Friday, September 26, 2014

Celebrate The Small Things - 26 September #CTST and Follow Fest

Today's post is doing double duty. First, it's Friday and time to Celebrate The Small Things (or big things) that happened this week.

I don't think writers say it enough, but I'm thankful for readers. Without them, we're just scribbling in the dark to further our own insanity. And readers that leave reviews are greatly treasured, even the ones who leave not-so-good reviews because without those kind, no one would believe the good ones. So, thank you readers. I wish there were more of you.

Keep writing and keep hoping. What are you celebrating this week?

Want to join in the fun that is Celebrate The Small Things, sign up here.

And now for part deux: Follow Fest 2014.

Today is the last day of Follow Fest, a platform-building hop hosted by Melissa Maygrove. I didn't find out about it until today when I read Alex J. Cavanaugh's post from Wednesday. Yes, I should visit in a more timely fashion.

Name: Jeff Chapman.

Fiction or nonfiction? Fiction.

What genres do you write? Fantasy, Horror, and Historical. Sometimes all at once.

Are you published? Yes, some short stories and novellas. The more I write the longer my stories become, so I'm sure I'll eventually write novels. Click on the publications tab to see a full list but here are my latest ones.
  • "In the Kappa's Garden" in Spaceports & Spidersilk (July 2014).
  • "Blood and Beauty" in Songs of the Satyrs from Angelic Knight Press (April 2014).
  • Last Request: A Victorian Gothic (March 2014).
  • "Good King David" in King David and the Spiders from Mars from Dybbuk Press (March 2014).

Do you do anything in addition to writing? Thinking about offering to format books for epub and Kindle.

Tell us a little about yourself. I craft software by day. I like cats. I have way too many books, which is why I love ebooks (no storage problem). I have degrees in history and software engineering. I drink hot chocolate (the real stuff made with milk) with the same fervor that some people crave coffee. I love classic ghost stories in the M. R. James tradition.

What are you reading right now? Crispin: The Cross of Lead and various books about writing and daily life centuries ago.

Which authors influenced you the most? Kafka, Poe, C.S. Lewis, John Gardner, the list goes on and on and I continue to discover writers that I want to influence me.

Where can people connect with you? Twitter, Goodreads, Google+, and Facebook.


  1. My problem with ebooks is that I forget I have them - those virtual shelves are harder to see than my real ones. :)

    Madeline @ The Shellshank Redemption

  2. Good point! I'm thankful for readers,too!

    It's interesting how some writers struggle to write full-length works and others struggle to trim tomes. (I'm a tome-trimmer. :P) Thanks for taking part in the fest, Jeff. Glad you hopped on the Linky in time. :)

  3. I like eBooks for the same reason.
    Funny, at first I thought you said you crave software...

  4. Great to meet you and learn more about your writing. I admire short story writers. I've written a few and some have been published, but it takes me almost as long to dream up and polish a good short story as a novel. Seriously, my brain just tends to see stories that are too big.

  5. I'm a fan of ebooks for the same reason as you. And I have an unholy love of hot chocolate. Maybe I shouldn't have admitted that. Too late! Great to get to know you through Follow Fest!

  6. Hi Jeff,

    I love my Kindle too because I've exhausted most flat surfaces in my house. And I adore the scary stuff, too. Give me King or Koontz...

  7. I love your authors, especially Edgar Allan Poe. He's an underrated genius in our contemporary society.

  8. Big fan of readers, and a big fan of your work, Jeff.

  9. Hot chocolate, the real stuff, is quite possibly the perfect drink. I love it! And finding new recipes to try. Nice to meet you, Jeff!

  10. Great to meet you through Follow Fest. I'm a big ebook fan myself, for the same reasons. Looking forward to following you!

  11. I missed Follow Fest ... oh well. Readers is something definitely worth celebrating though!

  12. I love ebooks for ease of travelling with approx 1 billion books but for looking at I have to say I love to keep a few paperbacks lying around. You can order them by colour on your shelves and completely confuse people.