Chuggin’ Along

Hello there, chum! Thanks for stopping by. Obviously you’re here because you want to know what’s new. More specifically, you want to know what’s new with lil’ J.O., not to mention what’s new with ol’ Chuggie Mot Losiat.

Yep, there he is. There they BOTH are. Lots of mornings, young Jordy Otto accompanies me on a little trip to Mag Mell (and beyond!) to visit our pal Chuggie. Some days we head out to Mag Mell as early as 4am. Other days we go later. Sadly, some days we don’t make it out the door.

But don’t you fret! With Jordy’s help, I’ve been finding out a lot about Chuggie, his friends, and their next fancy adventure. Monsters, madmen, magic, and more. Yes, there’s even a big pot of stew. Can you imagine? A pot of stew?! Wild stuff, indeed.

But let’s get back to Chuggie #1 for  a moment. The first installment of Mischief, Mayhem, Want, and Woe. You should know, the series is called Mischief, Mayhem, Want, and Woe because it isn’t just about Chuggie. His sisters and his brother are included in the series title, and someday they’ll all have books of their own. Here’s a handy guide:

Chuggie (Brother Drought) = Want
Sister Flood = Woe
Sister Wildfire = Mischief
Brother Sickness = Mayhem

Well, anyway. What was I getting at? Ah, yes. I’ve been busily trying to spread the word about Chuggie and the Desecration of Stagwater. I’ve been in touch with some seriously classy media outlets, getting reviewer copies out the door and so on. At this point, reviews are like gold. To everyone who has left an Amazon review of Chuggie, Thank You a bajillion million! If you’ve read Chuggie and haven’t left a review on Amazon, I’d be wildly grateful if you went and did that. If you haven’t read Chuggie yet, why not now? I know your “To Read” list is long. I know you don’t always have as much time to read as you’d like. But consider the following:

Thanks for stopping by. I’ll see you soon. Seriously. I have something that I’ll need to get off my chest. Something eating at my soul like a hell-forged robo-termite on crack. It has to do with Stephen King, his new book The Wind Through the Keyhole, and a little boy with a wooden face. Oh, also, I’m going to post an article or two that I wrote for CadreZine.


Fortune: Lost and Found, featuring BMK

Great news today! I just received the acceptance notification from L.S. Murphy, co-editor of Fortune: Lost and Found, an upcoming anthology from Omnium Gatherum.

My story, “A Friend in Paga”, is one of the most twisted things I’ve ever written. Typed that sucker up on Mother’s Day of this year. Just woke up early, sat down with coffee and a laptop, typed it. Sent it out a little bit later. Easy as pie.

What’s “A Friend in Paga” about, you ask? Great question. It’s about friendship and a good night’s sleep. It’s the kind of story that when you finish it, you jump up and yell “Friendship!” I liked writing it a lot, and I hope you’ll enjoy reading it. Now let’s take a look at some examples of Friendship:

Hmm, that certainly takes care of friendship. Now we need an image that aids peaceful sleep…


Amazing Chuggie Review at The Automatic Cat

This review blew me away. It definitely makes me want to go after Chuggie #2 with renewed vigor. Thanks, Automatic Cat!

Favorite part: “Chuggie, who starts the book as a rather absurd figure drunkenly tangled up with a tree, grows into a genuine hero, a blue-collar godling of great power.”

Second favorite part: “Perpetually drunk, a little shambolic, full of shaggy folk wisdom, he’s what Bukowski might have come up with if he’d tried to write a minor deity.”

Third favorite part: The rest.