Outed on the Internet

So, today it happened. The world now knows my dirty secret. About my second life.

In one life, I am Stuart Etter, writer of respectable stories currently only available to those who can see my computer. I have a Social Security number. I pay my taxes. And I help my wife carry out the garbage.


In honor of this auspicious day, I'm creating all the documentation I can with today's date. This blog being no exception.

To add actual content to this abuse, here's my eleven-word story posted on Twitter using the #11Words hashtag:

He needed two shots to end his life. Whisky, then lead.

Are you on Twitter? Let me know so I can follow your 140-word diatribes too. :) My Twitter handle is @SA_Etter.

Awesome Idea in Publishing

I'm not even sure how a trail of links led me there, but Tobias Bucknell has assembled what I'd term the Justice League of SF Writers over at SFNovelists.com. In browsing around, I discovered a masterful marketing plan: twenty-five of their members have offered up their first chapters in a single free e-book. That's twenty-five free samples of books you may or may not have discovered. I see many familiar names, like Jim Hines, Carol Berg, and C.E. Murphy, but also some new names too.

Genre Mash-up

Ok, I confess. This post is about a movie that I absolute love, warts and all. It’s uneven at times, and has elements that stretch credibility, and gives characters sudden abilities not previously established or even hinted. For all of that, Brotherhood of the Wolf is a story that I wish I had written. It’s the ultimate mash-up of genres.

Journey Versus Destination

Some books I read for the story, or to put it differenty, for the destination. Others I read for the rich characters and the interpersonal drama. Once in a while, I find a book where I simply enjoy the prose, so the journey of reading becomes the highlight. Patrick Rothfuss' novels are perfect examples of the later, so much so that his blog is nearly as enjoyable as his books.

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May, 24 2016

Please, hold the door!

I'm both stunned and slightly embarrassed by all the attention this week, but welcome new visitors! Make yourself at home.

My thoughts behind my 2008 joke/prediction/guess can be found on my Blog.

Thanks again for stopping by!

About the Author

While reading The Fellowship of the Ring at the age of twelve, Stuart A. Etter was told by his teacher that he should be reading shorter books. Undaunted, he finished the trilogy and promptly moved on to other novels ranging from fantasy/sci-fi to historical fiction to horror to thrillers.

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Prologue: Prisoner Bound

Damion rubbed the dull ache of age from his hands. Countless years wielding a sword had conditioned his tendons and muscles, but time had worn them down, replacing strength with chronic pain. Closing his eyes, Damion dreamed of his youth. Battle and victory marked most of his memories, but darker images tainted his successes, reminding him of his one...