Trophies!

Blog No. 313

45859517_318153822347535_62013022742249472_nI bought a new phone. I’d been on the fence for some months, ogling the latest models until they became the old models and using a phone that (while getting slower and more finicky) was still usable. I probably could have held out longer, but in the world of mobile phone technology, the difference between cutting edge, obsolete, and a third category that I can best describe as what happens when companies put their eggs in the wrong basket, I found something that seemed like a good bet that wouldn’t make getting Christmas gifts for people a stretch. I went with an LG G7 One, which is a phone with mostly last year’s guts and some features that are more cutting edge. It’s considered a mid-range device, but it comes with basically stock Android and comes closest to a modern version of the phone I liked most (the Nexus 5). Continue reading “Trophies!”

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A Novel and ChiSeries

Blog No. 312

giphyI have officially started to write the Invasion Novel. Right from the first chapter I had some issues. I hope it’s just a bit of beginning a new book shakes, because I would hate to think I’m going to spend the next, however many thousands of words, second guessing every decision I make. I think I’ve solved the issue for now, but that’s based on my concept being a successful one. I have some interesting half chapters that are very different from the rest of the book that are designed to give me some fun interludes and to fill in some gaps in the complicated history. In order to get that history in without resorting to a lot of flashbacks or info dumps, I had to start the story a little earlier than I expected. That means the opening line (the one that was the basis for the whole story) has to be the opening to a later chapter. Continue reading “A Novel and ChiSeries”

The Neon Heart

Blog No. 311

ipac1cvGood news everyone! The first draft of The Neon Heart is done. It’s the second book in my Novella series, but it’s pushing the outer boundaries at 43 000 words. Considering The Thinking Machine was 25 500, that’s a big jump. There is still a mountain of work to do with editing. I tend to be a hatchet-man when it comes to second and third drafts, so I’m going to allow myself to go a bit wild. I’m not overly concerned about the big word count differences. The story dictated the length, and I did want to make Neon Heart bigger. I do plan on getting it under the 40 000 mark, though. I’m not comfortable with such a large disparity, especially if the next one ends up being shorter again. (I have some ideas for novella number three, but I’m not going to start it until the first draft of the novel is done). Continue reading “The Neon Heart”

ChiSeries Six (Third of 2018)

Blog No. 306

42568138_10214183054183089_7439736676479401984_nLast week, when I was cocky and full of energy leading up to the ChiSeries Reading, I said I would wait a week to do a proper rundown of it since the event is on Wednesday nights and this blog goes up on Thursday. Now it’s been nearly a week and I’m tired and time moves so quickly in autumn (when I’m getting back on the productivity train). It feels like the reading was a year ago, and now I have to go over all the photos and try to piece together the evening. I think I can do it, it has only been a week. This may end up being a bit of a shorter post, though. Since last week was the longest post I’ve had in probably a year, it will certainly be shorter than that. Continue reading “ChiSeries Six (Third of 2018)”

Catch Up Post

Blog No. 299

transmogrify_processThe blog tour is over, so now I can get back to my safe, comfortable routine. Not that there was anything wrong with the blog tour. It was great to do something with such talented, herd working local authors. It was even nice to know what I was going to write about for four solid weeks. It was different from what I’m used to (though) and I’m not always great with change. Now that it’s over, and I know I did it to the best of my ability (and did something new to try and promote myself) I’m glad to be back inside the box. While I was away, I missed writing about a few things. I’m going to rectify that now by telling you all about them! Also, I want to give a big thanks to Brittni Brinn, Justine Alley Dowsett, and Sharon Ledwith for writing such nice things about me and for being cool with my deviation from the blog tour style. It was a cool experience. Continue reading “Catch Up Post”

Last Minute Reading 2 and What’s a Blog Tour

Blog No. 294

ew2wh4zI’ve been doing this blog for a number of years now, and I’ve never been part of a blog tour (or blog share, or whatever). I did have a guest post at one time, but it wasn’t what I had in mind, and the particular person doesn’t do much posting anymore. Given the number of authors I know who do have active blogs, I’m surprised it’s taken me this long to try again. I suppose part of it has to do with my obsessive need to not play well with others, but I genuinely like these folks and while they may not all write the kind of stuff I fancy, they are very good at what they do. (Just because a book isn’t your type of genre, doesn’t mean you can’t appreciate how well written it is). For the next four weeks (starting next week) I’m going to be featuring one of these authors and one of their works. The group came up with some formats for the posts, but I like to be difficult, so I’m doing kind of whatever comes to me in the moment. I hope they like it (and you, obviously). Continue reading “Last Minute Reading 2 and What’s a Blog Tour”

Last Minute Event!

Blog No. 293

IMG_20161127_150733235Over the last few years (I just realized about seven) Christian and I have formed a pretty good partnership. So much so that folks who don’t know he is married with kids often think we are a couple. We’ve learned to just go with it, but that’s not what this is about. While we plan, host, and attend a lot of events together, we sometimes do things that the other person can’t (or doesn’t want to on the rare occasion). It’s unbelievable, I know, but it happens. One of those things is the Windsor International Writer’s Conference. It’s an event that has been put on for the last few years that brings authors, publishers, and agents to the city for one busy weekend. This time, Christian is the one involved and I didn’t have time to participate (plus I wasn’t asked, but it saves me having to politely decline). Continue reading “Last Minute Event!”