Well, it’s been quite an eventful week. Starting with last weekend, my wife and I went shopping for a decent desk for me to work on. I currently have an old Ikea computer desk that I really outgrew several years ago. It has little surface area, and no drawers at all. My better half convinced me that if I’m going to take this writing stuff seriously, I need a real desk with real storage in it. So we went shopping and found a great U-shaped desk with a credenza, hutch, lateral file drawers, bookshelves, and about triple the surface area that I currently have. However, since we’re also looking into getting new carpet, we need to wait for the furniture until the new carpet is in.
Oh well, patience is a virtue (or so they tell me).
Then on Monday, I was honored to be one of the guests on the Dead Robots’ Society podcast! It was so cool to be part of the podcast that rekindled my interest in writing to begin with. In case this is the first time you’re reading my blog, I was on DRS because I had a short story (The Burning Land) in their anthology, Explorers: Beyond the Horizon. I urge you to get a copy, and not just because I have something in it. I’ve read about half of it so far, and there are some really good authors represented in it. And as icing on the cake (for me), the anthology has received its first review:
Jul 05, 2012
Anita King rated it
As a fan of the Dead Robots’ Society podcast, I have long anticipated the release of their anthology project, and it does not disappoint.If I could give halves, I would give this a 4.5.Overall, this anthology is a very enjoyable read. While a few of the stories have darker endings, the book carries a thread of hope and optimism throughout, especially appropriate for an anthology that focuses on exploration and the very human drive for discovery.A couple of the stories near the end didn’t really strike a chord with me, but most of them were just what I was hoping for. A few that I especially enjoyed are “The Burning Land,” by Jeff Brackett, “A Mournful Rustling,” by Court Ellyn, and “Beneath an Orange Sky,” by Andrew Hawnt. This book has given me a whole new list of authors to look out for in the future.
And of course, this week was also the 4th of July. So belated Happy 4th, everyone! It sucked that it fell in the middle of the week this year, but c’est la vie. The worst part of it was that our dogs don’t much care for fireworks, so we got little to no sleep, then had to get back to work on Thursday. (sigh)
Thursday I saw a great piece of artwork online, and was able to find the artist. I contacted Ana Fagarazzi about doing a cover for me for Streets of Payne, and will hopefully have the cover in a few weeks. I’m really looking forward to this. Ana’s artwork is phenomenal.
And I got an email from my editor regarding “The Road to Rejas.” She says she’s finished the story, has her notes, and we are scheduled to discuss round one of edits tomorrow evening.
I just finished my first installment in “EBS”, the book that Ed Lorn and I are working on together. It is shaping up to be quite the fun tale. It’s finally reached the point where I’m no longer writing the characters – they’re now telling me how the story goes. I’ve never been involved in a project like this before. We have a cast of characters, and Ed and I have split them up. He writes some of the characters, and I write others. What’s really intriguing about this process is that we work off of each other’s pieces – Ed writes part, sends it to me, and after reading it, I write my character’s response. Then I send mine to him, etc. It keeps the story fresh and interesting for both of us.
And speaking of Ed Lorn, I mentioned a few weeks ago that he had asked me to write a guest blog for him on the subject of prepping. Well, I finally did it, and he’s posted it on his website. Read “Ruminating on: Jeff Brackett on Preppers” and leave a comment.
I’ve also gotten a little more done on Streets of Payne. Working to get cover ideas to Ana has helped clarify some points about the protagonist, Amber Payne.
On a more personal note, my better half an I sanded, spackled, taped off and painted three rooms in the house. We’re now officially empty-nesters, and are responding appropriately – we’re rebuilding the nest.
That’s it for now. It’s midnight, and I have to get up in five hours to go to work. So until next time, stay safe.