Saturday, May 30, 2009

May Wrap-Up

May is coming to a close this weekend, for which I am glad. It's been a great month for movies (Wolverine, Star Trek and Terminator Salvation all rocked), but a very bad one for finances. My telephone survey job ended much earlier than expected, and nothing else has come up (and not for lack of trying). I had an interview for a call centre job last week, but they went with someone who could speak Spanish. I just can't compete with that!

The stress of the situation has affected me terribly, and my writing has suffered. Since finishing Kids Who Know, I've only been able to complete one chapter of my next novel (tentatively titled A Walk-In To Remember). I also had to skip another convention, and thus another chance to promote EVIL?, because I couldn't afford to go.

I did get another royalty cheque. It seems just over 300 copies of EPOCH sold between July and December of last year. I'll be able to put that amount into a round of grocery shopping.

June holds plenty of promise. If I can just land a job and start paying down my debt, the stress will ease off and I'll be able to get creative again. Plus, the new Transformers movie comes out this month! It's good to have something fun to look forward to.

Fear not, readers. All is not lost, and I'm doing the best I can.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

First EVIL? Review!

My friends at the Canadian Review of Materials (CM) just posted a review of EVIL?! You can check it out here.

Wow, a 4-star review! I am very happy.

From the review:
“Carter's novel is satirical, downright funny and also thought-provoking. Whether read as a somewhat titillating and action-filled fantasy or as a deeper treatise on the origins and meaning of evil, it will have appeal and huge entertainment value for many young adult readers and specifically younger teenage boys.”

On that high note, I wish my Canadian readers an awesome Victoria Day weekend.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

May The 4th... rats! Too late

I missed the chance to do my annual bad joke by ten days this month. Just haven't felt like doing much in the way of posting. Or writing, for that matter. I've pretty much settled on my next novel, but it took a while.

Today is my last day doing phone surveys, at least for this particular company. Their need for extra staff is over. Too bad, I was just starting to like the place. More on that in another post. The point is, I'm unemployed yet again.

I hate being unemployed. Almost as much as I hate actually working! I feel like I'm no closer to finding that one perfect job for me, like I'm just spinning my wheels.

Wart Zapped 5: The Final Chapter

Okay, I know this isn't news. I just really love sequels.

The wart is gone, completely. The skin on my knuckle where it used to be has healed, leaving no trace. I am a wart-free man.

It has been quite a struggle, but I survived to tell my tale.

And now it's told.

Unless I think up an excuse for a Part 6.