Archive for January, 2016

In with the New

Posted: January 8, 2016 in Fiction

The first story of 2016 was inspired by a prompt stipulating a setting of “Weird West”. Thinking on that, I came up with “Memento Vitae”:



Out with the Old…

Posted: January 6, 2016 in Announcements


Though I’ve been pretty silent these past few months, I haven’t been idle. Right now Half-Mad Rantings: 2015 is wrapping up (some final editing needs to be done and then uploading the relevant files to CreateSpace) and it is filled not only with the dozen or so pieces of flash fiction published here last year, but also four longer pieces that are brand spanking new! So, keep your eyes open for the announcement that it’s available in the next couple of weeks.

Along with that I’ve also decided to re-vamp the production process here at Half-Mad Rantings. In the last few years I’ve been tied very tightly to the awesome Chuck Wendig‘s weekly Flash Fiction Challenges. However, there are weeks where his challenges don’t really sync up with what I do here or (like last summer) there are times when he’s uber-busy with being a full-time writer who hits conventions and thus doesn’t have time to update the Challenges. So, being that his “roll a d20” style challenges have been my favorite (randomness +  story seeds = fecund garden of creativity), I stole  borrowed all of his posts that have done that, rolled a d20 twenty-four times and came up with ideas for 2016’s stories. The first one is already finished and will be published on Friday – which will be the new “Story Day” and I’m aiming to publish at least one story a month. Though, since I have all the writing prompts I need right now, I’ll be able to work on the stories continuously without interruption.

So, here’s to the new year!