What the hell happened to February?
I had my head down for so much of the month that I didn’t get around to posting my goals, but I was still working away at them.
Finish and submit my 2016 book, which came close, but was not quite ready to submit.
Keep my short fiction on submission.
Finish revisions on one new story and submit it.
Okay, it took me two months to finish that first goal, but it’s done, submitted, and awaiting feedback from my editor. The novel in question was not only my shortest to date (84K; for comparision, Thunder Road was around 95K when I submitted it, Tombstone Blues 105K, and Too Far Gone was 135K. All of those lengths changed a bit–Too Far Gone the most drastically, with a pub length of 115K) it was also the fastest I’ve ever gotten a novel into submission shape. While I didn’t hit my goal of submitting the novel in the calendar year of 2016, it took me just under 11 months to actually write and revise the book once I got down to the writing. And considering I took a few months off in the summer to finish revising Graveyard Mind, I feel better about my chances of finishing the book I start this year within the bounds of 2017.
The short story I finished revising and then submitted, sold to an anthology. I’ll talk more about it when the contract is signed, and the editors announce more details. I will say it’s another Thunder Road ‘verse story. Pretty excited to see my second sale of 2017 so early in the year.
And for March:
- Finish outlining my next novel and start writing it maybe?
- Now that I’ve changed my Thunder Road Facebook page to a more general author page, I want to start developing a social media calendar. It won’t likely involve autoposts, I hate those, but I do need some sort of plan.
- Finish a new chapter for An Excuse for Whiskey
- Get a new short story to my writing group for critique
Happy Monday, folks!
Recently my friend Dan helped start planning a new fan convention in Winnipeg and they reached their Kickstarter goal. I’m really excited to have helped FanQuest get off the ground, and can’t wait set up my book table there.
Dan also introduced me to The Cybertronic Spree along the way, so this seems like a fine song to celebrate their success. Congrats on making your goal, FanQuest. See you in May!
You got the touch, you got the power!
When all hell’s breakin’ loose, you’ll be right in the eye of the storm!
You got the heart, you got the motion!
You know that when things get too tough, you got the Touch!
I had a blast at the inaugural St. Valentine’s Horror Con last year. I’ll be back this weekend, and guests include Adrienne Barbeau, Bill Moseley and a bunch of great local writers and artists. The con will be bigger and spookier than ever. Hope to see you there!
An old friend just sent me this:
(Ted Callan fighting Surtur in Flin Flon, from a scene in Thunder Road. Art by Jeff Nadwidny.)
I knew Jeff had been working on it, and knowing his skills, I couldn’t wait to see the final image. So cool! I especially love the way Jeff decided to represent Mjölnir and how he linked the hammer to Ted’s storm cloud tattoo.
Sold my first story of 2017!
The contract is signed, and I’ve seen other folks announcing their success as well, so here goes:
You’ll find my story, “Scatter the Foals to the Wind” in Equus, edited by Rhonda Parrish!
This is another Thunder Road ‘verse story, but I don’t want to say much more than that at the moment, other than my story is fantasy and involves horses. Let the speculation begin!
I don’t listen to the radio much, usually I prefer mixes of my own creation, but in the depths of a recent cold snap my CD player was being a bit of a jerk, and so I came across two songs by Monster Truck. I’ve been listening to them almost non-stop ever since.
I love when serendipity collides between my writing and music in the background. I’m pretty sure the ending of Thunder Road would’ve turned out differently if the randomizer hadn’t brought up AC/DC’s “If You Want Blood (You Got It)” at the precise moment I started writing the finale. A lot of Monster Truck’s music would fit right in on a Thunder Road soundtrack, and one in particular inspired me to start writing a short story featuring one of my Graveyard Mind characters, so it’ll probably be a long while before they’re out of rotation.
I’m down, but I’m not defeated.
So long, I’ve been feeling this way.
I’m down, but I’m not defeated.
A new life, starts today.
It’s barely a week into January and I can already feel this winter starting to get to me. I’ve run out of places to pile snow and there’s no break to the cold in the current forecast. At least the days are getting longer. In the meantime, a little Zevon is always good.
Now I’m hiding in Honduras
I’m a desperate man
Send lawyers, guns and money
The shit has hit the fan