Stephen del Mar lives in the Tampa Bay area and writes in the Southern Literary tradition. His stories are character driven with rich settings. They often have a touch of the paranormal, supernatural, or magical realism.
Although he writes about serious subjects, they are sweetened with humor and wit. He says, "It's a southern thing."
Time: Halloween Night, 2013 Place: 24 hour Starkbucks, Plant City, FL, USA Point of Conflict: To NaNo or not.
It was Halloween, the night before the National Novel Writing Month (NaNo for short) contest begins. You know the thing where you sign up to bang out 50K words in the month. They can either be for a rough draft of a new project or additional words on something you’re currently working on. It’s fun. You get a lot of support from other folks participating and can even meet up with them to have “write-ins.”
I had participated the previous year and “won,” meaning I wrote over 50K words on my novel Return to Cooter Crossing. The problem was, that story needed a lot more than 50K and a year later I was still working on it. One reason it was taking so long was I’d taken breaks along the way and written a number of short stories and a novella. So it was NaNo season again and folks were asking, “Are you going to do it this year?” Continue reading “Points of Inspiration: Dark Love”
A few years ago, I was skimming through my Facebook feed when this nice pastoral photo of a meadow showed up from one of my friends. It had comments about wanting to be somewhere beautiful and peaceful. Apparently, I was in one of my moods because I looked at it and thought, Meah. It was pretty, but it looked dull. I thought, It needs a disco. Then thought again, Or dragons. Hold it! Waite… a dragon disco!Continue reading “Points of Inspiration: “Needs a disco or maybe dragons…””
It’s been a challenging week. I have a freelance project I’m working on and it’s pretty high on the frustration level. Also this it’s the time of year, I usually escape to Palm Bay, with my writing friend Cynthia, for a week of R&R & Writing. But the folks sold the house over there so that is no more. To cut the whining to a minimum, I really needed to decompress but didn’t feel I had the time. That’s always a bad sign. Continue reading “A Samhain Mini-Retreat”
A haunted house, ghosts, a grandmother, and zombie pirates!
“The Demise of Bobby and Clyde” is an old fashion haunted house story. Bobby and Clyde are on the run after a bank robbery, unfortunately they decided to wait out a hurricane in a very creepy old house.
“The Broken Heart” is about Zach. He lost his lover and is trying to move on. He’s retired down to Florida and is restoring an old boat he found out in the swamp. On his trip down river he meets some mysterious folk that might help his heart mend.
“HIM” is a short psychosexual horror story about madness, delusion and murder. Imagine taking the bus home at the end of a cold winter day. The bus is full of all kinds of people with all kinds of problems. And as one slowly descends into madness he notices you. Would you notice before it is too late? Intended for mature readers only.
“Day of the Dead” is a story about Mateo and Alex building their relationship and overcoming cultural differences. Fortunately Mateo’s grandmother is there to help or is she?
“A Night on Blood Isle” is a short tale about a pirate island off the coast of Bennett Bay. Not the kind of place you want to get caught in the fog.