Changes in Khiatons Monthly Writing Prompt Features in 2018

There will only be one prompt each per month, though written up more fully than in the past. My recent purchase of KDP Rocket has inspired changes to my scifi and fantasy writing prompts features.

I still regularly scan trending news for story ideas and will share what I find in indie published books that KDP Rocket says should have a market. These will be written up and include links to the material. I don’t mind giving away ideas because some of the ones I come up with would make for interesting reading but aren’t ones I want to write myself.

I believe I should have a booklet ready to put out in a month because there are ideas I don’t post that are worthwhile but don’t have a convenient Youtube video to illustrate them. I will include links for articles that inspired the story ideas in the booklets. However, only the writing prompts posted on the Khiatons page will have an embedded Youtube video.

I’m doing this both as a test of KDP Rocket and because it would be good to have some compensation for my work. The free scifi and fantasy monthly prompts will be to assure any readers that the booklets have worthwhile information.

I enjoy reading popular books but I believe basing story ideas on trending articles instead of popular books leads to more original work or injects some fresh material into your templates if you’re writing to market but need to mix things up. I’ll still scan trending articles no matter what, but it’s a good public service to curate them for fellow authors, and being compensated for it may help underwrite my own writing.


The Shifty Captive: Damien Rathschild

Damien is NOT a kindly mentor in The Shifty Captive.
Name: Damien Rathschild
Age: 38
Nationality: Ilan
Hometown: Beldon
Current Residence: 101 Luxe Lane
“Pay close attention. Don’t expect to be coddled or entertained. Consider yourself fortunate if you only suffer boredom at my hands.”

The Shifty Captive: Shelton “Shifty” Sharpe

Shelton “Shifty” Sharpe

Is the first person you’ll meet in “The Shifty Captive.”

Name: Shelton “Shifty” Sharpe
Age: 21
Nationality: Ilan
Height: 5’10”
Weight: 180
Race: Caucasian
Eye Color: Grey like water
Hair Color: Ginger
Occupation: clerk, freelance procurer, conman, captive, minion-throughout Shifty Captive
“I’ve committed many deeds I regret in service to my master…”




Book Release: The Shifty Captive

11/21/17: Update the page for The Shifty Captive is now live.  Clicking on the cover will take you to your country’s Amazon page.

Shelton “Shifty” Sharpe is the shiftiest member in the magic trade, and this is how he gets his start.  Canadians can buy print version if they prefer here.

I will be releasing  profiles with portraits of  The Shifty Captive characters every Monday in order of their appearance.

Aviking on Turtle Island: A Short Reads Set is up for Preorder on Amazon’s Kindle Select

What self–respecting Viking can resist raiding new lands? Jormungandr the Midgard Serpent, son of Loki the Trickster, and the jotun Ymirling, won’t pass up the chance to ravage, Turtle Island, a land unprotected by Thor the Thunderer! (Approximately 4334 words.)

I’ve been wanting to do a “Jormungandr goes Native” themed series. I couldn’t think of how to turn it into a novel, but it’ll be easy to create short story of incidents of his life on Turtle Island, my people’s name for North America. This contains the first part of the series. The length of the series will depend on reader demand, but there’re some highlights of his life I want to cover so there will be a series either way.

Announcing the Start of Khiatons Kindle Short Reads

Khiatons Kindle Short Reads publishing program starts May 1st. These will give blog readers a chance to see the kind of works my trend watching inspires. They’re geared towards Kindle Select Readers who want to stream short reads and are composed of approximately 5000 word ebooks. They’ll be available for sale at 99 cents individually. If you’re not a member of Kindle Select, and prefer to save money, I’ll gather them into themed story collections and offer them as larger ebooks and print books.

The themed collections will be uploaded to Smashwords. However, the individual short read books will be kept exclusive to Kindle Select.

I figured this was a worthwhile experiment for 2017, and will see how it goes.

This is the first ebook Machine Learning: Two Short Reads which is available on May 1st.

Machine Learning: Two Short Reads

What will machines learn from humanity? We can hope they’ll hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil and obey the Three Laws of Robotics but Gidget the Gadget may become a respected member of the family, while the Dissembly Meme still goes viral in these two short reads. (Approximately a total of 4607 words)