Upcoming Events!

Got a pair of chances for you to catch me out and about, and to score a nifty Tales by Bob button!

This Thursday, from 7-9pm I will be taking part in the Read Herring 24hr Poetry Read-a-thon. I will be reading some of my favorite poems, as well as at least one of my own creation, at the Product of Montgomery location (1228 Madison Ave, Montgomery Al). I will be hanging out to chat books, promote TBB and Books, Beards, Booze, and perhaps recruit folks for my writing group if all goes well. Find me and mention this blog post and I will give you a button!

Secondly, this Saturday I will be at the Alabama Book Festival. If you spot the portly chap pictured above wandering around, please stop and chat me up! I will also have buttons to give away here as well, so don’t hesitate to come bug me!

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Recommendations?

So I have been reading a lot more lately.

I was always a heavy reader growing up, that being one of my two main hobbies between the ages of 6 and 18 or so. And in my early to mid twenties I still read more than most of my friends. But as I hit my late twenties and got ever more busy, and something had to give. TV was the first to go. But then came books.

Oh I still read of course, but it was always in spurts. I would read a book or two in a week, then not read again for a month or two. Sometimes the spurts would be longer, or the lack of reading, but that general pattern lasted for years. Until this year.

Even before starting my work on Books, Beards, Booze I was reading more than I had in a long time. And with BBB to give me motivation and a reason beyond pleasure to force myself to make the time I have been reading up a real storm. This prompted me to do two things:

  1. It prompted me to sign up for kindle unlimited, and in turn buy myself a new kindle (the kindle 8 to be exact).
  2. Right after that, Amazon started a crazy good promotion for audible. So I signed up for a year of that as well.

So I want your recommendations! What books should I check out on kindle unlimited? What books should I listen to on my ride to work each day via audible? Let me know!

 

Marsh Talk and other Musings

I have been seeing a lot of buzzards of late.

That is probably not a great omen. But then maybe it is.

Last year, after writing my third Howard Marsh novella, I decided to try writing a full novel based around everyone’s favorite Methgician. It went…well…not great. I put, oh, 30k odd words or so to paper but I just found myself wildly discontent with how it was turning out. So I put it to the side, planning to return to it this year sometime, once I finished Blightborn.

I paused one night to talk to my friend Derek about my dissatisfaction with my Marsh direction however, and over the course of a few hours I decided on a different path. Marsh lends himself well to small mysteries, the type not well suited to novel length tales. This is why I am pretty happy with my three novellas, but hate the proto-novel.

So I have decided that I am going to take my three current novellas and expand them from 12-13k each to 30-35k each, and then write more novellas of that length. I have roughly 15 ideas in total at the moment in varying degrees of fleshed out. And my overall strategy will be to either get them published in pairs, or failing that, I will one day release them one at a time in ebook form on Amazon. I am excited to get started, in fact far more excited to do that, than to finish Blightborn (which is currently a struggle).

I am hoping to finish Blightborn in April when I do Camp NaNoWriMo. Once it’s done, I can dive into Marsh. I am also toying with attempting a ‘true’ crime podcast set in the world of Marsh, based around a short story I wrote some years back about an unsolved murder, some whistling ghosts, and a mysterious cemetery. And I am toying with returning to hardcore pushing my freelance writing.

But first, I need to finish Blightborn.

Then we will see if the buzzards are circling the corpse of my writing career. Or if they are carrying me towards Marsh on carrion wings.

Six Years!

Six years ago today I ‘published’ my first story. A poorly crafted, though creepy tale based on real events, I posted it to /nosleep. This was the beginning of my writing journey really. I wrote this story, then a few months later wrote another couple. Then came that first NaNoWriMo and I have never looked back.

I have come a long way, but when you’ve written close to 700,000 words in six years you have to. I’ve written dozens of short stories, finished two novels, written a handful of novellas, and am half way through my third novel as we speak. I’ve had stories published in anthologies, and had collections of my works published by a small press. I have also done a bit of self publishing along the way. Through it all, I have made little money, but that’s to be expected. I am building my voice and craft, and one say soon, its all going to pay off.

Six years down! Here’s to the next six!

Here is that first story, if you are interested:

NaNoWriMo, 2017, Done!

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With a day to spare, done!

This was without a doubt the hardest NaNo I have completed. I jumped to a early couple day buffer, but then had to burn it up due to the music fest I threw. From that point on I could never seem to get ahead again. Just too busy!

But its done! And I am a bit over halfway done with this novel! Come camp nano season I will probably finish it up if I haven’t already by then.

But this will be the last actual official NaNo I do I think. It makes me sad to say that, but as life grows more busy, it just stresses me out too much. Camp Nano is much more my speed, and has the added bonus of not burning me out. Every December I find I don’t write much, because I am just too burnt out.

Take a Deep Breath: NaNoWriMo is Coming

The next month is going to be crazy, we me tackling NaNoWriMo (national novel writing month) once again. On top of that I signed on to be the ML for the Montgomery Region, which means it’s my job to run related events and meet ups.

I will be writing the sequel to Battleborn for this month, a book I am calling Blightborn. Another grimdark fantasy novel, it follows some of the old characters from Battleborn, while bringing in some neat new ones (I hope).

Also, I have finished editing Capital of Nightmares, so I will be fine tuning my submission outlines and such so I can begin to shop it around to agents. I was going to hold off til January, but figured there was no point in holding off, no time like the (far too busy) present.

So what about you? Planning to tackle NaNoWriMo this year?