Archive for September, 2012


Final Week of September

Welcome to a new week everybody 🙂

I managed to hit the computer this morning before my job at the diner, so here’s the latest updates. This week I am revising ‘Desolate’ which I will be sending off to the editor at the end of the week. Due to some school issues on his part, the short stories he’s editing are taking a bit longer to edit than he planned (hopefully he’s done with them before I send the novel over or he’s going to be up to his ears in fantasy stuff).

My friend Star was kind enough to host an author interview for me on her blog, The Bibliophil​ic Book Blog. If you’d like to read the interview, check it out here.

My side job writing up a woman’s autobiography is winding down to its conclusion. It’s been weird writing a memoir! When the entire story is in someone’s own words, you can’t adjust the narration as easily as you can in fiction writing, which has made the experience challenging and rewarding.

I’m also moving later this week from my apartment I’ve been splitting with three friends, into my grandpa’s house. This arrangement will allow me to put more money into publishing new novels and get them out faster (the benefits of which, I hope to see by next year).

I’ll be in touch later this week with more. Enjoy your monday and start the your countdowns, the weekend is only four days away 🙂

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Yesterday I sat down with my mentor and discussed the first draft of ‘Desolate’. First, we sat down with her husband and watched the opening twenty minutes of a ‘Jessie Stone’ murder mystery. The script writers do a great job of mixing in personal tidbits of each character to give the story real-life depth, without going on huge tangents into everyone’s lives (must be a not-so-subtle hint about how my novels can improve).

She did a great job performing open heart surgery on it and gave me a lot to think about. Her critiques are a godsend, don’t get me wrong. I’m certainly not going to improve if I am not pushed, but there’s always that initial shock of ‘Oh wow, I have a long way to go before I’ll feel like I’ve got this down.’

The novel is progressing well and should be up for sale by the end of next month. Once I’m done with my mentor’s revisions the novel goes to my editor, who runs through it twice to make sure we get all those sneaky hiccups in the formating and such before it gets published.

You know that sinking feeling you get whenever you walk past the pile of old ‘junk’ in your basement and think ‘ugh, eventually I’m going to have to sort through all of that?’ Sometimes tackling those projects can bring unexpected rewards.

This week I’m starting the process of moving back into my Grandpa’s place. I tackled one such pile of old belongings and found to my surprise, the 2005 and 2006 editions of ‘The Phoenix’, Clark College’s annual anthology I got published in both those editions while a student there.

The best part is, my electronic copies of these short stories were lost when our computer crashed years ago, so I never thought I’d be able to find and openly publish them again. Yet, stuffed between old decks of Pokemon cards and my wilderness survival guides, I found both editions with the stories I got published!

I’ll be copying those stories back into word format this weekend and hopefully have them up on Amazon, B&N and Smashwords but next week. One is a rescue mission during a siege, the other is the last half of Keevan’s fate. So, for those of you wondering where Keevan’s been hiding as he’s grown up, that question will soon be answered. Stay tuned!

I copied this off a friend’s facebook post. In the off chance any of you are sitting at home bored right now, trying to think of mischevious things to do… This would liven up anybody’s day!

 

Well, this summer was very eventfull from a writing perspective. I finally finished the rough draft for the next ‘Assassins’ Rising’ novel, Desolate. My mentor, DiAnne, is currently picking it apart and my cover artist is brainstorming ideas for the cover. I’m also publishing a number of short stories (some are edited versions of last year’s stories, like ‘Outcast of the Flame’ and others are brand new, like ‘Battle For Dominance’).

I also attended a Writing workshop called, ‘Think Like A Publisher’, taught by best selling authors Dean Wesley Smith and Scott William Carter. We spent a three day weekend on the coast of Oregon discussing how to handle everything from document formats, book covers, various sales venues and the like. After participating in the workshop, I was also put on the ‘Oregon Writer’s Network’ which connects me to over a hundred other former students of Dean’s, all interesting in writing for a living.

On top of my restuarant job and writing fiction, I’m also putting together a autobiography for my friend Veronica. We met at a college graduation party and started talking. Turns out english isn’t her first language, so she wanted a writer to take a crack at interviewing her and organizing her thoughts into a book. She was actually adopted into the US from Mexico as a child, thanks to a child adoption scam. I think she’ll be putting it up on amazon when it’s done, so I’ll keep you guys informed when that happens.

By the time I’m done with Veronica’s autobiography, I’ll be putting the finishing touches on Desolate, which I hope to have published before the end of October. Since my goal is to be financially self-suffient off my writing by christmas, I have two more novels and a handful of short stories I want to publish before then. After that my only option is to cross my fingers and wait.

I hope your summers all went according to plan (or didn’t if you prefer to be more spontaneous). These next few months will be intense since I’m juggling three projects, but I’m excited to see the end results at the year’s end 🙂