Alive and Breathing
If you're reading this then that means we're both still alive. That's a good thing. I hope this message finds you well and optimistic in the midst of political conspiracy and college football banter.
I'm not here to discuss either.
What I am here to discuss is what's been shaping up to be a decent collection of short stories that I'm working on. The collection is currently titled "Blue Collar Diesel" and I'm halfway through it. I'm hoping for an early 2017 release. But that may be delayed due to how many rewrites it'll take for me to be happy with the end product. Not to worry though. Like all indie authors, I'll send updates as they come and will market the hell out of it once it's ready.
My latest book, a supernatural thriller titled Autumn Dark, is available now at Amazon. You may have read an excerpt from it if you're subscribed to my mailing list. I hope it was enough to whet your interest to want to read the entire novel. If not, so be it. It's not for everybody.
In other news, I've been invited to create a story from the world of Autumn Dark in an upcoming anthology due out early 2017. As soon as January, I believe. My wife gave me a great idea on how to do it without giving too much away about the mystery surrounding the characters. I like the idea of a spin-off story. It'll be fun for readers who read and enjoyed the book to get a further glimpse inside of Woodrow and some of its characters. Unfortunately, Michelle's story line remains that way, open-ended. I wanted to leave it up to the readers to decide what color her eyes were when she opened them (although I dropped a hint at what they may have been). And if you're wondering if I even knew or if I was being lazy and wanted to just end the damn thing, I did and I wasn't. The last sentence resonated with me. I liked the feeling it gave me after I wrote it and hoped that same feeling would resonate with readers. Sometimes it's nice not to have a story perfectly wrapped up in a nice, neat little bow. This was one of those stories.
I subscribe to a few authors mailing lists that I really admire, notably Brian Keene. Brian ends his weekly emails with a list of who he's currently listening to, currently reading, and what he's currently watching. I'll steal his idea and do the same because maybe you'll find something of interest too.
Currently listening: Black Ribbons by Shooter Jennings. It's a concept album with special guest Stephen King as radio disc jockey Willow the Wisp. I've listened to the album in its entirety ten or so times and it resonates about how I feel about the world currently.
Currently watching: The Twilight Zone, Seasons 1-4
Currently reading: The Fireman by Joe Hill, Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, and Cemetery Dance, Issue # 74/75. In the current issue of Cemetery Dance is a novella written by Joe Hill called Snapshot, 1988. It is one of the greatest stories I've ever read. The issue is available on Cemetery Dance's website for $14.95 and is worth the price for the novella alone. I've discovered many great authors from the mag, as I suspect you will too if you get it.
Take care of each other and be safe out there.