First Update of the Year

Blog No. 269

original_e731d5468841973b53676da4de72a682Even though it’s just the start of 2018 and admittedly, I didn’t have a stellar 2017, I am happy to say, I think I have enough on the go to do a proper update. The dust hasn’t quite settled on the last book (though, I pray it will finally be over this week) I am hard at work on the next one. This may all be old hat to avid readers of my blog (namely my folks) but it may be new to you. Either way, this may be the definitive rundown and I have some concrete things to say about it. I can’t give a specific date for when it will be out (not only have I been burned with that before, but I’m already waiting for some things that are out of my control before I can get it finished) though, I hope it will be out in the next couple months. Continue reading “First Update of the Year”

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Fifth Year Anniversary Recap Thing!

Blog No. 268

hqdefaultThat’s it. Five full years of weekly blog posts with hardly a hiccup. There was that one week where it went up on a Saturday instead of the Thursday (and I will forever live with the blemish) but other than that, I’ve done a weekly post since January 2012. I didn’t know what to expect when I started this thing, and to be honest, some weeks are a real drag, but getting to look back on it now, I’m pretty proud of the accomplishment. Even if it’s one very few people would ever set out to do (and my numbers are really nothing to write home about. Speaking about numbers, I failed to top 2016’s record breaking stats, but I came pretty close this year. Plus, I didn’t have a book out in 2017 until the end, and even that has been tough to get out to people (due to continued printing issues). I’m guessing that had some part to play. But I was still close enough to make the prospects for 2018 positive. Continue reading “Fifth Year Anniversary Recap Thing!”

Behind the Writing: Shootout

Blog No. 267

cover-final-smallBefore you go any farther, you should have read the story Shootout from my new book, All These Crooked Streets. If not, get that book, read it (not just my story, they are all good) then come back and read this post. You don’t have to, but I like the little insider stuff like this, so maybe you will too. Last chance. If you keep reading, you may run into the dreaded SPOILERS. Turn back now while you still can! Continue reading “Behind the Writing: Shootout”

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”

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”

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”