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    David Kernot is an Australian author living in the Mid North of South Australia and when he's not writing, he's riding his Harley Davidson through the wheat, wine, and wool farming lands. He writes fantasy, science fiction, and horror, and is the author of around forty short stories in a variety of anthologies in Australia and the US, including the Year's Best Australian Fantasy & Horror, and Award Winning Australian Writing. David is currently working on his novel Seventeen Souls. More information can be found at http://www.davidkernot.com/?page_id=6

Dark Region Press Publication

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So, somehow I managed to get involved in writing a story with David Conyers in our Harrison Peel, Emerson Ash, Andrew Stone series of works. This one is another Peel and Ash story (the other is appearing on Lovecraft eZine soon I believe), and it marks my 4th story collaboration with David. Although, as I write this we are penning another in the same dark Military Science Fiction genre that for me will see as the eighth in a collaborative collection. I am producing. More news on pending publication acceptances here in the same genre:)
I’m thrilled to have done another story with David, and to have been accepted by two great editors, Brian Sammons and Glynn Barass, for inclusion in the Dark Regions Press collection that has some of the top contemporary mythos writers in it!

I’ll keep you posted on publication dates.

New acceptance from AntipodeanSF

I’ve got a publication coming out next month – it’s 500 words which is the normal size for Australia’s GREAT little eZine AnitipodeanSF. I like submitting short stories there because writing short is harder than you might think and it’s good for the brain, and I ALWAYS write weird science – stuff that you need to research on the web to get the whole picture (unless of course you’re one of THOSE people we don’t like to speak about). Anyway, the GREAT thing about AntipodeanSF is that it stores that and every month’s stories on a government server for eternity as you are contributing to the cultural aspects of Australia, but better still is that they ALWAYS do an audio version for those folk who have problems reading (or like to listen while they drive). I’ve done a few recordings, but I have to say I cringe at the sound of my own voice.

NEWS: I just got another acceptance with them: but this is a little different. I asked if I could submit a 2,000 word story, and was given approval for it to be considered… well, you guessed it, today I found that I am IN! This March for Issue 189 I have a Space Opera piece that is ‘riddled’ with ripping science. Got to love Nuke for his support and for putting out an awesome eZine!

So how is that? 22 days into 2014 and I already have 3 publications. That’s ONE short of 50 since I decided to write shorts, but who’s counting.

Getting up at 5, or 6 AM this week to write before work to progress the fantasy novel edits. The novel is coming on great and I am really enjoying reading and editing something I wrote 10 years ago when I did not have a clue how to write. It’s RAW, but good in ways I hadn’t imagined.

Keep writing, I am!

Fantasy: The Kingdom of Isalde… an update.

A month ago I adopted the life of a writer: but only for the duration of my holidays. Sadly, they end tonight. However, I have managed to pen 2 ½ new stories, and I kept 11 other stories in circulation. I’ve received 2 unofficial acceptances in 2014, so it’s a great start to the year. I got up every day at the crack of dawn and wrote every morning for 3 or 4 (or 5) hours, mainly I edited one of my three fantasy novels I wrote 10 years ago that started me writing. I’ve had a blast. I haven’t made a cent as yet, but I feel richer for the process, and isn’t that all that matters?

Novel 1 of The Kingdom of Islade: Pilgrim of Silt Tor: was 144,000 words, and I’ve edited more than 50,000 words, a third of it. I have 94,000 words to go. Yesterday for whatever reason I signed up at home to have it all done and begin editing Book 2 by the beginning of April… that’s eight weeks… I’m sure I can do it. It’s about 1680 words a day or 11,750 a week:)Excuse me while I panic!

Today I Reached a Milestone

I’d like to tell you about my first 2014 acceptance, but as yet I can’t. I’m excited, but I’ll have to wait a bit until the official release. I’ve heard talk about it coming out in hard cover too, so how cool is that? As I said, more later.

For now, my fantasy novel edits are going well. Looking at what I’ve achieved so far…

I’m just shy of 100,000 words to go (down from 144,616 words).

I am 150 edited pages into the story.

I have a little over one quarter reviewed and edited (but in truth if I use the original word count I have almost looked at a third of the novel).

I’ve removed about 5.5% from the original story, which is less than my 10% goal to cut, but it’s a fantasy and at this stage I’m world building. I get the sense that it will get culled more as it progresses.

What I have noticed as I edit, is my head is exploding with other story ideas. For now, I’m following Stephen Covey’s First Things First premise. For those that have read his work, I believe this is my quadrant TWO task: but it’s time not to ignore it (11 years is enough).

Happy 2014 from Ethan

DSCN2459Many people know this story if they’ve read some of my eBooks or trawled through my writing site, but here’s an update. Eleven years ago today, I sat down and began to write my fantasy series. Ethan is the name of my main character, and some of the story is set in the area in the photograph in the Mid North of South Australia, at the Flinders Ranges. I penned 240,000 words of the series and then discovered I didn’t write well. Back then I had no idea that writing is something you develop for the most part through writing, and eventually I put the 2 1/2 books aside and decided to start writing short stories so that I could edit and do justice to my fantasy piece. I could fill a book on my writing experience, but I won’t take long today. I can say through writing, the people I’ve met, in person and online and who I now call friends have enriched my life [if you can see this post then you know I'm talking about you] and I wish you all success in what you are doing.

I’ve just finished penning my 92nd short story, but I couldn’t wait until I finished the 12 or so unfinished stories and reached my goal of 100 before I returned to my fantasy series. So eight days ago I began the process of editing the first book in the series. It’s 526 pages at the moment and somewhere around 142,000 words. As I began reading it again, it was as if I’d welcomed a long lost friend back into my life. I’ve already laughed, I’ve shivered with goose bumps of excitement, and held my breath as I fell into the story again. It feels good. I’m 100+ pages in, and at this rate I’ll have it ready to go in another 5-6 weeks.

Sometime soon in 2014 it will be yours to read!

January 1, 2014 - 2:05 pm

Martin L. Shoemaker - Congratulations! Sometimes you have to walk away until you’re ready for the story.

January 1, 2014 - 2:26 pm

David - Thanks Martin! I agree, and looking forward to reading what I’d penned when I was full of raw and uninhibited ideas (and had no ideas what commas were).