I figure another week and I’ll have the first draft of the second Frank Gunn novella DOWN HERE IN THE DARK completed! Yay! It’s such a joy to watch each character struggle and grow and move toward more defining moments. There have been so many surprises writing this story. Goddamn, I love that.
Besides a handful of short stories, in the next month I’ll have three novellas and one novel in publishers’ hands. May the Fates be gentle.
Also missed the UPS guy yesterday, but should have the copies of Shock Totem #4 today! Can’t wait to send these out to three lucky people! If you haven’t entered the giveaway, Go!
Two more guest blogs to go. The next one (on author Shane McKenzie’s blog) should be live soon, and then the last will be at Shock Totem. Thanks for all who allowed me on their websites, and those who’ve read, commented, and shared! I’m just a mute duck without you guys.
I’m working on this Division mythos and you know what is awesome, though maybe scary to some? How quickly things build and gain momentum on their own until you’re not dictating much of anything, only discovering deeper connections, and everything hits that tipping point where the universe booms into an existence fully realized, startling and endless.
Yeah, I’m not in control (maybe I never was) but I trust my subconscious and what it’s shown me. How exciting. I hope those decades from now, when my eyesight isn’t for shit and I spend most of my time staring at the wall, some people will do like I’ve done with favorite authors like Gary Braunbeck and John Connolly, and read one book, love it, and find out that it is only one tiny piece of a monstrously large puzzle. And to have the reader exhilarated, a part of them aching to continue the journey and search out those other stories.
Ah, one can dream. And I like to dream.
A few things I enjoyed recently:
Cate Gardner is my favorite female writer (others are Mercedes M. Yardley, Kelly Link, M. K. Hobson, Catherynne M. Valente, and that one lady in the short skirt). This chic has amazing talent and I hope she finds a massive readership. So I was pretty excited that my buddy Jassen got to read her Spectral Press story NOWERE HALL because she just earned another fan for life. He wrote a great review for The Crow’s Caw. I can’t wait to read her Delirium novella. For real, I’m sweating. Jassen has it planted firmly in his mind that one day her and I will co-write a novella. Funny enough, she’s one of the few people I would try to write with. So now I just have to get famous so she’ll say yes. Go buy my books. Speed the process.
My buddy Mark Allan Gunnells just had another interview at Naked Snake Press. Something about that guy, like Sam W. Anderson, cracks me up and warms my heart. I think it’s their joy.
Speaking of Sam W. Anderson, I just read a neat characters’ sketch he did for his Money Run series in the latest Sideshow Press email. Those stories are so damn fun. I’m not sure if you have to be a subscriber to Sideshow’s newsletter or not. I’ll go check their website and see if it’s on there… Nope. You missed out.
And for those looking to read more novellas on their digital readers, run and buy a Delirium Books novella subscription.They’ve got work coming out by Cate Gardner, Maurice BroMan (I can never spell his last name. Broaduss? Anyway, dude’s crazy talented), Christopher Fulbright, and a bunch of others.
Here’s a tip that’ll help you through the rest of the week:
Enjoy living with all your being because once you’re dead it’s too dark to see what the hell you’re doing.