I need a nap! Don’t get me wrong, I love the New Year. It’s full of possibilities. Like the possibility that I’ll get my novel finished this year, or that I’ll drop the fifteen pounds I’ve put on since Thanksgiving.
The fourth quarter is tough, isn’t it. At my house, holiday celebrations are a priority, and that means food, Food, FOOD! And, of course, there’s the kids. We watched an infant for some friends of ours over the holiday break. I walked the little darling until she fell asleep, then I sat down for a moment. Just to rest my eyes. My minions seized the opportunity, struck, and snapped this picture.
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When Dirty Jon first asked me write a guest article, I’ll admit to some trepidation. I love to play board games, I just don’t know how much of an expert I am on them. He offered me these sage words of advice, “Shut up and write.” So, here we are.
One breezy afternoon in the early fall of 1977, I hopped on my bike – barefoot and helmetless, because I was a newly minted freshman in high school and invincible – and rode the one and half miles of residential roads to a little strip mall that bordered the nearest highway. When I write that now, it sounds incredibly dangerous, but it was the 70’s, so I was okay.
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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.
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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!