Tuesday, July 27, 2010

El Chapter Tercero

I finished Chapter 3 last night of the crime novel I've been working on. I consider this a pretty significant milestone that I was able to do this in a relatively short amount of time while keeping up my obligation with the Dark InSpectre and my normally hectic life and not so good health status. So f&#k yeah for me!

Now comes the read-review-revise part, which I will start tonight and continue over the next couple of days. Then the wife will read it (she wants me to email it to her as a pdf so she can read it on her brand spanking new kindle, not sure how that's going to work). While she's reading it I'll write a plot overview, then I'll send the whole kit'n kaboodle off to my editor, and see if it sucks. (I kind'a like it, so far. So fingers crossed).

In other news, a reprint I'd forgotten about got rejected from an anthology I'd submitted it to. That didn't phase me too much. I'm still waiting to hear from two markets that are WAY due. Lacuna and Abyss & Apex. Lacuna I think I have a realistic shot at, A&A I'm assuming I'll get rejected, but get good comments to revise and submit elsewhere.

That's all for now...!

Friday, July 23, 2010

Book Watch

Several factors have come together to allow me to make some real progress on the crime novel I'm supposed to be working on. My older boy is at sleep away camp, my Dark InSpectre series is running smoothly at the moment without consuming too much of my time, most of the audio episodes for it have been recorded, and my wife, may she be eternally blessed, has been keeping my younger boy out of my hair so I can have writing time. I've forged ahead quite a bit and am in the early part of chapter 3.

My goal is to have 3 chapters and a plot summary for my editor in the next few weeks, and now is the time I blocked out to get this all done. And it's actually happening, with only one potential obstacle: my health. I've really felt awful lately, going on and off medications for the migraines I get, not to mention the headaches themselves. I've really been getting hammered. I'm going to set a neurologist appt next week and hopefully start to get my poor noggin straightened out, cuz I just can't continue like this. But in the meantime, it's full steam ahead. woohoo!

Monday, July 19, 2010

Episode 8 Unbound

Episode 8 of The Dark InSpectre is now online, in which our hero gets some inside info on what makes his new boss tick.

Here's an excerpt:
I plugged in the memory chip; the small screen lit up with a heading that read:

IAD Background Check #734
Subject: NAPD Academy Applicant
Status: Telepath
Name: Boyd, Walter T.

Internal Affairs ran extensive background checks on tels before accepting them into the Academy, looking into their past, family, friends, digging for dirt. It was a regulation passed by the City Council to try and weed out the “undesirables,” which translated to any tel who had so much as a parking ticket. As a result, these background checks were pretty invasive, which suited my purposes just fine.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Guest Bloggin'

I'm blogging over at Abandoned Towers today, doing my usual number on taking science tidbits I've collected over the past few weeks and turning them into riveting Scifi stories! Drop on by...

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Podcast #2

A little earlier than expected, Paul Cole over at Beam Me up has broadcast Episode 2 of Unfinished Business on his radio show and podcast program. The episode is about 5:45 into the broadcast. I'm telling ya, the music my editor laid in for the soundtrack on this episode is so funky, it really makes it cool. And FYI, that handsome guy on the front of the page? No, that's not me.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Impending Doom, or Perhaps Bliss...?

I happened by the twitter feed of the historical fiction journal Lacuna, which I submitted something to a while ago. They posted their first three acceptances for their October issue yesterday. I have the feeling I will be receiving either a rejection or an acceptance VERY shortly...!

Monday, July 5, 2010

Episode 7, from the beach

From the Jersey Shore I give you Episode 7 of In Plain Sight, The Dark InSpectre series, in which our hero finds things are a little leaky in the office.

Here's an excerpt:

I looked at each of them, dead serious. “`A source inside the NAPD?’ I’m going to give you one chance. Just one. Then I’m never going to ask again. Does anyone have anything to say to me?”

All their eyes went wide, denial written on their features.

Teo Cruz spoke first. “Boss, no way.” He had a fervent look in his eyes. “There’s no rat in this house.”