Monday, October 26, 2009

New Story Published Today at The Western Online

Another great story by Kenneth Mark Hoover, he really cranks up the tension with this one. It is another Marshal John T. Marwood story that takes place in Hoover's fictional town of Haxan, New Mexico. The story is a suspenseful thriller that keeps the reader guessing until the end. Check it out, you won't be disappointed.

Here is the link: "In the Image of Our Maker" by Kenneth Mark Hoover.

Monday, October 19, 2009

NASCAR column online

My NASCAR column for the week went online today at Insider Racing News. This week I wrote about Juan Pablo Montoya. Not a lot of NASCAR fans know much about him, but I saw him in person at a CART race in Houston in the late '90s. This week my column is titled Is Montoya's Recent Success a Surprise?

Check it out and let me know what you think. I always enjoy getting feedback.

Monday, October 12, 2009

The Western Online - New Story Published

We have published a new short story today at The Western Online.

"Till Death Do Us Part" by Kenneth Mark Hoover. It is an excellent story and a very good read. Be sure to stop by and check it out.

My Writing Updates

My weekly NASCAR column is online today. Here is the link:
Kyle Busch: NASCAR's Official "First Loser"

I always enjoy the feedback I get from my column whether it's positive or negative, so be sure to let me know what you think about it.

I'm still working on a few short stories and I've got the makings of a novel bouncing around in my head. I'll probably start working on it today.

Friday, October 9, 2009

The Western Online Listed at

The Western Online has been listed at Ralan only lists speculative fiction and humor markets. How did The Western Online get listed on such a site? Well, I recently decided to start publishing Westerns with supernatural elements, such as ghost stories.

The Western Online is still exclusively dedicated to Westerns, but the listing at exposes us to a wider audience, which means more quality submissions and more readers.

The Western Online is dedicated to everything Western. The type of story most likely to be published here is the traditional post-Civil War Western. However, we will consider any story that is connected with the early settling of America that takes place during the 1700s and early 1800s, from swashbuckling pirates to mountain men and the early pioneers. Since people who lived in the Old West tended to be somewhat superstitious and tales of ghosts often ran rampart, we will consider stories with supernatural elements (ghost stories, or stories dealing with regional folklore; some horror elements may even be okay, query first) as long as the story is clearly Western.

We won't publish stories with spaceships or aliens, no space westerns. If unsure of what type of story we publish, be sure to query: editor*at*thewesternonline*dot*com.

Be sure to read our complete guidelines before you submit.

Monday, October 5, 2009

A New Take on Writing

I found a market that publishes Western stories with a science fiction element, so I'm working on a story to send to them.

Most of the time, I have ideas for stories bouncing around in my head, and I write them only to find they are too long to submit or they don't fit current publishers needs. So, I'm going to try finding the markets first, then create a story that fits their needs.

This market is pretty professional looking, they publish once a year in .pdf format, so I'm writing a story that should find a home with them if they choose to publish it.

Weekly Writing Updates

I got back from my civil war reenactment yesterday afternoon. I had a great time, even though it rained a lot. We got to fight Saturday; I know I shot at least half a dozen yankee's before I got "killed."

My weekly NASCAR column is online today: NASCAR is Still Feeling the Economic Crunch. Check it out and let me know what you think.

I submitted four short stories to various publishers today. One is a science fiction story set in the future but based on an alternate history, one is a historical fiction story set in Roman occupied England, and two are westerns.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Stories Ready to Submit

I've spent the last several days getting some stories ready to submit and finding places to send them. I've got four prospective markets lined up and will be sending the stories in the next few days.

I've still got quite a few short stories and even an article or two that I need to find homes for. But since I'm on vacation, I'm taking a break for the next few days and will be at a civil war reenactment for the weekend.