Jordan Taylor

NaNoWriMo Warm Up

Posted by on Oct 02 2013

It’s site re-launch day for NaNoWriMo. Looking forward to participating this year, even if it’s not in a completely traditional (one novel in 30 days) manner. I’m working on a new YA series, which, since it’s historical, I’ve been researching for the past couple of months. Now I’ve started the first book and hope that the second and third will be my NaNo writings. This is a series of novellas, so it will take two to make the 50,000 word goal for November!

Happy News

Posted by on Aug 10 2013

Details are being finalized for an upcoming anthology that a story of mine will be appearing in! I’m thrilled about this book because it’s with one of my favorite publishers, Cleis Press. Release date is not until 2014 so more info soon!

New Shorts

Posted by on May 30 2013

Those short stories I promised for spring/summer are beginning to make an appearance! Just out is Chasing Chance, a story about an out of control Golden Retriever and the family trying to redeem him.

Chasing Chance is part of my Angel Paws series, a group of shorts related by theme. These stories celebrating the canine/human bond are rather a departure for me—with uplifting and inspiring tales for dog lovers. (Will try to avoid distressing endings for this lot.) More to come!

Reading and Watching

Posted by on May 17 2013

I’ve been sick for a week, trying to get work done, but mostly watching and reading.

It Was the War of the Trenches

Just finished It Was the War of the Trenches, which must be one of the greatest printed works ever created on World War One. Trying to finish The Bells of Hell Go Ting-a-ling-a-ling after getting halfway through a couple months ago. This one has turned out to be an exercise in frustration. I’d wanted to read it since learning it was one of the few WWI memoirs dealing with the subject of homosexuality among the soldiers. But it would be more appropriate to say it’s one man’s impassioned assertion that neither he nor any of his friends in the war were gay. As if the reader would assume otherwise if you just didn’t bring it up at all????? A truly bizarre and irritating read.

On the watching front, it’s been Samsara—wow, incredibly disturbing (in a You Need To Be Informed About This And Should Be Disturbed way) and not at all what I was expecting—and some WWI films from the library. Re-watched War Horse even though it was awful from just one viewing. It’s still a WWI movie and good enough for a sick movie if you skip the first 40 minutes. Flyboys is another yuck. It doesn’t even feel historical. Clichéd, modern bad boy/rebel types thrown together by war and becoming brothers/heroes. Is no one selling original screenplays anymore?


Balance those two out with the amazing 1927 silent film Wings. One of the best silent movies and best Great War movies I’ve ever seen. The restoration from Paramount is crystal clear, breathtaking. Great featurette documentary on how it was made. Just amazing.

Now I’m still sick and feeling sorry for myself. Should be working, but watching DVDs and trying to build a better website. At least that’s almost done. And precious.

New Website!

Posted by on May 06 2013

So thrilled about working on my brand new, stunningly beautiful, and responsive website! Things will get better and finished in the next couple of weeks or so. (Really, should be days, but I’ll be a realist here and say weeks.)

And I’m almost as thrilled to announce that I’ll be releasing new short stories this spring/summer. Please check back to soon for all the newness!

Thanks for visiting!