Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Josh Gates is back!

I've enjoyed watching Gates and his antics clear back to when he was on Destination Truth on the Syfy channel.

The adventurer extraordinaire posted to his Facebook page on September 30, "One week from today...Expedition Unknown is BACK!" Fans enjoy his playful sense of fun and adventure and can't wait for the show's return. Read more here! http://www.examiner.com/article/josh-gates-returns-for-another-season-of-expedition-unknown

Saturday, October 3, 2015

My Latest Book

So I'm almost finished with my third book, which is a book of zombie-themed short stories. The book will be titled "Tainted Ladies" and each story's prominent character is female. I'm pleased with the stories, a few could even be expanded into full novels. Will just have to see if that's something I want to do at a later time. Right now I'm so busy with writing for two news sites that I don't have much time for the book I'm doing now. I'm also watching my newest grandson four mornings a week.  Staying busy makes me happy though, so it's all good.

I want to finish this book before Halloween, it would be perfect timing, stay tuned to see if that is something I can accomplish. When it is finished, I'm planning on doing some big sales on the other books and who knows, I may have a little launch party. I am trying to dedicate the weekends to nothing but writing the stories.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Update on my writing

Late last September, I started doing some writing for a few sites - namely Examiner and Daily Two Cents. I write reality TV stories for one and for the other I just write about any TV show that's trending or one where there's a lot of interest. I've had a lot of fun with it so far, but it leaves little time for writing stories for my third book. I shelved the book for awhile, will probably finish it up around October. I have most of the stories fully or two-thirds finished for the book (I'm doing a collection of short stories with a zombie theme and the protagonist in each one is female). I do have one more story I want to write, however.

I've actually made some money writing TV news and like I said, I find it fun. Sometimes it's hard to find time to write since my daughter, son-in-law, 5-yr-old grandson, and infant grandson live with us right now (oh yeah, and their 100 lb chocolate lab, Buzz). I keep busy and I do like that, but sometimes it's hard to find the time.

I imagine things will slow down eventually and in the end I'll get everything done. I'm enjoying my family right now and some day I'll probably wish for these days again, when the boys were little and so much fun. So for now, that's how things are going, and the important stuff will always get done first. :D

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Huge Update!

Been so busy, haven't posted for awhile, but I have big news! Zombified Book Two: Shady Oaks has been released! Not only that, but I am having a summer sale! The first book is now .99 cents and book two is only $2.99. Available on almost any ereader. Amazon hasn't updated yet, but should soon.

I am working on book #3 - will be comprised of several short stories (zombie of course!). Already 20k words written...I'm really enjoying writing different stories.

What's next? I'm just about ready to begin another book, this time it will be a Young Adult/Adult spinoff of the Zombified books featuring Bitsy Jones and her young friends. Someone in her group will surprise readers.

Friday, January 10, 2014

First Draft of Zombified Sequel Finished!

I'm very excited right now, my second novel is currently in the hands of my beta readers. After I receive their feedback, will do the second edit. I am planning to release the second book by the end of January in e-book form.

I spent this week re-editing the first novel, just to make sure it reads well and actually found a few errors. The new version is already uploaded to Smashwords and Kindle.

My next step is to get both books ready for CreateSpace, which means they need to be the same size, font, etc. Since I'm changing the size to make the paperback versions more affordable, I get to do the covers again and I'm not looking forward to that. Took me forever to figure out how to do them the first time. So although the sequel will be released before the end of the month, the paperback may not be out until February, will just have to see how it goes.

Check back soon, I'm sure I'll have more information on how everything is progressing. I am thinking of doing some giveaways as well when the book launches, will have more info on that later. 

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Writing is an Ongoing Process...

Writing the sequel to Zombified, Book One: Hudson Place is still a work in progress. I have to admit that it is taking a lot longer than I anticipated, but I do have other things that take precedence, like watching my grandson while his parents work. However, I am getting there, currently working on Chapter 24 with over 52k words. My goal is to have around 30 chapters with over 70k words.

Once I finish, it will go through one edit and then off to my beta readers. From there, I will do another edit (yes, I edit my own material, took editing in college). After a final read-through, the formatting fun begins for the various sites like Amazon and Smashwords.  I already have the front cover done, but I do need to set up another photo shoot for the back. I want both books to have the same kind of look and be the same size, so I do plan to reformat the first book.

When I have both books in hand, I plan to do a few book signings, which will be a first. Since the local library bought my first book, I want to give them new copies of both books.

I do have another book of short stories planned, but that is something I will write more about at a later date. 

So that's it for now, you have an update on what I'm doing. I really want to have this book available in October or at the very latest, around Christmas. I will try to post updates more often, so check back soon!

Monday, December 31, 2012

Happy New Year!

I feel like I accomplished a lot this past year, but there's much more to do.  I don't consider these resolutions, just areas I need to continue improve on or goals I'd like to reach.

In regard to writing, for 2013 I plan to finish the sequel to Zombified and get it published.  My book of short stories I would like to have published by the end of summer.  I'd like to get more involved within the writing community. 

In regard to family, I'd like to spend more time with the grandkids and everyone in general.  I'd like to have more family get-togethers, but at the same time do more spontaneous things, like call up one of the kids and go out to dinner with them.

In regard to my health, I'm improving every year.  I quit smoking over 3 years ago, have my blood sugar in control, and have lost 25 pounds.  This year I want to lose more weight, which means more exercise such as swimming and walking.  I've had some foot problems which has hindered my progress, but I'm hoping it improves.  We'll see how that goes.

Overall, I want to be even more caring and compassionate, and continue to put my family first.  I want to be more outgoing and sociable, not so much Facebook...hehe.

That's all I can think of for now, but these are things I know I can accomplish.  How about you?  What are your plans, goals, or resolutions for the new year?