Wednesday, October 3, 2018

On Sale Now! Discounted Books Perfect For Halloween Reading and IWSG: Flowing Words and Genealogy!
With Halloween coming up is a few weeks, I like to read and watch stories of ghosts, icky zombies and other chilling tales of a Twilight Zone nature. If you're reading this, you're in luck! Not only are my books discounted on Amazon, but so is Full Dark: An Anthology. It's the first year since this title released, and it's provided a lot of good since all the proceeds go to veterans and first responders. All this month, you can catch these really sweet deals:

Full Dark is a collection of eleven short works with impressive depth and range. Twisted tales of ghosts, villains, and the paranormal await you—mystery, heinous fantasy, and pure suspense. Acclaimed and award-winning authors as well as a few talented newcomers have joined forces to be your guide. Venture into the dark if you dare.

100% of the proceeds from this anthology will be donated to the Gary Sinise Foundation, an organization that does many wonderful things for our country's active military, its veterans, and the countless first responders who sacrifice so much to keep us safe.
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Also releasing this week is a new powerhouse of a novel by Chad Morris and Shelly Brown called Squint, the story of a young boy who is trying to finish his comic before having a corneal transplant. From the same team who gave us Mustaches for Maddie, this novel places kids in tough situations in a way that is very real and touching.

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If you're here for Insecure Writer's Support Group, here's my post:

It's the first Wednesday of the month, which means it's time to get insecure! Special thanks to Alex J. Cavanaugh for creating/hosting the Insecure Writer's Support Group, a monthly forum for writers to share insecurities without fear of reprisal.

Ushering in October is a breath of fresh air. It's my favorite month for a number of reasons, and so far it's been good to me. I may have presented myself as something of a downer in my last post, but I am grateful. After such a long absence, I could be real and be received well. I thank you for your understanding through this transition.

While I continue to manage my anxiety and depression, it hasn't been a headache to do so this month. And I'm happily reporting some 10K words clocked for September! That may not be a lot considering 10K is a couple days work for some, but that's a huge step in comparison to months of 0K words. Should the next couple months yield the same results, I should have a working draft of My Zombie Summer: Part 2 finished well before Christmas. Get excited! It's coming!

Finally, I had the privilege to attend a gathering of distant relatives who share a common ancestry with a fellow named Edmund Rice, who was a colonist of what would be the United States of America. I thank my father for discovering this association. It was a blast to connect with people from the past and catch a glimpse of where I came from.

That's all for now. See you again next month, if not sooner!

What gets you excited about the month of October? Got any creepy plans this month? What have you learned about your ancestors?

I'm David, and I'm taking my writing to the next level ...

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Insecure Writer's Support Group: Back Into Writing, Back Into Life: Overcoming My Battles With Anxiety's the first Wednesday of the month, which means it's time to get insecure! Special thanks to Alex J. Cavanaugh for creating/hosting the Insecure Writer's Support Group, a monthly forum for writers to share insecurities without fear of reprisal.

It seems that much has changed in social media and the Blogosphere, so it's a little more than daunting to step back into the arena; that's what I thought before starting this post. If you've been following me, you'll know my life went chaotic. I had to put writing on hold while I secured a long, processed career change. The good news is school's over and I'll be licensed in a few months. The kids are in school. My schedule has stabilized. It is possible to start writing again. However, I've said this before ...

Somewhere along the way, depression and anxiety had a choke hold on me, the lengths of which I've never experienced before. I thought I knew what it was when I studied it, but living it is another sack of potatoes. It's more than feeling down or scared. For me, it hurts. Physically. Many things suffered because of this, and it's taken THIS long to find the right options to make things manageable again. My perception on the state of social media hasn't helped. It's been toxic and unsafe, for me. Three months ago, the idea of throwing a post up, about anything, caused me to panic. Same goes for appearances and launch parties, things I really enjoy. How had I fallen so hard?

So I looked up a youtuber who's content I really enjoyed when he went on a break with a vague plan of return, and it resonated with me. After these many years of building this blog and the connecting with many readers, it wouldn't surprise me if this silence on my end and lack of writing has led to disappointment or even betrayal. It was never my intention to go, but the odds weren't in my favor. In light of this, correct or not, rest assured that I haven't given up on writing. I have something new in submission with my agent, too. Not Woven or zombies, and I've started the second zombie again. Just need time.

That is the long and short of where I've been these last couple years. Further details are not included as they are my issues to work with. Writing may not be as fast as I'd like it to be. I've come to terms that it may not be my season yet. I'm doing what I can while supporting my family, who needs their father to be both there and functional. I also am making it a priority to post more often. Here and elsewhere. So long as the desire exists, so too will the manuscripts manifest.

As always, thank you. I highly value your patronage and support.

Ever fallen into a funk? What has helped to pull out from under it? Do you think Thanos did nothing wrong? Can you do the Floss?

I'm David, and I spy a smile in that water spill ...