Archive for February, 2010

Conference detox….


So the conference was AMAZING! I have so much to write about that I couldn’t possibly write ONE post to sum it all up. Instead, I will be writing several over the next month to catch you all up on what happened.

I will start off with this post and bring up something that is bugging me… post-conference detox.

See, a writers conference is to writers what Disneyland is to children: a magical wonderland that completely engulfs your life, altering your perception of reality momentarily, and you NEVER want to go home. Ok, so I have a wife and kids, but I still would rather have had them come to me!

This leaves you with an inevitable problem. The conference won’t last forever, and you have to be thrust back in to reality as soon as it is over. That is where I am now.

It is hard to do anything but write (and play with my kids). I want to read about writing, talk about writing, and soon, I will even be Podcasting about writing (look for more to come!)

Alas, writing is not paying my bills (at least not yet, and even if I “make it”, it STILL might not), so work I must. Until I win the lotto, write a best seller, or my wife decides that I would make a great stay-at-home Dad, writing will have to be second chair to work 🙁

Conference… and so it begins


Today was bitter sweet.  It started with a ticket, and a car accident. Not the best.

The middle of the day was filled with awesome people, and tons of work.

At the end of the day, I had some great food with great people and it was all sooooo worth it!

I will post more details when I am not TOTALLY zonked tired.

Double Deal Monday!


Society For Animals in Distress LogoI didn’t want to post this until I had something to show, but I actually was published again! This time, it was a true story for a no-kill animal shelter newsletter. The shelter, Society for Animals in Distress, is in Canada, but had posted in Absolute Write’s forums looking for help. I gladly responded to the call, having just adopted a new doggie myself.

Luckily, they really liked my story! Unfortunately for me, though, I was uber busy at the time and never got further than my first draft. I also missed the deadline, but decided to send what I had the next day anyway (unedited — gross!). The story was touching enough that they took it anyway, and here it is for your reading enjoyment!

Jan Newsletter 2010 V1.0.9

Dallas 2I have removed some of the newsletter per their instructions, but left their intro, header, and my story. Oh, and in case you are wondering what Dallas looks like, this is him 😉

Dallas 1

Sheal, my contact there, had also asked me to mention that their organization SAD, could really use your *ahem* TAX DEDUCTABLE *ahem* donations. They are in crunch time, and are in danger of closing their doors (and gassing tons of cute doggies).  In case you somehow missed one of the several other links, you can get to their site here.

In a sad turn of events, we had to get rid of Dallas 🙁 My wife became pregnant with twins (yeah!!!!!!!!), and the dogs were too much. Not only would they still jump at her sometimes (kicking her in the tummy, no bueno!), but the smell was making her throw up regularly. On top of that, their constant upkeep was too hard on her (those twins are really sucking the life out of her… literally!), so we found a GREAT home for Dallas and our other dog, Dakota. We know they will make their owners very happy!

Thanks again to Society for Animals in Distress for running my story!

Ok, now I am officially published!


Digital Dragon Magazine, February Issue Cover

Digital Dragon Magazine released their February issue, so now I can prove I am not full of beans (well, not all of the time anyway).

The flash piece I submitted was originally a blog contest put on by Natalie Whipple, author and owner of the blog Between Fact and Fiction. I didn’t win the contest (poor me), but I DID get it published (hooray)!

Natalie had sketched a totally awesome picture, and asked us, the readers, to write a short piece about what “might” be happening. Click here to “ooh” and “ah” over her awesome sketch.

So thanks, Natalie, for forcing–er, inspiring me to write this piece, and thanks Digital Dragon, for letting me share my work!

Revising is suprising


I started revising my main project a few days ago in preparation for the conference I will be volunteering at. Chances are NO ONE will want to see my work. If they do, though, I don’t want to show them something totally rough. While this is a fat cry from possible, better safe than sorry.

I’m surprised to find out how difficult revising can be. See, normally I write a few paragraphs, then revise them. Then I move on, leaving me with a better starting point. Usually, I have to look for showing vs telling, homonyms, and any MAJOR plot/character issues. This last project was started that way, but I kinda flew past the last several chapters.

Now, I am left to get my head back where it was, read, then revise. I often catch myself either getting lost in the read (forgetting I am supposed to be revising), or jumping around, forgetting where I am in the story (hence, putting in something chronologically incorrect).

It’s all part of the process, I suppose. I Definitely like the first stage of writing over the others, though.

Eating your own words


Ok, so I JUST posted about making time to write, about how important it is to write no matter what, blah blah blah.

This weekend, I was going to sit down and write the last two chapters of my first act. Know how much I wrote?




That’s right. None. I could sit here and say, “I had a migrane,” or, “I was tired,” but all in all… I suck at taking my own advice. All I can do is try again. Tonight is out (as is all Monday’s for my son’s Cub Scouts), and tomorrow is out too (as is all Tuesday’s, for my writers group), but Wednesday! Oh, Wednesday! I will have my victory then!