Slowly but Surely

I’m getting better. The stitches in my shoulder were removed earlier this week. I’ve gotten back some strength and mobility. With a little physical therapy, I’ll be back to my usual routine. In the meantime, I’m continuing to take it easy. I don’t want to injure myself again.

I’ve been looking over a number of stories that I’ve written but never published. Some are little more than ideas. Others are shockingly bad or little more than barely fleshed out ideas. A few hold some promise. I’m going to work on the more promising ones when I need a break from my current projects. With any luck, I’ll be publishing a few stories in November and December. A lot is going to depend on my health and finances.

As for conventions and travel, I’m planning on going to Super Megafest in Framingham, MA. I would rather go to this con than one of the larger ones like New York Comic Con. It’s not that expensive and a lot of my friends attend this one. Of course, my plans might change since I need to focus on getting better.

Next week, I’ll probably dive into Metal Gear Solid: The Phantom Pain then it’s back to writing.

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On the Mend

My shoulder and arm feel a lot better. Yesterday, the bandages were removed and replaced with band-aids to cover the stitches. I still need to wear the sling for a little while longer and have a followup appointment scheduled with the doctor to see about the next step. I also have another treatment scheduled for the middle of the week to help with my RA. In the meantime, I’m slowly easing back into my routine. I’m looking forward to being pain-free and working out.

On the writing front, I’m back to working on the stories I have stockpiled that need either another draft and/or editing. I’ve been holding off on posting them online mostly because I am thinking about submitting a story or two to the Kindle Scout program.

Well that’s all for now. I’m off to rest my shoulder and take it easy for a while. Later.

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Post DragonCon Report

As many of you know I went to DragonCon in Atlanta, GA over Labor Day weekend. It’s my favorite con because it’s more geared to the fans and creators than the larger comic cons and wizard worlds. It also has programming for everyone.

This year, I had a lot of fun. My roomie were awesome. I got to hang out with some people I only get to see once or twice a year because I live in the northeast and they live in the south.

Badge pick up Thursday morning was a breeze. It took me less than five minutes to get my badge. I spent the rest of the day relaxing and running into friends who were just arriving. Thursday night, I missed the Super Hero Costuming forum meet and greet. It meant not seeing a lot of my friends all in one place at the same time. On the bright side, I got a chance to talk and drink with a friend who was unable to check into her room until the rest of her party arrived late that night. All in all, no complaints.

With the crowds, I decided to change things up this year. There was no way I was going to wait on a long line for a panel with my shoulder problems. It worked out well. Instead of going to the Flash, Arrow, and Doctor Who panels, I watched them live on closed circuit tv with some friends. It was nice because we could talk, hang out, and snack without disturbing people around us. I also avoided the larger photo shoots. I don’t have a lot of fun at the bigger shoots. Luckly, there were a lot of awesome smaller shoots with great photographers. The Marvel Knights shoot and the Dragon Ball Z vs Naruto shoot were really nice. I also got a chance to tag along with my friends as they did an MCU Asgardian group on Saturday. Just walking around the con gave me a chance to connect with other costumers and see their epic creations. I capped all this off with giving a short interview to Nerd Caliber while dressed as Orion. The only downside to the interview was my nervousness. I’m not the best when a camera is focused on me and it probably showed. On the writing front, I went to a small gathering that dealt with the nuts and bolts of self publishing. I also knocked out a few more chapters of the next book during the trip to and from the convention.

When I got home, I didn’t have a lot of time to relax. I had a pre-op doctor’s appointment scheduled and a number of things I had to do before surgery. I had hoped to publish something last week but it needs another draft before I’m completely satisfied with it. I also wanted to post some of the pictures from DragonCon but that will have to wait. I’m still waiting for some from the photo shoots I went to.

On September 15th, I went in for surgery to repair the tear in my rotator cuff. I was in and out in record time but I felt like hell yesterday. I’m not sitting in front of my computer with my right arm in a sling and feeling much better. Unfortunately, I won’t be attending Hartford Comic Con or any conventions until October. Healing comes first. I’ll be posting more often as I get better. I hope to finish the latest draft this month and send it off to my editor before I dive back into a story that needs some work.

Well this post was a lot longer than intended. I should probably go rest. Until next time, take care one and all.


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DragonCon 2015

This week, I’ll be attending DragonCon in Atlanta. Originally, I wasn’t planning on going. My last doctor’s appointment and MRI changed all that. He found a tear in my rotator cuff that required surgery. It’s not really a big deal but it would mean missing most of the conventions coming up this fall. With that in mind, I managed to put everything together in record time.

I’m really looking forward to the convention. Soon, I’ll be seeing a lot of my friends and enjoying myself. I’ll be careful not to overdo things or further injury my shoulder. I plan to take it easy though you wouldn’t think so by the number of costumes I am bringing to the convention. This year, my costumes include Phantom Stranger, Orion, Ocean Master, Krillin, Nick Fury, Luke Cage, and Balder. As for panels, I plan to make a couple of early morning ones and do a little networking.

When I get back, I’ll be sure to post some pictures from the con and share anything I might learn. I’m bringing an empty notebook so I can do a lot of writing on the flight down to Atlanta and the drive back. In the meantime, I’ll be posting on twitter and facebook.

Anyway, I hope everyone has as much fun as I plan to have this week. Take care and talk to everyone when I get back.

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It’s Okay to Start Over

Writing is one of those crafts that you can only learn by doing. Each day you put pen to paper, you learn something new about yourself and the craft. I find that there’s always something new to work on or improve. Writers are always striving to do better. In some cases, this was what motivated them to start writing in the first place. They read a book or an article and said to themselves, “I can do better.”

For the last few weeks, I’ve been struggling with a story. It wasn’t a simple case of writer’s block. The story was fighting me. I knew what I wanted to say and do but the words wouldn’t flow. The few words that made it to the page made me think, “I can do better. I have done better.”

I decided to put aside what I had written and start over. Some might disagree with this and that’s fine. There is no right or one way to write other than to do it. Wrestling with a story doesn’t work for me. When a story fights me, it’s either not ready to told or I’m not ready to tell it.

I don’t feel like I wasted the last few weeks. Sometimes you need a clean slate or a fresh start. Who knows, I might even be able to use what I have already written for another story or in another form. The only downside to all of this is not having any new stories to post this month. We’ll try to change that before I leave for Atlanta.

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A New Computer

I finally got a new laptop to replace my dying Alienware M14x laptop. As much as I liked my old laptop, I went through one too many keyboard replacements for my liking. I ended up purchasing an Acer Aspire V15 Nitro. It has the right combination of features that I need for those times when I’m actually working. So far, I’m very happy with my decision. I managed to tranfer all of my document and media files to the new computer. I even managed to find a few stories I thought I had lost or deleted.

Currently, I’m working on Skindancer, the last story in the Tech Noir series, and a followup story to the The Crown and the Ring. The Court of the Two Sisters is still on the backburner. I want to take a break from my Count Albritton series and come back to it with a clear head. I want the last three stories in the series to be the best so I’m taking my time with them. In the meantime, I’ll be posting some more flash fiction and short stories.

Finally, I have tentative plans to attend DragonCon and Hartford Comic Con in September. A lot will depend on what the doctor says about my shoulder when I go to see him next week. Hopefully, I’ll have some good news on that front. Anyway, that’s all for now.

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The New World of Publishing: The Real Price of Traditional Publishing

This article, by Dean Wesley Smith, makes for some interesting reading. It’s given me a lot to think about especially the part where he talks about the “Life of Copyright”.

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