500th Post Guest Bloggers Spectacular!

Blog Post No. 496

3f8984e4-65f5-431c-8431-327f5c4b42ab_textThere are only four more weeks until I reach 500 posts on this site. I’m still working on what that will exactly look like (without it being way too long). In the mean time, I’ve been hard at work cajoling friends to write guest posts for me to fill in the gap from now until the big day (which is June 23rd if you want to mark it in your calendars). I asked the guest bloggers to write about working with me and/or this blog, but I tried to leave the subject open enough in case they came up with something a little different. I also pointed out that I’m open for them to be less than favourable, but I mostly said that to appear to be gracious. Continue reading “500th Post Guest Bloggers Spectacular!”

Reluctant

Blog Post No. 490

37374597b651ec1761c6011f35426540I was hoping to announce that Snow from a Distant Sky is available this week, but I haven’t gotten the sample copies from the printer (as of writing this) so the wait continues. I hope I get to release it soon. Not just because I’m excited for people to read this one, either. Since the province where I live is opening regardless of infection rates, I’m getting more and more requests to take part in events. Continue reading “Reluctant”

Racing through the Weeks

Blog Post No. 489

vp3gr9As I get older, the weeks go by faster and faster. It’s a common phenomenon that was shaken up by the nearly two-year-long shutdown. During that odd period, time lost some of its meaning. The months would blink by, but the days would sometimes drag. The temporary change seemed to soften the edge of the speedy weeks in exchange for a potentially worst manipulation of time.

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Cover Reveal – Snow from a Distant Sky

Blog Post No. 487

Snow Cover v2 1The making of the new novella, Snow from a Different Sky, took longer than the last couple. It was written very quickly, but the editing process was slow. There were some long gaps between beta reads and I struggled to keep productive while I waited. I’m sure I’ll figure out juggling two projects at once one of these days.

Either way, after getting my final reviews, I did my out-loud read last week and with frequent check-ins with the Writing Wrecking Crew for their opinions, I did the layout, cover template, back cover copy, and acknowledgements this weekend. Since that was the last of it, I submitted the book to the printer and ordered a sample copy. That means, I can officially share the amazing cover by Glen Hawkes.

If there are no issues with the sample copy, I’ll order a small run to spread around the city and the book will be available online or to order from your local bookstore. The printing can take a couple of weeks, so while the book is technically done, it may not be “released”  for a little while.

This marks the end of this phase of The Synthetic Albatross Novella Series. I hope to get back to it, but I have some novels to work on for now. Thanks to all the amazing readers who’ve come along with me on the journey so far. You’ll get some questions answered in this one finally. Keep an eye open for news about the novels I’ll be working on for the rest of the year!

The Folly of Predictions

Blog Post No. 485

e598a633-01ad-4599-b84c-cb91d864a455_textI’m racing to the finish line with the Snow from a Distant Sky, the fifth and potentially final novella in my Synthetic Albatross Series (at least for now). There is still a lot to do in order to get it out in April. As it’s currently looking, it may be released closer to the middle or end of the month instead of at the start like I’d planned. Right now, I have a couple last edits to do (including reading it out loud to myself which takes time and isn’t very fun). Then, I have to do the layout, which is pretty quick, but takes a dedicated couple days. Continue reading “The Folly of Predictions”

Revenge of the Day Job

Blog Post No. 484

jdwitk9The end is near for the fifth and final novella, Snow from a Distant Sky. As I mentioned last week, I’m waiting on a few edits to come in before getting started on the layout. The cover is currently being designed and drawn by the great Glen Hawkes, too. (I can’t wait to share it). As soon as I get those edits in, I have to go over them, do a final once over for myself, then the out-loud read before putting it all together and sending it off to the printers. The book may come out in the first or second week of April, depending on how the sample copies turn out. Continue reading “Revenge of the Day Job”

Updating the Whiteboard

Blog Post No. 483

16712021_10209705097076960_157467507659745574_nSome years ago, I was at Arvin‘s place and I saw that he had a whiteboard set up on an easel with all his many to do lists scrawled across its surface. It would have been in our university days and probably in the midst of Wii Like To Podcast production. I thought the idea was great. A non-permanent place to write reminders that was clearly visible. My family had a whiteboard set up by the garage door when I was little, but it was rarely used, and at the time, I certainly didn’t have a need (or at least the wherewithal) to keep notes or a schedule.

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Update: Snow From a Distant Sky

Blog Post No. 469

giphy-1My main project at the moment is editing the fifth novella in the Synthetic Albatross Series, Snow From a Distant Sky. Like the last two books Broadcast Wasteland and Break/Interrupt, I wrote the first draft in a mad sprint. Broadcast was started in September but seeing as it went long, I bumped Break up to August. (It ran even longer, so it was good that I gave it the extra month). This time, I actually managed to get the first draft of Snow in before the end of August and I somehow kept it from ballooning out of control. Continue reading “Update: Snow From a Distant Sky”

Writing To Music

Blog Post No. 465

2020-06-11-imageI’m no musician, but music has always played a big role in my life. I really struggle when I don’t have music playing when I sit down to write. I’m sure I’ve mentioned many times that some days I spend as much time choosing what to listen to while I write as I do actually writing. A few times when Adventure Worlds was getting started, I would forget to bring headphones with me when the group got together to write. It seems a little pathetic, but I would really struggle on those days. Eventually, I bought a cheap pare of earbuds to keep in my backpack so that I always have some when I go out writing. (Not that I’ve been able to do that for some time). Continue reading “Writing To Music”

Saturday Mornings

Blog Post No. 464

hqdefaultI’ve always felt like there was something special about Saturdays. I mean, Sundays have their place and a weekday when everyone else is at work has its own kind of magic, but Saturdays hold  extra promise. It may have something to do with the hold over from Friday nights (when a person can feel most free depending on their work situation) or it could be tied in with my childhood era of Saturday mornings with cartoons, cereal, and cold hockey arenas. Even though every day job I’ve ever had includes some or most Saturday shifts, when I have a Saturday free, there is little like it.

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