Ermaline had been leaning against the rail-capped upper edge of the S.S. Badger’s foredeck hull for so long that her knees were beginning to chafe. It was a four-hour trip across Lake Michigan, and they were nearing the halfway point. She and Bert Frensh had set out from Ludington, Michigan for the round-trip to Manitowoc, Wisconsin with a set of the special wind chimes that Bert had made, intent on getting them installed on the ship. At the moment, they were dangling overboard just opposite Ermaline’s chest, held in place by a hook slung over the section of railing which she hid from view.
Author’s note: This post is the first chapter of “Interrupted Podcast”, the fourth part of a series that began with the novelette, “Painful Realization”. … More “Interrupted Podcast: Chapter 1”
Writing the first chapter of the fourth part of the series that began with the novelette “Painful Realization“, and continued with the short stories “Of Two Minds” and “Vampire Puppeteer” is coming along pretty nicely now, and I’ve made a couple of decisions. First, the title of part four is “Interrupted Podcast”. And although the … More InProgress 4: Game Plan
Over the weekend, I had enough of the upcoming story nailed down to start writing. There are still unanswered questions and unfinished character arcs in my notes, but the fictional reality of the tale had taken root and was ready to grow. I know this because it felt like there was a live video feed … More InProgress 3: Post Time!
Note: this is the 2nd in a series of posts about the development of the 4th tale in the series that began with the novelette, “Painful Realization“. The first of these posts is here. As I mentioned in the first of these InProgress posts, I had started writing notes about what happens in the new … More InProgress 2: ‘Arc’ Welding
Because I didn’t want to leave a project uncompleted, I was happy to have finished the third story in the current series just before having heart surgery. Soon afterwards, I started mulling over where the series would go next. What I knew early on was that we would be returning to Bert Frensh, the man … More InProgress 1: Sighting the Long-Delayed Other Shoe
I’ve reached the end of “Vampire Puppeteer“, the third story in the series that began with the novelette, “Painful Realization“, and continued in the short story “Of Two Minds“. I have yet to back through the new story to see if there’s anything I’m not happy with, but the essence is now complete, and I’ll … More Vanquished Vampire
In part 1 of this series, (novelette, “Painful Realization“,) Bert Frensh developed the means to affect people with the focused Chi of a performance. In part 2, (short story “Of Two Minds“,) his student Mark attempts to prevent violence at a political rally. In part 3, Mark’s friend sees what’s happening below the surface. “Vampire … More Short Story: “Vampire Puppeteer”