Tag: fiction

  • Post-Hiatus

    Whew!  That was a long break.  But I had a lot to do, and I hate summers in general, so if I had posted anything, it would have come off as grumpy and verbally itchy, and that doesn’t do anyone any good.  Oh, also, there’s a new dog. But I digress. So, a lot has…

  • Completing the draft!

    Apologies for being invisible for a while, but as I’ve said more than once, I’m in the final stages of my latest novel, The Lost City of the Metal Men, and things can get…unpredictable.  I notice that, despite a couple of posts in between, I haven’t given an official update on the book since the…

  • 75,000 words!

    Yeah, yeah, yeah, I keep promising to give details of my new crappy novel, and I keep failing miserably.  This time, I have a good excuse: I was actually writing it.  And, I just hit the 75,000-word mark, which, if my outline is to be believed, is the three-quarters mark.  And so, to celebrate, I’m…

  • Reclaiming my mojo

    So, I threw my back out a few weeks ago.  Yeah.  That happened.  Not that I mean to complain or anything, only that, heaped onto my other medical issues of late, it’s rather prevented me from blogging as much as I’d like.  Funny how being helplessly flat on your back for a few days takes…

  • Meeting a bunch of liars

    About eight weeks ago, I was hitting up my favorite bookstore (Main Point Books in Wayne!), chatting up the proprietor, Cathy, when she asked me if I was meeting with the Liars on Sunday.  Naturally, I questioned whether she had me under surveillance. But it turns out, no, she was talking about the writers group…

  • Sharing thoughts with Colin Wolfe

    I’ve been enjoying a cool email exchange with fellow local struggling author, Colin Wolfe.  I know Colin from the Brick Playhouse days, when he was a fellow local struggling playwright.  He checked out the three-part post I did a couple of months ago, regarding the perils of self-publishing, and had a few interesting comments to…

  • The pitfalls of self-publishing, part 3

    In case you’re wondering, there’s no particular reason I’m attaching a photo of my wife and a chicken, other than I don’t have an image that illuminates the issue of self-publishing, and I enjoy bragging about my cooking.  My blog, my rules. In my last post, I talked about the valid reason why an author…

  • The pitfalls of self-publishing, part 2

    There are a lot of reasons to self-publish, but only one that I think matters, which is, you get to control everything.  The editing, marketing, distributing, cover design…everything.  Ev-er-y-thing.  If the book succeeds, there’s no one else to credit.  If it fails, there’s no one else to blame.  Which is damn appealing to a control…

  • The pitfalls of self-publishing, part 1

    All right, I want to talk about self-publishing, and I have a lot to say about it, so I’m going to break it up over a few posts.  I don’t know how many; I ramble a lot.  But so many of my friends and colleagues are asking me why I don’t do it, particularly now that…

  • Fran Wilde rocks Bryn Mawr! Insert “Wilde” pun here!

    So, instead of posting this last week, I took my Dad to see Captain America.  You wouldn’t think that would take all week, especially since we did it on Saturday, but I spent several days actively avoiding reviews and spoilers, followed by the process of simply getting my head into the correct space.  I mean, a new…