Blog No. 264

maxresdefaultEvery day I put another obligation behind me and try to get ahead with my writing. At the beginning of the year, I was knocking out a pretty respectable word count each month, but everything else loomed its head and put a stop to that. Somehow I seem to forget every time that writing is fun (and work, but also fun) and editing is a tedious mess that seems to put all progress in its place. Layout work is on the fence. I don’t mind doing it, but not at the expense of writing. Also, if you are doing it for yourself or someone else, it’s a lot easier. For yourself, if you like something, you go with it. For someone else, you do whatever they want. For multiple people, it can get a bit messy. And when your work schedule conflicts with theirs, a simple message can be the most frustrating thing in the world. Continue reading “Deadlines!”


One Last Event for the Year

Blog No. 263

24129987_1711334505564763_8249282984408954501_nDid you know it’s already December? It took me by surprise. Christmas is three weeks away. Thankfully I am just about done everything I need to do for that. (One present to go. It’s been a bit of a challenge to track down). Even though the book is out (The new Crime Anthology, All These Crooked Streets) the launch is over, and the ChiSeries is done for the year, I haven’t had a chance to take a break. That is, I have so much work still to do that I shouldn’t have blown off most of last weekend (which I did) because the Day Job continues to sap every ounce of my energy. But that’s as lame an excuse as I’ve heard, so I’ll just say I slacked off even with a bunch of pressing deadlines quickly approaching with the end of the year close behind. Continue reading “One Last Event for the Year”

Everything in its Place

Blog No. 262

23509290_1692636467434567_8522620086828808264_oBefore I get talking about some behind the scenes of being a writer stuff (which is what this blog is really about) I wanted to remind everyone that the last ChiSeries of the year is happening tonight at Phog. It’s the Holiday Showcase Fundraiser and if it does well, we may insure keeping ChiSeries going in Windsor. A bunch of great local writers are donating a reading and selling their stuff, so it’s a great way to support them too. Also, my new book, All These Crooked Streets, will be available and two of the three authors will be on hand to sign it. Not a bad deal if you ask me. Hope to see you all there. Now back to the show! Continue reading “Everything in its Place”

Into the Horizon

Blog No. 261

23825939_10155052833330983_4551037070813374431_oThe book launch is over. All These Crooked Streets is available to anyone who wants to read it. The evening was a great success (in most measurable ways) and I’m glad it’s finally out in the wild. The hubbub and hoopla has dimmed, and now it’s time to buckle down, finish the next book, and keep the string of events going for the foreseeable future. It’s going to be a busy few weeks running up to Christmas (both for event and at the day job). Then I get the Christmas break where all I have to worry about is some family gatherings and writing. I’m really looking forward to getting back to that writing. Continue reading “Into the Horizon”

For Real This Time

Blog No. 260

cover-final-smallTuesday the 21st will be quickly upon us and the crime anthology (All These Crooked Streets) will finally be released. It’s been a long, occasionally frustrating road and I am eager for it to be over. More importantly, in the end, I’m quite happy with the book. It is a step up from No Light Tomorrow in almost every way. It’s longer, it’s better written, the layout is better, the deign is more thought out. It really is a pretty nice package and I think people are going to be happy to get their hands on it. I know I’m happy to have a new book to share with people. Continue reading “For Real This Time”

Looking Back at Old Posts

Blog No. 259

undergrads-2001_05With the book launch successfully postponed (It’s Tuesday November 21st at River’s Edge) I’ve gotten back to some basics. It constantly amazes me how much work it is to get back into writing regularly after it’s been disrupted by other work. Even a week of editing or layout can throw everything off. I’ve been working on it though. I still have 9ninty percent of a novella written that was planned to be released in June but put off due to the crime anthology. I’ve also been working on some really early pre-production for season two of Flags and High Fives. If you add Christmas looming on the horizon, it’s still a hectic time (though a lot less so). I’ve still found time to goof off when I should really be working. Continue reading “Looking Back at Old Posts”

The Book Launch Has Been Postponed!

Blog No. 258

***The Date has been confirmed for Tuesday November 21st***

z6gakgpUnfortunate news! Due to some disappointing and unforeseen circumstances, the All These Crooked Streets Book Launch has been postponed. We are working very hard to lock down another date, but at the moment, that hasn’t happened. One last piece of the puzzle needs to be locked into place, then we can continue like this deplorable delay never happened. Bearing that in mind, thanks to everyone who was going to make it on the now cancelled November 4th date, thanks to everyone who is going to be there for the new date, and thanks anyway for those who can’t make the new date even though they’d love to be there if they could. Sorry for the confusion, everyone. Continue reading “The Book Launch Has Been Postponed!”