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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

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! 🙂