Growing up, my dad and I were pretty fair shade tree mechanics. (Well, I was growing up, my dad had already gone as far as he was going to.) This was before the age of electronic fuel injection, computerized valve timing, and proprietary software widgets. So, shortly after the earth cooled, but while Detroit was still hot, we’d put the car up on blocks and have at it. Often this would involve improvising the tool we needed from the tools we had readily at hand. It led to some interesting compromises. Fortunately, as writers, the only tool we really need is a chair to put our behinds in while we write. However, there are plenty of ancillary tools out there and I’m going to give you my pitch on the ones I find the handiest. Continue reading Reblog Sunday: Tools of the Trade »
Lots of exciting news this week. Project Blackford is in full swing. I’m organizing and compiling my research. The full on writing effort begins this weekend. After reviewing this universe’s canon, I’ve had to scrap my initial approach and revamp. It’s been very exciting!
The paper back edition of Dirty Magick: Los Angeles is available at Amazon. I’m pretty excited about that. I have an Amazon’s author page, complete with creepy photo which will be replaced as soon as I get the opportunity. That page is here. It still says “Paul Ellis.” Hopefully I can get the middle initial added without too much trouble.
My fellow writers in the anthology are a seasoned group. Without any spoilers, I’ll be reviewing their stories over the next couple of weeks or so.
Continue reading Review: “The Forbidden Pose” from Dirty Magick: Los Angeles »
Here’s a quick update, I’ll have more when I have more. About a month ago, I teased a secret project and I haven’t said a lot about it since. It’s time I remedy that.
Between day job demands, children setting up shop in the ER, colds, procrastinations, and well, just life in general, I haven’t done a lot with it. The opportunity is just too good to pass up, and I will kick myself it I miss on it. I would really like to tell you about it, but mum’s the word until I hear back from the principals.
This year, NaNoWriMo has gone the way of the wild goose on a bender. My word count is dreck, so I’m free to concentrate on Blackford!
And Friday, there’s Dirty Magick: Los Angeles. I’m all a tingle!
I like to think of myself as a man of the world, a well-traveled and experienced individual. My girls say “Nah, you’re just old.” Either way, I never imagined myself in a situation where I would feel out of place. Not uncomfortable, mind you, just clueless. Enter the world of publishing, from an author’s perspective.
Yeah, I buried the lead. “The Winds,” my short story, will be included in the anthology Dirty Magick: Los Angeles, to be released Friday (hence the cheerful color). The anthology is a genre mashup “telling stories where crime and magic intersect in the city that birthed noir, Los Angeles.”
Continue reading 4 Days – My Green is Showing »
My love affair with writing started in my 11th grade English class, with an F-. Yeah, you read that right, “eff minus”. And, as it usually is with things of this nature, the grade was entirely my fault, not that I could convince my father of such a thing. He and my mother arranged a parent-teacher conference with Mrs. Jaffe, purveyor of said grade.
“I’ve seen his notebook, and I agree he earned a F,” my father began. “But, a F minus? That’s an insult!”
“Well,” she replied. “His test was insulting.”
It was, no doubt. Every day for six weeks, she waited on me to live up to my potential, and each day I waited for her to give up. I earned every bit of that F minus.