Welcome to 2018!
While many of my friends have done 2017 retrospectives, all I have to say is that despite our country being dragged to hell, my personal writing goals soared last year. I met many of my favorite writers and editors, and I made so many incredible new friends, many of whom seem like family. I’ve written two novels this year (the first was trunked because it was a bummer, the second is percolating before it gets another draft). I took some amazing classes, sat at some amazing panels, ate some amazing dinners with creatives and readers and award-winning authors. If Jake of 2016 had ANY IDEA how awesome 2017 would be for me, he probably would’ve spent a little more time in the gym to get his cardio up so he could keep up with the new pace.
I sold a story in 2017 to Unnerving Magazine (and I’ll make sure to post about it when it’s available) and I was lucky enough to be part of Stephen Lawson’s POST-APOCALYPTIC TOURIST’S GUIDE project. I was so damned sick when it was released in December that I barely shared it, and certainly not as loudly as I wish I would have. Writing this story, THE POST-APOCALYPTIC TOURIST’S GUIDE TO LOS ANGELES was one of the strangest experiences I’d ever had with story. I tried to match the tone of the other writers, and I added WAY MORE action to the story, and guess what? That sucker MOVES. I’m very, very proud of it, and I’m excited to be part of the crew. If you’re interested you can check it out at Amazon HERE! If you check it out and want to let me know, or review it, I’d love to hear from you!
Right now, I’m working on my next novel. I’m not outlining it as much as I’m designing this sucker from the ground up, using everything I’ve learned this past year and mixing it with ideas I’ve had bouncing around for the better part of the last decade. I’ll be updating you all when there’s more to share.
There’s so much more to say, but I’m out of time. Gotta pick up the kid from school. So let me end with this:
Every day you have the opportunity to make the world a little better. Remember to laugh, to love, and to take care of yourself as well as those around you. Read a lot! If you’re creative, then take the time to create something! I appreciate you taking the time to visit here, and whether you know it or not you’ve helped to make this the most exciting and creatively-fulfilling time in my life. Thank you so much!
‘Til next time!