Monday, October 1, 2018

This Is A Crazy October So Bear With Me

1) Building up towards another year of NaNoWriMo!

2) I'm awaiting the awards ceremony for the Florida Writers Association and how I do for the Royal Palm Literary Award in Short Fiction this year!

3) Work at the library has gotten intense: I am currently serving as Interim Library Director while the city tries to hire a full-time Library Director (details are messy and we'll discuss it later).

4) This is the first October I plan on not getting door candy or having the lights on for Trick or Treat. It's been five years here, and nobody seems to think my neighbor is good for it. :(

5) I really really need to clear out some short fiction works before I head into NaNo. Using the anthology deadline idea may help.

Sunday, September 2, 2018

Pinning This

Just pinning this here as a link to refer back to if I get the urge to submit stuff.

There's a Publishing And Other Forms Of Insanity blog that keeps track of indie mag and small press anthologies that I could submit short works to. I think it's not so much a deadline I need to find as it is a carrot to entice me to write something, ANYTHING, within a topic.

Anything for a challenge.


Sunday, August 26, 2018

Writing Update Again: FWA Royal Palm Awards FINALIST Status

You read that right, kiddos. I got bumped up from Semi-Finalist Status to FINALIST Status!

That means "A Face In the Light" is in the TOP THREE submissions to the Short Fiction category for the RPLA this year!

I even get a new GIF to show off.


Insert Snoopy Happy Dance as well!


Thursday, August 9, 2018

Writing Update: FWA Royal Palm Awards

As a member of the Florida Writers Association, I am able to submit works to an annual competition for the Royal Palm Literary Awards. They have a category for Short Fiction (it does not break down by specific genre from there, alas), and I had an unpublished work "A Face In the Light" that I put in to see how it would do (critique/feedback is part of the review process). It's a personal story, it's one I think can be a good one if I can get the kinks ironed out.

I just received word from the judges that I reached the Semi-Finalist stage of the Awards.

Squee!

I'm not sure how many other stories I was competing against, and there is still no guarantee I will win outright. But getting THIS far in the competition is great news. It means that the story has enough style and oomph to win readers. It means I might actually be doing this writing thing right.

The finalists will be announced at the Annual Conference this October, so we will see then how I fare against the other good stories.

This is an unbelievably good way to brighten one's mood.

Monday, August 6, 2018

Curiosity and Saying Hello

Just checking, is anyone still visiting this blog? I know I don't keep it updated as often as I should.

I'm gonna unlock the comments options on this site just to see what the responses will be. Please take a moment to say Hallo.

Friday, July 13, 2018

Happy Friday the 13th From Mal the Krazy Kat July 2018

It's another Friday the 13th! Here for a special motivational speech is MAL THE KRAZY KAT!

Take it away, Malcolm!


WOOHOO! How's THAT for feeling the urge to celebrate this Friday the 13th it was MEANT to be! YEAH! (applause)

Okay, back to the writing.

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Camp NaNo July 2018 Update

ARRRRRGHHHHHH MUST KEEP WRITING.

WORDS AND WORDS.

Must... avoid... ADVERBS...

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Friday, June 29, 2018

CampNaNo Right Around the Corner for July

I keep saying this. I keep looking for inspiration and moral support and the means and time to giterdun.

This coming Sunday is July 1st and the first official day for CampNaNoWriMo.

Doom me forever if I do not get my novel idea(s) done this time.

Just one novel... just to know what it feels like to cross that threshold...

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

National Writing Day Is a Thing Now?

Oh, okay, it seems to be something out of the UK:

National Writing Day is an annual celebration of writing designed to inspire people across the UK to get writing. Our message is simple: everyone has a story to tell and sharing it can be a source of pleasure and power.
On 27th June 2018, we will aim to inspire creative writing on a grand scale—young people are more inclined to write creatively if they see adults around them doing so and writing can benefit people of all ages. We welcome participation from any individual or group, regardless of age, gender, and cultural or economic backgrounds. Our aim is to promote all forms of writing and encourage communities to join in via a programme of public, educational and online activities.
National Writing Day is coordinated by First Story, a national literacy charity dedicated to changing lives through writing, and delivered in partnership with over thirty-five national literacy partners. It is made possible with support from Arts Council England and Old Possums Practical Trust.

Bloody Brits, thinking a novel can be written in a day. I've tried, it's not feasible even with a 3-Day Novel contest, best you can do is like 13000 words and that's barely a novella, how can I write a novel in a day when I've got to go to work at the library within the hour and this blog writing is cutting into that novel-writing time, you fiends no wonder you're falling apart to Brexit and...

Oh, it doesn't apply to Americans?! THANK YOU GEORGE WASHINGTON! (runs away)

...anyway I've got plans for Camp NaNo this July... so I'll be busy then.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

OFFICIAL: Strangely Funny V Now Available IN PRINT

The news is out, and so is the sixth volume of Strangely Funny Volume 5.

...

Yeah, and it's supposed to be a trilogy OW stop hitting me.


Best way to find it is on Amazon right now, follow this link here to get to it. The eBook version for Kindle is here too!

You can purchase a copy, but I would suggest holding off on that because as soon as I am able I hope to offer a FREE autographed copy giveaway event to promote this! PLEASE STAY TUNED!

If you don't wanna wait, please do buy a copy and I hope you enjoy my story "The Pumpkin Spice Must Flow." If you do purchase, kindly leave a review for the book please and thanks.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Camp NaNo July 2018 Motivation

HIT ME! (slap)

Tell me I need to finish a novel for once in my struggling artist life!!!

Link here to follow the atrocities when July begins.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

NOW AS eBOOK! Strangely Funny V Now Available on Kindle!

For those of you with ereaders - well okay, Kindle only - Amazon.com now has the 2018 edition of the sixth volume of a five volume set (don't ask) of Strangely Funny!

Somewhere in the madness of hitchhiking ghosts, devil deals, and double-parked cars there's a tale of coffee zombies titled "The Pumpkin Spice Must Flow" and I hope you enjoy it.



Granted, it's not in a print copy I can autograph for ye, but the physical books should be coming soon!

Please buy a copy if you're a Kindle user, and please let all your Kindle-owning friends know about it and the previous volumes (and I have stories in two of the earlier volumes as well)! You should find a lot of the stories hilarious!

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Attending Florida Library Association Conference 2018

So I will be at the conference, focusing on getting the word out some more for our state's Outcomes and Standards.

But it's also the big weekend for the Orlando MegaCon. With Kaylee!

Busy busy busy.

Monday, May 7, 2018

Strangely Funny V: COMING SOON

With many thanks to Mystery & Horror LLC, who accepted my short submission "The Pumpkin Spice Must Flow," their latest volume of the Strangely Funny humor/horror series is set to come out this month!


See? Even the gargoyle is hopeful! Or amused. Or plotting to eat my vital organs. It's multiple choice, people...

I should get more information on exact day of release, and there should be some blogging interviewing going around, so keep informed here!

Monday, April 30, 2018

Writing Motivations: Finding Something Consistent To Do

I think one of the things I look for in a writing project is a deadline, the idea that I have a goal to reach as much as I have a story to tell. I've got ideas - there's about five plots I've got bouncing around in would-be novel formats, there's eight Talents (superhero) stories on the backburner off the top of my head, just came up with a plot idea two weeks ago I haven't even fleshed out yet - but without a deadline or sense of urgency those stories just, well, sit there.

One thing that's been mentioned before and something I've finally taken a look at is this site Wattpad. It's a self-publishing submission site for storytelling, covering not only fanfiction but also original fiction. It tracks online readers so you can get an idea how many people are reading - and liking - your stories. You can publish in a serial format, meaning you can do a novel chapter-by-chapter. I'm not entirely certain of the copyright rules - if you want to pull the online work so you can go publish it as a print novel - but I think it favors the writer being able to control their ownership of work.

My Camp NaNo project may not necessarily fit this serialized format... but one of my other science fiction story ideas might.

I'm going to trying this out this month of May, see how it goes.

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Surrendering on Camp NaNo

I just can't keep up.

Writing this project just hasn't been any fun for me. I'm making this homework, and I've gotten too old for homework...

I still want to write, I want to get around to finishing this project (and Gods help me, some of the others) but right now I just can't get this alien invasion story anywhere near a finished draft.

I'm going to take a couple days to unwind, figure out what else I can do to get my inspiration back.

Sorry.

Go ahead and slap me like I asked earlier. I need the public shaming.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Cat Video: Friday the 13th

I know it's a little late getting posted, but here's a black cat enjoying some snacks on Friday the 13th.


Saturday, March 31, 2018

April 2018 Writing Projects

1. Cleaning up some of my short stories to submit to the FWA Royal Palm Awards.

2. Joining Camp NaNo this month to complete the YA alien invasion novel.

3. Slapping myself each hour I don't get any damn writing done when it could get done.


I expect to be covered in slap bruises by the end of next week.

Good luck to ye, too.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Quiet Man Question, Maybe a Pub Enthusiast Can Tell Me

Okay, so I got a question about this bit in the movie:

You can to scan ahead to the bit in the pub, when O'Flynn gets the gun to fire "one if by land two if by sea" and the bartender shouts "Gentlemen on a day like this, the drinks are on the house!"

And then all of a sudden every man there paying attention drop their whiskey glasses and refuse to take another sip.

I don't get it.

I'm a teetotaler, so I'm not hep to such things.

Is that a man in Ireland pays for his drinks regardless of the free and unhindered offering of a drink?

Please comment below.

In the meantime, here's my dinner movie I'll be watching as I eat Mexican food.

...what?

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Just Noting for the Record: PI DAY

March 14th translates to 3.14 which are the first three numbers in pi, an irrational number that in theory goes on forever because it defines the curvature of a circle, which has no corner, meaning it keeps getting smoother and smoother and smoother but never stopping as you zoom into the infinite of nanospace and...

ahem. I'll start over.

It's Pi Day.


MMMMMMMMMM PI.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Librarianship and Social Media

In terms of marketing, libraries need every form of outreach they can think of.

But Facebook can only go so far. Tumblr requires near constant updating, as does Twitter.

Is Snapchat a good way to get teens more interested in using the library for reading or school work?

What other social media apps might work?

Suggestions? Please comment.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Submission time! Yay!

So again, I'm rushing up to the deadline for submissions, but hey I got this in this morning!

I submitted a short story "Knowing Dragons" to Darkhouse Books for their planned Shhh Murder anthology. I spotted it on a listing of online submissions - thank you, Gwendolyn Kiste! - and while it's in a genre - cozy mystery - I'm not usually working in, I noticed it was perfect for me in one regards.

The editors were going to give extra credit to anyone with a librarian background.

So, here's hoping the story passes muster!

Saturday, February 3, 2018

February 2018 Misdeeds In Action

Deadlines are coming up for various writing projects.

No more distractions.

The next blog entry I post will proclaim a story finished.

I swear it.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Dragons on the Wind of Morning, RIP Ursula Le Guin

What sane person could live in this world and not be crazy?
-- Ursula K. Le Guin

A writer is a person who cares what words mean, what they say, how they say it. Writers know words are their way towards truth and freedom, and so they use them with care, with thought, with fear, with delight. By using words well they strengthen their souls. Story-tellers and poets spend their lives learning that skill and art of using words well. And their words make the souls of their readers stronger, brighter, deeper.
-- Le Guin

“You cannot buy the revolution. You cannot make the revolution. You can only be the revolution. It is in your spirit, or it is nowhere.”
-- from The Dispossessed

And now I need to read The Dispossessed.

I read her Wizard of Earthsea back in 8th grade.

I read Lathe of Heaven back in high school, maybe 11th grade.

I read Left Hand of Darkness in college, can't recall the year though.

I should have read more of her works.

Granted, I was content with reading Douglas Adams, and Frank Herbert, distracted by some groundbreaking writing in comic books during the 1990s and all.

But Le Guin was groundbreaking in her own way. Feminist but not overtly militant, philosophical - a Taoist - but not preachy, insightful in every way.

She passed away just now. A bright light in fantasy and science fiction lost to us. There are other lights, other voices, but hers was brighter than most and our world now diminished.

“I do not care what comes after; I have seen the dragons on the wind of morning.”
-- The Farthest Shore

Monday, January 1, 2018

2018 Resolutions

I keep kicking myself to do these things.

1) Get that damn novel finished from NaNoWriMo. I have four still in the works right now! /headdesk I *should* focus on the most current one, because there are emotional and personal needs to do so.

2) Start and submit a short story submission for this: Shhh... Murder anthology published by Dark House Books. Deadline is February 28th.

3) Exercise more. My diet's only going to do so much as I'm cutting back on my food intake from the holiday months.

4) Clean up that ghost girl story I have, make the changes my beta-reader suggested to improve an ending I think is hurting its submission chances.