It’s Here!

 A Dog, 3 Cats, and a Dragon is now available! Read 20+ science fiction, fantasy, and horror tales in Esther Davis’s new short story collection.

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When “Just Write It” Doesn’t Work

“Just write it,” they said. “It’ll get easier once its on paper,” they said. Fine. You’ll just write it. But their advice isn’t working. Everything you write sounds like junk.

Time to dump your failed manuscript off the nearest bridge.

Or maybe you can hang onto that “failed manuscript” a moment longer, because I have a secret: Everyone’s first draft sounds like junk. Quit thinking that you’re some special failed-case. You can still be a great writer!

Writing is a process. “Just write it” is the first step, not the last. Once you understand the process, you can turn your “failed manuscript” into a story to be proud of.

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Tall Tale TV: Scars

Artwork by Mohammad H. Attaran – https://mhattaran.artstation.com/

Thank you Chris Herron for the fantastic narration! Make sure to subscribe to Tall Tale TV on Youtube or sign up for his weekly mailing list.

Thanks for watching! If you enjoyed “Scars” check out my book, A Dog, 3 Cats, and a Dragon, publishing next week. You can also subscribe above (or below for you mobile users) and follow me on Twitter / Facebook / Instagram.

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Within Paper and Ink

by Esther Davis

Amid the raging battle, the book—not the carnage—captivated my mind.

For years, I’d trained in the ancient art of incantations. I’d conquered armies with a conjured tiger fighting at my side. Father entrusted the enchantment of the Imperial Guard’s armor to my care. Yet never had I created an item so powerful as this book.

It terrified me.

That morning, I’d slid the paper doors shut around me, boxing myself in with our family shrine. Heart pounding, mind racing, I fell to me knees on the bamboo matting. The weaved mat dug into my bare shins.

I spoke not, for fear Father would hear my words. If my ancestors truly cared, they’d read the pleas through my tears.

Help me, my heart begged. This sacrifice…I can’t. Show me another way.

I knelt in silence, already knowing my answer. I must finish what I’d started.

I must defeat the Shadows. Continue reading

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B-4 Free on Amazon Kindle

Can you believe that in 8 days A Dog, 3 Cats, and a Dragon comes out?! I might be a bit excited. (What? No, that wasn’t me that you saw shooting off fireworks and dancing on the rooftop last night…)

Anyway, as a finally countdown to A Dog, 3 Cats, and a Dragon‘s release date, 1 of the 20 short stories–B-4–is free on Amazon Kindle this week. Make sure to download your own copy and tell your friends.

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B-4 on Amazon Kindle (free July 24th-28th)

Also, make sure to check back in tomorrow for another my July short story. You can subscribe above (below for you mobile users) or follow me on Twitter / Facebook / Instagram.

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Two-Week Countdown

A Dog, 3 Cats, and a Dragon releases in less than 2 weeks! I always hoped to publish a book, but never expected it to happen so soon. Thank you to my readers for all the support! I couldn’t have come this far without you.

In celebration, I’m sharing a sneak-peek at 4 of the 20 short stories in A Dog, 3 Cats, and a Dragon. Make sure to download the two Kindle ebooks while they’re free (“Summoners” this week and “B-4” next week). If you enjoy a story, please share it with a friend and/or leave a review.

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“Summoners” (free on Kindle July 17th-21st)

 

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“B-4” (free on Kindle July 24th-28th)

 

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“Scars” (available on T. Gene Davis’s Speculative Blog)

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Why Writers Should Never Quit: 3 Lessons from Aesop’s Fables

Face it, writing is hard. Some days are frustrating. Others, out right impossible. But those are the days when you need to hit the keyboard (hopefully to type, not smash it to bits) and keep trying anyway because someone out there is waiting for your story.

Every piece you write is like planting a tree. At first your orchard looks like just a few twigs in the ground. But one day, you’ll have a fruit-laden forest.

On those days (or weeks, or months) when writing looks impossible, remember these 3 age-worn Aesop’s Fables to help you keep writing. Continue reading

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