Wulf Moon’s upcoming debut in DEEP MAGIC!

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I am happy to announce I have a historical fantasy story appearing in the Fall issue of the beautiful and wondrous DEEP MAGIC magazine. “Weep No More for the Willow” is the tale of the captain of a Spanish galleon facing off with gods, demigods, and a mermaid! If you like high seas adventure with foreboding omens, supernatural creatures, life or death stakes, and a twist on mermaid tales, you’ve come to the right place!  Add a dash of romance, a sprinkle of revenge, and you have the perfect recipe for a dish best served…wet.  Hey, the story takes place on the water, what do you expect?

Come sail away as I debut my award-winning tales of the Spanish captain Capricho on the pages of DEEP MAGIC. I have been writing Capricho’s stories for twenty-five years, first in live online performances, and now on the pages of professional anthologies and magazines! My tales of Capricho’s young adventures have appeared and continue to appear in Third Flatiron Publishing’s anthologies. In fact, two thousand readers from around the world voted in Critters Readers’ Choice Awards and chose “War Dog”–a young Capricho story–as the Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Short Story of 2018! Well, I think Capricho fans will be even more excited with this tale–he’s older and wiser, and he’s got himself a boat!

You have my permission to come aboard. Preorder from Amazon by clicking here, or you can click on the cover image above. I trust you’ll enjoy this story when it releases from the dock on September 10th, 2019.  Do check out the other fine authors included in this issue. It’s a special sailing with all hands on deck!

⚔⚔LINE-UP REVEAL⚔⚔

Deep Magic’s Fall 2019 Issue line-up is:

“Pile of Bones”, by NYT bestselling author, Michael J. Sullivan

“Treaty’s Imposter”, by Marjorie King

“Forget-Me-Nots for the Potter’s Field”, by Wendy Nikel

“Weep No More for the Willow”, by Wulf Moon

“Experiments with Time”, by Jeremy Essex

*Plus* bonus stories from the board members:

Jeff Wheeler, Charlie N. Holmberg, Brendon Taylor, Dan Hilton, Steve Yeager & Kristin J. Dawson

Extended sample chapters for novels:

“The Lady in the Coppergate Tower”, by Nancy Campbell Allen

“The Redwood Palace”, by MK Hutchins

Cover art by: Martina Fackova

 

Writers of the Future Awards Gala Press Release!

AUTHOR SERVICES, INC. AND GALAXY PRESS PRESENT
THE 35th ANNUAL WRITERS OF THE FUTURE AND
30th ANNUAL ILLUSTRATORS OF THE FUTURE
L. RON HUBBARD ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS GALA
CELEBRATING THE WINNERS OF THE
SCIENCE FICTION AND FANTASY CONTESTS
BLACK TIE ATTIRE
Friday, April 5, 2019
TAGLYAN COMPLEX
1201 Vine Street (at Lexington Avenue),
Hollywood, CA 90038
Valet Parking
Red Carpet Arrivals at 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Banquet Starts at 6:00 p.m.
Awards Show Starts at 7:30 p.m.

Hollywood, CA (March 20, 2018) – Author Services, Inc. and Galaxy Press will present The 35th Annual Writers of the Future and the 30th Annual Illustrators of the Future L. Ron Hubbard Gala Achievement Awards celebrating the winners of the Contests, honoring 12 writers and 12 illustrators from around the world for their excellence in the genres of Science Fiction and Fantasy.

The Black Tie Event, with celebrity award presenters, will be held on Friday, April 5, 2019 at the Taglyan Complex, 1201 Vine Street (at Lexington Avenue, the entrance for Valet Parking), Hollywood, CA 90038. Red Carpet Arrivals begin at 4:30 p.m. Emceed by Gunhild Jacobs, Executive Director of Author Services, Inc., the Invitation Only Event will be catered by Divine Catering. The Awards Banquet will start at 6:00 p.m. Members of the General Public can watch the Awards Show streaming live from 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. PST at www.writersofthefuture.com. A Book Signing and Reception with follow the Awards Show in the lobby of the Taglyan Complex. Continue reading “Writers of the Future Awards Gala Press Release!”

Wulf Moon wins Writers of the Future Contest!

Have I got a story to tell! But for now, let me just say that I won Second Place in the international speculative fiction talent search, Writers of the Future! My story, “Super-Duper Moongirl and the Amazing Moon Dawdler” will be published in their Volume 35 anthology, release date of April 9, 2019. In addition to the prize money and professional publication money, I’ll be sent on an all expense paid trip to Hollywood! I’ll partake in a week long workshop taught by David Farland, Orson Scott Card, and Tim Powers! These are giants in the field of science fiction and fantasy, and I’m so pleased I’m going to learn from the masters. And then there’s the banquet and awards gala which has been described as the equivalent of the Academy Awards ceremony in the field of science fiction and fantasy! This year the event will be livestreamed from Hollywood’s opulent Taglyan Complex on Friday, April 5th! Go to writersofthefuture.com on the day of the event and connect up to the program! More to come!

“War Dog” wins Critters Readers’ Poll for Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Short Story Published in 2018!

That’s right! Over two thousand readers from around the world voted this year in the annual Critters Readers’ Poll. My alternate history fantasy story “War Dog” published in the anthology TERRA! TARA! TERROR! by Third Flatiron Publishing won “Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Short Story Published in 2018.” It’s a wonderful honor, and it’s great knowing so many people enjoyed this story about the now extinct Alaunt war dogs used by the conquistadors to conquer the New World. If you missed it, check out thirdflatiron.com and enjoy it in PDF or in podcast for free. Let me read you the story!

Remembering David Bischoff

This was sad for me last night–I saw a post from Kevin J. Anderson on a group I’m in, and realized I had missed the news that David Bischoff died March of this year. David was a member of the Wordos writers group in Eugene, Oregon, and so was I. Mild mannered, quiet and kind, you would never have known how much he had accomplished in the industry unless you really pressed him–he was just another writer showing up to help critique for the weekly sessions. Dave and I became friends, and he really liked my writing, especially my Borg love story published in Star Trek: Strange New Worlds II. You see, among his many accomplishments, Dave had worked the Hollywood scene, had written the Star Trek Next Generation episode “Tin Man” and coauthored “First Contact,” and also wrote the bestselling Trek novel Grounded. Imagine my surprise when one day he asked me to work up a list of pitches that we’d take to Paramount to pitch to the execs at Voyager. He liked my ideas, prepped me on how fast you had to change them as the producers added their twists, and we planned our dates to go. Alas, just as we were about to buy tickets, Dave got nervous, apologized, but said he had reconsidered–having done the Hollywood scene (you make a lot of compromises in your work to exist there), he had changed his mind about going back into it. He had decided he was happy where he was at in his career, and I respected that.

It would have been cool to have shared in that world with him, however, and I can’t help my selfish wish that we would have gone. For me, it has always been a great dream of what might have been, and it’s my fondest memory of Dave, because he had made a choice, and he knew where he wanted his writing and life to be. I’ll miss you, Dave. You were always kind and insightful, and you believed in me even when I didn’t believe in myself. You had a profound impact on my writing, even though my move created distance that caused us to drift apart. You will be missed by all that were graced with your kind presence.

FREE PODCAST! Let me read you a story…

My grandmother was Native American, of the Chippewa (Ojibwa) nation. She raised me in my formative years. She was everything you’ve read, heard, or seen in oral storytellers of the first people of America. I begged a story out of her every night, and I usually got my wish–fireside tales that fired my imagination.

Now, I get to carry on her tradition. Oral storytelling has changed a little. With podcasts, you don’t get to see that fireside glow, the sparkling eyes, the dramatic gestures. The voice must convey all. And recording that voice is a challenge. You will put up with a rooster crowing in the background on a farm–you most certainly will not in a podcast (unless it’s a story about Old McDonald). So you read in your not-so-soundproof office, and reread, and reread, and reread until finally, you do one perfect take without interruption, without error. It ain’t easy, but the results are worth it.

So let me read you a story. It won’t be a story like my grandmother’s–she was one of a kind. But her blood is in me, and it wants to sing…

Click here for “Beast of the Month” Podcast. 

The Forest Guard

I’ve been gaming for a long time. My Dungeons and Dragons team used to travel to the original TSR headquarters in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, for the annual competitions. Once, we were one win away from having Gary Gygax as our dungeon master for the champion match. Alas, we did not win the tournament. I did, however, learn an important life lesson: NEVER launch a fireball in an ice cavern!

I was there at the release of the first MONSTER MANUAL…we no longer had to invent critters and their stats! Well, so we thought at the time. Seeing Gary Gygax DM for the final match was an incredible experience. With lights dimmed over the room, he had a skull on his command desk flickering with candlelight, and light from below illuminating his face in spectral glow. He had a powerful voice and a flair for the dramatic, but then, this was the guy that invented D&D. How could he not?

Twelve years ago I founded a gaming guild: TheForestGuard.com. TFG was an original guild from the start of the online game Guild Wars 1, and we trained for countless hours and fought with skill, grace and honor in Guild vs. Guild tournaments.  When Guild Wars 2 came out, we immediately established The Forest Guard in the Northern Shiverpeaks server. The guild has been home to thousands of members over the years, 300 active at present. When we ran as a wolf pack against competing world servers, no one could stop us. We regularly accomplished what other guilds considered impossible, standing against all odds and winning because we fought like centurions. Just like a Roman legion, we NEVER let our standard fall! Our Wolf Banner above has always been the symbol of our ideals, and when we claimed a keep or tower, that banner flying above ensured that it was there to stay–every member of the guild made certain it was so.

TFG remains a premier defender in GW2 today. Our success is in basing both training and guild hierarchy on wolf pack stratagems, and I still hold the rank of Big Bad Wolf. Why wolf pack? This, from defenders.org: “You might have heard the expression ‘lone wolf.’  But wolves are naturally pack animals and they develop close relationships and form strong social bonds.  Wolves often demonstrate deep affection for each other and may even sacrifice themselves to protect their family.”  THAT is TFG, and you’ll find familial friendship in every member.

Our guild motto is: Good people first, good players second, and we are DAMN good players. We search for good people in the game. We hunt loyal players that show pride in what they do. We give them a home. They become family. Everything else can be taught.

The best proof of the caliber of these players? When I asked the officers to take over my leadership duties so I could write, they never complained, and have taken the guild to new heights as they organized and guided the entire NSP server. I have had the support of the entire guild, cheering me on in my writing as they’ve continued to uphold our wolf pack ideals. For their tremendous support, for each making TFG what it is today, I give this howl out to them. Go TFG!

 

 

Strange Beasties Now in Trade Paperback!

As you may know, my humorous fantasy story “Beast of the Month” was published last month by Third Flatiron Press in their anthology Strange Beasties. That was the e-book edition. The trade paperback edition is now available at Amazon! If you’re like me, there’s nothing better than holding a book in hand…especially if a story you wrote is in that book! That’s a day to rejoice!

Let’s face it: writers deal with a helluva lot of rejection, which can surround them with negative energy if they let it. A writer spends hours, days, months, years buried away in their office, writing works they sometimes wonder if they will ever see the light of day. You send them out, tales you’ve put blood, sweat, and tears into, and most often–in the beginning–they come back to roost, leaving you wondering if you did something wrong, if the story wasn’t good enough, or if you just changed something might it become more sellable? … and down the path to madness ye go.

You really want your stories to sell. Why? It’s not just personal validation, proof you are what you believe you are, A WRITER. No, it’s really about COMMUNICATION. You see, to communicate, you need a message, a transmitter, and a receiver. A writer has a desperate need to connect with other human beings, a fire burning in them that says, I want you, my fellow that shares this world with me, to see and feel something that I believe is important. Often important enough to spend hundreds of hours writing, proofing, submitting to market, getting it back, and sending it out again. In the case of this story, two decades of that. Two decades of getting letters back from editors saying, loved this, really wanted to publish this, not quite right for us, hung on to it as long as I could trying to find a spot, you were number 15 of the 14 I bought, etc., etc. Can you believe it? These are wonderful signs, and you are grateful to the editors that took the time to let you know how close your story came. Still, it can make a sane man or woman crazy, but who says any of us are truly sane? Certainly not writers…there are many other endeavors that grant faster results and gratification and financial gain for far less effort. But that’s another story…

When you sell a story and people can finally read it, you’ve accomplished your mission. You created your message; the editor transmitted your message through publication; and the reader received because, at last, they can access and read it. Communication accomplished. If you’ve done a good job, you will evoke emotions in your reader, take them away from their problems to another dimension created by you, maybe even, if you’re lucky, open up new vistas in their mind and life they’ve never considered before. Countless writers talk about readers that came up to them, dog-eared book in hand, and said, ‘You have no idea what your story did for me in my darkest hour.’ Yes, that really happens.

Will this humorous fantasy story do that for you? Who knows? It’s deeper than you might think, if you dip below the surface. But if all I do is make you laugh, hey, laughter is magic. So is smiling. And if I can make you do that in what can be troubling times, mission accomplished. Message. Transmitter. Receiver.

And that last one’s you.

Click here to experience.

Amazon Author Page!

“Wolf Helmet” Copyright 2010 by Wulf Moon

My Amazon author page is here! Under the name, tada!, Wulf Moon! I figured it’s about time. People like knowing who is the guy that stuffed all these crazy creatures into their mind–probably because he’s the only guy with the combo to get those critters back out! Sometimes, they can’t help themselves, they just want more. Hey, I’m an acquired taste, like peanut butter and sushi.

I am getting a vision right now. Yes, it’s getting clearer. Ah, there it is. It’s of Steve Martin, ripping through a phone book, running a finger down the list, and then leaping up and down as he cries out, “I am somebody!!!”

Weird. I have no idea where that came from.

Oh, that picture up above? That’s my watercolor painting “Wolf Helm” based on an actual totemic helmet.