The other night my friend Chuck Caruso and I hung out drinking pints and talking shop. Since he’s a fellow fiction writer, we talked writing, agents, making it, not making it, publishing, story, everything fiction! Like me, he started out writing short stories. I don’t know about him, but I needed to dip my toes… Read More FIRST FOR-REAL PUBLICATION | Like a First Kiss
On Friday night, C, K, and I went to a movie. It being C’s birthday, and because this was a girly-friend custom, C picked the movie (a creepy one, also a custom), which we ambled toward after happy-hour drinks and a little shopping. It just so happened that we passed a Barnes & Noble on… Read More My (Little) Taste of the Big-Time
I’ve had a few short stories published, and I’ve received author’s copies in the mail. But today I received a whopper of an author’s copy. A luscious, 460-page hardcover anthology that’s so fresh, it squeaks. And, ah, that new-book smell, my nose up against the spine from the inside, no doubt killing brain cells sniffing… Read More Hey, There’s My Name on the Back Cover!
I think, but I’m not sure, that I started off this week a million times more sane than last week. Don’t get me wrong, at various points over the weekend stress nipped at me, reminding me of its existence while I went about my business trying to have a weekend away from the work. That… Read More A Little Sanity
After so long, it’s great to see signs that Two of the Deadliest is sliding into the home stretch toward publication. It might be coming out in the U.K. first for all I know, because the U.K. edition’s cover art is available online. Good looking cover, isn’t it? Many of the writers that Elizabeth George… Read More “Outstanding Women of Mystery”
Remember the funny post I wrote about developing a story in four days to meet a deadline? (This post.) I started with less than nothing. Truly. My brain was so empty of ideas that it was vacuum. No way, I thought, can I come up with a plausible idea by deadline much less write it up.… Read More Story Got Accepted!
Here’s what I will not do over the next few days, or even weeks: I will most emphatically and deliberately and stubbornly not read over the short story I wrote for a 9/30 postmarked deadline. No way. Because when I read it — which I will, but just not in the next few days or weeks… Read More What I Will NOT Do in the Next Few Days
Earlier this week I Google-searched the title of the anthology that will contain one of my short stories. It’s called Two of the Deadliest, and I hoped to discover its publication date, originally set for 2008. You’ll see I’ve updated my sidebar: April, 2009. Sigh. Besides the pub date, my search also returned results for many well-known novelists who have… Read More Practicing my Shameless Self-Promotional Skills