In the Works…writing update and other things

It’s true, I’m still writing, though my writing blog has taken back seat to my food blog, not yet made public, “So Easy, A Zombie Can Cook It” (you may have noticed an accidental post on Wilted Winter Greens earlier this month). I’m hoping to have the blog public by fall, but I need to catalog a few more recipes, and they all need to be tested true, preferably with a pic accompanying each. Here’s a snapshot of my latest entry,

“Tropical Smoothie”

Tropical SmoothieSome say happiness is a state of mind. I say you can suck it through a straw.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 12 ounces coconut water
  • 4-6 bite-sized chunks of pineapple
  • 1/2 mango, peeled, about 2/3 cup
  • 1/2 banana (the banana is needed for the tropical flavor of this recipe so wouldn’t work well to swap out with avocado, but maybe a spoonful of vanilla yogurt)
  • 1/2-1 cup ice

Turn on Jimmy Buffet. Throw everything but the fingers into the blender and enjoy!

So, back to writing:

I’m kicking through some projects and starting new ones.

  • New story. Just started and finished a short story that’s been brewing in my head for two years! I told myself that this was going to be the summer to finally write it. It is a little different from my usual, more fantasy than dark fiction, and takes place in an Aztec village in the 1500’s. Not really my thing, but the story persisted in a dark corner of my head and after letting it brew there for two years, 3 days and 4K words later, it turned out to be pretty damn nifty. Still no working title.
  • Dark Island (formerly known as Terror on a Tiny Island, and if you know me, this will probably change again) – currently in the polishing phase. I was trying to meet a 6/30 deadline, but I really think it needs to cool another month before the last sweep through. It’s a bit of a thriller, subtle horror, and complete at 15K. Another one to hit submissions soon.
  • The Dead in Two Creeks Forest (working title) – I’m 1/4 of the way through the 3rd edit, and it’s looking good so far at 65K. This is a classic horror with lots of characterization, and will hopefully hit submissions next spring.
  • The Sickle Moon Tarot: short horror story, 6K. Completed in May, but I’m still undecided if I want to submit or self-publish this one. Better consult the oracle.
  • Kate Waters, Book 3: I have only two written pages, 348 to go!, but will hit the 1st draft pretty hard this coming winter. No set publication date, though if it’s anything like the other two, roughly two years.
  • Shortlisted works: I am keeping my submissions up as best I can. Lots of submissions equals increased chance of acceptances. Currently, I have 4 stories shortlisted with some exceptional markets, and another ten pending. Crossing fingers, toes, and knees.

On the home front:

What I’m reading: Stephen King’s Revival, John Ajvide Lindqvist’s Little Star, Richard Chizmar’s anthology, Dead Harvest, and all the usual mags, Nightmare, Apex, Black Static, The Dark, Lamplight, Clarkesworld, Fantasy Scroll, Grimdark, etc.

Also, it’s been beautiful in Portland. So much sun, I’ve a 100K new freckles, so it actually looks like I have a tan. This is the summer I’ve dubbed as ‘The Summer of Teeth’. Between our three, we’ve had one tooth pulled and lost 7 others so far. I’m not feeding them nails, but these three are of the sort that would probably eat them. Of course, all these teeth and bloody gums is only brewing another story.

Happy Summer!

My stories on Quarter Reads

oregon quarterIf you haven’t heard of it (which I didn’t until fellow writer, Milo James Fowler, introduced me to it a few months back), Quarter Reads is a new website featuring fiction short stories, nonfiction, and poetry, all under 2k and for only $0.25  each. Most of that goes to the author too. I’ve recently put up a few of my stories on the site, and I’ll be posting some new and never published before works in the future. If you haven’t checked it out, I recommend doing so. It’s pretty cool for both readers and writers, and how often does that happen?

Of the Earth
A Means for the Journey
For Extraordinary Reasons

Love that Oregon quarter!

Free Downloads…

The other day, I was playing the game Life with my two daughters, and they were wondering why there wasn’t Writer or Author as one of the careers to choose from. I replied that writers/authors don’t make very much money, usually not enough to support a household anyway. Another reason might be because we’re always giving our books away … and I’m doing it again-

For this Spring Equinox weekend only, download GRAVE ECHOES and WICKED TEMPEST for free! Fortunately, in my game of Life, I make the rules!

Grave Echoes 2-11-15 GhostlyWicked Tempest 2-11-15 Ghostly

 

 

 

 

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Goodreads Giveaway – Between Feathers and Fins

This week, March 2-6, I’m giving away three, signed copies of “Between Feathers and Fins,” on Goodreads. Enter to win HERE.

10 tales of strange, speculative fiction…

Between Feathers and FinsA witch casts a spell to lure a heart, but the one who appears hopes to steal her soul.
A mother works against time to save her child for when the Others invade.
A villager finds herself lost in a forest, only to surrender to the true path of wisdom.
A young girl learns that the sliver in her palm is no sliver, but something buried beneath her skin.
A ghost in the sea struggles to find her way home in the endless, deep blue.
At 10K, this collection of flash fiction and short stories will lead you into the savage hauntings and restless fears that plague the females in them. From ghosts to mermaids, witches to beasts, ‘Between Feathers and Fins’ is an imaginative collection of dark and strange stories you won’t soon forget.

New Release – Wicked Tempest

It’s been a long wait, but it’s finally here, the sequel to Grave Echoes, Wicked Tempest, Book Two in the Kate Waters Mysteries! I wish I could promise that the third book won’t take as long, but like writing the second one, I have another novella and many short stories to complete, though I hope to at least start penning the first draft some time this year.

Wicked Tempest 2-11-15 Ghostly

You might have noticed some changes in the cover, post cover reveal. Chalk that one up on lessons learned – next time I complete a cover, I’ll make sure formatting details are approved in the printing process before I post the cover reveal. Needless to say, the last cover of Wicked Tempest came out too dark and the font too bright. While most people will purchase the eBook, there’s something to be said about a beautiful book in your hands, especially when it is your own.

Cheers and thanks to everyone who supported me on this journey. Print and eBook versions are available on Amazon, and will be available with all distributors this summer.

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