Been a busy week. Took my week of meditation to prepare myself for the revision of the Greenland Diaries: Days 141 – 200. Celebrated a birthday for my stepson. Adjusting to summer break and the flow of the days. Hard to believe we’re almost done with June. Summer passes so quickly. Not as fast as when I was a kid though. In a green blink of the eye at it would be all gone.
- I’m super excited and honored to be on eight panels for CONvergence 2017. I’ll be moderating five of them, including a panel with three of the guests of honor. I’m completely humbled to be in this position. Just a few years ago I managed to get onto one panel and that was it. I’m happy now to be so involved. I’ve already started to think of questions to ask the panelists. It is nice having so much time to prepare.
- I will be hosting a book sale at the Robbin Gallery here in Robbinsdale, Minnesota on June 28th, from 4:30 – 7:30. There will be free snacks and refreshments, plus half-a-dozen authors from various genres selling their books. The event is free to attend. This has been the first time I’ve hosted my own book sale. I’ve planned dozens of readings, but never a selling event. You gain so much confidence and experience from doing it yourself. I cannot stress what a novice I was at this stuff before I started simply doing it. I have had small successes and small failures. Give yourself permission for both. Learning how to do these events is not difficult. The bark is always worse than the bite.
- Sitting in parking lots and empty spaces working on my writing while the babies sleep gives me a sneak preview to nature’s hidden interactions. Mostly animals and birds. Geese taking their young on walks and cleaning off their feathers. They line them up like children in first grade to take attendance, then march them along picking at their molts. Squirrels stealthily sneaking into trash cans and reemerging with miscellaneous food or debris locked into their teeth. Once, a squirrel had a chocolate chip cookie in his mouth, and I could see the excitement in his wild eyes. I keep wanting to see something unique, like a weasel or snake, but now that I’ve said that I’m sure a mountain lion will randomly appear and sharpen its claws on the hood of my minivan.
- I’ve restarted my short story a week routine. Took forever. I’m going to stick to the world of the Greenland Diaries for a while, but that doesn’t mean I won’t expand or get tired of it. Since I have a new book being released in the fall from this universe, I sort of to want to explain the mythology behind the series. Since the main Greenland Diaries books are in first-person POV, you’re limited to the amount of information you get about what is happening in this apocalyptic world. With short stories, and hopefully a prequel being released next year about the drum, I can clue the audience into the world mechanics the protagonist from the novels only sees from afar.
- This week on craft corner I wanted to get a bit existential and talk about the nature of craft corner. Usually, when I write these little paragraphs about craft, marketing, or some mixture between both, I’m evaluating the demons that are currently plaguing me. I use advice to understand my own problems. I hope through my own self-evaluation in this paragraph, I can share a common ailment with writing that others can relate to in their own artistry. Everything I mention in these little advice columns has plagued me at some point. Helping people can sometimes illuminate your own problems and put them in perspective. There, that wasn’t too meta. Have a great week!
-Got past that big plot twist in Jane the Virgin. My heart is still recovering.
-There is a new Metroid game for 3DS. News like this should be considered a national holiday.
-I was addicted to some reality tv recently. Marriage Boot Camp with Reality Stars. Phew! Binged the whole thing on Hulu. People go through so much tragedy and you would have no idea. There were actually a few lessons in there I would like to apply to my own marriage. The show teaches you to be considerate and forgiving. I did not expect that.
-This is my second Father’s Day ever. I love being a dad. I’m so honored to be one. Thank you.
Sales of the Week: Currently, I still have four books on sale for a buck on the Kindle: Beware the Ills (my first novel and my favorite), The Greenland Diaries (my most popular story), Seven Monster (my first short stories I got the rights to), and DOL 39 (Kindle exclusive story that rivals The Greenland Diaries in creativity). Also, I’ve updated my Patreon rewards. Give it a look. Click HERE to visit my Patreon page. It is the best way to support me. You get free books too. Just saying…