Tomorrow is the Official Release day for my first book, Apocalypse Rising. For those of you who have been reading my blog for a while, you know that from April, 2011 through April, 2012 I worked on a little side project where I wrote at least 100 words per day on a single story. Apocalypse Rising is the culmination of that project. Most of the story has been posted here, but I will be taking those posts down today, so if you want to read it you will have to buy a copy of the book. The book will be available in numerous locations in all of the standard electronic formats as well as in paperback. I'm looking at options for direct sales so that I can sell autographed copies for those interested. Continue reading
I have a friend named Jan who is a talented writer and an absolute slave to her muse. Now I do not mean this in a negative way, it is what it is. When she feels inspired she writes, and writes, and writes until the inspiration has let her loose. In many ways I envy the way she gets pushed around by her muse, forced to put the words to screen, and creates incredibly imaginative fiction. On the other hand, the limited amount of time I have for writing has forced me to learn how to write in short spurts, so if I were driven the way Jan is I would be in bad shape. Picture me sitting at work, twitching, maybe drooling a little, while my muse breaks out the cat-o'-nine-tails and flogs the bajeebers out of me. Continue reading
Well we're almost through the first week of September and I figured it was time for a little update on what has been going on. I've entered the busy part of my year, which doesn't really end until about February. Work is one continuous string of time on the phone after another, which is okay since it makes the day go by much faster. Home is hammered like nothing else though. With my youngest in Karate and both of them in soccer, we have an activity every evening and pretty much all day on Saturday. To make matters even more entertaining I am coaching my oldest son's team this year so skipping out on occasion is not even remotely an option. All of that being said, I wouldn't trade it in.
On the writing front, I have officially finished the first draft of Alone. So starting next weekend I'll be pulling the old parts, from the beginning forward, so consider this your last chance to read it in all of it's rough glory. On another not I finally got a response on the story I had submitted for publication some six weeks ago. It was rejection, but it was not a canned rejection. The editor was complimentary and pointed out a couple of minor editing mistaked on my part, but it was as good a rejection as a man could ask for. Now that Alone has entered the editing phase I plan on spending more writing time on short stories for submission. Getting my name out there a little more would be a good thing, and if it brings in a little money so much the better.
Since I did get my story rejected I will be posting it in my blog in parts, one every couple of days. It will be consigned to the annals of fan-fiction, but there are far worse places to be. I expect most of my time will be involved in editing, but I still plan on maintaining a 500 word per day average, and most of that will still end up here, so even with Alone gone, there should be plenty to read.
Good luck my friends.