I am growing tired of trilogies these days—and series in general (in both books and film). It seems like every successful piece of intellectual property in the entertainment industry must be prolonged indefinitely. What happened to a single complete story with a beginning, middle, and end? Most series would best be novels, most novels would best be short stories, and most short stories would best not exist.Continue reading
For Cyber Monday and the rest of the week, some of my ebooks are available at discounted prices on Amazon.
My sci-fi mystery novella Work for Idle Hands is on sale for $0.99
My trio of stories about the future of autonomous vehicles, Death by Self-Driving Car, is $0.99
And my larger collection of 27 short stories of various genres, Story Addict, is also $0.99 for a limited time.
The paperback version of my new novella, Work for Idle Hands, is now available on Amazon.
Some fun facts about WFIH:
1. From Short Story to Screenplay to Novella
Work for Idle Hands was originally written in 2016 as a 9,000-word short story. At that time I was still pursuing screenwriting in tandem with prose writing, so I decided to adapt the story into a screenplay. But after unsuccessfully trying to pitch the screenplay to agents and producers, I decided to re-adapt it back into prose form, but longer since I had expanded the original short story when adapting it into movie form. This final version is a sort of amalgam of the short story and screenplay, which I expanded upon further. The final word count is triple the length of the original short story, at almost 30,000 words. I think this novella version is the best of the three. The novella may be my favorite form for a story. It is the perfect length to tell a full story and develop characters without getting bogged down by side-plots.Continue reading