Posts Tagged ‘writing’

A Stranger in Y Gelli, Part 6 of 6

A Stranger in Y Gelli, Part 6 of 6

This is part 6 of a 6-part short story I wrote. It’s written from the perspective of Bala Davies, a fictional woman living in the Welsh town of Y Gelli. Please read part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4, and part 5 first. *** The look on Kyffin’s face when Nate asked out Elsi right in front of him […]


A Stranger in Y Gelli, Part 5

A Stranger in Y Gelli, Part 5

This is part 5 of a 6-part short story I wrote a while back. It’s written from the perspective of Bala Davies, a fictional woman living in the Welsh town of Y Gelli. Please read part 1, part 2, part 3, and part 4 first. *** Nate wasn’t in the shop the next day, so I was worried that […]


A Stranger in Y Gelli, Part 4

A Stranger in Y Gelli, Part 4

This is part 4 of a 6-part short story I wrote a while back. It’s written from the perspective of Bala Davies, a fictional woman living in the Welsh town of Y Gelli. Please read part 1, part 2, and part 3 first. Also, special thanks to Renate for correcting some of the terms I’ve been using that […]


A Stranger in Y Gelli, Part 3

A Stranger in Y Gelli, Part 3

This is part 3 of a 6-part short story I wrote a while back. It’s written from the perspective of Bala Davies, a fictional woman living in the Welsh town of Y Gelli. Please read part 1 and part 2 first. ***                There wasn’t always a River Wye in Hay. The story, as told to me […]


A Stranger in Y Gelli, Part 1

A Stranger in Y Gelli, Part 1

A little over a year ago, I shared a short story called “Hindsight” broken up into weekly installments among the other entries on this blog. The experiment went over well, and I’d like to try it again. This story is called “A Stranger in Y Gelli.” I wrote it a few years ago after going […]


The Clichéd Opening Scenes of Newbie Novelists

The Clichéd Opening Scenes of Newbie Novelists

I recently ran out of novels to read. This wasn’t for lack of trying. I love that I can sample pretty much any book on my Kindle. I simply haven’t been able to get into any of those books. This situation will soon change, with book 3s of several trilogies–Mistborn, Red Rising, and The Emperor’s […]


What It’s Like to Be a Published Author on the Day Your Book Is Released

What It's Like to Be a Published Author on the Day Your Book Is Released

Have you seen the movie “500 Days of Summer”? There’s a famous scene that shows expectations vs. reality in split-screen format. I had a little bit of that experience today. Since I was a little kid, I’ve wanted to be a published author. I’m talking way, way back to when I was 4 or 5. […]


Hindsight: Part 9

Hindsight: Part 9

Hindsight is a work of fiction written by Jamey Stegmaier, released in 9 short segments (1 per week).  Read Part 1 here first Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Part 5 Part 6 Part 7 Part 8 Part 9 of 9: This Is It The pub was empty. It was well past closing time, but the […]


Hindsight: Part 8

Hindsight: Part 8

Hindsight is a work of fiction written by Jamey Stegmaier, released in 9 short segments (1 per week).  Read Part 1 here first Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Part 5 Part 6 Part 7 Part 8 of 9: Anything Is Possible Just like the secluded area they found on Belle Isle so many years before in […]


Hindsight Part 7

Hindsight Part 7

Hindsight is a work of fiction written by Jamey Stegmaier, released in 9 short segments (1 per week).  Read Part 1 here first Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Part 5 Part 6 Part 7 of 9: The Saviors and the Failure             For the next week, Stew tried not to look at any other words. He […]


Hindsight: Part 6

Hindsight: Part 6

Hindsight is a work of fiction written by Jamey Stegmaier, released in 9 short segments (1 per week).  Read Part 1 here first Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Part 5 Part 6 of 9: Studying for Futures Past             Stew decided to stay on the project. Penny had left, leaving Tadahito, Romero, and McIntosh. They spent […]


Hindsight: Part 5

Hindsight: Part 5

Read Part 1 here first Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Part 5 of 9: Sacrifices The scores were posted on the wall of the reception area like middle school football team tryout results. With 46 questions correctly answered, Stew received the second highest score. A female Marine officer named Tadahito got 48 out of 50. […]


Hindsight: Part 4

Hindsight: Part 4

Read Part 1 here first. Then read Part 2. Then Part 3. Part 4 of 9: The Mysterious Test             The CIA agent marched down the aisle and closed the door behind her. Stew unsealed the envelope and pulled out the test. It was multiple choice, several pages long, 50 questions. The only instructions were […]


Hindsight: Part 3

Hindsight is a work of fiction written by Jamey Stegmaier, released in 9 short segments (1 per week).  Read Part 1 here first. Then read Part 2. Part 3 of 9: The Young and the Restless “Did you date?” The bartender was watching Stew with one eye and keeping the other focused on unruly patrons. Despite […]


Hindsight: Part 2

Hindsight: Part 2

Hindsight is a work of fiction written by Jamey Stegmaier, released in 9 short segments (1 per week).  Read Part 1 here first. Part 2 of 9: Remembering the Future Stew couldn’t help but skip class in high school. He loved the feeling of freedom, the exhilaration of defying authority. Even better, he liked taking people with […]


My New Published Author Haircut

My New Published Author Haircut

Today I revealed some news on Facebook that I’m really, really excited about: My book about Kickstarter will be published by Berrett-Koehler in 2015. Being a published author has been a lifelong dream of mine. I always pictured (and hoped, in a way) that the book in question would be a novel, but the fates […]


Want to Write? Take a Train

Want to Write? Take a Train

Yesterday I had a heated debate with a friend about Megabus vs. Amtrak. Megabus is a bus that offers super low fairs if you book your seat well in advance, and every day the price goes up a little bit. Amtrak is the system of trains in the US. The debate itself is irrelevant (it […]


Your Favorite Business Book

Your Favorite Business Book

I have some good news. A year and a half ago, I wrote a dystopian novel called Wrinkle. I revised it a few times, sent it out to beta readers…and then I got really busy with Kickstarter and game design. Aside from publishing a game, my other lifelong dream has been to publish a book. As has […]


5 of My Favorite Quotes

5 of My Favorite Quotes

I was interviewed tonight via Skype for an entrepreneurial blog. I love to talk about Kickstarter and Stonemaier Games, so most of my answers flowed easily. However, there was one seemingly easy question at the end that stumped me: What is your favorite quote? We ended the interview without me providing an answer, and I […]


Bloggiversary 2013

Bloggiversary 2013

Today marks the anniversary of my first blog entry back in 2007. It was a short entry on LiveJournal that simply said, “I’m not sure how often I’ll use this LiveJournal platform, but it’s an interesting form of media I might explore. I’m basically just posting this to see what my journal will look like.” […]


Seven Pillars of Success: Amy Miles

Seven Pillars of Success: Amy Miles

It’s been a while since I did a Seven Pillars of Success entry, but recently I was moved to do one for a writer friend of mine who has shown incredible generosity (as you’ll read below) throughout her recent success as a self-published author. I needed to share her story, and she was so kind […]


The Sound of Snow

The Sound of Snow

Recently I was flattered to be invited to join a group of stellar writers who were each contributing one short story to a winter-themed anthology called WINTER WONDERS. All profits from the anthology go to a charity called Literacy, Inc.–you can read more about the charity and pre-order the book at the publisher’s website here. […]


The 10,000th Comment

The 10,000th Comment

The goal of this blog, noted right at the top of the About page, is to generate conversation.  Thus my excitement recently when I noticed that I was rapidly approaching the milestone of 10,000 comments on my blog over the last 4 years. It’s just a number, but aren’t all milestones? I was in a meeting […]


The Protagonist Name Conundrum

The Protagonist Name Conundrum

My novel, which is currently in the second round of beta reading, is titled WRINKLE. That’s right–when you refer to your own novel, it’s standard to use all caps. It’s like I’m shouting the title at you every time. A conundrum I always face when writing fiction is what to name my protagonist. I don’t […]