Vincent Miskell is a college instructor, a writer, and a poet. He is the co-author (along with his wife Jane) of OVERCOMING ANXIETY AT WORK and MOTIVATION AT WORK.
His short fiction has appeared in ROSEBUD, INTERTEXT, ECLIPSE, and in the SF paperback anthology, the AGE OF WONDER. His poetry has appeared in THE LYRIC, POETIC VOICES OF AMERICA, and MOBIUS.
In 2006, his poem "Screen Savior" was nominated for a Rhysling Award and his poems have been published in ASIMOV'S SF mag (Sept. and Oct./Nov. 2006 and March 2010). His poem, "Seven Dates with a Time Traveler," appeared online in the May 2007 issue of FROM THE ASYLUM.
"Giving the World Away for Almost You" appeared in the December 2010 issue of AOIFE'S KISS.
"Godspeed Inc," a novelette, begins the Naomi Kinder SF adventure series, which continues in the full-length novel, RESCUING THE FUTURE. Two more novels in the series are in the works.
Where to find Vincent Miskell online
Dreaming Thomas: A Fairy Tale
Thomas cannot help dreaming of faraway adventures, magic trees, and scary dragons. But his daydreaming keeps getting him into trouble. His older brothers laugh at him and keep calling him "Dreaming Thomas." Then one day, he gets the chance to help the old King and the King's beautiful princess daughter.
Illustrated and written by the author of The Giant Who Woke Up in the Middle of the Night.
The Giant Who Woke Up in the Middle of the Night: A Children's Story
Yob the Giant keeps waking up in the middle of the night. Clunk, clunk, clunk, he walks on his large wooden shoes down the dark stone stairs to the kitchen. He hears all sorts of scary night noises. Then he is surprised by a voice.
Illustrated and written by the author of Dreaming Thomas: A Fairy Tale.
Humorous Poetry Parodies & Even Verse
This book of funny and clever parodies will have you laughing and smiling. It pokes fun at Whitman with "I Sing the Body Bubonic," at Poe with "The Raving," at Dante with "Declined Comedy," at Coleridge with "Rime of the Ancient Maintenance Man,"—and at Emily Dickinson, Shelley, Frost, Donne, Wordsworth, e.e. cummings,Robert Service, and Blake.
Other comic verse breaks between the parodies.
Time Travel Times 5
Suppose you could travel in time to see Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, Tom Paine, Socrates, or W. C. Fields. Or you could revisit your teen years through the power of Beatles music to alter your present—or accompany a time traveler from the future. Wouldn't you leap at the chance? In Time Travel Times 5, Vincent Miskell, invites you along on five fantastic journeys through time.
To Ignite a Fire on Enceladus and Jack London's To Build a Fire
"To Ignite a Fire on Enceladus" is an imaginative science fiction variation on Jack London's "To Build a Fire," a story for survival in the frozen terrain of the Yukon. Except now, a space miner is struggling to stay alive on an icy moon of Saturn where he has crash-landed with a dog. Both stories are together in one ebook (along with a Study Guide).
Death and Faxes: A Science Fiction Story
Calder is normally a kick-ass hype comm tech, but because she's too afraid to transport via interstellar body faxing, she's spending time and credits to travel home the old-fashioned way by space ship. Then she discovers the pilgrim ship won't be making its scheduled stop for her transfer. Instead, the ship will end in everyone's destruction—as planned.
Rescuing the Future: A Naomi Kinder Novel
Naomi Kinder’s saving the solar system from a black hole incursion makes her the most-celebrated hero of 2097, but a capsule from 2313, teeming with new technologies and warning of the future nanobot invasion of the Earth, challenges Naomi, her Russian-Belgium lover Leo, and her friend Bonnie to travel more than 200 years forward in time to prevent humanity’s destruction.
Godspeed Inc: A Naomi Kinder Adventure
Godspeed Inc owns the sweeper ship Naomi uses to mend the spacetime rifts that faster-than-light Q-drive ships rip open as they smash out of the solar system. Now Naomi wakes with something really big bearing down on her—something that’s come through a rift, threatening Earth. Time is running short as she races to Umbriel to reactivate an old sweeper ship. But she gets company.
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- Remodeling: Buying and Updating a Foreclosure
on July 13, 2011
Joy Smith’s Remodeling ebook takes the reader on an upbeat odyssey of house selling, house buying, and house remodeling (or perhaps house rebuilding). Her style is lively, detailed, and, at times, quite amusing. She integrates the details (setbacks, struggles, and mini-triumphs) of her efforts, along with the help of a small army of contractors, plumbers, and others, so well into her virtually day-by-day narrative that we speed happily along with her toward the wonderful ending that we know must lie just ahead. Anyone thinking about remodeling (really transforming) a fixer-up house (that might also need extensive landscaping) will gain insight, courage, and many, many practical tips from her first-person reports that begin in January and end in June when her beautiful home finally becomes ready for its house warming party.
on Sep. 17, 2011
Coming of Age on a Deadly Planet
Fissa's desire for independence, leaving the safety of her home planet to travel space on her cousin's ship, the St. Catherine, may be her first and final adventure. The ship is attacked, and she crash-lands in a shuttle on a planet covered with carnivorous vegetation. Now her life is in the hands of Ferenc, an alien humanoid with strange physical powers. Will he abandon her, force himself upon her, or continue to save her as they journey over deadly terrain? Under the constant threat of death and with a growing attraction for the enigmatic humanoid, Fissa must grow up fast and make some life-altering choices. Joy V. Smith has deftly combined science fiction adventure with romance, realistically exploring an emotional and physical relationship between human and humanoid.
- Pretty Pink Planet
on Oct. 25, 2011
If you like your aliens exotic and your humans adventurous, then Pretty Pink Planet is for you. Lori's mission as an agent of SOESFOL (Search Out and Establish Sentient Forms of Life) almost immediately puts her face to face with an assassin. She is seconds from death—with only the bizarre ocean life of the flamingo-pink planet to help. But can they?
Smith has an uncanny talent for portraying quirky aliens, who are both strange and familiar at the same time—or more precisely, the familiar turns suddenly eerie in this story. Lori's alien companion and translator, Chiing, is both amusing and seriously mysterious. Warning: once you've read Pretty Pink Planet, you'll want to continue the adventures with Lori and her alien companion Chiing in Hot Yellow Planet, which is also available for science fiction readers who are fascinated by intelligent alien life.
- The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer's Guide to Character Expression
on March 23, 2013
This is such a handy reference that I recommend it highly to all fiction writers. Its listings are sure to inspire writers to keep looking for the right words, even when the thesaurus itself doesn't actually supply them. A look at the sample should convince most writers of its value.