Wednesday, December 4, 2019

A Christmas Wish: Welcoming A New Year (And A New Decade) With Renewed Resolve In My Writer Self!

Welcome back, friends! Here we are, the final month of the 2000-teens. And like being a teen, this last decade had its fair share of adventures and growing pains--a constant back and forth of good and hard times. Hopefully, I will approach this coming decade with "2020" hindsight after all I have learned (see what I did there?).

Rather than recap much of what is already archived on this blog, I think this month's IWSG question sums up my thoughts nicely: Question: Let's play a game. Imagine. Role-play. How would you describe your future writer self, your life and what it looks and feels like if you were living the dream? Or if you are already there, what does it look and feel like? Tell the rest of us. What would you change or improve?

To be honest, I wasn't sure I wanted to answer the optional question for this month. Is there such a thing as being somewhere in the middle?

Over the last ten years I've managed to do some incredible things that I am very grateful for (finding an agent, publishing two books--one of them internationally, and becoming a licensed counselor), but would I say that I am living the dream? That got me thinking ... what is the dream? Best seller status? Movie deals? National tours? Ten years ago, that's what living the dream would've looked like to me.

Fast forward to now, and the dreamscape looks much different. It's not just one dream, but a sequence of them. A chase towards one, followed by another when caught. I'm lucky to say that some of them have come true and can't be taken away. Sadly, others have not. And that's okay. They can still happen, and I'm in a better place to pursue them now. It's my Christmas wish to do so for the next ten years.

But yeah, writing full time, regardless of success, sound great to me.

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Updates: a few colds and a week out of town slowed the formatting on The Dragon's Heart, so the cover isn't ready to reveal this month. So how's about we start the new year with a reveal? I'm game! If you would like to help spread the word around release time, let me know.

Next month will be a goals post for the foreseeable future. 

Other than that, I plan to enjoy these last few days before 2020 with family, friends, and a few thousand words here and there. I wish you a Happy/Merry Christmas, and a bright New Year in this New Decade! May you find and live the dream before 2030 comes to town. 

What does 'living the dream' look like to you? What are your holiday traditions? Have any New Years goals in mind for 2020?

I'm David, and this Friday the 13th will be delicious!

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Something Is Coming: On Googling Strange Topics for Research, and Preparing to Publish a New Fantasy!

Welcome to November, everyone! I got to say, last month was a wild and productive one. The busted foot is much better now, and I am walking fine for the most part. Anime Banzai was an absolute blast, and my state just set a new record October low for the continental US. Hang on a second--did I just start talking about the weather?

Instead of the weather, I have some news to share. But first:

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November Question: What's the strangest thing you've ever googled in researching a story?

As in, the weird or bizarre, or even the outright dangerous, that may prompt a visit from my local FBI?

Maybe I'm fortunate that most of my online research has gone into old timey things, like castles and windmills and ancient weapons for fantasy, or theories for space travel and zombie viruses for the sci fi side of the spectrum. However, I once had a POV character experience a stabbing and I wanted to be accurate in what that experience is like, so I looked up accounts of people who had survived a stabbing, and how they described the experience in remarkably great detail. You can be sure that this search raised an eyebrow or two in my household.

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Update: Formatting is mostly finished for The Dragon's Heart, and the cover is underway! I'm still planning an early 2020 release, but haven't pinned down if it will be January or February. But if all goes well, there will be a cover reveal in December. For as the famous genius Senku Ishigami would say, "It's time to get excited!"

Once the release is prepped, I'll return to writing zombies. For those of you waiting on Part II, I appreciate your patience. I needed to work on something different for a while, but I'm ready to start again.

As always, thanks for visiting my corner of the interwebs!

What strange topics have you looked up on Google? What's the lowest October record in your area? You seen the FBI lately?

I'm David, and who's ready for some TURKEY?!