I have to admit, it’s not often one has a college class in an Olive Garden. However, that’s where we met last night at a restaurant near the college to present our final papers. Obviously I won’t be certain of my grades for a couple of weeks, but at least the presentation went well and our professor is planning on submitting our papers for both publication in a scholarly magazine as well as having us present at a local symposium. We’ll see if the second comes about.
Now back on the writing trail. I have two short stories, a novella, and a novel due sooner than later. So, while I was editing one of the projects, I got started on my second short story this afternoon, when an idea hit me how I wanted to open the story. 2700 words later, I think I may be onto something.
Tomorrow, I am going to be editing the other short story and then trying to finish it up so I can kick it off to my editor. Then it’ll be time to really hammer on the two big projects that are coming due. I’ll be dedicating this weekend to working on those two projects as well as taking hard copy into work to edit and then making the revisions during the week as we go.
All of the projects are well on their way to being finished. This semester just took time and, more importantly, energy away from me. Now, I feel like a huge weight has been lifted and I really do not want to go to bed because I’m primed and ready to write. Unfortunately, the day job sorta would like me to show up on occasion, so no writing until 4am during the week, at least.
Still, it feels good to want to write again.
I finished my final project for college tonight. All I have to do now is do a presentation in Advanced Composition tomorrow and this semester is over.
So, to celebrate, I dragged out one of my writing projects and began editing and adding some new scenes. It turned into a very nice evening spent writing, listening to Old Time Radio (mainly Rocky Jordan and Speed Gibson), and sipping on a nice dollop of Auchentoshan Select Single Malt. Almost 1000 new words on the document tonight and I’m making some big plans for a writing weekend (well, when I’m not listening to the Chiefs/Raiders game on Sunday).
As much as I’m enjoying my Master’s program, it’s good to be back working on my own writing projects. Going to be a very busy December/January for me.
Next semester, I’m taking a seminar in African literature and beginning the research portion of my thesis. When not working on those, I’ll be finishing up a few other projects I’m either committed to, or hope will be accepted, and doing my best to clear my slate for Fall 2014, when the only class I will have is Thesis II, which means lots of writing and rewriting to get the thesis ready to go to committee and then to defense.
Keep your fingers crossed.
Tonight was a bit busy. I had a presentation to do for my British Literature Class at Bowie State University at 5 and then my presentation for the Maryland Writers Association at 7. Let’s just say, they’re not that close together. *grin*
Luckily, my talk went well for the college class. I had to do a synopsis presentation about my final paper. I’m doing a deep reading and analysis of The Jew of Malta, which was an interesting story. Technically an Elizabethan tragedy, but Marlowe can’t seem to help himself about throwing comedic riffs into the story.
My professor excused me right after my presentation, so I had to jump into the car and drive from the DC suburbs to the north side of Baltimore in rush hour traffic. I managed to arrive with about fifteen minutes to spare and quickly got set up and ready to present.
It was a fantastic time. I did a presentation to the MWA on behalf of Writer Beware about how to choose an agent or a publisher who’d be right for you as well as the joys and pitfalls for self-publishing (using my experiences as a self-publisher in the 90s with comics as an example of how not to do it. *sigh*).
There was a very enthusiastic crowd with a lot of good questions. However, some of the questions were outside my scope, so they’re going to look into scheduling a copyright attorney to speak to them sometime in the spring. I will definitely be attending that talk.
Always fun to talk to people about how to protect themselves when it comes to publishing.
Putting on my Writer Beware hat here for a moment, I’ll be speaking at the Maryland Writers Association monthly meeting in Towson, MD on the 25th of November at 7:00pm.
(That’s 1900 for you military types)
I’ll be doing my updated talk “How NOT to get published”. We’ll be discussing how to choose an agent/publisher who’s right for you as well as avoiding those who’re probably not going to help your career. Additionally, we’ll be discussing self-publishing pros and cons. There will be a Q&A period afterward.
Hope to see some of you there.
I was recently interviewed by The Eerie Digest. I’ve done a few interviews before but mostly for podcasts (The Sci-Fi Diner and Pulped come to mind), which means there’s a lot of banter back and forth and things can wander as both the interviewer and the subject think of new directions to take a question.
This one was a little different. Joe O’Donnell gave me a list of questions that he wanted me to respond to and after a quick glance, there was no denying he had done his homework. He started off asking questions going all the way back to my days in journalism and working at the college radio station at CMSU . . . hell, it’s not even called CMSU any more, it’s the University of Central Missouri nowdays.
He asked about my days in small press comics, self-publishing, and so on, all the way through my current writing for StarWarp Concepts, Musa Publishing, and Pro Se Productions. It was probably the easiest interview I’ve ever done.
(Well, duh, Rich, you were talking about yourself. Shush, you.)
I’m sure I waxed nostalgically and in way more detail than he needed, so I don’t envy him his editing task. Never the less, he assures me they’ll be appearing in the November 11th issue of The Eerie Digest.
However, don’t wait until then. Go check it out!
OK, I’m not much of one to toot my own horn, which I know probably surprises a lot of people,
but I tend to take reviews with a grain of salt. As a wise person once told me, “you’re never as good as your best review and never as bad as your worst.”
Still, when a distributor goes to all the trouble to spotlight a project I’m very proud of . . . well, in this case, we’ll make an exception.
“Congratulations to writer Richard C. White and artist Bill Bryan: their digital pirate-fantasy comic, THE CHRONICLES OF THE SEA DRAGON SPECIAL, has been designated a Staff Favorite by distributor DriveThru Comics!
It’s 48 pages of high-seas adventure for just 99¢—purchase a copy today!
Oh, and while you’re at it, they have the e-version of the Troubleshooters Incorporated graphic novel, too.
Well, unfortunately, I will not be attending NYCC this year, thanks to the government furlough. Being a government contractor, I decided it wasn’t a prudent move to spend money for the trip, food, and goodies given the fact we’re not sure how long this is going to last.
However, Steve Roman, the guru behind StarWarp Concepts will be selling copies of Troubleshooters Incorporated at the show along with other fine products from his company and he’ll be promoting the e-version of Chronicles of the Sea Dragon.
Both are also available from the StarWarp web site as well as other fine purveyors of reading material.
So, sorry I won’t be seeing you all there, but we’ve definitely got NYCC penciled in for next year.
Besides, I may be doing my English comprehensives that weekend anyway for my Master’s Degree at Bowie State University. Just got the notice that they’re going to be on the 12th of October. I’m waiting to hear back from the department whether the waiver was approved for me to take them or if I’m going to have to wait until next semester. The good thing about finding out at the last minute is I won’t have time to get nervous about taking them. *grin*
Home from Day 2 of the Baltimore Book Festival. No panels today, but I did have a good time at my signing. Met some really nice people (both fans and other authors) and sold some books. Always a nice benefit *grin*
Apparently, someone who attended the Writer Beware workshop I did at the Bookfest decided to do some investigating. He went to a certain publisher in Maryland‘s web site and submitted a story he’d written back in 10th grade just to see what would happen. He submitted it at 9PM last night. At 4AM, he got a reply accepting him for publication.
Think about that for a moment. A publisher just happened to notice a manuscript coming over the e-transom at 9PM on a Friday night. And said publisher had time to read said manuscript ALL night on a Friday night, come to a conclusion and make an offer to publish this manuscript by 4AM on a Saturday morning.
OK, I guess it is possible. Just more than highly unlikely. This is a manuscript the person tells me was done for a school project, he didn’t flesh it out, he didn’t revise it, he didn’t do anything more than pull a document off of his computer and shipped it to this publisher. And in less than 7 hours in the middle of the night on a weekend, they decided to make him an offer.
Who do they think they’re going to sell this to . . . other than the author?
Folks, if this isn’t a sign that this publisher is only interested in what’s in your wallet versus what’s in your manuscript, I don’t know how much clearer we can make it.
First off, let’s start off with the new stuff that’s come out recently.
Additionally, Chronicles is available at Drive-Thru Comics and soon through other purveyors of e-comics. Troubleshooters can be ordered through your on-line vendor of choice, (Amazon, B&N, etc.). Also, I just received word that Troubleshooters will be available for order through Diamond Comics in their November catalog.
I participated in two panels today. The first panel I did was Shared Worlds and Media Tie-ins at 2PM with Chuck Gannon and Rich Groller. It was a fairly lively panel and we had a lot of good questions from the audience.After that, at 6pm, I did the Writer Beware workshop. For the most part, I was a solo act, but after a while, Christine Norris joined me at the podium, which I really appreciated. We tried to educate the audience about pitfalls that can derail a new authors (and sometimes a not-new author’s) career, what to look for in an agent or a publisher, some of the red flags that would suggest that some agents/publishers/editors/etc. might not be the one for you, and so on. There were a lot of good questions from the audience and a lot of people taking notes. Hopefully, the crowd enjoyed themselves as much as I did talking to them.
Tomorrow, I have a book signing at the SFWA tent from 1-2PM as my only obligation, but before and after, I plan on taking advantage to actually get a chance to visit some of the other tents as well as using my iPad mini to get some writing in. As much fun as I’m having at the show, my deadlines for stories and college papers isn’t getting extended, so it’ll be a working convention for me, that’s for sure.Also, if you stop by, I have a number of my books for sale with the SFWA book seller. *nudge, nudge, wink, wink, say no more*
First off, the good news this week. Along with getting back into the first week of the semester, I added approximately 6000 words to On Wings of Steel. Which considering I was working around getting ready for class, class, and then getting ready for a conventions, is pretty good.
Also, my Advanced Composition class should be fun. Frenetic, but fun. I start British Literature on Monday, so we’ll see how that goes.
Unfortunately, my good friend, Ann Crispin, passed away on Friday. Along with being my boss at Writer Beware, she was a fellow Trek author and just a great mentor. She took time out of her own busy schedule to aid me with trying to polish query letters and story synopsis and did her best to help me land a good agent. And she didn’t do it just because she knew me, she did it because she loved to help writers succeed.
Writing is not a zero-sum game. There’s a big audience out there and helping another author does not mean giving up part of your audience. It means helping that audience find more and more authors they like to read, which is the only way this field will survive. Ann understood that more than most and she loved to run writing seminars and query writing letter workshops at conventions and at the local community colleges.
She will be missed.
Day one of the Baltimore Comic Con is in the books. Sold some Troubleshooters Incorporated graphic novels, got some nice feedback from one of the readers, visited with Robert Greenberger, Inge Heyer, and Bob Ingersoll and a whole bunch of new people.
Had a great time sharing the booth with Steve Roman of Starwarp Concepts. (We’re at A205 at the show if you were looking for me.)
My family picked up a new sketch book for me today, so I’m going to try and get started on my second con sketch book tomorrow before the show gets underway. Also, hope to get away from the booth occasionally to catch up with some people I know are there.
Now, it’s time to unwind and relax.
I’m pretty excited about this release and look forward to seeing some feedback. It’s my first attempt at writing for middle-grade readers. Somehow that almost carries a heavier weight than writing for adults. Mainly because I wanted to be sure to write in a kid-friendly (and a kid-strong) manner and not to write down to my audience.
Also, just got the note that Ripples in the Pool is ready to be galley reviewed. So, no resting on my laurels tonight.
Continued working on On Wings of Steel, adding another 1123 words tonight. It’s starting to gel pretty well here. I’ll be working with my editor to start working on the promotional write-ups this weekend as well as discussing some ideas for the cover to this novel.
Also added another 1000+ words on Pearls of Darkness between Saturday and yesterday. I’m using that story to keep me fresh on the novel. And started researching for another short story and a background for a new character to add to a comic book proposal I’m working on.
I know some people like to focus on one project at a time, but I tend to bounce around between writing assignments. Maybe it’s my way to avoid becoming bored with a story or maybe it’s a way to show progress on multiple fronts to keep myself motivated. Everyone has their own style and this seems to work for me.
So, it’s been a very good couple of days writing.
“The Wisp Hunter” has been edited and is winging its way back to Eggplant Literary. I love working with editors who make the story better.
I feel pretty lucky when it comes to edits. Most of the editors I’ve worked with have been pretty good at tightening my work up and making sure it’s as clean as possible before it goes out the door. I’ve only worked with a couple of editors who gave me the feeling they just rushed through it and pushed it out the door too early.
A couple of the editors I’ve worked with also seem to enjoy working with me, which is an added benefit. I blame my early days in journalism for my ability to take editing without getting spun up about it.
In journalism, sometimes you just HAVE to cut that story down because something hot came in, pushing your story deeper into the section or the ad department just sold a series of ads and they need you to trim that story down to fit in the two columns they have left on the page. And trust me, writers who can make a story fit sell more free-lance stuff than writers who get “golden word syndrome”.
So, if you’re a writer and you’ve got an editor you enjoy working with, lift a glass in their honor. They’re the people who help save you from yourself.
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Oh, and a couple of checks came in today too. So, score AND score. Now to get back to writing.
Been a busy last couple of days.
Added another thousand words to On Wings of Steel, my steampunk novel for Musa Publishing. Unless my muse leads me astray again, I think I’ve introduced all the plot threads and now it’s a matter of picking up all of them and twisting them into an ending.
Also, I added another six hundred words to Pearls of Darkness, my fantasy noir novella for Pro Se Press. I need to get this one done and think of a good suggestion for the collection. This story and The Full Moon Affair are also scheduled for later this year, which means the quicker I get this to my editor, the happier everyone’s going to be.
I also just received my edits for “The Wisp Hunter”, for the fall issue of Spellbound, from Eggplant Literary Productions. Luckily, only a few minor changes which I hope to knock out over the weekend and get this puppy put to bed.
Oh, and I refined the outline for Wings of Fire, my next short story for the For a Few Gold Pieces More collection. Need to start that pretty soon too.
While I was working on Pearls of Darkness, I got buzzed on line about a possible new writing assignment from another publisher. It sounded like a very cool story, but as a sign I may have too many irons in the fire right now, I just couldn’t come up with a story pitch I liked enough to even submit.
Even though, I love to think of myself as being very adaptable, sometimes, I’m just not the right guy for a particular story or the story concept is just not right for me.
Then again, maybe no being able to think of a story line was a good thing. Even though grad school at Bowie State University doesn’t start until after Labor Day, my British Literature professor sent me three articles to read and I need to have and defend a position paper for the first night of class.
Between writing and school, I have a feeling it’s going to be an interesting sprint toward the new year.
Podcasting is something I’ve always been interested in. As many of my friends (and some of my enemies) would tell you, I do enjoy talking. Now, I also like listening, but I’m never going to be confused for a shy person.
Under Tee Morris‘s tutalage, I actually own all the equipment I need to do a fairly decent podcast, outside of the fact, I’m not 100% sure what I’d actually do a podcast about.
(Who is Tee Morris? Well, besides being a friend and a hell of a SF/F writer, he’s also co-author of “Podcasting for Dummies” and “All A Twitter” and helped establish Podiobooks.com. Go check out his stuff too!)
Some people had suggested doing a Writer Beware oriented podcast and others have suggested that I do a podcast based on my monthly world-building column I was doing for Penumbra magazine.
But, that, along with a few other projects I have may have to wait for that mythical thing called “spare time”.
But, even though I’m not doing it, other people are. For example, Tommy Hancock, the publisher and chief editor for Pro Se Productions. He does not only the Pro Se podcast, but he’s also one of four hosts for Pulped!, which reviews New Pulp and Classic Pulp regardless of who the publisher is.
This week, he seriously worked some audio editing magic and managed to make me sound intelligible.
This week on PULPED!, Tommy Hancock welcomes Richard C. White. A creator of original characters as well as a media tie-in writer, Richard discusses his brush with two pretty significant fictional universes, the ins and outs of media tie in writing, his love for the Pulps, and how all that and more brought him to New Pulp in a big way! Listen in as Richard C. White Gets PULPED!
Taking my friend, Greg Cox’s advice, I settled in with a steaming cup of coffee before I started writing. Next thing I knew, I had a cold cup of coffee sitting right next to me as I got into the writing, but I drank it anyway.
Good people, I do not abuse coffee. If I brew it, I drink it. *grin*
Wound up adding another 1350+ words to “On Wings of Steel” tonight as well as spending some time visiting with the family early in the evening. Also, working on some new story ideas, for down the road. The ol’ notebook is crammed with possible ideas, characters and lands I’m going to have to visit one of these days.
That’s one of the cool things about being a writer — exploring new lands and meeting new people. And, if you’re really lucky, you get to share those stories with other people eventually.
Been a busy evening already. Walked in from the day job to find a case of “Troubleshooters, Incorporated” on my couch, then answered a question from my main editor regarding the blurb for “Ripples in the Pool”, started working on the line edits for “Ripples”, and also finished the outline for “Wings of Fire”.
All before dinner.
Gonna be one of those nights, I can tell.
Had a good day today out visiting with friends, finishing up the visit with a viewing of The Blues Brothers. My wife had never seen it and it was fun to see someone watching it for the first time. Yes, it’s a silly movie, but holy kraut, I’d forgotten how much I loved the music in that one.
After everything settled down, I got back to work. Went to the Musa Publishing site and sent in my suggestions for the dust cover blurbs for Ripples in the Pool. Once I was satisified with my submission, I got back to work on On Wings of Steel and added 1650+ words to my novel. Finally getting back into a rhythm on this story, which is a welcome relief.
Also, looks like I’m going to be adding two more cons to next year’s schedule that I hadn’t gone to this year. The first one is Awesome Con D.C.. I’ll be attending this one with Steve Roman and helping out at the StarWarp Concepts booth again.
The other show I will be attending will be my first World Fantasy Convention in Washington D.C. in November 2014. I’ve attended a couple of NASFICs but this will be my first WFC. I am already getting stoked about it and it’s still over a year away. Everyone has told me I need to attend one of these, and since it’s going to be in my back yard, I’d be crazy to pass it up.
So, it’s time to start wrapping things up for work tomorrow. Then hopefully finish my Shore Leave Con report and get more writing done on the novel . . . and the short story . . . and the novella . . . oh, and don’t forget school starts in a few weeks . . .
Did an interview this evening for an upcoming podcast. Had a few minor technical difficulties — Skype can be very useful, but it also can act up at the weirdest times. However, he was able to call back and the third time we tried this, the echo went away and we were able to have a good time chatting with each other.
After getting some of the pleasantries out of the way, we talked about my media tie-in writing career (such as it has been) and then about my current projects. He had some pretty inciteful questions about the difference between writing for a current media project (like my Star Trek or Doctor Who stories), a lesser known tie-in (like the Johnny Nickle story), and then doing original work.
We also covered developing the bible for the Darkside Codex for Musa Publishing and the fine line in creating a story bible. There’s a certain ownership all writers get when they develop things and it’s tough to leave out “cool” things to give the follow-on writers a chance to add their own cool things. I’m really looking forward to seeing what will come out of the Codex line of stories, though.
It was a fun time and hopefully the producer can edit it into some kind of coherency. *grin*
More information as soon as I know when it’s going to air.
I received a very nice review for The Black School from Long and Short Reviews.
It’s always interesting to see what a reviewer picks up on when reviewing a story. I know once the story is published, it’s not my story any more, it’s the readers. Still, they always surprise me by finding things I didn’t think I was saying or pick out some philosophic point when I just thought I was writing a fantasy story.
I know some authors really like to write with a specific purpose . . . my purpose is to tell a (hopefully) rollicking story that people will enjoy reading. I really don’t set out to write anything with deep meaning or promoting this or that specific viewpoint. Then again, I am who I am, so I guess that leaks out through my choice what I write or choose not to write about.
Then again, this might be why I flailed my way through my Literary Criticism class a couple of semesters ago at Bowie State. *grin*
Just submitted what I hope are the final edits to “Ripples in the Pool” and reviewed the cover art for the short story. I’m pretty pleased with how this is all coming together. Now, it’s time to start working on “Wings of Fire”.
I just realized that Wings will be the eighth of the ten stories for the For a Few Gold Pieces More collection. The end is definitely in sight for our rogue, at least as far as this collection goes. I’m probably going to take a break from him for a while, but I don’t think he’s likely to stay gone for too long. I’m enjoying the world I’m building with each story he appears in and someone with his talents is not likely to take retirement sitting down.
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Received my schedule for the Baltimore Book Festival, which goes from September 27 -29, 2013. The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writer’s of America are going to have a good contingent at the show this year. However, a number of the participants aren’t arriving until Friday evening, so we locals apparently get to kick things off.
Baltimore Book Festival Schedule
- Friday, Sep. 27
- 3:00 pm Shared Worlds and Media Tie-ins
- 6:00pm Writer Beware Workshop
- Saturday, Sep 28 and Sunday, Sep 29
- Hang around, sign books, and visit at the SFWA pavillion
As you can see, the Book Festival is a bit more laid back than most of the conventions I go to, but it’s still a lot of fun and there’ll be authors, book sellers, and other people involved in publishing at the show. If you can make it down to Baltimore for the show, it’s a great time (and you’re half a block away from the Walter’s Art Museum, which is a great place to take a break if you’re tired of being outdoors.)
Shore Leave is a fun convention. While definitely tilting toward Star Trek, they also celebrate all kinds of Science Fiction media as well as usually having a kick-ass science track. I remember seeing the first pictures from Cassini I’d ever seen at this show.
Plus, they’ve got William (Capt. Kirk) Shattner as well as Brent (Data) Spiner and Amanda (Dr. Carter) Tapping this year along with the usual cast of crazies. Nothing wrong with that.
My schedule at the convention will be:
- Friday, 2 Aug
- 10:00pm – 12:00am Meet the Pros (Hunt/Valley Corridor)
- Saturday, 3 Aug
- 11:00am – 12:00pm Writing Historical Fiction Workshop (Concierge Suite)
- 1:00pm – 2:00pm Writer Beware (Concierge Suite)
- 4:00pm – 5:00pm The Legend of Korra: Let’s Review (Salon F)
- Sunday, 4 Aug
- 12:00pm – 1:00pm World Building in Writing (Derby Room)
- 1:00pm – 2:00pm Old Tyme Radio (Salon E)
I look forward to seeing some of you there.
Took a break from On Wings of Steel to finish editing my next short story, Ripples in the Pool. It’s off to the editor’s desk and now I get to wait to see what she has to say about it. She’s been my editor throughout the “For a Few Gold Pieces More” collection and I have to say, it’s been a good editor/writer relationship.
Now, that doesn’t mean we haven’t butted heads a few times. But, in the end, I think we’ve turned out some pretty strong stories and really, that’s all that matters.
Came home with the intent to make progress on my novel On Wings of Steel, and I did add an additional 1185 words tonight. My main character is having a bit of fun popping off with the heavy. (The heavy here is not the antagonist . . . just a really obnoxious ally(?) of the protagonist.) Erica is starting to feel her oats as I get to know her character better.
However, the squirrels were out tonight also. I received the draft of my upcoming graphic novel, Troubleshooters, Incorporated, and had to read through it again. It had been a while since I’d worked with this story and even though it’s showing its age, I think the story hangs together pretty darn well. I’m proud to be offering it to the public again and I’m really happy Steve decided to take a chance with it.
Then, I wound up spending some time on Skype talking to my Wings publisher about where I’m at in the story. We need to start working on the cover art and blurbs so she can prep the promotions for this story — it’ll be the second novel released for The Darkside Codex series of books—so we want to get it off on the right foot.
So, it’s been a busy night AND I got some writing done. I’ll chalk this one up in the win column.
Another good evening of writing – knocked out 1887 words of On Wings of Steel in and around dinner, running to get cat food so the fuzzy beggars didn’t start gnawing on my leg in the middle of the night, and participating in an on-line chat.
Yeah, if I ever get something called “focus” down, I might actually be dangerous.
On the good news front – just got a confirmation that my short story, “The Wisp Hunter” was accepted for the Fall 2013 edition of Spellbound from Eggplant Literary Productions. The official announcement will come out after Readercon, but I got permission to “jump the gun” so to speak.
It was my first time submitting a middle-grade story and I fully admit, I was nervous as all get out. Luckily, my daughter helped me with the concept, so I owe her big time.
This is a neat little magazine and I highly recommend people checking it out.
Had a great day of writing today – 3117 if you’re interested in the exact count. On Wings of Steel is progressing well and I’m about to make the swing into the final act, now that all the characters have finally made their appearance on the stage.
However, this post is not about that.
See, I could have made a lot more progress if I had locked myself in my room and not come out except for the important stuff. But in all honesty, the important stuff happens outside of the writing room. So, I spent some time catching up with some friends on the telephone today. The family and I went out for dinner and picked up some books and DVDs at the local mall and spent a couple of hours of what some might call prime writing time just wandering around the mall talking about stuff. Not necessarily important stuff, but just enjoying being with each other.
And that’s important. I have slammed out a novel in 8 weeks before (due to some contract issues with a publisher who will remain nameless). However, I understand I was not a very pleasant person to be around during that time. I would prefer not to be seen as an unpleasant person in the future, especially by my family, so I have to figure out the best ways to deal with this.
So, in the future, I may still stumble trying to find that balance between working full-time, trying to be a novelist, and all the other things I like to do. However, being a husband and a father are still my number one jobs.
And no writing contract or paycheck can beat that. *grin*
Had a nice day with the family earlier today.
Spent part of this afternoon reviewing edits from an editor for a comic script I’m working on. Finished making the edits, tightened up a few things, and now it’s off to the artist I hope to work with on this project. Once he finishes up the sample pages, we’ll be ready to start shopping this project around and see if we can’t find a publisher for this project.
Also spent some time writing On Wings of Steel. Added another 2375 words to the novel and finished the chapter I started the other day. Hoping I can keep this pace up over the weekend. If so, I’ll definitely be back on track to meet the deadline. *huzzah!*
Additionally, I added 275 words to The Pearls of Darkness Affair, which is the companion piece to The Full Moon Affair, which is under contract with Pro Se Productions. I’m really enjoying working with these characters and the story keeps surprising me. I haven’t abandoned the outline, but let’s just say, something came to me as I was adding in that little section that’s going to make the rest of the story very interesting.
Oh, and an interesting conversation with a publisher on the telephone. More to follow there.
All in all, a very successful holiday day