Food Poisoning Ain’t No Joke!

Want to know any easy way to lose track of time, motivation and the ability to sleep?  Well, search no more!  Grab yourself some food poisoning and let the magic happen!  Got plans for the rest of the week?  Boom, gone!  Can’t wait to sleep?  Get out of here!  

Eesh, yeah, no thanks.  I don’t want that ever again.  Hmm… maybe that was a bit TMI?  Aah well, anyway…  That and taxes have put a bit of a crimp in my progression, but that’s all done!  Now it’s back to the grindstone.

I’ve been looking into the audiobook process and it’s interesting.  I have copious notes on what each of the characters sound like and I’m working on the speed of delivery for the narration (which is really slow conversationally).  I’m still feeling out the idea of my voice being the one to tell the story or possibly hiring someone all while trying to get Waltzing Matilda done.  (It’s getting there at the speed of a crawl, but a foot forward is still progress.)

It’s not going as smoothly or as fast as I want it to, but I promise you it will be done.  I’m in the middle of a bunch of other things related to the stories too.  So much to do!

You know what they say though, “Ain’t no rest for the wicked!” That could just be the food poisoning talking though…

Writing is living

I found this to be a beautiful way of looking at how to look at joy and creation.

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Writing is Living

It’s been two years now since I released the last book in my sci-fi series The Chronicles of the Great Migration. And though I am coming close to finishing the book now… today, I had a conversation with a stranger that, despite the fact it had nothing to do with what I am working on in the novel, it inspired me to consider one of my characters in a new light.

Because… Writing is living.

We live in a world where indie authors tout rapid release. We are pushed to write quickly and publish quickly. Produce. Produce. Produce. Produce. Produce. Produce. Produce.

For those of you who don’t know there are even algorithms in place that, if we don’t publish quickly, our work stops being as visible on places like Amazon. We writers find ourselves on the factory floor, the assembly line in this algorithmic revolution.


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Moving Right Along

Sorry for the long bout of silence there.  Working through my new work schedule is definitely taxing the creative juices.  Never mind all the other life stuff going on and, you know, potential nuclear war.  How many shoes are there left to drop, eh?

Anyway, I think I’m finally getting used to having my daily schedule fully reversed.  My mom is doing well, so that’s a relief.  Lots of important conversations happened during that visit.  It was great to hang out with my sister as well.  It’s been a very long time since I’ve gotten to do that.

I know, I know, this isn’t what you want me to talk about and I get it.  But all of that is mentally and creatively taxing.  And that’s taken a bite out of my enjoyment on the project.  But I am still moving forward on it!  And it will be done if it’s the last thing I do.  Well, that’s a bit morbid…  Either way, it will be done this year.  It’s only March, right?

The end of the first draft is steadily getting closer and the only other thing on my list is a bunch of obstacle course races.  And I mean a bunch!  Why did I take up this activity when my knees are garbage? 

You know what they say, “You’re never too old to pursue your dreams.”

And I wholeheartedly believe that.  I’ve come to learn that some of my dreams aren’t exactly in my skillset but that hasn’t stopped me from trying. Here’s a tiny fun fact; when I was a kid, I wanted to be a sword wielding, storytelling musician. I wanted to be an actor, a film maker, a painter and travel the world. You know, cause kids have weird sensibilities or whatever.

And I’m still on that path!  It amuses to me to no end to realize that all I ever wanted to be a was a bard.  Who knew?

What path are you on to pursue your dreams?

The Next Adventure?

How is 2022 treating you all?

It’s been a whirlwind for me, so far. I’ve started in a new position at my ole nine to fiver and it is taxing the floppy pile of gray matter held in place by my skull.  It’s a bit more difficult than I had initially imagined, but also, it’s good to tax the brain.  Or so they tell me.

Fun stuff like my bank decided to change and the new bank doesn’t work for a small operation like myself.  So, I’ve been looking for a replacement and changing more settings than I thought possible. Never mind all the changes to advertising I’m having to learn on the fly.  With all that and my other responsibilities continue marching on.  The shoveling of snow has eaten away at the smaller and smaller windows of free time available to me.

That and my mom just got out of surgery for cancer and… yeah.  Plenty of thoughts occupies the doorway to my thoughts.

None of these things has helped me get any writing done lately.  I stare at that blinking cursor and all I want to do is not stare into a screen. The words don’t want to come out… well except when I’m trying to sleep, shower, or anything else that isn’t me on the computer at the time.

But there is a bit of respite coming my way, sort of.  I’ll be helping my mom out as she recovers, and I plan to sit down and write when I’m not doing that.  I’m glad my new job made it possible for me to take the time off suddenly.  That alone was a huge relief.

On the plus side, I have a few fun things planned for the future of the Matilda series that are away and running!  I can’t wait to show you!  So much fun! Fun! Fun!

Anyways, how’s 2022 treating you all? Drop a comment and say hi or what character is your favorite. Or what place in the Matilda Universe out there sticks out for you.

And I haven’t forgotten about the Nun with a Gun!  Once the Waltzing Matilda is out for editing, she’ll be back for a rousing adventure too!

Convention Adventures 2022!

Boom. First month of the year and first Con down. 

First off, hats off to the runners of COSine Con 2022 for getting it to happen.  With the location of the Con getting sold, the main headliners unable to attend due to Covid and a snowstorm blowing in, the Con still happened!

With all of that going on, it was a quiet affair. There were so many writers there, it was amazing.  I got to sit in on a few panels as well as attend some others and I got my learn on!  So many notes, I’m talking pages of them.

I was on panels and attended others with a lot of great people, Adam Gaffen, R. Gary Raham, David Boop, Jonathan Brazee, Kevin Ikenberry, Jim Henderson, Stephanie Gillis to name just a few! I mean, the list just goes on and on.

The audiobook panel was primo for me as that is the next big step. (well… after I finish the 1st draft of Waltzing Matilda). It was incredibly informative and gave me a lot to chew on in preparation for the whole process.

Like what, you ask? Sound effects yay or nay? (big ole nay) What do the characters actually sound like? To me? Should I voice it myself or hire someone? Would a male voice sound weird for a female character and vice versa? What sort of business options are there for hiring a voice actor? There is more… I have copious notes.

So, woo to the next grand adventure!  You know, when I’ve got Waltzing Matilda in one piece.

COSine Con 2022!

I will be at COSine Con 2022!

What better way to start the new year than with a convention! I am pretty pumped to be part of COSine Con with one of my favorite authors as the Guest of Honor, C.J. Cherryh!

I hope I have some time to catch one of her panels in between the panels I’m on and my table time. I am busy prepping myself for the event and I’m a bit nervous.  I’ll be moderating a panel first thing on Saturday morning and that’s a new activity for me. 2022 is off to a bang and it’s only January!

The convention will be happening in Colorado Springs, CO from January 14th to the 16th.  I’ll be in the Dealer’s room the rest of the time, so swing on out and say hello!

2021 In Review

What a strange and intriguing year it has been.  

It still blows my mind that there was a staged insurrection at the beginning of this year.  On top of that, the US military released footage of UFOs.  Never mind that New Zealand released its wizard from payroll and some scientists made a monkey/human hybrid embryo.  Self-replicating xenobots exist now too!  And to finish the year off is the introduction of a brand-new variant of Covid-19 that sounds like it was named after a Decepticon.

On the good side, Britney Spears was freed from her conservatorship.  And the latest androids are amazing!  I’m sure there were other things, but it gets terribly distracting reading all the news… it makes you want to answer the call when the other side of the mirror beckons.

But all in all, 2021 has been very good for me.  Not only was I able to go and check on my family, but I also got to see the ocean on both sides of this giant block of land.  And how I have missed the ocean(s) as I look out at the majestic mountains so nearby…

Anyway, this year stands out for me.  I got another book out and I’m so close to finishing the first draft of the last book in the series.  I won some awards for my writing (so awesome!) and I finally got to attend some conventions as an author.  On that note, I’ll be at Cosine Con in January 2022.

2022 is right around the bend and I have plans for you “next year”.  Oh yes, I have plans!

I hope everyone has a great Holiday season and a Happy New Year and I’ll see you next year!

Secret Matilda won the Literary Titan Gold Award!

Who is shouting with glee?  Who is making all that racket?

Oh, it’s me!

What a year!  From crawling out from under the cave of Covid in the beginning, to actually getting to go to some conventions, all the way to winning an award (or two) for my writing!

In case you didn’t know, the Gold Award is bestowed on books that we found to be perfect in their delivery of original content, meticulous development of unique characters in an organic and striking setting, innovative plot that supports a fresh theme, and elegant prose that transforms words into beautifully written books.

You can check out the list of winners right here!  And you should!  There is a lot of work and perseverance glowing on that page.  Or am I the one glowing?

I bet I’m not the only one.

Editorial Review from Literary Titan for Secret Matilda!

As I continue to plow my way through the first draft of the final book in the series, I received my Editorial Review from Literary Titan!  My eyes are blinded by the Five Golden Stars!  Come be blinded with me.  Click the blue link!

Sometimes I wonder if what I’m writing is enjoyable to others or if my skills as a writer are improving (authors kind of work in a void, if you know what I mean).  Getting to read reviews from my readers (both good and bad) makes that connection live (at least in my brain).  Reading positive reviews feels fantastic.  Receiving this professional review makes it all worthwhile.  What a way to start the last month of this crazy year!

If you aren’t sure what an editorial review is, let me tell you. It is an unbiased review from a professional that will list the pros and cons with a comparison to the standards of the genre the story is in.  It is where all those spiff quoted remarks on the backs of books come from.

What a wild ride!