August Update 2014

Hey everyone, just stopped by to drop you a line. This is your August 2014 update. 

Whats New?

The Transient, Flash Fiction 40+1: New Mexican Bread Aisle get’s an update, Phil goes to school, name embrace, My Mind’s Abyss Book #2

The Transient: The story based on my homeless experience just got a little closer to coming out. I just sent out for a second edition proof and should be getting it back soon. I’ll go through the book, edit it again, and finish the cover and hopefully soon after that I’ll release it. I’d be interested in sending out some advanced copies to some loyal readers if they’d be willing to reply to me with some honest feedback about the book. Contact me on Twitter if interested. @Volatalistic

Flash Fiction 40+1: New Mexican Bread Aisle becomes Flash Fiction 40 and will no longer be part of an ongoing series of flash fiction books. I did this for a few reasons–ever notice that sometimes I’m too damn complicated? The book will be getting a new, hopefully better cover than the one it currently has, and some much needed changes and updates. The title change will hopefully encourage more people to give the book a chance and understand that it’s flash fiction stories and not something related to Mexico?? When I wrote that book it was in a short amount of time after I wrote My Mind’s Abyss and I was on the same binge of trying to write stuff quickly, so as a result there was a ton of errors. I’ve been learning and practicing writing more and more ever since my first novel and feel that I’m getting better at it. So, I decided because I actually like that book, it deserves better than what I gave it. I’ve been going through each of the stories and rewording and editing and slightly changing them up a bit in order to fine tune them and make them more reader-friendly. The ebook version will be released within a week of the paperback version, but will also feature four new images added to the stories.

Phil Goes to School: Yep, it’s true. I’m in school, again, and I’m currently enrolled in an EMT program. I’m pretty stoked about it and one week of school is done, only. whoever knows how many more. 

Name Embrace: Volatalistic, Vol-uh-tah-lis-tic. Volatalistic. What, you can’t pronounce or spell the made-up word? Really? Yeah, okay. So yeah, I’m Phil Volatile. On all my books I’ve put Volatalistic Phil, in hopes to use Volatalistic as a label of sorts, but it seems like it causes grief. I meet people who can’t pronounce or spell it–and I don’t blame them–but I think I should make things easier. In search engine keywords I see that people are trying to find me too, but they misspell the word. So, as a result of all of this (and the huge amount of cover space it takes up) I’ve decided to start branding my books with my author name: Phil Volatile. This doesn’t mean I’ll be changing previous books, just the books moving forward (this includes Flash Fiction 40). 

My Mind’s Abyss book #2: (My Mind’s Abyss: Aftermath (The Art of Dying) I’m still… working… on… it… and it’s proving to be more difficult than I thought. The whole book is there and I’m scared to release it. I’m afraid it won’t hold up. It’s not written in the kamikaze style that the first book was written in and I’m afraid people won’t like it. I feel like maybe it’s too long. It’s over 300 pages and that’s frightening for me. I’ll keep you posted about it.


Much Love and thanks for reading! You’re all hall of fame to me!

Thank you to everyone who continues to love and support me! Thank you God! Thank you to Amazon and every Amazon market and their corresponding countries. We’re worldwide and my books have made it to: Canada, Mexico, Sweden, Japan, Australia, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, India, Brazil, United Kingdom.

Phil Volatile


Flash Fiction 40+1: New Mexican Bread Aisle

Tentatively, this is the front cover to Flash Fiction 40+1: New Mexican Bread Aisle. I am hoping to have it released in one week, two at the most. I am hopeful about it and I hope that my readers will enjoy the new book. The story is composed of 40 flash fiction short stories, +1 short story weighing in at about 1,700 words.

FF 40+1: NMBA

From the back cover:

New Mexican Bread Aisle #1 is the first book in an ongoing Flash Fiction 40+1 book series of short stories. None of the stories contained in this book are longer than 600 words in length, presenting a challenge to the art to still tell a story and be tactful about it. The only exception to this length of the stories contained is the featured +1 story that is longer in length, weighing in at approximately 1,700 words.

The stories contained inside of this book cover several different topics such as: Love, Relationships, Paranormal, Science Fiction, some Taboo subjects, Spirituality, Death and more! Some of these stories will get straight to the point, while others will leave you thinking about or analyzing them for further meaning and understanding. Will you be able to see the hidden messages? Can you spot character references? What meaning(s) will you decipher?

If you are familiar with Volatalistic Phil’s writing style then you are in store for a real treat. In this book you will get to experience 41 new stories from the mind that brought you My Mind’s Abyss, a fiction story about the life of an alcoholic seeking redemption through sobriety, and the anticipated, soon-to-be released sequel.

What is flash fiction and why would I want to read it? That is an excellent question. In the time it has taken you to pick up, look at this book, read the front and back cover, and momentarily browse it—you could have finished a flash fiction story. Flash fiction is typically less than 1,000 words in length. Imagine a full-length story being condensed into less than 1,000 words. The author still has to develop the plot, characters and storyline and conclude—all under 1,000 words. The beauty of flash fiction is its ability to get “straight to the point” and carry you along with a story, but done in a bite sized amount of time. Let’s face it, time is valuable.

If you find yourself on the go, or you just want something quick, witty, serious, sad or sometimes even funny to read, then I encourage you to give this book a try. I feel strongly, and I hope you will too, when I say that the money was worth giving the book a chance. I believe that you will find these stories enjoyable and intriguing. There are over 40 stories! If you do not enjoy one, you are not stuck having to read a couple hundred pages, for those of you avid readers who do not like to stop books, choosing to follow through to the end. To those of you on the go, this is perfect for in between commercials, a lunch break, before bedtime, a bus ride—or anywhere you find yourself having a few extra minutes. Flash Fiction 40+1: New Mexican Bread Aisle, give it a try today!

Much Love,

-Volatalistic Phil