Monday Musings 3/18

New Cover for GD ONE

I’m still here despite an ulcer and a broken furnace that has been leaking carbon monoxide for god knows how long.

  1. First off, a big thank you to all you readers and fans who have stuck with the Greenland Diaries despite the first book being a complete and utter mess. The new version of Days 1 – 100 is now up and ready to be read, with a freshly designed cover. If you already own it on Kindle, it should update automatically on your device to the latest edition. If you’re interested in purchasing it from me via my Square Store, just click HERE. Book two in the series is next. I can’t wait to get it done.
  2. Reworking the Greenland Diaries from its beginning has given me a new found respect for the series. I’ve always liked it, don’t get me wrong. However, I didn’t think it would be my most popular story, and it has taken me a while to personally accept that it is. Editing and releasing a new edition of the first book has helped with the acceptance process. The monsters or “the Unnamed” are excellent. They transcend the book and establish their own lore. They alone are worth revision hell. I’m glad I’m starting to see the forest for the trees.
  3. The status of “This Living Cage” the sequel to Beware the Ills is sort of up in the air. I might have to delay it a little bit longer as I try to clean up my books and release new editions of them. If I can get this stuff done in a timely fashion, then I’ll do it. I’m not going to sacrifice the quality of the story in the effort to put it out there. The release may be delayed.
  4. Being a parent is tough. Especially when so many things in your own life are unsettled. For me, as I try to be a “role-model” to my four boys, I can’t help but think if they knew what was really going on behind my brain as I struggle to find my way, well, they’d be horrified at how lost I am. Maybe my role as a parent and figure of authority blinds them from how inept I can be as a person. I don’t know. Life is just hard I guess.
  5. Having an ulcer sucks. Having your furnace leak poison sucks. Adult-ing sucks sometimes. I’m not sure how people do it. I’m happy with the progress of the film I’m working on. We had our first table read recently. The script wasn’t a total disaster, which is great. I’ve never written one before. There is still plenty to revise. I’m loving the collaboration.

Jottings:

  • I’ve become obsessed with the anime Baki recently. There is a season of it on Netflix. More of it is coming out this week. The show is totally ridiculous. It is almost like if you had Streetfighter characters trying to live ordinary lives. I appreciate the stories willingness to be totally ridiculous. It doesn’t take itself too seriously.
  • Watched all of Victoria, or the new season on PBS. Super good story. As I get older I like period pieces more. I just wrote about an anime where people get their faces punched off. I guess I have complex taste in storytelling media.
  • My children have discovered Paw Patrol. That is all.
  • Trying to finish Final Fantasy IX so I can play Final Fantasy VII at the end of the month when it is released. It really makes me miss my friend Matt. I wonder what happened to him. He started working some fancy NSA job right out of college and high school. I can only discern he’s turned into a secret agent, drinking martinis and firing missiles out of the trunk of his BMW. Seriously though, it would be great to see him again.
  • Random memory note. I’m nostalgic for old school drug stores. My mom used to take me to a Snyder’s (which no longer exists) close to where I lived. There was a bunch of them. I remember buying my Streetfighter 2: Turbo strategy guide there. They also had a ton of posters and comics. Kids would go up there by themselves all the time, so they had it geared for them. Good times.
  • Have a great week everyone! Be safe.
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Monday Musings 2/25

Starting this week by talking about what is happening in my small world. Whenever I use that phrase I think of the theme park ride. Then it bleeds into the Simpson’s parody called “Duff World.” I AM THE LIZARD QUEEN.

  1. I’m a good third of the way through a revision of the Greenland Diaries: Days 1 – 100. For being my most popular book, there sure are a ton of errors and sloppy writing. I sort of hid these problems when I published it saying it was an “unedited” collection of journals. You can only rely on realism for so long though before your readers are like what the hell. I should’ve revised this a long time ago. It just wasn’t a very sexy project, so I always ignored it. Whoops. Story of my life.
  2. Unless things change over the next week or so, it doesn’t look like I’ll be at Marscon 2019 here in the Twin Cities. I’ve been going to this con since 2014, but this year I don’t think I’ll be there. I’ve been a panelist in the past, along with a vendor. I’ll miss going there because of everyone I’ve met and whatnot, but financially it isn’t a viable option for me to sell my books, or do panels. I tried to get on programming and suggest some panels that are actually in my wheelhouse (monsters, writing from different perspectives, apocalyptic settings, etc), but they weren’t interested in those.
  3. I will not be at Minicon this year. I wanted to be there, if I could get my revisions done on my first two Greenland Diaries books. I don’t want to sell any physical copies of these books until the edits are complete. The recent hotel change for the event I think has been good, because I’m no longer spread-out across a giant dealer room, but more in a smaller space. I could actually see and meet the attendee’s coming through. I just looked at the website though and I missed the deadline. Whoops.
  4. I am excited to share that after many years of applying I finally got into Spring Con 2019 here in the Twin Cities, which takes place in May. I’m absolutely elated to be doing this event. I love doing Fall Con here when it comes around. This event is two days, has many awesome creators, and is super family friendly. Click HERE to learn more about this great con.
  5. I started a new serial on my blog/website/place where I can write anytime I want, it is called Largo. It takes place in Key Largo, Florida, so yeah, the name explained. The story is happening in the universe of The Greenland Diaries, so there are lots of familiar plot devices for those acquainted with my work. The chief goal of this story without giving away spoilers is to really expand on the Water Unnamed you encounter in book three of my series. Click HERE to take a look at it.

Jottings

  • Speaking of the Greenland Diaries, the first book, Days 1 – 100 is free today on Kindle for you to download. Say whattttt? Click HERE.
  • I just fully discovered Brooklyn 99. What have I been missing in my life?
  • I think it’ll be just two more years before I can start playing board games again and my twins not wanting to destroy the table.
  • This has been some nuts February weather this year. I’ve lived here all my life too. I’m like that crazy friend admitting we’re in a crazy situation. That’s how crazy it is…
  • Have a safe and healthy week everyone!