Rob’s Update: Hither and Yon

Week 48 of 2023

Greetings all

We’re basically only a week away from the Grand Opening!

If you want to come join us, the ribbon-cutting from the Chamber of Commerce is scheduled for 1pm. Also, there’ll be cookies at about that time. Or if you prefer pizza and no ceremony, come later in the day.

I spent much of this week going hither and yon spreading flyers around the local area.  For as exhausting a task as it is to go into every place I could find, I did find some interesting places. There’s place with tea, spices, and interesting stuff in Kiowa, a cool antique place with some fascinating sports memorabilia in Medicine Lodge, and a fun bakery/craft food store in Harper.

Also, we got our signs today. Install next week, and I can’t wait to show them off.

On the writing side, I made progress on a short story that’s due at the end of the month. I’m at about 6500 words on it, so it’s close.

However, my big project this week is reading through all the short stories we got for the Paladins of Valor open call. I have to say, this is probably going to be my toughest choice. There are so many good stories this time. It’s a good problem to have, but it’ll be a challenge.

With that, I better get to reading, or in this case, re-reading so I can weigh my choices.

What I’m Listening To

Jonathan Creek, another BBC mystery show. It’s more quirky than several.

Quote of the Week

“Across the channel was Ford Island and Battleship Row, containing the Arizona, Oklahoma, Maryland, Tennessee, all flaming, sinking wrecks. Ahead of us was the Oglala, sunk. Astern of us the cruiser Anchorage was not quite as bad off, but the Helena, the Honolulu, Raleigh and many supply and auxiliary vessels were afire and severely damaged.”
– Adrian Marks, aboard the USS Sacramento, in Pearl Harbor on December 7th, 1941

New Mythology Works in Progress

Submissions are in for the 2024 FantaSci Short Story Contest. Announcements coming soon!

Of note, this now includes our recent releases, so if you’re not sure what we’ve put out lately, you can go here and check.

Rob’s Works in Progress

  • Rick Blaine (8,845)
  • The Feasting of Vengeance (3,405)

Upcoming Events

New Releases

This week we have Tentacles of the Dominion, the third book in D.T. Read’s The Sergey Chronicles. Get it here:

Your pre-release this week is Aphrodite of Luna by John Siers, a Lunar Free State novel. Get it here:

Tracked Items

Today’s Weight: 362.8

Updated Word Count: 372,064

Firehall Sagas Archives: 758 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

Creator of the Firehall Sagas Universe

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