Week 46 of 2018
We’re coming up on Thanksgving and I want to start by thanking all of you. I can’t do this job without you guys reading my stuff, giving me reviews, and talking me up.
And since this is the season of giving, I’ll be sending out some prezzies. I’ll do a drawing and send out gifts to the lucky winners. I’ll randomly choose 5 of those who are on my mailing list or who are regular readers of my blog. If you’re a regular reader and not on the mailing list, I suggest you add a comment and I’ll put you into the pool. Or, you could just subscribe to the mailing list. In any case, I’ll do the drawing in a couple of weeks, so that I can make sure to get your prezzie to you by Christmas.
Thanks to all of you. I really appreciate you.
Back to the news. I missed last week’s update. Sorry. It’s that time of the year that I routinely do a bunch of house improvements. I host an SCA party every year in early December and like to clear up a bunch of things to make the house ready. Also, this Christmas, my sweetie and I are hosting her family along with my mom.
Gotta make sure the house is acceptable for *both* moms. That’s only mildly terrifying.
As for writing, I’ve been going through a tough patch. It happens, sometimes, and all I’ve found to do is throw bad words at the page. I’ve also had a couple of really nice things happen on the professional front of late. They’re small, but it’s often the little things that make my brain weasels nag at me, so it’s nice to see that small things can pacify them sometimes.
As I said, I’ve written some awful words recently, but the short story that I recently submitted is a notable exception. It should be released 1Q of 2019 and I’m excited. It’s one of those stories where the muse just told me what to write. It doesn’t happen often, but in this case it leapt out at me.
I shelved The Feeding of Sorrows for a couple of weeks to work on None Call Me Mother. I made some progress but am turning back to Sorrows this week. I just needed a break and some ideas are coming back to me.
And with that, it’s time for me to go throw those ideas onto a page.
Current Playlist Song
They’ve set the Pandora Station at Brewbaker’s to disco and right now they’re playing the Spinners I’ll Be Around. Good song, but a little creepy when you read the lyrics.
Quote of the Week
I’m saddened to hear of the passing of William Goldman today. This has been a horrible week of celebrity deaths, as he joins Roy Clark and Stan Lee.
Because I enjoy black humor, I’ll choose my quote from The Princess Bride.
“Miracle Max: Whoo-hoo-hoo, look who knows so much. It just so happens that your friend here is only MOSTLY dead. There’s a big difference between mostly dead and all dead. Mostly dead is slightly alive. With all dead, well, with all dead there’s usually only one thing you can do.
Inigo Montoya: What’s that?
Miracle Max: Go through his clothes and look for loose change.”
– The Princess Bride
Thanks to all three of you for brightening my life. Your stuff gave us a bunch of ‘loose change’ to treasure forever.
News and Works in Progress
- None Call Me Mother (approx. 15,000)
- The Feeding of Sorrows (approx. 25,000)
- CB (8,418)
- AFS (2,556)
Recent Blog Posts and Wiki Additions
- Interview (Mark Wandrey): https://robhowell.org/blog/?p=1542
- Interview (Benjamin Smith): https://robhowell.org/blog/?p=1539
- Interview (Tim C. Taylor): https://robhowell.org/blog/?p=1540
- Interview (JR Handley): https://robhowell.org/blog/?p=1555
- Magazine Review (Imagination, October 1950): https://robhowell.org/blog/?p=1557
- Magazine Review (Fantastic Universe, December 1957): https://robhowell.org/blog/?p=1565
- 8 December, Kris Kinder, Kansas City, MO https://sites.google.com/site/kriskindermarket/
- 4-6 January, ShadowCon, Memphis, TN
- 25-27 January, ChattaCon, Chattanooga, TN
- 9-16 March, Gulf Wars, Lumberton, MO
- 22-24 March, FantaSci, Raleigh, NC
- 29-31 March, Planet Comicon, Kansas City, MO
The interviews listed above conclude #FourHorsetober. It was a lot of fun to do, and included 24 authors delivering over 33 thousand words about their careers, interests, and writing techniques. Many thanks to all of htem.
Today’s Weight: 381.4
Updated Word Count: 237,958
Shijuren Wiki: 874 entries
Four Horsemen Wiki: 479 entries
Let me know if you have any suggestions on the website, this email, or cool story ideas at firstname.lastname@example.org. Especially let me know of suggestions you have for the Spotlight section.
Have a great week, everyone.
Author of the Shijuren-series of novels
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- A Lake Most Deep (Edward, Book 1)
- The Eyes of a Doll (Edward, Book 2)
- Where Now the Rider (Edward, Book 3)
- I Am a Wondrous Thing (The Kreisens, Book 1)
- Brief Is My Flame (The Kreisens, Book 2)
- None Call Me Mother (The Kreisens, Book 3) Forthcoming 2019
- “A Gift of Crimson” in Hand of Gold and Other Stories (Pussy Katnip)
- “Where Enemies Sit” in For a Few Credits More (The Four Horsemen Universe)
- “A Sword for Striking” in Luck Is Not a Factor (The Four Horsemen Universe)
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