Sunday, June 28, 2009

Use it or Lose It

The past week I've been on vacation, just me, not the wife or kids. No, I didn't take off for Acapulco (shame on you for thinking that!). It's the last month at my work where we have to use all the vacation we've rolled over from 2008 or we lose it forever.

So this week, I did a lot of stuff with my older boy during his last week of school. I also got up my web site, and this blog. I also got a lot of rejections. But that didn't bother me too much. I've got edits coming in for my serialized story that's going up in August at Abandoned Towers, and I'm in the middle of a new story. And I still have many out there waiting to be replied to.

So the moral of the story? Keep busy, keep productive. Here endeth the lesson.


Thursday, June 25, 2009

Revising vs. Writing

I've been doing a lot of revising lately, of stories that are coming out in the next few months. But then last week I found that I was suddenly done. All the revisions had been sent in, new versions sent back to me, signed off on, etc. So suddenly, I could start writing a new story. I had one in mind, which I've had kicking around in my head literally for a few years, so I started writing.

And it hit me that I had forgotten how freaking hard it is for me to start a new story. I mean painfully hard, like pulling teeth. That night I wrote 250 words, which is really nothing to brag about. Since then, it's been another couple of days and I'm up to about 1,500 words. But the really hard part, those first few hundred words, is over. Now it's all about where the story takes me, which is the real fun, and angst, and thrill.

And most importantly, that nagging feeling I get in the back of my head whenever I'm not writing something is once again at bay.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Now Coming to a Browser Near You...

I put the finishing touches on my brand spanking new web site and published it online today: It's pretty basic, but it does what I need - gives a little intro to where my past and future stories will appear. The domain name isn't exactly what I wanted, but and were already taken, so whaddayagonnado?

So that's it, I am now an online entity, reaching out my tendrils through cyperspace to influence the minds of readers everywhere, or at least those who stumble across my site completely by accident. :)


Monday, June 22, 2009

Cool Ad

This is an ad that is going up around the web for the premier of Damnation Books in September. I should have the cover art for my story pretty soon. Tres cool!




Let me be the first to say that I am not a giant fan of blogs, personal web sites, etc. That being said, I am now the owner of a blog and personal web site. So, whahappon?

Well, I moonlight as a writer of science fiction/fantasy. I've had a couple of stories published, and am expecting a few more to hit in the coming months. I have therefore been forced to grudgingly admit that a web presence would be a useful thing. Both to highlight my own work and to spur discussion about writing in general.

That's what this blog will be about, though I reserve the right to sound off on whatever may irk me at any given moment.

So Welcome!