Year Six Recap (Because I’ve been doing this for Six Years)

Blog No. 320

hmt-magictavern-budnikThere is only one blemish on my record (in six years) but I will never let myself live it down. I have posted on this blog every Thursday since 2013, except for April 13th 2013 when I posted on a Saturday. I had a good(ish) reason. I was substitute teaching at the time and I had to go in on the Thursday. Realistically, If I have planned better or used my time more effectively, I still would have been able to get the post out on time, but I didn’t. It stand as the one flub in an otherwise pretty good record. It makes me feel like this achievement (such as it is) has an asterisk next to it. But enough dwelling on the bad. I’ve been doing this for six years. I’m sure I can come up with some good stuff to talk about. Like books and statistics and other oh-so-exciting things! Buckle up, it’s a long one. Continue reading “Year Six Recap (Because I’ve been doing this for Six Years)”

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Summer Writing

Blog No. 292

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Boxing with my Brother

I’m feeling much better now, to the point where I finally got back to boxing (though being off for three weeks is rough) and my days have just about gone back to normal. The one thing keeping me from a regular routine (my desired pinnacle of achievement) is the deal I made to take time off from work (spent sick) to then cover for a coworker who had some serious life stuff to take care of. I’m at the day job a lot, but I’ve managed to squeeze in some work that I enjoy in the mean time. Not as much as hoped (a constant refrain) but something is better than nothing. Also, while the day job can be a drag, to be honest, the last week or so has been fine. Not great, but not nearly as terrible as it can be. Continue reading “Summer Writing”

Shock Stock 2018 & Biblioasis

Blog No 284

31445120_10155418784400983_8764553032949039104_nShock Stock is over and I’m still reeling from the experience. It was my third time there and I was still pleasantly surprised with how friendly and considerate everyone is. That’s not to say that I’m surprised horror fans are good people (I already knew that) but sometimes at conventions, people get tunnel vision and don’t think much of others. At the booth across from mine, a man was selling some really cool laser cut acrylic pieces. Every time someone wanted to take a picture (over the three whole days) they asked if it was okay. That’s awesome. That’s the type of people who go to Shock Stock. That and people who love to watch other people get eviscerated in movies. Continue reading “Shock Stock 2018 & Biblioasis”

Cyberpunk Novella

Blog No. 283

The Thinking MachineThe Thinking Machine is here! You can get it right now at Anchor Coffee House on Huron Church, Anchor Bakery and Espresso Bar on Lincoln, at Biblioasis, or in person, from me. I still have a bunch of events (one a week from now until the end of May) so there are a bunch of chances to get your hands on a copy. And believe me, when you see it, you are going to want to pick one up and hold it. I’m going to do a whole behind the scenes at some point in the future, but for now, the idea to have a pocket sized novella seems to have worked. Everyone’s reaction so far has been exactly what I hoped for. Plus, Anchor letting me sell the book at both their locations is beyond what I’d hoped for. Between the two, that’s a pretty big part of the city covered. Also, since I wrote it there, it seems fitting that you can buy it there. Continue reading “Cyberpunk Novella”

March

Blog No. 275

down_the_rabbit_holeWe are officially into March, ending the longest February I have faced since I was a child. Time does a funny thing as you get older. Each year represents a smaller and smaller fraction of your life, so they just keep getting faster. I’m not even forty and I am constantly shocked at how quickly time is moving. (I’m sure it’s that much worse for people with kids). It’s mesmerizing and kind of terrifying. With that in mind, it seems like it’s been a thousand years since 2018 started. The days move by in a flash, but the time feels monumental. If any of that makes sense, you are smarter than I am, because reading it back, it’s kind of insane. I wrote it though, so I’m keeping it. Continue reading “March”

In-Action!

Blog No. 274

28234813_10155257662295983_7037424148804761781_oAction! 2018 is over, leaving me a little more at ease with the rest of my scheduled events (which can be found on the event page). Up next I have a signing at Chapters on March 17th, but that’s a ways away. If you can’t wait to get a copy of All These Crooked Streets (and I don’t blame you if you can’t) you can get them at Chapters Devonshire and Anchor Coffee House on Huron Line. They are likely going to be in Biblioasis soon too. As for me, I’m going to be spending the time getting The Thinking Machine out and working on the next novella that I hope to have out in June. There are some other minor writing projects I want to (and some I have to) get done in the middle somewhere, but they can take a back seat for now. Continue reading “In-Action!”

Action!

Blog No. 273

6359_image_22179751_760181600835473_6204064752881308145_oThe first target date for the release of The Thinking Machine is this weekend, and I totally blew it. Not only am I nowhere near ready to release the book, I haven’t finished editing it yet. Nowhere near may be too harsh, but from where I’m sitting, it seems farther away than I expected. I have myself to blame (as always). I had a terrible December for productivity and that was on top of a pretty terrible year as a whole. I just sucks to go gung-ho into a new year (fervently trying to shake off the negativity of the last year) an to fall flat on my face out the gate. I still hope to have it out soon, but there is no way I’ll have it out by the Action! Con. Continue reading “Action!”