Vacation Editing Blues

Yep, even when I’m on vacation visiting my Mom and getting ready to take my daughter to Disney World, there’s still writing that needs to be done and conventions that need to be coordinated with.

My current project is to get my weregild for Origins Game Fair finished. Those of us who’re in the Origins Library contribute a short story that is collected in an anthology which is sold as an exclusive at the show.

The problem is, I’m not a real short story writer. My idea of a short story is really more often a novelette or a novella. The idea of writing 5000 words or less is pretty foreign to my normal writing style.

So, of course, my first complete draft for this year’s story came in at 6712 words for a 5000 word story. I let it sit and marinate for a while and tonight I started in first with the chainsaw, then the butcher knife and now we’re down to the scalpel.

Now, I’m sitting on 5329 words out of a 5000 word story. I’m going to call it a night, then enjoy Disney tomorrow, and then on Thursday, it’s time to get out the laser scalpel and find the last bits that can be excised from this manuscript without removing what makes it a good story.

(Of course, what makes it a good story may be different for me than the editor, but hey, that’s why Kelly gets paid the big bucks, right?)

Happy Holidays

Whether you’re celebrating Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, Festivus, Solstice, or any other celebration that falls in this time of year, this is a wish from my family and myself to you to have a fantastic holiday season and the best of things to you in the upcoming year!

Take a moment to give those closest to you a hug and remember, family and friends are what makes this life special.

2016 Convention Schedule updated

Well, looks like it’s not quite going to be as busy as 2015 was, but I’ll be doing conventions in the local area as well as away from home this year.  I’ll be going to shows partially to represent myself and also doing work for Writer Beware(R) for SFWA.

I will be attending a show I’ve always wanted to go to ever since I was introduced to Dungeons and Dragons back in 1979—GenCon, in Indianapolis, IN in July 2016. I’ll be a member of the Writer Symposium, doing panels and visiting with new (and not so new) writers to talk about writing for games as well as books.

My current schedule (subject to change, of course) is:

Farpoint February 12-14, 2016 (Baltimore, MD)

Mysticon February 26-28, 2016 (Roanoke, VA)

Origins Game Fair June 15-19, 2016 (Columbus, OH)

SoonerCon June 24-26, 2016 (Midwestern City, OK)

Shore Leave July 15-17, 2016 (Baltimore, MD) – possible

GenCon August 4-7, 2016 (Indianapolis, IN)


Hopefully, I’ll add one or two fall shows, but that looks like a full year of traveling for me.  If you know of a convention I should attend, feel free to drop me a line with your suggestions.

Deadlines! Deadlines!

Looks like December is going to be a busy, busy month.

First of all, I have Geekonomicon coming up on the 11-13th, so I need to start figuring out what I’m going to take with me to the show.

Then, I have to finish and submit my story “Paladin” to Kelly Swails for the 2016 Origins Game Fair anthology.

And tonight, I got an invite to submit an 8,000 word story for another anthology – oh, and that’s due by the 21st of December.

And, along with that, I’m working on two novels – The Sleeping Hero and The Black Ice Affair (a follow-up novel for the Full Moon Affair short novel from Pro Se Productions).

Also, I’m still out beating the bushes for Terra Incognito, looking for some reviewers and some other places to plug my first non-fiction book – which is still doing remarkably well over on Drive-Thru Fiction as well as Amazon and other fine purveyors of literature. *subtle plug, no?*

Oh yeah, I’m also trying to put the final touches on my Kickstarter project so I can launch it in early 2016.

Sleep? *pffft* Who needs it?