Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Major Update: Recap of the Illinois Tour, Guesting at SLC Comic Con 2015, and California, Here I Come!

Hey, everyone! It's been a long time since I last updated. In case you've wondered where I've gone to, no worries. I'm still alive. Just working on a few life-related adjustments and sorting out the old hat. Throw a two week long family road trip in the mix and, yeah ... you get the idea. And it's not going to slow down anytime soon. Now I'm getting ready for a much needed vacation in California with a book signing in my childhood town to cap it off. I look forward to that!

But first, here's what I've been up to. I had the honor of presenting to these amazing youth at the Quincy Public Library, including some aspiring writers. I hope to see their names on a book cover soon.

I also had a couple signings, one there and one up north. Got to meet a few tourists from different parts of the country, and a couple from Canada. Overall, I'd say the trip was a fun and successful run. other news, I'm officially guesting and paneling at Salt Lake Comic Con. Details have yet to be announced, but I've got to say, it's an honor to play a small part in America's fastest growing comic con. Check the guest list here for all of the amazing peeps I'll hang with. Where's my camera?

As for writing, there's a discovery I've made. Publishing a book is very much like opening a door. In my case, this door has led to a long hallway with many other doors. I am in the process of opening each one and carefully deciding which one to enter, as either choice will set the course for my career. I kinda like to know my options, so I'm checking each one. You will know when it's official when I finally know which door to walk through.

Time for me to start packing. You guys want a recap of my California trip? Let me know in the comments and I'll make it happen. When I return, I plan to be active online again. See you in a few weeks!

I'm David, and "the end of your world is the beginning of mine..."

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Writing and Illustrating for Young Readers and Inside Out Movie Review with Cinematic Universe Ultimate!

Hello, everyone! I didn't mean to be MIA on the Internets for so long. Business continues now that Writing and Illustrating for Young Readers (WIFYR) concluded last week. I thank everyone who filled the classroom for my Heroes and Villains presentation and those who visited me at the signing.

Ready for a story? Some years ago before my writing took a more serious turn, I was involved in an online movie review community with a great group of reviewers, movie buffs who have repeatedly put me to shame with their insight and knowledge. At one point, I became an official reviewer of the site. But for various reasons the group disbanded from the site and kept the community alive on Facebook. In the last year, we've tried something new--podcasts on Youtube! I have officially joined as their "resident animation guru." For your listening and viewing pleasure, I present my first contribution to Cinematic Universe Ultimate. Have a listen. Check out their other reviews. Like and share, if you'd like.

The channel is young and I'm warming up to being on a microphone. Warning: there's major spoilers and some language (22:45) ahead.

Back to writing and setting up my Illinois tour. See you next time! :)

Who's surprised by Jurassic World and Inside Out's BO records? Have you seen these yet? What are your thoughts about Inside Out?

I'm David, and "I would DIE for Riley..."

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Mark of the Thief and A Weekend With The Authorities! Nielsen knows how to get the action started right away, and Mark of the Thief does not let up. There is a lot of action throughout the book and, of course, ends with a surprising twist. The journey of Nic from slave to being the most sought after person in Rome is wrought with adventure and high danger. Who can Nic trust when everyone has an agenda and he is a means to an end in their eyes?

It goes without saying. If you enjoyed The False Prince books, you'll certainly enjoy this one.

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Not sure I've told you about the writing group that I'm lucky to be a part of, but I need to publicly thank them for an incredible weekend last week. Our fearless leader of The Authorities (we're a punny bunch) organized a retreat at the East Canyon Resort, free from distractions, strong with mountain air, and an always-steaming hot tub. I wish I could've spent the whole time writing. Instead, I caught up on emails and developed the plots of a new story and a series.

Observing one of our members as they watched the original 1977 Star Wars (not special edition) for the first time was a treat, too!

But more than that, I was able to discuss issues that have plagued me for the last couple of months. All without judgement. And I thank them for hearing me out and allowing me to vent my frustrations. It cleared a lot of air and helped me realize how good things really are, and what my focus should be. All writers deserve a group like this.

Darren, LeChelle, Lindzee, Jacob ... you guys are rockstars.

For now, I'm drafting proposals and getting ready for my first time ever at Writing and Illustrating for Young Readers conference next week. After that, a short tour east. I'll stop at as many Barnes and Nobles stores to sign their copies of Woven as I drive along the I-80, followed by a signing and library presentation in western Illinois (for details, check out my schedule). A month later, a small tour west to my hometown of Burbank, CA (signing copies as I drive west on the I-15). And many movies to catch up on. All in all, a full summer.

Back to work time. As always, thank you for visiting my blog.

What books are you reading right now? Ever go on a writing retreat with other authors? What's your favorite summer movie so far?

I'm David, and "the park is open..."

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Nick Wilford Has Invaded The Cosmic Laire With His New Novella That's Bound To Change Your Mind!

Greetings! This isn't the traditional Insecure Writer's Support Group post. Rather than being insecure this month, I'm frazzled (entire family sick, expired driver's license, etc). So while I go take care of things, I'm handing control of the blog over to my blogger bud Nick Wilford. He's read the manual (you read the manual, right?), so I'm off until next week. Thanks for stepping in, right at the "Nick" of time ... okay, I'm reaching with that one ...

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Thanks for letting me hijack the Cosmic Laire, David!

Today I’m bringing your readers an interaction between two of the supporting characters in my novella, A Change of Mind. The following is a disciplinary meeting between Mr Spinton, team leader at Harbinger Industries, and Guy Borderman, an employee:

(Borderman slouches in and parks his expansive bulk in the chair facing Spinton’s desk.)

Spinton: (looking up) Ah, Guy, glad you could join me. However, I called this meeting for fifteen minutes ago.

Borderman: (shrugs) Sorry, yeah, got caught up with something. It’s non-stop, y’know?

Spinton: I’m all too aware of the pressures of the job, but this meeting is important. I’m sure you know the reason I want to speak to you?

Borderman: (shrugs again) Nah, I dunno.

Spinton: (leans forward) Timsbury. Reuben Timsbury. A valued and hard-working employee in your team. It has come to my notice that relations between the two of you are somewhat strained.

Borderman: How, guv?

Spinton: Don’t play the innocent act with me. I have invoice records here that state Mr. Timsbury has purchased a new stapler from stationery every work day for the past 528 days. Is it true that you are stealing his staplers?

Borderman: No, I ask him. And he’s putting a lot of money back into the coffers. That’s a good thing, isn’t it?

Spinton: (shakes head) I won’t have my employees be intimidated. And there are several other incidents recorded – you stole his shoes and put ketchup in them, tripped him over in the canteen causing him to spill hot soup on himself at a risk of scalding, retrieved his wallet from his coat pocket and swapped the bank notes for Monopoly money. That’s theft.

Borderman: Actually, that last one was Cortnett.

Spinton: Ah, so you admit liability and drop another colleague in it? This just gets better.

Borderman: (squirming in his seat) It’s just… he’s so easy, y’know, guv? He just takes it all. And it’s boring working here. We need to have some entertainment.

Spinton: I thought you said the work was high pressure.

Borderman: Erm, yeah, maybe not as much as for you.

Spinton: Indeed. And dealing with sorry matters like these keeps me from it.

Borderman: Look, see Reuben… he’s just such a snivelling wreck of a man. It’s like he invites it all on himself. If he stood up for himself a bit, I wouldn’t bother, y’know?

Spinton: Hmm… from my own interactions with the man, I tend to agree with your assessment. But still, I won’t have my office treated like a playground. I’m giving you a warning, I don’t want to hear about any further incidents between the two of you. Now go!

(Spinton returns his attention to the papers on his desk. Borderman smiles and slowly lifts himself out of his seat.)

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Title: A Change of Mind and Other Stories
Page/word count: 107 pages, approx. 32,000 words
Publisher: Superstar Peanut Publishing
Author: Nick Wilford
Genre: Speculative fiction
Format: Ebook only

Release date: 25th May 2015

A Change of Mind and Other Stories consists of a novella, four short stories and one flash fiction piece. This collection puts the extremes of human behaviour under the microscope with the help of lashings of dark humour, and includes four pieces previously published in Writer’s Muse magazine.

In A Change of Mind, Reuben is an office worker so meek and mild he puts up with daily bullying from his boorish male colleagues as if it’s just a normal part of his day. But when a stranger points him in the direction of a surgeon offering a revolutionary new procedure, he can’t pass up the chance to turn his life around. But this isn’t your average surgeon. For a start, he operates alone in a small room above a mechanic’s. And he promises to alter his patients’ personality so they can be anything they want to be…

In Marissa, a man who is determined to find evidence of his girlfriend’s infidelity ends up wondering if he should have left well alone. The Dog God finds a chink in the armour of a man with a megalomaniacal desire to take over the world.

In The Insomniac, a man who leads an obsessively regimented lifestyle on one hour’s sleep a night finds a disruption to his routine doesn’t work for him. Hole In One sees a dedicated golfer achieving a lifelong ambition. The Loner ends the collection on a note of hope as two family members try to rebuild their lives after they are torn apart by jealousy.

Meet the author:

Nick Wilford is a writer and stay-at-home dad. Once a journalist, he now makes use of those rare times when the house is quiet to explore the realms of fiction, with a little freelance editing and formatting thrown in. When not working he can usually be found spending time with his family or cleaning something. He has four short stories published in Writer’s Muse magazine. Nick is also the editor of Overcoming Adversity: An Anthology for Andrew. Visit his blog or connect on Twitter or Goodreads

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Charting A Course for New Story Ventures, Busier Than A Hectic Space Bee, and My Last Month In Pictures!

Hey, guys! I logged off longer than I meant to. There was a lot to catch up on in the old personal quarters, and many events where the results were nothing short of dizzying. I was told that once you publish a book, life will never be the same again. You could say I've had something of an adjustment period, balancing promotion and marketing on top of an overloaded matrix of work and family life.

All is falling into place; I'm finally finding my footing again.

That said, some doors are opening to possible new stories. I'll be investing some time fomenting ideas, including some short stories. With my zombie novel on submission and still tinkering on a sequel for Woven, having something for me to do is never in short supply.

I've had these new ideas in my head for some time. It will be great to see how these stories will unfold on paper. Stay tuned, my friends.

Now, I have some pictures, most of which were not taken by me and I don't recall who took what. For credit, you know who you are:

First is our signing in Las Vegas. We had a really good turnout, and I was amazed by a few who traveled a long way just to see us, including some of my dearest friends from High School that I haven't seen in almost ten years.

You can't do Vegas without a feast! We went to the World Carnival buffet at the Rio. Needless to say we ate like kings that night. You can start laughing now. Or be hungry. You can take your pick.

I really should do more trips like this. I was lucky to be a passenger, which made it possible to cram many words on the road. I may have spotted a zombie or two out the window ...
We even stopped to lunch with a group of writers from southern Utah. These are some of the finest writers (and humans) I know. It was an honor to share a slice with them.

And then, there was Storymakers 2015! There is this new convention center in Provo, and I got to say it is a wonderful building. It was able to hold all of the conference's needs and over 700 folks.

 Authors who Donut!
 J. Scott Savage knows the way to my heart ...
 Selfie with J. A. Bennett (and photo bomber).
 Signing a copy of Woven to Mr. Brandon Mull!
 Chill'n with Darci Cole at the signing!

And that's just the tip of the asteroid. It's super easy for me to get so caught up in the moment that I never think to take my camera out. I'm lucky for these shots and grateful for those who took them and are letting me share. One day I'll have a more efficient camera and maybe let a professional photographer catch those moments.

Have a good week, guys. That's what I'm aiming for. :)

Do you do writer's conferences and go to author events when you can? What's your favorite. Want me to come to your area?

I'm David, and "you kids won't last one day out in the Scorch!"