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.