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Gary A. Ballard

Those who have been paying attention to this sitewill notice that the whole site has been given a facelift. It's been high time I made that site over as I hadn't changed the look since releasing The Long and the Short Swords, almost two years ago. Part of the reason for the inactivity was because of the focus on my cosmic horror series, The Stepping Stone Cycle.  With the release of the third novella in that series imminent, I've decided to alter my writing pattern a little. For now, I'll be continuing the Stepping Stone series, though the releases may take a little longer than they have been. I'll be adding another day to my writing schedule and that day will be solely dedicated to adding content to the Bridge Chronicles series.

Hard to believe it's been almost three years since I released my first short story compilation in the series, Tales from the Bridge Chronicles, Volume 1. I named it Volume 1 because I always intended to add more stories to them once I had (or made) time. Now, I'm making that time. I've begun writing the short stories that will make up Volume 2. Just as I did on Volume 1, I will be releasing the stories on this web site before compiling them into an eBook (and potentially some form of dead tree book as well).

Though I love indie publishing, I have to admit there isn't a lot of money to be made at the individual level. Crowdfunding has become a rather strange thing these days and after thinking about it long and hard, I've decided to try my hand at a few crowdfunding ideas. The first one is Patreon - a site based on the renaissance idea of fans becoming patrons of their favorite creative types. Patrons of works can contribute monthly at whatever level they wish and at certain levels the creator can give rewards. This idea appeals to me, so I've made a Patreon page for the fans of my cyberpunk series to contribute to the continued, steady release of material in the universe. While the short stories I'm writing will be released publicly eventually, Patrons will get them first. I'll even be posting material in rough draft format, before the editing process has been applied and soliciting feedback on the stories. This is a real opportunity to create a dialog with the fans as well as allow the fans to support me in a tangible way.

If you decide to support my work, thank you. And even if you don't, thank you for the attention you've given me. Writing without readers is simply whispering into the void. You guys spending money and time on my endeavors makes the whole effort worthwhile.

It's been a while since I've given an update on everyone's favorite near future fixer, Artemis Bridge. Late last year, I posted that I'd be taking a bit of a hiatus from his adventures to focus on my cosmic horror series, The Stepping Stone Cycle. I've published two novellas in the series, First Stone and The Metal Black, and am happy to report that I've completed the first draft of the third novella in the series. The initial sales haven't been great on these novellas, but the reviews have been good and I'm enjoying building the story slowly, brick by brick.  By the time I'm finished with the sixth novella, which will conclude the first season, I think readers will be amazed at the shocking conclusion I've got planned.

Where does that leave the Bridge Chronicles though? I've been itching to dip my toes back into those waters for a while now, and I've decided to switch up the schedule a little bit. Starting today, I'll begin writing more Bridge fiction, specifically more short stories that will eventually make up a second volume of Tales from the Bridge Chronicles. My current plan is to finish a Stepping Stone novella, then write at least one Bridge Chronicles short story while my wife does a once-over on the Stone novella before starting on the next cosmic horror book. That way, I get a little cyberpunk, then a little cosmic horror and keep myself fresh. Each of the cyberpunk short stories will either end up on this web site, or in the next Tales compilation or both. They may even pop up in some places you don't expect - stay tuned to this site or my Twitter feed for more details.

For all you fans of the Bridge Chronicles, I appreciate your patience as I have explored this other genre and I hope you've at least taken a look at my other work set in the Cthulhu Mythos. You'll get to see more of your favorite smart ass Artemis Bridge soon.

I'm pleased to announce a new outlet has begun carrying the Bridge Chronicles, GenrePub! As it says on their web site: 

"We created GenrePub to provide readers of independent genre fiction with a place to find the exciting new authors they are seeking. GenrePub features original, thought-provoking blogs, podcasts and free downloadable short fiction in addition to a new novel each week."

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