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Four of my writing workshops are available online

I've given a lot of writing workshops over the years, and have posted most of the slide presentations on Slideshare, where they're free to view and download.

 

Four of these workshops were given at the Sleuthfest mystery convention in Boca Raton, Florida, and audio recordings of those workshops are available for purchase as MP3 or CD. They follow the slide presentations saved on Slideshare, so if you download the presentation (for free) and purchase the audio recording, you'll get the experience of the workshop.

 

Please go to vwtapes.com and type "Vincent O'Neil" into the Search box to see the audio recordings.

 

Here are the slideshows available for free on Slideshare:

 

 

Don't Miss a Thing: Brainstorming the full potential of your story, your characters, and your plot (Sleuthfest 2019)

 

https://www.slideshare.net/vincent287/dont-miss-a-thing-brainstorming-for-writers

 

Writing Action Sequences: You'll be lucky to survive (Sleuthfest 2018)

 

https://www.slideshare.net/vincent287/writing-action-scenes-youll-be-lucky-to-survive

 

The Never-ending Brainstorm: Taking your inspiration from a gentle breeze to a full-blown hurricane (Sleuthfest 2017)

https://www.slideshare.net/vincent287/brainstorming-workshop-2015

 

The Brute Force & Ignorance Approach: Writing when you have no plan, no plot, and even no point (Sleuthfest 2017)

 

https://www.slideshare.net/vincent287/the-brute-focre-and-ignorance-approach-writing-when-you-have-no-plan-no-plot-and-even-no-point

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My horror short story "Elsie's Whiskers" is in the April Edition of HYPNOS Magazine

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My horror short story "Elsie's Whiskers" is in the April edition of HYPNOS magazine. Here's the first two pages:

Elsie awoke when the moon was dark, as always. The crawlspace where she slept, near the top of a Manhattan skyscraper, was silent and shadowy. She stretched, detecting a slight odor. Droppings from a mouse that had passed through during her slumber. Judging from the faint scent, the visit was two weeks past. 

She thought of the mouse's whiskers, twitching and seeking in the darkness, and allowed her own senses to reach out. The building was almost empty after hours, and she only detected the energy of security guards and cleaning crews. The skyscraper's steel and concrete were dead materials, and didn't conduct the forces well. That was why she'd picked it, and why her hiding place was so high up. Disconnecting was the only way she could sleep between hunts. 

Her stomach trembled at the thought of food, and she slid toward the hatch.

The subway clattered as it rocked through the black tunnel. Articulated joints in Elsie's shoulders, hips, and ribcage flattened her body against the car's roof. Rough claws extended from beneath her fingernails to grip the ridged metal. A human riding that way would have been scraped off eventually, but for Elsie it was perfect. Her mental antennae—which she called her whiskers—became blocked by the energy of the other passengers if she rode inside the cars. 

She needed her whiskers clear at the start of a hunt, using the deepest subway routes to get within range of her prey. Surrounded by the living rock that was the sprawling city's foundation, her senses flexed and searched. Some months she rode different train roofs for hours before picking up a vibration, but the quiver came early this time. Distant, but fresh. 

The car wheezed to a stop at the next station, the tunnel opening into light and sound and movement. It was still early, so no one noticed when she slid down and joined the crowd. To them she was just another mid-teens girl in dark clothing, with pale skin under short black hair. 

Thoughts and emotions crowded in, all the languages translating instantly. So much of it was a cavalcade of needless worry and pointless urgency. The humans had whiskers too, but most of them had blunted their senses long ago. Silenced by a constant bombardment of meaningless input, their whiskers had atrophied to the state of a useless, unnoticed appendage. 

A quiver alerted Elsie, but it wasn't the adrenaline-surge alarm that said something was staring at her or launching an attack. This sensation was mild, and she recognized it while heading for the stairs. 

Sitting on a bench beside his mother, one of the children the humans called "special" followed her with wide eyes. Mouth open, he bounced lightly in his seat. Their whiskers touched, a bloom of warmth no one else noticed, and Elsie gave him a bright smile. He was clapping and laughing when she started up the steps.

Elsie knew every mile of the tunnels that cut through the rock under the city. Conduits for the subways, the sewage, the water, and all the connectors for maintaining the subterranean lifelines. Her whiskers flowed through the stone, noting changes both human and not. The jagged fissures, longer and deeper than any excavation. The chambers and cracks that had been filled or widened by cold and water. The fresh, focused channels carved by her prey. 

The April edition of HYPNOS Magazine is available here: 

http://radiumtownpress.com/store.html


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Hypnos Magazine is publishing one of my horror short stories

I'm pleased and honored to announce that Hypnos Magazine is including my horror short story "Elsie's Whiskers" in their April edition.

 

Elsie is a part-human huntress prowling the spaces far below the streets of New York City who encounters something quite unexpected one night. Here's the opening:

Elsie's Whiskers

 

Elsie awoke when the moon was dark, as always. The crawlspace where she slept, near the top of a Manhattan skyscraper, was silent and shadowy. She stretched, detecting a slight odor. Droppings from a mouse that had passed through during her slumber. Judging from the faint scent, the visit was two weeks past.

 

She thought of the mouse's whiskers, twitching and seeking in the darkness, and allowed her own senses to reach out. The building was almost empty after hours, and she only detected the energy of security guards and cleaning crews. The skyscraper's steel and concrete were dead materials, and didn't conduct the forces well. That was why she'd picked it, and why her hiding place was so high up. Disconnecting was the only way she could sleep between hunts.

 

Her stomach trembled at the thought of food, and she slid toward the hatch.



I hope you like it. You can order a copy here:

http://radiumtownpress.com/store.html

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The final novel of my military science fiction Sim War series is out!

Harper Voyager just released the fifth and final novel in my military science fiction Sim War series--LIVE ECHOES.

In order, the series is GLORY MAIN, ORPHAN BRIGADE, DIRE STEPS, CHOP LINE, and LIVE ECHOES.

THE THRILLING CONCLUSION OF THE SIM WAR SERIES

There’s new hope for resolution of the decades-long war against the  Read More 
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My Latest Sci-Fi Novel has Launched!

HarperCollins has launched the fourth book (of five) in my military science fiction Sim War series--CHOP Line.

The ebook is now available, and the paperback will be released on December 27th.

https://www.harpercollins.com/9780062471673/chop-line

Here's the description, and I hope you enjoy CHOP Line:

Things are looking grim for the human Alliance  Read More 
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En busca del obelisco perdido

From Argentina, where my good friend Agustina Pineiro has reviewed my horror novels INTERLANDS and DENIZENS:


En busca del obelisco perdido


El horror sobrenatural aún acecha las tierras de Lovecraft en esta saga escrita por Vincent O'Neil.


Conocí a Vincent O'Neil en NecronomiCon y entre conferencias me contó que había escrito un  Read More 
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An Ironic Notion: Bill Paxton in Aliens and Edge of Tomorrow

When I saw the military science fiction movie Edge of Tomorrow, I didn’t realize that Bill Paxton was part of the cast until he appeared onscreen in the role of Master Sergeant Farell. I’ve enjoyed his acting ever since seeing him in films such as Terminator and Weird Science, and of course  Read More 
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The sequel to INTERLANDS is here!

DENIZENS, the sequel to my horror novel INTERLANDS, is now available in both Kindle and Nook ebook formats. The paperback edition will go on sale shortly.

Book Two of the Interlands series takes up right where INTERLANDS left off:

Historian Angela Morse is trying to keep a secret. At the end of the book INTERLANDS, she'd  Read More 
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Get Two New Mil Sci-Fi Novels from Harper Voyager for $3

Until the end of December, Harper Voyager is offering the ebook version of my mil sci-fi novel GLORY MAIN for 99 cents and the sequel, ORPHAN BRIGADE, for $1.99 as a pre-order.

So you can get both books in the series as ebooks for $3. You're welcome.

The ebook of ORPHAN BRIGADE will be released on January 6, 2015. GLORY  Read More 
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A nice break for all the holiday-strained wallets out there -- my sci-fi novel ORPHAN BRIGADE is on sale for $1.99

Recognizing that the holidays can get a little costly, I approached the good folks at Harper Voyager about reducing the ebook price of my next novel, ORPHAN BRIGADE -- and they agreed.

ORPHAN BRIGADE is the sequel to my mil sci-fi novel of survival GLORY MAIN (on sale now in both ebook and paperback)  Read More 
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