Because, let’s face it, what would a day be like without yet another interview with me? Oh, and my humble disposition, too… and my great looks.
I can’t remember the last time I jotted down some actual goals for my writing (I’m sure it isn’t as far back as I remember, but I’m too lazy to look). So far, my behind the scenes writing has been stellar, but my actual output for sale has been meager, to say the least.
I put out Metal Queens: Models 2 out on April 1st… and that’s pretty much it so far in 2013. I’ve been in a couple of great anthologies but nothing else. I spent most of January and February writing three different zombie novellas for a Hollywood film company, and hopefully they’ll eventually see their time in print and/or on the big or small screen. And that isn’t even including Miami Spy Games: Russian Zombie Gun, which I did in 2012 for them.
I finished Dying Days 3 and it’s currently off to the editor and a goal release in June 2013. I’d love to have print copies available for New Orleans and the World Horror Convention/Horror Writers Association events June 13th through 16th. I’ll also be pitching my horror novel to two publishers that weekend, and I’m quite excited about it.
But what about May? I don’t have too many finished stories to release, and that is bothering me. With an average of one release every two weeks last year and the year before, I am definitely too slow in 2013. I’m hoping that will change.
Yesterday officially started my foray into Contemporary Fiction, with a series of short stories set in Kokomo’s Cafe in Flagler Beach Florida. My daily goal is 2,000 words a day and 6,000 words per ‘episode’, to be released every Friday starting May 10th through July 12th (10 serialized parts), followed by the print version a week or so after.
I’m also going to work on Dying Days: Origins, with the goal of it being a July release as well.
I’ll begin doing initial interviews for the upcoming non-fiction pro wrestling book SCW: All Access Pass sometime in May, and I’d love to have it out by the end of summer.
Metal Queens: Models 3 should be out in mid-May (about six weeks after the 2nd book was released), with an eye to do a 4th book in July.
My blog post/interviews/observations/bullshit eBook, Shut Up Old Man! will see the light of day before May ends as well… as long as I can work on it a little each day for the next few weeks.
I’m hoping by 2014 I can look back at the slow start of 2013 and see all the positive I set up for the latter part of the year, and hit my 26 releases goal without a problem, and break it.
I’m interviewed again, but this time by Rebecca Snow! Read the interview, but even if you don’t care one iota about me, check out her site because… yep… there is snow falling on it!
This post might initially seem a little off topic for me, but stick with it and you’ll see it has to do with writing.
In 2007 I released a non-fiction book about a local professional wrestling federation, Southern Championship Wrestling. Called SCW: Blood, Sweat & Gold. It took you through the first 9 years of their existence and I interviewed dozens of great wrestlers and personalities for the book. I had a blast, my kids got to come with me to shows and help me sell copies of the print book (no eBooks back then!), and I had a great time.
Through the years I’ve kept in touch with some of the guys, missed a ton of shows, and watched my son (who was 11 when we went to the first show and fell in love with SCW) grow into a 17 year old who pretty much knows everything. I kept reading their website, and seeing guys in and out and hoping someday to get back there and see a show, hug a few old friends, and see what was going on that I’ve missed.
This past Saturday I went back and saw my first SCW show in about five years. And fell in love with it all over again.
A lot has changed in my life since 2007, besides my three kids growing up and my career switching from full-time retail store manager to full-time author. People have come and gone, women have come and gone, my hair has gone gray and the gut gotten bigger… but as they say, the more things change the more they stay the same.
Seeing Chris Carson, Mighty Ox, Rico Casanova, Victor Creed, Chasyn Rance, Jason Sensation, as well as so many others I’ve known for years was great. Meeting new faces was also amazing. The matches were topnotch and the action nonstop.
I’ll be starting the followup, SCW: All Access Pass, in the coming weeks. They’re going on fifteen years strong, and the SCW has a new story to tell. I’m going to be the one to tell it. the pictures here are some of the ones that made it into the first book and a few I found while searching old folders, and to see how little my kids were back then makes me laugh.
I’m Interviewed on the Lisa V. Prouix blog, and I have a fine time doing it, talking about zombies, Tool Shed, food, Kokomo’s Cafe and banana bread beer!
I hope you are enjoying your Spring time weather. Here in Maryland, it seemed as though the warm weather would never make an appearance. Alas, it was in the 70’s today and I actually got to lay out in the sun…ah…heaven!
It’s been a while since I have written in my blog. I had a death in my family on March 12 and as you probably know, losing a loved one can really take its toll on a person. I am now getting back into the swing of things and wanted you to meet someone today.
HORROR AUTHOR, ARMAND ROSAMILIA
Welcome this talented author!
I had the pleasure of interviewing Armand recently and I got to know him a little better. You’ll love his whacky sense of humor and you’ll find out why this talented and diverse author is not just “the zombie guy!”
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Author Tim Baker on audiobook! But don’t worry, he doesn’t read it with his thick New England accent, so you will be able to understand it.
I finished what I believe is a damn good first draft of Dying Days 3, my zombie novella. The first two parts of the story clocked in at about 25,000 words each, but my goal on this one was to get more story and make it about 35,000 words. The final first draft ended up being over 40,000, which I am quite happy with.
There will also be a companion short story like in the other Dying Days releases, with a return of Tosha Shorb and her sister, and I might add in another short piece or two. My goal is to get the final product over 50,000 words and be a nice solid release. More bang for your buck, as they say. I think someone says that, anyway.
Then readers (you are out there!) of the series will be happy to know I can finish up Dying Days: Origins, which tells the prequel story of Tosha Shorb and also the prequel of David Monsour (who also appeared in Dying Days 2) as well as the prequel story of Eric White (and written by author Lisa Woods, who is a big fan of the series).
But wait, there’s more!
Still Dying: Further Scenes From Dying Days will be another anthology of short stories set in the world, but this time written by other authors (like Tim Baker, Brent Abell, Lori Safranek, Frank Edler, Patrick Greene, AD Roland and many others) and also a brand new Darlene Bobich short story from me.
Still not convinced?
My short story collection of more erotic short stories, Dying Days: Threesome, will be out this summer as well… three shorts with even more sex for your money, and a return of Randy from Highway To Hell. There might even be a sequel to Highway To Hell called Hell’s Bells: Highway To Hell 2 in the works as well if I get the time to fit it into the schedule.
Tim Baker and I will be finishing a sequel to Dying Days: The Siege of European Village as well, so look for that soon.
Now, I just have to stay off Facebook and Twitter and actually write all this stuff…