I am sooooo close to being able to write creatively again J I finished the workbook and I hope to finish revisions/edits on it this week to make it print ready. Maybe I’ll even get a chance to start fooling around with outlining for my next Dekker’s Dozen story.
Perhaps I’m procrastinating my Hidden Rings series when I’d hoped to be wrapping up another installment around now, but I’m feeling drawn to short fiction. It helps me stay sharp, and there are a few stories which I’d very much like to complete for future reasons (another Dekker’s Dozen print installment and a few other stories I’ve kicked around for many years in different variations.)
Ideally, the rest of my year looks like this: while recording two audiobooks in the works, outline and write another Dekker’s Dozen novella, sketch characters and outline a fantasy story I’m toying with, rewrites on Fear in a Land Without Shadows before beta reads, and then work on the next Hidden Rings book this fall/winter.
Time to get crackin.
I often field questions via email. One of those recently was “how did you first get published?” I thought that’s a good story, one fraught with trolls and many other dangers. It might lend some credibility to my advice, and maybe you can identify with parts of my tale. I’m certain you can all relate to parts of my journey. Continue reading My Publishing Story Pt.1
So I’m about twelve hours behind on my Monday blog… but I had a big weekend. I did the MN Fan Fusion comic convention. What started as a sluggish first day turned into one of my top two book sales events ever. I moved something like 50-60 books (if you count comic books, and roughly 40 of those were novels sold.)
I’ve got big ambitions for the next week, but I haven’t felt particularly drawn to any projects beyond getting caught up on prewritten blogs, though I may sketch out some short fiction to begin over the next couple weeks (I consistently sell out of my Firefly-esque sci-fi novel at cons and I’m about 40,000 words/2 novelettes away from having a new paperback installment ready for readers… and several have asked after it this year.) I’m also in the midst of two new projects I’m collaborating on with art teams and have spent some time doing other, non-novel writing projects.
Man. I’ve got to start writing. Gotta balance that line between promotion and writing. I’ve also been developing a workbook to go along with my Indie Author’s Bible to use during workshops and panels where I’m helping other writers. My big goal for this week: finish those last few pages on that workbook so I can get back into the creative side of things.
I had a nice weekend… I did very little, although I was able through the week, to begin the audio production on Through the Darque Gates of Koth and hired out the TKR series to an audible talent who will record and produce all three books by winter.
Last week I did get my copies back for Bridge of Se7en, my paranormal detective short story, back and submitted to the publisher, so cross your fingers. I’m also planning on writing another comic book and have been in discussion with Jessie Gillespie about doing the art (he did all the artwork for the wildly popular Hand of Fate board game).
Other than that, I’ve got lots of projects in the works. Now to keep recording my next 2 audible releases and working outlines for my next couple projects!
Right before leaving for a weekend comic con I was able to complete the final (I hope) version of my novelette, The Bridge of Seven, my paranormal detective story that takes place in the same universe as the Wolves of the Tesseract series (and the Hidden Rings series).
This week I hope to get some additional feedback on the story before I submit it for an anthology I’m excited for. I’m hoping to perhaps sketch out a steam punk story for another anthology that a friend referred me to. Maybe, but maybe not. Lots of people at the con wanting more comics from me and so I think I should maybe work on one of those (thinking about a black and white interior with a story featuring Vikrum Wiltshire… kinda shooting for a mike mignola/noir kind of feel).
I have other big new, too. Corwin Zahn (son of SF legend Timothy Zahn, who he edits for) will be editing Fear in a Land Without Shadows! I’m super pumped. More to come… if I’m not bogged down in rewrites, that is.
I may have cooked my brain. My nonprofit group runs two annual peach sales where I sit by the side of the road and sell peaches. Heat indexes where 105 and up for two days and I’m sitting on blacktop for 6-9 hours each day. Despite that, I managed to finish my paranormal detective story, Bridge of Se7en. I’m pretty excited about it; I’ve wanted to write my paranormal investigator series for years now (I started one several years ago that a windows update/forced shut down destroyed.) I hope to write a few stories in the series. The Vikrum Wiltshire stories actually bridge a gap between the Hidden Rings of Myrddin series and my Wolves of the Tesseract series.
Now onto editing! I’m planning to work the story to completion this week and maybe outline some new stuff. I have 2 or 3 other projects before I begin the next Hidden Rings novel, but I have a deadline for Bridge of Se7en in order to submit it to a publication whose window closes at the end of the month and their submission call was what prompted me to pen this story when I did.
The other project I am working on is a workbook for my Indie Author’s Bible. I’m talking with a library network to teach a series that follows the book’s methods and helps writers move into the publication realm (or at least foreshadows what is to come if their manuscript isn’t yet ready.) It’s a grant funded thing that is still in discussion with the powers that be, but at least one library has already said they want to do it. More on that later (after my brain recuperates from sunstroke… and that’s no joke. I was not well after the first day.)
I’m feeling okay! I wrote about 4,000 words and a detailed outline for a new short story, plus got some things ready for upcoming shows, although my 4th of July sale I was scheduled to be at got rained out mid-week. I also wrote a large number of future blog posts and read a few books for review.
Hopefully I can complete my newest short story by this weekend and then edit. It’s a paranormal detective story that I’m hoping to submit to an anthology by the end of the month. Once that’s complete, on to my next two projects!
If you’re in the metro area and looking for something fun to attend this coming Sunday, I’m going to be a guest at a Minnspec meeting at Lunds & Byerly’s Minneapolis (event details here: https://www.meetup.com/MinnSpec/events/250818399)
So my vacation didn’t go exactly as planned. This freak weather in the upper Midwest washed out the roads and bridges so I did a kind of staycation and went to different things each day. That meant a bunch of driving and so I didn’t really get to sit and write for spells. I did carve out a little time, though to catch up on some blog material and spent some time with family.
I did manage a few other things like finalizing my second short story anthology and putting together a book for an author who found me through this blog; it should available in a couple months and I’ll mention it more, later. I also put some ideas together. So many ideas. I have four projects I wish I could invest 80 hours in today… it makes launching out difficult since they are each so awesome. Plus, the business side of being an author is increasingly demanding. I need to run some promo badly as my book sales have grinded to almost nothing these last two months without it.
This week my goal is to simply start… pick a project and begin. I’d like to have an outline complete for one of my stories that I can work from—two if I can manage it—and if I’m feeling particularly ambitious, I’d love an outlined novella, very rough notes for a potential novel, and a strong teaser for it so I can lay some groundwork with the company who is considering it.
Success! I was able to complete my story early in the week and then complete several revisions of Grandma Ethel’s Bullets and Hollow Points. My last several weeks have been very chaotic; I’ve barely gotten any sleep and hardly kept up with my work load (ran three weeks’ worth of youth camps.)
Now that I have that done I can work on some other items on my agenda. I hope to write one more short story and a comicbook before I get serious about my next project (the second Hidden Rings novel). I will probably also get a rough sketch of an untitled fantasy project as well that I’m currently speaking to a gaming company about (warm door so far, so keeping my fingers crossed.) My artist friend who did the Wolves of the Tesseract comic wants to do another comic with me.
The story I’m planning to write takes place in both the Wolves of the Tesseract and the Hidden Rings of Myrddin the Cambion series. It follows the character of Vikrum Wiltshire, a paranormal investigator much like Mike Mignola’s Baltimore… think Dresden meets Penny Dreadful. The comic will be a Wiltshire comic (I might call it The Red Order, though Wiltshire was technically kicked out. He has a cameo in the second Wolves of the Tesseract Book and I have some unpublished stuff with him in it already. The Red Order is formed during the first book of the Hidden Rings series.)
I have so many ideas, so little time. Dang it. If I could just get paid to write full time I’d be so thrilled. Help me out with that. Hop over to my website and by a book or three.
I’m so close to having this short story done! It’s taken me almost as long to write as my last novel… partly because of content and partly because of my schedule. This is my last super crazy week, though, and I do hope to finish it this week.
“Grandma Ethel’s Donuts and Hollowpoints.” Grandma Ethel’s got a long day ahead of her: a pile of cancer medications, a fistful of bullets, and a plate full of donuts. Good thing her car does 0 to 60 in 3.5 seconds… if only she could see over the steering wheel.