Interjection #5 (2/2)

I failed to deliver many new pieces last week due to the jury case, and I was out of town until yesterday. BUT I’m back! Like a magician, the theme of tonight’s story, Mystic Keys and Expectations.

 
You should see things get back to normal here on out, though! I’ll be posting the next chapter of The Case of the Ashen Crow tomorrow as well.

 
Thanks, as always, for your continued support and readership! Stay tuned for new pieces!

Kind Regards,
DJ

Interjection #5 (1/2)

Hey, everyone! This week’s off-the-cuff commentary I’m delivering a little early. It seems I’ve been called to serve as a juror for a suit in town, and this will prevent me from posting the typical 3 stories per day. Thankfully it’s not supposed to go longer than Wednesday; however, I’ll still do my best to get at least one out here. (It’s come to the point of me feeling guilty if I don’t continue as scheduled here, which is a good thing! It keeps me writing.)

Yesterday marked the publishing of my 100th post, despite EDAtM having only been up a month. Consistency hasn’t always been a strong suit for me, so regardless of this seeming a tad excessive, I can’t help but feel accomplished. Lol. 

I know it’s only been up a little while, but you may have noticed a familiar face in The Case of the Ashen Crow; this will serve as a prequel to my serial Devils Dance. Hopefully it’ll better personify Detective Greer and add some more excitement as he tackles another supernatural mystery. New installations of Case will be posted on Mondays, with new chapters of Devils Dance still posted on Thursdays. 

I’ve also got the finale of Red Rain started, so be expecting that this week as well in addition to new stand alone shorts. 

That’s about all the updates I have for now. You’ll hear back from me on Thursday; by then hopefully I’ll be free from court with my writing back on track. 

As always, thank you for your continued readership and support! 

Best Wishes,

DJ 

Interjection #4


One Thousand Likes! 1,000. And just in time for EDaTM’s first month anniversary! Thank you all so much. I say it often, but it’s never enough. 

This week, besides editing the manuscript for my short story collection, Masquerade, I have tried to spread my literary wings and delve into other forms of writing, most notably poetry, as you may have noticed with My Home, the Hornet’s Nest, Voltage, and Bloodline. I am constantly amazed by the poets I follow on WordPress, so naturally I wanted to give it a go. (You can rest assured that I don’t plan to ditch flash fiction to pursue a life of poetry. I’ll leave that to those who actually have a knack for the art. 😉)

Depending on how quick this migraine goes away, you may see the third chapter of Devils Dance tonight — if not tonight, definitely tomorrow. And Red Rain’s finale will be up this weekend sometime. Let me know if there are any other stories for which you’d like to see some sequels! If it wasn’t for Big K (Kirascribbled — an amazing fellow writer with whom I have some amazing comment convos, check her out), I wouldn’t have expanded We All Float On, which has become a piece of which I am very proud.

Thank you all for your continued readership, and stay tuned for new stories and updates!
Best Wishes,

DJ

Interjection #3

It certainly has been an eventful past three weeks since the start of EDatM. I want to start this weekly update with an apology for the lack of posts yesterday and the day before, as I was visiting family and forgot to schedule stories for the two days! For some reason I had it in my head that I was going to somehow use my phone to make the posts, but the stories are all saved on my computer — I have no idea what I was thinking.

Today I published the second installment of my first flash serial, Devils Dance (tell me what direction you see it going in the comments!!). While it does not seem like it now, the two murders are linked in a manner besides the eerie, strange suicide song. Next week’s installment will shed some light on the story — it’s not just a collection of killings, I assure you! 😉

Lastly I’d like to update you all on my short story collection, Masquerade, I will be self-publishing (which I alluded to in Interjection #2). Before, I wanted to take 10 of my short stories I post on this blog and further expand upon them; however, what I’ve decided is to heavily edit the bulk of the stories already posted here – maybe add some details here and there – and self-publish that on Amazon and distribute it for a very cheap price. I’ve been reading many other blogs and decided that that will be the best route for Masquerade. This way I can focus on getting my debut novel, The Beast of Easten, written (I’ve got a nice chunk of the first draft completed already).

To make up for this  change — since I did promise a few of you a follow-up to some of my more… opaque and/or interesting storylines — I’ll just do extra installments! If you find a story you’d like to see expanded, say so in the comments of that story, and I will do my best to write a second part to it!

Thank you all for your continued interest and reading! You all are my motivation and inspiration.

Best,

DJ

Interjection #2

Okay, so today marks the second week of EDAtM, and I have a few updates.

First, we’re just around 50 shy of 1,000 page views. It’s just a number, I know, but I never considered my work getting so much praise and inspiring so many friendships and conversations. A thousand views is something I never considered achieving in the first month, let alone the second week. This is momentous, and I plan to make it up to you all in the form of new stories and projects!

As I mentioned in my About page, I’m planning to release a collection of short stories this year. The collection will be called Masquerade and is the inspiration of this blog in its entirety. (Fact: the name of this blog was actually the title I initially planned for the collection, but I’ve slimmed it down for simplicity’s sake.) It will consist of 10 stories drawn from those posted on EDAtM. These chosen ten, 500-1,000 word posts will be expanded (some rewritten to flow with a more developed plot) into full-length 5,000+ word stories.

As of this posting, there are 48 individual short stories available to read on this blog, so selecting the 10 that’ll be included in the collection is going to be a difficult task. (I actually only really like one of my stories. The more I reread the others, the less I like them. Hence my decision to rewrite a few of them in the collection! Guess we’re all our own worst critic, right?) I will be taking into account each post’s views, likes, and comments both on Twitter (link to my account is in my About page) and on my blog as well as my own personal preference in order to make the decision. So if you have a personal favorite that you’d like to see featured in Masquerade, say so in the comments! Otherwise I’ll have to select them by myself. 😉

I will publish Masquerade through Amazon, and, while this is a WIP deadline, it’ll be available for digital download in April.
That’s not all I have for you tonight, though! At 6am Central Time, I am going to post the first of my serial, Devils Dance. Every chapter thereafter will be released Thursdays at 4pm (I have issues rescheduling posts on my phone, which is why the first installation is at 6 rather than the afternoon), so be looking for those! Devils Dance is an idea I’ve had for a long time, but felt it wasn’t appropriate as a novel and there’s too much story to tell as a simple stand-alone post, so a serial was the best medium for the crazy story — plus, serials are fun!

This really is future-looking, but I’ve also got a couple books in the works, the first of which you should see this Fall; the other in early 2018. As the release gets closer, you can expect some little teasers and contests. 😉

I hope you’ve enjoyed the fiction so far! There is certainly a lot to look forward to this year (and I better get to work!). Thank you all for reading and for the continued support. Have a wonderful rest of the week.

Kind Regards,

DJ

Interjection #1

Well, EDAtM is officially a week old, and the blog has already seen over 330 page views from 12 countries! That is insane, you guys! Thank you SO much. I am so incredibly grateful for the responses I’ve received thus far, and am excited and looking forward to the future.

In addition, after much thought and consideration I have decided to cut daily posts from five to three – each will continue to be fiction pieces of varying lengths. Not only will this be easier to handle personally, but I don’t want to become that blog that clutters your feed! Let me know what you think about posting frequency!

The year is off to a great start.

Kind Regards,
D.J.