27 January 2015

-- Hanzet on the horizon --

After a lengthy delay due to a series of unforseen circumstances, Hanzet has made an appearance on the horizon.

I have spoken with my publisher and he said that they plan to publish in the spring.

I started writing Hanzet way back in 2005 so I'm excited to see it so close to print. It is one of my personal favourites and I hope you'll have as much fun reading it as I did getting it written.

I'll announce the publication date when I know it. Until then, watch this space....

19 January 2015

-- New Year. New goals --

Now that I've ascertained once and for all that I'm a writer and there's nothing I can do about it, it's time to set some new goals for the new year.

To that end, here are the things I hope to achieve this year:

- Finish writing Alpha Retribution (Alpha 3)

- Self/Publish "8 Billion", "Odd Jobs", and "Captain Consonant"

- Read 25 books, of which at least 5 should be speculative

- Learn how to self-publish on Kindle

- Post a blog at least once a week.

I think that should all be achievable this year. I'll re-evaluate every quarter and adjust as necessary.

Happy writing for 2015!

5 November 2014

-- You know you're a writer when... --

So, last week I decided to call it quits. I've done this a number of times over the years but this time I really meant it. Really. I closed my WIP and folded my arms and glared at the screen. "No more," I said. "This writing lark is going nowhere."

Of course, sleep deprivation will do that to you. And stress. Combine them and you can't think like a normal person. It's like shopping when you're on a diet. A casual stroll past the bakery aisle reduces you to a zombie with no brains and zero capaciity for rational thought.

I spent the rest of the week determined that writing was no longer something I did. As per usual, I listened to my latest purchase from Audible, happy to be a reader and no longer a cog of the production process. At some point, however, the writer part of me took over. Yesterday morning, by the time I got to work, I had mentally written the entire first chapter of Alpha 3.

I would love to quit writing but I can't. I guess that makes me a writer.