Okay, so by now you already know that 79 A.D. is scheduled for release on June 29th. (Incidentally, do you know who else is releasing a book on June 29th? Only fantasy author extraordinaire, Daniel Arenson! Woohoo! Seriously, if you have not read his work, do so. The guy’s fantastic!) This morning I received the edits back from my editor. As of this writing, I have not had time to peruse them fully, however the email was quite favorable, which makes me feel better. I go through this emotional shift every time I write a book. At first I love everything about it. Then about halfway through writing the book I realize it’s shit. By 3/4 of the way I’ve managed to convince myself that only I could ever love this book, and even I don’t like it much. By the time I type The End I have convinced myself that the book was a waste of time, because there is no way in hell that I will ever publish such a horrid piece of shit.

Then I publish it anyway because, hey, I wrote it. Might as well, right?

This was the case with 79 A.D. I had so many ups and downs with this book that there were times I wanted to scrap the whole thing and get a job at McDonald’s. This contributed in no small way to the amount of time it took to finish writing it. By the time I sent it to my editor I was certain he was going to email me back with a note that said something like “This was so bad I think you gave me cancer. I hate you and the oxygen that gives you life. Never contact me again.”

That didn’t happen, so I guess we’re good to go. It should not take me long to do the revisions, and I already have a few tentative bits and bobs for the back cover copy. At some point in the coming weeks I suppose I’ll have another contest. Winners will get a free copy-probably a PDF-before the book is actually made available. I should probably hand out a few copies to review sites, as well, huh? Yeah. That would be a good idea.

I have not done any promoting in a long time. I just haven’t had time for it. Now I’ll have to relearn a few things. Shouldn’t be that bad, right? Right? heh heh…crap. I’m doomed.

In other news, I have a short story coming out in the Lyrical Darkness anthology. This was quite fun to do. Basically, the idea was to pick an iconic song, one that almost everyone would know, and write a dark fiction story inspired by the song. Donnie Light emailed me a while back and asked me if I’d like to be part of the project, which would also include stories from Terri Reid, Ophelia Julien, Niki Danforth, and others. Of course I jumped at this opportunity.

My story is titled Satisfaction, and is inspired by the Rolling Stones song of the same name. It is about a serial killer who finds himself escalating as the high of the kill begins to wane. I’m extremely pleased with this story, and I hope you will be, too. Here is the cover for the anthology.

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It is not available yet, but as soon as it is I will let you guys know. I believe they are setting up a pre-order for it, so I’ll keep you guys posted on that, too. In fact, I may set up a pre-order for 79 A.D. I just have to figure out how, first.

Anyway, stay tuned to the blog. I will post all the news here as soon as I am able.

Hope you guys all have a great night!

See ya!

–David

June 29th

Posted: May 6, 2015 in Uncategorized

That’s the date. I’ve circled it on my calendar.

79 A.D. is coming.

79AD Cover - EBOOK

I hope you are as ready to read it as I am to get it to you.

–David

..instead of posting anything useful, I’ll clog up the blog with this picture of my bike. :)

900SS

There. I feel better. Content! Precious content! Woohoo!

There really isn’t much to talk about today. I’m at my desk about to start work for the night, but I wanted to stop by the blog first and say hello. So far, BAIT is coming along nicely. I’m not as far into it as I would like to be at this point, but that’s because I’m a slacker. Although I did just win a mighty battle against an invading army of small black ants that apparently took a liking to the Pepsi can I stupidly forgot to throw away. I’d like to say there were no survivors, but with those little buggers there are always survivors. They are probably planning to murder me in my sleep.

Hey, that could be a book!

Nah, it’s been done.

On a weird note, I picked that book because it suited my blogging purpose, but after reading the description I really, really want to read it. Looks like I know what my next Kindle purchase is gonna be. Damn my curious nature!

By the way, in case anyone is curious, the bike in the picture is a customized 1993 Ducati 900SS. I bought it last Summer and have been staring at it in my garage ever since. I don’t get to ride it much because the Wee Ones don’t really fit on it, but every once in a while I get to take it out and party. Sometime this Summer I am going to run it up the Dragon, which is only about an hour away from me. With 318 curves in 11 miles, it’s pretty much the ultimate motorcycle road. I’ve been on it once, but I was riding two-up on a much heavier bike. This time should be much more fun. With luck, I’ll even make it out alive. ;)

Well, folks, I really ought to get to work. BAIT ain’t gonna write itself, after all. Hope you have a great evening, and I’ll be back in a few days to talk to you again. Hopefully I’ll have gotten 79 A.D. back from the editor by then. Oh, and I also have a short story in a coming anthology that I…er…can’t actually talk about yet. Damn. Forget I said anything…

In any case, thanks for checking back. Have a great night, folks!

See Ya!

-David

Wow. I’ve been scrolling through my comments and I can’t believe how many I missed! My Yahoo notification was off on my phone for about two months last year and I didn’t realize it, then one day it dawned on me that I hadn’t gotten any emails to my Yahoo account in a long time. So I checked, and yep. I’d signed out of it like a dummy and never logged back in.

That’s not the best excuse, especially since a number of these comments fell outside that two month window, but it’s the only excuse I have so I’m gonna use it. To those of you who never got a reply, I am so very, very sorry. I did get your comments, and they mean the world to me. Thank you for taking the time to offer up some feedback. I hope you come again and drop off another note, even if it’s to tell me I suck. Because, well, I pretty much do.

It feels odd trying to get back into the writing swing after so much time has passed in writing limbo. Blogging is even more so. I was able to write over 6,000 words in BAIT last week, and I’m hoping to top that this week. Right now the manuscript is sitting at 32,000 words, with a projected completed length of 80,000 to 90,000. (For comparison’s sake, 33 A.D. is around 92,000 words.) So if I can write 10,000 words per week – a highly attainable goal – the first draft should be ready in less than two months. Add in editing, cover creation, and “let it gel” time, and I hope to have BAIT out sometime around Labor Day. Now, my planning is atrocious, so don’t hold me to that. I should have had 79 A.D. out two years ago.

But again, I suck.

So to all of you who are waiting for 79 A.D. and have been doing so with little to no info coming from me, your wait is nearly over. I emailed my editor, and he said that he has been ill, but he’s on the mend and should have the book back to me soon. Once he does I will be staying up late 7 days a week to get it out to you ASAP. I have the digital cover already, but I don’t have a print cover because I need a finished page count (to determine the spine width). But none of that should take long once the editing is complete.

As usual, I will be formatting the book myself for all reading platforms, including print. The print formatting takes longer, so expect a week or two delay between the digital release and the print release. I’ll let you guys know when it’s coming up.

Also, I have a short story that I just finished for an upcoming anthology. There are some extremely talented writers contributing, and I feel very fortunate to have been asked to participate. I will give you more info as it comes in, but the basic premise was that all stories must be based on popular songs in some way. I chose Satisfaction, by the Rolling Stones, and I’m extremely pleased with how the story came out. Again, more details to come soon.

That’s about it for now, folks. I’ll be back again soon, so check back often. As always, if you have any questions, feel free to ask them here. I will answer them as quickly and honestly as I can. And no, it won’t take a year.

–David

Ok. I suck. A lot.

Most of the time I can be found on Facebook, where I am a bit more active in interacting with people. But that’s no excuse for ignoring this blog for so long. At issue, of course, is time. As the primary caregiver to two small children, time is precious to me, and there never seems to be enough of it to do all the things a solid writing career demands, like promotion, marketing, connecting with readers, or…you know…writing. :P

So my wife and I were discussing this the other night and we came to the conclusion that I should just stay up late at night to get some work done while everyone is asleep. Tonight is the first night of that, and as you can see, I’m actually blogging. Woohoo! Not quite the same thing as getting some actual writing done, but still important. I intend to do more of it in the coming weeks as I work my way into my new schedule. At the very least I should be able to post updates on a semi-daily basis.

I hope.

In any case, just so you know, 79 A.D. is finished and on my editor’s desk. He’s been a bit under the weather lately and so has not gotten to dig too deep into the manuscript, but it’s coming. Finally.

I am working on a new project called BAIT, which is about a junkie who hunts Bachiyr. He uses himself as bait, hence the title. I don’t want to go into it too much right now, but there will be more information posted here in the coming weeks. The next Taras and Theron book is in the development phase, which basically means I’m still cooking it up in my head for the nonce.

If you are curious about the film for 33 A.D., let me just say that I am, too. As yet, there has been no news from Hollywood. These things take time, I’m told, so I’ll keep sitting here with fingers crossed hoping you guys all get to see Taras on the Silver Screen in my lifetime. I’ve always pictured him as looking like Chris Helmsworth, although other readers have suggested Alexander Skarsgaard. I suppose either would be fine with me. Heck, they could get Rick Moranis to play Taras and I’d probably be on board with it. Ok, maybe not Rick Moranis…

In any case, that’s most of the news that is fit for consumption. I hope the two people who will read this enjoy it. I will be posting more in the coming weeks and months (really!), so I hope you folks are ready to start hearing from me again.

See Ya!

David

So, I tend to let most comments through, even the negative ones, because I like hearing from all points of view. If you surf back through the comments on this blog, you will find comments that talk about some mistakes people have found in my books, or how I was wrong about this, or didn’t know much about that, etc. Expand that surfing to include my email and you will find many, many more. I am all right with that. It’s part of being a writer.

Typically, when a reader sends me an email to let me know they found a mistake in one of my books, my reply is to thank them, then go fix the error. Many of you can attest to this, because you are the ones who notified me of the mistakes.

However, if you contact me, and your venom-filled diatribe includes phrases similar to “hire me as your editor, or at least find an editor who is not a complete r-tard,” odds are pretty good I’m not going to run your comment. It’s one thing to pick apart my books, I’m used to that, but it’s quite another to insult an entire group of people in order to do so.

Also, sending a second comment to complain about how I didn’t publish your first comment fast enough to suit you (less than 24 hours later, in this case) is not going to make me want to discuss anything with you on any level.

Oh, Goody!

Posted: February 21, 2014 in Uncategorized

Today marks my first Friday of work. Well, not really. Today is the first Friday that Heather has off under her new schedule. The nice thing about that is it allows her to have a day with Cole that she doesn’t typically get.

It also allows me to write for several hours. :)

It’s the perfect time, too. All my side projects are completed or nearing completion, so today I can focus all of my attention on 79 A.D., which as you guys know is long, long overdue.

Well, better get started.

Today is going to be a good writing day. I can feel it.