I Have Returned

Okay, okay. Let’s not bicker and argue about who hasn’t been updating their blog.

Seriously though,  sorry.

Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, just a quick update. While I haven’t been blogging, I  have been writing. A lot. I  finally got around to turning my second bedroom into a home office and my productivity has gone through the roof.

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I am currently about 15,000 words into my epic fantasy novel. I’ve also begun a dystopian YA thriller which was originally intended as a short story, but seems to be rapidly turning into a novel length piece. The plot is just too complex for a short.

Best of all, thanks to the support of my girlfriend, Shannon, I have finally started submitting my work. While I haven’t sold anything just yet, just getting my work out there is a major step.

This weekend I am attending the South Dakota Festival of Books in historic Deadwood. It takes place here every two years and I  always look forward to it. Next time, I  fully intend to have my own table where I will be signing and selling my own book.

Sorry for the short post today, but I’m typing this as I wait for the first program to begin. Never fear, I  fully intend to put up a longer post soon and get on a regular schedule. I’m not going to bother promising when though, because we all know how that goes.

Doesn’t That Just Figure?

Hello again my adoring fans. Also, hello to those of you who hate me and the ones who have no idea who I am.

It appears I lied to you again when I said in my last post that I would see you the following week. Fortunately, I posted that on April 1st, so… uh… April Fools? Anyway, you should all know that I’m less than reliable when it comes to regular posts by now.

Anyway, here’s the good news. I have a story ready to ship. So far, everyone I’ve shown it to seems to really like it. Better yet, I really like it. I feel I’ve finally progressed to the point with my writing that I can start submitting it. (If you ask my girlfriend, she’d say I’ve been at that point for a while. I’ve just been a chicken.) I have a publisher in mind for the story. Yes, they are one of the better paying publishers, but that’s a secondary consideration compared to the prestige of having a story accepted by said publisher. I realize it’s probably a long shot, me being an unpublished writer, but why not shoot for the moon, right? Besides, they say they love discovering new writers. Hopefully I will catch their eye.

Now for the bad news. I was all ready to send it out. I had everything formatted properly. I had checked my spelling and punctuation several times (although I’m sure I still missed a typo or two.) I went to their website and… they aren’t accepting submissions until May 1st. I realize this is only a couple weeks away, but I’m hoping I still have confidence in my writing by then. Don’t get me wrong, I’m still going to send it out. I just have confidence issues.

Writing is still progressing, although I really have to learn to do an outline. At least a rudimentary one that I can refer to when I get stuck. I dropped one story because it wasn’t going anywhere, only to jump right into another which is now having the same problem. Once upon a time, I was able to just jump into the proverbial story car and see where I ended up. Nowadays, I need at least a simple road map. Of course, i have to remember that back when I could just go, the destination wasn’t always somewhere I wanted to be.

I am also considering submitting a few things to some writing competitions. I still hate the thought of paying an entry fee to get read, but I’m willing to do whatever it takes at this point. Wish me luck.

Well, that’s about it for now. I will try to post again next week, but I won’t promise because we’ve all seen how reliable I am.

As always, follow me on Facebook and Twitter. Also, check out my website. I’m hoping to update it when I get a chance, but I’m trying to make writing my priority, so who knows when that will be?

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I Swear, I’m Still Alive

Let me start off by misquoting Twain and say, “The Rumors of my death have been greatly exaggerated.” I swear I’m still here. I’ve just been going through some personal issues lately and while I have been writing, (at least some, but not nearly as much as I would like) my social media efforts have been forced to take a back seat. Without going into too much detail I can tell you that while it’s not the most ideal situation, I have come to a solution so I can now get back to living my life. At least my trials and tribulations will make good story fodder. Right?

I have to admit something. Thanks to everything going on, I have broken my new year’s resolution. While I tried desperately, I haven’t written every day. Truth be told, I fell into a pit of depression over my situation and some days, it was all I could do to drag myself out of bed and go to my daily (well, nightly) job. Even when I was writing, most of it was unfit for human consumption.

Anyway, now that the worst is past, I can get back to the business at hand. I have two stories in need of editing. I’m hoping to have at least a few stories published in the next few months. As you can see, I’m back to being my usual over-optimistic self. It’s time to make this writing career a reality.

I’m afraid that’s about all I have for you today. I will ask all of you for a favor. Whatever your beliefs or lack thereof, please send good vibes my way. I could really use them right now. I promise you this, I will be back next week.

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I’m Not Normally a New Year’s Resolution Kind Of Person, But…

So like the title says, I don’t normally do new year’s resolutions. I generally feel like resolutions are a sure way to be depressed at the end of the year. Still, I keep making promises to myself and breaking them. Maybe having a realistic goal for the coming year will help.

First, and foremost. I WILL write every single day in 2015. This is whether I feel like it or not. Whether I’m feeling sick, or tired, or just plain don’t feel like doing it. I WILL sit down at the desk every day and force out at least a few paragraphs. I have a terrible habit of procrastinating until I have no time left to write. If Grisham could finish a novel in the courtroom during recesses, I sure as hell can do it on my schedule. I daresay I could finish at least a few thousand words during the roughly six hours a night of downtime I have at work. The bonus is, after a long night of writing, my mind is usually exhausted and I sleep the sleep of the justified. The main thing though is this. Write every single day, even on my off days, sit down at the damned computer, put on my headphones and write.

I also want to get healthier. Yes, I know everyone makes this one. In my case, however, I am not setting unrealistic goals. I am not expecting to become some Adonis that makes all the women swoon. I already have one of those at home that swoons no matter what I look like. Nor am I making some ridiculous claim like “I will run a marathon by the end of the year.” I would however like to be able to run down the block without getting winded. No friends, I just want to get healthier because I’m starting to worry about myself. I’m not even 40 yet and I already feel my body breaking down. The once nearly inexhaustible strength is gone. I creak when I stand up. Even more worrying is the ever present threat of diabetes. I want to live long enough to at least see my books become bestsellers.

Finally, and I know I make this promise to you constantly. I am going to blog more regularly. At least once a week I think. I owe that to you guys at the very least. You have all been so supportive and the very least I can do is check in once in a while to let you know how everything’s going. Once again, if you notice I haven’t posted in a while, please call me on it. I need you guys to keep me honest.

Oh, one more thing. Although I won’t be upset with myself if this one doesn’t happen. I want to be published by the end of the year. I realize I can’t control publishers or the publishing industry, but I would like to have at least a couple short stories in print. The only way I will blame myself if this doesn’t happen is if 1. I haven’t produced anything worthy of publishing, or 2. I haven’t submitted my work like crazy. That’s all I can do. The rest is up to the gods. Wish me luck.

Well that’s all for now. See you next week.

Oh Magoo, You’ve Done It Again

Yes, this is what you think it is, another apology post. I know I said I planned to update at least five times a day. Unfortunately the really real meatspace world must take precedent from time to time.

I won’t bother with excuses. Yes, things have been hectic lately but there’s no reason I couldn’t have taken a few minutes out of my life to shoot a quick hello to my loyal readers. The truth is, I’ve just been lazy lately. This is my first step toward recovery. So whaddya say? Forgive me?

In other news, I’m tinkering with yet another new writing project. Well, I guess you could say I’m in the pre-tinkering phase. It’s been years since I’ve done it, but I used to love writing screenplays. I wasn’t ever much good at them but I had fun with them and isn’t what life is all about? I don’t have a story in mind yet, but I picked up the latest edition of Final Draft and am currently playing with it. 

No, I’m not giving up the novel or the short stories I keep promising you and not delivering. I will still be working on them, this is just another thing I want to do. Blame it on an undiagnosed case of ADD. Notice I left the H out of that. Nobody could ever accuse me of being hyperactive. Hopefully I can find a way to divide my time between all my projects and more importantly, keep myself from getting confused as to which character belongs in which story. 

Anyway, that’s all for today. Hopefully I won’t be lazy tomorrow and will talk to you again then.

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