2016 was the most challenging year I've had since I began this journey. Over that past twelve months I re-entered the short story fray, published the long gestating Southern Devils, and Sirens Call Publications released The Calling. I held a very successful signing at Secret Headquarters and made my third appearance at Imaginarium in Louisville, … Continue reading 2016: In the Rearview
The beginning of the end is here. Sirens Call Publications has released my new novella, The Calling. This is the second book in the White Creek series and is a prequel of sorts to In Memoriam. I'm excited for the book to be out there and I hope everyone enjoys it! Head to Amazon (paperback … Continue reading Can You Hear It? The Calling is Here!
Happy Halloween from my desk to whatever graveyard or house you happen to be haunting today. May your night be filled with fright and lots of treats. It is no secret Halloween is my favorite holiday. There's something about the month of October where all seems right with the world. The air has a chill … Continue reading Happy Halloween!
In a couple of weeks, I will be returning to Louisville, KY for the third annual Imaginarium Convention. The con is a great writer-focused weekend with panels and signings plus the dealer room is free of charge. Be sure to pick up a badge to learn more about the craft or stop in to … Continue reading A Changing Wind
I had to re-read this post twice. After thinking about how I’ve been approaching my work lately, I realized I’ve tried to make it work. In the process, I forgot why I started writing in the first place. This was a reflection I needed and now? Let’s have some fun!
A lady found out I was a writer. “That’s so cool!” she said.
“Well, you would think so, wouldn’t you?” I said.
Youtube stars make more money. Singers don’t have to write so much or so long and can do the same performance over and over. Writers may work for years on one project (though I don’t recommend that.) We rarely attract adoring crowds.
Another guy, upon finding out I write, asked, “Is it worth it?”
“Is it worth it?” I echoed, vacillating between anger, sadness and not understanding the question.
“Yeah,” the guy said. “Do you make any money at it?”
“Any? Some,” I said. Jesus! How did a random chat with a stranger suddenly turn into a shitty conversation with someone I don’t like at a family reunion?
That was one of those uncomfortable moments where, in the mind of another, I was a loser. (Not my first time.)
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I'm still not sure which one of these types I am when I write. Do I sit around and sketch out the plot of the book or story? Do I sit behind the PC and let the story flow organically from my brain? Can a person do a mix of the two and still be … Continue reading Being a Plotter vs. Being a Pantster
After years of stalls, dead presses, and wanting to be turned into a full novel... Southern Devils is here. When I first wrote the story, it was a short piece retelling how one of the Confederacy's greatest generals returned to get his revenge on those who he thought had killed him. Instead, he was used by Robert … Continue reading And the Devils Rode Through the South