I’ve been interviewed on Ralph’s Rants!


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Claws of the Golden Dragon



Airship 27 Productions is proud to announce the release of a new “Asian” themed pulp thriller by a super talented newcomer to the field of New Pulp Fiction, Barbara Doran.

When a mysterious evil force known only as the Voice begins to take control of the local mobs in the coast city of Strikersport, two new heroes appear on the scene. Their origins, the neighborhood streets of Chinatown. The masked Tiger and Dragon wield both science and magic in their battle to combat the forces of darkness. Soon several of the city’s prominent citizens become players in this cataclysmic war. These include a wealthy family with roots to Strikersport history, a rookie cop and a crusading newspaper editor.

“Ms Doran approached us at Pulp Fest last year,” recounts Airship 27 Productions Managing Editor Ron Fortier. “She was interested in our line up of titles and had heard about our producing the first ever black avenger character, Dambala, by author Charles Saunders. After picking it up, she inquired if we’d be interested in material featuring characters of oriental heritage.” Fortier and Ms Doran exchanged contact information and months later he received a digital copy of the manuscript for “Claws of the Golden Dragon.” “It was like nothing that had ever come across my desk before,” Fortier adds. “I knew immediately we had another winner on our hands.”

Writer Barbara Doran spins a classic pulp adventure with breakneck pacing, original characters and a convoluted plot that will keep readers guessing to the very end. Mixing martial arts with Chinese mysticism, she offers a truly unique action mystery sure to entertain readers.The books features nine interior illustrations by professional Hawaiian based illustrator, Gary Kato, with a cover by New Zealander Shane Evans. As ever, Airship 27 award winning Art Director Rob Davis provided the book’s design. “We’ve pretty much got an international team on this one,” Fortier finishes. “All working towards delivering a truly unique New Pulp fiction reading experiences. Our fans are going to love “Claws of the Golden Dragon.”


Available now at Amazon.



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Newest Status at long last

With luck on my side, my pulp adventure novel, “Claws of the Golden Dragon”, may be published by Airship 27 by the end of the year. It needs art and a cover but things are looking good at the moment!

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NaNoWriMo 2011

I’m in. No title for the work but at least I know what I’m writing.

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NaNoWriMo is officially over… well, for me, at least!
The Vermillion Chamber came in at 50,414!

I’ll be editing and adding a bit to it over the next month. Then I may well go ahead and post part of it here. We’ll see. Until then, I’m going to go fall over now.

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Doing NaNoWriMo this year under my pseudonym. You can find my user page here.

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Still here, despite myself….

Rather than make this blog be a continuing saga of rejection slips (which are inevitable at this point) I’m just going to babble about writing here;

One of my writer friends was discussing the fact that her dreams tend to have a narrative flow, starring characters other than herself and was wondering if this was endemic among writers only or if folk who didn’t write did that too.

I haven’t got an answer to that because I’m firmly in the narrative flow camp when it comes to my dreams. My most recent work was born of a dream – an insane mechanical island was attacking other islands and sending mecha down to kill everyone on board.

Now the fact that I’m a bit of an anime fan probably has a lot to do with the texture of that dream but somehow the concept of a sentient island stuck with me, to the point that I started playing with the idea, contemplating what life might be like on such an island and what kind of people the islands themselves would be.

So now I have a full length book sitting on my hard drive, with a human colony on a watery world where survival depends on the sanity of the AI’lands that support them.

Now to find a publisher.

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Another rejection, another agent?

I suspect that these posts are going to be rather boring for a while. The agent I tried most recently wasn’t prepared to take me on. She did send me a nice rejection slip and I have to wonder if it’s legit to thank her for her kind encouragement or not.

But, as I’m not planning on giving up any time soon, I’ve sent a query email off to the next potential agent. Her turnaround is faster so I may be headed off to the more traditional post office next week. I find myself with mixed feelings about the email query. Somehow it feels more real to send an envelope off in the mail. Yet at the same time, it’s true that a more paperless workplace is very useful.

Oh, and I begin to grow very nervous. Ellery Queen still hasn’t responded to me about the short story I sent. Does this mean they’re really thinking about it or that it simply didn’t arrive. I regret now not having put a delivery confirmation on it. Ah well. I suppose I’d best give them a bit more time.

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Agent of Change

Another step on the long hard road to being a writer. I’ve sent off a proposal to a potential agent. Based on her bio from the website for her agency, I think we might be a good match.

The story I’m proposing is “Crown of Ash”, one of the – many – Kardovian stories I’ve been contemplating. I dissuaded myself from sending the AI’land story at the same time, as it still needs some serious work before it’s remotely ready for prime time.

No word yet on the AI’land short story from Analog or the mystery short from Ellery Queen. But no news is good news, right?

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Still on a roll

Though not the one I want to be on. Another rejection notice from F&SF on Monday. It only takes them 11 days to respond but I’m not sure fast is all that good, since it sort of suggests fast read-thrus.

Oh well. Off to Analog with it today.

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