The Beast Awaketh

So, remember that whole, “I’m going to post an essay a day about Nanowrimo,” thing? Yeah, I know, I’m still laughing too!

Seriously, that was . . . a little short sighted of me. I thought juggling three jobs and writing a novel and writing an essay a day would be easy, but eh, c’est la vie.

Hope you’ve all been well. I’ve been a little busy, (see above), but things are going well.

Letsee . . .

Well, in big news, I’ve made a second short story sale to Nightmare Magazine, headed up by the Mighty Wizard, John Joseph Adams. It’s a horror story, now entitled “It Was Never The Fire.” Soon as I get news of its arrival, I’ll let you know. I’m very excited to work with JJA and Nightmare, and over the moon to have sold another story.


As a young author, every sale is just another brick in the foundation, another sign that you’re doing something right. Hopefully, I can keep it up.

Of course, I have to give a shout out to my mentor, the inimitable Kat Howard, who has been kind and insightful and incredibly gracious with her time. She’s worked with me on a few stories, and every time she not only highlights what’s working, but provides solid ways in which to improve the story without changing it so that it’s something different entirely. If you’re an author in need of critiques or guidance, I cannot recommend Kat highly enough. She’s fantastic.

Likewise, if you get a chance to take a class with Mary Robinette Kowal, do it. I took a weekend intensive short story workshop, and it was a great experience. For three days, seven other talented writers and I sopped every bit of knowledge from Mary that we could, (as well reveled in her 17[!] typewriters). It was a lot of fun, and well worth the time and money. If you get a chance, jump on it.

So yeah, life is a little busy. Aside from all the great stuff above, I’ve been bouncing between a full time job, a part time job, a freelance gig, and finding time to write. Surprised as hell that I managed to get Nano done this year (though thanks to Mary for allowing her workshop to count towards the full count!), but I managed it.

The novel is progressing forward steadily, though I’m taking the next week or so to outline through the end. Nano made me blow past whatever outline I had going for me, so I need to plant my feet in the dirt and steady myself, take stock of where the hell everyone is and then move forward again.

This novel has been my brain for some time, and it feels great to actually get it on paper (or the process at least), but it’s been making me think. For some reason, and this may be because I’m a sadist, or I have way too much ambition, but I have an idea for a Grand Universal Theory for my works a la Brandon Sanderon or Joe Hill. What are everyone’s thoughts on that? For, against? Special circumstances? Sound off in the comments and let me know!

For now, I’m wrapping up a few short stories, while waiting on a few other stories that are out in the aether (and not that silly red cloud from Thor 2, calm yourself Malekith). One’s over with Shimmer Magazine, while another has been with for a bit. So fingers crossed, folks.

I’m going to stop promising this or that or the other thing on the blog. I always seem to set a bar for myself, look at it later and go, “Oh, uh, yeah, but uh, this thing? Sorry, have to do this thing!” I really do enjoy blogging, but it’s going to have to be on the, “whenever I can steal twenty minutes,” kind of schedule.

Still, keep an eye on this space. I’ve got some fun giveaways coming up, especially for all those writers out there. Some nice beers too. Because yum, beer.

Links of Note:

Geeks Guide-My buddy Eric Smith’s book, The Geek’s Guide to Dating is now out, in all it’s shiny glory! Grab a copy, it’s a fun, insightful read. Watch the blog for a review and giveaway soon. Now to go test out his advice. ::grabs han solo vest from closet, covers self in Axe Cologne cloud::

-Mentor Superstar Kat Howard has a new short story out with Apex Magazine, and it is beautiful and haunting and all sorts of scarypants in its implications. Check it out, and if your heart is hurting afterwards, well, be careful.

-Fireside Fiction continues to not only be one of the sexiest magazines out there, it continues to provide wonderful stories too! Check them out and subscribe!


-All around wizard and gentlemanly writer, Patrick Rothfuss, has officially launched his fundraiser, Worldbuilders for the year! Go and donate. It’s for a great cause, with great things on the table.

Alright space cowboys, be good. Write on.


NaNoWriMo is Here

Life has a nasty habit of getting in the way of my blogging. A recent promotion, the holiday season, terrible 16 hour work days and a potential third freelance gig have conspired to take me away from the sweet, sweet love of WordPress.

But, I am back my friends, and all for one very important reason: National Novel Writing Month.

Yes, it is that time of year again, friends, that time when friends, family and fun are left behind so that we can begin climbing that mountain of 50,000 steps, that peak that seems so far away at the beginning, but soon is found to be conquerable.

I will be doing my fourth Nano this year and I encourage you all to join me. Now, disclaimer, I AM cheating a bit. I will not be starting a fresh project tomorrow at 12:01 AM. Rather, I am using Nano to add 50,000 words onto the novel project I have already begun work on.

Is this cheating? Am I a bad person? Maybe. If you wish to banish me outside the circle around the fire, I will understand.

However, if you can forgive me for this, then come along with me, on this most NaNo of journeys. Whether you’re an established writer who needs a boost in motivation, to get work done, or a new writer, ready to take the plunge into Novel Land, come along.

I will be posting an essay every day here at the blog, all about writing, with tips and tricks for NaNoWriMo, as well as writing in general. I’ll also post some beer love up here as well, since it seems like it’s been forever since I’ve done that.

As always, this disclaimer: There are no absolute truths to writing, nor especially to writing advice. I am terribly underqualified to shill out what I believe to be advice, especially to new authors. I am not the Be All/End All of writing advice.

But I do know some things, and maybe some of those are true. If anything, maybe you will find them helpful.

It starts tomorrow.

If you’ve always wanted to write, if you’ve never had the motivation or support or confidence, well, you have it here. Take up thy pen and start writing.

1,667 words a day. 30 Days. One story.

Let’s do this.