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!
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!
I’m happy to announce that I’ve completed the first round of edits on The Leopard Apocalypse, the third book in my Leopard King Saga series.
Now, for the “bad” news.
There is still much work to be done. Grammar and punctuation is next on the agenda, this will probably be the most time-consuming round of edits simply because of the sheer length of the novel. Right now it’s at 195,000 words.
Anyway, stay tuned for my next update, which I hope to have soon!
I must admit, these past few days have been pure ecstasy for me. Especially today, June 12th, 2018 when the entire city of my hometown, Washington D.C. created a spectacle honoring the achievement of its hockey club, the Washington Capitals, who won the Stanley Cup, the holy grail of North American Hockey, that has been awarded to NHL champions since 1892. It was the first championship for the expectant Capitals, and the first major sports title for the Washington, D.C. area since 1992. The parade today made me think real hard about my own journey, especially where my writing career was concerned.
Why am I blogging about this? Well, if you think writing, or art for that matter, is connected with the Capitals’ first championship, you guessed correctly.
But the story would make little sense if I didn’t delve deeper into the Capitals’ once-turbulent playoff history. A past filled with so many tragic seasons where the club under performed in the playoffs despite high expectations. To make matters worse, every year when the playoffs rolled around almost always resulted in another premature exit at the hand of one of their rivals, thus adding another sad page to the club’s tortuous playoff mishaps.
Honestly, this team wasn’t even supposed to win a Championship, let alone make the playoffs. But this group of resilient players persevered, and managed to overcome the decades-long playoff failures that had plagued the club since the late 1980s.
This is where art, or writing for that matter, comes into play. You can write for many years, and wrack up an unhealthy load of rejections along the way. Just like the Capitals you can gain strength from your failures, instead of letting the failures define you.
It’s cliche to say it’s the journey that counts, not the destination, but the fact is that there is no greater teacher of life than the failures you encounter, and a team I have followed since I was a 13-year-old boy proved that to me.
So learn to accept failure as a healthy gauge that can be your compass to bigger and better things.
Well with Winter 2017-18 in the books, and Spring moving along, we can all start looking to Summer 2018. I’m now working on the Outline For the 4th and final book of my Leopard King Saga series, The Leopard Resurrection. In addition, I’ll soon begin the arduous process of edited Book 3, The Leopard Apocalypse.
Last month I earned my Business Communication Certification from Duke University and now I am taking another online course on Technical Writing. Whew! Just writing all that down was hard work. LOL.
So what are your Summer 2018 plans? Anything you’ve started working on or would like to begin? I’d love to hear from everyone in the comments section below.
Here’s to a strong Spring finish and a great transition into Summer!
It’s been ages since I last posted on this blog. Some of you were probably wondering where the hell I’ve been? Well as you know I’ve been editing my novella Kill Zombies for my new publisher Kensington Gore. In addition to that I’ve been working on the preliminary outline for the fourth and final book in my Leopard King Saga series, The Leopard Resurrection.
I still haven’t resumed editing the third Tome, The Leopard Apocalypse. I guess it will have to wait until I’ve finished my obligation to Kensington Gore.
Hope to have another update for you soon. Until then, keep reaching for your goals!
As a writer I get lots of feedback regarding my work. Take my debut novel for example: The Leopard Vanguard. Despite receiving top-notch reviews on both amazon & goodreads, many have complained about the “slow-start” and “difficult” beginning. I’m fully aware these days the diminishing attention-span that plagues most readers, if a book doesn’t grab their attention in the first few pages, it’s time to move on.
This is when I often tell them that they need to read on, to be patient, for once they get past the “difficult” beginning, they’re rewarded with a great middle and ending.
While I take into account every piece of advice, there are just some scenes or prologues that cannot be changed.
So how does this tie into life? Read on and I’ll gladly explain.
Let’s say you’re learning a new skill for the first time. Is it easy? Maybe, but for most of us we struggle with the task until we finally accomplish our goal, learning it, and then we flourish doing it, enjoying it in the process.
That’s how I see it.
If you’ve got a comment, I’d love to hear your feedback, whether you agree or disagree.
It’s been almost two weeks into the new year. I’ve been taking time off from my writing to recharge the batteries and get myself ready for more writing and editing in the next week.
Back-to-back family Birthdays coming up next week will cap off a productive rest period in which I emerged from the wake of my 5-year writing journey to complete The Leopard Apocalypse.
So what are your goals for 2018? Are you going to start or finish that novel you’ve been thinking of? Or maybe write a screenplay. What challenges are you facing or plan to face when embarking on a new project.
If you’ve got something in the works, please leave a comment. I’d like to know. Wishing you the best for 2018!