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State of the Writer

Hello Friends!

I know…it’s been a while. I’m sorry. What can I say…after spending much of the past year and a half focused on editing first The Penitent Assassin and then The Rush of Betrayal: Deception (Book One), I needed a little time away to spend with my family. The kids are growing so fast and I wanted to make sure I spent some time with them while they still thought I was cool. (So far, according to them, I am…whew!)

Also, my house, like everything else, is growing older…which meant there were quite a few home-improvement projects which needed my attention. I made a small dent in the ‘honey-do’ list (if you’re a home-owner, you know that list is NEVER-ending!) which of course made my wife happy (and if you’re married, you know the saying ‘happy wife, happy life’). Of course, now she’s starting to get after me to get back to my writing again and as soon as the holiday season is over, and my crazy work hours at the bookstore settle down, I’ll be back hard at work on the final edits of The Rush of Betrayal: Absolution (Book Two).

Speaking of Book Two, yes, I know, I originally thought I would have it done by November 2012 but as I explained above I’ve had a rather busy five months and so my new goal is spring 2013. This extra time will also allow me to expand a bit more on Josephine’s storyline which I think will only improve the final version. I can’t wait to have it finished so I can share the conclusion of Ian’s and Josephine’s story with you.

GOOFY NEWS ALERT:

Back in November, twitter friends of mine and co-hosts of the Southern Fried Inkslingers Podcasts, author Walter Shuler @anakronistical and artist Brad Joyce @Brad_Joyc3 interviewed me. Now, I say ‘interviewed’ but what it really was was three guys pretty much sitting around trying to make each other laugh for over an hour. And it’s safe to say we all succeeded. I had a great time talking with the both of them and just hanging out while enjoying a Mt. Dew (I swear, I wasn’t drinking anything stronger!). I’ve been told the podcast interview will be online either later today or tomorrow. You should definitely check it out…

I plan to blog a bit more often in the upcoming months (it’s not like I can really blog a bit less!) but if for some reason I don’t make it back on here before the end of the year, I wish you all a happy holiday season, a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

–Shawn

Interview with Indie Author Anastasia V. Pergakis

Hello Online Friends and Welcome to 2012. Today, I’m interviewing Indie Author Anastasia V. Pergakis, author of the fantasy novel, Cleanse Fire. We ‘met’ on Twitter (I’ve met so many wonderful authors on Twitter) and I thought I’d share with you my interview with her. Without further delay, Anastasia, welcome…let’s begin:

1. Anastasia, I understand you’re married, a mother of a young boy, and a stay-at-home mom. Being a stay-at-home dad myself, I know how hard it can be to find free time to write. How do you find the time and energy to be creative? Do you have a writing schedule? If so, does it help balance your writing life and your family life? 

I don’t know if I ever really “find” the time and energy. It’s more of…I overdose on caffeine! And really, I just have the mindset that it needs to be done and so I do it. The caffeine merely allows me the energy to do it all at once!

No actual writing schedule. I do what I call Binge Writing. I’ll write 5,000 words one day but then not write anything for three days after that. But then I’ll punch out another 5,000 words on day four. I don’t think it keeps my life in “balance” exactly but it makes for less stress for me. I don’t have to stress out over “Oh no, I didn’t write today!” because I know that it’s okay. I still make my bigger goals and deadlines and that’s okay with me. 

2. Tell us about your recently published book. Do you have a short synopsis you’d like to share? Who do you see as your target audience? Where can we go to buy it? 

Cleanse Fire is a fantasy adventure novel, with edge-of-your-seat action. Epic battles, suspense, and a bit of romance too! Follow the Kinir Elite as they track down a traitor and find more than they bargained for. **Portions of profits for this book are given to the Wounded Warrior Project** 

Complete the mission, no matter what…

Captain Derac Vidor has served Kinir for nearly twenty years. It’s his life, his blood. And then his Commander betrays everything Derac holds dear. Now he has to focus on his own life and his team instead of saving the citizens of Kinir. 

Treason is only the beginning…

Fueled by rage, the team chases the source to their Commander’s betrayal – a powerful wizard bent on revenge. The wizard seeks to destroy the Kinir Elite, in both mind and body. No place is safe, even among their allies.

 The past holds the key…

Derac’s tragic past may be the key to saving the team. But can he face the gruesome nightmare in time?

 Purchase Cleanse Fire

3. When did you first realize you were a writer? Has writing been a life-long dream or a recent development?

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Merry Christmas Video from the Ink-Competent Writer and Family

Hello Folks,

I’m sorry I haven’t been around as much lately, but the holiday season has been a busy one for me and my family. We just celebrated Christmas #1 this past Sunday. Christmas Celebration #2 will occur on Christmas Eve, #3 on Christmas Day and #4 on New Years Day. Not that I’m complaining, I’d much rather have the celebrations spread out over a couple of weeks rather than jamming them all together over just a couple of days. More fun for everyone.

Also, I’ve been picking up some extra hours at the bookstore. We have had a busy December which is encouraging. People in our community seem really excited about buying locally and supporting the small and independent businesses. Thank you.

When I can, I’ve squeezed in some writing on my new novel, but I assume I won’t be back to writing on a regular basis until after the holidays are over. That’s okay…since I spent the bulk of 2011 working to get The Penitent Assassin published I figure I’ve earned a few weeks off to celebrate with my wife and kids this holiday season. In addition to more writing in 2012, I intend to blog more regularly too. My goal is to create at least one writing related blog post per week.

Shameless plug time. Are you giving an e-reader as a gift or do you think you’ll be getting one for Christmas? Want to download my fantasy book, The Penitent Assassin, and help out an Indie Author? Follow the links on the blog here to any of the various websites where it is sold–Amazon, Smashwords, B&N…and thank you so much for your support! I hope you enjoy my book and Happy Reading!!

Okay, shameless plug time over — on to the Holiday Wish from me to you. My wife had a little fun over on JibJab the other day and this is what she came up with. Here is our Merry Christmas JibJab video from our family to yours. We all wish you a happy and healthy holiday season and a very Merry Christmas.

http://sendables.jibjab.com/view/AoOhwSV3FpGHcgMl

Enjoy! 🙂

 

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving!

I know, it’s a few days late, but between family obligations and work, I haven’t been around my computer for the past few days. That said, I’d still like to wish you all a Happy and Healthy Thanksgiving…errr…weekend…and hope Thursday and the past few days have been good ones for you and your family.

In addition to eating too much turkey (and stuffing, and sides and etc) and working a few extra hours at the bookstore on Black Friday, I’ve been fighting off a cold. Seems this time of year is not kind to me. Last year I was sick around Thanksgiving and apparently it is becoming an unwelcome trend. I don’t feel completely miserable unless I’m attempting to sleep…sooooo…that means I’ve been sleeping in short shifts, two-to-three hours at a time. Both last night and this morning, I maxed out at less than two hours. Fortunately, I’m only working four hours at the bookstore this evening and then hopefully, fingers crossed, I’ll find a way to sleep through the night tonight. (Okay, I’m not holding my breath on that but, boy it would be nice!)

Black Friday…..Hmmmm….Nope. I think I’ll just delete out the couple of mini-rants I wrote regarding Black Friday. Specifically the way people drove….and behaved….

Delete….delete….delete….and we’re moving on.

We are? To what? My brain is fumbling with ideas. Too tired, it’s crying out to me, much too tired to compose anything much longer. Must save some brain power for work this evening. Must conserve energy. Must shut down….

So for now — that is all. I hope to get back to writing more here and on my new novel next week (hopefully when I’m healthy again!)

Have a safe and happy holiday season!

The Unfinished Stories in Your Life

What are the unfinished stories in your life?

I know, it might seem like an odd question, but let me attempt to explain what I mean…

Recently, while driving at night, I noticed new skid marks on a road I travel frequently for my job. The tire marks started in the middle of the street and veered sharply off into a wooded area along the side of the road. I slowed, flipped on my brights, and spotted a car slammed sideways against a couple of trees about 20-30 feet off the road. The impact had not only caved in the driver’s side, but had also Read More…

The Need for Catching Up

After spending a good chunk of 2011 working on the final edits for The Penitent Assassin and getting it published online, I’m now finding we’re closing in on the end of the year and I need to catch up on many of the other projects in my life that have been neglected.

Primarily…The House.

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