Monthly Archives: May 2014

#writing #editing #printisalmostready

Hey,

I got a major accomplishment from the giveaway this weekend.  My first hater!

Not that is set aside… Thanks Collins for the re-edit.  Here is the latest for those of you needing humor.

1 – Bound and Hagged has gone through another re-edit, trying to clean up a few more misses.  The Kindle version will be updated by the weekend, for those of you who already have it, and haven’t read it.

2 – The revised cover is ready, and was delivered this morning!  I’ll be sending out a preview to my mailing list whenever I get to it this weekend.  I’ll be updating the Kindle version with the new cover, and this is what the print version will have.  Working with the new cover artist,  Aleksandra Shiga.  Her site is http://www.gorillaconcept.com.  But if you want a hint, check out Twitter and Facebook.

3 – Paperback should be available before the 4th of July.  I will have a limited number available for autograph.

4 – Melvin is bugging me to do a new story from his life with the mythical beasts.  Any stories you want to hear?

5 – ConCarolinas is this weekend!  http://www.concarolinas.net/ I’ll miss most of it, but will have some promo materials around.  If you find one let me know.

And it’s only 91 days to DragonCon.  So much to do.

It has been a year?

So this week is the 1 year anniversary for a couple of things for me.  First, it is my first wedding anniversary.  Secondly, a year ago today, I drafted the first couple of chapters of the ‘Home Summonings’ series.  So yes, on our honeymoon, abbreviated as it was, I sat on the porch in the mountains of NC, and started a book ultimately titled, ‘Bound and Hagged.’

A few friends had different comments on the topic, and for sake of not being killed in my sleep, the two have nothing to do with each other.  In retrospect, giving the wife a Damascus Steel bodice knife for our anniversary when I am otherwise in the doghouse may not have been the wisest choice, but I may as well make sure the instrument of my demise be sharp.  (Thanks Kent.)

On a side note, if you too need such a sharp instrument, I recommend Mike http://scotiametalwork.com/index.html or Kent http://www.highlandblades.com/home.htm – I have sharp pointy objects from both of them.

In that year, I have learned a lot from the writing I have been doing.  I have done a fair amount in the past, but it has been a long time since anything I have personally done was meant for external consumption.  So I thought I’d capture and share a few of these items.

1) I love to write.  I had forgotten how enjoyable it was, even when I imposed my own deadlines.

2) I get some twisted ideas in my head, some of them are even creepier when they are written down.  Some of those had to go away.  Permanently.  Maybe.

3) I have some great and supportive friends who have helped with the writing.

4) Said friends are at least as sick as I am.

5) Said friends also have no mercy when they catch something they can give me hell about.  (This is nothing new, in our circle, having feelings is a weakness.)

6) Pursuant to #5, if you can’t laugh at yourself, others are more than willing to do it for you.  And point.  And pour salt in the wound.

7) Social media is a pain in the ass.  For all of its benefits, the exposure, and the ability to connect with people, I hate to shove my work at people.  I full well understand sales and marketing, but social media has gone from the good ole days of BBS and chatting with real people to bots and people spraying you with virtual perfume in a virtual mall.  Working in eComm technology does not help me embrace it any more, and reinforces my dislike in going to malls.

8) Another one I well knew, but hey.  When doing research on the internet, discretion is the better part of valor.  You can go down some really interesting rabbit holes.  My love of trivia and minutia aside, I really did not to know there was such a thing as monster porn.  Really.  Really.  Some things you cannot unsee.

9) Write what you like.  If you don’t like it, no one else will either.  It comes across.  I have written on some uncomfortable subjects.  When I use the word like, I don’t mean I embrace every odd idea I write about.  I’m not being gleeful about mass slaughter.  I mean it in terms of not forcing the story.

10) It is not now, nor shall it ever, be perfect.  There are always small touches that can be made.  But like a child, at some point it has to be booted out of the house, warts and all.  Thanks to the wife that reminded me of this.

Thanks to everyone who has read book one so far, and who will get to it.  The print version is coming!  I promise.  Book 2 & 3 should be out this year.

And a hint.  Book 4 has a title.  Sign up for the newsletter and find out first.

 

 

Spring fever… its already summer. And British humor. Yay.

What the hell?

First we survive the plague of the inchworms.  Millions of the little critters.

And yeah, I live in the South.  Spring means its hot during the day, cold at night, and there are a couple of beautiful days in the mean time.  Then Summer starts.  Well, it’s Summer.  Damn.

Don’t get me wrong.  I love summer.  Time to toss boats in the water.  A lot of events going on.  And I give up the little bit I care about TV.

It would just be nice if it eased in, instead of going from seventy to ninety.

In any case, I’ve avoided the box for a week.  Between work, and trying to clean up a few typos in book 1 before it goes to the printers, I’ve been cranking out on book #3.  It’s about halfway done, and I think I’ve fixed the plot problems.

It’s articles like these that strike me funny, and inspire some of the ideas I have.  http://www.telegraph.co.uk/history/10677904/Vikings-brought-sarcastic-sense-of-humour-to-Britain.html

I find it ironic that the dry British wit that brought us Monty Python, The Young Ones, and Fr. Ted can be traced back to Vikings.  Its ideas like this that have always fascinated me.  Typically, we look at the ancient world as small fiefdoms where most people never traveled more than ten miles from home.  Even this can be true in many places in the world today.  I recently read an article about Norwegians who were excited about excited about dating the girls from the next village over, and the new bicycles they had gotten that made the 30 KM trek easier, to let them date outside of their immediate gene pool.  As a species, many of us stick close to home as it were.

Even so, our ancestors, not hundreds, but thousands of years ago traveled the world.  Merchants and raiders regularly rode the superhighways of the oceans.  We exchanged goods, culture, stories.  We also carried our deities, faiths, and ways of life.  That being true, wouldn’t those same deities, personified, have met, had relationships, histories?  Friendships?  Animosities?

I’ve hinted at this in Book 1 of Home Summonings, Bound and Hagged.  Small hint, the entire story arc will swim in that current.  What if you had known your best friends for four thousand years, not four, or forty?  Beings of power, how would that touch us mere mortals?

My point in all of this?  None really.  I like to believe that we mere people have not lost our desire for knowledge, creativity,  adventure.  I think we sometimes forget that history for us was a current day for them.  And in many ways, we have better toys, but we aren’t so different.

Except that we are subjected to ‘reality’ TV.

 

Happy reading.