Thursday, July 5, 2018

BAM's Purchasable Stories

People often ask what stories I have for sale.

Here's a list of anthologies and a standalone mini novel where you can find the answer.

Click the pictures below for links.

Please read a few, review, and share the tales with others.


Summary: A small town sheriff and recent widower gets a call late at night about his best friend, Alex, dancing in a fountain. This story was dedicated my bar buds who were there for me during very dark times.

Note: I receive 50% of every purchase and 10% of each sale goes to the South Texas Persian Rescue: a non profit cat adoption clinic my niece, Barry, loves.


Summary: A locally famous comedian has a late night reunion with his childhood friend, now a serial killer. What can go wrong? Based on my childhood friend who moved to California to become famous.

Note: Under the pen name Shelly Macaroy - an author in my manuscript: Diaries of Karma.

MacKenzie Publishing's Two Eyes Open Anthology 



Summary: English as a Second Language Teacher from America wakes up in a Japanese jail cell covered in someone else's blood. Detectives seem certain he killed someone. Yet, the poor guy can't remember anything, nor can he speak Japanese.

Note: One amazon reviewer called this piece, "Authentically scary as hell."

HellBound Books Publishing's Shopping List Anthology



Summary: The dream team came to my middle school when I was a kid. Of all people Charles Barkley sat next to me, and inspired so much in a few seconds.

Peacock Journal Anthology, Little Red Tree Publishing



Summary: A linguistics professor has a rare spine condition, which makes his back move like a slinky. Only the creatures from outer space he's teaching English to can save his life in this short comedy.



Summary: The narrator describes what it feels like to lose a sister to alcohol addiction. 
Note: This drama is written under a pen name Scott "Allan" Terrier and it's based on my sister.

Embracing the Shadow Anthology with Down in the Dirt TV Scars Publications



Summary: It's a poem about a very strange experience.

Bindweed Magazine Issue 5 Anthology



Summary: A teen's life changes when he gets held at gunpoint, as will the mugger's. 
Note: WINNER: Exceptional Short Story Award.



Summary: 100-word comedies. 




Summary: Someone is about to die, and you get to read their final moments in this 100-word comedy.



Summary: Experience a shooting from the point of view of a suicidal hero and then a homicidal maniac in an American grocery store.

Note: WINNER of the Wordsmith Competition and Story of the Month

Crack the Spine XIV Anthology



Summary: An older man gets seduced by a teenage girl on a subway in Japan. He has dark motives for her, and vice versa. 

Note: Another Shelly Macaroy piece.

9 Tales Told in the Dark #21 Anthology's Bride of Chaos series



Summary: A kid wants to win a Halloween contest. 
Note: WINNER of a real Halloween Contest and Story of the Month


Far From the Crowd

Summary: It's not easy to tell people goodbye because you'll probably die. That's what happens in the prequel to me having back operations in real life. 

Note: Editor's Favorite Story

StoryShelter's I Am Here. The Untold Stories of Everyday People Anthology

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

42 Stories Anthology

Calls for submissions:
42-Word Story Anthology
An anthology of 42 categories of 42 42-word microfiction stories. Edit: 42 art pieces, one per category. 

That's potentially 1,764 authors in one book. 

There will be a category on the craft of writing, featuring special guest authors. Other categories are listed below.

No poetry. There is no nonfiction category. However, a story based on nonfiction or a poetic prose piece are acceptable. All submissions must contain a beginning, middle, and end. 

Please share this call and submit your writing. 

Deadline: December 2019 or until filled.
Release date: TBA

Word count: 42 words does not include the title. However, I’m going to ask all potential acceptances to try and make the title 42 characters (note: this is not required). DO NOT make the title 42 words. It happened once.

Use this counter:

Use the link below to format your work, however, you do not have to write your word count at the top to avoid redundancy.

Submission guidelines: 
Email subject: 42SUB_Category_AUTHOR INITIALS
Example: 42SUB_SF_DNA

Note: You can abbreviate the genre and if you don’t think I’ll figure out what your abbreviation stands for, let me know in your letter below. Example:

Dear BAM,

My SF: Science Fiction, “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy in 42-Words,” is below. 

(Limit your cover letter to two or three lines).

Include a 42-word, third person bio below your cover letter. 

No attachments.

Include your story in the email under your bio.

Your story: 42-words of anything, (except erotica), with a beginning, middle, and end. Choose from the categories below. Any story that's well-written has a chance of acceptance. We'll find a category for your story if you cannot. 


Payment: Name recognition. Winners of the Story of Excellence in their genre will receive the award and a small payment detailed below. We are also looking into a "token payment" possibility. At this time, the project cannot afford to pay everyone. 

This anthology will be posted on and other platforms. 

Awards: Each category will have a competition for a 42-Word Story of Excellence Award in genre. Winners will win 42 cents and have the option to donate the money anonymously to a charity, or keep the change.

Bonus: Money earned for book sales will pay for anthology expenses such as editing and beta reads. We're also donating a token payment of sales to charity.

Rule: Check your work. Your story is very likely to be rejected if you have typos, grammar, or syntax issues. Failure to adhere to the guidelines above will result in a rejected story and a pissed off author. It’s easy to have a grammar-loving friend read the piece as a second pair of eyes.

Response time: December 2018 to be updated. If you're worried your story wasn't received, send an email subject: 42 Query.


First serial rights. They revert back to the author one year after publication.

Nothing that's been published anywhere.

Submit up to four stories per submission but wait until you receive a reply to send more. Due to so many categories, please send multiple submissions separately. It's okay if you forget. NOTE: The goal is to publish 1,764 writers. There's a high possibility we will choose only one of your submissions. 

No simultaneous submissions. 

42 categories:

  1. Aliens
       2. Apocalyptic
       3. Bad or good parent
       4. Bad or good sibling or evil twin

       6. Culture
       7. Crime Fiction
       8. Escape or disaster

      9. Fairy Tale

      10. Fantasy

      11. Fight

      12. Gothic

      13. Horror

      14. Humor

      15. Impairment

      16. Indigenous American

      17. Killer clown

      18. Kidnapped

      19. Monster

      20. Mystery

      21. Mythopoeia 

      22. Noir (nothing before 1970)

      23. Oddball category (example: kid finds a dead body)

      24. Outer space

      25. Paranormal

      26. Paranormal romance

      27. Rock ‘n’ roll 

      28. Romance

      29. Satire

      30. Science fiction

      31. Steam Punk

      32. Sword

      33. Sword and Sorcery

      34. Thriller / Suspense

      35. Tragedy

      36. Trapped

      37. Travel story

      38. Vampire

      39. War 

      40. Western

      41. Werewolves

      42. Zombie

All entries will be automatically subscribed to BAM Writes' email updates. It's easy to unsubscribe. But this will keep you informed of the project's progress.

If you are a cover and logo artist, I am also taking submissions for a book cover, front and back and 42 chapter images as well as a logo. 
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Sunday, July 1, 2018

Darlene’s Behind Mount Rushmore

If I could have categories of best friends, Darlene Campos would without a doubt be my best “writer” friend.

Before meeting Darlene, my only sister had died, and I had been very sick. She was a sister I needed. She didn’t replace mine, rather became another one.

My friend, Darlene, just got married to David Alcala, who is always smiling and ready with a joke. He has a heart of gold. So does she. Together, their laughs will shine from the effulgence: Fact.

Unfortunately, I couldn’t make it to their wedding due to living far away in Southern Japan, and missed the dinosaurs and excitement.

I wanted to go all out in lieu and post this special blog about her awesome debut novel: Behind Mount Rushmore, which you should read and review immediately.

As an extra gift, I did what every writer should do for their fellow author:

Book Review: 5-Stars

Do you like to read books by authors that clearly work hard on the pages before you, know how to edit, and are highly educated in creative writing?

Try Behind Mount Rushmore, a debut novel by Darlene Campos.
Campos has been through higher education, graduating from the University of Houston's creative writing program and beyond. She helps other authors daily, teaches, and is well-known in the short story community.

A lover of indigenous American writing, she had a simple dream to meet her hero, Sherman Alexie.

Photo by Larry D. Moore CC BY-SA 3.0.

This dream came true for her through hard work. (If only she'd write a non-fiction piece about the time she met Alexie, so the world could feel the moment with her). You can read her interview mentioning the encounter here:

Yet, that has little to do with Behind Mount Rushmore. Only parts of its inspiration.

It is a professionally written and fun book. Zoomed through, yet there were some really memorable moments that captured me into the pages, which will stay in my mind forever. I'm honored to have a signed copy of her debut novel.

There are so many great moments in the book. My favorite chapter is "Vacation."

A lady asked the main characters, indigenous Americans, how big their teepee was just because of their nationality. This foreshadows an incident later in the chapter. The issue of bigotry is smoothly touched upon, and how it hurts families too. The way it’s dealt with is unique, imaginative, and relatable. I especially loved what Josie told Nimo in the end of the chapter about how to really look at a person. It's not too preachy, rather tear-jerklingly sincere.

Nimo is an interesting character: Football quarterback, passionate about books and a writer while a bit sensitive. He’s an imperfect character, yet fun to grow alongside as you read.

In this story, you will get Campos' very best work, and see firsthand an example of a person dedicated to the written word. So, take a break from your computer screen for a few hours, open a hardcopy of Behind Mount Rushmore, and enjoy the read.


Special treat, here’s an interview I gave Darlene last year.

BAM: Darlene Campos, give us a brief first-person bio.

Darlene Campos: I'm a writer who's trying to make my way in the literature world without leaving fellow writers behind. Some might say that's dumb, but I don't really care. 

BAM: What’s the greatest accomplishment in your writing career?

DC: I've won prizes for my stories and I've been nominated for a Best of the Net Award. However, the biggest accomplishment for me is when I get an email from a reader. I had one who emailed me just to say, "I loved your story." Prizes and awards are nice (especially when they include cash), but hearing from a reader is priceless. 

BAM: The relationship of child and parent comes up in your works, particularly that of the father / child dynamic. What inspired this continuous prompt?

DC: This is a question I receive often, and I do have an answer! My dad certainly wasn't Father of the Year when I was growing up. He did and said a lot of horrible things, not just to me, but also to people I care about. When you're not happy in the real world, writing is a way to create your own happy world. This is why I 'make up' good fathers. Just because I didn't have the best dad, it doesn't mean I can't have one in my fictional world. 

BAM: You’re on an island, no Wi-Fi of course, what are three items you take with you, why?

DC: That's easy - I'd take a notebook, pen, and toilet paper. I would say my boyfriend David, but I don't think he's considered an item. Or maybe he is -wink, wink. 

BAM: What’d you read recently?

DC: I just finished reading, "The Glass Castle," by Jeannette Walls. It's a memoir of Walls' childhood and the early parts of her adulthood. It was so well written, I finished it in two days. 

BAM: What’s the greatest lesson you’ve learned as a writer?

DC: Never, ever put another writer down. We all have writer's block, we all write stories/poems/essays that suck more than a vacuum cleaner. There is absolutely no reason to be a snob. 

BAM: If you could win one award in writing, which would it be?

DC: That would be the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction. O'Connor has been a major influence for me and to have her name attached to mine would truly be an honor. 

BAM: Who inspires you the most, why?

DC: Even though I haven't read much of his work, Stephen King is a writer to look up to. He's been writing since he was a small boy and he never, ever quit, even though he sometimes really wanted to, which is understandable for new writers. I have a sticky note above my work station with the number of rejections Stephen King received for "Carrie." That little sticky note keeps me going. 

BAM: Where do you write? Does location matter?

DC: I usually write in my bedroom with the door closed and a pair of earphones on. I can't focus unless I'm totally alone, but there have been, though very few times, when I have written something in public. My award-winning story, "The Fork," was written in multiple places. I started and finished it in the comfort of my bed, but the middle parts were written in a doctor's waiting room, during a timed break between my college classes, and in my car (while I was parked, of course!). 

BAM: Why do you write?

DC: It's a part of me now. I take breaks from writing to recharge, but the breaks don't last very long. 

BAM: If you could sit with any author, living or deceased, who and why?

DC: I've already had the opportunity to sit with my favorite living author, Sherman Alexie, so I chose Oscar Wilde. He was the king of wit! 

BAM: When searching for writing prompts, do any objects or people inspire you? Explain.

DC: That depends. Sometimes when a person is really ticking me off, I think "that's it, you're going in a story and you're going to die in it." As for objects, it's an elegant notebook and a smooth ink pen that gets me writing. 

BAM: Do you feel your lineage carries over into your writing, how so?

DC: Most certainly! Several of my characters are heavily based on my family members. Some of them will figure that out sooner or later. 

BAM: If you could give one piece of advice to every would-be writer, what would you tell her or him?

DC: As Winston Churchill said - never give in, never, never, never, never.

BAM: What’s your favorite word?

DC: Linguistic - it flows on the tongue so well. 

BAM: What makes you laugh?

DC: My life. If I couldn't laugh at myself, I would be miserable. I've fallen going up the stairs, pulled a door that said 'push,' and fallen asleep at inappropriate times (apologies to my previous professors!). I've also spent a significant amount of time looking for my cell phone only to realize it was in my hand. 

BAM: Rock or rap?

DC: Rock! There's no question about it. 

BAM: Gum or mints?

DC: Gum. I've choked on many mints before. 

BAM: Thanks for your answers! Hope to see more of your work soon. 

Remember to remember . . .