The Journal: Aliens Among Us

In today’s Journal

* Quote of the Day
* Aliens Among Us
* Of Interest

Quote of the Day

“Lessons here? Sure. Show up every day, every minute. When you make a promise to write and you don’t do it you are letting yourself down, not to mention whoever would have benefited in however many ways by reading your efforts. You’re never too old to start until it’s too late. It’s not too late today.” Joe Hartlaub (see the second item in “Of Interest”)

Aliens Among Us

Outside of a workshop, I’ve never seen Dean Wesley Smith put out a call for manuscripts. But he just did, or at least that’s the way I read it. Aliens Among Us is a new book bundle he’s putting together for StoryBundle. He’s looking for novels and novellas, so no short stories or short-story collections. If you’re interested, you can read all about it at the first item in “Of Interest.”

I submitted two novels: The Consensus (40,000 words) and For the Good of the Galaxy: The First Nine Days (90,000 words). If you submit something too, good luck.

Talk with you again soon.

Of Interest

See “Aliens Among Us” at

See “A New Trick for an Old Dog” at A rare post from the retired TKZer, Joe Hartlaub.

See “Best Practices for Working with an Independent Editor” at I linked to this in case you have little or no experience hiring a copyeditor (the only kind that is both legitimate and necessary). I do not necessarily agree with everything in the article.

See “Susan Sontag, The Art of Fiction No. 143” at

Disclaimer: In this blog, I provide advice on writing fiction. I advocate a technique called Writing Into the Dark. To be crystal clear, WITD is not “the only way” to write, nor will I ever say it is. However, as I am the only writer who advocates WITD both publicly and regularly, I will continue to do so, among myriad other topics.