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deathless_front_mediumWelcome to my website! Whether you were brought here by interest in my work or a Google search gone terribly wrong, I encourage you to hang around and start clicking away!i

Deathless, the sequel to Pressure, is now available in paperback and Kindle editions!

The Kindle edition of Slice and Dice is now available! Contains my novella “Twentieth Anniversary Screening,” along with slasher-themed tales by Jeff Menapace, Iain Rob Wright, and William Malmborg!

My first non-fiction book, The Writing Life: Reflections, Recollections, And a Lot of Cursing, is now available in Kindle and paperback editions!

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January 6th

Yesterday I got a third newsletter story done (“Quicksand”), so now I’m set through the February 8th issue. Today I reached the halfway point on my secret screenplay project.

I also got the gas fireplace in the new house to work. I’d messed with it before and couldn’t get it to light, and I wasn’t keen on the idea of blowing up the house, so I didn’t rush to return to the task. But today I was successful! Not as impressive as starting fire by rubbing two sticks together, or with flint and tinder, but nevertheless a decent accomplishment for somebody as incompetent as me.

January 5th

Today’s plans: more work on my secret screenplay project. And maybe another newsletter story.

Each issue of my newsletter has an original piece of flash fiction (short stories under 1000 words), and my goal is always to be a few stories ahead. That never happens. Usually the story is what holds up the newsletter being sent out on time. In November, I got three stories ahead for the first time ever, but that didn’t last.

But yesterday I wrote two of them: “The Frostbite Movie” and “The Man Without Nails.” That covers my January 11th and January 25th newsletters. Let’s see how far ahead I can get…

Welcome To 2022!

We made it to the new year! Well, Betty White didn’t, which is seriously messed up, along the lines of Sue Grafton dying after publishing Book #25 of her 26-volume series. But most of us did!

I’m now settled in my new house in Chattanooga, Tennessee. By “settled” I mean that I’m now spending less time each day working on house-related stuff than not working on it. And I got my new driver’s license today after failing the vision test last week. It’s not that my eyes are getting worse. They’re actually getting better. Better to the point where my current glasses prescription (which I hadn’t updated in a while, thanks to the pandemic) wasn’t really working anymore. While I was unpacking, I found an old pair of glasses from about 15 years ago, tried them on, and everything was crystal clear. So I now have the eyeballs of a man in his mid-thirties. Sweet.

I’m hard at work on my secret project, which is starting to feel a lot like “my girlfriend lives in Canada” at this point. I can go ahead and say that I’m writing the screenplay adaptation of one of my books for a major movie studio. But which book? And which studio? I’d thought that I’d be allowed to blab the details by now, but now it’s looking like it’ll be February at the earliest. Sorry.

December 11th

A major project has exploded (in a good way) and has taken up all of my time recently. I’m guessing that I’ll be able to announce it in January, but that’s just a guess, and I may have to continue to be annoyingly mysterious for quite a while.

But today I’m switching gears and doing some acting. And by “acting” I mean “playing a dead body.” Yes, I will be a dead dude in the short film “Moonlight Sonata, With Scissors,” directed by Chris Ethridge and based on the story by my nemesis Darrell Grizzle. My job will involve lying in the back of a truck, looking dead. Will I be able to pull it off, or will I ruin the whole movie? Stay tuned…

DEATHLESS Day!

Holy cow! Deathless is available today in Kindle and paperback editions!

Tell everbody you know!!!

November 27th

You can order the paperback edition of Deathless now! I wanted to make sure people could have it by November 30th, the publication date for the Kindle edition, but if you order now you might even get it a day early!

Paperback edition: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09M5XT38F

Kindle edition (pre-order): https://www.amazon.com/Deathless-Jeff-Strand-ebook/dp/B09LSZF4B9

It’s obviously a bit nerve-wracking to write a sequel to one of my most popular books fifteen years later, but early reactions have been stellar. Will that continue after the book is available to the masses…?

November 26th

Except for helping prep dinner, I took Thanksgiving completely off. No packing, no writing. I watched the Macy’s Day Parade, part of the dog show (always disappointing because pugs never do well), Black Widow, Shang Chi: Legend of the Ten Rings, and part of The Beatles: Get Back.

Today I’ve been packing all day.

November 22nd

Moving day! (Part One.) Today I will be moving lots and lots and lots of boxes, but I won’t be carrying them upstairs…that’s tomorrow!

The original story that’s included in each issue of my newsletter is generally written the day before I send it out, or sometimes the same day if I’ve been particularly slackery. I’m trying to build up a backlog of stories so that when it’s time to send a newsletter I can just pluck one from the pile instead of frantically running around flapping my arms going “I’m out of ideas! I’m out of ideas!” So far I’m two ahead, “Six Cents a Word” and “Not Enough Coins.” Will I get even further ahead…?

November 21st

Packing continues! We’re now in the “stuff piled everywhere” phase of the move. We’re moving in multiple trips instead of one nightmarish hell-on-earth trip, so tomorrow we’re picking up a truck in the morning and starting with the “dozens and dozens of small heavy boxes” portion, wherein I shake my fist at the sky and curse the number of books I own. Then we’ll return and fill the truck up with bookshelves. This will involve about eight hours of driving, but I’ll have the music CRANKED.

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