Thursday, April 11, 2019

Coming Soon: Strangely Funny VI

I am proud to announce a new humor-horror anthology is coming out this year, the next installment of Strangely Funny (this one is the seventh but it's numbered Sixth, we'll explain later)!

The editors forwarded the book cover, see below:


The story they accepted is "How a Vampire Gets A Tan," a sequel of sorts to the "Minette Dances With the Golem of Albany" published in Volume III. If anybody enjoyed reading that and the other Dhampyr story "I Must Be Your First," I hope you enjoy this follow-up as well.

I'll let you know when the book is available online for print and eReader!

Sunday, April 7, 2019

Getting Back Into The Superhero 'Verse I'm Writing

I've settled on the plot ideas I've been bouncing around in my head since 2004. It's gonna be a story about a man who meets a woman during the war.

...

Okay, so I'm ripping off the plot of the Book With the Blue Cover (wherever it may be on our shelves). BUT DAMMIT I'M TIRED OF SUFFERING FROM WRITERS BLOCK.

(activates lightsaber before heading into battle) CHARRRRRRGGGEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!

Saturday, March 30, 2019

As March Rolls Out, April Rolls In

I know I promised to find a work I had on the backburner and clean it up for possible publication through IngramSpark to see how the experience went.

Well... one month later and I haven't gotten anywhere near fixing that project and getting something going.

There's every excuse I can throw out there, but the basic answer is I am just not feeling it. I'm bummed and stressed about three to thirty things that don't even have to do with writing, and I'm bummed and stressed about that.

I'm looking back at about ten years of working on NaNoWriMo projects and finding not a one of them - whittled down to five solid candidates - grabbing my interest to get done.

Even with Camp Nano starting again this April, I am feeling challenged and unmotivated.

I am one of those poor souls in dire need of a Muse. Might be Thalia (for humor), maybe Clio (for history/non-fiction). It's a damn shame the Greeks never set up Muses for Sci-Fi / Fantasy fiction. :/

Anyone know the hourly rates of a good Muse?

Sunday, March 17, 2019

It's St. Patrick's Day, You Know What THAT Means!

Well, I have gotten to 500 posts on this blog, and I'm getting there by way of neither librarianship nor writing.

I'm getting there by way of posting yet again on St. Patrick's Day clips from one of my favorite movies The Quiet Man:


Ahhhh, the Quiet Man.

Impetuous! Homeric!




I need to update my passport and save up more money to make a trip to Innisfree meself.

Sunday, March 3, 2019

If I Can Clean It Up, I Have A Work To Publish this 2019.

If you note my habit of writing for November, I will on occasion finish a rough work-in-progress and win the NaNoWriMo prizes for crossing the 50,000 word mark.

Now that I've gotten a few side projects out of the way, I am re-tasking myself towards cleaning up that particular WIP and using a particular prize to get it out to the world:

A self-publishing discount with IngramSpark.

In case you're not a librarian or bookstore manager, Ingram handles a lot of book and AV distribution. With the growth of self-published works, they've jumped into that market - competing with Amazon's Createspace, you might have heard of that - and they bring to the table an advantage of providing print / ebook for market to libraries and brick-and-mortar stores (the stores are not obligated to display books, but you may be able to make personal arrangements with stores in your area).

As a distributor, Ingram has a decent reputation, so this may be something that can help a self-published guy like me find an audience.

We'll see. First things first, EDIT MY DRAFTS. :)

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Submission Time 2019: RPLA Attempts

Well, I hope I am wiser and sadder about this year about my chances in the Florida Writers' Association's Royal Palm Literary Awards.

This time I shan't get my hopes up too high. I will remain even-keeled well past any Finalist standing(s) I might earn.

I am putting in for more entries this year. Not only an unpublished Short Story submission, but also a Published Short Story (I shouldn't say anything until later which it is), and also a NEW category they are offering in the Non-Fiction category: Short Non-Fiction covering articles and BLOGS (oh, yeah, I have one of those).

We'll see how my year goes. Wish my stories luck, peeps.

Saturday, February 2, 2019

Happy 5th Birthday to Mal the Krazy Kat

Facebook reminded me that I posted images of Ocean giving birth to her kittehs this weekend, right around the 4th Quarter of the Seattle-Denver Super Bowl where the Seahawks were just mashing the Broncos.

Mal is in that pile somewhere.
I named them after six of the characters from Firefly: Mal, Zoe, Jayne, River, Simon, Inara. I kept Mal because black cats are harder to adopt out (River was a tuxedo kitten like her mom and Inara was the grey kitteh: they went first).

So here we are five years later, and here's Mal being the same crazy cat he's been since Day One:


YOU try keeping a birthday hat on a cat.



Woohoo.

Sunday, January 27, 2019

Asking for Artwork Commission for this Blog

I need to spruce up the WELCOME page I'm creating for the blog - to support the new www.paulwstories.com address - so I'd like to get in touch with any comic book or fantasy genre artists for commission. I know some people don't want to work with my Comments site so just click on my EMAIL link here to chat with me.

I'd like to get something done by May, if possible.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Making Changes at This Blog

Check out the Writings tab on the menu above!

And I should be adding more books as this year progresses!

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Busy New Year's Day 2019

Just been doing a few things here and there.


  • I got the "Face In the Light" submitted to a magazine, see how the response goes.
  • I am updating my web address info for self-marketing. I went out and snagged a new domain that I will use to redirect people to the blog here. Which may involve me renaming a few things here and there on THIS site.
    The new address is www.paulwstories.com 
  • I am redoing the Writings Tab on the menu above, adding book covers to the links to provide visual info for people to follow. This is still a work in progress and may involve a complete rehaul of things.
  • I am about to start work on a specific story for a specific submission, may the Old Gods and the New protect us.


Hello, 2019!