Writer. Adventurer. Currently working on The Dreamless City, a series of steampunk novels and short stories.

Aether Tower 88 Is Down

While it has been quiet here, October has been a busy month for me.  I was challenged by Erin Justice over on Write Club Fight Club, so I completed a 6500 word steampunk suspense story, Aether Tower 88 Is Down, complete with ghosts and severed limbs.

I also attended a writing workshop with the amazing David Farland and I gearing up for NaNoWriMo tomorrow!  (More on that later)  For today, I want to tell you more about the short story challenge between me and new combatant Erin.

Tracy Cembor vs. Erin Justice

We each decided to write a suspense / horror short story in celebration of Halloween.  Here are all the rules we agreed to follow:


  • A Halloween Premier should be about the undead in some way, shape or form
  • The starting line must read, “The lights flickered overhead”
  • OMIT using the words: very, often, almost, nearly, barely, and suddenly
  • The protagonist in the story has to scream at some point

You can find my story Aether Tower 88 Is Down here.

Check out Erin Justice’s short story Freed, stop by her website Manuscripts & Marginalia, and be sure to vote for one of us here.

Babbage Palisade Jigsaw

About Write Club Fight Club

  • First rule: You must talk about Write Club
  • Second rule: You MUST talk about Write Club
  • Third rule: If someone comments “stop” or comments against you … well who cares?
  • Fourth rule: Share your fights and share the fights of your favorite writers!
  • Fifth rule: Voting determines the outcome.
  • Sixth rule: Only one fight at a time, per week, per writer.
  • Seventh rule: These are writers, edit your work before you get into the ring or prepare to be devoured.
  • Eighth and Final rule: If this is your first time at Write Club, you HAVE to write!

Things to Look Forward To

Another match to look forward to is Jeyna Grace vs. Tony Graff on December 15th:


  • Word count must remain under 5000
  • Fighters may choose a classic fairy tale, but the spin is they need to make the hero out to be the villain. Either in aspect or outright, heroes or heroines must be seen from their bad sides from the traditional tale.
  • The ending must complete with, “And they all lived Happily Ever After…”


Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you check out our Halloween Premier stories.  Don’t forget to vote!


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About the Author

Tracy Cembor attempts to juggle a preschooler and a baby, a full-time job, random geekery, and the writing life. Currently working on The Dreamless City, a steampunk urban fantasy novel. Come join the adventure.
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