I'm working on a new book I pitch as an adult horror à la Lovecraft by way of VanderMeer, with some King thrown in. And Leguin. The Shing Left Hand of Area X...and Cthulhu. I may actually call it that. Right. I won't call it that. In order to keep me motivated and drafting, I … Continue reading January 8, 2018: New Year, New Plans, New Things
So, I'm querying. Mmm, the hallowed ground of writing business letters to literary agents, if by "business letter" one means a formulaic if strangely creative construct meant to display one's utter lack of ability to pitch the glorious novel just completed. "Dear Mr/Ms. Agent, John Doe only wanted to find his birth mother that fateful … Continue reading December 7, 2017 Update: All Things Great and Droll
I can't believe I used to update my writing every day, for over six months even. Sheesh, that's ridiculous. Anyway, I busted my ass doing revisions on KINGDOM, now called IN THE SHADOW OF THE CAULDRON. You can see the agent showcase of it here. I think Hayley (@hayley_stone on Twitter) and I did great … Continue reading PitchWars Update: November 2, 2017
This has been a strange journey, and this new path almost wasn't taken. But.... I got into Pitch Wars 2017! The really fantastic Hayley Stone chose KINGDOM out of her many wonderful submissions. I had a pretty good idea I was in the running as Hayley had been emailing me with questions in the weeks … Continue reading August 29, 2017
So I gave up on the daily updates: I suck. But I did submit to Pitch Wars today: I rock! We'll see how it goes. Put in the first chapter and query after a lot of revision work. Now the waiting game.
I had almost given up on writing KINGDOM. If one single reason jumped out, I would give it. Why do writers have existential pangs of doubt and crises of effort? Because writing is shitty. Mostly, except for a very few, no reward awaits. Not even can we expect a genial, "Wow, that's great," from folks, … Continue reading Day 186 – 203: July 5 – 22, 2017
The 4th of July! The actual day of the holiday we did nothing. Well, except rest. I grilled too, but I basically do almost every day. Tended the garden a bit too. Our squash plant is as big as a tree. There's something unnatural about the damn thing. I'll, take a picture one of these … Continue reading Day 185: July 4, 2017