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Ahh, Sunday Morning…

Posted in #amwriting, Armand Rosamilia, flagler beach, florida, personal, roller derby, SCW, wrestling, writing on May 19, 2013 by Armand Rosamilia

There is nothing better than being able to wake up when you want to, instead of when you have to… as much as I love my life, I still have to get up weekdays at 6 am so I can hike my kid 20 miles to high school… and then spend the next 6 hours in Kokomo’s Cafe in Flagler Beach writing and doing my thing (which involves too much coffee and pastry). 

I usually have running around to do on the weekends, since I fill my life with so many writing projects. Running off to do interviews for my Southern Championship Wrestling book or for the Palm Coast Roller Derby one, and then taking the kids here and there… 

But today, I got to sleep in and wake up when I felt like it. I slept until 6:45, a small victory. Once the brain starts thinking it never stops, and I can never climb back into my comfy bed and fall back asleep… because I start thinking of scenes for one of the stories I’m writing, and it never ever ends.

I get a huge cup of coffee (or three), tell my daughter to turn down that godawful music she listens to, and slip into a few hours of writing, Facebook, blog posts, e-mails, etc. before making lunch. Then I’ll check the time of the Red Sox game, take a nap, write a little more, maybe nap #2 if I have time, and then an hour drive north to see my Special Gal and a night of roller derby watching and then dinner. 

Tomorrow? Back to the grind. 

For right now, I need to fully wake (another cup of coffee should do it) and hit my daily 2,000 word goal so I can climb back into my comfy bed. 

May Goals For Armand

Posted in #amwriting, Armand Rosamilia, dying days, horror, Horror Writers Association, HWA, Miami Spy Games, movies, novella, personal, SCW, short story, spy, thriller, wordpress, wrestling, writing, zombie on April 30, 2013 by Armand Rosamilia

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. 

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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.

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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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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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. 

Armand

SCW Memory Lane

Posted in #amwriting, Armand Rosamilia, personal, SCW, wrestling, writing with tags , , , on April 29, 2013 by Armand Rosamilia

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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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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.

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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. 

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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. 

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