September Song

I'm late on this. Sorry. It's been a month already and it's only the 13th. I just got back from the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writer's annual convention and I'm fired up. The book (Suicide Run) took a hit over the end of August and the first couple of weeks of September. I thought I was going to have to chuck it and start over. I've spent the last couple of days reviewing it and I'm working with what I have there because I think it actually does work. I'm hoping to get a first draft done by the … [Read more...]

Dog Days

August snuck up on me, in spite of having "Monthly update" on my to-do list for the last week. :/ What am I working on? Suicide Run. I need to get this baby rolling along. It's ... complicated. I'm struggling to find the focus and motivation I need to push through this mushy middle part and get the story a little more meat. Some days (weeks) are like that. I still haven't finalized the edits for South Coast so the paperback is languishing here on my desk, giving me accusing looks and … [Read more...]

Hot Times

It's been in the upper 90s and we'll be seeing our first three-digit day here soon, I suspect. Lots of things happened this month, but new words weren't in there. Mostly the month was consumed with my coming to grips with the new facts of life. There's been a lot of good news. I graduated from the diabetes education program. My glucose numbers are slowly coming down. I've lost 20 pounds. I've just completed my 152nd day in a row of meditation exercise and feel like I'm doing better because of … [Read more...]

Summer Time

First of the month which means I need to post an update. Last month was a busy one. Health News: I'm getting my diabetes under control. Liberal application of exercise and some dietary changes have made a huge difference in my numbers. I'm working on new recipes and meal plans that don't penalize the family - or sap my will to live. Book News: To Fire Called has been a moderate success. Podium has the manuscript for audio production but I don't have a date for release yet. Yes, I'll … [Read more...]

May Day

There'll be dancing around the May Pole! To Fire Called was published last night and is available right now on Amazon. Yes, it's only available on Amazon. Yes, I'll be putting the paperback together ASAP. Yes, Podium has the file and will put out the Audible version as soon as they can. No, I'm not publishing another book this month. Next in line is Suicide Run but it will be at least two months - probably more - before it's out. … [Read more...]

April Already?

I lost the change over because I was hip deep in the second draft of To Fire Called. You read that right. The second draft. I also got the book converted and distributed to betas (who have until tomorrow to get back to me) and I've got an editor on speed dial to take the final manuscript as soon as I can get it to her. Look for this ebook by the first of May. The breakthrough came during a Rocky Mountain Fiction Writer's event where we challenged each other to write 25k words in 4 days. I … [Read more...]

Ides Of March

Well, almost. That new month snuck up on me and I've been trying to catch up for a week. There is good news. Not that good news. To Fire Called is still on the word processor, but I think I've found the problem and I've been beavering away to get it settled so I can get this book off my desk and onto your readers. I've had some great help and good advice from a variety of folks. I'm grateful to all of you. - In other news: I still have the galley for South Coast here on my desk. … [Read more...]

Ground Hog Day

That time of the year when I stick my head up to update you on what's happening. The good news is that I've finally broken the logjam on To Fire Called. I figured out what I'd done wrong. The bad news is that I may have made another bad turn and I can't seem to find the path to the end of the story. Fingers crossed that this doesn't last much longer. On the subject of audio: I'm getting a lot of pressure to put Natalya's stories into Audible. They'll get there, just not right away. I … [Read more...]

A Decade

On this day in history, I took up the challenge to write science fiction. Little did I know what I'd started. It's true that I wrote four books that year - and podcast them all at podiobooks.com before the year was out. I haven't managed to replicate that feat, and I probably never will. Starting out, it's easy to find something to do better on the next book. After twelve titles, just defining what better might be becomes a challenge - as is finding new stories to tell. I'm working on … [Read more...]

Happy 2017

I'll remember 2016, not exactly fondly but not exactly with warm regards. Mostly I'll remember the great fans and getting Milk Run out the door finally. I'll remember it because it's the year I started my bullet journal and I'm looking forward to increased productivity in 2017. On the plate: Finishing To Fire Called. I'm 65k words into it and I think I shoulda taken that left turn at Albuquerque. I'll find it right path and finish it as soon as I can. Suicide Run is waiting in the … [Read more...]