Sunday, May 30, 2010

Brief Review of "Vegetable Matters"

I came across a review of the First Issue of MindFlights, and the author (Gustavo Bondoni), mentioned my story "Vegetable Matters."

Here is an excerpt of the Full Review:
"Both the quality of production and that of the stories and poems included were very high, and my favorite story was an example of how a science / controversy story was included with no fuss: Terry W. Ervin II's story "Vegetable Matters" is a good one. Perhaps a bit predictable, but very well written and plausibly put together. And the way it looks at eco-extremists made me chuckle."

It was a fun story to write and, as a writer, it's always reinforcing to learn someone enjoyed one of your published works.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Flank Hawk Book Trailer

I recently uploaded my book trailer for Flank Hawk:

I created it using Photo Story 3, free software from Microsoft. It really wasn't too difficult.

Let me know what you think of the trailer (both those who have read Flank Hawk and those who haven't).

And if you have any questions about using Photo Story 3, don't hesitate to contact me.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

D.S. Sault's Blurb for Flank Hawk

"Creative genius takes many forms, Flank Hawk being a literary example. The story stretches fantasy and speculative science fiction to new levels as beasts, magic, Nazi war technology and superhuman beings combine in one well-crafted tale.

But, the real genius of Flank Hawk is the author’s storytelling. The main character, Krish, begins as a lowly farm worker and grows with each life-altering experience as he struggles through battles, builds new relationships and wrestles with difficult decisions. Readers witness the conflict through his eyes in a masterful display of character development. Flank Hawk is a must read!"

-- D.S. Sault, author of The Last Human War

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Taste of the Arts Festival in Piqua

I'll be one of two dozen authors (hosted by the Piqua Public Library) participating in the Taste of the Arts festival in Piqua, Ohio this weekend (May 21st & 22nd). They have tons of fun planned.

Stop by the Piqua Public Library lobby (116 W. High Street). I and the other authors will be there to talk about writing and publishing, and signing books on Friday from 5:00 pm until 8:30 pm and on Saturday from 9:00 am until 4:00 pm.

Looking forward to seeing you!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

"Tethered in Purgatory": My First Published Short Story

I thought I'd focus this post on a short story that I'm quite proud of, "Tethered in Purgatory." The Sword Review published it way back in July of 2006 (okay, 2006 isn't that far back). Later that year Double-Edged Publishing selected it for their annual anthology, Distant Passages Volume 2.

If you've got a bit of time, give it a read. I'd love to learn your thoughts.

...Trapped, inches from paradise. What might a desperate soul risk to reach Heaven? What will it cost him?

Monday, May 10, 2010

2010 Ohioana Book Festival Results

Had a wonderful time at the 2010 Ohioana Book Festival. Met some great authors, met a host of interesting readers, and sold all but one of my copies of Flank Hawk.

Then, after the Festival, Kathy and I attended the reception at the Governor's Mansion. It's a really interesting place, many neat paintings and a wonderful garden. It was a bit chilly outside, but great conversation with some fellow authors and their spouses and friends.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Attending the 2010 Ohioana Book Festival

I will be one of 80+ Ohio Authors attending
the Ohioana Book Festival

The 2010 Ohioana Book Festival:
Celebrating Ohio’s Authors
Saturday, May 8th, 2010
10:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Ohioana and the State Library of Ohio
274 E. 1st Ave.
Columbus, Ohio 43201

Look forward to seeing you there
Chat with me and other authors
Pick up a few signed books!

Monday, May 3, 2010

2010 Derringer Award Winners Announced

The Short Mystery Fiction Society (of which I'm a member) announced the winners of the 2010 Derringer competition.

The winners are:

In the flash fiction category, 1,000 words or less, the winner is: "And Here's to You, Mrs. Edwardson," by Hamilton Waymire. The story first appeared in Big Pulp.

In short fiction category, 1,001 to 4,000 words, the winner is: "Twas the Night" by Anita Page. It first appeared in the Gift of Murder anthology.

In the long fiction category, 4,001 to 8,000 words, the winner is: "Famous Last Words" by Doug Allyn. It first appeared in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine.

In the novelette category, 8,001+ words, the winner is: "Julius Katz" by Dave Zeltserman. This story first appeared in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine.