2018

Blog No. 266

261a36b470e7d0f032fc27b69ff0c0e9Writing is a lonely task. Most of the time, it doesn’t bother me. I don’t tend to get lonely very often, and even just watching a movie, reading a book, or spending time online can usually cure me. Even when I’m sitting alone, writing, most of the time I’m peachy keen. I think the reason why I like to write out of the house (and why I’m more productive there too) is because I’m surrounded by people, even if it’s all superficial. It’s strange, though, because I tend to hate people. I prefer to be at Anchor, surrounded by friends and interesting people, but in a pinch, Tims can do the trick. While I’m writing (as when I’m reading a good book) I completely disappear into the world. I’m totally immersed. It’s often a good ride, but once in a while, the loneliness hits and I really don’t want to sink into that world.  Continue reading “2018”

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A Thought for the New Year

Blog No. 265

adventurousancientanhingaShould I make my blog a newsletter? I mean in addition to the blog itself? It may need some additional formatting (and maybe some severe trimming) but I can’t imagine it’s all that much work. I’ve been doing sort of a newsletter with Arvin to accompany the Flags and High Fives episodes, but even that is a little-bitty thing that pretends to be a behind-the-scenes breakdown, but it really me sputtering out sentences meant to be quippy and to seem informative. The first one was a real thing that I made and Arvin made better, then I just used it as a template to get out the next one in as short a time-frame as possible. Maybe I’m already in over my head (which I definitely am) and I shouldn’t bother, but newsletters seem to be the in thing and if I can hop on the bandwagon without adding another ball to keep in the air. (Did you know I can actually juggle badly?).  I think I’m going to try. Continue reading “A Thought for the New Year”

Deadlines!

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”