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ELMO’S SOJOURN

My eBook, Elmo’s Sojourn will be published by Melange Books on February 10th.

Here’s the cover.

January 26, 2014 at 8:39 pm 1 comment

THE WONDERING MIND OF THE WRITER

Initially I was going to entitle this piece ‘The Wandering Mind of the Writer’.  The reason being that very often story ideas come to me when I least expect them, when my thoughts have no specific purpose, when they are ‘free range’.  However, I decided to change wandering to wondering.  I’ll tell you why.

I can’t speak for my colleagues, but this writer’s mind uses two types of wonder to process the world around me. The first form of wonder is the amazement I see and record in my brain.  The second type is when I wonder ‘what if’ when I contemplate a science fiction or horror story.  Both types are filed away in my cerebral cortex until, sometimes quite unexpectedly; these thoughts come together in a story.  Those are the fun moments.  Then the real work begins, putting those thoughts into words.

The reason I want to share this is that my blog is a writer’s blog, yet sometimes the subject matter may seem ‘off topic’.  But for a writer taking in the world of wonder surrounding him, is there really an ‘off topic’?

All that I see and experience is stored away in the depths of my mind.  Then, when the time is right, make their way in odd combinations to the surface and from there to the tip of my pen.

I suppose when I cease wondering the writing will also cease.

January 22, 2014 at 5:22 pm Leave a comment

UPDATE: SECOND CHANCE

Separate Worlds is publishing my science fiction short story, Second Chance, in their November/December 2013 anthology.  Publishing with this Canadian publisher will be my first international publication.

I should say that this will be my first legal international publication.  Sections of my novella, Elmo’s Sojourn, were published in China without my knowledge.  I discovered this by Googling my name.  China is unencumbered by our copyright laws so I guess they go ahead and publish what they want.  Oh well, even though I didn’t make a penny I don’t mind the prospect of billions of people being able to read my work.

I’ll provide a link when available.

 

January 20, 2014 at 7:07 pm 2 comments

UPDATE: ELMO’S SOJOURN

Next month my novella, Elmo’s Sojourn, is due to come out as an eBook published by Melange Books.

I’ve been working with Melange on the cover and after some back and forth I think we have the final version.  If possible, I’ll post it when I am sure the version is a firm choice.

In the meantime, here’s the blurb to peak your interest.

 

 

Elmo, a retired Los Alamos scientist, travels through a wormhole in this science fiction story to the planet Roth where he meets Valmid and his wife Cal.  All appears tranquil on the planet but there is disaster visiting the planet which Valmid hopes Elmo would have the answer of how to end.  Roth’s females are being abducted and taken to the planet Gylex.  Unknown to the inhabitants of Earth, the creatures have also abducted human females in the past, but suddenly stopped their raids.  Valmid hopes Elmo can discover why the raids stopped on Earth and help Roth.

 

January 12, 2014 at 7:49 pm Leave a comment

THE YEAR AHEAD, VOLUME II

Now I’ll discuss my novellas and short stories which I hope will find a home for this year.

I have a novella, Elmo’s Invention, requiring work.  It is a prequel to the already published Elmo’s Sojourn.  Elmo’s Sojourn is due to appear as an eBook this February.  I have a fondness for Elmo and hope to follow him with more stories.

I also have short stories in need of editing, and in some cases completion.  The Event is a work of science fiction needing a little work and off it goes.  Valued Employees is a short story which is comical but with sinister overtones.  It deals with the unemployed who cannot find work because of preexisting conditions or bad habits.  This population is just what a unique company is looking to hire.

Billie’s Magic is a short story about and autistic youth with a dark connection to his older violent brother.  I may try to self-publish this story on Kindle and see what happens.

Finally, I hope to republish short stories and poems that are already out there and find for them a greater exposure.

That’s what I have planned for the coming years, along with whatever story ideas that may creep into my brain.

 

January 1, 2014 at 8:21 pm Leave a comment

THE YEAR AHEAD, VOLUME I

This is the time when we have an opportunity to mold our lives for the coming year, to repair all the wrongs of our lives.  To make promises we usually don’t keep.  For years I’ve promised to stop drinking and lose weight – both now accomplished and one the result of the other.

Therefore, I’m going to use this opportunity to outline what I want to accomplish in my writing career, have a record of my goals and see how I do.  I’ve got a great deal of work I want to complete, hence the multiple volumes.  I also want to keep each short so I don’t lose your attention or bore you.

This section will deal with two novels already written, The Beast Awaits and Sweet Depression, both in need extensive editing.  Any agents or publishers that may stumble upon this missive, I’m all yours.

The Beast Awaits deals with hot-button issues, stem cell research, corporate greed and global warming.  Creatures are developed accidentally using stem cell research in the course to gain increasing profits.  They rapidly multiply and swarm the planet causing mass destruction leading to an increase in global warming.  There is no firm resolution at the end of the story only a chance for a lesson to be learned, hence the title of the novel.

Sweet Depression also concerns corporate greed, to some extent, but the driving force is the troubled youth of the CEO and his need for power and control in his adulthood.  The story is a cross between the work of James Patterson and Robin Cook.  The CEO uses science to increase the company’s profits; however, the product has disastrous side effects.  A detective, his own family a victim, sets out to discover what is behind a sudden increase in murder and mayhem.

 

Happy New Year to all my readers.

May this coming year find you healthy and happy.

December 31, 2013 at 6:47 pm 2 comments

A CHRISTMAS STORY OF SORTS

In keeping with the holidays I thought I would share with you the only Christmas story I have written thus far, published by Bewildering Stories in 2007.

Picture a really sick Grinch story without a happy ending.

Read on.

 

Do You Hear What I Hear?

by Walt Trizna

W** was known for his stories of murder and mayhem. Tales of ghosts and monsters were his claim to meager fame. A member of a writers’ group, he enjoyed sharing his twisted stories with the group and the support they provided. But how could they know, imagine, they were not all stories. W** carried demons of his own. Even his wife did not know the visions, the “truths” that journeyed through his muddled brain.

It was during the November writers’ meeting that the group leader, S**, announced, “In place of our December meeting, I suggest we meet for a holiday dinner. It will be a chance to relax and prepare for the year’s writing ahead.” The approval of the group was unanimous.

Reservations were made and the day of the dinner arrived. It was a rainy evening when W** set out for the restaurant. The back and forth motion of the windshield wipers gave him a slight headache. He was one of the last to arrive, greeted his fellow writers and took his seat next to S**.

The room was large with a single circular table at its center. A curious aspect was the room’s ceiling. It was domed with a most unsettling feature. From one side of the room conversations, even in the softest whisper, were conveyed to the opposite side of this domed affair.

As the meal was served, W** looked across the table to C** and G**, deep in conversation, discussing light matters. Suddenly, the conversation changed. To his disbelief, W** heard them plotting his murder. He clearly heard their voices discussing every detail. W** sat in disbelief while those about him laughed and shared stories. His friends asked if there was anything wrong, for he was visibly shaken. “I’m fine,” he replied and left the restaurant to make plans of his own.

January arrived and it was time for another meeting. S** was the last to arrive. “I have terrible news. C** and G** have met with horrible accidents. They are both dead.”

The group sat there in shock. Disbelief was soon followed by sounds of sorrow and grief.

The year swiftly went by. It was a good year with many of the members being published. Once again, at the November meeting, S** announced the plans for a Christmas dinner. The site would be the same as last year.

W** once again made his way to the restaurant, this time during a light and peaceful snow. He greeted his friends and took his place. Once again, he could hear the whispered conversations from across the room. And once again he heard his murder being plotted: this time it was T** and B** who made the fiendish plot. Once again two members of the group were visited with horrible and fatal accidents.

January found the group deep in sorrow once more. That was five years ago. And for each of those years, a Christmas dinner was held and shortly after, two more members met their demise.

Christmas neared once again, but there would be no Christmas dinner, for the only member remaining was W**. A creature of tradition, W** reserved the domed room for his private dinner. There he sat, alone with no whispering conversations to fill his head.

He gazed around at the empty seats, and his ears perked up. There were voices plotting his murder. Looking out at the overflowing restaurant, he saw a young family that he was sure was plotting his end. A fiendish smile crossed his lips. His work was not yet done.

Copyright © 2007 by Walt Trizna

 

December 23, 2013 at 11:38 pm 1 comment

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