Monday, September 28, 2009

The Western Online Facebook Page

The Western Online now has its own Facebook Fan Page. If you have a Facebook account, check out our new page and become a fan!

Writing Updates

My weekly NASCAR column is online today at Insider Racing News: Is This Mark Martin's Year? Be sure to send me your feedback.

I've got another article on Myspace Mobsters Property: Secrets to Building a High Income. That makes five strategy guides I've written about different aspects of Mobsters and brings my total published article count on Suite101 to 45 articles.

I'm going to spend the day looking for short story markets.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Works in Progress

I'm working on a couple of new short stories right now that I plan on submitting in the very new future. I've got several short stories that I need to submit, I just have to find the right markets for them. I'm on vacation from work next week, so I'm going to be submitting as many as possible.

Something else that I'm working on is finding an agent for my novel, COMANCHE JUSTICE. I've recently received a rejection slip for it from Leisure Books. Since most of the publishing companies don't accept unsolicited submissions, I've decided to find an agent.

I'm also going to looking into the self-publishing option.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

New Artwork on The Western Online

I've got the new image on the artwork page of the site. We're still working on getting it re-sized to meet the specifications for the Duotrope Listing, but we have officially published our first piece of artwork on The Western Online.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

The Western Online New Site Feature

I added a scrolling News ticker box on the front page of the site, its pretty cool. I also added it to my personal website.

Mike, the associate editor of The Western Online, has been working on some new art for the site that I'm going to be publishing soon, tomorrow I hope. I'm also going to use the image as cover art for our listing on Duotrope.

We are still working on getting readership built up, so help us spread the word about The Western Online. The stories we've published so far are excellent.

"Box Canyons" by Terry Sanville is the first accepted story that we published at The Western Online. It's a very good read.

"Working for the Pawnee Agency" by Oscar Case is based on the exploits of the writer's great-great grandfather during the 1830s and '40s.

Monday, September 21, 2009

My Weekly Writing Updates

My weekly NASCAR column was published today on Insider Racing News. Check it out and send me your feedback. Here is the link: Favorites for the 2009 Chase.

I also had another article published on Here is the link: Swine Flu (H1N1) Vaccine.

Friday, September 18, 2009


Despite finally getting the site launched and updated with some new feedback features, The Western Online Forum and Guestbook, we still need submissions. And we're not picky either. We'll take submissions of any kind: short stories, non-fiction articles or artwork.

We've recently published two short stories and could use many more. View our submission guidelines and send us your work!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

The Western Online

Although the idea has been brewing in my head for quite some time, I recently launched a new website, The Western Online, a webzine that is dedicated to the Old West. It will publish Western short stories, non-fiction articles and Western themed artwork.

I launched the site with one of my own short stories, "The Lucky Drifter," but have since gotten a few submissions and published two more stories by some very fine authors. "Box Canyons" by Terry Sanville is the first accepted story that was published and "Working for the Pawnee and Oto Agency" by Oscar Case followed shortly after it.

David Cranmer, editor of the Beat to a Pulp webzine, has been very helpful in sending some readers to The Western Online as we try to build up readership and submissions.

Below is an excerpt from the site about what we publish at The Western Online:

The Western Online is dedicated to everything Western. We publish Western short stories and artwork. The type of story most likely to be published here is the traditional post-Civil War Western. However, we will consider any story that is connected with the early settling of America that takes place during the 1700s and early 1800s, from swashbuckling pirates to mountainmen and the early pioneers.

We also publish non-fiction articles on any subject dealing with the Old West.

At this time, The Western Online is a non-paying market and currently has an open-ended submission period. That means the submission period is always open with no deadline. Your work will be published upon acceptance.

So, stop by the site and enjoy our short stories. Visit our Forum or leave a message in the Guestbook.

Here is the link:


I am new to the world of blogging so I figured the least I could do is introduce myself. My name is Matthew, and I'm a starving writer. Well, I don't starve, I have another job on the side that pays the bills for now, but I've known from an early age that I was going to be a writer.

I've had a few humble successes so far. Nine of my short stories have been published online and in print in some of the following publications: The Copperfield Review, The Storyteller, The Pink Chameleon Online, Perpetual Magazine, Long Story Short.

I write a weekly NASCAR column for, and I enjoy the feedback I get from readers about some of my opinions relating to NASCAR. My column is published every Monday and can be found here.

I am also a contributing writer for So far, I've published more than 40 non-fiction article on that site. I've written articles on topics ranging from historical biographies about some of my favorite gunfighters of the Old West, to World War 2 aircraft, to tips for playing Mobsters, the popular Myspace game. My articles on can be found here.

I've completed two novels and I'm currently seeking an agent to represent them for me. I received a rejection slip for my most recent novel, COMANCHE JUSTICE, from Leisure Books.

To find out anything else about me, visit my website: