Monthly Archives: December 2013

New Year’s Resolution Editing Discount

How’s this for a New Year’s resolution?

Get your book edited.

Here, I’ll help you out. I’ll knock 10 percent off my usual editing rate. You just need to contact me by this Saturday.

In any case, I’ll always edit the first five pages for free so you can determine if I’m the right fit for you.

Evolution begins here

We’re still in the season of giving, right?

So I’ll give you the beginning of Earths in Space: We Must Evolve. This second volume will contain four connected novellas, and those four novellas will constitute a full novel of more than 100,000 words.

It’s still a work-in-progress. I keep thinking of ways to improve it, and I won’t publish until I’m sure it’s the best it can be.

Nevertheless, the beginning, as it currently stands, lets you get to know the characters, and I’d like you to meet them…or meet them again. It also has some spoilers for the first book, Where Are the Little Green Men? If you’d prefer to start with that book (which, by the way, is now available in paperback) I’ll direct you here.

But if you’re ready to dive into the second installment, then please enjoy this PDF link, and let me know what you think…

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“Parting Is Such Sweet Sorrow”

A long time ago, in a high school far, far away from many of you…this was published in a literary magazine…

“Parting Is Such Sweet Sorrow”

By Daniel Sherrier

“But…what if we never see each other again?” She was near tears.

“It’s a risk we’ll have to take,” he replied, trying his best to sound confident and sincere. “We need this time apart from one another. Remember, absence makes the heart grow fonder.”

“For you, my heart can grow no fonder.”

They embraced. “We must do this!”

“I don’t know if I can!”

“Listen to me! This is for our own good!”

She considered it for a moment. “All—all right.” They were still hugging. “You let go first.”

“No, please. I insist.”

“How about on the count of three?”

They both began counting. “One…two…three…”

Slowly, they began to separate, but they soon discovered they could not bring themselves to do so. Like an over-stretched rubber band, they snapped back together.

“I can’t do it!” she sobbed.

“Nor can I, my love…but—but we must! Do it for me, please.”

“O—okay.”

Even more gradually than before, the couple began to push apart from one another. Eventually, they were just holding hands.

“Be strong,” he said.

“I—I will.”

They let go of each other and began to walk in opposite directions.

“Good-bye, my love!” she yelled.

“Good-bye, my darling!” he called out.

He went off to lunch, and she went to her next class.

“Strange New World”

My website needs some flash fiction. Yes, from time to time, I’ll put up a wee short story, and I’ll start with my first published science fiction story. Okay, so it was published in my high school litmag when I was 16 or 17, but still…

“Strange New World”

By Daniel Sherrier

Nice planet.

I’ll admit, it’s kind of barren, but the temperature’s just perfect, and it has this very peaceful aura to it. Just looking out at the vast, empty tract of desert just makes a person feel at ease, as if all is right and nothing could ever go wrong.

A whistling sound then makes its way to my ear. It’s a nice sound, and it gets louder, which is fine by me. I find it very relaxing.

Something miraculous then occurs. From out of the dry ground pops up a group of five short, stubby entities. Natives! How delightful.

“Greetings,” I tell them. “I come in peace!”

One of the natives cautiously walks towards me. He reaches up to grab my hand, and then he pulls me to the desert floor. It must be some kind of welcoming ritual, symbolizing my introduction to their land. Continue reading

Hypothetically casting RIP

Last week, I hypothetically cast Earths in Space. That was fun, so today I’m hypothetically casting RIP.

In this series, Rip Cooper must overcome his fears and kill dead people to prevent them from corrupting the living. This young loner learns he can perceive ghosts with his five senses as if they were flesh and blood, and he’s just as solid to them — pretty much the only solid thing, in fact. He works alongside an impure “angel” and his ex-best friend’s ex-girlfriend as they teach him how love can lead to strength.

So let’s start with Rip. He’s not physically imposing, but he also needs to sell being a competent (if not extraordinary) fighter. Steven Yeun (The Walking Dead) would make a likeable reluctant hero. I can see him playing the straight guy to Serissa’s nuttiness.

Serissa is a lively dead woman who’s trying to be a better person, but she has no idea if her efforts will yield any rewards, and that’s slowly driving her bonkers. Alison Brie would be extraordinarily fun in the role. Between Community and Mad Men, we know she can play the silly and serious moments equally well.

Then there’s Rip’s old friend and romantic interest, Kalli. Kalli’s an energetic young teacher with a spiritual side, and she enjoys the thrills of ghost-fighting perhaps a bit too much. If Jenna Coleman (Doctor Who) can pull off an American accent, she’d be great.

And we’ll finish up with the big bad, Zeno. Zeno is a ghost who died hundreds of years ago, and he’s stayed one step ahead of Hell ever since. However, since he didn’t go straight down there, he must have been a halfway decent person in life. In any case, he’s pretty horrible now. Obviously, we need Bryan Cranston. Did you see Breaking Bad?

Like last time, these are off the top of my head, and I might have different thoughts tomorrow.

For those of you who’ve read RIP, who would you cast?

And for those of you who haven’t, I’ll just direct you to this link.

“Wings” — a RIP Christmas story

Merry Christmas and happy holidays! I realized, in all my years of writing fiction, I had never written a Christmas story. I’ve rectified that situation. So, here’s a Christmas story that also serves as a prequel to RIP: Choices After Death.

Text is copyright 2013 Daniel R. Sherrier. If you like it, however, please feel free to share the link.

Hope you enjoy…

“Wings”

A RIP short story

By Daniel Sherrier

Serissa pulled herself out of the ground again.

This time, she emerged in a shopping center plaza after dark. Yet it wasn’t dark, not with that looming Christmas tree.

Was it that time of year already? Did it have to be? She had never been dead during the holidays. At least she missed Thanksgiving…

The plaza was busy. Pedestrians stopped to stare at the decorations, despite the oversized shopping bags they juggled. Couples sat on the benches and cuddled while basking in the lights. Kids ran around like little crazy people. Either the tree was a recent arrival, or these people had never seen one before. Continue reading

Hypothetically casting Earths in Space

I’ve been busy lately.EIS-v1-front-cover-resized.jpg

Both my books are available in print for the first time, and I’ve released a new edition of the Earths in Space e-book.

You see, while proofing the paperback of something I had written a year earlier, I realized I could improve the writing with minor tweaks throughout. I didn’t alter any plot points, just cleaned up some of the prose. That ebook is now available at Amazon and Smashwords with its nice new cover. Distribution will expand once I finish disposing of the original BookBaby edition.

Just for fun now, I’ll play a game called “Let’s cast the hypothetical Earths in Space movie or television series.” Sounds like a swell time indeed.

I never write with a cast in mind, so I’m making all this up as I type. Continue reading

Get to Know…Jacinda Buchmann

Buchmann coverStopping by today, we have YA author Jacinda Buchmann! Welcome, Jacinda!

Tell us about your book.

Indigo Incite, my debut novel and Book #1 in the Indigo Trilogy, is a YA sci-fi romance. The story follows multiple viewpoints of several characters who all possess extra-sensory powers. While they are thrown together in an adventure of a lifetime and on the run from a covert government agency, they discover true friendship and unexpected love.

Why did you want to write a YA book?

I love to read YA books, so I wanted to write something that I would want to pick up and read. My grandmother introduced me to the concept of Indigo Children almost six years ago before my third child was born. She knew that I had always wanted to be a writer and suggested that the concept of Indigo Children, as a basis for a story, would be fascinating for the young adult audience. I mulled the idea around for a while, and then one day, while I was sitting at my desk at work eating lunch, the entire concept for the Indigo Trilogy hit me. I frantically began to scribble the idea down on a piece of scrap paper and by the time my lunch break was over, I had a rough outline of the story and characters. Continue reading