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One Week, A Release Date, & A Submissions Deadline

I’m posting a little early this weekend as Sunday, the usual day I post, will be loaded with errand running.  I’m seeing to some last minute details in preparation for Ancient Cit Con next weekend, July 20-22.  For those of you who don’t know about it, it’s a multi-genre convention in Jacksonville, FL, catering to gamers, anime, science fiction, and fantasy.  I’ll be on several panels at the con with my fellow authors from Trinity Gateways, LJ Gastineau and Tricia Sparks.  We’ll have a table in the dealer’s area, selling our books and connecting with readers.  If your in town, stop by for a chat and pick up a good read.

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Publication Release Date Determined

Descent Into Darkness: His Command, the fourth installement in the series, will be out on November 3, 2012, as an e-book.  I have only 9 chapters left to write, then I’ll step away from it for a month before beginning my editing/revision phase.  I’ll continue to post rough draft chapters through August, then the story will be pulled from site as I get it ready for publication.  This is the longest segment in the series so far, and I hope you all enjoy reading it as much as I’ve enjoyed writing it.

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Reminder: Trinity Gateways Anthology Submissions Closes August 1

For any of you still looking to submit disturbing short stories in the horror genre for the Shadows of the Mind anthology, the cut off is August 1, 2012, so please be sure to get your submissions in.  As assistant editor on this project I’ve seen some really good stories come through and I look forward to seeing more.   If you’d like to know what we’re looking for, or need a refresher on our guidelines, visit the Trinity Gateways Submissions Page.

Even if we don’t accept your story, we are giving constructive feedback so that you will be able to learn and improve as a writer.  We’ve had several authors who have improved their stories, resubmitted, and been accepted so don’t get discouraged by a rejection email from our Acquisitions Editor, LJ Gastineau.  Every good author knows that constructive feedback or criticism is vital to the development and growth of every writer.  Since we’re both authors and editors, LJ and I will do what we can to provide that feedback for the submissions we’re reviewing.  Yes, it takes longer to go through the stories in our inbox, but it’s also something that we believe in.  Seeing those resubmitted stories, seeing the improvements made, and being able to accept them is a wonderful reward.  It’s our fervent hope that we will never see the day when we can’t take the time to give that feedback.

 

Welcome, July

Jacksonville, FL, has been hot.  First Tropical Storm Debbie tries to drown us, now it feels like summer is trying to bake us.  We’ll reach a happy medium several months from now but will have to hang in there until then.  Fall cannot get here fast enough.

What’s Been Happening

We’ve just wrapped the Trinity Gateways Newsletter, so I can now spend more time on other projects.  Currently, I have a cover to design for Tricia Sparks as the artwork’s come in, and LJ Gastineau has sent me a few stories that I need to review for the anthology we’re putting together.  Then, of course, is my own series work.  I’ve had to scale back on my writing in order to get the newsletter out before the end of June but am pleased to say that I’m back on track as of this week.  Descent Into Darkness: His Command has now broken 36,000 words and 110 pages in MS Word, making it the longest installment of the series thus far.  It feels like it has about another 10,000 words left in it, maybe a little less than that.  It’s due out in October but I hope to have to it finished by the beginning of August in order to get it edited by Tricia Sparks while I work with LJ Gastineau on finalizing the horror anthology, Shadows of the Mind.

It means that the busy trend of the last few months won’t be slowing down any time soon.

While all of this is going on we’re prepping for Ancient City Con, July 20-22, 2012.  I’ve received my shipment of Descent Into Darkness, Volume 1: He Begins to sell at the Trinity Gateways table.  Most of the promotional materials have come in at this point, and we’ve gotten almost all of the display components for the table setup.  We’re excited about the con, seeing old friends, making new ones, and are looking forward to a good time.

Now For The Update

The rough Chapters 13 & 14 of Descent Into Darkness: His Command are now up for those of you who are interested.  Happy reading and enjoy!

Just A Quick Post

There’s a lot on my plate today and I’ve gotten a very slow start.  The caffiene’s finally kicked in, so I can now draft a post that actually makes sense.

My Current Projects

Most of you may know that I’m a member of Trinity Gateways, and that we’ve opened submissions for the horror anthology, Shadows of the Mind.  As an editor for the project, I’ve been working with Acquisitions Editor, LJ Gastineau, in order to review submissions and give constructive feedback where applicable.  As writers ourselves, we know the value of a good critique.  Doing that takes extra time, but we believe in doing what we can to promote a writer’s growth.  It’s our hope that the authors are able to use our feedback to strengthen their writing.  Right now, our submission deadline is August 1, and we go to print on August 31.  An announcement will be made when the book is available for sale.

In addition to the horror anthology, we’re also looking at our next anthology project.  Once we have the details ironed out, we’ll post it on the Trinity Gateways Submissions Page.

Another Trinity Gateways project is the second newsletter for this year; I’m the layout editor there, as well as a contributor.  It’s due for release on the site later this month and will be available as a free PDF download.

I’ve been writing the fourth installment of Descent Into Darkness.  My publication deadline is in October; I’ll post an actual date for that in the next month or so.

The printed omnibus entitled Descent Into Darkness Volume 1: He Begins is currently out on Amazon; I just approved the final proof.  The edition includes the first three installments of the series: His Own, Her Lord, and His Beast.  I’m working on getting distribution for it elsewhere and will make an announcement once that’s done.

As for graphics work, I’ve got the map to update — again — and cover art to assemble for Descent Into Darkness: His Command.  I’m trying to get a head start on it.

Oh, and while I’m think about it…

A Reminder

Trinity Gateways is still taking submissions for the Shadows of the Mind horror anthology.  We’ve gotten some excellent entries so far.  There are still slots open so anyone who is interested has until August 1, 2012, to get their stories in.  Please visit the Trinity Gateways Submissions Page for requirements and guidelines.

Content Update

The rough draft Chapters 9 & 10 of Descent Into Darkness: His Command have been posted.

Until next time, folks!

Love Staying Busy

I can honestly say that I haven’t been this busy in a very long time.  Let’s forget about the 40-hours-a-week day job and the overtime that’s been required of me over the last 4-6 weeks.  Let’s just look at everything else — which is more than enough.  Writing a set number of chapters every week for Descent Into Darkness: His Command, editing through/reworking the map for/creating the cover for Descent Into Darkness: His Beast, editing through/formatting/creating the cover for/researching printing options for the printed omnibus of Descent Into Darkness Volume 1: He Begins, reviewing submission entries with LJ Gastineau for the Trinity Gateways horror anthology Shadows of the Mind, working on/acquiring ads for the Trinity Gateways newsletter which comes out in late June 2012, dealing with the business setup for Trinity Gateways, and personal things such as helping out my future sister-in-law’s wedding preparations.

On one hand, I am very tired.  It’s a lot of work, a ton of time involved, which means that I don’t typcially get very much sleep.  I’m craving some quality shut eye time, closely followed by some quality Xbox time.  I don’t know if many other writers, traditionally published or self published, go through the same thing.  I do know that video game developers have a similar experience in the course of their work — crunch time, they call it.  I’ve borrowed the term for my own pre-release process, which took up the majority of my time in the last month or so.

Yet, on the other hand, I am extremely happy.  While I’m not crazy about working what amounts to 2.5 full-time jobs, I absolutely adore the 1.5 jobs I have to juggle in around the day job.  Writing’s in my blood, the business of writing, of publishing is a constant fascination — even my crunch time periods.  I love doing what I do.  One day, I’d love to make that all I do, but I’m realistic enough to know that will take a great deal of time and work to accomplish.  Still, that’s the dream and I’ll do whatever it takes to get there.

To succeed in anything, you have to love what you do and want it badly enough to make it happen.

This Week’s Update

Today I’ve posted the rough draft Chapters 7 & 8 of Descent Into Darkness: His Command.  I hope you enjoy it.  Now I’ve got to get back to work — I still have to make my chapter quota for the week.

Until next time!

 

Two Weeks To Go

Editing and revision has taken over my life recently — or as much of my life as the day job is allowing these days.  I’ve just completed an editing/revision run through for Descent Into Darkness: His Beast, and there will be at least one — perhaps two — more before it e-publishes on 5/6/12.  That’s two weeks from now.  The printed omnibus entitled Descent Into Darkness, Volume 1: He Begins, which includes His Own, Her Lord, and His Beast, is scheduled to go to print a few weeks after that.  There’s still a lot of work for me to do before that happens so my blog posts will continue to be relatively short.

Meanwhile, work has not let up on His Command, the fourth in the Descent Into Darkness novella series.  The rough versions of Chapters 3 & 4 are now up.  Let me know what you think.

TrinityGateways.net Horror Anthology Submissions

Submissions are still open for the horror anthology, Shadows of the Mind.  If it’s horror, disturbing, and contains no graphic sex, we want it.  If you, or someone you know, would be interested in contributing to this anthology, please visit the Trinity Gateways Submissions Page.  We’ve gotten some really good entries so far and are looking for more.

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