With some of us living in cold climes, winter can really get us down. I’ve already been hit with half a foot of snow, with more on the way. In the past this would be a one-way ticket to depressive thoughts of cabin fever. But as a writer it’s important to see the benefits of inclement weather.
For example, for years I let the weather, an external force, influence my inner-self. The best part of myself where authentic writing comes from. As years went by, and I slowly matured, I began to think less of the external conditions, and focus more on what my imagination had to offer.
This same approach works best with everything else in life, not just your writing. Because if you’ve already got yourself down from something that has nothing to do with who you really are, you’re already setting yourself up for failure.
Enjoy the rest of your January, and use inclement weather time to crank out your best work!
As we inch closer towards the end of another year, I can’t help but think of all the positive changes I made to improve myself. This was a year of transitions for me. When I finally took the big step to change the industry I worked in for my day job, and switch to a field I loved. If you guessed writing, then you’re correct.
I also was able to get a lot done for my upcoming novel The Leopard Apocalypse, and while there were some minor setbacks that delayed the publication of the book, I still hope to release it sometime next year, which, last I checked, will be here in less than two weeks.
So what did you accomplish in 2018 that you’re especially proud of? Did you make some personal changes to your life? Complete a big project that you’ve been working on? No accomplish is too small to mention. So long as if pushes you towards becoming a better person. And that to me is what being human is all about, being better than you once were.
As always, I welcome comments on my blog posts. Enjoy the rest of 2018. And work towards accomplishing more in 2019.
Happy Holidays! Those two words are even more powerful than you think. Most associate it with fussy shopping and unwanted stress in meeting those pesky relatives you’d rather not see, but the holidays can be so much more than that.
If you’re stressed out in your work life, or just at life in general, the holidays can be an excellent outlet. How? By realizing that life is full of letdowns and that stressing about it only makes it worse.
This attitude can help you rediscover your love affair with that dreaded word. Work. That’s right. Are you in an occupation you love? Great! If not, now may be the time to make that change.
The Holidays are a perfect time to use what spare moments you have to work on hobbies and special projects. These tend to give us that extra lift in life. Instead of worrying about what gift you need to get for Aunt Betsy or Cousin Ralphie, you can channel your attention into a hobby you’ve been neglecting.
For me it’s writing. For you it could be rock-climbing or volunteering to help those in need. These types of activities can also translate into win-win scenarios into your professional lives, as it adds richness to your life. It may be cliche, but helping others always translates into positive results for yourself.
So when you find yourself with some extra time during the Holidays, and need to recharge yourself, engage yourself in your hobby or giving back to society, and watch your confidence soar!
As many of you know, I’ve been working on my latest creation, the Third Book in my Leopard King Saga to be titled, THE LEOPARD VANGUARD.
Well I’m winding down the first wave of edits before the beta-reading stage begins. This is where I let the readers help out. So I’m looking for folks who love history or fantasy to lend me a hand.
If you’d like to beta-read for me, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Once the book is formatted into ebook form, we can discuss your part and how your volunteering can help enrich the story before I take all beta-reading imput and incorporate it into the novel. Then my editor will wrap everything up with an edit and it’s on to be published.
I expect the beta-reading stage to commence in early 2019. But as is everything in life, this is subject to change.
I look forward to hearing from you!
As many of you know, I’ve been working on my latest novel, The Leopard Apocalypse, which is the 3rd and penultimate novel in the Leopard King Saga, my flagship Historical Fantasy series.
I’m coming to the very end of editing, and nearing the stage where I send the book out for beta-reading before sending the final work to an editor to polish off the book and make suggestions.
Normally this would be a happy time for any author. Especially for a novel that is close to 200K words and has taken half a decade to complete.
But adversity struck last week when I realized my funds for interior artwork and editing services was not adequate to continue.
It’s a major problem, and will undoubtedly cause delays. I still have hope of publication in early to mid 2019.
So what do you do when you’re nearing the finish line, only to be slowed down by inadequate funds?
Well, the only thing to do is remain calm, and try and do as much work you can to move the editing process along, even if that means the interior map and editing stages may have to take a back seat.
So for now, I’m in a jam, but like all setbacks, it’s only temporary.
Do you have a story you’d like to share about an issue that has delayed a project when you were so closed to completion? If so, I’d like to hear about your experiences in the comments section.
See you next time!
Great interview on me by Kensington Gore to support the re-release of Kill Zombies.
I think this is more than just self-promotion, it’s a great way for new writers and emerging artists to read about my writing style and the road I took to becoming a published writer.
I hope everyone who reads this interview takes something away from it.
Click HERE to read the article.
Well Summer is almost over (bummer, right?) and with that the hot, humid writing days.
Things are looking up for me. I recently got hired as a Technical Writer for a Defense Contractor and am looking forward to my first day at work this week.
But what about you? Now that summer is over what are your writing plans? Are you working on a short story, novella or novel? Is this your first work? Are you considering going the self-publishing route or traditional path by seeking a publisher/agent?
I’d like to hear from anyone.
Here’s to the end of summer and the beginning of a productive fall writing period!
Well after many months of editing and expansion, the fully-expanded and revised edition of Kill Zombies goes on sale today worldwide.
Click HERE to secure your copy today!
Here are some great promotional ads my publisher, Kensington Gore has created to help me promote the re-release of Kill Zombies on August 27th!
The wait is over!
Some of you might remember me mentioning my two-book deal with Kensington Gore Press back in February 2017. Well the wait is over. The first of two books, Kill Zombies, will be out August 27th.
This is the 3rd edition of Kill Zombies, which was first published November 2013, followed by a 2nd edition in 2014. I’m very proud of the work I’ve done here and the folks at Kensington Gore have been great and will be helping me promote the novella worldwide.
Why not see for yourself? Click HERE to view the pre-order page!
Stay tuned for more release information and the chance to win an autographed copy!