Rob’s Update: Time for a Mojito

Week 16 of 2020

Greetings all

What a really busy and productive week. Most of this week has been focused on my story for the sequel anthology to We Dare, Semper Paratus.

I’ve actually had a number of issues with this story. The most important one is that I didn’t fully read the submission expectations. Let that be a lesson to everyone.

But the first draft had issues anyway. I didn’t like the pacing and flow. Like in many things, having one problem is a problem, having two and they might solve each other.

I’m re-writing it this weekend and I’m already much happier with it. It’s a story, now, or at least will be.

Second note. Always communicate with your editor. They can help, and Jamie Ibson has helped a ton. Also, if the story gets bigger than expected, you can ask for permission. This story is already larger than I anticipated, and I have a new ending and a battle scene to write.

The other big news this week is that I now have an online store:

Here you’ll find physical copies of all of my books. For electronic or audio versions, you’ll still buy them through Amazon. However, if you want signed copies, you can get them through this site.

Also, I’m adding a variety of used books and science fiction and fantasy magazines that I have available. The magazines are ones I have multiple copies of and I’ve been winnowing down my books as I convert to e-versions.

I’m really excited about the potential of this store for me. Please take a look.

What I’m Listening To

One of my favorite shows ever is Burn Notice and I saw all seven seasons on Amazon Prime. Time for mojitos, spy tricks, and extra violence.

Quote of the Week

There’s so much great writing in this show. I especially enjoy Michael Westen’s voiceovers.

“A hitman is like a plumber, a dentist or a mechanic. Everybody is always looking for a good one.”
– Michael Westen, Burn Notice

News and Works in Progress

  • None Call Me Mother (PAGES)
  • CB (8,418)
  • HM (6,374)
  • NWQF (13,840)

Recent Blog Posts and Wiki Additions

Upcoming Events


This week’s spotlight is on You can get all of my novels and the anthologies I’ve contributed to, along with a variety of used items. I will add more items each week.

Today’s Weight: 397.4

Updated Word Count: 49,935

Shijuren Wiki: 874 entries

Let me know if you have any suggestions on the website, this email, or cool story ideas at Especially let me know of suggestions you have for the Spotlight section.

Have a great week, everyone.

Rob Howell

Currently Available Works
Four Horsemen Universe
The Phases of Mars
Short Stories

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