Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Into the ZONE: The Ways and Means of Getting Ready For A Long Writing Session, and A Writing Update!

Good day, fellow cosmonauts! Hope you've made it safely through April, and are ready to take on May. Before I go deep into this post, I would like to thank everyone who has helped me spread the word about The Dragon's Heart. It's been too long since I published a new story, and the feedback from readers has been exceptionally positive. Thank you for your support. I hope to release my next book soon.

As you can imagine, I've been swamped with my job and picking up school-at-home time with the mini mes, so I'll keep this post brief. Also, I'm doing a virtual training all day today, so I'll be a bit slow on checking other #IWSG posts, but need not worry, I certainly will! 
May 6 - Do you have any rituals that you use when you need help getting into the ZONE? Care to share?

I admit getting "into the zone" felt easier for me when I first started out, but then I was the youngest child with no one to bother me and old work computers whenever my dad got an update for his work. So quiet. So chill. Countless hours with no expectations made of me. Yeah, those were the days. Now it's a bit harder to reach writer's nirvana, but it's still achievable with soft soundtrack music, soft lighting, a soft chair, and something yummy that I can only bite into when I've finished a page. Not to mention reviewing notes and summaries of what I had planned to write about. I know, seems like a boring ritual, but I'm a fan of "you do you", so I might as well "I do me" or "me do me" ... it's getting weird now ...

May Update: Now that Dragon's Heart is out, I've been giving a lot of thought into what's next. Of all my books, people have asked me about my next zombie book the most. With it mostly done, it makes the most sense to wrap it up and publish it. However, I kinda miss the traditional arena. I'm itching to do something new, but the markets are shifting again and it looks like what I normally write isn't going to fit. I'm not even as popular as I once was. Being away for so long can do that, so I may be in the process of reinventing myself, even trying new markets and genres. My Zombie Summer II will be a warmup to this transition, and upgrading to a new workstation may help.

So keep your eyes peeled, this writing dream is far from over!

How are you doing out there? Did you survive April? How do you get into the writing zone? Have you ever reinvented yourself?

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

BOOK RELEASE!!! The Dragon's Heart Available Now on Amazon, Full Dark Anthology Makeover, and IWSG!

Welcome back, my friends! Who would have thought, after our last IWSG posts, the state of the world would have changed so much? If only this was one giant April Fools joke, right? I'll have more to say on that later if you're here for the IWSG post. Until then, it's time to celebrate. My new novel, The Dragon's Heart, has finally taken flight, and you can find it today on Amazon and FREE on Kindle Unlimited!
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"King has gifted us an immersive world, filled with memorable characters. What an adventure! All fantasy novels should have this kind of momentum." - Carrie Butler, author of the award-winning Mark of Nexus series

After many years, I'm so excited to release this story to the wild. You see, I first wrote this story 12 years ago as a challenge from my wife, and I wrote it with her interests specifically in mind (if you want the details, go read the origin story on Alex Cavanaugh's blog).

I shopped it around for a while until another writing adventure stole me away that eventually led to Woven. And so my dragon story sat on the virtual shelve for many years until a serious depression caught hold of me. My amazing wife suggested that I pick up this book again. It was the right move. I was far too anxious to write Zombie Summer Part II (gonna start that up now). In that time, I needed to work on something happy. Light. Jovial. Updating and revising The Dragon's Heart has helped me through a very dark time in my life. And now, with what's going on in the world, some say now is a rough time to release a book, but ... I don't want another excuse to hold it back.
If you or someone in your life is looking for a fun, clean, fairy tale adventure about a princess and a dragon teaming up to lift their curses, for readers 8 to 88 and above, head to Amazon for either ebook or paperback, and/or share with your friends. And for those of you who have been waiting patiently for this book, I thank you!

I also wish to thank Novak Illustration for the beautiful cover, Al Diaz (Father Dragon) for the lovely dedicatory illustration in the paperback, and the countless readers for their feedback over the years. And my wife, who tossed me an idea and taught me to fly with it. I love you.

***tosses ample handfuls of confetti***

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Also this week is the revised cover for Full Dark: A Benefit Anthology! If anything during this uncertain time, we are seeing many heroes rising up to the challenges that we're facing. If you feel so inclined to purchase this awesome collection of twisted short stories that were collected by Melissa Maygrove, all of the proceeds will be donated to our first responders, who need all the support they can get these days. Please visit Amazon for this amazing collection, and please share this book with your friends. Thank you all! Every little bit helps.

Cover art by Carrie Bulter

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Maybe reading about COVID-19 is the last thing you want to do. It's the last thing I want to write about, too. But this is our reality now. I have family who are on the front lines of this thing, in Chicago, and this disease has come close to me as a licensed counselor in a mental health hospital. Not to mention the earthquake on the other side of the hill. It's been a really wild month. I'm happy and thankful to report that my family and I are healthy and safe, adjusting well to school at home and the title of "essential employee", but I also know others are having a rough time. Maybe you're one of them. Let's take this as an opportunity to do right by each other. Adjust and adapt. Lend resources if you can. Count ourselves lucky that a world event hasn't happened like this since before many of us were born. May we be calm and cautious while answers and solutions are found. We'll get through this.

And maybe lay off the TP if you can? We're starting to run low.

How are you holding up? What books are you reading? Shows you're streaming? Are you introverted or extroverted? Pranked anyone?
I'm David, and ...