Thursday, April 11, 2013

Verbiage? What Verbiage? I Don't See No Verbiage.

Which about sums up my lack of writing this year. But, be that as it may, I shall make a genuine effort at regaling you with tales of daring do, or rather, tales of from the deepest darkest cranny of my brain.

Anywho, it's been a very long while since I've told everyone what in the wide wide world of sports is going on with my writing, so I thought I would take the time by telling everyone what the agony of victory and the positive thrill of defeat is going on.

With that being said, let us get rid of said cliches and get on down to the nitty gritty of what's what with what.

shush, i am on a ron-a-roll here, so sit back and enjoy.

Line 21

Line 21 has been out for about five and a half months now, and I'm very proud with the way things have been unfolding with it. While it has been a series of ups (out as an e-book and as print) and downs (having to shut down a book signing early due to complaints, and striking out at a few fairs because of the content), I am very proud of what I've accomplished for myself. No matter what else may happen in my writing career, I will always look back on this moment with an overwhelming sense of pride.

So if you haven't had the chance to check out a truly unique piece of quirky fiction that is a smidgen of romance, a smidgen of mystery, a large slice of paranormal fantasy, a healthy slathering of reconciling personal values with the real world and a positively overflowing wading pool of exploring the salacious side of life in all of its glorious excesses, here is a five page preview of what Line 21 is all about.

A Shadow Warrior's Redemption

Not much going on with this at the moment. I have three queries out and I'm doing a careful search and destroy for other publishers to query. I haven't forgotten about writing a few posts about it (much like I did with Line 21) but things have been a bit chaotic for the past few months in the real world and I simply haven't found the time to do the topic justice. As soon as I can find the time, I will write some very intriguing posts about it.

Time To Go

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about getting back into the swing of things with my writing. A few days later, I gave serious thought to what a particular commenter had said about always moving forward. I was already have second thoughts about merging my very decent chapbook into the slush novel of the same name, but this particular comment basically pushed me into the direction that I really needed to go in, but not with the item that I've been experiencing a major conundrum with ever since I started writing the damn thing.

My personal slush novel.

You know, the one that was inspired by a particular disgusting scene from an Australian crime movie in a genre that I have a love/hate relationship. Where I had taken pen to paper and wrote a particularly scathing blog post about back in 2011. The one that if it ever got published, people would look at me in a not-very-good-way.

Yes, that novel.

Last weekend (4/5-6), I took out that novel and spend the better part of the weekend getting in touch with my inner demons and the plot line. I did a little editing, took a few more notes, clarified a few others and thought, "WTF am I getting myself into?"

I eventually answered the question on Sunday while having lunch with the wife: I started writing down new character names in a memo pad. In front of my wife. You should know that in the almost 7 years that I've been writing, I have never, ever, ever written down anything related to a story in front of my wife. Ever.

I'm sure you're curious as to what I wrote, so I'll tell you, and afterwards, you can let your imagination run completely wild as to what kind of novel I'm actually writing.

Two of my lead characters were called Toi and Davy, which if you think about, aren't really fitting for a novel of this kind. So I changed them to Tomas and Dean.

Have fun. Nice shot man.


  1. My wife's actually a great muse. I love to bounce ideas off of her or write things down and have her tell me what she thinks. She may not be a writer, but she's a good reader, and that counts for something.

    Also, hmmm, if I have to guess... The next novel you're writing is an erotic sociopolitical thriller about the Krampus?

  2. I'm laughing - I'm always making notes...on whatever is handy (because invariably, an actual piece of notepaper is never at hand)...and I do it in shorthand (probably a completely lost skill nowadays)...and no one knows what the heck I wrote down. :)

  3. You have a right to be proud. You've accomplished much already in the past couple of years.

  4. ABFtS: My wife has read a few of my short stories over the past year and is currently tackling the polished hard copy of my novel (I have a copy in a 3 ring binder). I normally don't try to bounce ideas off of her because I'm still at that stage of being overly paranoid about offending her with my writing. So I'm very slowly introducing my writing to her.

    And no, no erotic sociopolitical thriller. Although that does sound like a good idea.

    Talon: As you know, my hands are not that great, so my handwriting has gotten to the point that unless I actually print in LARGE LETTERS, I can't decipher my chicken scratch.

    Uggh. :D

    Charles: Thanks. I am indeed proud of what I've been able to accomplish with my writing. And like I said, no matter what happens, no one can say that I didn't give my absolute best in pursuing my dream.

  5. Yes, I'm curious. And curiouser.

  6. I do a lot of messy stuff on my table, so it's always covered with those little free newspapers. When I get a good idea I always scribble it on the table, If I can't hurry to the appropriate one, cause in a minute I will forget.

    Sounds like you're off n running-

  7. Snaggle: To a degree, I am.

    While this one didn't thoroughly catch my attention like my first one, it has caught enough of it to force me to pay attention to it.

    And since I'm going to pay attention to it, I might as well do it right.

    M: Curiousity killed the cat, although in this case, curiousity will leave an image permanently seared into your brain.

  8. I'll second Mr. Gramlich's comments. I do that a lot.

  9. David: Thanks. That really means a lot to me. And you'll always have special place in whatever acknowledgements the future may bring with my writing.

  10. Oh my - if I didn't scribble notes, I wouldn't remember anything. Sounds as if you are on a good roll with ideas right now.

  11. Lynn: I pretty much keep my note scribbling to what I need to remember at work. I rarely do it at home, and when I do, it's usually related to writing.

  12. Hey G, glad to see Line 21 is doing so well! You have put so much effort into your writing endeavors, and it's nice to see it paying off.

    Oh, and yes I'm still alive! Hahaha.

  13. Gumby! Glad to hear that you're alive and well and living in the suburbs!

    Thanks for the compliment!


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