Keeping the Momentum Going

It’s tough sometimes to keep the momentum going. I do tend to keep busy, but there are periods that I don’t have new stuff to talk about. The Patreon has been good for keeping me busy, and I’ve happy it’s pushed me to do me some shorter stories. Not everything I’m going to write for it is going to get released publicly, but two stories from my Patreon have made it to FA and SoFurry, “Loving You is Wrong” and “Loosening Up.” One good thing about Patreon is it has forced me to work more regularly.

Short story wise, I did write over 6,000 words last month split across three different projects. Since I started the Patreon, my stories have gotten a little shorter. Part of that is I’m putting out a piece of work each month now, and I can’t always do the level of detail I did in the past. That said, I’m proud of myself I’ve been able to keep it going. I’ve used some existing material like novel chapters, but I’m also proud tof myself hat last month’s story clocked in at over 2,500 words and included a research component. I had in my head the stories for Patreon would be a minimum of 1,000, but I’ve been able to exceed that. I didn’t know when I got started last May if this was something I could do and do regularly, but I knew if I didn’t challenge myself with a monthly goal, I wouldn’t be able to keep at it. Only once have I had to run a previously published story. I’ve also been able to keep a monthly blog post going also.

The novel also is currently in a holding pattern. The publisher I sent it to passed on the book, so I sent it so some beta readers. I’m waiting on them to get back to me so I can see what the next step for the book is. I’m optimistic I’ll have more to share about the novel in the next few months, but until then, there isn’t much more I can say. I do need to start planning for book two.

Writing is a process. Creating stories takes time. I don’t always have a lot to share, but I’m still at this. I’m still pushing ahead, even if there isn’t a lot that I can share.


Two New Stories Coming Out at MFF 2019

Hey everyone, MFF 2019 is coming up fast, and I’ll be attending. I’m really excited to be going to the con this year because I have two new stories coming out in anthologies. The first is “Mile High” in Heat #16. Heat is an amazing book and one I’m happy to be appearing in it again. Sadly this will be the last issue of Heat, but I’m happy to kick the book off with an opening story that I think you guys will enjoy.

The second story I have is called “Unknown Stains” in FANG Volume 10, and this is a story about the open road in the American West. If you read “Loosening Up,” this is the piece that comes after it. I wrote the first draft for this back in 2017 at RAWR, so I’m glad I finally was able to got back to it and clean it up.

I’ll also be doing some panels at this con. The last con I attended, Megaplex, I took a break from doing panels, so it will be nice to get back to doing them.  The panels I will be on are:

Friday, December 6

  • 3:00pm — What It Takes to Write: Process, Discipline, and Lifestyle
  • 9:00pm — Erotica: Basic Adult Writing (18+ ONLY)

Saturday, December 7

  •  4:30pm — Scene and Story Structure (with GoH Mary E. Lowd)

Sunday, December 8

  • 11:30am -— Westerns and Historical Fiction

Anyway, that’s all the news I have for you guys right now. If you’re at MFF, pick up the books, and I’ll be happy to sign them if I’m around. See you in Chicago.

Catching Up

I want to let everyone know what’s been going on the last few months. If you don’t follow me on Twitter or check out my Patreon, I may not seem very active, but I have been busy these last couple months.

For starters, I finished the major edits I have been working on with my novel, Scars of the Golden Dancer, and gone over all the feedback I received from my beta-reader, Slip Wolf. I’ve now handed the manuscript off to a publisher to see if they’d be interested in picking it up.

The Patreon has also been going well, and some new stuff has come out of it. I’m still finding what the right mix of stuff to put on in it is, but patrons get a new story each month, plus bonus content related to my writing and how I write. One of those stories went up on FA and SoFurry two months after appearing on Patreon and did quite well, so I’m hoping to keep working at the Patreon. I also posted some sneak peek information about the novel, including the first two chapters, on the Patreon.

Finally, I will be at Midwest FurFest next month and doing panels. I should have a story coming out in an anthology at the con. I’ll provide updates about the story once I get the details on the release.

Anthrocon 2019 & The Desert’s Edge

It’s Anthrocon time again, and I’m here. I’m doing panels this year, but it’s not the panels I’m most excited about. The prequel story for the novel I’ve been working on is going to be in Fang 9, which is coming out at the con. I’m super excited that “Silk and Sword” is being published, since it’s the origin story for one of my novels’ two protagonists. It’s not written to be essential reading, but it’s the first piece of the journey. The Khalin universe is a creation I’ve been working on for nine years. It’s good to finally start getting it out there so people can read about it.

Now if you want to see me at panels, I’m doing a couple this year at the con. You can find me talking with other writers at:

Friday July 5th

  • 6:00 PM — Writing Foundations: Advanced
  • 10:00 PM — After Dark: General Adult Writing

Saturday, July 6th

  • 10:00 PM — After Dark: Dark and Difficult Topics

Sunday, July 7th

  • 11:00 AM — Magic, Myths, and Monsters: Writing Fantasy

See you at Anthrocon!

The Value of Writing Advice

This originally appeared on my Patreon, but I thought I should share it everywhere.

For the last couple of years, I’ve been doing writing panels at furry cons. I go to multiple cons a year, and I volunteer sit on at least one panel at the con, and sometimes I do multiple panels for that con’s writing track. Each con handles panels differently. Some writing tracks are curated by a track lead while some cons just take requests and schedule panels based on who requested what. That means I’ve sat on panels by myself and with other writers. I’ve also attended various writing panels over the years. On top of this, I read occasionally read articles on various writing topics, and I’ve read a few books on writing over the years. I’m still looking to push myself, so there will be more books, more articles and more panels to attend as I continue to push myself to be a better writer.

Writing advice, like many things, suffers from survivor’s bias. I by no means think of myself as an expert at this, but I’ve been working at this long enough, I’m well past the novice stage. How far past that is an unknown quantity. One thing I’ve taken to heart that what works for me, may not work for you. If there is a single piece of advice I could impart to any writer, it is this.

Over the years I’ve encountered some advice that is handed down like biblical laws. This advice is so good that you, the writer, should take it as law: You should write what you know. You shouldn’t use adverbs in your writing. You shouldn’t end your sentences with prepositions. You shouldn’t include too much description in your stories. You shouldn’t write in first person present. You should have a single point of view character. You should try and get an agent. You should write in Word. You should write in Scrivener. You should write 1,000 words per day.

The list goes on, and these “laws” of course vary by writer it seems. Each of the ones I’ve listed I could discuss in depth and show examples that support and don’t support them. As a writer, I absolutely have my own personal set of laws I follow and don’t like to violate, but I like to be flexible about this. My processes have changed, and I see no need to limit myself to a strict formula. Also, it’s not only myself I speak of here. Just because I don’t want to do something or work a certain way doesn’t mean others might not want to. Some of the stuff I’ve seen that goes against my own impulses is actually very good. It may not be what I would write or done the way I would do it, but putting aside my biases, I can really dig it. My process works for me. My process, I hope, produces good work. My process may not work for you, and that’s fine. You are not me. You shouldn’t try and be me either. Instead you should be you, whatever that is. Whether you’re an outliner or pantser, go with what for you. Write the stuff that interests you, not the stuff you see out there.

And for those “laws” you’ll encounter people talking about? Well if it works for you, that’s great. If it doesn’t work for you, don’t do it. Some advice you have to sit and think about before you might understand what it’s getting it, but few of the oddball things people hold up as law are truly laws. You can use adverbs. Using them sparingly is often better, but your writing doesn’t automatically cease to be good because you used an adverb. There are some great books in first person present. How much description to include is hard to judge and it might vary by the story you’re seeking to tell. Remember, you’ll find your own voice given time, but don’t be discouraged if you encounter advice that doesn’t work for you.