Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Next Wednesday June 3rd...

...is the launch date for the first of twelve (or maybe thirteen) 6000 word short stories written by me. A new one appearing each month.

So - the first Wednesday of each month a new story starts in serialization.

Each following Wednesday, a new chapter is posted for you to read for free until all four chapters are done.

However, if you wish to buy the story in a DRM-free PDF document that option will be available at the end of each chapter.

Eventually, there will be a POD paper collection of the stories and then you can all give me as much money as you like. I'm only looking for 1000 True Fans, and I need each of you to help me find one more. Starting next week. Together we'll dial in a universe of pulp short stories.

For now, though, I'm heading out of the state to take some time and breathe again. Come back and bring someone with you and I'll tell you a tale of a journey that takes the traveler where he needs to go, rather than where he wants to be.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Recharging



The last ten or twelve days has produced little usable writing, and I’m writing this as an exercise before I pop back into the Insulated Man’s world. The stress of the day job has been considerable, and I’ve been using my mornings to exercise again which was something I hadn’t really done for about six months. I have been alternately exhausted and frustrated in the mornings with weather, work and my weight so the exercise is really necessary as it helps me clear my head and see things more clearly.

The time away from everything else, just concentrating on what the body needs to fire up is always good. I have worked out story issues, work problems and even how to say things to the family while I’ve been walking. About three years ago I started doing this regularly and saw my weight decrease dramatically, which helped me feel better physically and mentally which allowed me to excel at work and feel more creative. Two and a half miles in about forty minutes or so is all it takes. I highly recommend it if you’re not already doing something exercise-wise for yourself. It really does help.

So does getting away from it all. I’m heading out for a vacation soon, before the launch of the site here. I’m going to take a few days and head out to Colorado where I got the idea to write short stories in the first place. I’m taking the computer and the cell phone, but there’s no wireless, no internet but for dialup in the house. I will be off the grid for several days, and that’s as good as it can get. On top of that, I’ll be in the mountains in spring, where it’s cool/cold in the mornings and perfect in the afternoons. There’s even the possibility of snow, even in late May.

I need this, I’ve earned it and I’m going to take advantage of it. I can take a couple of hours each day and likely crank out some good amounts of writing then spend the rest of the time with my family. I will be refreshed (anyone else wonder why we don’t have Heinlein’s refreshers yet?) and ready to fire up the first story on June 3rd.

More next week on how the actual setup here will work. Meantime, be good to each other and do a lot of reading.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

3 Weeks to Launch

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Rambling thoughts and ideas next week. Right now I'm so back and forth on how I want this to go I can't stand it. I wish I could just decide.

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

GroupThink

After I completed my 2008 NaNoWriMo novel, I joined up with several other locals and we have become a writer's group that meets at least once a month if not more often. These folks are great at critiquing work in general and have helped me enormously, especially with Teller, the first story that will launch here on June 3rd.

It's important to get things like feedback from those you trust, and this group is definitely becoming one I can trust. At our last meeting log lines and query letters were brought up, as was Elmore Leonard's 10 Rules for writing. If you're part of a group, though, you have to be willing to put yourself and your ego second to the good of the group.

For my part, as much as I'd like to think I am, I'm not especially good with people. I wish I was, I try to be, but sometimes I think I'm being funny and it comes across not being funny at all. I've offended several people over the course of my life (okay, dozens, hundreds lots) without meaning to. It's never on purpose and I'm always horrified after I've done it, but can often see what I've done wrong without meaning to. In this group I'm doing my best to be as removed as possible and not be too overly-friendly because it's important to me that I not alienate anyone here. I need this group to help me get better.

How this affects you readers out there (and there are a few of you) is that it makes the writing better. I will ask you, once the stories are posted, for feedback and I want you to be honest, to not hold back and still be constructive. While we may not be strictly interactive on the creation and editing of the stories here, your opinions and thoughts will certainly inform me better going forward.

I'll be taking a short vacation the week before launch, so I should be good and rested and less nervous about the work. Come back next week and I'll have some more details about exactly what you're going to find here once we start 'dialing in a Universe of modern pulp short stories'.