So it’s official-official: my next chapbook will be DUTIES.

It’s official-official because I put down the down payment for the art. I hope to have DUTIES ready for Fright Reads, because that’ll mean I’ll have two new things for that event (the other being TINSEL RAIN). But definitely by the end of the year!

So now I just have to buckle down and get that chapbook ready for the readers. Yay…

Moe Lane

PS: It has been not the best month or so for my motivation, alas. But it’s not like I have a clone to foist off writing duty on…


So, it looks like maybe I can get the next chapbook ready in time…

…to have it for FrightReads (tentative title: DUTIES). I’m talking to the artist now; she should have plenty of time to finish the art. So if I can revise the stories and get them beta-read in a timely fashion, Amazon can do the rest. And, if not: they’ll be ready for the next con. I definitely will be selling TINSEL RAIN at FrightReads, of course. Looking forward to it!


Getting some work done on DUTIES.

While I’m waiting for edits for TINSEL RAIN, I’d thought I’d work on the upcoming chapbook DUTIES. It’s the usual four-story job, and features some of my earlier work. Which means the stories have to be gone over, fixed up, and fleshed out more. Back when I started, I was struggling sometimes to hit 3K words on one of these. Now 8K is a much more reasonable goal.

09/17/2020 Snippet, DUTIES Revision

15900/32000, and I may need to revise when this is going to be ready. Although it’s not that bad. For that matter, things are already starting to calm down on the home education front. The kids seem to be getting used to the schedule, huzzah.

We must keep on carrying on, then. Word-count waits for no man.


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09/14/2020 Update, DUTIES Project.

13,800/32,000. Hrm. This needs to go faster. A lot faster. The 500/word per word strategy just ain’t gonna cut it for this project. The problem is, if I up it to 1,500/words per day I’m likely to end up with crap, which is worse than not getting this project situated by the end of the month. I must think about this further.

Snippet from ‘The Fight In The Grove’ after the fold.


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09/13/2020 Update, DUTIES Project.

13,140/32,000 Words.

Worked on: The Fight in the Grove

DUTIES is going to be four previously published stories: “Processing Duty,” “The Fight In the Grove,” “Frogman Prince,” and (my personal favorite) “Meatbags.” I was originally going to type “published on Patreon,” but since all the magazines out there insist on treating them as bloody reprints they can damn well not be hyphenated-published stories. Fair’s fair.

A bit of a taste:

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