On the up-swing.

It’s been a little while since we last had an update, and there’s a good reason for that. There hasn’t been much done, so there hasn’t been much to update everyone about.

I said it was a good reason, I didn’t say you were going to like it.

But that’s been changing. After the frantic holiday season, along with the post-season lull and catch-ups, I’ve been getting back into my second work. Since, you know, the first-work keeps me fed and a roof over my head, but what ever.

How have I been starting off? Well, I’ve been reading a bit more, along with participating with other writers on a more recurring basis. I’ve also been – slowly – reinvigorating my presence with eFiction Magazine and am looking to get a story into them.

At the same time, I’ve gotten back into my GoodReads account. I’ve added a couple things onto my shelf over there, wound up in a couple groups, and am gonna make an effort to keep current with it. I even went to the trouble to make and throw a link to my account over on the sidebar.

Speaking of publishing, I’ve been of the mind to wrap up, clean up, and send (…up?) some of my current projects for publication. I’ve got two completed shorts, in the form of Echoes and When Death Comes, along with two other short stories that are currently in production. All that is required is a bit of effort to actually make sure they’re looking good and get sent out for review.

But what about beyond that? I mean, sure, some short stories will last a little while, but they won’t go on forever.

I am looking into the possibility of having a compilation of short stories publicly – and commercially – released around the middle of the year. It would have my published work (thus far), along with a couple other projects that haven’t been shown yet. I’d likely also go back and touch up earlier published pieces, though Synthetic Reality would be the biggest target of such work.

I figure that such a release would help open me up to a wider audience and get me started down the road of actual publication outside of magazines. At the same time, it’d also make me a target for some hard and heavy criticism and feedback on my quality and style, so that could be either good (and depressing).

Either way, as soon as I get a couple of things done and out of the way, I intend to crack down on myself like a hammer on someone’s fingers. That includes the short story work mentioned earlier, along with getting the draft of Under A Falling Sky wrapped up and ready for re-work (it’s gonna need a lot). That’s all before I even think about other ideas, currently planned novels, ect.

…I really don’t make this easy on myself, do I?

Thanksgiving

So here we are, it’s almost National Turkey Culling Day (also known as “Thanksgiving”). This is that absolutely dreadful time of year where one is supposed to be such things as “thankful” and “appreciative”.

Fine, I’ll put aside my cynicism for a few moments and let a few things out.

One year ago, I was in the midst of writing my first real manuscript. It was for a novel, The Veil, though that ultimately didn’t come to fruition (yet anyways). At the same time, I was giving the concept of actually going forward as a writer some serious consideration. Was it a crazy idea? Yes. Was I foolish for setting out on this path? Yes. Do I regret it? Don’t even think for a second that I regret it.

In April of this year, I was given an amazing gift by means of being published in eFiction Magazine for the first time. A couple months later, I repeated that success. After that, I threw my own short story out there for free. Each time I tried, I got a newer and larger audience of people who were keeping tabs on me.

Since then, I’ve been rejected a few times. Oh well, acceptance is nothing without rejection. There’s a reason rejection has the little known name of “C.B.O.”, or Character Building Opportunity. You find out pretty quick if rejection is that brick wall that stops you for good, or it’s the road bump that you just run the hell over while you keep going.

So what am I thankful for this year? Seriously, anyone who follows my feeds knows I am quite the cynic and can be easily annoyed. I am thankful, surprisingly, for quite a number of things.

I am thankful for my family who accommodates (for the most part) my whack-ass schedule and habits due to this work. I am thankful for having an ever growing reader base who helps motivate me and makes me try to push harder and faster for better material. I am thankful for the risks I’ve taken and the successes I’ve had, despite the fact I’ve never made a single cent on my work.

I am thankful to Doug Lance, EiC at eFiction Magazine, for giving me my published start. I am thankful to Brian White and the folks at Fireside Magazine, along with the ladies and gentlemen of Petrichor Machine, for the rejections they’ve given me. I’m thankful to Audrey Lee and Jonathan Barton for providing a productive and entertaining atmosphere for writing on these long November nights.

Perhaps most of all, I’m thankful for everyone who has offered me advice, suffered through my weaker material, given me a motivational slap on the back, and told me to stick my head down and write more. This gig, while non-paying and enjoyable all on its own, is made all that much more fulfilling and worthwhile due to all of your support.

Thank you.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have a day to survive, some bird to massacre, and words to butcher. Have a Happy Thanksgiving, everyone.

Announcement: (R)Evolution.

At this point, Guns of Asgard is currently sucking up time in the editing tank. Rather than work on the editing part of that story, which I’ll do after I’ve had a decent break from it, I am working on a new story right now.

What is that story titled, you ask? (R)Evolution.

The story itself kinda harkens back to my first published piece, Synthetic Reality. It takes place in the near future where cybernetic augmentation and prosthetic applications are available. The use of such applications is a subject of moral debate while the technology itself requires regular maintenance.

In this world, a cop ends up acting as a guard for the president of one of the leading cybernetic corporations. In the midst of riots and armed protests over augmentation and mechanical prosthesis, he winds up having to find where he stands on the issue of cybernetics while investigating a possible monopoly that could affect the lives of everyone who uses such technology.

(R)Evolution is looking to be a very promising story, at least in my mind. It brings back fond memories of my work with Synthetic Reality, which is always a good thing.  While the idea and setting itself might seem cliche anymore, I’m hoping to give it some solid characters and an interesting story to tell.

Just thought you guys might like an idea as to what’s coming up in the future. I figure once the first draft of this story is done, I’ll get to work on editing both it and Guns of Asgard. For now, time to enjoy the project.