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It's been a weird month of dreaming for me. When I wake from a particularly viscous one my tendency is to lay real still and make sure none of it was coming true. As I lay there I can’t help but think of the ‘what ifs’ of the dream, what would have happened next? What if I had tried this instead of that? What if I am really, actually in a mental institute right now and I just think I work a 9 to 5? These little fantasies are amusing interludes before I fully awaken, firmly grasp reality by the tail and get myself back to sleep so I can get to my morning group session…er 9 to 5.

News and announcements

12/16/14 - I have added Chapter 27 to UA II.


12/08/14 - Tonight I have posted Chapter 26 to UA II.


11/19/14 - Nanowrimo continues and I'm not going to jinx myself by saying it's in the bag, but I am sitting at 42k words, leaving a mere 8 thousand to go. Of course that isn't a finished TZC5, is it? So I will continue to press forward at as brisk a pace as I can to try and achieve an impossible dream of a December release.  I have also commissioned two covers, one for TZC5 and one for Shiners, which is the next book in the pipe after the zombie one. I don't anticipate finishing the writings on Shiners until the end of January, after which I'll either get onto TZC6 or Fraser II (Tentatively "The City of Brass".) I like the idea of having covers lined up and paid for before I release the next book, so I might have to do that for TZC6 too, get it in the pipe in January and have it in my hands well before the book is finished.


11/02/14 - Yep Of the Dead and Dying is old news and I'm on to TZC5, so far so good! It's NaNoWriMo and while I'm not a huge participant in any organized activities (aside from man deck night and a day job) I do have a record of sporadic attendance in the annual write-a-novel-month exercise. It appeals to me somehow, I think, really it gives me an excuse to just go write. "Honey, I would come with you, but I have to get my words in!" See? Regardless of the excuse the results tend to be worthwhile, I should have a huge chunk of the book written by the end of this month, everybody wins!


10/22/14 - Of the Dead and Dying will be available on Smashwords on Saturday, Nook and Apple might take just a bit longer. Next time I will allow more lead time for the pre-order to work or just not use pre-order at all. I like the concept of pre-order, it puts a fire under my ass to get things done on time, but I still can't see myself using it until the book is actually complete.


10/14/14 - Of the Dead and Dying is out for pre-order on Amazon, the book will be delivered on October 25th, just in time for Halloween. The final draft was uploaded tonight, which is a lot earlier than I expected I would have to have it to them, so, yeah, I had to work a lot more quickly than I was expecting. I will post the story to Smashwords for sale on the 25th as well, but unfortunately it will not hit Nook/Apple until a few days after that. There is no seamless release in today's world of e-technology. 

Cover - Of the Dead and Dying



10/03/14 - Still editing UAII, and having some software problems. The cover is finished and looks fantastic, but as I haven't paid for it yet I won't premeir it. It will be here in a week when I put 'Of the Dead and Dying' up for pre-sale on Amazon. A really BLECK, sort of end to my week, for some reason I don't feel 'productive' when editing and my writing muse is urging me to edit rather than write.


09/30/14 - I'm deep in the editing on "Of the Dead and Dying" (UAII.) Plus I'm getting a few words typed as well. Sort of a different experience for me. It's good to know I can still experience new things, eh? I am about a quater of the way through with the edits, this first part is just overt grammar/spelling and nonesense type work, once I finish this I'll give it a full read through to catch any really bad logic misses and hopefully more of the grammar problems too. So far I have caught more than a few problems, but the cutting and re-writing have kept the word count pretty consistent, I think the manuscript is exactly 2 words shorter as of tonight. The cover is going well too, I've seen the characters on the front and they are stellar, if I can get the cover soon, I will put the book up for pre-sale on Amazon with a release date of October 17th.  


09/25/14 - Yesterday I finished writing UA II "Of the Dead and Dying" so today I've started writing in earnst upon TZC5. I'm going to try and keep the momentum going and finish it up before the end of the year. I'll concentrate on editing UAII on the weekends and shoot for an end of October release.


08/18/14 - "When you work hard all day with your head and know you must work again the next day what else can change your ideas and make them run on a different plane like whisky?" Ernest Hemingway I find myself reading of the classic writers often as of late... My own writing is at a standstill, but it is a busy time right now, what with school starting, people moving in and my finances in the usual jumbled mess. Sometimes I feel it is a wonder that I can find time to walk about and eat healthy! (Alas for my liver, this does not mean LESS whiskey in my day.)


07/30/14 - The editing of TZC1 continues, but at a slower pace. The writing on UA II continues, but at a slightly faster pace.  I've been diverted by chores, wonderful chores. Happily the propane tank is almost fully painted silver again, as is the undercarriage of the mower deck. I've orded the new law mower engine and should get it on Monday, Aug 4th, a few hours of toil and I'll be able to spend a couple more hours mowing my lawn for the first time in 3 weeks. It is in sorry shape too. Foolish, isn't it? How much fuel and effort goes into the social contract of having 'short grass' instead of 'long grass' outside of our houses? Maybe I'll wait another week just to thumb my nose at 'the man' in charge of such things a grass height, whoever that actually is.


07/26/14 - The editing of TZC2 is complete, again. I was pretty diligent the last few days and tackled it a few chapters at a time with breaks in between. For the most part I took care of minor grammar issues, but there a few mis-used words and outright nonsensical issues I found as well. The changes have already been posted to the distributors, but I have not yet (and probably won't any time soon) gotten around to replacing anything I have posted here yet. This morning has also been productive, I've opened TZC1 for editing and knocked out the first 10 chapters of that as well. If things go as planned I will have that book done mid-week and will start on the next book in line. I think "About a Woman" needs some editing love, followed by Undead Advantage, Undead Advantage II and TZC3. So many books, so little time. UAII is still coming along too, I have been writing on it fairly regularly, not making progress by leaps and bounds, but by steps and staggers. Still, every word written brings me closer to finishing.


07/23/14 - I have about 21,000 words left to edit on TZC2. It is going pretty slowly, but I hope to be finished (again) with it by Saturday. After that I will probably start TZC1, just to get it cleaned up too. I probably should have started with the first book, but it has been looked at over and over and over and I feel it is in better shape than book 2 was, so I decided to focus there first. I have a Vampire versus Zombie story rumbling around my head...I might get distracted yet again from editing.


07/21/14 -   So there is a zombie comic out, UnDead End, and I backed it on kickstarter at a level which included a cameo appearance as done up by the artist. As part of the rewards I was sent the pdf and gave it a read through that just left me wanting more. You can check it out here: https: UnDead End (//

Physical copies go out in August and I'm happy to support an artist of J Wright's caliber.


07/17/14 - I'm re-evaluating some of the things I've been working and deep into editing the old works again, this is a very time draining experience and I will not be posting anything with regularity for the time being. When I do post things they will be mentioned here and, probably, via the FB account (though I am seriously considering giving up social media for a while too.) Usually about this time of year I take a month or so off, so this is not unusual. See ya on the flip side!


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