Wednesday, January 8, 2020

What Got Me Started in the First Place: On the Spark and Inspiration That Ignited My Writing Journey!

Happy New Year, cosmonauts near and far! I've decided in inject this new year (and decade) with a Mega-Gulp dose of optimism, and with any luck, it will last for a good while. Got a few things up in the air, but not on the writing end, which I aim to be more proactive about.

But first, a great question from our friends over at #IWSG! 
Jan 8: What started you on your writing journey? Was it a particular book, movie, story, or series? Was it a teacher/coach/spouse/friend/parent? Did you just "know" suddenly you wanted to write?

I know I've answered a question like this before, and for some reason the answer feels different today. Maybe because I didn't think deep enough the first time around. I tend to gravitate toward good stories--I always have, for as far back as I can remember. And my very earliest movie memory wasn't Disney or generally aimed at kids. It was the scene of a library ghost scaring the pants off a few scientists. Maybe something about those proton streams "sparked" my interest in entertainment in general, ultimately propelling me with the desire to contribute my own ideas. Writing ended up being the medium that worked best for me, and the desire to write continues to this day.

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Update: After a few minor setbacks last month (thanks, Baby Yoda ... ), The Dragon's Heart paperback is formatted! Just a few finishing touches, ebook verson and a test read, and we'll be ready for a cover reveal next month (and tentatively a late March/early April release). If you'd like to be part of the release party, contact me here. I'll add you to the email list and send the information when its available.

After that writing wise, I'll be spending the rest of winter/spring finishing Zombie Summer 2 with a tentative October release.

Other than that, working, parenting, a weight loss routine that's actually working, some ghostbusting action this summer, and a 15th anniversary to celebrate. 2020's shaping up to be a good year.

What started your writing journey? What movie/book are you looking forward to this year? Your earliest movie memory?

I'm David, and my childhood wants a ride in the gunner's seat!

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!