I've begun preparing the next collection, titled CAMPFIRE STORIES, for publication. Last night, I started the final editing pass thr'gh the stories, beginning with "The End of Seconds".
With a couple of exceptions, these are all the completed stories that I've tried to have published. Yes, four of the stories were published for zero financial gain. That's why I'm collecting them into this anthology and epublishing them. I'll get them out to the public one way or another.
There are five stories that aren't in this collection. The first two, "With Eyes Open..." and "A Voice in the Darkness" were collected in their own edition, imaginatively titled WITH EYES OPEN... (currently available on Lulu, iTunes and NOOK). The third, "A God to Dance With" is part of the next collection, titled A BRIGHT SYMMETRY (currently on hold pending the start of editing in March). The fourth, titled "Wanderer", is a major part of a novel that I really hope to get back to one day. The fifth, titled "Brianna and the Three"...let's just say it's a special case. It doesn't just need editing, it needs complete rewriting. So it'll have to wait for a future anthology.
The stories in CAMPFIRE STORIES are arranged not in the order they were written but in chronologic order as they occur in the timeline of my fictional universe. This is the sequence:
"The End of Seconds" - 13.7 billion years plus 1 day ago
"Games of Life and Cold" - Sometime in the past
"If You Listen Softly..." - 2005
"All My Yesterdays, Remembered" - 2009
"Symmetry" - 2010
"Signpost" - 2114
"Last Light" - 2189
"The Shape of the Truth" - 2196
I'm also going to try a different company when I publish CAMPFIRE STORIES. It's not that I have anything against Lulu. I just want to examine my options.
By the way, when I say I'm editing, I'm talking old school...
Now, if you'll excuse me...I have to start editing "Games of Life and Cold".