Monday, May 24, 2010

More On May

May has been a good month for me. Work has been steady, with longer hours but unfortunately longer surveys. Tricky to keep people on the phone for half an hour, but I've been succeeding enough to keep my bosses happy.

My next novel, formerly titled Cupidity, is officially a go. Now titled The Cupid War, it is due next spring from Flux. I'm looking forward to working with their editors over the summer to polish it up.

I've finished the first draft of my latest novel, A Walk-In To Remember. While I am certainly happy with that accomplishment, the book will require a TON of rewriting and editing before it is ready to be shown to the world. Still, the basic story is down, and I know what needs to be done to improve it. If all goes according to plan, it will be a terrific followup to The Five Demons You Meet In Hell.

My writing attention now turns to my 'remake' of Rytis Maxwell. I've written five chapters, and so far it is going very well. I expect it will keep me entertained throughout the summer.

I'm also contemplating a return to Section K. My editor at Burningeffigy, Monica, would like another short story from me, to be turned into another chapbook/promotional tool for the main book. I'm working on an idea featuring the character Johnny Tall and vampires. Because everyone's doing vampires these days.

That's my news for this post. I'm going to try to blog a little more often, and I could use your help, readers! Keep bugging me for new posts! And tell all your friends to bug me, too.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

May Is Here!

It's one of my favourite months, May is. The weather is nicer, going for a walk is more appealing, and the summer movies start playing! I can't wait for Iron Man 2 and The A-Team.

It's also the time of year when I usually receive a royalty statement for the July-December period from the previous year. Before long I'll finally know how EVIL? is doing! I'm sure the statement, when it comes, will bring good news. I've had many promotion opportunities thanks to many wonderful people out there, most of whom I'm proud to call friends. I've got my name out there, and now I need to keep it out!

Work has been steady, if not very lucrative. At the beginning of this year I was working at two market research (telephone survey) companies; I quit one of them, and have received a few more hours from the other. I still have to deal with shifts being cancelled or shortened at the last minute, but at least they seem to like me and the work I do.

My writing has slowed down considerably. I'm still working on A Walk-In To Remember, a novel I started over a year ago. I'm also finding it hard to do revisions. I'm still editing The 5 Demons You Meet In Hell, and have been for the last six months. I need to push myself a bit harder, get the fun back.