The Littlest Evil Overlord (Nov
Here Be Dragons (Nov 2003)
Betrayal (July 2000)
Rent (September 2000)
Frost (7 Jan 2001)
Daisy (3 Feb 2001, topic:
Coffee (13 Apr 2002,
Valor (20 Sep 2003,
Sweet Sorrow (1996)
Update! November is over, and with it, my second novel.
Go read it. (Caution: Rated PG-13ish.)
I've been writing off-and-on for years — basically since a creative writing
class I took in high school (circa 1992). Occasionally you'll see me hanging
out on writersbbs.com (most
often in the
Flash Fiction forum). In Novembers you won't find me there, though —
Novembers are for NaNoWriMo,
the insane effort to write an entire novel in a month.
Aside from this site (and its earlier incarnation, which Cox decided to delete)
and some school magazines, I've never gotten anything published. Maybe it's
because I've only ever submitted one short story, I don't know...
My real name is Joe White, but my online writing alias is vulcanviking (because
of my pointy ears and (once-)long red hair). I'm a native of Cedar Rapids,
Iowa, and am currently living in Omaha, Nebraska, where I have a steady
paycheck but not a Donutland or Emil's or Chick-Fil-A for hundreds of miles.
I need to get around to making a contact form. You won't find my e-mail address
online because spambots are evil.
I've got several novels floating around in my head, but so far I've only written
two. Neither is published — in fact, both are still very first-draft. Each
novel was written in a month (November,
of course). You can read both novels on this site.
November 2002 novel: The Littlest Evil Overlord
About: A disgruntled member of the Evil Overlords' Union.
Genre: Humor/Satire (in case you couldn't tell); Heroic
Fantasy (sort of).
Rating: PGish, for some swordfights (there are heroes and
villains, so of course there are swordfights) and a very mild bedroom
scene that you might miss if you weren't looking for it.
November 2003 novel: Here Be Dragons
Word count: 52,186
About: Set in present day, except that one day the power goes
out, everywhere, and dragons start roaming the interstates.
Genre: Urban Fantasy. Darker in mood than last year's.
Rating: PG-13ish, for swearing and (non-explicit) sex scenes.
If you haven't ever written
Flash Fiction, you need to. Somebody posts a topic, and you have an
hour to write a complete short story. Not very long, right? That's actually the
good part — you don't have time to agonize over whether your topic is good
enough (perfectionism, also known as "writer's block") — you just write! (The
same principle applies, on a larger scale, to
Below are some of my better flash pieces. Most were written in the
flash fiction challenge on the
Writer's BBS, though I did a couple on my own time (but still in flash
format). Bear in mind that these are all first drafts. I like "Coffee" and
"Frost" the best, but "Valor" and "Rent" are up there too.
Some other (non-flash) short stories I've written. Both of these were for a
college class called "Introduction to Creative Writing: Fantasy". These are
actually both somewhat beyond first-draft stage.
Whenever I see an ad for a poetry contest, I have to laugh. "Submit your
original poem of 20 lines or less..." Ha! I'm tempted to submit "Battlecry",
just to see what they'd do. That would make for twenty very long
The poetry I like isn't literary poetry — it's song lyrics. So that's what I
Here are a couple of poems I wrote back in my teenage-despair days. (Yes, I was
still having teenage despair when I was 22 years old.)