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”

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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”

Knocking off the List

Blog No. 257

cover-final-smallThe crazy weekend that was BookFest 2017 is over and along with it went the layout for All These Crooked Streets and the final episode of Flags and High Fives Season One. Time is still quickly running out for the book launch, but it’s nice to feel like I can take a breath. The flurry of activities are still ongoing (and will be through November with the day job ramping up along with it) but I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. And really, most of the work is done (or the stuff that was the most work is done) and when the book launch is finished, it will feel a lot more like just a regular busy month. Still, I’m so super tired and can’t wait for December which I have told myself will be filled with writing and little else (even though I know that’s not going to happen). Continue reading “Knocking off the List”

BookFest Windsor Part Two

Blog No. 256

https://cdn-az.allevents.in/banners/b67afc54e5d3a5aca083a0a0eeb2d501Tomorrow is the start of BookFest 2017, and things are hectic. No matter how much planning you put into something (and I mean the committee did the planning, not me) there are always last minute things that come up. Then there are those dreaded things that can’t be done until the day of the event. It’s always stressful, but thankfully all I have to worry about it a Friday night Panel at Phog (8:30 pm). Other than that, I’ll be volunteering for the rest of the Festival. I’ll do some ticket sales, some moving of heavy things (I’m guessing), some running around, and maybe some driving. It will be a busy, crazy, fun, interesting weekend and I’ll be exhausted by the end. Continue reading “BookFest Windsor Part Two”

A Lot of Endings

Blog No. 255

http3mzlwfrlmj1enpmzwvklmnvbs9zdgf0awmvmjaxnc0wnc90bxavd2vizhiwny82lzizl2fuawdpzl8xntrkmdc2ndlizwezyznkmdgyzmeznduwmdc5mwfmzc0xlmdpzgloglogWe’re already half-way through October (somehow) and I’m running at full speed in every direction except writing. With so many responsibilities I took on this year, my writing has been terrible and I have a long road to build it back up to the quality and quantity I was reaching in January. I’m really betting on the conclusion of a few projects giving me the time I need to get back in writing shape (even thought I could realistically have been much more productive even with the busy schedule). For now, I’m focusing on the final push(es) making sure too keep up the focus that often wanes after months of work and looking forward to a couple of months back into the old routine of writing and events. (Plus that pesky day job that keeps rearing its head). Continue reading “A Lot of Endings”

BookFest (Part One, Maybe)

Blog No. 254

Even though BookFest proper is happening at the end of the month, events started this week. Yesterday morning was the launch announcement event (which I had to miss due to the day job) and a reading/music/launch thing happened at Phog last night. It was a pretty familiar thing for me (having done the launch if No Light, several readings, and the ChiSeries Readings there). Kind of being a helper on the sidelines was new though, but in a good way. It was nice to be able to take part (in a small way) and then sit back and enjoy the rest of the evening. I say the rest, but I had to take off right near the end due to more day job stuff (that is in fact a night job sometimes too). All in all, it was a good kickoff to the month’s events. Continue reading “BookFest (Part One, Maybe)”