State of the Author

Tired. Frustrated. Tired of.

I admit I’m not having a good morning. I’m frustrated with my lack of progress on my writing and publishing projects. Although I don’t have as much overtime to work as I did earlier this year, what overtime I do manage to get is more physically demanding.

Now I’m finding myself struggling to meet monthly expenses; working harder for less income. It can be disheartening , to say the least. What downtime I get has to be spent literally to rest.

I’ve also found I have a harder time concentrating lately. I don’t know how much of that is due to exhaustion, both physical and mental, or to the hormone changes which accompany perimenopause.

I had hoped to finish the print formatting for The Girl Who Fell from the Sky this past weekend. I didn’t even work on it. Hopefully next weekend. We’ll see.

Thanks for your patience.



That’s me. Had a 4 day weekend and didn’t do anything related to my books or this site. Nor do I have Dragon*Con as an excuse. Can’t afford to go. My mortgage and expenses eat my paychecks alive.

To be honest, I haven’t done any work on the print formatting for The Girl Who Fell from the Sky for the past 3 weekends. I am an unmotivated slug. Lately I seem to spend more time napping on the weekends than anything else.

I am going to try to get the book ready to go up soon. Just have to apply some self-discipline.

To all my friends and followers of this blog who DID attend D*C, I truly hope you had an epic time. Maybe one of these years I’ll get back to that convention. (Only attended once back in 1989. Anne McCaffrey was there, and I’m a huge fan. One of my goals is to one day maybe approach her world building and characterization skills.)


Where do I start?


First, I need you, dear readers, to know I’ve been managing to do all the following stuff despite pulling 12 + hour days at work for the past 2 weeks. (Last week I logged 60.25 hours on the clock.)

I still haven’t figured out how I’ve kept up any productivity on my site management or writing or publishing.

Maybe I’m a Time Lord and don’t know it.

Speaking of site management …

I’ve worked through all the business cards I’ve collected at conventions so far (LibertyCon is just around the corner), and I’m working through the book marks now. I’ve also gone back to some of the older postings in the Smugglers Cove & Hucksters Haven and added links I Googled as well as corrected out of date links for dealer who’ve changed their websites.

After I finish with the book marks, I plan to go through the post cards.

Dealers, authors, artists, and entertainers put their swag out to promote themselves. I figure it’s good form to give ’em a signal boost.

Writing and Publishing

My process for writing Hunting the Dragon (Waves of Darkness 8), which is experimental for me, is to write the rough draft, type each chapter on my phone as finish it, then upload and paste it into the manuscript document on my desktop for later editing. This seems to be working nicely.

I’m typing chapter 9 currently.

There are only two episodes to go on season one of The Adventures of Pigg & Woolfe.

I have them ready to edit. Hopefully I can get the covers done and get both published by early June. I need to start putting together the file for the Season 1 omnibus, which will be print only. It will have the original line art for the episode covers as coloring pages, a between the episodes bonus scene and a world building monograph as bonus material.

I do plan to do a Season 1 B mini omnibus with episodes 7 through 12 and the line art in ebook format as a companion to the one I did of episodes 1 through 6.

I am verifiably and functionally insane, as proven by the content of this post.

On that note, here’s something to enjoy.

That is all.

Story Steps

Step one: WRITE IT!

Step two: edit and revise the hell out of it.

Step three: Submit or query it. BE SURE TO FOLLOW THE SUBMISSION GUIDELINES! !!!! I cannot emphasize this enough.

Step four: write something else while you wait for a rejection or acceptance from the publisher or agent you sent it to.

Step five: Repeat step two. If it was accepted, you’ll do this with editorial feedback. If it was rejected, you’ll do this to prep it for a different editor, agent, or publisher.

Right now, Ghost of Honor is at step three. I sent it to D. Alan Lewis at VooDoo Rumors this morning for consideration for inclusion in the HallowCon anthology.

Let the waiting game begin.


I’m sure that’s a real word. If it’s not, it ought to be.

I had not so much a brain storm as a brain cloud burst in regards to an in-product marketing ploy regarding the The Adventures of Pigg & Woolfe serial. It will involve pulling the currently published episodes and releasing revised versions. It does not involve changes to the story, just addendums. I want to plug introductions on the front of each episode which invites new readers to get any previous episodes and gives them the correct reading order of the titles.

On the end, I plan to add teaser questions to entice readers to get the next episode. I also plan to invite them to check out this website if they are interested in learning about my other stories.

Finally, I plan to overhaul the blurbs I just dashed out with more enticing ones on the individual Amazon pages for the episodes.

Werk werk werk.

I will upload episode 9, The Italian Connection, later this evening.

Moar Progress

For the fans of my Steampunk serial, The Adventures of Pigg & Woolfe: episode 9 is edited, and the cover art is in process. Look for it on Kindle sometime this weekend or early next week.

One of my goals is to have the first 12 episodes out and a hard copy full season omnibus available by the time LibertyCon rolls around.

For those of you eagerly awaiting the next Waves of Darkness title, Hunting the Dragon: I typed up chapters 3, 4, and 5 on my phone and have uploaded them to my desktop. Going to start chapter 6 today.

I am considering starting a Patreon page. I need to talk to others I know who’ve had them for a few years to find out what effect it could have on my taxes first. I was one of the ones who still managed to get one this year. I’d like to keep it that way.

I saw Lydia Sherrer is still on the list of attending authors for LibertyCon. A few, including the original Literary GoH for this year, Patricia Briggs, have had to cancel since the convention was forced to change dates and venues. I hope Lydia is still able to attend. I have book shopping to do and also look forward to visiting with her. Perhaps she’ll even bring her little Dread Pirate in Training along.

Hmm, since Liberty doesn’t have a replacement for Ms. Briggs yet, maybe I’ll hint to Brandy and Rich to see if Sherrilyn Kenyon is available. Haven’t had a chance to see her in person since a book signing she did in Orlando back in 2005 or 2006. I wasn’t able to attend the last Chattacon she was a guest at back in 2010.