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2015 is approaching like a tidal wave

Overworked

And, Crossed Swords is ready to go to Joni for last edits before I send it in to the publisher. *huzzah!* Finally typed in the last of my personal edits, trimmed about 1000 words out of the story and feel it’s a lot tighter than it was. Now, I get to see how much more she can help me tighten it up so I can get it out of here this weekend.

Gah. Some of these projects just haven’t come together as quickly as I had hoped. 2015 has got to be a better year.

The good news is, I have my line edits back on Sword of Fate and for the first time, no major comments from the line editor. Figures it would be the last story in the short story collection. I’ll be going over the story tomorrow and getting it back to them as soon as possible.

Then, I need to finish Desolation by the end of the month and start on Operation Komodo in January along with brushing off Steel on Target and getting back to my poor Armored Cavalry in Space novel.

Oh yeah, and I have to . . . .

*sigh*

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Another exciting evening with a red pen

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OK, what have we been up to today? Filled out a questionnaire for an upcoming convention appearance, edited a story due by the end of the week, and . . . wow, I guess that about covers it.

The questionnaire wasn’t too bad. I’m certain I probably gave the convention a LOT more information than they really wanted, but they didn’t give me a word count limit (heh, heh, heh). I got to not only talk about new and recent projects, but they let me ramble on about my sword fighting days.

Yes, I fenced in college, did SCA sword and board in college and in the Army, and now I participate in Kendo. I have no real interest in fighting hand-to-hand, but let me pick up a cane, large stick or something pointy, and I’m all over that.

I like to think my fighting experiences, as well as my military training, help me write reasonably realistic fight scenes. Of course, there has to be a little Hollywood in them, mainly because most real fights only go a few seconds if one of the participants knows what they’re doing or they go on forever if they don’t. The writer’s job is to find the sweet spot where you keep the reader’s interest, but you don’t just have Joe sucker punch Bill and then walk off . . . unless that’s what the story needs.

I’m almost done with the edits. (Huzzah) I’ll spend some time tomorrow typing them in and then have Joni go over the document to find all the stuff I missed – because I do miss stuff. Yes, believe it or not, a second set of eyes is a good thing BEFORE you send it to your editor. Make their life happier by getting it as clean as you can first.

(This PSA is brought to you by editors and aspirin makers everywhere.)

And now, to bed!

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ChessieCon Day Two Wrap-up

Conventions

Today (well, technically yesterday since it’s 0001 by my computer’s clock), was day two of ChessieCon. Let’s see how things went.

Sat in on a panel called “How Not To Get Published” (Hmm, that sounds familiar). Three writers and one editor discussing how to write good queries, how to be gracious about edits, how to (and how not to) respond to reviews, how important deadlines were, and basically how to avoid being “that author” who is a pain in the neck to work with. It was interesting seeing the view through someone else’s eyes and while it didn’t overlap much with my Writer Beware panel, there was some useful information there.

My reading went pretty well at 11. I read the opening scene from “Skin the Cat” and after some discussion, I read “The Wisp Hunter”. Two very different stories, but I got some good feedback and hopefully a new reader or two.

The “Maps and Your Story” panel at 12 was entertaining. My other two panelists were quick on their feet and we riffed off of each other rather than having a designated moderator and worked questions from the crowd into our talk. I saw a lot of note taking going on from some of the people who had stated they were working on their own stories, so, I’d like to think the talk was useful.

Did a little shopping and caught lunch before going to the next thing. Sat through the “Fashion in the Future” panel. It was good, but one of the panelists was a little overeager to get their points out, going so far as to talk over the person whom the question was directed toward. The moderator tried to rein them in, but some panelists seem to forget it’s all about putting out information for the audience to use, not making it all about “see how cool I am”.

My last panel was “World Creation: Tips, Techniques, and Pitfalls” at 5pm. Again, there were three of us on the panel and there was no moderator designated, but I think we did a pretty good job at both respecting each others turns to speak, but we were “reasonably” entertaining. There were a few areas about world creation we could have spent some more time on and maybe a few we spent too much time on, but we definitely tried to give out links for good web sites and books they should review when they try to build their own worlds, whether they’re doing cozy murder mysteries, epic fantasy, or gritty urban fantasy.

Also we repeatedly reminded them, research is for the author, the readers want to know about the characters in the story, not the fancy world you created. Don’t try to tell the readers every detail about the world. Let them discover it in the background.

After that, a group of us went out for dinner and I called it a day. I could have probably gone back for a few more panels or a room party or two, but my wife wasn’t feeling 100% and I didn’t want to keep her at the show if she wasn’t going to enjoy it. Quality not quantity applies even to conventions. *grin*

No panels tomorrow, but I’ll probably be going back to hit the art show and the dealer’s room one more time. Then it’s time to start getting ready to do this all over again in 2015.

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Writing, Conventions, and Stuff

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Fired what I hope will be the final set of edits on “Sword of Fate” to my editor the other night. Took a bit longer with this set than I had anticipated, but life is funny that way. Now it’s just a matter of waiting for the line edits and it’ll be coming out in December. As I said before, it’s going to be strange not writing about my Rogue with no name, but I have a feeling I’m not done with him forever.

With that done, I’m back to work on the other two short stories with deadlines looming as well. I’m doing final (personal) edits on it before submitting it to the editor and then I have to finish writing my other story by the end of December. Time is flying this year.
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I really enjoyed World Fantasy Fair a couple of weekends ago. It was an adventure given the state of affairs for the Washington D.C. metro, but once I could get to the convention, the panels were well run and highly interesting, plus just getting to hang out and visit with some old friends and getting to meet some new ones was worth the price of admission.

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Today was the start of an older, yet new, convention. The old “Darkover” Con has now become ChessieCon and they’re holding it at the North Baltimore Crown Plaza – the same hotel that Farpoint Convention is held at.

It’s my first time attending and there were good things and bad thing, probably mostly driven by the fact it was my first time. I checked in at the Con, only to find out I’d checked in at the wrong place. Guest check-in was not located with regular check-in, but there was nothing to say where guests were to check in. The good part was it was a “no harm, no foul” situation. I just had to check in twice, but both were pretty darn painless. so we’ll call that a wash.

I checked out the room I was going to do the Writer Beware panel in and noticed there was no A/V support. Luckily, because this has happened before, I had brought my little mini-projector and was ready to hook it up to my computer except for one thing . . . the cord was just a bit too short and I hadn’t brought an extension. Luckily, one of the staffers had a spare extension in his trunk and it worked out well. So, we’ll score that a wash too (no A/V support, but good ad-lib support to get me up and operational).

Unfortunately, a guest in a motorized wheelchair decided to use the room I was about to present in for a private phone call between panels. I was happy to let him use the room since no one had showed up yet, but on his way out, his chair caught the door stopper and partially ripped it out of the door, so I couldn’t prop the door open to let people know there was a panel ready to begin – (door was tinted) – but luckily some people had come specifically for the panel, so I wound up with an audience anyway. We’ll call this wash #3.

After my panel, I met Joni Kouvelis White and Kashi Tan at the dealers area. Joni has put several pieces of chain mail and steampunk jewelery into the ChessieCon art show. We’re hoping she gets as much attention here as she got at Balticon earlier this year. There are some very nice things in the art show here, and Kashi wants me to pick up something when I get to the show tomorrow since they weren’t doing “quick sales” tonight.

Tomorrow I have a reading at 11 and then my panels on using maps in your work at 12 as well as “World Creation” at 5pm. Nothing scheduled for Sunday, so that’ll be my day for shopping.

So, we survived Thanksgiving and the first day of a convention. Not a bad start to the holiday season.

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Breaking radio silence finally

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Sword of Fate has gone through the first round of edits and is back with the editor to take her next swing at things. Looking forward to see what she has to say about my changes.

Secret project #2 and #3 have been accepted as proposals. Now currently working on pilot scripts. More to follow.

Spent four hours working on Crossed Swords on Monday at one of my favorite Japanese tea shops to celebrate the holiday. Got home – computer didn’t save a drop of my work. 5000+ words gone . . . poof. Sank into serious depression.

Watched the Kansas City Royals in the ALCS. I was very pleased with the results there. Busted out the powder blue baseball cap to wear this week.

Worked on two new ideas for stories down the road. Never enough time to do everything I want to write. *sigh*

And so it goes.

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Some days you get the bear . . .

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And in other news:

There are good times and less-than-good times when you are an author.

I received a rejection notice for a project I was really hoping to get involved in. *sigh* Still, I like the concept of the story and I really like the characters. It might be they aren’t a good combination, or perhaps these characters need something a bit longer than a 5000 word story. *shrug* Put them back into the box and I’ll get them out later and see what happens.

Then, on the way home, right after getting the rejection letter, I thought of the perfect way to redo the opening to Steel on Target. I wrote down my thoughts when I got home and hope to get started on it as soon as I get back from Archon.

Then, I got my editorial notes back for Sword of Might. I really like this editor and I can’t wait to dive into the edits.

Could I sit around and grouse about my rejection? Sure, but I have too many other projects under development to let one bump derail me. Just means, I need to get better.

Writers who don’t strive to get better only get worse.

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FenCon XI Report

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Friday was a good day. The first panel was on writing media tie-in works, and there was no pressure. After all, it was just me and Timothy Zahn. What could possibly go wrong, right?

Actually, it was a fun time and we did it more like a talk in the round rather than an actual panel. We had a good time talking about the successes and sometimes the drawbacks of playing in someone else’s sandbox. We had a pretty good crowd for an early Friday panel and they had a lot of good questions.

The other Friday panel – WarTech – was a mixed bag. We had a good crowd, but I’m not convinced it was a very successful panel. The conversation wandered quite a bit and I’m afraid a couple of the panelists didn’t get the chance to participate as much as I had hoped they would. I probably wouldn’t do that panel again at the next show.

I had a ball at the parties Friday night. Found out KC won WorldCon for 2016, so I’m signing up for that one. Also, found a party being put on by Noah Ramon, aka DJ Illuminator. Not only did he have his room lit up with damn near every type of laser light, LED light, or electronic system, but his musical tastes are as eclectic as mine. I think I spent most of the evening hanging out in his room. Also visited the SoonerCon room party and I think that will be one of my 2015 cons.

Saturday’s signing was fun, although I spent most of it visiting with people I’d met the night before. Then it was time for my Writer Beware panel. Luckily, Amy Sisson, (one of my fellow Star Trek Writers), volunteered to run the slide show for me so I could wander about in front of the table. I didn’t do an official head count, but I’m estimating there were about 25 people at one time or another (people did wander in and out). Lot of good questions and the conversation ran on out in the hall for an hour or so afterward.

More room parties on Saturday and then into the last day on Sunday. We opened at 10am on Sunday with “What’s On Your Playlist”, where we discussed music and writing. Not only did I get some new ideas on where to find music and have a good time listening to what other people like to write too, but I was introduced to Country Zombie Rap. (I’ll let you look that up if you’re interested.)

I did a reading right after lunch and then i took advantage of their “pro table” offer, to sell some books, comics, miniatures, and T-shirts.

My trip home was quite a bit less fun – 2 hour delay at Dallas, changed planes twice, still got into Houston 20 minutes after my connecting flight left. Had to catch a 7:40am plane in, therefore burning another day of leave I hadn’t planned on using. *sigh*

Still, all in all, FenCon XI was a lot of fun and it definitely feels very comfortable. The staff went out of their way to take care of us and special kudos to the Con Suite team.

And now, time to finish the laundry and get ready for Archon this weekend.

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FenCon, we are here!

Conventions

Made it to Dallas with a minimum of annoyances and am ready for FenCon to start here in a few hours.

However I learned a valuable lesson today. Don’t stand still too long during Con set-up. One minute I was talking to a couple of the volunteers, and the next thing I knew, I was hauling in water and soda for the con suite. *grin*

It looks like the FenCon staff and volunteers are a fun bunch to hang around with. Looking forward to doing it for real.

(This was supposed to have been posted last night, but the hotel wifi was less than cooperative . . . *sigh*

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Convention weekend . . .

Writer Beware

Getting ready to take off for FenCon tomorrow morning. Finally feel like I’m shaking this cold that has knocked me down for the past three days, so hopefully, with a good rest tomorrow night, I’ll be ready to enjoy the show.

My schedule at FenCon is:

Tie One In
Friday 3:00 PM Live Oak
w/ Vickey Kennedy and Timothy Zahn (no pressure there, nah.)

War Tech!
Friday 6:00 PM Red Oak
w/J.R. Hargenrader. William Ledbetter, Selina Rosen, Brad Sinor and David Gray

Autographs
Saturday 10:00 AM Gallery
w/P.N. Elrod

Writer Beware: How Not to Get Published
Saturday 1:00 PM Red Oak

What’s In The Playlist?
Sunday 10:00 AM Addison Lecture Hall
w/ Rachel Caine, Melanie Fletcher, Frank Summers, and K. Hutson Price

Reading
Sunday 1:00 PM Pecan

Plus, I’ll have a small table to sell some of my books on Sunday from 2-4.

The only pain about this trip is the fact I have to fly out of Reagan International. Tomorrow isn’t too bad (plane leaves at 1200). However, on the return trip, I arrive at Reagan at 2340. So, it’ll probably be close to 0100 when I get my car from the parking lot for the Metro and then 0200 by the time I get home.

Oh, and I may have jury duty on Monday – which means I’d have to be at the courthouse IN Baltimore by 0830.

I really, really, really hope my number doesn’t get called this weekend.

 

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Collaboration: Not for the fainthearted

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Had a great day writing today.

Worked on additional ideas and story directions for Chronicles of the Sea Dragon with April MacDee as well as working on the Black Talon and crew. The Black Talon is the sister ship to the Sea Dragon, although they don’t always work toward the same purposes.

This evening I worked on the expanded proposals for a publisher. Hopefully, I’ll finish that this evening and get it off to the publisher on Sunday. Then it will be time to finish Crossed Swords.

I love kicking ideas around with other writers.

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Expanding the universe

Pleasantly surprised

Took a short break from Crossed Swords tonight. But, I didn’t spend the night completely idle.


I heard back regarding one of my unnamed projects. It wasn’t a rejection, but it wasn’t a complete approval either. So, I spent tonight and I’ll be spending some time tomorrow doing revised and expanded proposals for two concepts. (Still haven’t heard anything about the first secret project with this same publisher yet.)


So, I’m walking that tight-rope of including enough information to make them want to sign off on the project, but not so much information that their eyes roll up in their heads and they fall asleep. I’ll try to get everything finished up tomorrow, give it a day to rest and then get it off to them this weekend after last minute revisions.



Yep, query letters, proposals, synopses, novels, short stories, Facebook posts . . . all of them need a moment to rest and then edit before sending off.


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Eat. Sleep. Write.

Writing 5

Continuing with the edits for Crossed Swords this evening. I’ve hit 2883 words and let’s just say, the tempo is on the rise for the main character. He’s just ridden into an ambush, but it’s not the fight with the main protagonist, so, it’s the pseudo-climax . . . the pre-climax . . . something. I may be majoring in English, but I have to admit, I’m much more interested in books that are entertaining to read than I am about breaking down everything into its minutia.


Still, considering I went to bed at 0230 last night (or technically yesterday morning since it’s just past midnight here), It would probably behoove me to call it a night much earlier. I have a feeling my day job wouldn’t appreciate the hard work and effort I put into my writing if it meant me falling asleep at work.


Employers are funny that way.


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Here we go down the editing trail . . .

Writing 3

Sat down with a good selection of music and a nice Spanish red wine and started editing my first draft of “Crossed Swords”. I’ve written my story on a different computer and I’m working off of the hard copy. As I type it in, it allows me to make the first real edit of the story. Plus, since I’m not just “editing” from “track changes”, it forces me to actually read what I had written in the first place and identify plot holes, rough spots, and pacing issues.


Yeah, it may be the old fashioned way to do editing, but then again, I’m an old fashioned guy. *grin*


I hit 4587 words tonight on the edit. Just about the halfway point. I hope to have this done in the next day or so. Then I’ll give it one last going over and get this off to the publisher.


With this done, I’ll actually be out of contracted work. This has been an exciting and interesting two years. I don’t think I’ve ever written this many short stories and novellas. Now, back to a few novels I’ve been putting off.


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Anticipation


Here’s the logo for my WWII short story collection that will be coming out soon by Pro Se Productions.


Can’t show you the cover art for this story yet, (but the artist caught exactly what I was going for, so you’ve got that to look forward too).


f you’re wondering what it’s like, I was definitely trying to channel Sgt. Rock, The Rat Patrol, Combat!, Our Fighting Forces, The Haunted Tank and all those other 60s WWII TV shows and comics, but keeping enough realism and research in there to keep the historian who shares the same head space with the creative writer happy.


But, as always, I can’t wait to hear what you all have to say about it.







Coming in Days from Pro Se Productions…


Photo: Coming in Days from Pro Se Productions...

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Amping the volume for some other people

Spotlight

And the 2015 schedule keeps filling in. Just purchased an exhibitor’s booth at Rocket City Lit Fest which will be October 10th and 11th, 2015.


Please take a bit and check out their site. This looks like it’s going to shape up to be a pretty cool convention . . . and it’s in Rocket City. What more do you want?



Promoting the power of reading to all ages with a massive literary festival in Huntsville, AL




Also, I want to promote a blog.  I can’t recommend the Charlton Neo team enough.  This group started out with a number of people who just loved the old Charlton Comics and then old contributors to the comics started popping by and as writers and artists are wont to do, they start reminicing about old projects they would loved to have worked on and then, in their best Andy Hardy voice, someone said, “Hey, I’ve got an old piano, you’ve got a barn, let’s put on a show.”


And thus, the Charlton Arrow was born.


OK, there was a little more thought put into it than that, but this crew feeds off the energy between older creators and new creators and just good ol’ fans and this team seems to be off and running.


I highly recommend checking out the Charlton Neo blog


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And as long as I’m promoting other people’s websites and blogs, I’d be remiss if I didn’t recommend my writing sensei, and good friend, Steve Roman’s publishing company’s site, StarWarp Concepts.  Along with printing some graphic novels by some guy named Rich White, Steve is putting out an outstanding YA Dark Fantasy series, The Saga of Pandora Zwiebeck. The first in the set is currently available  (Blood Feud), while Book two, BloodReign will be released this year and and Blood and Steel will be released next year.


I can’t recommend Steve’s work enough and suggest checking it out.



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Back into the deep end of the pool

Conventions

Just placed my order for a table at Awesome Con (May 29-31, 2015). This will be the first time I’ve exhibited at a comic convention by myself as myself instead of working with (or representing) my friend and co-creator, Steve Roman.  I wish it wasn’t the same weekend as BEA/BookCon, but a local show almost always takes precedent over one where I have to add in hotel/travel/food.


I used to hit the comic convention circuit pretty hard in the 90s/early 00s, but as I did less comic work and more short story/novel work, I shifted to SF/F shows, which was a definite culture shock. Going from the idea of 18000 being a small con to 3200 being a huge con took a lot of mental gymnastics, but I came to see how the two cultures were focused on many different things, even thought there was a lot of crossover in them. I have some friends who’re going the other way (from SF/F shows to Comic conventions) and I’m trying to give them some pointers, so they’ll enjoy themselves the next time they go. (Don’t even get me started on Anime cons.)


Now, I won’t be doing this alone. My daughter will help me man the booth on Friday and Sunday and my friend and co-creator on Chronicles of the Sea Dragon, April MacDicken, will be there to help promote the booth.


Now, I just have to hope I have plenty of new projects to show.


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Journey’s End, Journey’s Beginning

Writing 5

And a bittersweet milestone has been reached tonight. My final revisions to The Sword of Fate are finished. Need to run this past my wife for review one last time and then it’s off to the editor.


This wraps up the tenth story to feature my “Rogue with No Name” and that brings this particular collection to a close. It’s going to be tough to put him out to pasture for a while. He’s been a big part of my life for the past four years, ever since I first began developing this character. I can’t say every story wound up working out like I initially envisioned them, but it’s been a great deal of fun going through folktales, fairy tales, and legends to find just the right story that would work with this guy.



So, I suspect at the end of the weekend, my 16,000+ word short story, (O.K.,, that’s probably a short novella for you purists out there), will be en route to my more than patient editor for this series of stories and eventually, it’ll be available for purchase or review.


Now, it’s time to turn my attention to other things that need to be written.


What? You thought I was going to take the weekend off and do something fun like play Guild Wars or Mage Wars or go to the RenFest?


O.K., well, maybe a bit.


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Writer Miscellanea

Mischevious

Let’s see, what all can a writer do when he doesn’t add to his word count?

1) Sent off two contracts to a publisher for work coming out late 2014/early 2015

2) Sent off a newly revised proposal for Secret Project #1. (Keeping fingers crossed.)

3) Submitted a proposal to another publisher for Secret Project #2. Don’t expect any movement on that for a while, but keeping other fingers crossed there.

4) Made my hotel reserved for Archon.

4a) To do soonest: make my plane reservations for FenCon and Archon.

This is the home stretch for my four “out-of-area” conventions for the year. After this, everything I’m going to in 2014 is either in the Washington D.C. or Baltimore area so that’s just a short drive or light rail trip away. It’s nice sometimes to go to new towns and find cool shops and restaurants, but it’s tough to beat going to a convention and still getting to sleep in your own bed.

5) Pro Se Productions released the cover to my novella (formerly known as Murder in Monaco, now known as Mouse Trap), featuring The Original Black Cat

From their FB post:

The cover below features the Golden Age Comic Heroine The Black Cat! Author Richard White breathes prose life into this classic character in his upcoming story- MOUSE TRAP- to be a part of an imprint to debut from Pro Se later this year entitled….

Well, we think that’s enough announcement for now…:)

Black Cat Proposed Cover_color

I had to add, “I have to thank Rock Baker, Jeff Austin, and Marc Haines for this fabulous cover. Great job, guys. Here’s hoping my story is up to this incredible cover.”

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“The stuff dreams are made of . . .”

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The Pearls of Darkness Affair has been edited, re-edited, re-formatted, and sent off to the publisher. Hopefully, we’ll be seeing it and The Full Moon Affair released later this fall. (crossing fingers)

Plus, I added another thousand words to Crossed Swords today, so there was some progress there too.

Also, I’ve revised the proposal for the secret project, did the page breakdowns, and I’m ready to submit the pitch to the new publisher once he gets back from vacation.

That might be enough for tonight. I think hitting the sack early might be on tap for tonight. Time to curl up with a good book and relax.

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One down, too many to go.

Running Around

Success!

Tonight, I finished the line edits for The Pearls of Darkness Affair. The second story of my Theron Chase duology is finished. All I have left to do it type the changes into the computer, make a few more edits (because, I always do), and then get this shipped off to Tommy Hancock and Pro Se Productions.

Also, wrote about 750 words on the secret project. How many of them will survive when I get back to it tomorrow? Not sure yet. Again, I’m not always the most comfortable when it comes to writing short, especially when I’m introducing a new story and characters. Got to get right into the story, but still have some character development too. It’s a balancing act, but one I hope to get better at as this project comes along.

Now, it’s back to Crossed Swords tomorrow.

*looks around* Now where the heck did I leave that time-turner?

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Giving a story a breath test

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We’re making progress on several fronts. Plotted out the next section of Crossed Swords and worked up a plot for the secret project while I was at work today. So, while no “words”, there is now forward movement on both projects.

Then came home and edited the first 36 pages of Pearls of Darkness Affair. Hopefully, I’ll have all the edits done by Friday and then I can spend Sat/Sun getting them retyped and do one last “vocal” pass before sending it off.

With my short stories/novellas, I definitely like to read them out loud as a form of editing. If sentences sound stilted, if you have trouble getting phrases out, if you simply run out of breath between periods, then you may want to find a better way to present that thought. I learned that the first time I tried to do a reading in public and realized maybe pearl divers had enough oxygen in their lungs to say a couple of my early sentences, but I didn’t. Ever since then, I try to ensure my stories are readable vocally as well as visually.

Onward and upward!

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The other things a writer does besides write

Overworked

Ah, the joys of finishing a story . . . that means it’s time to start editing. Printed out a couple of copies of The Pearls of Darkness Affair. I’m editing one and my wife, Joni is editing the other. By the end of the week, I hope to collect up both edits, merge them together and then send this puppy in to the publisher to get assigned to their editor.

On top of that, I’ve been chatting with another editor about a project that I can’t wait to officially announce. I’m really excited about this, since it’s a project I’ve been developing sine 1985. I’m going to have a lot of fun with this one.

Plus, just finished signing a couple of contracts which will get mailed out tomorrow for projects that’ll be coming out later this year.

So, maybe no new words on the “official word count”, but lots of good words. Lots of good words.

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Finishing and Starting

Writing 5

And the first draft of The Pearls of Darkness Affair is finished. Now, it’s time to print out a copy and take the red pen to it.


This story took way too long to write, but given this summer, everything’s taken too long to write.


I need to concentrate on getting Crossed Swords done and I need to finish the edits and retype Sword of Fate and get both of those off to the editor. Then we can consider some of the other stuff to come.


Wow, it feels good getting some of the stuff off of my plate.


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Something I have to tell myself from time to time:


Remember the first rule of writing:


”The first draft of anything sucks. That’s why they invented editing.”


And the second rule:


“You can’t edit a blank page.”


Just let it rip. Write, edit, and then write more.

Even if you don’t sell it, you learn something from the act of writing. You have to simply keep going, even when it sounds horrible. Probably because it may be. But, once you have it, then you can go back and say, “this isn’t too bad, just needs polishing,” or “Self, you were right, this sucks” and edit it out of the book.


But, you can’t edit yourself into not writing. That’s getting the cart before the horse.



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Finishing and Starting

Writing 5

And the first draft of The Pearls of Darkness Affair is finished. Now, it’s time to print out a copy and take the red pen to it.

This story took way too long to write, but given this summer, everything’s taken too long to write.

I need to concentrate on getting “Crossed Swords” done and I need to finish the edits and retype “Sword of Fate” and get both of those off to the editor. Then we can consider some of the other stuff to come.

Wow, it feels good getting some of the stuff off of my plate.

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Something I have to tell myself from time to time:Remember the first rule of writing:</p>

“The first draft of anything sucks. That’s why they invented editing.”

And the second rule:

“You can’t edit a blank page.”

Just let it rip. Write, edit, and then write more.

Even if you don’t sell it, you learn something from the act of writing. You have to simply keep going, even when it sounds horrible. Probably because it may be. But, once you have it, then you can go back and say, “this isn’t too bad, just needs polishing,” or “Self, you were right, this sucks” and edit it out of the book.

But, you can’t edit yourself into not writing. That’s getting the cart before the horse.

 

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Playing catch-up here

Daydreaming

1) Shore Leave was a lot of fun for Friday and Saturday. Really enjoyed Meet the Pros, met some new people, sold some books, signed some stuff. The get together in the bar afterwards was fantastic and stayed up with friends way too late swapping “No fooling, there I was” war stories until 3am.


Saturday’s panels went very well. The Writing Historical Fiction panel was overrun and overshort. We had so many attendees, we couldn’t even finish our portion much less answer all the questions. We’re hoping to get a two-hour block next year. Howard Weinstein did a great job setting this up. The Writer Beware panel went well. We had both Michael Capabianco and me from the Writer Beware committee and David Wilson who sat in to give not only another writer’s POV but also a small publisher’s.


2) Sunday? Not so hot. Apparently I picked up a screw in my tire coming home Saturday evening, so I spent what should have been the third day of Shore Leave at the tire store. 4 new tires and a brake job later, I decided it was time to punt.


3) Sunday – good: Watched Guardians of the Galaxy. Going to see it again tomorrow night. Yeah, it’s that good.


4) Wrote 1400 new words on Crossed Swords this week. Almost ready to put that story to bed.


5) Spent Tues/Weds working with some artists to get everything coordinated for the cover to Murder in Monaco. Can’t wait until the publisher gives me the green light to tell you more about this project.


6) Talking with a publisher about pitching a comic series to them as well as writing some other stuff for them. More to come.


7) Went on a writer’s walk-about today. Spent the day at Macha Time Cafe in Ellicott City. Knocked out 4700+ words on The Pearls of Darkness and will be getting back to work on it as soon as I post this. Hopefully, I can finish this up tonight. *crosses fingers*


And that’s the week in a snapshot.


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2014 Shore Leave Schedule

Conventions




Looks like it’s going to be a quiet Shore Leave for me this year.


Friday 10pm – 12am Meet the Pros
Saturday 11am – 12pm Historical Writing Workshop
12pm – 1pm Writer Beware!
Sunday 12pm – 1pm Historical Settings in Fiction (moderator)

I had hoped to be on the Godzilla panel, but there was a scheduling conflict that couldn’t be overcome. Given the choice of helping Howie Weinstein with the Writing Workshop or being the sixth member of a panel, well, I figure helping Howie made more sense.


Which is too bad in a way. I already had my Japanese Beanie Baby versions of Godzilla, Mothra, and King Ghihdra ready to bring along, plus my Best of Godzilla soundtrack with the monster’s roar and the “March of the Monsters” cut from “Destroy all Monsters”.


Perhaps, next convention.


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“There is only Zuul”

Great Day!

Now this has been a reasonably productive weekend.

Contacted one publisher to discuss covers for a couple of stories coming out later this year. Contacted the artist doing the cover for a different book to coordinate our ideas before submitting it to the publisher. Spent part of yesterday talking with an upcoming convention to ensure we’re all on the same page.

And on the geeky technology side of writing, I picked up a new projection screen. I had bought a mini-projector which came in handy at Origins. Now, with the 30″ projection screen, when I have a table at a conference, I can project a slide show of my book covers for the visitors.

I also received my final birthday present. I am the new owner of a Livescribe 3 smart pen. This will allow me to write in longhand and it will appear on my iPad mini thanks to the app. Then I simply save what I’ve written as a file and upload it into my laptop. This will be good on those nights I don’t feel like sitting at the computer, but still want to get some writing done. I have to thank my friend Jane Smith for the idea.  This could be the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

Oh yeah, and then I went on one of my writing pilgrimages to a local eating establishment and wrote. 4200+ words later and I’m hitting the home stretch on The Pearls of Darkness Affair. A couple of good evening writing and hopefully I’ll be in editing mode come this weekend.

Now, see here’s where my new smart pen could come in handy. Instead of having to haul the laptop to the restaurant, I could simply take a pad of paper, my mini and the pen. Unlike some of my other writer friends who are typing fiends, I’m a notoriously slow typist. I actually write faster than I can type, which is frightening if you think about it. So, this could wind up being the best of both worlds.

And to top it off, I watched Ghostbusters this evening.

“Ray, the next time someone asks if you’re a god, say YES!”

And now, it’s off to get ready for work tomorrow. *bleah*

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The Joys of a Busy Schedule

Conventions

It appears I will not be attending the Baltimore Book Festival in 2014. I received my invitation on 13 July, but looking at the dates, it’s falling the same weekend as FenCon in Dallas. I contacted them back in March about doing programming and a Writer Beware workshop/panel, so that has to take precidence.

I mean, I love going to conventions where I can sleep in my own bed and just drive to the show or take the Light Rail/Metro in the morning (hello conventions in Baltimore/DC). My second favorite shows are the ones in NYC, because it gives me a good excuse to visit with my writing sensei, Steve Roman of StarWarp Concepts – and then take the subway in to the show in the morning from his place.  (Are we noticing a trend here?) I don’t mind paying for a hotel, but if I can minimize expenses then that’s definitely an added bonus.

I’m running into the same issue in 2015. I have a choice between doing Awesome Con and BEA/BookCon since they’re both going to be the same weekend. At Awesome Con, I’ll have a dealer table, while at BEA, I’d just be helping out at the SFWA booth and then the StarWarp Concepts booth. And as much as I like helping my friends out, making some money toward going to other conventions/expenses is the better idea at this time.

I hate missing shows, especially shows I enjoy, but scheduling conflicts happen and sometimes, you just have to follow your gut.

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Finally back in the saddle

Guarded

For the first time since the start of July, I really felt like writing again. It’s a little slow because I’m having to re-read a lot of what I had been working on to hunt down things like character’s last names and so on, but there was movement and progress was made.


First off, I’ve made my hotel reservations for FenCon and sent them an updated bio/picture for their web site. I swore I thought I had done that earlier this year, but apparently it wound up in the bit bucket. Also contacted Archon to verify my attendance before I start booking hotels/flights. So, that’s out of the way.


Also, I re-verified that Kashi Tan and April MacDee still wanted to attend Awesome Con. So, I’ll need to contact them soonest to get my table in Artist’s Alley for 2015.


Then, we actually got to writing. I added 1014 words to Crossed Swords in the Moonlight, my musketeer-inspired story, and about 1000 words to The Pearls of Darkness Affair. I say about because I rewrote a big chunk of the scene I had added right before my father’s illness.


So, it looks like I did about 2,014 words for the first day back in the saddle. Tomorrow I need to answer some correspondence I haven’t gotten to, reformat a few documents to pass to an edtior re: Terra Incognito, and then get back to writing.


After all, I am a writer. It’s what I do and I think it’s what Dad would want me to do.


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And for something completely different

Thinking

I’ve started participating in the “Ask the Author” function on Goodreads. So far, it’s only questions generated by the Goodreads staff, but it’s open for anyone. I’ve responded to three of the questions and will update as I get a chance.


It’s not writing writing, but it’s a good warm-up for me getting back into the groove.


Hopefully, I’ll get something put together this evening.


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