DragonCon Report from a Friend

September 27, 2009

The lovely Jean-Marie Ward is a member of our DC Area Storytellers and she sat on some panels at this year’s DragonCon and was kind enough to share a detailed report, complete with pictures.

She actually sat on a panel with a green-haired James Marsters! Also, the picture of John Ringo and the Cruxshadow gang has to be seen.

Thank you very much, Jean-Marie, for sharing.


NaNoWriMo Challenge!

September 22, 2009

It is getting close to that time of the year again, my friends. I’m referring of course to the month of November and the annual Write a Novel in a Month Challenge! The premise is simple. Write 50 thousand words in 30 days. This leaves no time for fancy editing. Just get your story told and then spend December in edits. It’s a hectic run of at least 1700 words a day, but thousands of people do it each year.

Detailed information is available at the NaNoWriMo website and I encourage any writers in the audience to give it a go.

The first year I attempted it, I was successful with 51 thousand words written in 30 days. Last year, I got a late start due to a family emergency and only managed 31 thousand words by the end of the month.

This year, my theme is going to be steampunk. The tale of creativity, eroticism and bravery under fire is going to take place in the first half of the 20th Century. That is late period, I realize, but the characters, technology and situations will be straight from the golden age.

I’ve started collecting my research notes and have already generated a list of potential character profiles.

Oh! And I believe the title of this post mentions a challenge. Very well, here’s my challenge to anyone who reads this:

Join NaNoWriMo and hookup with the rest of us lunatics. You can ‘friend’ me there and we’ll track each other’s progress. If you succeed in completing 50 thousand words or more in the month of November, I will send you a copy of whatever one of my eBook publications you wish. Or, if you prefer, you may wait until my steampunk novel is published and recieve a free copy.

Please NOTE: You must ‘friend’ me on the NaNo site AND send me an email prior to November 1st so that I know who is accepting the challenge.

email: masteranthonystevens [at] gmail [dot] com

NOTE: The Challenge is now closed!

Good luck to those who have joined me on NaNo.


September 21, 2009


Another Medieval Tale

September 12, 2009

Here’s still another tale from my good friend, Stanislas Delafield, of the Shire of Tri Os. It’s called Summer – 1066 and any history buff should be familiar with the major events of that year.


Another Free Short Story

September 11, 2009

A good friend has given permission for me to share one of his medieval tales with you. Please check out Storm Dragon and let us know what you think.