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Synthanasia: A Not-So-Happy Family Story

My short story “Synthanasia” is now available on Amazon. It’s in the Kindle store but you don’t need a Kindle to read it: you can download a Kindle app for free on to your smart phone. I plan to make this available in a print edition at some point as well.

I was inspired to write the short story when I worked at a bank years ago and the manager of the bank was an elderly woman. She and her husband had health problems: nothing unusual for people of their age, but there was a span of a few weeks when they were alternately in the hospital for different ailments. Between the two of them maybe they have one healthy body, I thought to myself, and the idea for the story was born. I rewrote this from a much-longer earlier version.

Will this make good bedtime reading or family reading? Probably not. But it’s a tidy take about the medical industry, family responsibilities, and doing right by your own. Cover art by the excellent Amy Chace.

Literature for You: Supernova Black Hole Butthole

Supernova Black Hole Butthole is now published. I am still new at the Amazon publishing game. I would like it if there were an option for people who buy things from Amazon’s kindle store to get them in printed book form as well, even if that means a smaller payout to the author.

But that doesn’t matter, because I have more fiction for sale on Amazon, out there and ready for the world to see, for a small fee.

This story was the first one I read at the Cash Prize Literary Open Mic at The Cobra Club in Brooklyn earlier this year. I didn’t win the prize at that open mic but the story was very well received and someone asked me after the reading if this was available online for purchase anywhere. Now it is.

So enjoy and thank the very talented Justin Melkmann for his awesome illustration.

Flooding the Market with Good and Bad Literature

It is long past the time I put my money where my mouth is as far as getting fiction out there for the world to buy. I guess I could post it all for free, but that would be making a mockery of my ambitions, and I’m not ready to do that yet.

I got some great advice from my friend Darren Pillsbury, who is not only an outstanding and versatile writer but an expert on Amazon publishing. I tried to follow his advice as best I could but I kind of screwed things up. I didn’t crop the cover well – and I have great cover art from my own wife, the talented Emily Griffin Sheahan. I somehow botched the fonts so that my name and title don’t fit properly on the kindle page. But hey, I’m keeping things punk rock in some way. I’m also probably charging too much for a short story – I’m asking the minimum amount that will get me 70% royalties. The minimum price – 99 cents, gets an author 35% royalties.

But I’m convinced it’s a good and well written story so I’m glad it’s out there for people to read. You can lend it to someone if you buy it. Also, I don’t know any literary journals that would publish a story like this.

So if you have $2.99 to spare and a Kindle, feel free to buy the short story that’s for sale. I guarantee you’ve spent more than $3 on less enlightening things.

I have no logical reason as to why “What’s In My Purse” is the first piece of fiction I’m selling on Amazon other than it seemed to be as good as it was going to get and I think it’s an amusing story. Also, the issue of domestic violence is much in the news lately, so the story is timely for that reason. And because my fiction aspires to be universal, I believe it will appeal equally to women and men in both the pro- and anti-domestic violence camps.

Enjoy.

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