Tales of the Rampant Coyote

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Recovery: Continued

Posted by Rampant Coyote on January 17, 2018

I’m somewhat amused by how I’ve gone from thinking “Hey, I’m feeling much better than I expected a day after surgery” to, “Hey, it’s been almost two weeks since the surgery! Why am I not fully recovered yet?” It’s annoying because while it was not that major of a surgery (these days…), it’s kind of […]


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Xchyler Publishing Books *FREE* on Smashwords

Posted by Rampant Coyote on December 26, 2017

There’s a year-end book sale going on over at Smashwords, and Xchyler has several of our eBook anthologies available for free there. Check ’em out! Terra Mechanica: A Steampunk Anthology Mechanized Masterpieces II: An American Anthology While Beyond the Wail is pictured, I do not think it is available at Smashwords.


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Jay’s Tales – The Complete Listing

Posted by Rampant Coyote on December 21, 2017

This has been a good year for me as a writer. In 2017, I’ve had six stories published. There was supposed to be a seventh, but … we’ll see. These things get interesting sometimes. Maybe 2018, maybe never. I had a novel accepted this year by Immortal Works that we have been busy getting ready […]


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It’s “Cyber Monday” and hey, I’m on sale!

Posted by Rampant Coyote on November 27, 2017

It’s “Cyber Monday” – the Monday after Thanksgiving, where those of us who avoid stores like the plague on “Black Friday” try to pick up online deals. There are a few I’m actually involved in! First off, on Amazon, three anthologies containing my stories are on sale from Xchyler Publishing – two steampunk tales, and […]


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Impressions – Death By Cliché 2: The Wrath of Con

Posted by Rampant Coyote on November 22, 2017

I loved Bob Defendi’s book, Death By Cliché. In it, game designer Damico is shot in the head and finds himself in a rather unique afterlife: trapped inside the “imaginary” role-playing game world of a really poor Game Master, surrounded by fantasy clichés and nonsensical elements based on clunky game rules and random tables. But […]


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Local Authors & You, and NaNoWriMo Begins!

Posted by Rampant Coyote on November 1, 2017

I’ll be at the Local Authors & You event this Saturday (November 4) at the Viridian Event Center from 1-5 PM. I’ll be offering the “short version” of my workshop on Writing Pulp for Fun & Profit at some point during the day, and otherwise I’ll be hanging out in the authors area signing books […]


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Released: Crystal King

Posted by Rampant Coyote on October 20, 2017

My long-time friend, coworker, and collaborator John M. Olsen has just released his debut fantasy novel, Crystal King. It’s a story of intrigue and survival with an intriguing magic system. An army has overrun and destroyed the royal council and much of the kingdom of Riland’s leadership. Now, Gavin Stoutheart’s father the baron is missing, […]


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Burning Bright by Melissa McShane Wins the Diamond Quill Award

Posted by Rampant Coyote on October 12, 2017

A little over a year ago, I reviewed Burning Bright by Melissa McShane. This is still (so far) my favorite book by her, although there are two more books in the series (Wondering Sight and Abounding Might) which are near the top of my very large To Read pile. The best way to describe the book […]


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StoryHack #1 is out – and it’s awesome!

Posted by Rampant Coyote on September 25, 2017

I’ll have a report on Salt Lake Comic Con 2017 later. But for today… I have bigger news: StoryHack #1 is out. You can get the Kindle Version here. You can also get the ePub version from Kobo, if you prefer that, and the Nook version at Barnes & Noble.  I imagine there will be […]


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Salt Lake Comic Con 2017, Here I Come

Posted by Rampant Coyote on September 19, 2017

From Thursday through Saturday, I’ll be at Salt Lake Comic Con. My home base will be Booth 639. This is the Xchyler / Utah Authors table, and it’s going to be overflowing with books. I will have a small but not insubstantial contribution to the library, including paper copies of Mirages & Speculations, StoryHack 0, […]


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Out Now: Mirages & Speculations

Posted by Rampant Coyote on August 21, 2017

It’s Eclipse Day out here in the Utah desert, although we’re only going to be hitting around 90%. A lot of folks have headed north to Idaho to not-see the sun, and to experience all the weird stuff that takes place in the shadow of the moon. Me? I’ll be working my butt off at […]


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Virtual Reality: Experiences and Nostalgia

Posted by Rampant Coyote on August 16, 2017

Nostalgia is a powerful force. It’s been the inspiration for songs, stories, movies, video games, you name it. I was somewhat amused the other day by a couple of songs from my teenaged years that were nostalgia-driven, talking about eras as far in the past then as the songs themselves are to me. Or movies […]


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Coming Soon: Mirages & Speculations

Posted by Rampant Coyote on August 11, 2017

I’ve got another short story coming out VERY soon… like in just over a week… in the Mirages & Speculations Anthology, edited by Lyn Worthen. This anthology is all Science Fiction and Fantasy stories set in the desert. Most of the authors, as I understand it, are desert-dwellers themselves. You know, for that bit of […]


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2017 Dragon Award Nominees Announced

Posted by Rampant Coyote on August 7, 2017

This year’s Dragon Award nominees have been announced for the year’s best SF/F novels, movies, comics TV shows, and games. Anyone can vote for the Dragon Awards, and you don’t have to pay $40+ or anything to the convention to be allowed to vote (or nominate). Unfortunately, there’s not a lot of time to read before […]


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My Novel Has a Publisher

Posted by Rampant Coyote on July 10, 2017

So… maybe you remember back in October when I decided that in spite of an insane work schedule, I finally committed to the NaNoWriMo thing. After a bunch of short stories, it was time for me to start working on novels. I failed. Duh. But only in the strictest sense. I finished the draft at […]


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How to Write Pulp Fiction for Fun and Profit – Part 8

Posted by Rampant Coyote on June 29, 2017

This is the final part of my article series on writing pulp fiction. You know everything I do on the subject now. Seriously… I’m not that smart. I have co-taught this class with people who have a lot more experience and knowledge than I do. I’m more of the zealous newly-converted. As much as has […]


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