February Word Challenge

February Word Challenge
A good number of years ago, I challenged myself to write a scene every day for a month. I think I chose November because I wanted to do this challenge instead of NaNoWriMo for that year. This was also on another blog which is now defunct and long gone. I’m not even sure there’s an ...

2016 Recap and 2017 Goals

2016 Recap and 2017 Goals
Here goes! 2016 Recap What a year. I’m keeping this about me (my blog, after all), not politics, celebrity losses, crazy out in the world, or anything else. Just the highlights, though. I’m sure I’m leaving out some stuff here, but I’m just hitting the high points here…. January: Started writing a short story a ...

Edits Done!

Edits Done!
My most recent (which wasn’t really all that recent) post, I lamented about being nervous about my first experiences getting a novel edited. I shouldn’t have been. Everything went great! There’s an obvious fact that I couldn’t quite conceptualize: A good editor wants me to succeed as much as I do. … and I had a great ...

Nervous About Edits

Nervous About Edits
I received an email from my publisher, WordFire Press, on October 25th asking for the “current final manuscript” of Griffin’s Feather. They’d assigned an editor to the project, and were ready to move forward with the publishing process. Instead of being elated or excited, my main emotion was nerves. Loads of nerves. So serious, I ...

MileHiCon 48

MileHiCon 48
This is a bit last minute, but I’m finally stealing the time from something else to invite you to come out to MileHiCon 48. I’ll be there. Come say hi! Here’s my schedule: Friday 9 PM: Writer Meetup at the Bar Pikes Peak Writers volunteers will be there (with deelie-boppers on!) to host a get-together for ...

RIP Strigidae Publishing

RIP Strigidae Publishing
I announced my first novel-length publication contract back in April of this year. The contract was with Strigidae Publishing, and I’m sad to say that this is their last day of being in business. Yeah. They’re closing their doors. It’s because of some health problems with one of the lead folks. I know the details. ...

Overdue WorldCon Report and Publishing Announcement

Overdue WorldCon Report and Publishing Announcement
So…. WorldCon was over three weeks ago, and I’m just now getting around to this. Most things are a hazy memory at this point, so this’ll probably be the world’s shortest WorldCon wrap-up report. The drive from Colorado to Kansas City was long and interesting. We got a little lost at one point (there is a Hays, ...

Mental Disorders in the Creative Mind

Mental Disorders in the Creative Mind
There have been a great number of studies in the creative mind and how it relates to mood instability, erratic behavior, and general mental disorders. This is not such a study. Everything here is anecdotal from a personal standpoint, not scientific. Keep that in mind as you peruse my words. Also, nothing here is meant ...

Novel Publication Contract for Warmaiden

Novel Publication Contract for Warmaiden
Wow. Where to start? Not from the beginning. That takes too long. This weekend was the 24th Pikes Peak Writers Conference. It went fantastic! I met loads of cool people. I made oodles of new friends. I attended quite a few excellent workshops. I met with editors, agents, authors, friends (new and old), and hung ...

What Have I Done?

What Have I Done?
I’ve had a Patreon account for a while. I’ve been backing a handful of worthy folks and efforts for several months. It’s been very rewarding to know that I’m supporting my fellow artists in chasing the dream. As many of you know, I’ve been hard at work on writing a short story a week for 2016. ...