May 2012 Release – The Great Salmon Run Cake Fiasco

May 2012 Release - The Great Salmon Run Cake FiascoIn keeping with the schedule of one new release every month, the release for the month of May is the short story “The Great Salmon Run Cake Fiasco”. Yes, it’s as silly as it sounds. Do not drink while you are reading it!

“The Salmon Run Men’s Club, the General Store cafe kitchen, and the one-month anniversary of the Callahans in Alaska… All the ingredients needed for a messy disaster of legendary proportions…”

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In other news, I will be away from the internet for at least a week. Hopefully no more than that, but I don’t know for sure. In the meantime, I’ll be writing away on new short stories, and then a new novel first draft.

Third, author Neil Gaiman addressed the University Arts class of 2012, giving an amazing speech. It’s about fifteen minutes long, and it’s fantastic. You will not regret listening to it.

And in the words of Neil Gaiman, go make good art…

Day 24 โ€“ Short Story Update and Milestone!

Oxygen Kisses
8008 Words

Escaping an anniversary celebration at the palace, a mysterious roadhouse leads Annette Staton to a reunion in the war-torn past, but is it a miracle or her death?

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I didn’t plan to write a new short story today. It just kinda happened. So, now the May total is up to 13 short stories.

The words today means that I’ve hit a milestone for the year of 2012. I am now over 250,000 words out of a total goal of 500,000! Over half way, and it’s not June 30th yet!

If I can keep this up, I’ll definitely hit 500k by the end of the year. Horrah! Join me in a celebratory treat of chocolate ice cream!

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Day 24 โ€“ Short Story Update and Milestone!

J.A. Marlow

Where the Purple Grass Grows

Reporter Steve Gortney expects boredom on the backworld of Vorstogen, but instead must survive a mysterious allien space-elevator with awakening secrets, and the raiding pirates who are about to trigger it.

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Day 23 โ€“ Short Story Update #storyaday

The Book Nomad (A Gateway Roadhouse Story)
5116 Words

It’s good physical books are rare in the year 3432 considering poor Henbert ends up anywhere described, when a casually place book sends him hurtling back to WW2 with no book capable of getting him home.

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A cute silly little story, but it took three days to write as I am helping with someone sick in the household.

Oh, and 31 stories this month? Because I was gone for over a week at a writing workshop, I think it’s been pretty much shot out of the water. ๐Ÿ˜› I now need to get ready for a move, the June Nano, and a limit on internet connection. I’ve beat last year’s May total of 10 short stories in one month. At this point I’ll be happy with anything I get, including stopping now if necessary with 12 for the month. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Day 23 โ€“ Short Story Update #storyadayJ.A. Marlow

Dark Circus

A pleasant night at the circus with her fiance ends with terrified Emmie Kirkwood fleeing into foggy 1870’s London. She makes it to an establishment called the “Gateway Roadhouse,” only to find herself in a place filled with the kind of creatures from which nightmares are made. Meanwhile, her would-be killer is still hot on her trail.

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Muse-Inspirational – Abell 39

Muse-Inspirational - Abell 39

Abell 39, about 7000 light years away, is a ghostly remnant of a Sun-like star and one of the largest existing spheres in the Milky Way. Six light-years across, it was once a sun-like star’s outer atmosphere expelled thousands of years ago. The nearly perfect spherical nature of Abell 39 allows astronomers to accurately estimate how much relative material is actually absorbing and emitting light.

Observations indicate that Abell 39 contains only about half of the oxygen found in the Sun, an intriguing but not surprising confirmation of the chemical differences between stars. The reason why the central star is slightly off center by 0.1 light-years is currently unknown. Several galaxies millions of light years away can be seen through and around the spectral nebula.

From The Daily Galaxy

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J.A. Marlow

Muse-Inspirational - Abell 39

Welcome to Salmon Run, Alaska! A place of wild animals, wild land, and wild inhabitantsโ€ฆoh, and native legends come alive and an inter-planetary alien conflict at their backdoor.

When Zach Callahan and his father, Hawk, arrive unprepared for a new life in the wilds of Alaska they find the first challenge is just getting to the small town of Salmon Run. They think they have it made once they get to the Solar Express, the unique train that will take them through a dark roadless wilderness to their new home.

The same night a massive display of the Aurora Borealis lights up the sky.

With the Solar Express shutting itself down, stranding its passengers in the middle of nowhere, Zach and a new friend find themselves on a collision course with an alien spaceship hidden under the snow and ice.

Right under the path of the rescuers. A spacehip also feeling the effects of the light show…

A 37800 word, 152 page (approximate), Alaskan science fiction novella by J.A. Marlow.

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Day 11 โ€“ Short Story Update #storyaday

Mary Celeste Adrift
5471 Words

When low-ranking crewmember Riya Cobley is forced to join an away-team they find the adrift spacefreightor “Mary Celeste” in good working order but no trace of a crew, when alarms sound in both ships…

Well, I did the Flying Dutchman. I might as well do the Mary Celeste, too! ๐Ÿ˜€

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Day 11 โ€“ Short Story Update #storyaday

J.A. Marlow

Flying Dutchman of the Spacelanes

Trapped, Sora races to escape the deserted Flying Dutchman of the Spacelanes, only to find the true nature of the cursed ghost-ship could give her the dream of a lifetime.

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