Fare Thee Well, 2018

Fare thee well, my one true love …

Well, I didn’t love 2018; but there was a lot to celebrate this past year. As we approach the end of another rotation of Planet Earth, I’m looking back and remembering everything I read and wrote.

This was a great year for reading. I read 73 books this year, much more than I did in 2017. I wanted to get back into my old reading habits, which took a stall when I was in the thick of writing Please Give. Reading, I found, was a way to both relax and to replenish the writing well.

I read many good books, and I met many great authors whose works I enjoyed. I want to give a special shout-out to the following works and their writers:

Sacrificial Lambs and Others by Sheri White, an excellent collection of flash horror and short stories

Breathe. Breathe. by Erin Sweet Al-Mehairi, a collection of short horror and dark poetry

Wish You Were Here by Loren Rhoads, a wonderful travel memoir detailing cemetery visits (read my interview with Loren Rhoads here)

Spin by Tiffany Michelle Brown, a time travel novelette about a man who tries to change his past by listening to a very special record (read my interview with Tiffany Michelle Brown here)

A Peculiar Curiosity by Melanie Cossey, a gothic/Victorian tale about two men driven to danger by their obsession with the possible discovery of a zombie (read my interview with Melanie Cossey here)

In between all of the books I read, I also found time to write. I completed my second novel, Without Condition. It was a much different experience than writing Please Give. One would think it’d be easier to sit down and write the second novel, but I found the words a little harder to come by and the doubts flickering in and out even more. There’s something to be said for putting pressure on yourself for what’s next. Still, I’m excited to share the final book with all of you on February 12, 2019. I hope you’ll pick up a copy!

2018 also saw my first acceptance. My short story, “Hearts are Just ‘Likes,'” was included in Camden Park Press’ Quoth the Raven. I also had works included in The Sirens Call and Mercurial Stories. You can see my latest works, including links to stories available online, on my Books page.

I also completed several short stories, both flash pieces and longer stories. I’ve completed enough to where I plan to release another collection by the end of 2019. Be on the lookout for Little Paranoias: Stories.

Thanks to all of you who’ve read my work, commented on my posts, and joined me on this writing journey. As always, I’m cautiously optimistic about what 2019 holds for my writing. Onward and forward.

Happy New Year!


Progress Report: Wrapping Up 2017

The end of the year is upon us! And what a year it’s been. I both wrote and published pieces this year, and it’s been an experience doing both.

I am readying another short story collection for publication in 2018. It is currently called Wither and Other Tales, and will feature five short stories. Four of them are with my editor, and the fifth is going through one more pass with me before I send it along to her. I look forward to sharing them with you once they’re complete. I anticipate publishing the collection in mid to late 2018.

While those stories are being edited, I’ve begun steady work on what I hope will be my second novel. I got the idea over the summer, a time when I was swimming through lots of ideas and trying to form them into their own pieces. I got some short stories, the beginning of a novella, and some “just for me” writing out of that time; but during early fall, pieces of the ideas from the novels I began combined with the one big idea I got over the summer. All are slowly but surely shaping into my next book. I will reveal more of the plot as I write more of it down. But, in the interest of not strictly speaking in vague terms, I will say that it’s currently called Without Condition, and more similar in tone to my darker short stories.

I am also working on a bigger project with Doug Puller, who drew the covers for The Crow’s Gift and Please Give. I am working with him on a graphic novel called Wretched Heroes, currently a four-volume work. Volume 1, The Man in Rags, is set to come out in mid to late 2018. You can learn more about it on Facebook, where you can like and follow the page for more updates (and also see some of Doug’s amazing artwork for the series).

2018 promises to be busy, but busy with something I love to do. Thank you all for reading and following along this past year. Happy New Year!

Also, a reminder that both Please Give and The Crow’s Gift and Other Tales are available to purchase on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.