The Writing of Martin Brennan

The Weekly Proclamation IV

How much writing can I get done in a full day without any interruptions, as if I were writing as a full-time job? The answer, it turns out, is a lot.

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The Weekly Proclamation III

I won’t tell if you won’t that I essentially missed a week. That knowledge is forbidden, all who seek it are damned.

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The Weekly Proclamation II

You didn’t think I’d be back, did you? This week, I’d like to talk about a project that has been nagging quietly at the back of my mind for years now. Read on…

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The Weekly Proclamation I

First off, I want to level with you, and let you know that this proclamation may not be weekly. It may end up being bi-weekly, or monthly, or something like that, but goddamn it, I’m going to call it the Weekly Proclamation because it will always be released on a week. That way, I don’t need to feel guilt, and you don’t need to feel let down. Whenever I feel like not posting, I will post an update saying “I didn’t really do anything”, and may I be booed and have rotten tomatoes thrown at me like some vagrant locked in the village stocks. Sound good? Onward, then!

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Trailblazers

I wrote this piece as an entry for the 2019 Literary Taxidermy short story competition https://literarytaxidermy.com/, for which I received an honourable mention. The premise of the competition was to take an opening and closing line from Fahrenheit 451 and write your own short story in-between, in less than 2500 words. Without further ado here is my entry, TRAILBLAZERS.

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Bluff

I wrote this as backstory to my protagonist, Sam, in The Thaw (see the works page for more details). I thought I would post it up here as a companion piece to the Only The Dead story I wrote for my antagonist, which can be found in the TL;DR Press Kindred Anthology. Enjoy!

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Now: June 2019

I can’t believe it’s been three months since I last did one of these. Where does the time go? Where I last left you I had some work published and I sent in some more submissions and was rejected. But! I did have my first published work in the TL;DR press Kindred anthology! In the last few months I have been reading a lot and steadily working on The Thaw. In this post I’m going to do a couple of mini-essays on the books I’ve read because I’ve enjoyed them all quite a lot. Let’s do it!

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Now: March 2019

First of all, this month I have a special announcement to make. I’ve had a piece accepted into the TL;DR Press Family anthology, called Kindred! This is my first ever published work and I’m extremely excited about it. The piece serves as backstory for the primary antagonist of my current manuscript, The Thaw, though it can be read without any knowledge of the novel. You can read more about the anthology at the TL;DR press Kindred lineup announcement. I’ve added a fancy new Published Works section on my works page to celebrate as well!

TL;DR Kindred Anthology

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Yellowjacket

I submitted this story to Third Flatiron Publishing’s Hidden Histories anthology at the beginning of February. Unfortunately this time I was not accepted. So, I thought I would post up the story as I cannot think of another place where it would be accepted, with the theme being so specific. I enjoyed writing this story and researching some history, though I struggled somewhat with coming up with a hidden history for the overall theme. What drew me to write about the Dresden bombings was the controversy around whether the city was a valid target, coupled with Kurt Vonnegut’s vivid descriptions of the bombing and the fire in Slaughterhouse Five. So, without further ado, here is YELLOWJACKET.

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Now: January 2019 and Year in Review

Another year has come to a close and I have come short of my writing and querying goals. This may sound bleak, and I certainly am not exactly happy that I haven’t finished what I set out to do in some regards, but I still did enough writing throughout the year that I didn’t feel as though it was a total waste. More often than not I get in my own way when it comes to writing as much as life, work, and procrastination get in the way, which means that I don’t write as much as I would like to in a year. This is a retrospective post on the last year, what I am going to try and do differently this year, and what I’m currently working on in January 2019.

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