I wrote a blog post for the SFWA about writing with stolen time. Won’t you please stop by and read it? It’s for all of us, but especially those of us who don’t have hours to spend at a keyboard. I hope it’s helpful! You can read the post HERE.
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Posted in Writing, tagged billie bundschuh, goofballs, Illiterati, Las Vegas, LVWG, Mason Bundshuch, Mercedes M. Yardley, Ryan Johnson, writer's groups, Writing, writing group on July 17, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
We’ll be speaking at the Las Vegas Writer’s Group tomorrow at 7:00 PM. The address is 5589 W Charleston Blvd, Las Vegas, NV, and there’s a five dollar charge to get in. You can see all of the information here.
Then you get to eat dinner, if you want! Have drinks! Listen to us! We’ll be discussing critique groups and giving suggestions on how to start your own. We’ll be VERY SERIOUS AND PROFESSIONAL. Or not.
Either way, it’ll be a really good time. Come and join us, if you can!
Posted in Writing, tagged Beautiful Sorrows, Criminal Element, David Bowie, Depraved Madmen, Depre, Dream Big, John Skipp, Lakis Fourouklas, Mercedes M. Yardley, my first book, Neil Gaiman, Psychos: Serial Killers, short story collection, Simply Joyful, the Criminally Insane, Writing on September 13, 2012 | 1 Comment »
Today is a day of great things. I’m slowly kicking the cold that was kicking me. The banner came for Beautiful Sorrows, so I’ll be able to take it with me to book signings. Killercon starts in a week (wahoo!). My darling Angry Ginger came by and chatted for a while. And I just learned that I was mentioned in a review for John Skipp’s Psychos: Serial Killers, Depraved Madmen, and the Criminally Insane on Criminal Element. Not only do I swoon about being in such a cool anthology with some simply stunning authors, but I’m delighted that I was mentioned alongside one of my (and everybody else’s) favorite writers, Neil Gaiman.
This is, I think, my second anthology that I share with Mr. Gaiman, and naturally he doesn’t know me. But my Mama always said to dream big, and one of my dreams is that he’ll blurb a certain novel of mine that has yet to be published. So this gives me time to work my way up, you see.
The second part of that dream is to have David Bowie narrate it. So I have to majorly get cracking.
Before you laugh, I truly believe that few things are impossible. If you work hard enough and catch the right breaks, perhaps something wonderful can be achieved, yes? I feel that way knowing that I’ll see my first copy of Beautiful Sorrows on Monday. There was a point where writing a book seemed like it would never be possible, but it’s right over the horizon! I’m so very, very grateful.
So tell me! What are your pie-in-the-sky big dreams?
Hey, it’s been forever since I did one of these! Here goes!
My novel WIP is at 18,000 words. My goal is to have it at about 80k and submitted to my agent by November. That’s a lot of writing.
My current novella WIP is done except for a few scenes that need to be inserted, and some editing. There is a home in mind for this one, and it’ll be awesome to submit it.
I also have pieces in the works for a few anthologies.
Antho #1: I’m writing a piece for a shared world antho, and I’m maybe halfway done. This piece twines with a story that a fellow horror writer is penning.
Antho #2: The theme is “madness”. It’ll be pretty cool.
Antho #3: This is a tie-in piece for a previous novel. I’m not sure what characters to use yet. Maybe Ray the Vampire? I miss him.
Antho #4: This will be an ephemeral story. I can’t wait to write in that voice again.
Book of Poetry: I have the poems ready but just need to sit down and submit them. I hope they’re accepted! This guy has GREAT cover art.
Shock Totem Issue #5 will be dropping soon. The cover art is gorgeous and the stories are stellar. I can’t wait for you to read it!
And I’m very, very close to announcing something super special. In fact, the other day I sat down and became misty-eyed because this means so much to me. Hooray!
This is what I’m working on. It’s a bit schizophrenic and busy, but it makes me happy. I had to say no to two more anthology invites, which hurt my soul, but I didn’t see how I could fit anything else in at the moment.
So tell me about you? What do you have in the works?
I wrote a short story and a stranger emailed me to say it made her cry. I can think of few things better. Would you like to read it? It’s part of the Fraternity of Flash series at Misty Dahl’s site. Stop by to read “The Quiet Places Where Your Body Grows”, and then hug your children a little tighter.
And because he asked for it, here’s a picture of Robby D and Jesse Young, both of whom I’m grateful for. Dork.
I haven’t done a WIP Wednesday in quite a while. Why is that, I wonder? Oh yeah, because I look at my WIP folder and my eyes bug out of my head. Like this.
First thing, I’m trying with the utmost valor to finish my demon novel ASAP so that my writer’s group can comb through it one more time with a fine-toothed comb. I’m turning it into my agent on Monday, September 5th and then we’re throwing a party! Until he requests more edits! And then the fun begins with a new intensity. I am also currently working on:
◊ an essay about baby weight/self for an anthology put out by an awesome woman and dear friend (due ASAP)
◊ a short story titled Tattoo Your Loneliness on My Skin (due next month)
◊ an “I’m going crazy!” piece for a third anthology (due…next month? Are we still in freakin’ August?)
◊ the opening chapters of my next novel, titled Stormlight
You think I’d be all efficient and organized, knocking these out 1-2-3. And maybe I would, but I’m rocking my sweet Cyborg Ninja child with my foot while I type. Time (and sleep! Blessed, blessed SLEEP!) is precious, and I’m finding that I’m having a lot more trouble concentrating than usu–SQUIRREL.
What are you working on, my dear friends? I miss you! Keep me in the loop.