Wednesday, December 7, 2016

IWSG: December

First Wednesday of the Month

Today is the first Wednesday of the month, making it IWSG time. Thanks to Alex J. Cavanaugh and co-hosts for putting this on each month. It’s a safe place to be authentic and vulnerable in regards to this crazy thing called writing.

Usually writing takes a major backseat for me in December. In a typical year I’ve just completed NaNo, therefore am completely burnt out, but it’s more than that. For our family, all of December is Christmas. We go caroling, make cookies, decorate like crazy; the list goes on and on. And while that part is still true this year, for the first time in six years I did not participate in NaNo. I still feel fresh and excited when it comes to this whole writing thing. Not that I’m working on a project, personally. Producing and publishing Ubooks has taken and will take up most of my time. It’s more a wanting to write, an excitement about it. I’ve had an idea for a middle grade story for a long time now. The story is there, but the main character isn’t. I’ve tried just about everything, but I can’t quite get the make-up of who this person should be. Just recently I took a job on a children’s psychiatric unit—hopefully I’ll find some inspiration there.

How are your projects going? Ever been stuck like me?  

Friday, November 18, 2016

Coming Alive


It’s literally sixty-five degrees outside (for WNY—that’s amazing) and I’m in here—writing. Not that I’m complaining, I wouldn’t have it any other way. Something comes alive in me when I write, something I didn’t even know was dying until I sit down and start. I know other people feel the same way. I’ve seen my nephew’s face when he sits down at the piano stool, seen my daughter’s eyes as she sees something that makes her grab her camera. Is it just creative people who are like that? Do accountants feel the thrill when the numbers all align? I have no idea. I hope so. Everyone should feel this alive.

Have a great weekend.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

IWSG: November

First Wednesday of the Month

Welcome. It’s the first Wednesday of the month, making it IWSG time. Thanks to Alex J. Cavanaugh and co-hosts for putting this on. Insecurities come in many shapes and forms, and this month for me they come in the form of a clock. This is the last week of my thirties. Birthdays, especially big ones, make me stop and reflect. Am I happy with my life? Have I done everything I wanted to do? Yes and no. All in all I’m content, so.that’s not what I’m focused on this year. Today, with less than five days left to be thirty-nine, I’m faced with the reality that my life is more than likely half over. Scary, right? The first half was pretty good. I wonder what the second half will bring.

Anyone else out there face these insecurities around a big birthday?
Beginning this month, there will be changes here on this blog, mainly that it will focus exclusively on writing related things. I’ve begun two other blogs:  setbooksfreedotorg, to highlight Ubooks, and  Black and White  to offer information on publishing with us. Hope to see you there!



Monday, October 31, 2016

For Halloween

Here it is, as promised: In Lord Shadow’s House


I wrote this a few years ago, this haunting tale of lust and deception, and ultimately, betrayal. Enjoy.

Friday, October 28, 2016

Five Year Goals: Set Books Free

Last Friday of the Month

Today is the last Friday of the month, which makes it time to review some goals. A little over a year ago, I signed up for The Five Year Project with Misha Gericke  (waves hi and says many thanks for coming up with this brainchild and hosting it each month). Basically, it’s about goals and accountability. We begin by making a goal we’d like to achieve in five years, then we review those goals each month to track our progress. My goal: to have a world-class publishing company. I was never one to dream small. With just four years and counting, how is it going?
Really, really well.

1.    *Ubooks are up and running, with new authors and new stories joining the mix in November—look for flash fiction from Milo James Fowler and a picture book from Liz Daniels.

2.   A central hub has been created for a major marketing push, beginning in November—but you can get a sneak peek now—check out I am super excited about this—it’s a site/push directly aimed at my target audience: Young Adults. With that in mind, they’ll be some major changes to this blog as well—look for those to begin on the first.

3.   Still actively seeking new authors. Our line-up is full for the rest of this year, but I may be willing to make an exception for a really great story. Who needs to spend Thanksgiving with family, right? I kid, I kid.  Seriously, though—I’ve read some really great stories lately and am excited to make a round of offers in the next couple weeks or so for publication next year.

That about covers it for now. If you get a chance, stop back on Monday, for a special Halloween surprise. Until then—

*patent-pending musically enhanced video book format, only available through


Wednesday, October 5, 2016

IWSG: October

First Wednesday of the Month

Today is the first Wednesday of the month, making it IWSG time. Thanks to Alex J. Cavanaugh and co-hosts for putting this on this month. For those of you who don’t know, this is a great place to express your own and support others in their insecurities. About this time of year, it’s normal for me to think about NaNoWriMo. I’ve participated the last five years, so, naturally, the pull is there to do it again. And I want to. Here’s the rub: I haven’t worked on a full-length novel since last NaNo. I know it’s not something you forget, but I’ve been so geared up writing short pieces, that I’m worried I’ll look at the blank page and…nothing.

I’ve got the idea. I’ve got the outline. But do I have the story? I guess only time will tell.

Friday, September 30, 2016

Five Year Goals

Last Friday of the Month

Today is the last Friday of the month, making it time to review some goals. Thanks to Misha Gericke for putting this on each month.

My goal: To have a world class publishing company in five (now four) years.

How it’s going: September is the first month since I began this whole project that I’ve been able to invest serious time. And that being the case, I’ve accomplished a lot, mainly on the production end. Black and White has two short stories coming out in October, seven in November, and three in December. I’ve been actively searching for new talent, so hopefully those numbers will keep getting higher. Small steps, but they’re there.

How are your goals going?