J.M. Williams

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Two New Stories Live

Nov
11

While I’ve been away working, I received notice from two publishers that my stories are not live on their respective sites.

The first is an original Storm Hamilton story I wrote shortly after finishing The Maltese Falcon. I’m sure the influence shows. It was published as part of Akashic Book’s new flash fiction series, Fri-SciFi. The story can be found HERE.

The second story is a reprint of an old Iric story on Eternal Remedy. Like the previous story I had published with them, they paired the story up with some odd pictures that represent their style, a style that I happen to like. I also like the clean layout of their website. Anyways, the story can be found HERE.

In addition to this good news, I’ve been working on the Iric collection. I have the ebook cover done and am just waiting for some final editorial comments before I put it up on Kindle.

I have to admit I am a bit excited to finally have a book for sale! Oh, and my next story with <a href=”http://www.centropicoracle.com/index.php” target=”blank”>The Centropic Oracle</a> is set to drop on the 15th of December. So much news coming in these days. Seems like things work out better when I am not paying attention, a watched pot as they say…

I’d like to say that I can now enjoy my weekend but, alas, I will be working through. Hope you guys have a fun break!

~J.M.

Featured in Corner Bar Magazine

Nov
07

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Happy November Friends and Fellow Speculators!

I have been working hard on the fourth episode of my epic fantasy series Call of the Guardian. I am hoping we–meaning myself and the other two authors in this StoryVerse will go live in a couple months. We are currently talking about having six episodes (of a ten episode season) complete before we start releasing. I think I am currently the furthest behind schedule. I’m going to have to dig in and get focused now!

While I’ve been working on this project, I received so good news. The story I sent to Corner Bar Magazine is now out in their October 31st Winternacht issue. You can go directly to the mag with this LINK.

I really like Corner Bar Magazine. It’s got a great, professional layout for a free ezine. It also has a nice, old-timey vibe with the styles and image choices. And I love old-timey stuff!

I hope you go check them out.

~J.M.

 

Final Bards and Sages Tome Out Now!

Nov
02

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My story “The Sorcerer” is now available for purchase as part of Bards and Sages last tome anthology, “The Great Tome of Magicians, Necromancers, and Mystics.”

You can buy the anthology here: PRINTKINDLE

~J.M.

Catching Cameron Ellis

Nov
02

My cyberpunk/noir/crime-drama flash story “Catching Cameron Ellis” is not live on Astounding Outpost. Go check it out.

This story will also appear in their Neural Nets, Uplinks, and Wetware anthology.

Sometime this month, Astounding Outpost will open up a voting page for readers to choose their favorite stories from the Neural Nets, Uplinks, and Wetware collection. I hope to earn your vote!

Anyway, why not go read my story? You can find it HERE.

~J.M.

A Horde of Updates

Oct
29
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Brace Yourselves!

It seems I should take business trips more often. In the past two weeks, while I was away from home and my computer, I received a flurry of publication news. November is turning out to be a big month for me. I could bore you with the details of my trip and my feelings at receiving several acceptance letters while in the middle of doing something totally different. Instead, I’ll keep this short and jump right into the juicy bits.

First, my story “Innocence Lost, Innocence Found” will be dropping on Flash Fiction Magazine on October 31st. Halloween is the perfect day for a good old vampire story.

My story “The Sorcerer” will soon be out in Bards and Sages Great Tome of Magicians, Necromancers, and Mystics. The publisher has announced the book should be released on or about the 1st of November. An extract of another story in the anthology can be read here.

I will have another Iric flash story released on Eternal Remedy on or around the 5th of November. I loved what they did with my last one, the site and accompanying illustrations having a great vibe and not being something I would have chosen to use on my own.

A few weeks ago, I submitted a Storm Hamilton flash story to Akashic Books’ “Mondays are Murder” flash fiction series. In fact, I wrote the story specifically for that series. Interestingly, the publisher accepted the story but wants to use it for a band new flash series they are calling “Fri-Sci-Fi.” I’m going to go ahead and take full credit for spurring them to create a new series.

My horror tragedy story “Last Night” will be dropping on Roane Publishing’s Flash Fiction Fridays on or about December 1st. This one has been hard to place, in part because it is not a very happy story. Be forewarned.

Also, my next story with Antipodean SF should come out the month in both text and audio. Like the last one, I recorded the audio myself for their Anti SF Radio Show. This time I sent them a mildly humorous Iric story. The text version can be found here.

Lastly, I have been working hard compiling my “Adventures of Iric” flash stories into a collection, which I will be self-publishing as an ebook (not yet sure if I will bother with print-on-demand with this one). This was, in part, spurred on by Roane asking me for a personal sale link, of which, of course, I have none yet. It would be nice to have something on Kindle by the time the story drops so they can send some business my way.

Well, that’s all for now. I will, as usual, post direct links to all the stories once they drop. Except for that, though, I will likely be away from the blog for some time still. I need to get back to work on drafting the fourth episode of Call of the Guardian (those of you who subscribed to my newsletter have already seen the cover), as my co-authors and I get closer to going live with our StoryVerse. I will also have some edits to do with my novella soon.

No rest for the wicked.

~J.M.

Random Updates

Oct
14

So one of my stories was just accepted for publication in Roane Publishing’s Flash Fiction Fridays. This was a story that I really liked, but I struggled to find a home for it. The story is a very broody tragedy, not my typical heroic stuff.

(Tangent: Is there a story of mine I don’t like? I always have good feelings about things I wrote, even when they are clearly not the best piece of writing, even the horrible stuff I wrote as an elementary student. Maybe it’s because they are mine and are part of me? I don’t really understand folks who hate something they wrote enough they are willing to just trash it.)

Anyways, the publisher has offered to provide a link to one commercial work, i.e. something I am currently selling. The problem is, I don’t have one! So, I need to get something out by December 1st, if I want it linked and promoted.

As you may know, I have been planning to publish the “Adventures of Iric” collection as my first Amazon ebook, though I was not rushing the project. Seems now it would be beneficial for me to have that done before this story goes live. Just like that, my priorities have shifted again. I need to get a cover made, need to withdraw any pending submissions, confirm all rights have been restored for anything that was previously published, edit the manuscript, and reformat to fit Amazon’s requirements. That’s a bit of work to do in the next month or so.

But maybe that’s not a bad thing.

~J.M.

A New Story Out in the Uprising Review

Sep
13

My newest story comes to you care of The Uprising Review, whose motto is “Write Fearlessly.”

Well, I did, and this story quickly became one of my favorites. Unfortunately, many editors did not share my opinion. After revising and resubmitting several times, I finally found a reader who shared my sense of humor and adventure.

This story is, after all, a humorous adventure story, a farcical little tale that begins to reveal my Pratchettosis.

I am very proud of this little story–if that is not already apparent–and I think Uprising took great care of it. They even found a wonderful cover image. I hope you will head over and check it out.

You can find the story HERE.

~J.M.

New Anthology Acceptance

Sep
10

For anyone who hasn’t been watching my homepage closely–which I assume is most of you–I recently received a new acceptance letter. This one was for Left Hand Publishers’ Beautiful Lies, Painful Truths anthology, which is a death-themed collection.

This proved to be a case where I had a story already finished that was a perfect fit for the theme. However, the story I had was under their minimum word-count. Instead of turning me away, they asked me to send second story to cover the gap. I wrote a brand new companion story to the first, a spin-off of sorts featuring one of the characters in the original. The readers/editors loved both of the stories, so they will be published together.

The original story was a literal pet-project of mine. I had been thinking of how to write my three cats into a fantasy story for a while, and this story was the manifestation of that desire. Yes, I wrote a story about my cats; I am very much a crazy cat-gentleman.

I can’t say too much about it, but I will say is that the story derives from a quote which making the rounds on Facebook around the time. To sum up, the quote says something like: when a person dies they must cross a bridge leading to heaven, on that bridge are all the animals that person encountered in his life and these animals judge whether the person can pass or not. 

Take that as your teaser.

~J.M.

Fantasia Divinity Magazine Anniversary Issue

Aug
27

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Here’s a chance to get your hands on a hard copy of the Fantasia Divinity Magazine Anniversary issue featuring the first Storm Hamilton story in print. I am a bit giddy that Storm is finally in print. And he’s already got a second lined up, though that won’t come out for a while, I imagine.

Fantasia Divinity has come a long way since their debut last year. The magazine has developed its own identity, which can been seen in their new covers. At first I was not a huge fan of the soft art style of the magazine covers, but it has grown on me, especially due to the consistency. Now when you see a cover, you know right away it’s Fantasia Divinity.

They’ve also have nice, consistent covers for their other projects, whether that be the anthologies or the upcoming novellas. They have been quite busy in the past year. Speaking of novellas, my fantasy interpretation of Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Nightingale” will published by them sometime early next year.

Fantasia Divinity has been working hard to develop and expand. New staff. New projects.  Lots of publications. I feel very proud to be involved with what will hopefully be a strong and successful rise into a difficult market.

This anniversary issue is a special, deluxe hard cover, thus the price. But for a limited time you can get 10% off using the discount code: CZZUZCCN.

The hardcover can be purchased HERE.

I will post a link to the eBook version once I have one.

Happy Anniversary Fantasia Divinity!

~J.M.

“Webs”–read by the Author

Jul
30

One of my flash stories was recently featured on the AntiSF Radio Show. This was one of the first stories I wrote for this blog. The text of the story can still be found on the AntiSF homepage HERE.

I love the AntiSF Radio Show. Not only does it feature some great (and usually humorous) short audio stories, but the host, a guy who calls himself “Nuke,” has a good vibe about him as well. This publication is fully non-profit, so often the stories are read by the authors (like my own). This offers a unique opportunity to hear directly from authors you like.

Well, without further ado, you can find the current episode of the AntiSF Radio Show, entitled “Abstracta,” which features my flash story “Webs” at the link HERE.

Let me know what you think!

~J.M.