Vloggy or writing-related coming once things get a little better. If you wanna stop by and subscribe, that’d be pretty cool.

Speaking of gaming, I’m over here on Twitch as well. Most recently, I endured the madness that is Colonel Sanders, I Love You, and showed me working a bit on “Black Yard” in RPG Maker, but I do all sorts of things on there. Stalking me there will get you notifications when I go live, which means you can harass me and tell me I’m doing it wrong while I try to play something or am fighting with RPG Maker‘s menus to make Events behave the way I want them to.

If you’ve seen all that and think any of it’s awesome, I also have a Patreon. If you like my content and want to help keep me making it, dropping a dime in the bucket there is a great way to do it. Helps pay for my meds, caffeine and nicotine, the triumvirate of fuel that keeps me somewhat functional and able to make this stuff. There’s also a GoFundMe right here, that’s trying to put together the funds to make a more permanent fix to my health problems. They want to stick a laser in my throat and burn off chunks of my lungs. Somehow that’s going to help me breathe, or so they say. Or it’ll make me a shoe-in next time they need to recast Darth Vader. (I work cheap, Disney!) If you wanna share that link or chip in, that’s extra super special awesome.

Anyway. I think that’s enough tooting of my own horn for the day. But to those who’re reading this, or already follow this blog, or follow me on Twitter, or stalk me on my other platforms, or have already bought or reviewed one of my books, or visited, shared or contributed to my Patreon or GoFundMe… thank you. From the bottom of my shriveled little heart, you’re awesome.

Until next time, folks.

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Troubling Twitter

Just a short set of thoughts and lacking my assorted devices to make this look pretty, so forgive the presentation.

A lot of us are writers, and a lot of us have stuff that people can actually buy, and that’s great. I’m sure it’s helpful to sometimes remind people of that, and it probably doesn’t hurt anyone… but when I read my Twitter feed, I have to wonder if I’m doing it wrong.

I don’t like to spam buy links for my books. I think it’s literally been a year or more since I did. I occasionally drop a link for my freebies on Wattpad and there’s links when I update “Riptide” or other serials, but that’s about it.

But when I scroll through my Twitter feed, I see hundreds of writers who, quite literally, never say anything except “buy my book!” Glancing at their Amazon pages shows that this may actually somehow work; good sales rankings, tons of reviews. Meanwhile I sit and scratch my head, wondering why people are following them if they never have anything to say beyond shameless self-promotion. There’s another handful who occasionally break it up with a retweet for cosmetics or paint mixing videos (I’m not sure what the correlation is), and a very small number who actually act like people who occasionally say “Hey, I made something, and you should buy it.”

Am I doing it wrong? Should I become a “buy my stuff” bot, or continue to just post and retweet my boring old random thoughts and video game screenshots, hoping something snares someone enough to follow the links and look at my work? Is there a middle ground? Am I the only one who says “is what I’m going to say interesting, relevant or important?” Then turns around and tells themselves “Nope” every time, thus remaining silent?

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