Oh good god, what have I done?

The worst part about starting a book more than ten years ago is that one tends to improve their skill in writing as time goes by. That's okay, though. You can always get it in editing, re-writing, changing things to fit the writer you've become. Hell, I've already changed massive story arcs for characters, destroyed others entirely, changed hangers-on into passers-by, etc. It's what happens with books. But my latest decision is a doozy...

Moribund, as it stands, is entirely written in the present-tense. For example: "Mary walks to the cupboard, careful to avoid the praying mantis standing motionless on the floorboards." And present tense is great. It was the perfect choice when Moribund was a short story. It still worked when it was a very long short story. It started to sound a bit rough when it became the length of a novella. And now, standing at several hundred pages in a paperback, it simply isn't working anymore.

That being said, I've decided to change the tense for an entire novel – from present tense to past.

It's also highly possible that I'll change my opinion on this once again. It's a story. It may end up mixed-tense. In the end, though, I can only promise that I will release something worth your time. Chances are that all of the little things I keep stressing about will go completely un-noticed by 90% of you, which means I will have done something right.


If you're a $5 and above patron, you'll have a new story to read in rough-draft form soon, and you have a second draft of A San Francisco Story already waiting for you. Let me know what you think of them.

Until next time, expect me to be drinking far more coffee than is healthy.

What day is this, anyway?

As of late my day-jobs (and night-jobs) have taken over much of my time, but through the power of losing sleep, I'm still writing. On the plus side, recently a dear friend of mine offered to help me maintain my Facebook and other various websites, including this one. This means that more content will be headed your way, but it also means that not all of it will come directly from me. I'm interested to see how this pans out. Feel free to post your comments on the subject.

Work on Moribund continues. I'm at a point that the characters are so developed that I don't have to put them into situations, because they get themselves into them. I simply have to guide them to a conclusion that fits the story, if at all possible. Who knows? Maybe this book will end up in a completely different place by the time it's finished. I think I would enjoy that immensely. Those who support my writing through Patreon can expect a completed second chapter to the book in the coming weeks. I hope you enjoy it.

Speaking of Patreon, I've been posting completed short stories there every now and again. If you've enjoyed the short stories in "A Glimpse into Madness" then you would likely also enjoy the stories I post there. Any amount of support helps, though there are tiers of support that will get you more than stories, if you enjoy that sort of thing.

For those of you who are unaware, I'm currently living in Portland, Oregon. I was born here. It seemed fitting. The other day I went to the smallest national park in the country, which is located near the waterfront in downtown Portland.
In a busy street.
In the middle of a crosswalk.
In a circle of stones the size of a medium flower pot.

No, really. It exists. Would you like to see?


Nice, isn't it?

Nice, isn't it?

I don't know why, but the visit to Mill Ends Park made me happy. I love random adventures.

On that subject, I'm turning 30 on Sunday, December 20th. I know, I know, get the old jokes out of the way now. 
Go on. I'll wait.


Got it out of your system? Good. Now, on to to presents! Just because it's my birthday, doesn't mean I'm the only one getting gifts. From now until the end of the year, all products on this website will be 30% off. All of them. Yes, even the original artwork. To get the discount, all you have to do is enter the coupon-code "Birthday30" when checking out. It's my gift to you all for taking the time to read my work. I still can't believe so many people enjoy my random stories and imagination, but just because I can't believe it doesn't mean I don't enjoy it. It makes me happy beyond belief.

Right, now that's out of the way. I'm sure I'm forgetting something, but I really must write some more before going to work this morning.

Until next time.

~Sean Walter

Nights and Upcoming Conventions

Hello again,

Lately I've been working at finishing Moribund for possible submission to an agent in the U.K., which is as exciting as it comes to me. If accepted, it will delay the release of the novel, but it will mean a larger release later. Don't worry, I won't forget you all. If this goes through, I'm planning some special surprises for you.

The project with Drawing in Dark continues. Karen has been keeping me up-to-date on developments on the artwork and we have discussions on the subject almost every other day. I think it's safe to say we're both excited about it and about the prospect of further collaborations. She is hoping to finish the piece and get prints made up in time for Dark Arts at the Bram Stoker Film Festival in Whitby, U.K. on October 22nd-25th. The prints will be sold alongside copies of the story that inspired it. If you're in the U.K. and enjoy horror and other fantastic things, you should give it a look and tell Karen I said hello.

Personally, I won't be able to make it to the United Kingdom for the film festival (at least, not this year), but I will be attending DragonCon in Atlanta on September 4th-7th and Steamposium in Seattle September 25th-27th. If you're in the vicinity of either event, keep an eye out for me. I'll be more than happy to talk to anyone and will likely have copies of my work for sale at both events.

I think that wraps it up for the moment. Back to writing for me.

Until next time

~Sean Walter