I know I have been away for a while, but now I am back and I’m going to put forth a much better effort in maintaining this blog – since last chatted with all of you, I’ve put out another book:
This one is also an experiment as I am trying to drum up sales by attaching it to a website service which I’ve mentioned this blog. Which means hopefully this shady little operation will get some traffic…which means I should write something here as a proof of life. So…other than some several starts and stops to books (no surprise to those who know me) there hasn’t been a lot going on. It’s just me trying to not destroy my computer with well-intended fixes and trying to squeeze in writing at work and home. I am going to get back on track with this (stop laughing, Rob).
On the work front, as I mentioned that I’ve finished one book in a month and I am working on a new one. I’m hoping to get this one finished and out by year’s end. The title – and this one I am sticking to! – is The Marvelous and Malefic Doomsday Medicine Show. It takes place in the same fantasy world as The Quietest Heart, but in the future (not jet-pack and lasers future, more like 400 years ahead – similar to pre-World War 1 Europe). I have a couple other projects that take place in this time period that I am also trying to work on. The fun part is the research on that time period. There are a lot of advancements that I never really thought of happening then, like refrigeration. I’m trying to bring in some modern conveniences for that time but justifying them with either ‘magic’ or ‘we have rocks that do that’ (like smokeless gunpowder, refrigeration and antibiotics – parenthetical note: the rocks aren’t the antibiotics). It’s an interesting time period as far as technology, social issues and politics.
Anyhow, I do want to thank someone for getting me back into this: Amanda Hillard-Beam. A columnist for the local paper – she has some witty insights in being a mother, journalist and bon-vivant. I’m going to try to get back into the 500 words-a-day schedule with this. I’m trying to think of anything else that’s come up…oh, I have taken up photography as a hobby and a side business venture. The cover for The Dreaded Day Job is one that I did on my own. I would like to say that I’m doing this because I primarily have a deep passion for the visual arts, but to be honest – it’s cheaper for me to make my own book covers. Seriously. A good book cover runs upwards of $500.00. If I can save myself some money, then by all means I’ll do it. Could also turn into a way of making a little money, who knows?
Well, I should get lunch made and finish getting ready for the day. At least the computer is still alive.
Oh – remember that picture of the nice, neat desk?
I hope y’all have a good day.