Today (May 8, 2013), I learned when checking about my new short story collection's page at Amazon.com and the CreateSpace member dashboard page that The Orphaned Stories of John X. Grey has sold some copies since its release on May 2 (thanks, Christie and Paul, for your purchases - glad you seem to like what you've read from within those pages so far). It was ranked 304,419 on Amazon. I'm just grateful my fictional offspring have found some bookshelves and homes out there in the wide world. This is the first tangible success this year apart from some of my stories appearing in print within two Static Movement anthologies (A Journey You Say? contains four of my stories - "Beyond the Mists," "Return of the North Wind" and "Sister of Nature" - my Hellstone's Shelter trilogy - and "Freedom's just another Town with nothing left to lose" another 24th Century bounty hunter trio tale featuring the same characters from "Stalking a Myth" in Static Movement's Bounty Hunters anthology. A third bounty hunter tale with those characters will appear in SM's Carnivorous anthology eventually. Noir! contains one of my Jack Petrov Vampire Hunter stories - "Undead out of the Past."). Working to turn my first horror novel (The Nightmare of Aarontown) from its 600+ page current form into a trilogy for easier marketing, I get the courage to persevere at what I've come to believe is my calling from God as a life's labor.
Thanks to those who bought a copy and anyone who buys one in the future. This made my day (in what until today had been a crappy week, I'm sorry to confess).