Monday, December 28, 2015

2015 in Review

Last Friday of the Month
Most people do an inventory of sorts at the end of the year, and I guess I’m no different, especially this year. Why? Because everything’s changing. Sometime around mid-June I felt it, that my writing was transitioning. I was wrapping up the Newstead Saga and that was part of it, but not everything. I had lots of story ideas, but none of them drew the same amount of passion that Newstead did, and having had that, I wasn’t willing to settle for less. If I didn’t live and breathe it, I wasn’t writing it. And then I did. I wrote a short story that I submitted to the IWSG anthology contest that I consider to be my most important piece of work. It took less than three days to write and I still cry every time I read it. So how do you top that? I don’t know. But it’s more than that. I’ll let you in a little secret. For the past few months I’ve been developing a new book format—something completely different. I can’t wait to share it with you. Come back on January 6th for the big reveal. So with all that, how do I focus on writing another full length novel?

Simple. I don’t.

I do something else instead, something I’m just as passionate about, something like transitioning into that new format I mentioned. I hope to publish all my books that way and then offer it through Black and White. So look for us opening up for submissions sometime early next year. Also, I have a short story being published in an anthology hosted by Randi Lee, and I have a piece of flash fiction in January’s edition of Jack Sprat Press—I’ll post the link when that comes out. That’s about it for me. How about you—any big changes coming in the New Year?

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Too much Star Wars

How much is too much?

Like you, I’ve been bombarded with nothing but Star Wars for the last two months. True, I did spend one week in Disney World, so maybe I’ve been blasted more than the average person, but still…

I love Star Wars. It was a major part of my childhood. I stood in line for over an hour to see Episode One. So why am I not overly excited about this one? I don’t know. I think it has to do with the amount of advertising sent my way. It feels like I’ve already seen it, if that makes any sense.

Will I go to the theater? Probably. But I’m not as excited as I should be.

Have a great weekend everyone!


Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Indie Life

Second Wednesday Each Month
Today’s the second Wednesday in December, making it Indie time. I’ve been in this whole writing/publishing/editing thing for a little over five years now, and in that time I’ve seen a lot of changes, mainly thanks to the Indie movement. When I first started writing I went to two NYC SCBWI conferences. It was a good time, but the tone was undoubtedly snooty towards those wanting to self-publish. I was told, and I quote: “There are no self-published books, only self-printed books, because, in essence, that’s all they’re actually doing.” What a change five years have made. Now self-published books are everywhere, taking the world by storm. I’ve seen those same editors who made the above statement make major changes to their policies. SCBWI has made changes as well; they now have an entire section of their magazine devoted solely to Indie/self-publishing. And I have a feeling the changes have just begun.  

Wednesday, December 2, 2015


First Wednesday of the Month
Is it December already? Seriously, this year has gone by so fast, and deadlines are creeping up on me—that’s what I’m focusing on this month for IWSG. Thanks to Alex J. Cavanaugh and co-hosts for putting it on.

Deadlines. I have them. You have them. Most of mine are self-imposed, but for some reason that doesn’t seem to matter. The date still looms before me with ever increasing magnitude. I whisper to myself to just change the date, no one would mind; no one would even know. But I would know. So I trudge on. This happens to me for every project, so the anxiety I’m feeling now is quite familiar, like an old friend. It’s a necessary evil—how else would I get anything done?

Do you have deadlines? Love ‘em or hate ‘em?