WIP Wednesday

wipIt has been forever since I’ve done one of these! But not only is Work in Progress Wednesday useful to let you guys know what I’m up to, but it also reminds me. My head is like a huge tornado with things flying around it all of the time, like flowers, bits of houses, and happy cows. Sometimes I need to write it all out so I can concentrate. 🙂

I just: signed a couple of contracts. One for a podcast, a breast cancer charity anthology, a dark fiction anthology, a re-release (but with a new story from me), and another re-release. So that’s three reprints and two new stories. I’ll share as soon as everything is announced. 🙂

I was a guest judge for a short story contest and a poetry contest. I also submitted two new stories to super cool venues.

I am actively working on: a short story/novelette called “Last One Awake” that I started a few years ago. It gnaws at me. I’m also writing three short stories for three anthology invitations, and working on a Super Sekrit and AWESOME project that’s out of my normal wheelhouse. I am so excited and nervous and sure I’m doing everything wrong! But I want to do everything. I want to learn how to do it all. Baby steps, yeah?

What are you working on? I’d love to hear about your WIP!


Pre-Order Winter Wonders!

The wonderful thing about the blog tour is that I’m able to chat with some dear, dear friends.  Perhaps the only negative is that I feel I’m all, “Bring out yer dead! And come buy my book!” and that’s just uncomfortable. In my head, I’ve written you blog posts about my Bucket List, my son’s love for hamburger buns, and the five hour crafting day that I had with some delightful women today! I hope to share more of that soon.  But! For now!  I’m in a delightful winter anthology titled Winter Wonders.  It’s a delightful, winter-inspired anthology with some amazing and good-hearted authors.  All proceeds will be donated to Literacy Inc. 

Thank you for following along the blog tour.  I hope to see you at the next stop.

WIP Wednesday

Hey, it’s been forever since I did one of these! Here goes!

My novel WIP is at 18,000 words. My goal is to have it at about 80k and submitted to my agent by November. That’s a lot of writing.

My current novella WIP is done except for a few scenes that need to be inserted, and some editing.  There is a home in mind for this one, and it’ll be awesome to submit it.

I also have pieces in the works for a few anthologies.

Antho #1: I’m writing a piece for a shared world antho, and I’m maybe halfway done. This piece twines with a story that a fellow horror writer is penning.

Antho #2: The theme is “madness”. It’ll be pretty cool.

Antho #3: This is a tie-in piece for a previous novel. I’m not sure what characters to use yet. Maybe Ray the Vampire? I miss him.

Antho #4: This will be an ephemeral story. I can’t wait to write in that voice again.

Book of Poetry: I have the poems ready but just need to sit down and submit them. I hope they’re accepted! This guy has GREAT cover art.

Shock Totem Issue #5 will be dropping soon.  The cover art is gorgeous and the stories are stellar. I can’t wait for you to read it!

And I’m very, very close to announcing something super special.  In fact, the other day I sat down and became misty-eyed because this means so much to me.  Hooray!


This is what I’m working on. It’s a bit schizophrenic and busy, but it makes me happy.  I had to say no to two more anthology invites, which hurt my soul, but I didn’t see how I could fit anything else in at the moment.

So tell me about you? What do you have in the works?


Short Stories: Submit or Self Publish?

Friend, writer, and podcasting guy Tim Ward emailed me the other day to ask my thoughts on submitting to Anthologies and Ezines vs. self publishing.  I shot him an email back, and he put together a great little page on it with three different points of view.  Come see what Hugh C. Howey, Kevin J. Anderson, and I have to say!

As an aside, it’s raining in Las Vegas today, and I couldn’t be happier.  Clouds make my soul complete.  Have a wonderful afternoon, everybody!

WIP(s) Wednesday


I haven’t done a WIP Wednesday in quite a while.  Why is that, I wonder?  Oh yeah, because I look at my WIP folder and my eyes bug out of my head.  Like this.

First thing, I’m trying with the utmost valor to finish my demon novel ASAP so that my writer’s group can comb through it one more time with a fine-toothed comb.  I’m turning it into my agent on Monday, September 5th and then we’re throwing a party! Until he requests more edits! And then the fun begins with a new intensity.  I am also currently working on:

◊ an essay about baby weight/self for an anthology put out by an awesome woman and dear friend (due ASAP)

◊ a short story titled Tattoo Your Loneliness on My Skin (due next month)

◊ an “I’m going crazy!” piece for a third anthology (due…next month? Are we still in freakin’ August?)

◊ the opening chapters of my next novel, titled Stormlight

You think I’d be all efficient and organized, knocking these out 1-2-3.  And maybe I would, but I’m rocking my sweet Cyborg Ninja child with my foot while I type.  Time (and sleep!  Blessed, blessed SLEEP!) is precious, and I’m finding that I’m having a lot more trouble concentrating than usu–SQUIRREL.

What are you working on, my dear friends? I miss you!  Keep me in the loop. 🙂