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“Road Trip” is Available in Forbidden Future: A Time Travel Anthology

ForbiddenFuturesmallsize_zps6dbe5513 (1)I know it has been a while since I have posted here, but for those who were patient enough to stay with me, I have some great news. My second professional sale and first time travel story, “Road Trip”, is now available in Forbidden Future: A Time Travel Anthology published by The Masquerade Crew. The story features four friends driving to a college party who take an unexpected detour into the future. It is one of nine stories in the anthology and it is available for purchase in the USA, Canada and the UK.

“Road Trip” already has a review up:

The story has good character analysis, and a believable story line. The ending is unexpected. This was one of my favourites. -Moonwalker

What a great way to start the weekend. If you would live to review “Road Trip” and the rest of Forbidden Future contact me at ahwupdate at gmail dot com. I am also available for guest blogs and interviews.

Thank you once again to everyone who continues to support my dream of being a writer. I won’t let you down.


Cover Reveal: Forbidden Futures

Check out the cover for Forbidden Futures, published by The Masquerade Crew and featuring my short story “Road Trip”:

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“Road Trip” follows the adventure of four friends driving down to Central Illinois for a college party when strange, yellow clouds ruin their plans. Suddenly they find themselves in a Heartland gone to seed, being chased by religious fanatics and manipulated by a mysterious government agency. As time warps around them, can they make it back home or will they forever be trapped on an endless road trip?

If you are interested in supporting the anthology, check out the fundraiser The Crew are running on their blog.

Beta Readers Needed by The Masquerade Crew

The Masquerade Crew is looking for beta readers to help select the final stories for their time travel anthology. My short story “Road Trip” is one of the submissions you might get a chance to read if you volunteer. Find out more information here.

Has “Road Trip” found a home?

Nothing official yet, but The Masquerade Crew recently posted on their blog the list of short stories submitted for their time travel anthology. My short story “Road Trip” is listed, but what is most important is this line near the bottom:

I don’t have any plans on rejecting any story as long as the author is willing to work with the team: me, beta readers, and editors.

Sounds good to me and though I hate to jinx it, hopefully you will all get the chance to read my foray into the future very soon.

Writing Update 9/28/12

I know I say this all the time, but I need to get better about updating this blog. New goal is at least once a week.

Alright big news: Down in Dixie is coming along nicely, but I have decided not to submit it to Abaddon Books. I wrote it as a love letter to the alternate history genre and it is that indeed. Sadly I doubt anyone would actually be interested in publishing such a reference-heavy story set in a niche market. So instead I am going to spend more time on it, flesh it out and making it novel length. I might actually submit it to a publisher, but I will most likely be self-publishing this bad boy.

Speaking of self-publishing, it has been over a year since I wrote “Collapse Theory” and I have yet to find a publisher for the story. I like the tale too much to shelve it so in the near future (hopefully this October) I will be self-publishing it. It will get me acquainted with the process, which will only help me when I finally decide to publish Down in Dixie. Stay tuned for a brief excerpt from the short story just so I can hear from you whether it is a good idea or not.

I just submitted my new short story “Road Trip” to The Masquerade Crew for their upcoming time travel anthology. Wish me luck! In the meantime I am starting working on a really short story (max word count is 2k) for The Were-Traveler’s anthology featuring zombies in alternate history settings. My tale is tentatively titled “Revenants in Warfare” and will be a short excerpt from a much longer scholarly (and, of course, fictional) tome. I am really looking forward to writing this tale. Those who know me or else have read some of my fiction, will understand how much the zombie genre has had an effect of my writing. Ever since I stayed up late during a sleep-over to watch Night of the Living Dead I have been obsessed with the walking dead. Hopefully the lead up to Halloween will put in the right mood to write this horror story.

Writing Update 8/27/12

ImageWow, my last writing update was almost a month ago. I started this blog to keep my fans updated on what I was writing outside of Alternate History Weekly Update. Yeah, I have been falling down on the job.

Alright, just to prove I am still alive and working, I did record that guest spot on Dissecting Worlds and you can check out the final product where I join forces with my two favorite limeys to discuss alternate histories of the American Civil War. Please listen and if you need encouragement to do so, just look at some of these endorsements:

Interesting podcast about Civil War Alternate History. -Richard Small, author of Confederate Star Rises.

My knowledge of the American Civil War is not all it should it be and I actually learnt a few things listening to the podcast. -Geoffrey Wilson, author of Land of Hope and Glory.

Whoa, and that was my first ever podcast. When I raise enough funds to start my own, you can listen to my Chicago accent more often.

Okay, onto my actual writing. Wok on Down in Dixie is going well, albeit slowly. I have written about 7000 words, which is below the goal I set for the end of August. With work, Weekly Update and family keeping me busy I have found it difficult just setting aside time to write. Nevertheless, I am confident I will have something ready to send to Abaddon by the end of September.

In fact I am so confident about my ability to get back on track, I have actually started work on a new short story, tentatively called “The Road Trip”The idea for the story came about shortly after I finished “A Perfect Hell on Earth” (still available for free from Jake’s Anthology at Smashwords) during one of my free times from helping my wife chaperone high school students at the Illinois FCCLA state competition.. Reveling in my latest literary victory, I took a break to read an article about optimistic futures set after Peak Oil from io9. Intrigued by a post-apocalyptic scenario that does not end with everyone dying in a lifeless wasteland, I decided to write my own scenario and I came up with a bare bones outline of the future stretching into the early 23rd century. After finishing, I put it away because I really did not have any ideas for a character-driven story at the moment.

Then I saw this call for submissions from The Masquerade Crew looking for time travel stories to the future. My mind immediately went back to my old scenario. Eventually an idea formed about a group of friends traveling to southern Illinois to attend a college party and getting caught up in some weird occurrences down I-55. They and the reader catch a glimpse of one of our possible futures. It may be grim, but it is not without hope. The story should be ready by September for submission as well.

So that is what is new in the writing world of Mitro. Stay tuned for (hopefully) more frequent updates from me. If you are attending Chicon7 this weekend, keep an eye out for me. I will be walking around as a member of the press thanks to Weekly Update.