First, I’ve been listening to some new podcasts about writing. (Well, new to me, anyway…) They are less about the craft of writing itself, and more about the business side. By the way, if you’re a writer, and want to hear some good tips about marketing and sales, try David Wood’s “Wood on Words” podcast. The other one I’ve just started listening to is “Authorcast”, co-hosted by (again) David Wood and Alan Baxter.
I also got a chance to read (and blurb) an ARC of Ed Lorn’s upcoming novel, The Sound of Broken Ribs. It is definitely Lorn at his best. If you like horror so twisted that you can’t tell the good guys from the bad, then this is definitely one to watch for. Fair warning though, Lorn holds nothing back. If you need trigger warnings, just assume they are all given.
And that brings me to something that I said I was going to start doing a LONG time ago, but never actually did. I’ll be reviewing books as I read them. I can’t hold to a schedule with this. Mainly because I simply won’t review anything I read that I can’t recommend. That means I won’t be reviewing anything that I don’t consider at least a four-star book. That’s not to say I won’t end up reading some clunkers, but when I do, I simply won’t review them.
This also means I won’t be telling anyone in advance what titles I’m reading. After all, if I mention that I’m reading XYZ by Joe Blow Author, and then I don’t review it, you would know I didn’t consider it worth the effort.
End Point Pangaea is off to the publisher. Well, technically, “Pangaea Exiles” is off to the publisher. In the end (no pun intended), the “End Point Pangaea” title just didn’t work for me. I started writing the story with the idea that there would be a single location around which the story would be centered, and for whatever reason, I initially had it in my mind that it would be called “End Point”. I don’t know why it came to me like that, but as the story grew, the idea of a single location was just too unbelievable, as well as too confining for the series. So when I sent the manuscript to the publisher, I also requested that we change the title. We’ll see what they say.
Year 12 – Y12 is officially going to be an audiobook, and Corey Snow (aka VoxMan) has officially accepted the offer. Of course, it’s all dependent on his schedule, as he is booked through some point in June. That means that will be the earliest he can start on it. But I’m just so happy that Corey will once again be the voice of the Half Past Midnight universe that waiting a bit longer is NOT going to be a problem.
Crazy Larry – While I wait on word (and the inevitable edits) from the publisher for the Pangaea project, I’m going to be hammering away at Crazy Larry. I know I promised several of you that my next project would be the next Amber Payne book (Payne and Suffering), but when I spoke to Corey about voicing Y12, he indicated that he would also be interested in doing Crazy Larry, and wanted to know when it would be ready. There’s absolutely no way it will be ready by his June opening, but I might be able to finish the first draft and get it to beta readers in a few weeks. After that though, it will need to go to editing, get a cover, etc. Too many of those steps are outside of my control, so I expect CL will likely still be a few months out.
Payne and Suffering – And just because P&S isn’t going to be my primary WIP for a while, that doesn’t mean I won’t be working on it at all. Two chapters are already done, and I will continue to work on it as time permits. My plan is to have more Amber Payne in your hands by late fall.
And this week’s pic is one to give you a few shivers. I was working in the garage last week when I moved a box away from the wall and found this little lady. Now, I’m not normally one who believes in killing snakes or spiders on sight, and I don’t have any sort of phobia with them. But a black widow is NOT something that I will leave alive around my home. I snapped the picture so I could be sure of the identification (the spider was around the corner, and so it was difficult to get a direct look at it), and when I zoomed the picture in and saw that my suspicions were correct, I got the bug spray and sent the deadly girl to “the bleedin’ choir invisible”. That means that this pic is now the only record that she ever existed, and I have to admit that I’m completely comfortable with that. If you love spiders and think I shouldn’t have killed her, just send me your mailing address and from now on, I’ll make it a point to jar them up and send you the next ones I find. Of course, you’ll have to cover the postage.
That’s it for now, except my reminder to stay safe. And I’ll talk to you again soon.