My Stories

(Current WIP)

TITLE: To be decided. (In my head I refer to it as ‘Remember The Evil’)
STATUS: 
Finishing the outline/character development/settings/themes/etc.  April 2017 Camp NaNoWriMo project (90,000 words in 1 month).

Who are we but the sum of all our memories?

TITLE: Beacon Island.
STATUS:
First draft completed on December 21, 2016 – 119,000 words.  In editing mode.

I bounced between a couple of projects before landing on this one, which I’m really excited about.  The story follows Ben Bishop, recently ousted CEO of Bishop Entertainment Group, on his trip to a remote and luxurious vacation island in the Caribbean.  As he gets drawn into the island’s mysterious and crime-ridden underground the question becomes, is he there for a much-needed getaway, or was he drawn to the island on purpose?

TITLE: Prospero
STATUS: 
Completed on April 23, 2016 – 5,572 words

A short story about morality and the questionable decisions we must make when forced to weigh the value of certain lives against others.  Would you make the right choice?

TITLE: Embracing Ghosts
STATUS: 
Completed on June 9, 2014 – 89,824 words.  Put away for now.

How many times can you run from your troubles?  After seven years away, Jim Price returns to his hometown of Frost, Indiana.  He believes he’s coming home to take care of his estranged and dying mother, but on the inside he knows he might just be running away from something worse than his old family problems.  Taking a job as a regular police officer, Jim throws away the title of detective to try and be a part of Frost’s police force.  But in the small and sleepy city a kidnapping and a vicious string of seemingly unrelated murders start tearing through the streets.  And Jim feels a ghost from his recent past lurking in his shadow.

(Doubtless you’ve heard the plot before, but everyone has to write a detective thriller at some point in their career.  What matters is how you make it your own)

TITLE: The Man in the Black BMW
STATUS: 
Completed on June 16, 2014 – 9,685 words.

My absolute favorite out of anything I’ve ever written.

Bernard is an elderly man who spends his time in the same traffic circle day in and day out, enjoying the day and writing about the people around him.  Just like any author, Bernard likes some characters more than others, and the Man in the Black BMW is his favorite.  Elizabeth is 8 months pregnant and her husband is dying.  She struggles to be strong, but doesn’t know if she can raise a child on her own.  Bernard and Elizabeth never meet, but their lives are more connected than they could ever fathom, because sometimes even the most senseless events have more consequences than anyone realizes.

TITLE: Living in Memory
STATUS: 
Completed – 3,000 words.  You can find it on the blog here!

An uplifting, but realistically tragic short story about Frank, a man with Alzheimers living in an old age home.  Struggling with lucidity, Frank has difficulty differentiating between the past, the present, and the life he wished he had lived.

TITLE: The Academy
STATUS: 
Completed – 96,000 words.  Put away for good.

The first thing I ever wrote, and for whatever reason I decided to dive straight into a novel.  It’s a mess, it’s a knock off of Harry Potter, and it’s been shelved for good.  If I ever make it as a writer I may release it one day so that people who are discouraged by their first attempts at writing can see just how much progress practice can help you achieve.

23 thoughts on “My Stories

    1. The books have been shelved, probably for good. But if someone is interested in exchanging short stories to get some feedback I’m open to it. There’s a contact form in the main menu for people who are thinking about that. Not obligated if they aren’t interested, though.

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  1. Embracing Ghosts sounds good although the plot is familiar. I’m sorry to hear that you’re probably shelving your books permanently, especially since most of them are complete. I hope you change your mind one day. Let me know when you do. Your scenario reminds me of a 90’s writer movie called Mother. It stars Albert Brooks and Debbie Reynolds.

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  2. Embracing Ghosts does sound interesting. A lot of plots have been done before but they still get my attention and this is one of those. If you’ve shelved it and never want it to see the light of day again then I know where you’re coming from though – I’ve done that with plenty of writing. If you want to send out some shorter stories to people who know how to do crits then drop me a line – I’m a practised workshop critic and I’m always constructive.

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    1. Awesome thanks so much for the tag! I’ve really been meaning to participate in that (I was supposed to a couple weeks ago oops), so thank you for the reminder. Rustav sounds really interesting, and I think the name itself is great

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  3. But ‘Embracing Ghosts’t isn’t just a detective story. The subplots and the back story are quite compelling. I’m very interested in the family relationships, especially as they relate to the estrangement, The stories are all good. I’d love to see them in print.

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  4. I love the sound of ‘Embracing Ghosts’, ‘The Man in the Black BMW’ and ‘Living in Memory’ – and would really like to read them all, so I do hope you will publish them! You clearly have a passion for writing. I hope the new project is going well. If you’re still up for sharing and critiquing short stories, I’d be interested. 🙂

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