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Essays, More Awards, And An Open Call – 2018 So Far

Hello everyone!

I realized it’s been far too long since I last updated my blog and wanted to take a chance to catch you up on what’s been going on in the world of M.H. Norris since I last updated.

APM Cover FINAL AMAZON

As most of you may know, All The Petty Myths finally released at the end of last year featuring my story, “Midnight.” You can get it in print or ebook format. The collection took home several awards in the 2017 Preditors and Editors Reader’s Poll. “Midnight” placed second in the Best Mystery category, “Locked Room” by Marc Sorondo was voted Best Science Fiction & Fantasy short story, and James Bojaciuk’s “Dopplegangers (and Other Artistic Piffle) was voted Best Steampunk Short Story.

All The Petty Myths was years in the making and turned into such a fantastic project and I’m incredibly proud to have worked with all the authors in the collection.

Children Of Time CoverI had the honor of writing an essay for a Doctor Who charity collection, Children of Time: The Companions Of Doctor WhoIt was fun to write about K-9 and talk about how I met the man behind the tin dog last year.  The collection also features some work from a lot of my friends and we cover a variety of companions from all eras of the show.

The Raconteur Roundtable entered its third season and we’ve had some amazing guests on including: Louise Jameson, Kara Dennison, and Jacqueline Rayner (which for me was a personal treat since she is one of my favorite authors). We also have some fun guests in store for the rest of the year and I can’t wait for you all to hear these episodes.

The last big update I have is I’m curating another anthology over at 18thWall with my dear friend Jon Black. Overdue: Tales of Mystery And Adventure Returning History’s Lost Books To Circulation is open for submission through October 15, 2018.

I’m working on the first full-length mystery featuring Dr. Rosella Tassoni and will give you guys news on that as soon as I have it!

That’s it for now! Hope you guys are having an amazing year!

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Musings, Announcements, and Thoughts

Hello again!

Hope your 2016 has been off to a good start. Mine has been a little crazy but I’m excited that I get to announce a short story that’s going to come out in a couple of months to y’all soon. Keep an eye out for that.

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Also, Badge City: Notches got nominated for an award. I’ll keep you posted when I hear more! I’m so glad that you guys enjoyed that story.

A lot of you know that I do a weekly column on 18thWall’s website If Walls Could Talk. Usually it’s writing advice, musings that come to me during the week, or in last week’s case, I mention problems I’m having. That one was a bit hard to do, I’ll admit.

BTTF

I don’t remember how old I was when I first watched the Back To The Future trilogy, but ever since then, I’ve been fascinated with the idea of time travel. In fact, it’s on my writer’s bucket list. Other items include:

  1. Becoming a New York Bestselling Author
  2. Writing a Doctor Who serial for Big Finish Productions. (I linked that because if you’ve never had the chance to listen to one of their audio dramas, you’re really missing out).
  3. Write a proper fantasy novel
  4. Write a historical novel
  5. Write a novel using time travel

Well that list includes at least three books. But let’s go back to time travel. Ever since Doc Brown mentioned that infamous fourth dimension, I’ve been fascinated. In fact, I’ll set there and discuss theoretical time travel with the best of them. Fixed points, paradoxes, the fluidity of time, you name it, I’ve probably got an opinion.

Now you’re probably wondering what this has to do with the beginning of my post. And you should know by now that I do get around to the point eventually.

About a month ago, James sent a website my way. They were just starting out but had the goal of becoming the time travel hub of the internet. After looking over their site, I saw where they were asking for team members and a few days later, I joined the team over at Time Travel Nexus.

Right now, I’m heading up our posts on time travel on TV but now and then I might post about other things. I’m so excited to get to work with time travel again and get the chance to have an excuse to watch all my time travel shows. Already, I’ve done an intro post and already, I’ve found a couple of time travel shows I didn’t know about. I’m excited to get a chance to dig into them.

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So that’s what’s going on writing wise for me. I’m excited to see what 2016 brings and I want to thank you guys for reading my work, putting up with my sporadic blog posts, and supporting me.

See you guys next time!

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The Right To An Opinion

If you respond to someone who you believe insulted another with an insult, how does that make you better than the first person?

Think about that and tell me if it does anything more add fuel to the fire and help fuel a culture of hate. In a world so set on the idea of political correctness and “tolerance”, a word I’m not sure we even know the definition of anymore, one can’t help but wonder what happened to the idea of free speech.

I have this habit, and I hope you’ll bear with me, of looking up tearms when I want to discover what they mean and where they came from. So let’s take a second and look up tolerance. Hopefully, those of you reading this will accept the Oxford English Dictionary as an acceptable source on this matter.

When I looked it up, I’ll admit I was surprised to find that they are a ton of definitions for the world tolerance and the earliest usage I saw was in the 1400s which was earlier than I thought it was going to be. But this is the definition that most people use when they use the word wasn’t even used for another 300 years.

“The action or practice of tolerating; toleration; the disposition to be patient with or indulgent to the opinions or practices of others; freedom from bigotry or undue severity in judging the conduct of others; forbearance; catholicity of spirit.”

I would like to note the phrase, “to be patient with or indulgent to the opinions…”

It does not say, “to accept or welcome ideas with open arms because it is what culture says.”

Tolerance is a word that has become our culture’s way of accepting the harsh double standard that has only gotten worse in recent years. And while I can see your eyes rolling and see the wheels turning as you begin to write me a hateful tweet (my twitter handle is in the contact me section if you’re looking for it), let me say that Christians are expected to be more tolerant of other’s views than other’s are expected to be tolerant of ours.

And to be honest, as Christians, it is our own fault that we allowed our culture to get to this state where we cannot express our faith, views, and opinion without receiving hate.

Last week, I was sifting through another round of the Caitlin Jenner coverage and saw that someone my brother went to high school with tweeted their two cents worth. Because their father is an influential member of the community, they received a lot of hate include one user who told him that they hoped he would burn for eternity.

The kid is 19-years-old.

For those of you with kids, would you want your child told that? How about your sibling or your friend?

Instead of being praised for speaking out while being a member of a generation that seems happy to sit there and do nothing, he was given hate because he expressed an opinion that wasn’t popular.

Let me ask this again, if you respond to someone who you believe insulted another with an insult, how does that make you better than the first person?

What happened to the world that encouraged the exchange of ideas. The Romans had the forums where speeches were heard. Debates were held among men as they shared their ideas with the hopes of changing the world.

But far too often today, people say “be tolerant” or shout down other people’s views because they aren’t popular or are not their own.

That’s not why the Pilgrims came here, that isn’t why the Founding Fathers sat in a very hot, very stuff Independence Hall basically signing their death warrants when they wrote the Declaration of Independence.

In fact, they encouraged people to share their ideas and that’s why this amendment was the first one.

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

I went looking for someone to break it down and found this from the Anneburg Classroom.

“The First Amendment allows citizens to express and to be exposed to a wide range of opinions and views. It was intended to ensure a free exchange of ideas even if the ideas are unpopular.”

Now, I know you are saying what about slander and libel but some random person tweeting does not classify as both. It becomes that when someone is more well known but fair or not that is a cost of celebrity, you do have to watch what you say because Supreme Court rulings do make room for both. But the average Joe should feel that he/she is free to express their opinion because it is their constitutional right.

You know, I feel slightly better having got my thoughts down like this. But before I go, let me remind you of the golden rule, “do unto others as you have them do unto you.”

And let me ask one more time, if you respond to someone who you believe insulted another with an insult, how does that make you better than the first person?

Posted in General Blogging, looking ahead, looking back

Auld Lang Syne

Going to go ahead and post one of my favorite version of the song while I type this up.

What does that mean anyways? Auld Lang Syne? That’s not even English. You would be right there. Auld Lang Syne is Scottish. It translates to Days Long Past. Which is fitting to be the song most often associated with New Years. Days long past.

“Should old acquaintance be forgot and never brought to mind? Should old acquaintance be forgot and days of Auld Lang Syne.”

And no, I didn’t google the lyrics to the song. I actually am one of the nerds who knows the lyrics to the New Years song.

But 2014. What a year.

The year I finished classes. Still got my internship left, but by the time 2016 rolls around I’ll have a diploma in my hands. But the classes themselves are behind me. And that’s a good feeling.

Flamero Interactive walked into my life, well more than it already had and for the first time I got a solid look at what the future could be. And it’s going to be good.

Time Walkers.

Time's Last Hope Is An Unlikely Alliance - Time Walkers is coming soon.
Time’s Last Hope Is An Unlikely Alliance – Time Walkers is coming soon.

Granted, that’s been a piece of my year for the last several years but this time, this New Year’s Eve feels different. And after some conversation I had with members of the team, I feel like 2015 is going to be the year we finally manage to bring this to life.

We’ll see. I guess that’s the joy of New Years Eve, the ability to look at the year gone and a chance to look at the potential of the year ahead of us.

All over my Facebook Newsfeed, I’ve seen the quote, “Tomorrow, is the first blank page of a 365 page book. Write a good one.”

Apparently Brad Paisley said it. Go figure. But still, I love the analogy because it is true.

What is the book of 2015 going to look like?

I know I didn’t know what 2014 was going to look like. Actually, I thought I knew but it several times blew me away. Doors opened and I had opportunities that I wouldn’t have dreamed possible.

One, I wish I could talk about. But sadly I can’t. Be sure that the minute I can I will. I cannot wait to tell you guys.

But as the Spring semester ended, I got the chance to go to Myrtle Beach for a week with friends.

We finally made it to the beach!
We finally made it to the beach!

Then went to a MKTO concert and met them.

MKTO

And then came summer with talks of Time Walkers. The other week, I was reminded about how many details we talked about all summer long. And how annoying it was when you went looking for hours for one piece of information. But I found it, saved it in a word document, and then moved on.

School came and I blogged before about the constant going that was those 16 weeks. Which led us to Christmas and then to here.

Auld Lang Syne.

Days long passed.

Here’s to 2014. You were great and full of memories I’ll cherish.

And here’s to 2015. To the days ahead.

I’ll end this post with one of my favorite quotes from Doctor Who.

“To day’s to come.”

“All my love to long ago.”

Posted in college life, General Blogging, looking ahead, looking back

Closing A Chapter

Today is my last day of classes and an undergrad. Little did I know that four years ago, I would end up taking an extra semester to finish. But what a ride it has been.

When you take an extra semester to finish, you tend to notice the lasts more. The last first day, the last Fall Break, the midterms and the last papers. Last final isn’t until next week, but even with my finals ahead, I have gotten this far.

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So Much To Be Thankful For

Yes, it is time for that traditional Thanksgiving post, but you can’t but realize how much there really is to be thankful for. And as I sit here watching the end of the parade, I can’t help but think of what all I have to be thankful for. From things that have happened to the doors that have opened, a lot has happened in the last year alone that I have to be thankful for.

So you guys get to hang out while I reflect. Hope you don’t mind.

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