Summer 2015 Update

I know it’s been a while since I posted any updates, and I apologize. Life has a way of stepping in sometimes and showing you who’s boss.

I’m in the middle of a writing workshop right now, this one on building a career, and I’ve just been accepted into a Publishing Master Class workshop that will be held in Oregon in October. Really excited about that one, as it will be taught by Dean Wesley Smith and Kris Rusch, both of whom I have learned a ton from over the past couple of years. And I also have to admit to being a bit intimidated by being around all those other writers, some “pros” and some not, but all immensely talented. Should be a blast!

Work continues slowly on The Novelist, and though it’s progressing at a snail’s pace, I’m really happy with what I’ve got so far. I’m hoping the rest of the novel goes fairly quickly, as I know where the story is headed now and I look forward to seeing how it ends. No kidding. I had no clue what the ending would be when I started. That’s called “writing into the dark” or “pantsing” as some writers refer to it, meaning you’re flying by the seat of your pants. This has been somewhat of an experiment for me as I’m usually an outliner. And although I did outline the first third or so of this book, I kinda veered off course, so now the story has taken on a life of its own. I love when that happens! However, the downside of that for me has been that the writing has gone slower. My outlines have run that gamut from orderly and tidy to messy and illegible. When I was writing The Killing Vision I used a typewritten outline that I actually cut apart and assembled on my office floor; even though I sort of had an idea of what was happening, I needed to adjust things for a specific timeline. (And to be honest, until I assembled my Frankenstein monster outline, I had no clue who the killer was going to be. None.) In any event, the new book is moving forward and that’s all that matters.

Until next time, happy reading, and remember you can find me on Facebook and Twitter and always right here as well.

November 2014 Update

Autumn was short-lived here in Kentucky this year, and it seems we have gone straight to winter.  As I write this we are under a winter weather advisory for this evening, with one to two inches of snow predicted overnight.  It’s always pretty to look at, especially with the holidays just around the corner, but it sure makes for a treacherous commute.

Work continues to progress on the new horror story, tentatively entitled The Novelist.  This is a book I wrote in the ’80s but which I have decided to rewrite and give a horror twist.  The original was just literary fiction, and focused on a best-selling author suddenly stricken with writer’s block.  If you’re a writer, you understand how truly terrifying that is.  I’ve decided to up it a notch, and throw in some hints of the paranormal and out and out horror.  However, it won’t be ready for a January release as I’d first hoped, but look for it in the spring.  More details to come.

I’m taking another writing workshop from Dean Wesley Smith this month.  This one is all about moving from idea to story.  I’m really hoping to get a lot out of this one, as I tend to have lots of ideas, but sometimes have trouble generating a real story from them.  Anyway, Dean is the best, and I’m sure I’ll get more than my money’s worth.  I hope to one day attend one of his in-person workshops out on the west coast; immersing myself for a week in nothing but writing and learning with other authors sounds like heaven.  And to do it on the beautiful Oregon coast is the cherry on the cake.

I still plan to have a book special during December, so stay tuned for more information.  Watch Twitter and Facebook for the latest.

That’s it for this month.  As we head into the holiday season, I hope everyone stays happy and healthy and is surrounded by family, friends, and love.

Happy reading!