Creating When Life Gets Messy

It’s been a slow start to my writing year. I was doing OK for the first few days, but then we hit a snag. The world sorta blew up, and watching that — plus the fallout afterward — took a toll on my writing. The wind out of my sails, I actually ended up with the longest streak of NO writing days that I’d had in over a year. The why doesn’t matter that much; different things will impact different people differently. That’s normal, and to be expected. What bugs me might not bother you at all, and vice versa. …

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A Year At Pulp Speed Five

Going from a million words in 2020 to 1.8 million words in 2021 is sort of a big jump, and I’ve had a few folks ask “why?” Why bother? Or why jump so big? It’s true that maybe a smaller goal would be easier to accomplish, but that’s not really the point of a challenge, is it? Well, for me, anyway, the main point of a challenge is to have fun. I enjoy pushing myself, seeing what is possible, what I can do. It’s a blast, seeing where the limits really are and then chasing them out a little further. …

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New Year, New Challenge: Welcome to 2021!

Last night I accomplished a goal I’d set for myself years ago: to complete a million new words in a year. I’ve come close in the past, even made over 800,000 words in 2019. But I’ve never crossed the threshold before. The million-word-barrier sat there like it was the twin of the old sound barrier. And, like the sound barrier, the million word barrier turned out to be psychological, not physical. Once I sat down to really do the work, it turned out to be much easier than I’d ever imagined it could be. As a result of this success, …

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The Pursuit of Happiness

A writer recently asked an interesting question. I’m paraphrasing, but the general idea was this: “Do you believe that the prerequisite for success as an author is to write X words every year, where X is a very large number?” My answer was: No, I’d disagree strongly with that statement for several reasons. 1) There are (rare, but existent) authors who produce just one book a year and make a full-time living.2) I’d have to know how big “X” was, which in this case is sorta like asking “how long is a piece of string?”3) We all define success differently. …

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We’re About To See Another Indie Author Shakeout

[et_pb_section admin_label=”section”] [et_pb_row admin_label=”row”] [et_pb_column type=”4_4″][et_pb_text admin_label=”Text”] We’re about to see another major shakeout in the indie writer world. The first one happened around 2012 through 2013. Two factors contributed. The most obvious was KDP Select, which created a massive surge for writers who participated, at great cost to those who didn’t. Free books lost a ton of ground, which dried up a major tool. But the other factor in 2012 was that for the first time there were so many good indie books that quality began to matter a lot more – not just in writing, but in presentation …

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Accord of Valor is out! Final Accord series book hits the store!

Whew! Not a lot to add about this one. Folks have been waiting on this for about a year now, and the book is finally available. This story finishes the tale of Nicholas Stein and his son Thomas as they fight for independence of Mars from the hegemony of the United Nations of Earth. But there are deeper secrets involved than either of them know, and once again the fate of humanity will rest in their hands. Grab a copy today! : https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06XZPSR6B  

Pushing for Amazon Top 100 on Dark Legends!

Hi! Big news: I’ve got a book in a big boxed set of urban fantasy and paranormal romance novels. With authors from the USA Today and NYT bestseller lists, this ebook “boxed set” is a the collected work of talented writers from around the world. It’s an honor to have been included. The set is full of some incredible books. I can’t wait to read them all myself – and yes, I have already pre-ordered a copy so I can start reading the other books as soon as it’s out!

21 Day Novel Challenge

I know this guy. His name is Chris Fox. Chris has written some good books – both fiction and nonfiction. His nonfiction is about…drumroll…fiction writing, and his stuff is really good. Chris published a couple of books on writing which have been somewhat controversial – one called 5000 Words Per Hour, and the more recent release Write to Market. He took some heat for the first one because it suggests ways that writers can be more productive, building up their speed and writing new work more swiftly. He’s being questioned on the second because it suggests learning what readers enjoy …

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New Books! The “Raven’s Heart” series

It’s been a busy year so far. I’ve had three new titles published in the last two months. Each one is a novella, continuing a story set in the same universe as the Ryan Blackwell novels. These stories are about the adventures of Raven – a young woman living in Boston who runs into the darker side of the supernatural. Unlike Ryan, Raven doesn’t have any magic of her own to defend herself. She uses guts, determination, and more than a little luck to get through. The first book is Stolen Light Darkness Raven didn’t know that the pools of …

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King of the Dead: Episode 1 is here!

Drum-roll. Fanfare. And can I get an “about time”? 🙂 It’s been a long time coming. I want to do this project justice, so the work has taken a while to get right. The first season will be six episodes, each a short novella. When the whole season is done, it’ll be compiled into a full length (and quite long!) novel. I’m excited about this book. It’s a serious step up for my writing, and it’s a fun, interesting new idea. I’m looking forward to playing around with King Arthur and his zombie foes for at least another two seasons. …

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