Tuesday, March 31, 2015

When The Muse Gets Drunk

   I know I've mentioned it a few times before, mostly on social media, but when the temperatures start creeping into the intolerable range, my brain turns into pudding and not the good kind. You want delicious double chocolate pudding flavored brains, look elsewhere. I get room temperature snak-pak tapioca pudding brain. 
   This is why my summer projects are typically something simple that doesn't require a whole lot of creative thinking. In 2013 I polished and published Dissonant, which I'd actually written years earlier. Last year I published Going Green, which was already half written as a blog challenge the previous fall. This year, I might be jumping the brain pudding shark. Introducing...

   I know what you are thinking. You're looking at the image above and sliding your eyes over to the calendar to note the date. I might have deliberately chosen to make my announcement today. Okay, I did deliberately choose today because April Fool's is my favorite holiday and I want you to wonder if this project is real or not.
   Well, the title is real, but no, that is not going to be the book cover. I just happened to have a photo negative picture of my dogs playing that looked sinister and I've always wanted to use it for something.
   The idea here is simple. I'm not one to put a whole lot of stock in ghost stories, but I am fascinated with the unexplained. I also can't deny that I have had more than my fair share of unexplainable experiences. As such, I thought I would try my hand at telling ghost stories. In no way will the events be exaggerated. Embellished, yes, because after all, I'm trying to write an entertaining story, but no, I will not gratuitously make stuff up. Names and genders will be changed to protect the guilty. Rest assured though, despite this being my first attempt at nonfiction, it will still, hopefully, retain the same sense of humor I've tried to inject into all of my stories.
   For better or worse, this will be the book that occupies my heat-addled tapioca pudding brain in the hell months of July and August. If all goes well, I'm hoping to release in time for Halloween, when everyone else is realizing that they might be able to make some couch change from that creepy pasta they wrote back in 2006. 

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Thanks Easter Bunny! (Bawk Bawk!)

If you've read any of my books, you might have noticed that I like to sneak in the occasional pop culture reference. What you might not have realized, being normal readers who aren't obsessively pouring over my works for hidden messages, is that I rather enjoy stuffing Easter eggs into every nook and cranny that I can find. I've often considered putting together a list of some of these little 'in-jokes' and well, seeing as it's nearly Easter, now sounds like a good time. In fact, the title of this post is an Easter egg.
There are no real spoilers, but for the sake of those who may want to keep some mystery between us, I've hidden the bulk of this post behind the jump. For those who want to know, let's get to it...

Monday, March 16, 2015

'Cuz I'm Fancy

   Oh look! It's makeover time once again! This time around I tried my hand at drawing. What you see up there is a sketch of Herbie's more dangerous cousin, Vlad. Vlad is not an A.C.R.O. unit. Vlad is a R.E.T.R.O. unit, which stands for Really Evil Transylvanian Robot Overlord.
   Initially, the image you see was just supposed to be a quick sketch on graph paper to see if I could draw something resembling a robot. But I snapped a pic, fussed about with Pixlr, and decided I like the semi-unfinished look Vlad's rocking.
   What do you think?

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Hats... So Many Hats

   In just two weeks, I have a new book coming out. It will be the eighth book that I've written since beginning this crazy journey a little less than three years ago. That's kind of crazy. Eight books. Granted, one is a novella and one is a novelette, but the other six are full length novels. Honestly, not to sound like I'm just piling the praise on myself or anything, but you have to understand that for decades prior, I didn't know if I had it in me to ever finish even one full length story.
   Of course, I can't even begin to expound upon how much the indie publishing and ebook revolution has had a hand in making this possible. If I had to seek out an agent and send queries to publishers back when I polished the first manuscript for The Eyes of The Sun, I might still be waiting for a reply today. Even in the best case scenario, where a publisher promptly says yes, I would likely still be waiting for the debut of my first book. I kind of have to take a moment to step back and appreciate this.
   Already, my head is swimming with ideas for the next book and the next after that. This is both the blessing and the curse of being self published. While there is an amazing swell of pride that comes with the term indie author, there's also the often glossed over fact that independent means in every aspect. As much as I would love to fight with the ideas in my head and begin my next adventure, I have work to do.
   You see, my latest novel isn't going to sell itself. Eventually it may, but right out of the gates, no. This is where I am required to take off the author hat (Figuratively, that is. I can't write with a hat on because my brain overheats. Have you ever smelled cooked brains?) and put on the marketing hat (Which I assume is a real shady hat. Like a fedora or a pork pie hat.) that doesn't really fit so well on my head. What I'm saying is: maybe the hat analogy doesn't work for someone with a small head. Moving on!
   That's part of the indie curse. See, the book I'm about to publish is fantastic and it's the second in a series, so there should be interest. Well... Maybe a little,but not as much as there would be if say, I was putting out another book in the Eyes series. Instead of writing more of the same, I refused to be fenced in and took off on a wild adventure into a completely different genre. Well okay, it's only completely different to those of us who are fans of science fiction and fantasy novels. I imagine that if we asked the general public, all of my novels would be weird or for nerds. (They are. Make no mistake about that. I am the queen of weird nerd books, dammit!)
   So... What do I do? How do I generate buzz? Well, for one, I've signed up to participate in the 2015 Author Cyber Convention on Goodreads. FYI, if you are reading this or are an avid reader and you are not on Goodreads, you need to fix that. It can be daunting at first, but hey, even I figured it out and as you might know by now, I'm so social media inept that GEICO could replace their cavemen with me. I know that doesn't make sense, okay, so shut up and pretend it does. The other thing I've done is... Well... I wrote a blog about how I have this new book coming out and... Oh... I'm actually still writing that.

   How awkward.