Checking In

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The door creaks open letting in a sliver of light from beyond. The light is then briefly disturbed and followed by a shuffling sound as something moves  through the darkness. Opposite the door and along the path of the shuffling there is a loud thump, followed by a sharp scraping sound.

“Dammit!”

You gasp.

A sudden silence falls over the room and you know you have been heard.

Cautious footsteps echo in the darkness back towards the doorway and its small beam of light.

There is a click and light floods the room.

“Oh, hello there!  You’re still here.  That’s great!”

So yeah, I have had a lot going and coming back to to this space feels like walking into an old closed up room and finding a long lost friend there.  In a good way, not a ‘It puts the lotion in the basket’ kind of way.

“What’s been going on?”, you ask?

Well let’s see. First, I started a new job last month and that has obvious impacts on my free time for the immediate future.  I also started down the path of a Mac user at this new job which has been less than stellar fun. I am working it out but in a corporate environment with a Microsoft backend and little infrastructure in place to support Macs, the experience leaves a lot on the floor. Outside of that the kids started school in September which is its own special brand of chaos in my household. Throw in a few health issues while changing over benefits between jobs and Wa La! there goes a month or more in the blink of an eye.

So now back to writing and some updates that are more pertinent to this blog…

Since my new job involved more drive time and less time in the comforting embrace of the NY/NJ mass transit system I have started listening to Brandon Sanderson’s Write About Dragons lecture series on YouTube. Basically someone had a great idea to cast his lecture series on novel writing and the publishing industry.  It is all on YouTube and even only a few lectures in I highly recommend it. I watched an episode (?) of it earlier this year on short stories which really drove home my ideas and plans for “47 Seconds”.

SEGWAY!

(well that was subtle)

This is still happening.  I have been getting lots of communication from TANSTAAFL Press about their upcoming “Enter the Apocalypse” series.  My short story “47 Seconds” is slated for book 3: “Enter the Rebirth”.  Super excited about that as it is my first paid writing gig, outside of self published work.

In other news, I may have to make some changes to how “The Mason Chronicles” is published now that the Amazon KDP Police are giving me grief that it is available outside of Amazon.  While almost all of meager sales are from Amazon, part of me wants to remove it from KDP for a variety of reasons now that it has probably run its course.  So more to come on that when I make a decision.

That’s all for now. If you know of any other great resources that are in an audio format that I can listen to while driving hit me up in the comments!

I’ll try not to be as sparse.

Epic Advice from Chuck Wendig on Creating Things and Self Doubt.

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Saw this on Twitter and had to share for those of you who either aren’t on twitter or would not be following Chuck Wendig if you were.  All credit to Chuck for his thoughts on creativity and self doubt, and this is a must read for you creative types out there.

(sorry for duplication but he replied to each tweet, so that seems to be how the embeds work.)

Ed Note:  New favorite word that I want to work into everyday conversation:  –
py·ro·clas·tic ˌpīrōˈklastik/ GEOLOGY adjective relating to, consisting of, or denoting fragments of rock erupted by a volcano.

Good advice.  Nothing for me to add.

Well except that when it comes to D & D, or any role playing game, I always bring the rope.

Interesting Podcast about Publishing with Brent Weeks

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Over on the Introverted Indie Author Podcast there is an interview with Brent Weeks, author of the Night Angel and Light Bringer Series.  Brent is a great author and has a history of doing funny things on book tour.  For example, he once did a reading of a new chapter for an “Up Coming” book in a series where he killed a major character.  It was completely fake, but he swore the audience to silence so he could get the next group.  For his next tour he did a “Choose Your Own Adventure” reading set in his Night Angel world that was fantastic.  That was on YouTube here.

The interview is conducted by Michael J. Sanford who is an Indie Author (hence the name of his Podcast) and covers the publishing industry from both an Indie and Traditional Publishing perspective.  It’s a good short listen and I was intrigued listening to these two authors discuss their different experiences.

Also worth checking out Mr. Sanford’s work here.

Brent Weeks lives on the Web here.  If you like fantasy, his work is a top suggestion from me!

Free Promotion!

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I am running a quick promotion on Amazon and “Contact” will be absolutely free of charge through Saturday 9/24!  Hit the link below and pick it up before the price goes back up.

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I only ask that if you enjoyed it, please add a quick review with your thoughts on Amazon or Goodreads.

Get “Contact” for free here.

Thanks, and have a nice day!

Exciting News about “47 Seconds”

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I am beyond excited to announce that TANSTAAFL Press has accepted my short story “47 Seconds” for their “Enter the Apocalypse” trilogy of anthologies!

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Here is more information about the series from TANSTAAFL Press:

The first book in the anthology series will be Enter the Apocalypse. This will be devoted to apocalypses just starting.

The second book in the series will be “Enter the Aftermath.” This will be devoted to the height or burnout of an apocalypse.

The final book in this series will be “Enter the Rebirth.” What is the new normal after the apocalypse is over.

Looks like a very interesting series and I am intrigued to see how “47 Seconds” fits in.

At its core it is a story about the value of time in the extreme setting of the apocalypse. Apocalyptic fiction often deals with the lack of resources like food, energy, water, medicine, and/or security. These are all things that we take for granted today. The idea behind “47 Seconds” was to take something we value today, something we constantly want more of, but that is truly finite, and consider it in the same way. So what if you only had 47 seconds to save everyone that you loved? Could you do it?

So there it is, “47 Seconds” will appear in the third installment “Enter the Rebirth”, due out next summer from TANSTAAFL Press.

For more information about the series hit up their website:

http://tanstaaflpress.com/excerpts/enter-the-apocalypse-excerpt/.

I am sure there will be more information as we get closer to publication, so stay tuned!

 

Please Stand By – Announcement coming Soon

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I have some news to share soon about “47 Seconds”, a Short story I wrote about the value of the time in the Apocalypse.  (It also has really cool robots!)

 

Stay Tuned!

Connect 2.0, and Other Worlds

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Connect 2_0

Well, that took longer than expected!

As you know, (since I know you follow this little blog religiously) I have been doing some editing.  I finished up Contact a few (ed. several) weeks ago.  So when that was done I turned my sites on Connect.  Same process.  I used the Hemingway App which helps to focus on readability.  I found it helpful to tighten things up a lot.  New version is posted to Kindle and Smashwords will follow soon after I get the reformatted version through the Meatgrinder.  (Seriously that is the name of Smashwords’ program that converts the files to ePub, Mobi etc.)

At this point though now I have to swear off of that stuff.  You can easily turn into George Lucas and keep going back and revising, re-editing, r-writing.  And we all know how that goes.  I am better writer now than I was when I first typed out

No one knew what had happened to the world Before.

Or why.

Or how.

Only that what had been Before was now gone and all that was left was After.

Of course, none of that was Mason’s concern at this moment.

But that doesn’t mean I should be rewriting the book.

Time to move on to some new things.  I will be posting a short story I wrote called “47 Seconds” in this space soon.  After that I have work to do on Conflict, the Mason Chronicles Part III  (Gasp! Spoiler alert!) and I think I have several other good short stories to be told. I want to branch out of the world of After, so expect to see some other places and faces.

Go Then

Good advice, me thinks!