Interviews from the Void

I’m thrilled to have been selected as the subject of one of Arthur Macabe’s Interviews from the Void. It’s a long-running series, hosted on his website, of discussions with writers about their background, technique, style, approach, and tools.

Arthur is a novelist himself, and in addition to conducting these interviews on a weekly basis, he is also developing a science fiction podcast. 

Arthur Macabe
Novelist/Interviewer/Podcaster

In my interview, we talked about the advantages of crafting short stories and screenplays as a warm-up to novel writing. Although these conversations are geared toward other writers, I think there are interesting things for people who just enjoy reading too.

Something else included is the article is a bit of information about the origin of the short story I “co-wrote” with Stephen King, back in 1984, called Skybar. Subscribers to my newsletter were able to read that story last October. If you are not yet a subscriber, CLICK HERE.

Photo from 1984 newspaper article about Skybar.

It’s a huge honor to be included in Interviews from the Void. I hope you’ll check out my episode, and the others on the site as well. 

Write Like You’re Alive 2018

For the third year in a row, I’ve spent a month of my summer, working to create something new every single day, as part of the 31/31 creativity sprint hosted by Zoetic Press.

My final numbers and results for this year are in.

WLYA 2018 was, by far, my most productive yet. In the 31 days of July, I generated 33 new pieces. I wrote 19 submissions (17 short stories and 2 poems) totaling 10,243 words. In addition, I also submitted 14 new photographs.  

Summer Leaves by Michael K. Hill

Beyond by Michael K. Hill

Hope by Michael K. Hill

The writing was a real mixed bag of genres:  science fiction,  humor, drama, flash fiction, experimental, and non-fiction.  The two poems were a surprise. I know I’m not a poet, but the challenge of trying a couple of different forms was fun.

None of my photography was selected by the editors for the anthology which publishes in November. But they did select one of my written pieces. I was surprised by the story they chose.   

It’s called Report, and it was an experimental piece, written in the style of William S. Burroughs’ work in Naked Lunch.

William S. Burroughs, Novelist

At the time I wrote it, I thought it was just a filler piece and not likely at all to be selected for publication. Goes to show what I know.

Once again it has been a thrill to compete in this 31/31 challenge. I’m very grateful to the editorial staff at Zoetic Press for hosting this event again. I’ll post another update for this when the anthology is released.  

A Different Time

I’ve completed my first romance novel, A Different Time, and I’d like to take a moment to thank some people who helped out tremendously. 

My editor, David Taylor, did a fantastic job, and I can’t thank him enough. An editor is expected to catch mistakes, and clean up the prose, but David did much more than that. His suggestions and guidance elevated the quality of my book. I’m eternally grateful. 

Also, a huge thanks to my team of beta readers, who took the time to go through the manuscript and provide their thoughts and opinions:

  • Beth Hill
  • Michael Hand
  • Amy Castolene
  • Tracy Thielman
  • Robbie Mills
  • Beckie DiGiovancarlo
  • Alex Hareland

You’re feedback was crucial and instrumental in shaping the story. Thank you for your time and effort.

The book is about two people, separated by time. It’s my first foray into romance stories, after spending most of my life writing horror and science fiction. I’m now submitting the manuscript to literary agents and hope to secure one soon. 

I’ll keep you posted on the progress. 

Newsletter

Last year I used my newsletter as a way to share some unpublished short stories with my readers, including the Stephen King collaboration, Skybar, along with photographs, updates, and info I didn’t post to the website. 

It’s been several months since I released one. I’ve been focused on completing my new novel, and going through the editing process. But now with that done, I have several new short stories to share, so it seems like the right time to prep another newsletter. 

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Write Like You’re Alive

Beginning in 2016, Zoetic Press started hosting a creativity sprint for writers called Write Like You’re Alive.  The event was hugely popular, attracting dozens of writers from all over the world.

The challenge was to spend an entire month being creative. Every day participants were expected to upload some new form of creative output, it could be a short story, flash fiction, poetry, song writing, photography, and even audio or video content. 

The event was so successful, that despite their plans to only host it once, they brought it back for a second go-around in 2017, and now it’s returned again this year too.

Each time, Zoetic Press has published an anthology of the best work created during the event and made it available for download. I’ve been fortunate to have my work selected for the first two anthologies, and I’m currently in the process of creating my work for consideration in the third.

This year’s event has been very exciting for me. My output is higher than in any previous event. I’m on pace to create 31 pieces in 31 days, something I’ve never done before. I’ll update once the challenge has concluded, with my total output, and info on whether or not a piece has been selected for the 2018 anthology. 

In the meanwhile, below please find links to download the first two anthologies. 

If you are interested in downloading the 2016 anthology of Write Like You’re Alive, which includes my short story, What Time Is It?, click HERE

If you are interested in downloading the 2017 anthology of Write Like You’re Alive, which includes my short story, Sprinting Again, click HERE.

Anansi and Beyond: Short Stories, Magic & Nightmares

My first collection of short stories is now available internationally from Amazon in both soft-cover printings and Kindle editions

Magical creatures, guardian angels, monsters under the bed, soul collectors, artificial intelligence, lovers lost in time, and a giant spider who is the keeper of all tales, are waiting to make your acquaintance.

These stories were the result of my first participation in the creative sprint called Write Like You’re Alive hosted by Zoetic Press

One of these short stories has since been expanded into my first romance novel, A Different Time. I’m currently in the process of securing literary representation for that book. I’ll keep you posted on the progress. 

I would like to thank all my beta readers who helped me prepare this for publication: Beth Hill, Michael Hand, Amy Castolene, Tracy Thielman, Robbie Mills, Beckie DiGiovancarlo, Dirk Brentwood, Jonathan Sims, Alex Hareland, and David Taylor.

If you would be interested in being a beta reader for future projects, please let me know. I would appreciate the help. You can post a comment to this page, or send me an email by clicking the link at the bottom.