Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Good news vs. Bad news cont'd

Good news: Episode 9 of the Dark InSpectre just went out, it rocks.

Bad News: Flashing Swords magazine, which I had submitted a story to, just winked out of existence.

Good news: I picked up another follower of the Dark InSpectre, yay! That makes 4!

Bad News: That's only 4.

Good News: I'm going to do a couple of blog interviews in the next couple of weeks, which will hopefully get my name and The Dark InSpectre out there.

Bad News: I thought I was pretty much done revising the short story I'm working on. Turns out it needs more work.

Good News: It will make for a better story, and I stayed up late working on it, so it's in pretty good shape.

Bad News: Another story of mine just got rejected from an anthology, bummer.

Good News: a tip from my editor helped me figure out how to do scrolling on my personal web site (www.jrkahn.com), so I was able to post another extremely positive review of The Killer Within. Yay!

Final Score: Good news - 5, Bad news - 4. Yay, Good News ahead by a nose. I'll take it!

Monday, November 23, 2009

Episode 9 of The Dark InSpectre

Episode 9 of the The Dark InSpectre is now online, in which our hero makes an indelible entrance.

Here’s an excerpt:
I tasted the attitudes screaming at me. They ran the gamut. Nervous. Revulsion. Morbid curiosity. Even a few who were downright friendly. I felt like the dog faced boy at the circus. But the looks on their faces were worth it.

Enjoy: http://darkinspec.blogspot.com/

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Back from the road

I got home from my business trip to Orlando on Thursday, completely exhausted and spent. First, a word about Orlando. Unless you're going to Disney, there's absolutely no reason to go there. It's basically one big strip mall, and not even a good one. I'm not even sure why people live there at all.

However, on the flight back and the following couple of days, I have finished revisions on the current short story I've been working on. I just posted it again on the Baen's Universe slush board. I believe this is going to be it. Any further revisions that are suggested I will deal with and then start submitting the story around. It's very good to get this one done, it's an idea that's been in my head for a long time.

And then, faithful fans, I will start writing the next story arc for The Dark InSpectre, and believe me, I've got some absolutely wicked stuff planned, heh, heh. I guess that's the good thing about delaying the next arc until I was done with the short story I was writing. It's given half of my brain time to think about Dark InSpectre and plan.

Of course, now I have a migraine and feel like crap, so serious writing will have to wait a bit. But it's all coming together.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

More blog hopping

Another of my fellow Damnation Books authors has generously offered her blog for some guest postings, so I have taken her up on it. Her name is Naomi Clark, she's a U.K. author, and pretty accomplished as you can see from her web site: http://www.naomiclark.net/. I will be blogging there on Dec. 9, so I'm pretty excited about it!

In other news, the ever-helpful Crystalwizard (the editor who produces my Dark InSpectre series) gave me a good tip about how to make a change to my web site: www.jrkahn.com.

Now if I can only find the time to actually try it out!

Back in the real world, I'm going on a business trip this Saturday morning that will last about 5 days. I plan on being completely exhausted. Woohoo!

Monday, November 9, 2009

Episode 8 of The Dark InSpectre

We're at the halfway point for the first story arc in my series. Episode 8 is up, in which our hero meets an old flame from his past.

Here's an excerpt:
She looked me in the eyes for an endless second. I saw the shadow of grief that had never truly left. I saw something else. The butterflies ate me alive. I kept my senses on a choke-hold leash, not wanting to know even her surface thoughts. Too chicken to find out what she was really thinking.

Click and enjoy: http://darkinspec.blogspot.com/

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Good news / bad news

Good news: I got some good writing done on my short story last night and the scene I'm working on is really coming together.

Bad news: I stayed up way late to do it, and so feel like crap today.

Good news: I'm going to be guest blogging at the site of one of my fellow Damnation Books authors in December, which will be cool. Her name is Naomi Clark, and judging by her site (http://www.naomiclark.net/), she's written a lot of interesting stuff.

Bad news: The author/editor who has been sitting on my story for the Wolfsongs II anthology just posted her schedule for upcoming projects she wants to get done over the next few months. Wolfsongs didn't even make the list. Sigh...

That's it. Good news - 2, Bad news - 2. It's all tied up.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Where'd the time go?

I realized it's been over a week since I last posted! Well, I can't say a whole lot has been happening. I'm going on a business trip in a week and a half, and work has been getting busier leading up to that. So I haven't had a lot of writing time. But I have been trying to get through the latest round of revisions on the short story I've been working on. If I re-write one key scene, I think it'll be pretty close.

In other news, after the excellent review I got for The Killer Within, I wanted to put it on my web site, www.jrkahn.com. That's when I realized that in order to do that, I would somehow need to enable scrolling, which I don't really know how to do. My web site is a do-it-yourself job hosted by www.wix.com. I've been trying to email their e-support address, but it keeps bouncing back. So until I get that figured out, it'll just have to wait. Oh well!