Friday, March 31, 2017

Nose to the Grindstone (Figuratively)

Update: When not busy with many, many, many other things I've been busy making keys click and arranging words. At the moment I have at least one book of science fiction/fantastic short stories nearly done (50,000 words worth currently),  as well as another Shakey Silvers-style horror romp in The Callback which is ready for edit mode after a break (to avoid read blindness). I'm also about a third of the way through another horror short that's going to be included as a bonus when The Comeback/The Callback combo paperback is released.

Based on my survey results over on my FaceBag page it seems that paperback and Kindle are your preferred delivery types, so that's what you'll get as soon as things are ready.

Oh, and I got curious about the origin of the phrase mentioned in the title of this post. There's an interesting post about it here. Enjoy. Oh, and try to avoid putting your nose against any spinning stones unless you're into that sort of thing.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

A Note From The Final Minutes Of Today

From De Monstris by Fortunio Liceti, 1665

Anyone who says "writing is easy," either writes shit or wants to pay shit for the work of others.

A Note From Yesterday

From De Monstris by Fortunio Liceti, 1665

Ever had an idea so good that it drops the mic on the rest of your writing day? Yeah. That was yesterday. I did get a lot of other things done while patting myself on the back, however. Today? Back at it.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

First Word Problems

I've been putting some distance between myself and The Callback to avoid "read blindness" and have been working on a couple of novels-in-progress and some short works instead. One of those short works reminded me that, while I often have the first paragraph come to me before anything else, sometimes I come at a thing from the middle or the end. They say, and I agree, that the first paragraph is the most important one you'll write because without a good opener, no one's going to see the rest of it except maybe your mom.

Getting the first paragraph first is, I've decided, a great gift. Sure, I might change it or just tweak it a little, but just having it there is comforting. Starting in the middle or at the end finds me overthinking the opening to the point where it begins to impact the rest of the story in a negative way, and I abandon it until some eureka moment shows up, or I can cannibalize bits of it for some other project.

Fortunately, that's not the case for the story in question. While I arrived somewhere in the middle, the beginning came to me quickly, and it's coming along nicely. Would that all of my ideas were so I'd be downright prolific.

On Goodreads? So Am I. Here's My Author Page.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Read The Comeback NOW! Just $2.99 in the Kindle Store!

Shakey Silvers came back from the dead. He brought his bucket list.

Doug Kennedy is a stand-up comic struggling with his career, with his girlfriend, with the bottle. Desperate for money, he takes a gig at a remote casino located in “the exact-middle-of-nowhere,” Nevada. Doug thought that his act dying on stage was the worst he’d have to fear in the desert. He was dead wrong.

Doug was in for a hell of a ride.

Filled with eccentric characters, twists, and turns, and horrific situations, The Comeback is a fast-paced descent into a nightmare that won’t let you sleep.

“A tense, seedy, terrifying, hilarious and fingernails-in-steering-wheel ride careening through the darkest corners of off-the-strip stand up comedy.” - Five Star Kindle Review

"... a suspenseful, supernatural thrill ride." - Five Star Kindle Review

"Twisted Fun!" -Five Star Kindle Review

"... gets its horror right." -Five Star Kindle Review

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