Tuesday, July 24, 2012

How I Beat Procrastination. (More Tomorrow)

Since "Gathering Darkness" has come out, I've been dividing my usual writing time in equal measure to two things:

1) Talking about the book and trying to get some additional sales, interest, "buzz" etc.
2) Not writing.

I'm not talking about that portion of my off time that is needfully being used for a few other "life related" issues - those'll always come up and you've got to do what you've got to do. Neither am I really talking about the weekends, as those two days are more or less spent from dawn to dusk with my family (and rightfully so.)

No, what I'm referring to are those remaining hours that are the time equivalent of "disposable income". When you've done the dishes, vacuumed up the crayons and legos, sworn at yourself for vacuuming up legos, etc. There might be two or three hours left over for "other" - that is usually where the writing happens.

In large part because I've been doing so much reading recently about writer's craft, and the need to write daily, I've been trying to kick myself into gear. 

I did two things:

1) Registered in a writer's shootout. This is a friendly contest among 18 writers who are given a prompt on a Saturday, then given a week to come up with a finished story on it. The next week is spent in reviewing everyone's work. The following week is a new story. Etc. I've done two of these before, and it's always gotten me moving. This time was no exception.

But what I really needed was the second thing:

I can't seem to start a new story on the computer anymore, at least right now. I've tried disabling the internet, but that's just a temporary solution. As long as the entire world is one click away, it's incredibly difficult to get moving.

So - computer goes out of the equation, and writing starts happening. For some reason, I don't have the same distraction level when I'm simply transcribing from notes, so it doesn't bother me to do things this way. It also gives me a chance to do a first edit on the fly.

Proof of hypothesis: 7,000 words in three days.

Take THAT procrastin... ooh -- new Tweet...

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Friday, July 13, 2012

An Interview at Erin Cole's Place

Hey folks! Happy Friday the 13th!

If you've got a moment today, drop by Erin Cole's site. She and I sat down and talked about Gathering Darkness, writing in general, and plotted a rather interesting surprise together!

Check it out!

Monday, July 9, 2012

Happenings – Whats and Whens

I don’t have a whole lot that’s new at the moment. I’m still in my book learnin’ mode, where I’m trying to get a handle on some of the things I can be doing to improve the how behind my what.

Thanks to Deborah Walker I’ve found a great new resource for the arsenal in On Writing Horror. This is a handbook for the horror writer (or wannabe horror writer) with dozens of essays on the craft from the industries’ best. It’s put out by the Horror Writer’s Association (HWA) and I’m frankly inspired by it. What I like most about it, and what makes it worthy of inclusion with my other favourites, is that it makes no promises. It’s not a “how to”. It has some “how not to”, but it stresses that this thing we do is work. All it promises is to show you the dark hallways and doors that you will need to walk down. You have to do the walking. (Plus – with the ‘required reading’ suggestions found within, I’ve got my summer reading list STACKED now.)

Okay – on to some news:

11 days left to enter my Goodreads giveaway. I’ve got two signed paperback copies on offer! From the cool little widget that Goodreads gave me, it looks like we’re closing in on 200 interested readers – which is amazing!

If you have read “Gathering Darkness”, first off – thank you! Secondly, if you’ve got a moment to drop a brief review or “like” on the Amazon/Kobo/iTunes site of your choice, I would be extremely grateful.

Timing is everything. On Friday the 13th, Erin Cole is having me over to her blog for an interview. ON FRIDAY THE FREAKIN’ 13th!! She asked some great questions, and I’m really looking forward to it. Check it out at her site (and bookmark it, too – Erin’s a fantastic writer, and has links to dozens of stories around the web.)

Enough about me – John Xero , a writer with a wicked wit, and stellar story skills, is celebrating two years of blogging goodness at his site. Two of my femmes-fatale-faves, R.S. Bohn, and Lily Childs have stories featured, in addition to seven other amazing examples of flash fiction.
Jack is Writing – a collection of short fiction from UK author Shaun Adams hit #18 on the Amazon Kindle list over the weekend. See what you’ve been missing!

David Barber – erstwhile editor of The Flash Fiction Offensive, creator of the hilarious “Two Blokes” series, and a hell of a noir/horror writer has a new collection out as well – check out “From A Crowded Mind!”

And that’s everything for the moment.

Keep writing!

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Kittens for Sale - the Voodoo Robot Puppet Movie

I'm experimenting with new ways of telling a story. I used "Kittens for Sale" because it's been published numerous times, so chances are, many people have read it already.

Pretty happy with how this turned out. Though the limitation of the technology brings it down a bit, there's some truly diabolical, creepy-as-hell moments here. Enjoy!

Monday, July 2, 2012

You Could Win a Signed Copy of Gathering Darkness!

Briefly checking in during the course of a busy Canada Day weekend.

Happy Canada Day (yesterday)  to all my fellow Canucks!

As I keep looking around for ways to get the news about my book out into the world, I've decided to use the built-in promotional tool over at Goodreads. (If you're an author, and you're not yet aware of Goodreads ... start today. www.goodreads.com )

So - from today until July 21, you can enter to win a signed copy of Gathering Darkness! I'll be keeping the link on the right sidebar until it's over, so click away!

Keep writing!