Challenge Accepted!

A friend posted this to my private Facebook wall: 

She then challenged me to actually write such books. 

Well, I won’t write books… but I will attempt some short stories! Once I wrap up this “phase” of Barrelbottom, I’ll start posting some of these! 

(Incidentally, I didn’t post this last week… because I didn’t get around to posting. The stories are written; I’ll just post them next week on the “old” schedule of Monday-Wednesday-Friday.)  

I invite you to come along on this challenge. Can you write GOOD stories with the titles offered here? Good luck! 



…is it dead?

That’s how you determine if it’s dead. So, if you want to find out if this blog is dead, poke your monitor with a stick. Seekingnewearth is not responsible for any damage done to your machine.

So, no posts here in a month. Even longer from me. What gives?

Frankly, I’m writing in overdrive… for a novel. And Brandon’s been busy with a novel, too. And Jeremiah Marshe, who graced with a great beginning to a nifty story? He’s a teacher. He’s teachalating now. Yes, that’s a word.

Does that mean that Seeking New Earth is dead?

I’ll let you make your own joke.

Well, I’m going to try to get back on here on a regular basis. For months now I’ve been posting about weekly on my other blog, Ordained for Growth. I think it’s time I make a similar commitment here. I’m almost done with the current draft of the novel, so I’m hoping to be back here, maybe even with some fiction. I’ll certainly have a review or two to post in coming weeks, as well.

No, we’re not dead. We’re certainly not as active here as once we were. As if you didn’t notice.  Continue reading


Wanna enter a contest?

Try here to enter the String-of-10! It’s a nifty concept that works well with what we’ve got going here with Flash Fridays: The site gives ten words. Use at least four of them within a story 250 words or less.

Should be pretty simple for our writers, huh? Right?

Contest entries must be submitted by 11:59pm Feb 9th, so you got a little less than a week. Go! Write!

Too Many Universes

garage boxes

Like this. But, you know. Universes.

I’ve got too many damn universes in my garage.

“Good” ones complete with halos and dragon slayers, “bad” ones with a goatee on every man (and woman), and everything in between.

Each morning with my coffee I spin off a new one, but I can’t seem to do it right. Oh they’ve got villains, heroes, delight and despair, and rising and overcoming adversity. But there’s just one thing I can never muster: stability. Constancy. Reliability.

They tilt, fracture, and spin out in a matter of days or hours, until everything is an unrecognizable mess of jumbled neutrons.

They told me I couldn’t play God.

They were right.

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Prompt – Main Feature

I’ve been reading through George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series, and I’m about three quarters of the way through the third book. First, I must say, this is an amazing series, but if you pick it up, don’t expect a cheery fantasy fable replete with heroes conquesting to happy endings. Boy, is this series dark!

One thing that I’ve started to take note of is the way Martin describes characters. It really resonates with me, and I recently figured out why – it’s very reflective of the style of one of my favorite authors of all time, Jack Vance. No wonder, since Martin points to Vance as one of his main influences.

The way Martin describes characters is, rather than detailing everything about their physical features, he settles on the one or two distinguishing characteristics that make this person unique. For example, Lord Roose Bolton. His hair, the shape of his face, his height – no clue. But I know that he’s the one who has rather pink skin and pale eyes, presumably from his daily leeching, which he believes keeps him healthy. Sandor Clegane – can’t really say much, other than that he’s big (albeit smaller than his brother), and half his face is covered in burn scars.

The point is, you can belabor your character descriptions by detailing everything there is to say about a person, from eye color to hair color to approximate height, weight, and shoulder width, or you can focus on the couple things that set the person apart, that make the character easy for your reader to identify.

So, now to get to the prompt part – Go to a restaurant, cafe, mall, school, whatever, and pick out just a handful of people. Write a physical description of each person, but pick the few details that make them unique and focus on those, rather than on describing everything about them.

What is Caesar’s

“Gentlemen, we knew it would happen someday. And now it has.” Pastor Bryce Campbell took the measure of the men sitting around the table. “I’ve been audited.”

Terry threw his hands in the air. Paul’s head fell to the table. Vince groaned. Hal merely stared straight ahead as his eyes seemed to vibrate.

Vince rushed to gather himself together enough to ask the big question. “Does it mean you’ll be forced to resign?”

“Probably.” Bryce swallowed. He forced himself to hold Vince’s gaze. “They’ll want to look at my sermons, and we know that we don’t exactly toe the government line here.”

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