Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Down to the Final Five


 

The 42 Stories Anthology is down to the five Craft of Writing entries to reach the 1,764 mark. These five entrants will receive $42 (or they can have it donated to a charity pot for United Through Reading), answer an interview question in 42 words (details here: https://bamwrites.blogspot.com/2021/08/42-stories-anthology-craft-of-writing.html), and select the winning stories for one of the following chapters in the book:

Sports

Trapped

Vampire

War

Zombie

While we try to find the final five, I'd like to mention something about spam folders. 

It's good to check them twice a month (minimum). Before being so busy, I used to submit stories, too, and found not one, or two, but several acceptance emails in my spam folder during that time. Now Google has added new folders, which are the Social and Promotions folders. They're useful, but you might miss an important email because none of these messages reach you unless you go to the folder. That said, the Story of Excellence Winners for the following chapters are:

Apocalyptic Winner: Kate Gaston

Clown Winner: John Porcino 

Crime Winner: Tom Barker

Culture Winner: K. A. Kern

Dystopia/Utopia Winner: Râna Campbell

Escape Winner: Matt Patrick

Fantasy Winner: Billy J. Forshaw

Fight Winner: Daniel Getzoff

Hitchhiker's Guide to History Winner: Adah Marie Guy

Horror Winner: Michael Fagan

Humor Winner: Evie Groch

Indigenous Winner: Sophia Moore

Macabre & Morbid Winner: Kim Hart

Monster Winner: Suann Amero

Mystery Winner: Antonella Piemontese

oDDbALL Winner: Miriam Thor

Outer Space Winner: Elaina Hampson

Parents Winner: Gina Burgess

Poetic Prose Winner: David K. Slay

Romance Winner: Michael Gigandet

Satire Winner: Elizabeth Andrews

Siblings Winner: Trey Stone

Steampunk Winner: Chrisropher Airiau

Thriller/Suspense Winner: Rob Nisbet

Tragedy Winner: Debbie Wingate

Travel Winner: Barbara Meyrowitz

There will be a special blog spot for each chapter where the winners answer interview questions around December. If you have time, look up the winners, as they're very talented authors. Any winners mentioned above, contact the anthology team if you didn't receive an email announcement.

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Friday, April 15, 2022

Pen Names, Pseudonyms, Nom de Plumes

Hi everyone,

We're reading submissions for the 42 Stories Anthology this month and will hopefully reach our goal by May or December this year. No guarantee.

Let's chat about names.

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The whole pen name schtick came from the theme of the book having 1,764 names in it, sure. However, that's only half of the story.


I've had many pen names. 

My dad named me after his favorite uncle. Bertram was a lawyer by day and trumpet player by night. He had an accident, which led to him being bedridden.

Dad always looked to him for guidance when he was young. Then, one day, probably a rainy one, Bertram died tragically.

Mom got to name my sister and brother. Then, when I was born, Dad named me after the lawyer/trumpet player. 

The only problem with the name was that he shortened it to Bert, and I was a child in the '80s being called "Bert."

So, naturally, the first question kids asked, "Where's Erine?"

Just imagine, being circled by 30+ kids laughing "Where's Erine?" Some of them threw things at me. Saying "bullied" would be a light way to put it. Teachers laughed with the kids. One day, I punched a few of them and the teacher and the laughter turned to screams of horror.

I was probably one of the first 5-year-olds kicked out of that kindergarten for punching a teacher. (Now, I'm a teacher 😅).

There were other problems with being called "Bert."

In short, I hated the name.

My parents were divorced, and I went to live with Mom at 8. 

She asked if I wanted to change my name to "Allan." 

"My middle name?" 

It so happened that a story I liked called The Raven was by a writer who had the middle name, Allan, too. Plus, we shared the same birthday and eyebags problem. So, I was down for the shift. 

 



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As it turns out, Bertram means Bright, Famous, Raven.

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Something changed when I was 23. I had started getting published and needed a writer's name. I went with "B. A. Mullin," thinking it was kind of funny sounding: "Be a Mullin." 

At the same time, I blogged on MySpace.com. The blog, Ten Things That You Should Know, had 133 posts and over 50k readers. Sometimes the blog hit the #1 spot on the site. My username: "Devilsthrill." 

The username actually goes back to when I was 19. There's a song that inspired me to write my series, Demon Blade Bearer, called Devil's Trill. I was listening to Vanessa Mae's version at the time and wrote and wrote and wrote. 

Suddenly, I had ten books written within three to fives years. As an ode to the song, I used "Devilsthrill" as an online name. It was also a typo that stuck. I wanted the name to be DevilsTrill. 





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At 31 my dad got sick, and we were friends. I decided to use the name "Bertram" with the stipulation that no one called me "Bert" unless they wanted to get punched in the face. 

That year, I moved to Japan with a dream: Find a manga artist and make Demon Blade Bearer a manga and maybe an anime in Japan and America. I'd introduce myself as "Bertram."

AND NO ONE COULD SAY IT! 





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At my first job, without asking, the trainer introduced me as "Bert." He didn't get punched, but it was one example of the disrespect I went through until quitting. 

Got a job as a foreign teacher at public schools and while searching for an artist, continued teaching. 


Because students had issues saying "Bertram," I just went with my initials: "BAM." 



For the past seven years, everyone has either called me Bertram, or BAM.

I don't dislike being called "Allan," but it feels like a childhood name that I no longer use. 


Subsequently, I applied to a private school last month. The director kept calling me "Bert" even after I said my name was Bertram or BAM. You should never nickname someone unless they're okay with it. That's called respect. I didn't take that job and am still teaching at public schools instead. 

If you thought this covered all of my pen names, you were wrong. I've got a Hebrew name, "Abraham." There's also Eval Jaeger, Scott Allan Terrier, and Shelly Macaroy. Those are characters from stories of mine, and I've used their names as pen names. Shelly has about 4 horror publications. The other two have one each.

In case you're wondering, I found an illustrator two years ago. She's working on Demon Blade Bearer. Here's her Instagram: Kou Hirose (@kou_hk_yk) • Instagram photos and videos
Here's a sketch she drew of me:


Thank you for reading until the end. Looking forward to seeing the submissions everyone sent. 

Wednesday, January 5, 2022

42 Stories Anthology: Down to the final 99

One major difference between Project 42 Stories Anthology and other anthologies is that no other ones have so many stories in one book. 

The goal started with a simple aim: 1,764 stories and an equal number of authors in one book of 42-word stories within 42 chapters. By simple, I meant ambitious. 
("Clark on the hill," Made by Tando Saka, 1920-1998, built in 1976).

After realizing that it would take too long to get so many unique writers in one book, I let current authors send up to 4 stories each with the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th, stories being under unique nom de plumes, and kept posting a call in submissions from July 2018 to now. 

Currently, we only need about 99 stories out of 1,764. It really hasn't been that long of a wait either. 

Categories still opened:

Hitchhiker's Guide to History: Both historical nonfiction or fiction are fine.

Indigenous

Mystery

Steampunk
Sword & Sorcery
And the Craft of Writing. Click the link for details.
Hope you send something soon.