Progress on multiple fronts

Continued working on On Wings of Steel, adding another 1123 words tonight. It’s starting to gel pretty well here. I’ll be working with my editor to start working on the promotional write-ups this weekend as well as discussing some ideas for the cover to this novel.

Also added another 1000+ words on Pearls of Darkness between Saturday and yesterday. I’m using that story to keep me fresh on the novel.  And started researching for another short story and a background for a new character to add to a comic book proposal I’m working on.

I know some people like to focus on one project at a time, but I tend to bounce around between writing assignments. Maybe it’s my way to avoid becoming bored with a story or maybe it’s a way to show progress on multiple fronts to keep myself motivated. Everyone has their own style and this seems to work for me.

So, it’s been a very good couple of days writing.

Editing and Editors

“The Wisp Hunter” has been edited and is winging its way back to Eggplant Literary. I love working with editors who make the story better.

I feel pretty lucky when it comes to edits. Most of the editors I’ve worked with have been pretty good at tightening my work up and making sure it’s as clean as possible before it goes out the door. I’ve only worked with a couple of editors who gave me the feeling they just rushed through it and pushed it out the door too early.

A couple of the editors I’ve worked with also seem to enjoy working with me, which is an added benefit. I blame my early days in journalism for my ability to take editing without getting spun up about it.

In journalism, sometimes you just HAVE to cut that story down because something hot came in, pushing your story deeper into the section or the ad department just sold a series of ads and they need you to trim that story down to fit in the two columns they have left on the page. And trust me, writers who can make a story fit sell more free-lance stuff than writers who get “golden word syndrome”.

So, if you’re a writer and you’ve got an editor you enjoy working with, lift a glass in their honor. They’re the people who help save you from yourself.

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Oh, and a couple of checks came in today too. So, score AND score. Now to get back to writing.

Just because it’s quiet doesn’t mean there’s no work going on . . .

Been a busy last couple of days.

Added another thousand words to On Wings of Steel, my steampunk novel for Musa Publishing. Unless my muse leads me astray again, I think I’ve introduced all the plot threads and now it’s a matter of picking up all of them and twisting them into an ending.

Also, I added another six hundred words to Pearls of Darkness, my fantasy noir novella for Pro Se Press. I need to get this one done and think of a good suggestion for the collection.  This story and The Full Moon Affair are also scheduled for later this year, which means the quicker I get this to my editor, the happier everyone’s going to be.

I also just received my edits for “The Wisp Hunter”, for the fall issue of Spellbound, from Eggplant Literary Productions. Luckily, only a few minor changes which I hope to knock out over the weekend and get this puppy put to bed.

Oh, and I refined the outline for Wings of Fire, my next short story for the For a Few Gold Pieces More collection. Need to start that pretty soon too.

While I was working on Pearls of Darkness, I got buzzed on line about a possible new writing assignment from another publisher. It sounded like a very cool story, but as a sign I may have too many irons in the fire right now, I just couldn’t come up with a story pitch I liked enough to even submit.

Even though, I love to think of myself as being very adaptable, sometimes, I’m just not the right guy for a particular story or the story concept is just not right for me.

Then again, maybe no being able to think of a story line was a good thing.   Even though grad school at Bowie State University doesn’t start until after Labor Day, my British Literature professor sent me three articles to read and I need to have and defend a position paper for the first night of class.

Between writing and school, I have a feeling it’s going to be an interesting sprint toward the new year.


Podcasting is something I’ve always been interested in. As many of my friends (and some of my enemies) would tell you, I do enjoy talking. Now, I also like listening, but I’m never going to be confused for a shy person.

Under Tee Morris‘s tutalage, I actually own all the equipment I need to do a fairly decent podcast, outside of the fact, I’m not 100% sure what I’d actually do a podcast about.

(Who is Tee Morris? Well, besides being a friend and a hell of a SF/F writer, he’s also co-author of “Podcasting for Dummies” and “All A Twitter” and helped establish  Go check out his stuff too!)

Some people had suggested doing a Writer Beware oriented podcast and others have suggested that I do a podcast based on my monthly world-building column I was doing for Penumbra magazine.

But, that, along with a few other projects I have may have to wait for that mythical thing called “spare time”.

But, even though I’m not doing it, other people are. For example, Tommy Hancock, the publisher and chief editor for Pro Se Productions. He does not only the Pro Se podcast, but he’s also one of four hosts for Pulped!, which reviews New Pulp and Classic Pulp regardless of who the publisher is.

This week, he seriously worked some audio editing magic and managed to make me sound intelligible.


This week on PULPED!, Tommy Hancock welcomes Richard C. White. A creator of original characters as well as a media tie-in writer, Richard discusses his brush with two pretty significant fictional universes, the ins and outs of media tie in writing, his love for the Pulps, and how all that and more brought him to New Pulp in a big way! Listen in as Richard C. White Gets PULPED!


Coffee and Words

Taking my friend, Greg Cox’s advice, I settled in with a steaming cup of coffee before I started writing. Next thing I knew, I had a cold cup of coffee sitting right next to me as I got into the writing, but I drank it anyway.

Good people, I do not abuse coffee. If I brew it, I drink it. *grin*

Wound up adding another 1350+ words to “On Wings of Steel” tonight as well as spending some time visiting with the family early in the evening. Also, working on some new story ideas, for down the road. The ol’ notebook is crammed with possible ideas, characters and lands I’m going to have to visit one of these days.

That’s one of the cool things about being a writer — exploring new lands and meeting new people. And, if you’re really lucky, you get to share those stories with other people eventually.

Spare Time vs. the Editors

Troubleshooters Inc. - Night Stalkings

Troubleshooters, Incorporated – Night Stalkings

Been a busy evening already. Walked in from the day job to find a case of “Troubleshooters, Incorporated” on my couch, then answered a question from my main editor regarding the blurb for “Ripples in the Pool”, started working on the line edits for “Ripples”, and also finished the outline for “Wings of Fire”.

All before dinner.

Gonna be one of those nights, I can tell.

Writing and Conventions

Had a good day today out visiting with friends, finishing up the visit with a viewing of The Blues Brothers. My wife had never seen it and it was fun to see someone watching it for the first time. Yes, it’s a silly movie, but holy kraut, I’d forgotten how much I loved the music in that one.

After everything settled down, I got back to work.  Went to the Musa Publishing site and sent in my suggestions for the dust cover blurbs for Ripples in the Pool. Once I was satisified with my submission, I got back to work on On Wings of Steel and added 1650+ words to my novel. Finally getting back into a rhythm on this story, which is a welcome relief.

Also, looks like I’m going to be adding two more cons to next year’s schedule that I hadn’t gone to this year. The first one is Awesome Con D.C.. I’ll be attending this one with Steve Roman and helping out at the StarWarp Concepts booth again.

The other show I will be attending will be my first World Fantasy Convention in Washington D.C. in November 2014. I’ve attended a couple of NASFICs but this will be my first WFC. I am already getting stoked about it and it’s still over a year away.  Everyone has told me I need to attend one of these, and since it’s going to be in my back yard, I’d be crazy to pass it up.

So, it’s time to start wrapping things up for work tomorrow. Then hopefully finish my Shore Leave Con report and get more writing done on the novel . . . and the short story . . . and the novella . . . oh, and don’t forget school starts in a few weeks . . .


You talkin’ to me?

Did an interview this evening for an upcoming podcast. Had a few minor technical difficulties — Skype can be very useful, but it also can act up at the weirdest times. However, he was able to call back and the third time we tried this, the echo went away and we were able to have a good time chatting with each other.

After getting some of the pleasantries out of the way, we talked about my media tie-in writing career (such as it has been) and then about my current projects. He had some pretty inciteful questions about the difference between writing for a current media project (like my Star Trek or Doctor Who stories), a lesser known tie-in (like the Johnny Nickle story), and then doing original work.

We also covered developing the bible for the Darkside Codex for Musa Publishing and the fine line in creating a story bible. There’s a certain ownership all writers get when they develop things and it’s tough to leave out “cool” things to give the follow-on writers a chance to add their own cool things. I’m really looking forward to seeing what will come out of the Codex line of stories, though.

It was a fun time and hopefully the producer can edit it into some kind of coherency. *grin*

More information as soon as I know when it’s going to air.


The Black School

The Black School

I received a very nice review for The Black School from Long and Short Reviews.

It’s always interesting to see what a reviewer picks up on when reviewing a story. I know once the story is published, it’s not my story any more, it’s the readers. Still, they always surprise me by finding things I didn’t think I was saying or pick out some philosophic point when I just thought I was writing a fantasy story.

I know some authors really like to write with a specific purpose . . . my purpose is to tell a (hopefully) rollicking story that people will enjoy reading. I really don’t set out to write anything with deep meaning or promoting this or that specific viewpoint. Then again, I am who I am, so I guess that leaks out through my choice what I write or choose not to write about.

Then again, this might be why I flailed my way through my Literary Criticism class a couple of semesters ago at Bowie State.  *grin*