February 2014

100% of “A Little Too Broken” ($33) to Wounded Warrior Project

February 28, 2014 // 0 Comments

Because even though Count Taxula is coming for me, keeping 50% of those royalties and only giving $16.50 is not going to significantly change April 15th’s weather forecast of Doomed with a Chance of Thunderbolts. But even the smallest amount (cough this means get your ass on the site and make your own donation cough) can help change the life of a wounded veteran, so once again, 100%  of the month’s profits for “A Little Too Broken” are out the door to WWP.  I could split it between IAVA and WWP as I’ve usually done, but seriously, splitting $33?  And though, yes, lobbying is important, I feel a much more visceral sense of satisfaction, a more personal sense of accomplishment, sending the money to WWP.  So in a month where I have to pick one of the two orgs to get it all, well, it’s a no brainer for [MORE]

Cracked 40,000 on “Tenth Muse”

February 27, 2014 // 0 Comments

Well, I’ve never been to Venice, but I sure feel like I have, after all this “total immersion” research.  Using Google Street View to walk the lanes I’ve never seen, or hitch a ride on a vaporetto, making sure I get the right start time for the annual Gondola Race, seeing what the view is like from the romantic, one-table crow’s nest atop the Hotel Giorgione… It’s as close to making a place “feel real” as I can get, having never been there. Greece will be easier, because Dane and Jackson’s quest is about to take them to an island that, well, I’ve basically made up, using elements from real islands (so yeah, research there too, but not to the granular level I had to do for Venice).  So I can put anything on it anywhere I want, and nobody can give me a one star review for putting the church on the wrong corner or setting some ancient ruins where they don’t “belong.” I HOPE I can finish this one in [MORE]

35,000 words into “Tenth Muse”

February 22, 2014 // 0 Comments

…and taking my time.  Like I said earlier, it’s so weird to realize that I have to slow down to get somewhere faster.  But:  I’m seeing that the slower I go with this, the more I see to change, to improve, in what I’ve already done.  And hell, “only” 10,000 words in the 18 days since I last posted on this?  Compared to your average layabout one-a-year novelist, I’m still on fire! Dane is in Venice now, just about to meet Jackson-don’t-call-me-Jack.  I’ve been reading books, watching Rick Steves videos, combing the interwebz for photos of the hotel Dane is staying in. (I picked the Hotel Giorgione, because it’s really nice and off the beaten path, because Dane doesn’t want to be in the touristy part of Venice, and of course sexy photographer Jackson lives in the “native” part of the city where his family has had a place for, um, I’m thinking five hundred years?) It feels weird to be writing about [MORE]

Colum can be your slave for .99! Here’s a HUGE FREE EXCERPT!

February 18, 2014 // 0 Comments

Get it here!  Got the weirdness figured out with the ‘zon – after I copyedited/prettied up the front matter on all three Colums, I and III got stuck “in review,” then went live, then weren’t actually live….  Anyway!  I loved loved loved writing these stories, and at least in my mind, the series isn’t over, though who knows when I’ll get back to it. And yes, I did a lot of research, and despite the cover art, I do know that Vikings didn’t have horns 🙂 COLUM’S VIKING CAPTIVITY – HUGE EXCERPT!!! THE ISLAND OF IONA – 806 A.D.   What little light there had been today was fading.  The normally gray skies were black now as a storm moved onto the coast.  The cold drafts that crept through the cracks in the wood and stone kept attacking the candles, and the flickering light strained Colum’s eyes as he tried to focus on the page. Brother Fedelmid would be here soon to check on him.  Again.  His gaze lingered on [MORE]

Congratulations to Michael Sam!

February 10, 2014 // 4 Comments

It takes a lot of courage to announce you’re gay right before going into a business that’s ripe with homophobia.  Here’s an excerpt from “Given the Circumstances” when Roger comes out to his dad and they discuss what it means to his potential NFL career.   MINOR SPOILER ALERT to set the scene – this is just after Roger’s high school team has played their first game since the death of Roger’s friend and first crush, the previous quarterback: After the team’s celebratory pizza and soda, Jacob took Roger home.  As they walked in the door, Jacob asked his son into the study. He poured him a very small glass of the Laphroaig, enough for the ritual of his son’s first drink with his dad. They clinked glasses, two gentlemen in their wing chairs.  “Congratulations, son.” “Thanks, Dad.”  Roger wasn’t and wouldn’t be a drinker, and hated the taste of the whiskey, but fulfilled the ritual by taking a sip. “I know this was [MORE]

Guest blogging on Lily Blunt’s site today!

February 8, 2014 // 1 Comment

Check it out here! 30k words into “Curse of the Tenth Muse,” and guess what, kids?  I’m hiring an EDITOR for it!  I know!  Shocking!  But I found someone I like, who can work as fast as I do – it just couldn’t have happened with someone who works at a tradpub pace, who’d take longer to edit it than it took me to write it. I’m rereading “Given the Circumstances” now, for the first time since pubbing.  And yeah, I’m catching those “D’oh!” moments with an eye to fix them and repub.  But the thing that strikes me most is…damn, that’s good!  If I do say so myself.  And I know I outlined and re-outlined, and researched, and did timelines so that I didn’t have for instance NCAA regulations in place in 2008 that weren’t in place till 2012.  And while I wrote it in a white heat, still, I gave it the time it needed, took a few weeks off in October to just let it…rest while I [MORE]

25,000 words into “Curse of the Tenth Muse”

February 4, 2014 // 0 Comments

…my Great Experiment.  There’s NO SEXIN’ in the whole book.  None.  It just…has to be that way.  It’s a romcom.  But it is what it is.  I dunno what happens to it when it gets published.  I know it’s a good STORY, so there you go.  Like Dane, its main character, with the romances he’s compelled to keep producing, it’s a story I have to write. It’s completely superblocked (my word for not just sketched out but completely plotted out, end to end, including most scenes and even some conversations).  So it’s perfect to write while I force myself to do for “Reunified” what I did for “Given the Circumstances” that made it so good, and successful:  do the research, outline like a MoFo, draw out the plot again and again, draw the characters, the side characters, the places, the events.  And take my time doing [MORE]