Productivity

So, working a split shift has been beneficial for me, if not the greatest financially speaking. (It has seriously curtailed my overtime.) The longer home time in the mornings allowed me to finally finish taking the tree apart and putting it away until Fall.

On the writing/publishing front, I’ve transcribed the early draft of Ghost of Honor and transferred it to my desktop for further editing before I submit it.

For my Waves of Darkness fans, I’ve also made good headway on chapter 2 of Hunting the Dragon.

AND … I finally did the line art for the cover of The Adventures of Pigg & Woolfe: 8 Chance and Fortune. It is scanned, cleaned up, and transferred to the tablet for coloring.

Now I need to get the gumption to redo the flooring in the cats’ room. Uh-huh.

Oh, before I forget: I will be pushing books at ConNooga this weekend in the Chattanooga Convention Center. I do NOT have a table. Just look for the old pirate wench with a roller bag full of books. I have copies of Demon Bayou, Silent Fathoms, Black Venom, Hell’s Dodo, The Daedalus Enigma, and Maelstrom of Fate.

While I’m sold out of book 1, Blood Curse, I’d be more than happy to email a free .doc copy to anyone who buys one of the other books.

I currently don’t have a newsletter service and will NEVER abuse or sell anyone’s information.

Update!

I’ve finished chapter 2.

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Being Sick Sucks

Apparently it was my turn to get the 24 hour stomach bug that’s been making the rounds at work; this on top of a sinus infection. Woke up barfing about 4 this morning. At least that was the only time. I also have had an on-again off-again fever that has peaked at 100.9 degrees twice today. Fever has broken, and I’m feeling better, which means I should be okay to return to work tomorrow.

I’d planned to start on the cover art for episode 8 of The Adventures of Pigg & Woolfe today, but I’ve spent most of the day in bed.

On another note, I’m almost through with the first draft of a comic/horror short story I plan to submit to Voodoo Rumors for hopeful inclusion in an anthology to help raise funds for HallowCon. I’ve titled the story Ghost of Honor. I’ve been writing on it for just a little over a week, which is probably the fastest I’ve ever written a story. If it isn’t one of the stories selected for the anthology, I may look into self-pubbing it, with HallowCon’s permission (since it mentions the convention and its owner as part of the theme).

Right now, I think I’m gonna take some cough syrup and go to bed.

Captain’s Log: Chattacon XLIV

Classic CCPPE (Con Crud Personal Protection Equipment)

Had a blast at Chattacon 44. The convention returned to its home hotel, the historic Read House. The hotel has undergone renovations in the past year.

Personally, this was my first time in the place since my senior prom in 1984. I took probably as many photos of the hotel as I did of con-goers.

Didn’t sell any books, but I will have a table in the dealer room next year. I plan to have physical copies of the season 1 omnibus of The Adventures of Pigg & Woolfe as well as what print copies of any Waves of Darkness titles I have left.

Star Wars was the convention theme this year in honor of the guest of honor, Timothy Zahn. He was more than happy to talk all things Star Wars and Grand Admiral Thrawn.

Charles Urbach, the Artist Guest of Honor, does things with PrismaColor pencils I never dreamed possible. Even though he only had an hour for his workshop Saturday morning, he gave LOTS of advice on type of paper, tools, and techniques which can help make a colored pencil illustration look as fabulous as a traditional painting …and SCAN well. Where was this information when I was creating the art for Silent Fathoms?

Anywho, as predicted, I did not stick to my original plan on which panels to attend. I missed one entirely because of Facebook’s silly algorithms and my inattention. Stephanie Osborn’s panel, Kiss Your Ash Goodbye: The Yellowstone Super Volcano got missed because I didn’t catch that the date on her FB post about cancelling because of flu was from LAST YEAR. (Seriously, why that showed in my feed when it was not prefaced as a “shared memory” is beyond me.)

I did attend Writing Horror: The Long and Short of It, featuring Special Guest Tim Waggoner, Terry Maggert, Gregory Nicoll, Stephen L. Antczak, and Dr. Ethan Mills.

Also attended over the course of the weekend: The Book Was Better, with Rob Howell and D. Alan Lewis. (There are 2 websites linked to Alan’s name.) Benefits and Drawbacks of Traditional versus Independent Publishing, with Nancy Northcott, Toni Weisskopf, MJ Kobernus, and Rob Howell. Wibbly-Wobbly Timey-Wimey Stuff:Time Travel in the Real World, with Stephanie Osborn. (All sorts of quantum physics, string theory, and M theory …I took notes.) Tudors and Machine Guns, with Louise Herring-Jones, Rob Howell, and Nancy Northcott. (Learned about the differences between academic history, alternate history, and historical fantasy, how to pull it off well, and what pitfalls to avoid.) Why We Write, with Terry Maggert, Wendy Webb, Toni Weisskopf, MJ Kobernus, and Scott Baker. How to Build a Book, with Rob Sommers. (Picked up a few pointers on fonts, formatting, and book design.)

I bought stuff. I went to the “socials” (room parties are not permitted, and you have to have a room key card to access those floors anyway), I took pictures, I visited the con suite (only finger foods since the hotel doesn’t permit hot food, either …LibertyCon goers keep this in mind …at least City Cafe is just across the street), and I visited with friends I only get to see at cons or online.

Pre-Convention News

Ahoy!

While I will be attending Chattacon 44¬†this weekend at Chattanooga’s historic Read House Hotel, I am not on any of the panels nor do I have a dealer table this year. I would post a list of the panels I plan to attend, but my plans are often subject to change at the last minute.

Still, if you can make it, just look for a fat old pirate wench. Chances are it’ll be me. (No, I’m not down on myself, just honest about my appearance.) I still have print copies of books 2 through 7 of my Waves of Darkness series available and will bring a few with me to try to unload around the convention. I sold out of book 1 at last year’s LibertyCon.

Covers Revealed

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Double Jeopardy has been added to the The Adventures of Pigg & Woolfe page under the menu heading for Books and Short Stories.

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Season 1: Episodes 1-6 has been uploaded to Kindle and should go live no later than Friday.

I finally¬†have a working title for Waves of Darkness book 8. Hunting the Dragon. I’m already three handwritten pages into it, which isn’t bad considering that was written during 10-minute breaks at work.

Last but not least, fellow author, D.A. Adams has finally released his fifth and final installment in his Brotherhood of Dwarves series, The King of Dwarves. I’ve been waiting for this book for a few years now. Although it is currently only available as an ebook, I hope some day it is made available in print. I’d dearly like to complete the set on my bookshelf. I’m looking at YOU, D.A. !hairy eyeball

 

Mail Boat Is In

All sorts of news to share!

The Adventures of Pigg & Woolfe: 7 Double Jeopardy is live on Kindle. I’ll add the link and cover art this evening after I get home from work.

Also to be shared this evening will be the cover art for the compiled episodes 1 through 6. I’ll upload that to Kindle tonight, and it should go live by Thursday.

I’ve finished plotting book 8 of Waves of Darkness and plan to start writing it today during work breaks. While I don’t have a working title yet, I feel this book is going to be fun to write. I fell down a research rabbit hole last week and worked out the names and personalities of enough Daughters of the Dragon (DotD) to flesh out 7 books for this story arc. I’m basing them off ancient goddesses of the hunt from various cultures. It was very interesting reading, getting away from just the Greco-Roman, Norse, and Egyptian mythologies I was fascinated with from childhood.

For now, I have to go to work.