Short Reads For Shorter Days

I talked earlier about how I started writing short stories to help develop my writing skills more quickly, but that isn’t the entire reason why I took to them. When I first started reading science fiction heavily, shorts were a great way to try out new authors and sample the “flavor” of their writing. Many of the writers I came to love had written in the big name magazines, such as Analog and Astounding. Being able to dive into their work quickly was a great opportunity to get that amazing buzz of finding another author who works their way inside your brain to wrap themselves in a choke-hold around your cerebral cortex. (huhhh… not literally!)

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Well, there’s a thing…

I started writing several years ago and my first “serious” work turned out to be a novel called “Eye Of Time.” I was ecstatic when I finished it and even sent it off to Tor but quite quickly realized it wasn’t up to the quality needed for publication (sorry, Tor!), and so it was shelved.

I went back to the drawing (writing?) board and learning from my first endeavor, I wrote another novel called “MindLock.” Though I felt I’d improved, I still wasn’t too happy with the end result and, as I hadn’t Continue reading “Well, there’s a thing…”

Three Lives Of Mary – Preview

Mary-r02-01-600Three Lives Of Mary

 By

 David M. Kelly

Copyright © 2016 by David M. Kelly

Mary gasped as her legs were ripped from under her and she slammed face down into the ground. Several tendril-like vines wrapped around her arms and legs and she instinctively pulled against them. Thorn-like bristles clawed at her burnished skin as the vines coiled tighter around her, despite her struggles.

She rotated her head one hundred and eighty degrees and simultaneously reversed the movement restrictions on her joints. She was now effectively lying on her back, which she hoped would give her a better idea of what was happening.

She was only forty-three minutes into her ground survey of ST2398-5 and had seen nothing unexpected—just the ever-present vegetation they’d detected from orbit. Plant life wasn’t unusual on planets inside a Continue reading “Three Lives Of Mary – Preview”