State of Writing

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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.

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10 Ways to Make Your Own Opportunities

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I wrote a while back about a guy who quit Facebook because he didn’t like my advice about what he needed to do if he wanted to be successful as an author. He wanted to just release his book quietly and take a chance that he somehow got rich and famous. Being an author, however, is about more than just the writing. Click Read More to get ten ways you can force opportunities to come your way.

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A Strategic Book Launch Timeline From the Pros

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Have you ever released an indie book and thought, “I should have put some strategic effort into the launch,” or wished you could plan better for a strong opening sales rank? Click Read More to hear some thoughts from professionals that I wish I’d heeded with my last several books.

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State of Writing

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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.

Television Again

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I just got word about the Great American Read project that PBS is pushing. My local area PBS has a news program called Compass and they are choosing to broadcast an interview I did with them a little while back about my Indie Author’s Bible (a resource for writers who want to publish their book). The episode “fits nicely with the national effort to promote reading,” their general manager said in an email.

The segment is part of the Compass program that will be broadcast on Thursday, June 28 at 9 p.m. It will be repeated the following Sunday at 12:30 p.m. After that, the interview will be available online. If you’re in the SW part of MN, tune in and check it out!

I was also on their program last season as well. Click here to see that interview.

Review: The War of Humanity

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E.S. Dunn’s The War of Humanity has sat for a couple weeks at the bottom of my reading stack, teasing me. It’s such an impressive book and I’ve eagerly waiting to get into it.

Let’s talk about what worked and what didn’t for me. This book strikes a good balance between standard SF and superhero tales as it effectively bridges tropes. The world building is impressive and Dunn uses a lot of language terms to infuse the alien nature of he culture and humanoid race of Chaosns. I Felt that part made me feel the surroundings and see what the author wanted me to. One thing that I felt the DCEU did great was visiting Krypton in the setup for Batman vs Superman. The world Dunn crafts feels similar to Krypton, perhaps intentionally, as Selison’s story shares so much in common. Continue reading Review: The War of Humanity

State of Writing

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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.

Review: Morgan La Fay, Small Things and Great

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I got a chance to review Jo-Anne Blanco’s Morgan La Fay, Small Things and Great. It’s got a more fairytale feel than fantasy I’ve read of late.

Blanco’s world building is spot on as she recast traditional Arthurian elements to fit her tale. She even does something that few writers do well: use weather to set moods and situations. All the necessary elements are present to entrench the narrative in the Pendragon mythos and it reminded me in many ways of Mists of Avalon when the magical elements crossed into territory usually reserved for church (or maybe Lawhead’s Patrick) though Blanco’s book is a much easier read. Continue reading Review: Morgan La Fay, Small Things and Great

State of Writing

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As fast as I usually am, this short story is going slow. I’ve been slogging through a lot of junk on the business side of things (in addition to it being maybe the busiest time of the year for me). I’m still gonna cross my fingers that I finish the story this week… we’ll see. I’m about a quarter done with it and I’ve already got solid notes for the next short story I’d like to write (plus a rewrite on another one which establishes it as a series.)

I did have a good time at the B&N author panel for MN based SF/F writers. We had a decent crowd, in fact, and I was glad to be a part of it… though it was more of an informative event than a buying one and so I’ve got a bit of an overstock on books so I’m trying to get back to that store by the end of summer to move some books (if you’re near Roseville, stop in at the HarMar location and pick one up!)

Also, I’ve had some great conversations with some folks who hold the keys to awesome opportunities. (I’m in preliminary talks with a company who owns some old TSR rights to write a story in their universe… there were only a few books in an old series, but one of them was an old favorite of mine!)