Monday, April 30, 2012

The beginning of The End

Heh, I bet the title of this one is misleading, right?

Anyway, the anthology, courtesy of the fine web inhabitants of SFFWorld, will officially begin production tomorrow! Titled The End, it will feature a minimum of nine short stories about apocalyptic events.

I'm not going to go too much into the details here, but I am going to be involved both in submitting at least one story, as well as helping with the formatting of the thing. The current plan is for it to hit Smashwords some time this December.

I am very happy to be part of this, let me tell you. Both in terms of getting my name out there and helping other writers do the same. It's all good to me.

I'll keep everyone appraised of how things are going. Hopefully, my story will get selected. Even if not, I'm going to try anyway.

As for the story I'm planning, I'm not going to say much either. I know, I know, you'll hate me for it, but I've got to keep some surprises in store, right?

Either way, I hope you all are as eager as I am! But since I have a lot of work to do on my submission, I'm going to cut this short. (Gee, it almost sounds like I'm talking to you on a cellphone.)

Later then, and don't let the cri-ticks bite. (With all apologies to Piers Anthony.)

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Music to write by

I figure I ought to bring this up sooner or later, so now is as good as time as any.

When writing, I enjoy listening to music. It would be simple to say that I just picked out songs off my own playlist, but it wasn't that simple. For me, it was about the mood; I wanted songs that matched up with whatever I was writing.

For example, when working on No Place Like Amestraton, there were a couple of songs I enjoyed. The first was "Welcome to the Family" by Avenged Sevenfold. It somehow tied in very well with the plot (no, I'm not going to give it away here) despite being darker in general than the actual novel.

Another song was "All The Right Moves" by OneRepublic. Again, tied in well with the plot, at least from my perspective. If you read my novel, it makes a sort of sense.

If the novel were somehow made into a movie (as if that would ever happen), I'd want both of those on the soundtrack.

Out of curiosity, I'd like to know if there are any other songs that you (yes, you, the reader) associate with particular books. It's always worth seeing what sort of connections another person is making when reading. After all, it has the potential to help me improve my writing, as weird as that sounds.

Well, hopefully I can avoid having another case like this post (this was supposed to be done on Monday) and get back to a rough weekly schedule again. Ah well, I can only try...

Until next time, whenever that is.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Happy (belated) Easter

One day late, but who cares?

Looking back, Easter probably was my favorite holiday when I was a kid. I know, Christmas presents and Thanksgiving dinners are hard to compete with, but Easter had one thing those holidays didn't.

Egg hunts.

As a kid, I loved hunting for Easter eggs. Loved loved loved it. I suppose it was just the right combination of competition, intellectual challenge, and physical activity for someone like me. (Of course, I didn't really know the meaning of half those words back then, heh.)

At one point, I turned it into a puzzle game for my sister and brother, even doing it on non-Easter days.

It's a shame that I don't get to be involved in such hunts these days. Comes with being adult (or a dolt, not sure which). Still, it's a nice bit of nostalgia, thinking back to those days.

With that out of the way, I hope you all enjoyed my April 1st post. Bonus points if you figured out what it said. (If not, here's a hint: read it drawkcab.)

Well, since I have other things I need to do, like actually write books and such, guess I'll end off here. Remember, April showers bring May flowers (and the pollen count down).

See you around. (Yes, I can see you. I have hidden cameras everywhere. Bwa ha ha.)

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Sloof Lirpa

Yadot uoy era woh, olleh!

Siht daer ot gniyrt emit fo tol a etsaw lliw uoy teb lliw I. Keew txen tsop lamron a eb lliw ereht, yrrow ton od. Uoy niatretne dluow I thguoht I, syad lla fo yad siht si ti ecnis. (Desuma era uoy epoh I.)

Nuf evah! Erac ekat dna!