• Writing

    New Year, New Goals

    Well, it’s here. We’re finally out of 2016 and are basking in the newness of 2017. 2016 wasn’t so much as bad for me as it was challenging. Between running the publishing company and trying to get my own writing done in the midst, I didn’t come close to completing any of my authorly projects. This new year will be all about balance (and more than a few late nights) for me. Some of the writing projects I’ll be working on (and completing) this year: Red Crane This is my first attempt at a supernatural detective novella. I have the base draft done, and I just need to do cover…

  • Camp NaNoWriMo 2016

    Winning Camp NaNoWriMo

    So, I won Camp NaNoWriMo. I think. It’s hard to tell when it comes to the camp version of the National Novel Writing Month. It’s more lenient in its design. While NaNoWriMo is very rigid with its 50,000 word-in-a-month-no-editing-no-backtracking-no-previous-work goal, Camp NaNo lets you edit previously written manuscripts, set your own word count, and pretty much flex your writing muscle with self-imposed milestones. I’ve only been participating in Camp NaNo for the last few years now, and each one that I do I end up using to work on a novel I originally wrote for NaNoWriMo. This year I decided to resurrect an 11-year-old manuscript that I originally wrote for…

  • The Friday Muse

    The Friday Muse – NaNoWriMo Excerpt #3

    Well, I crossed 33,000 words last night in my NaNoWriMo novel. I’m making pretty good progress, but I’m also skirting fate. I have my hand in a half dozen projects, almost all of which have to do with my publishing company, and NaNoWriMo is having to whine to gain my attention in the thick of it all. That being said, I’ve never not won a NaNo in the past ten years that I’ve participated in it, so this year will be no different. Today’s excerpt is from a story I have tentatively titled, “Carriers”. It’s actually the back story to Janet Doyle, the news reporter in my Expired Reality series.…

  • Uncategorized

    NaNoWriMo 2015

    It should come as no surprise to those who know me that I am participating in NaNoWriMo this year. This will be my eleventh year taking a crack at the challenge, and it’s going to be a challenge with the publishing company I am running, the novels I am trying to start work on, and life in general. I’m still debating on if I want to make my writing goal 100,000 words or just the basic 50,000. Probably 100,000…

  • The Friday Muse

    The Friday Muse – Black Doors

    Today’s Friday Muse piece was written a while ago and was actually used in my short story episodic experiment, The LZR Project. Veronica Amorou – a character from my Expired Reality series – muses on Black Doors, a supernatural phenomenon involving possible alternate dimensions. Black Doors The train started up and began its journey through the Wasteland. Veronica peered out the window every so often, but there was really nothing to see. There were no lights in the Wasteland, save for light bulbs of solo shacks, or random campfires of outposts adventurers made while journeying through the sand-drenched desert. During the day, black paneling came down over the windows, blocking…

  • The Friday Muse,  Writing

    The Friday Muse – Astrid

    Today’s Friday Muse piece reveals a new location on the planet of Anaisha – perhaps a location we’ll see in the third book of my Expired Reality series? Who knows… Astrid Laughter once echoed through these hallways. A joyous raucous. The people used to dance here, under a blue sky filled with sunshine and a dark sky bleeding with moonlight. Elaborate parties were once thrown here, filled with stunning costumes, war-torn romances, and dazzling magic. Victories were toasted, glories were reveled in, and successes were shared. This was once a place of beauty and grandeur, a place envied by the outsiders. Here is where crops grew in excess of the…