In an attempt to keep up the momentum with this blog, I’ve decided to give you another update. This one will list out what I worked on during the month of February. It hasn’t been bad for a short month.
I received and approved the galley proof edits of my SF/Horror story “Sat Down Inside Her” that will appear in the 3rd annual New England Horror Writer’s anthology. Also, provided an updated bio for the book.
I began work on a reimagining of an unsold 3k short story formerly known as Halloween’s Child. Having learned a lot about crafting a salable story since I wrote the original version in 2011, I was hit with a bit of inspiration on how I might make it viable. I’ve already tacked on a new opening scene and smoothed out the writing. Much like my novel WOLVES OF VENGEANCE, this story combines horror with the thriller genre. And I’m definitely expanding the thriller component. The horror thriller is kinda becoming my thing.
Year of the Demon (Conspiracy/Crime Thriller): I continued working on the 3rd draft of this 90,000 word novel. As I really dig in and polish the work I realize how much I’ve learned since I began writing this draft. The polishing stage is always the most frustrating and the most rewarding. So much needs to be fixed and rearranged, but it’s always fulfilling when the work is near to its final form.
The Tower (Paranormal Haunting/Woman in Jeopardy Crime Thriller): I’m now approximately 20,250 or 81 pages into the first draft of this novel. So far, it feels like the best thing I’ve ever written. And yes, this novel would be considered a horror or supernatural thriller.
Proxy Mate (Dystopian SF): I haven’t made a lot of progress on this novella. My process is to work on multiple stories at a time. If I get stuck on one I just let it sit while I work on something else. I also tend to move back and forth between stories during my writing time. I’ve found I’m more productive this way, but some stories fall by the wayside. I’m sure I’ll get back to it in the month of March. As it stands, I’m 11,250 words or 45 pages into this novella.
Called my Mom & Dad twice a week on average this month.
Called my Aunt and Uncle to thank them for a gift.
Burned CDs for my Mom & Aunt.
Visited my Mom & Dad for breakfast.
Celebrated my birthday (Just like Jack Benny, I’ve had another 39th birthday).
Gave Patty roses for Valentine’s Day.
Sent my nephew a copy of the Signed Limited Edition Hardcover of The Zombie Survival Guide by Max Brooks for his birthday.
Another month where I unfortunately didn’t make any seminars.
Five rounds of shadow boxing 2-3 times a week with Patty.
Practiced Kali sinawali solo and with Patty.
Practiced Ukemi skills.
Fitness & Health
Lost two pounds of fat this month. Slow and steady–I’ll take it.
I’ve been in a biphasic sleeping pattern. Next month I need to change my schedule to allow for more sleep time during the night.
Had a Field of Vision Test. The test came out perfectly. I have no glaucoma damage.
Had an appointment with my glaucoma specialist. He changed my eye drops to a lower dosage of medication, and moved me over from a generic to a brand name. He gave me a discount card to reduce the cost of the medication.
We sold our Wii that had been sitting in the entertainment center gathering dust.
I cleaned out and organized the entertainment center.
I unplugged any electronics we haven’t been using to save on the electric bill.
General cleaning and maintenance.
I tried Glenfiddich 12 this month. I find it has a smoother taste, less complex, more candied, more like a bourbon, and less mouth burn/heat. I like it best of all the whisky I’ve tried.
Not a big month for movies. Busy, busy, busy!
After Earth: ** mediocre, muddled, miscast.
That’s it for February. March is already coming on full force and swinging for the rafters. More soon…
My novel is FREE on Amazon today and tomorrow. I’d love for you to grab a copy. Trick or treat? You tell me. If you read it, I’d love to know what you think. Honest reviews on Amazon and Goodreads are also welcome. Thanks for your support.
THEY ARE COMING…
In high school Jack was a bully, an alcoholic, and a drug abuser. As an adult, he’s turned his life around. But his past is catching up with him. His old friends are dying of a curse cast all those years ago. Now Jack must return to his hometown to stop an ancient evil that is hunting him.
THEY WILL SHOW NO MERCY…
Captain Amanda Rann has a failed marriage, two little girls that she loves, and the toughest black ops mission of her life. But Rann doesn’t run. There are creatures headed for Wellington Massachusetts, and when they come she’ll be locked and loaded.
AND BEFORE THE NIGHT IS OVER THEY WILL DRAG TWO OF THEM TO HELL…
Katty LaRocque played the tough rocker chick in high school. Now Fifteen years later she’s looking back on her dreams unfulfilled. Then Jack comes back to town and brings an excitement with him that she thought was gone forever. But it’s what else he brings that just might get her killed.
WHO WILL DIE?
Detective Adrian Callahan misses his wife and can’t find a new meaningful relationship. A young woman has disappeared and he’s determined to find her before the investigation goes cold. But then Jack returns, along with a string of wild animal attacks, threatening to take him off the case permanently.
I’m extremely excited to announce that my story “Malfeasance” will appear in the New England Horror Writer’s inaugural anthology: Epitaphs. The anthology is slated for release on 11/11/11.
Jeffrey C. Pettengill “To Sleep, Perchance to Die”
Paul McMahon “The Christopher Chair”
Kurt Newton “A Case of the Quiets”
Scott T. Goudsward “Build-a-Zombie”
John Goodrich “Not an Ulcer”
B. Adrian White “The Possesor Worm”
John M. McIlveen “Make a Choice”
Michael Allen Todd “The Death Room”
Rick Hautala “Perfect Witness”
Holly Newstein and Glenn Chadbourne “Stoney’s Boneyard”
Trisha J. Wooldridge “Kali’s Promise”
David Bernard “The Sequel” David North-Martino“Malfeasance”
Stacey Longo “Private Beach”
Christopher Golden “All Aboard”
L.L. Soares “Holiday House”
Steven Withrow “Lines at a Wake”
K. Allen Wood “A Deeper kind of Cold”
P. Gardner Goldsmith “Alone”
Roxanne Dent “Pandora’s Box”
Michael Arruda “Chuck the Magic Man Says I Can”
T.T. Zuma “Burial Board”
John Grover “Windblown Shutter”
Stephen Dorato “Cheryl Takes a Trip”
Philip Roberts “The Legend of Wormley Farm”
Peter N. Dudar “Church of Thunder and Lightning”
I really liked this anthology. It stared off a little slow but when it picked up, boy did it pick up. As soon as I got to “Remaindered” by Lee Goldberg it started chugging along, full speed ahead. This is a professionally written, polished, and edited e-book by writers who are at the top of their field. You really can’t go wrong by picking this up, especially for the price. It has a little something for everyone.
Here are some of my favorites in the order they appear:
“Remaindered” by Lee Goldberg: As I already mentioned, this is a great story. If you like humor with your murder and mayhem, you’ll like this one.
“Fire in the Sky” by Joel Goldman: this is a very nice period piece that’s flawlessly written. You get much of the same richness you’d find in a novel in this short story.
“The Baby Store” by Ed Gorman: think of the movie GATTICA, only darker. Gorman likes to punch you in the gut and leave you down for the count.
“The Chirashi Covenant” by Naomi Harahara: THE JOY LUCK CLUB meets THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS. Need I say more?
“El Valiente en el Infierno” by Paul Levine: this could have been a very politically charged story but Levine manages to humanize both sides and offers us a lot to think about. Fantastic!
“A Handful of Dust” by Harry Shannon: Shannon shows just how close the line is between noir and horror—then he crosses it. I loved it!
Anyway, I think you get the picture. I highly recommend this anthology. Go on and read it and find your own favorites.