Saturday, June 30, 2018

Spaceports & Spidersilk July 2018 is now available

The July 2018 issue of Spaceports & Spidersilk is now available for download, and as always, it's just $1.
Spaceports & Spidersilk features some of the best science fiction and fantasy fiction and poetry for kids of all ages. The July 2018 issue will take you to places you might never have imagined. It will appeal to your inner child, and hopefully take you back to the places you loved as a child…and if you’re still a child, it will open your imagination to all kinds of new worlds.
This issue features fiction by Janie Brunson, Guy Bellaranti, Laura Jane Swanson, J.G. Formato, and Russell Hemmell. It also features poetry by Lauren McBride, Francis W. Alexander, Fred Kracke, Lisa Timpf, and Robert Shmigelsky.
Kindle link coming later...

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Pre-order Manic Musings of a Maniacal Mind

From the Nomadic Delirium Press blog:
On July 12th, we will be releasing Manic Musings of a Maniacal Mind: The Collected Short Fiction of J Alan Erwine, but you can pre-order your Kindle edition today!

For more than two decades, editors have been publishing the works of J Alan Erwine, exposing you, the reader, to the dark recesses of the author’s mind. Now, all of those stories have been combined together into one massive tome.
Get a glimpse into Erwine’s grim view of the future, and explore the universe from his slightly off-kilter point of view.
Visit the planets, the stars, the scary places in the human mind, but make sure you’re wearing a seatbelt, because you never know where Erwine might take you next…

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

A review of Nano-Bytes

From the Nomadic Delirium Press blog:
Another one of our little books has been reviewed at
Check it out!

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Frozen Ambitions

A new Divided States of America story...
The Great Lakes Conglomerate is ready to launch an ambitious mission to Mars, but is there a saboteur among the designers?

Monday, June 18, 2018

PDF Book of the Week for June 18th

From the Nomadic Delirium Press blog:
For one week only, get The Best of Both Worlds for 50% off from DriveThruFiction at
Nomadic Delirium and Alban Lake, both publishers of science fiction and fantasy, and all points in between, have collaborated to bring you the very best of what they published in 2015. The selections within come from The Martian Wave and The Fifth Di…, and from Outposts of Beyond and FrostFire Worlds. Their settings might be an inner planet or a world-that-might-be. Their themes are universal, involving choices we all have to make at one point or another in our lives. This is science fiction and fantasy literature at its finest.
This is the first anthology of its kind; it won’t be the last.
Introduction by Tyree Cambpell
Introduction by J Alan Erwine
The Adventures of Colo Collins and Tama Toledo in Space and Time by Tyree Campbell
Artifact by Rik Hunik
Dragon Egg Soup by S. Evan Townsend
Exile by Choice by Kate Runnels
Fire and Snow by Priya Sridhar
From An Unnamed Rock by Jerry L. Robinette
Hands of Time by Fredrick Obermeyer
Hard Earth by Tony Cella
The Job by Justin Bohardt
The Librarian by Lawrence Buentello
Magic, Music, and Greed by Anne E. Johnson
Mars Ride Along by EJ Shumak
Neoteric Urban Archaeology by James Van Pelt
The Next Step in the Dance by Maureen Bowden
Piper’s Haunt by Maureen Bowden
Retirement by Beth Powers
The Tulku of Titan by Mike Morgan

More titles available on Amazon

I've now made almost all of my titles available on Amazon at
I'm not necessarily a fan of Amazon, but they are a necessary evil for anyone in the publishing business, so please feel free to shop, and by all means buy.

Monday, June 11, 2018

PDF Book of the Week for June 11th

For one week only, get Nano-Bytes by Daniel C. Smith for 50% off...that's $1 from DriveThruFiction at
Nano-Bytes features five stories from Daniel C. Smith that first appeared in The Fifth Di… In these pages you’ll find a virus which has startling effects on a team of archaeologists, parents looking to splice their son’s genes, a man who realizes he is all he can ever be, the unexpected consequences of mating with an alien, and a trip through space that ends up in an unexpected destination.

Sunday, June 10, 2018

How Cymbalta almost ruined my marriage and my life

For more than two years now, I've been taking Cymbalta. I've been taking it for chronic pain and chronic depression. Although it did block some of the pain, it didn't really make for a higher quality in life. It also numbed the depression by turning me into something like a robot. No matter what happened, my reactions were nothing like they were supposed to be, happy, sad, angry, whatever, they were all dampened. Unfortunately, this took a toll on my marriage. No matter what I would say to Rebecca, it never showed the emotion that you should show to the most important person in your life. When I was upset, she could never really tell...when I was overwhelmed with joy, she could never really tell. It had gotten to a point that she wasn't sure I was really in love with her anymore, and I certainly am, but the drug kept me from really showing it to her. Although the words came out, and there were actions to support the words, there was none of the emotion that should have been there..
So, because of this, I stopped taking the meds a little over a month ago (DON'T DO THIS, by the way.) I suffered some side effects, but they were nothing near what I expected, and a couple of weeks ago, I started to feel like me again. That may not seem like it's a good thing, since I'm basically an emotional wreck again, but I can feel. I can really laugh when I need to, and I can cry again, and most importantly, I can really show the love I feel to my wife and kids.
Don't get me wrong, anti-depressants are a good thing, and they might be right for some people, but they weren't working for me. Since going off of them, I feel more creative than I have in years, and also feel more opinionated, so look for more angry blog posts in the future, but most importantly I feel like me again. Being on the emotional roller coaster that is chronic depression is going to be a dangerous thing, and I know that, but at least I'm myself again.
One of the reasons for my wanting to write this post is because I saw a post on Facebook today saying that it was the 8 month anniversary of the passing of a friend of mine. I remember the day I found out that we had lost him. I remember feeling sad, and I remember talking to Rebecca about it, but my reaction was nothing like it should have been. Reading that post today actually brought me to tears for the first time since he'd passed away, and I realized that that was what I should be feeling.
Like I've said, I don't think anti-depressants are a bad thing. In fact, I think they're a wonderful thing for many people, but for me, I have to be myself, and Cymbalta took that away from me, and it almost took my family away. It wouldn't have been worth it to have my sadness masked if I didn't have them in my life...

Wednesday, June 06, 2018

Monday, June 04, 2018

PDF Book of the Week for June 4th

From the Nomadic Delirium Press blog:
For one week only, get Ecotastrophe II for 50% off at DriveThruFiction
More than a decade ago, Sam’s Dot Publishing released a small anthology titled Ecotastrophe that looked at the dangers posed by global climate change.
Now, the planet seems in even greater peril, and maybe we are facing Ecotastrophe, but is there time to save ourselves.
Ecotastrophe II features startling fiction from Tyree Campbell, Dan Rice, Melanie Rees, Robert J. Mendenhall, Gustavo Bondoni, and Mike Adamson.