Meet Virginia! (Ok, that’s as far as I’ll go with Train lyrics)
Scares That Care Weekend is officially on! We’re here in Williamsburg, VA as a part of the charity weekend, and we want to meet you. Yes, you. Even if you’re a Train fan. I won’t hold it against you. You like who you like, you know? Hell, I like Boz Scaggs.
All the details are at the official website. I’ll be in the vendors room, sharing a table with authors Kelli Owen and Robert Ford, and my fiction reading is tonight (Friday) from 5:45-6:15 with author Kyle Lybeck. I’ll have plenty of copies of my novel THE BETRAYED and my small story collection UNFIT FOR BURIAL, as well as a FREE (yes FREE!) short story chapbook at the table for anyone who wants one (limited quantities available). And free bookmarks!
I hope to see you all there!
So… For the past four days I’ve been alone. My wife moved away to Pennsylvania this past Sunday, leaving me behind here in Indiana. She starts her new job Monday, and my job, other than what I do for a paycheck, is to stay behind and whip the house into selling shape. Unfortunately, being the shithead I am, I’ve neglected a lot of household duties over the last nine years of home-ownership. Nothing major, I don’t think. Just things like: “Oh, that broke? I’ll fix it eventually…” “That knob is coming off? I’ll get it tomorrow…” “There’s mold under that cabinet? Someone should get to that…” Everything’s coming back to bite me all at once.
It’s just difficult to stay motivated. Even though it’s only been four measly days, I miss my wife dearly. Miss waking up next to her and kissing her goodbye in the morning. I miss knowing she’ll be home at the same time every night. I miss arguing where to eat. I miss laughing with her, and her rolling her eyes when I go on tangents about hockey stats and “This player got traded to that city?! How crazy is that?!” Hell, I even miss our dogs she took with her in the move, leaving behind three cats that love to test my patience daily (side note: I love cats and have always been a cat person, so don’t think I mean ill will toward them). It’s hard having no idea when I’m going to see her again. She may meet me and stay the weekend at Scares That Care, but her new job may prevent her, understandably so, from coming down. I some vacation days and flyer miles which I plan on using soon, but will have to wait until I better know her work schedule. It’s just hard.
I haven’t spent any significant amount of time away from her since we’ve been together (6 years together, 3 years married) and I’m not sure how I’m going to handle it. I’m OK right now, and I’m sure I’ll be fine in the coming weeks. I going to do my damnedest to get to her quickly as possible, and start our new life together in the Northeast. It’s just going to take a little time.
Alright, back to cleaning…
The Horror Show with Brian Keene (and Dave Thomas) Episode 122, which features an interview with me that was recorded a few weeks ago, is now available for download! We discussed many things, including personal influences, my debut novel THE BETRAYED, my story entry for CLICKERS FOREVER, and my hockey obsession. Although I was nervous as hell initially, I quickly settled in and had a blast being questioned by two of my absolute favorite authors: Brian Keene and Mary SanGiovanni. A big thank you to all three of them for having me. I hope you enjoy!
Hey, everyone! Hope you guys/gals are doing OK out there. Just a quick update on where I’m at in my personal and writing life.
Things have been a little hectic for me over the last few months. My wife and I have decided to move from Indiana (where I’ve lived most of my life, sans the two years I attended college in Atlanta, Georgia) to Pennsylvania (where my wife is originally from, and where the two of us met). The plan is for her to leave and start her new job next month, and I’ll be staying behind to prep and sell the house. I hope the process won’t take but a few months, but you never know…
I’m nervous as hell about the move. But the writer in me is excited. I’m not blessed with the ability to sit and hang with other writers on a regular basis, to talk shop and bounce ideas off one another, and in turn I feel it hurts my writing and my drive. Writing is already a very solitary exercise, but to be nearly void of author kinship can be detrimental to your creativity. Every time I’m able to visit my writer friends in PA I get a renewed sense of inspiration and desire to create and better my work. It forces me to want to climb the hill and get to where I want to be. I know there are better things for me out East. I know now that I’ll have more opportunities to grow my readership and attend signings and conventions (since most of the writing-centric gatherings are out that way).
Where does that lead my writing at the moment? Unfortunately I haven’t been able to write much at all lately. House repairs and traveling have taken up much of my free time, and I haven’t been able to produce like I would like to. What I can tell you is that I recently had a short story accepted for the J.F. Gonzalez tribute anthology CLICKERS FOREVER. I’m really proud of it. I was nervous as hell to write in someone else’s world, especially someone as influential to my own writing as Gonzalez was. The story is titled “For You, Anything” and it’s set in the world of his 2009 novel PRIMITIVE. It’s due out from Thunderstorm Books some time later in the year.
I’m also about five thousand words into novella I’m calling ONE FOR THE ROAD. I’m really excited to get back to work on it soon, as it is a story I’ve been wanting to write for a very long time. I imagine that it will be around twenty thousand words by the end. it’s probably the closest I’ll ever come to writing in the bizarro genre.
After that? A few more short stories and then onto novel number 2 (working title: Ocean Front View).
Alright, everyone. Gotta go. Katie and I are leaving for a trip to Pennsylvania tomorrow to visit friends and family, with a quick stop in Louisville to see Dave Chappelle live (another check mark on the bucket list). Gotta recharge those creativity batteries. And I’m also recording an interview on a very well known podcast this weekend as well, which I’m incredibly excited and nervous about.
See you soon!
Hey, everyone! Just a reminder that I’ll be at this year’s Pop!Con in Evansville, IN signing and selling books this Friday (4-8 pm) and Saturday (10am-6pm; 9:30am for those who have VIP tickets) at the National Guard Armory. I’ll have plenty of copies of The Betrayed and Unfit For Burial: Four Short Stories, as well as the few copies of my chapbook Arrearages (less than 10 left), and a few copies of the more recent anthologies I have short fiction in like Dark Bits, Eulogies II: Tales from the Cellar and The Book of Blasphemous Words. If you already have any of these books you’re more than welcome to bring them to get signed. If you’re looking for something fun to do this weekend, please come down and check it out. Whether you’re a reader, into cosplay or gaming, or just looking for something unique to buy, come and check it out. Hope to see you there!
Ladies and Gentlemen, I’m proud to announce my debut novel “The Betrayed” is officially on sale in trade paperback on Amazon! If you know me personally you know I’ve been working on this novel on and off for nearly a decade (I promise the next one won’t take that long to write ). I’m really proud of the outcome and I’m excited to unleash onto the world. I hope you decide to give a try, and whether you like it or not, please consider leaving a review on Amazon. Kindle edition will be available soon.
Back cover description:
How well do you know the people around you?
Your neighbors? Your coworkers?
Sidney Jameson, a young single father just trying to make ends meet, is being followed. They keep to the shadows, quiet and cloaked in dirty brown robes…and they’re getting closer. And what they have to tell Sidney is something terrible. Something he never knew about his past. Something he didn’t want to know about his future.
The war between Heaven and Hell is the world’s oldest story. Lucifer turned his back on Heaven, and God eternally cast him and his faithful to the fiery depths of Hell. Everyone knows the take…or do we? There’s only a few hours left before his twenty-fifth birthday, and with the aide of The Dark One Himself, Sidney will discover his place in the battle for humanity, and how only he can stop it once and for all.
There’s only one problem. The rest of the world is trying to stop him.
The Book of Blasphemous Words, which features my flash story “Bust To Dust”, can be purchased here.