Aaron A. Wright

Writer of Speculative Fiction. Web Developer.

Real Murder is Hard to Come By
05/24/2016 02:58 PM

I've put another novella up on a Amazon. This one's a crime story, called Real Murder is Hard to Come By. Here's a blurb:

Anyone with a brain could tell you stealing murders is a bad idea. The problem is Howard Maynard only has half of one.

The doctors even did it to him on purpose. They had to, in order to relieve his uncontrollable seizures. The seizures were stopped, but at the cost of his capacity for creative thinking. Which you'd think would make working as a screenwriter problematic. But Howard has a system: rather than thinking-up fictional killings, he plagiarizes real ones instead. Until one of the murders he stole catches up with him.

This story means a lot to me. It's the first sale I ever made. Or at least it would have been, had the publisher followed through with things on their end. It was a small, semi-pro magazine. I signed a contract on the first of the year 2015, waited, had my date pushed back to August 2015, and then total silence. But I wanted to do something with the story, so here it is. Reading over it this past week, I still think it's pretty good. Hope others do to.

Reflection
04/11/2016 12:27 PM

My short story, Reflection, is now available to read on Compelling Science Fiction! Here's a blurb:

In the near future, a terminally-ill man seeks out proactive euthanasia before the dementia-like symptoms of his disease can set in. But prior to ending his life, he must sit out a mandated period of reflective isolation, with only the hospital's AI for company.

And a direct link to the story.

Compelling Science Fiction is a new, pro-paying magazine trying to adhere to SFWA standards of professionalism. I was lucky enough to be accepted on for their first issue. There are plans to compile each issue into an eBook which will be available to purchase or free to Patreon sponsors. There's also talk of an audiobook--audio rights were included in my contract--but the editor tells me it's probably not going to be doable for this first issue.

Horses and Carts
04/08/2016 05:25 PM

I listen to a lot of podcasts on my drive to work. Several are writing-related, and one piece of advice I kept hearing is that if you truly want to break into the writing world you need an online presence. Mainly a social media presence, but a personal site helps too.

The question then, was am I currently far enough along in my writing career to warrant a whole damned site? I've sold a few pieces of short fiction, no novels though--I've got a couple in the trunk, but I've never had anything traditionally published. And yet if I were to send out another piece, I'm told one of the things agents check for when you query, is whether you already have an online presence. And if so they may feel you'll be an easier client to market, and maybe move your submission to the top of the pile

I have no idea if any of that is true. What I do know, is that as a web developer the barrier to entry for me in creating a website is much smaller than most people. So I went ahead and did it. I've got my cart and my horse; maybe I've got one in front where it shouldn't be, but at least I know where both of them are.

There's even a blog, because of course you need that too. And every blog needs a first post.


Speaking of podcasts, I recently listened to an episode of Dan Carlin's Hardcore History for the first time, after hearing Mike Duncan recommend it. I have to say it's pretty great. If you like history you could do worse, and the episode on the Anabaptist takeover of Munster was terrific. Give Mike Duncan a listen too if you haven't before, his History of Rome podcast is seminal.