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2012: The Edge of Glory

Yeah, I’m going to do the whole end of year blog thing, too. Why not jump on a moving bandwagon, right? I just didn’t see the point in doing it before 2012 was over. NYE is my wife’s birthday and it’s usually a wet night for me and this year was no exception. So I had to wait and see if anything worth reporting happened that night. It didn’t, and after a day of resting my aching oak barrel-aged body, I’m happy to report I can still drink coffee, bang the clam drum, and write.

Go me.

What I really don’t want to do with this post is give a list of my goals for 2013. What’s the point, right? They’re my goals, not yours, and do you really give a shit what they are? I’d be surprised if you said yes and probably call you a liar. Well, unless you’re one of a handful of people. So, with the 2013 goals sections now completed, let’s move on to the things I do want to touch on: my completed 2012 goals, my list of thanks, and then shout-outs.

I set three goals for 2012 and, ultimately, I met all three, though one was only semi-complete. I wanted to earn enough to join the HWA in some capacity. CHECK! I wanted to publish my first novel. CHECK! I wanted my writing to pay for itself. Uh, sort of CHECK! A half-check? Three-quarters maybe. I earned enough to pay for a good portion of my writing activities this year. I can live with that. As a matter of fact, I’m really happy with what I was able to pay for. Hopefully 2013 is as generous.

And while I take credit for the words on the paper, I still have to give a sincere thanks to certain people for their trust, encouragement, and boots to the head. My wife, Michelle, for starters. I couldn’t do anything without her, much less write a fucking story for people to read. She’s my glue. Love you, honey, here’s to 2013 being even better.

I also have to say thanks to Eric Beebe of Post Mortem Press for being kick ass while kicking ass in the small press world. Everything you do puts the small press on the map and I, for one, couldn’t be more pleased to be a part of that. Along with Eric, his wife Stephanie, and the rest of the PMPress family: Paul Anderson, Joseph Williams, Brad Carter, Kenneth W. Cain, Jessica McHugh, Alan Zacher, Nelson W. Pyles. You guys are awesome. I know that’s not everyone, but I only have so much room and the beer, you know?

As always, props to my peeps in CMC: Inanna, Matt, Val, Randy, Bill. I wasn’t around much in 2012, but you were always there on the Twitters, the Facebook, or the emails. Having your constant support is invaluable. Here’s to a better 2013 and keeping each other in words once again.

As far as the shout-out section, I really have two parts to this. The first belongs to the writers whose work stands alongside mine in a few anthologies, or have been a constant voice in my ear, or just impressed the hell out of me for some reason: Alexis A. Hunter, Brady Allen, Christian Larsen, Lydia Peever, and artist Lydia Burris. If you haven’t been acquainted with these people, then you need to. They are fucking astounding. And a special mention to Jonathan Maberry. He gets a thank you for all his kind words and help at Confluence this year. He’s a super nice guy; I hope to talk with and share a panel or two with him again.

The last portion of shout-outs goes to two people that have impressed the living hell out of me for various reasons. This is one of the only times I’ll go way off topic and discuss issues that don’t pertain to writing, but are personal to me, on this blog. These next two have spoken out on several topics close to my heart: bisexuality, gay marriage, and depression. The amount of sexual discrimination in this country is outrageous; get the fuck over it, people. And depression… I’ve been diagnosed with depression, was on medication (though no longer), and still suffer from prolonged fits of either anger or solitude. In the wake of recent tragedies and the national dialogue on mental health and wellness, it’s important to start recognizing and talking about depression.

So, my first shout-out goes to a lovely woman named Jen Sylvia. She makes stuff. Like clothes, bags, and stuff, all of which you can peruse and purchase here or here. She blogs about lots of stuff (and Twitters about it too, btw), but the one I want to draw your attention to is Dahara’s Depression. It’s a no bullshit look at the disease and it’s one of the strongest, most heartfelt blogs I’ve read in a long while. For anyone who suffers from depression (mild, severe, or other), you should subscribe. Oh, and did I tell you also runs the Ohio Straight People for Gay Marriage Facebook page? Yeah. Check this woman out, throw her your support, even if it’s just to read.

The second person I want to mention here is a writing group crony, Valarie Clark, whose blog used to speak about the trials and tribulations of being bisexual. Her blog is no longer focused on bisexuality, but on her writing instead, and you can find that at the link above. But just her openness to discuss it and throw it out there in the first place earned my respect.

Both of these women tackle(d) “taboo” subjects and did so with style, grace, and humor. Now, don’t expect to agree with everything written by them (cuz I sure don’t) but it’s also been my experience that each of them is more than willing to have a conversation about any topic you have. A conversation without rancor, without hate, without judgment. And that, in my opinion, is almost as important as their subject matter. They’re strong women who should be heard. My proverbial hat goes off to them; I believe they’re a force for good here in central Ohio and hope they continue on continuing on. If these subjects are important to you, subscribe, like, read, listen, follow.

Join the conversation.

I titled this blog post “The Edge of Glory” because sitting here in my dining room, surrounded by NYE party mess, a sick dog, and a beer, that’s the dominating feeling I have concerning 2012. I feel like I’m right there at the edge, holding hands with all of you, waiting to go over.

Whether I jump into oblivion or something greater remains to be seen, but I’m flexing my toes even as I finish typing this.

2013.

Here we come.

Fright Night (for real!) and more info on West Pigeon Press antho

So the Fright Night Film Fest was a success. Post Mortem Press sold a fair number of books and I was able to sell three copies of Necromancer. Not too shabby for an urban fantasy book at a horror convention catering mostly to movies and fans. It helps there are zombies in Necromancer, of course.

I was also able to meet the fine folks that run zombieinfo.com. Great people, so go check out their webpage. I was also the lucky raffle winner of an original Lydia Burris print on Saturday. That was pretty fucking awesome, I tell you. I spent a buck on my ticket and came away with kick ass art. Been a fan of Lydia’s work for awhile now and any chance to add to my growing collection is one that I’ll take.

In the news department, received an email from West Pigeon Press who will be publishing my story “Bless You.” We’re scheduled for an August release (yay! happy birthday to me!) and I’ve been given a glimpse at the cover art, which I can’t get to upload, so you will have to wait on that. Also, the title has been released and it is… wait for it… “For When the Veil Drops” I’ll be sharing pages with such authors as Lydia Peever, Christian Larsen, Samuel Minier, and BV Lawson.

 

I’m trying to be diligent, I swear…

It’s been a very long time. I’m horrible at keeping up this website. I need to do better. They (they being other writers and marketing folk) say a semi-professional writer needs a strong web presence. I agree and I post frequently on my Facebook page and my Twitter account, but let’s face it… no one really follows me on Twitter (yet, though I did have a fan tweet to me… once) and my Facebook page is actually personal and other than acquaintances, family, and other writers, no one is there. I’m in the process of making one of those damn “pages,” but I run into the same problem with that as I do with this website.

Time.

I spend as much time writing as possible. That’s done in between reading and editing for Title Goes Here: and Misanthrope Press. Plus raising two kids, trying to keep my wife interested in being married to me, hang out with the very minimal amount of friends I do have, adds up to very, very little actual time to write, much less do things like this. I’ve tried to talk my wife into being my web-bitch, but so far it’s been an uphill battle.

Here I am, though, and I’ve updated a few things.

You’ll notice a purchase link to Dark Doorways has been added to the “Sewer Rats” page. If you remember, it was selected to part of Post Mortem Press’s best of.

I’ve also added a link to Pill Hill Press’s Daily Frights 2012. My flash piece, “A Vision in Red” was included in that anthology. There are 366 stories in the book. That’s one for every day of the year. Pick up a copy and enjoy! (Note: I couldn’t get the cover image to load. I’ll try again later, but all the text stuff is there.)

On the publishing front, one of my personal favorite stories, “Bless You” was accepted by West Pigeon Press for publication in their upcoming anthology. I believe it’s slated for release in the next few months. As per my usual, once I have more details I’ll share them. Probably on Twitter and Facebook, but eventually they’ll make it here, too. I promise.

I’ve got one story out in the ether waiting on a response.

I suppose I should mention the upcoming conventions. I’m planning on being at MARCon on Saturday the 7th. I’m not doing any panels, just hanging out. I do believe the good people of Post Mortem Press will be there selling books, but other than that, I don’t have any details.

I’ll also be at Contamination in St. Louis the weekend of June 15th. My intention there is to sign books with Post Mortem. Two weekends after that (June 29th), I’ll be at the Fright Night Film Fest in Lexington, Kentucky. Again, my intention is to sign books and what not.

The weekend of July 27th, I’ll be attending Confluence in Pittsburgh. I signed up for panels and things, but I don’t have any details yet since it’s still a bit of time to that one.

I’ll keep everything posted and hopefully in a timely manner. I like to meet people who’ve read or want to read what I’ve written, so I figure I have to get over this anti-promotion thing I’ve got.

Now, some announcements!

Misanthrope Press just released its third anthology: A Rustle of Dark Leaves: Tales from the Shadows of the Forest. It’s edited by Inanna Gabriel and has 15 kick-ass stories in it. You can pick up copies from Amazon.com, the MP Bookstore, or an eBook version here!

During my convention cycles, I’ve met a lot of great, great people. Their talent is only exceeded by their genuine kindness in helping to promote indie artists (of all ilks) and it pleases me to let everyone know that Kyle Dickerson’s new novel, “Ten Frames at the Galaxy Bowl” is coming next week. Order a copy from the publisher, Post Mortem Press.

At HorrorHound Columbus, I bought a Lo Pan painting from the hugely talented Lydia Burris. It’s going on the wall in my office for inspiration. Not only because of Lydia, but John Carpenter as well. Great movie.

That’s about it.

Chow, as I like to say.

Ha. Ha.

 

Not much to go on…

If you’re one of my three readers, then this is for you. I don’t have much (do I ever?) but I figure I have to check in every so often.

Fright Night Film Fest was, in a word, a semi-failed experiment. It was great to see and listen to John Carpenter speak and it’s always nice to see the folks from Post Mortem Press, artist Lydia Burris, as well as Darrin Dickerson from Ghostwater Films (yeah, if you love good indie films, buy D4 here), the hotel was well and truly fucking horrible. They gave away our room (despite us calling the day prior and verifying our reservation), the AC was shot in half the hotel, parking was ludicrously inadequate, the ice machine or the pop machine on our floor worked, and to top it all off, since they gave away our room, we were forced into a smoking room on a smoking floor. Just horrible. Our compensation? Free breakfast… and I won’t even get into that.

Children of the Moon, the anthology I’m editing for Misanthrope Press is nearing completion. I’m just waiting on artwork and authors to return bios/contracts. It’s going to be a good anthology and I hope it finds the audience it deserves. Then we can roll forward.

As far as my own submissions, I have two out at the moment. One still with Blood Bound Books and one with Post Mortem Press. Hoping to hear good news on both by the end of August, but I will prepare for the customary reject letters so that I’m even more elated if they should get picked up.

Once  CotM is out and about, it’s back to the novel. I think it’s time I stepped into that arena. Naturally, I’ll probably get laid out on the first punch, but if I never try, I’ll never know.