Clarion West Write-A-Thon!

I’m doing it! Here’s my page: https://www.clarionwest.org/members/aspeed/

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Flash Fic Challenge – Thorn of Prophecy

This is the challenge. I had no idea where this story was going when I started it. It does remind me I want to get to this paranormal horror story I’ve had brewing in the back of my mind for ages. I wonder if I’ll ever get to it. ** The Thorn of Prophecy He ran to the very end of the earth, and still, he couldn’t escape. He tried to hide in the coldest, darkest crevices of the world, in ice caves so slick and cold they’d have been death traps for anyone else. But they found him. He had no idea how, except they always did. He had gifts, but they did as well. He put up a fight, but he was badly outnumbered, and it was always a done deal. When he woke up chained to a chair, bag over his head, he wasn’t surprised. He also wasn’t surprised by the...

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The Writer and Music

As you probably know from the sheer number of soundtracks I make, music plays a big part in my writing process. It helps me get into the zone, into characters’ heads, and moves things along. Sometimes, for reasons I don’t understand, certain bands or songs will announce themselves as vital to the story in progress. For example, These Arms Are Snakes are pretty much entirely responsible for the Infected series (with some assist from Porcupine Tree, Pansy Division, and Aesop Rock). In the chaos of the noise, you could find Roan there, trying to bury himself. He used noise to block out all other noises, smells, and sights; he tried to confound all his sense with sound, and hide from his depression. Did it work? Kind of; sometimes. And that was enough for him. You...

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Lochlann is out today!

And here, I talk a little about what inspired it.

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New music mix!

It’s new music! So hopefully you’ll find something new you like. What's New With You? from notmanos on 8tracks Radio.

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Flash Fic Challenge – Witch

This is the latest writing challenge , and I got haunted house/Weird West. So here’s that story. Witch The Waterford Ranch radiated evil like fire gave off heat. You could sense it as soon as you stepped on the property. Everyone in the Waterford family was slaughtered one night, in a grisly display of violence, but no one was ever caught for the crime. It was considered especially baffling since there were seven guns in the family, and none were fired, even though the oldest boy was strung up in the barn and bled out like a slaughtered sheep, the baby was thrown down the well, and the patriarch of the family was somehow impaled on the weather vane on the house’s roof. The violence was spectacular, and in most cases, impossible. Bandits were blamed, then...

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Books!

New books have arrived!

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