The Bright Image has Launched!

Things have gotten serious for this week!

First of all, Thr Bright Image, Clean Book 3, has released in ebook format! Check it out here.

This book was a bear to write, but the books I’m working on now actually have bears and other large animals in them in prominent roles, so it sort of works out. I’ve gotten to the point where I really like the book, and now it’s out there, so give it a try and see if you feel the same way.

Jethro Gall’s story continues in this volume, and next week book 2 will be on sale. Give all three a read, seriously, it would really help me out and get me blogging more positively if that’s important to you.

Thanks, and here is the cover again, with a link to the book as well.

Thanks for reading!

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The Bright Image Cover Reveal in 7 Minutes

Welcome back to the fastest blog in the west!

Hi folks! I know I don’t post here often enough, but today I’ve only got time for a seven minute blog.

Yet what a seven minutes it shall be.

Here is the cover for my next release, The Bright Image, book three of the Clean series.

I have a kind of resentful respect for this book. The rough draft mauled me, but now it’s done. As I edit and polish this book for publication early next month I look forward to seeing how people will like it. I will also be following it with a compilation of the first 3 Clean stories and some bonus scraps in volume one of the clean omnibus. The individual books are short, but hopefully, a full-length compilation of these stories will draw in some folks who would rather read a tome.

And a tome that one will be.

I thought The Bright Image alone would be pretty long, though it kept surprising me, which is one reason I took a while to finish I, far longer than I should have. Anyway, I’m happy with the story now, and am writing a rough draft I plan on submitting to a small press I think would appreciate it due to its genre.

The writing (and editing) continues as the heat here diminishes a little. It’s been brutal where I live this past week or so, giving us temperatures worst than most summers at the tail-end of springtime.

My tolerance for heat isn’t so good, and my laptop is worse than me. That said, I think the precautions I’ve been taking have set me up in a good place with this machine and should extend its lifespan. That’s good, because until writing starts pulling in more money I’m stuck with this machine and my main place to type.

But I’m out of time. Have a good day folks. Thanks for reading.

Seven Minute Check In

Well, what could that be? A 7 Minute blog? You didn’t need to ask.

I feel a little bad about almost going dark, given that last week has been the only one in a couple years I haven’t dropped a podcast episode over at mentalcellarpublications.com.

Between technical issues that wrecked the episode I recorded with the amazing Mur Lafferty and the ongoing Of Mooks and Monsters break, I took a time out from podcasts.

I’m still excited to return to releasing episodes, but writing has to get done sometime, and podcasting requires a lot of mental space, at least by my standards. Writing also takes a lot of thinking power and time, and if I really had to choose one it would be writing. Luckily, that point has not come yet.

Having put that down, I really think I’ll be happier to write more and podcast less stressfully. Anyway, the next Clean book has been punishing as a book I’m trying to write. It’s a difficult project because at first, I didn’t know what I wanted from it. The more little elements from past settings I link to this world, the better I like it. Lately, I often feel as though I’ve been preparing this alternate future-world for most of the past four years.

So many of my ideas connect to this universe and fit in it. I like that, but writing a giant universe takes some getting used to rather than designing discrete worlds with their own rules for separate stories.

Anyway, this is a seven-minute blog. Brief: I am working more off the page than on it lately.

Write again soon.

Thanks for reading.

Drama Humor and Pinchy

Hey everyone. Got a few thoughts with a specific example for you today. The subject of this Friday the 13th is a bit of writing advice, an old saw for me, as it frequently annoys me how obsessed I used to be with it (And to some extent still am).

Let me just say that even good writing advice is clearly to use where applicable, and otherwise ignore.

On to the example. Orson Scott Card, regardless of your politics (And his are pretty disagreeable to me), is a pretty excellent writer at his best. He also has a couple writing advice books out there, including one called “Characters and Viewpoint.”

One particular piece of advice from this book is that the protagonist should be the character suffering the most who still has agency. Solid advice, if you ask me. If I recall correctly, Card also states that the greater the suffering, the greater the drama.

I think this advice is mostly good. The second part, in particular, rings true to me in an odd little example that wandered back into my mind this morning.

The lobster named Pinchy.

In an old episode of “The Simpsons” Homer (Our protagonist) accidentally boils his pet lobster while trying to give it a bath. This is a sad moment, and I guess it really does prove the drama increases with suffering. However, it does little to spoil the ridiculous bathos of Homer than eating his pet’s remains and gushing about delicious they are between his tears.

In this example, which I think is a funny episode, but one that leaves me feeling down, the humor really does come from the juxtaposition of the dramatic death and the ridiculous dinner.

In this example Card’s advice really does work, as the normally humorous Simpson’s episode is made dynamic by a tragic event.

Not every bit of advice applies equally in every situation, but if one considers the characters as if they were real people, and how they will feel in different situations, one can really deliver a dramatic punch even in humor.

Thanks for reading!

April 1st 2018

Happy Easter Fools Day, everyone!

For those who don’t celebrate Easter, please note this year the Christian holiday falls on April first, also called April Fool’s Day.

Not sure how necessary that line was. This is another 7 minutes of rapid blogging. No turning back now.

How can one enjoy a conversation where one is learning something? Not sure how to do it reliably, but I had a great recording session yesterday for Alive After Reading. The episode will air in about a month, given my large backlog, but in it, I experiment with a new-to-me main-topic structure, where the interview gives way to a larger subject in the second half of the show. In this case, the main topic was “Fear of Writing,” a subject I have been struggling with a bunch lately.

The result was good.

I already feel like I have some additional tools to get working more easily and less fearfully.

That conversation was with Canadian Author, Jim Jackson, and I have to say, it was well-timed for me.

In any event, I plan to kick some major writing into gear today, working around Easter events as necessary.

The result of writing fast is almost always more entertainment for me as a writer. I can type faster than I can imagine story most of the time these days, but the work part is always the initial sitting-down to work phase.

I’m happy today. Please wish me luck that this attitude continues to improve.

Sleep has been better over the past week. Writing has been building as I go.

Anyway, forty seconds to go. I’m pretty happy with my typing speed. Never mind that. Thanks for reading.

You can find my books at amazon.com. If you enjoy this blog I’m sure you’ll like The Mangrove Suite. Give it a read if you will.

Bye for now!

March 25th 2018 – 7 Minute Blog

Hey folks, it’s been a while!

What’s been going on with me lately?

I released book two of the Clean series back in February, and the third book is really powering up for release next month. Also, the audiobook for book one is due out soon, as voiced by the talented Daniel McAdam. I am becoming quite happy with this series.

Anyway, this blog post is part of a new series where I write the blog post rough in 7 minutes with a timer ticking away the whole time.

When it stops, I’ll head out. But I’ll be back again soon. Much sooner than last time.

Anyway, the work is still kinda slow. Kinda been low on energy for a while, but I’m looking into potential reasons why. The work is enjoyable, but I’m really excited to get back to the series, with a new book.

Really needed to churn for a while. This series is way more emotional than a lot of my books.

I’ll leave the links below. It’s gonna be a good year for my releases. Gonna spin this fast.

Anyway, low on time. I have this cool Patreon story I’m working on, and you can read the first two chapters over there if you back me for even one dollar a month.

Thanks for reading!

I hope to be back again soon, and I won’t be pimping so much in the process. Bye!

Launch day for The Cleanway!

Happy launch day to me and my new novel!

This day featured computer troubles early on, hence the late and abbreviated post.

The Cleanway is live! This book is the sequel to a little book called The Mangrove Suite. Currently, both books are exclusive to Amazon.com, and an audiobook for the Mangrove Suite is in production.

Take a look. Read. Review. Enjoy!

Thanks for reading.