Blogumentary: Part-time writer with full-time aspirations

Being an author is a pretty cool thing. People are always intrigued when they learn that I write. There are usually a string of questions and comments that follow. Most of them are good, well-intentioned questions. Others could probably be worded differently and expressed more concisely. The second group typically revolve around the “I’ve thought about writing, but I have a real job,” type of back-handed comment.  I also have a “real job” that requires a lot of time and attention.  On the other hand, I also have an undeniable urge and desire to write, so I make time for that too.  Just like with everything else in life, it all boils down to prioritizing.  I value my need for creativity, so I account for that in my day-to-day routine. Continue reading

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The Kings of Chaos Motorcycle Club Series Book 3 Title and Cover Reveal

“Yeah, see, it all started when this dame walked into my office, see. Nope, just kidding. This isn’t that kind of detective story. I’m not classy or elegant enough for all that mess.”

The return of Will McGee! He’s toppled an outlaw motorcycle club, crippled a drug distribution ring, and dealt with crushing personal blows along the way. So what do you do when you reach the end of the road? You turn around and ride back where you came from.

When a new black and blue patch begins popping up around Rough River Falls, along with some all-too-familiar faces, Will is confronted by his past. Whether he’s ready for it or not. Throw on a rain suit, because the sunshine is over.

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Author Spotlight: Andrew Miller

The next writer to be featured in this series is Andrew Miller.  I have been a fan of his for years, so to have him agree to answer my questions was a big deal to me.  The fact that he took time out of his vacation in Mexico City to get these responses back to me just speaks to his dedication and commitment to the craft.  (Although, I’m sure he wrote much more meaningful things aside from this while he was there!)  He’s definitely the most academic writer I know, which I’ll let him talk about in a couple of minutes.  Seeing his journey as a writer has been a huge inspiration for me, and he has been an enormous encouragement to me and my writing as well.  He’s always been willing to help with my projects, and I’ve even been able to give some input for one of his too.  Also, in the interest of full disclosure, I guess I should probably mention that he’s my cousin!  Let’s get started with a brief bio before we jump into the questions.

Andrew Miller is a writer and photographer working from Columbus, Ohio. His writing has appeared in several literary journals including: Two Dollar Radio’s FrequenciesThe FanzineX-R-A-Y, and has work coming soon in NewFound. Publisher Civil Coping Mechanisms released Miller’s first book, If Only The Names Were Changed, in 2016 and he’s since gone on to co-author the book Turn The Lights On; a resource for recovery from Traumatic Brain Injury.
In his personal time Miller enjoys spending time making art with his daughter, Sophie, and exploring the world with his wife, Gail. They both believe he has a death wish for having taken up skateboarding (again) in his 40s.
Miller is an MFA graduate from Miami University (Oxford, OH) and you can find him online on Instagram @digitalocracy or his website, Andrew-Miller.com.  (Editor’s note: See those letters?  I told you he was academic!)

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Blogumentary: Inspiration – What, When, Where, Why, and How?

Inspiration; it’s such a grand concept. I always envision somebody typing feverishly in a picturesque setting whenever I think of inspiration. Ideal scenarios always jump to mind, but let’s be honest, when do ideal scenarios ever actually present themselves in real life? Sure, maybe if we all lived in a Hallmark movie, but I’m pretty sure we don’t. A quick glance at the nightly news confirms this.  Which leaves the reality of inspiration.  Instead of having an immaculate work station in front of a giant picture window overlooking an isolated lake, I’m left with frantic scribbling on a piece of scrap paper while I’m trying to clear the table after dinner.  There are countless memes about inspiration striking right before you drift off to sleep, only to wake up the next morning with no recollection with the brilliant idea you had mere hours before.  Or in the shower, when you don’t have access to your phone, computer, or notepad.    It never hits at an opportune time, so as a writer, you just have to make it work whenever the muse finds you.

Personally, if I’m unable to make a note in that instant (whether it be due to being in the shower, or driving, or what have you), I will continue to cycle the idea through my head, possibly expanding on it depending on the idea, until I’m able to jot it down.  That keeps it from being forgotten, and even gives me a little extra time to develop it a little more.  Then I get it noted the second I’m able to before it leaves me forever.  It never fails, my ideas and creativity kick into overdrive every Sunday morning in church.  Talk about awkward, try pulling your phone out of your pocket in the middle of a sermon and jotting down a note that just smacked you in the face.  What makes it even more uncomfortable is that my subject matter tends to be about outlaw bikers, illegal substances, and illicit activities – not really topics I would call wholesome. Continue reading

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Bookish Gaming: Top 5 Mobile Apps for your Literary Needs

As much as I enjoy reading and writing, I can’t deny I also enjoy a nice video game from time to time.  Now I am by no means a gamer, as I  haven’t purchased a gaming console in multiple years and the last one I bought was based more on the Blu-Ray function than the video game capabilities.  (Yeah, I know.)  I have a long, complicated history with video games, but as a parent to young children, my gaming days are pretty much behind me now.  So I tend to run through the mobile app store every once in a while and see if there’s anything that catches my eye.  I can’t really devote chunks of time to get into games that have story lines and characters, which usually leaves me with racing games, card games, puzzle games, random shooting games, etc.  As fun as those can be in small doses, they certainly don’t engage the prefrontal cortex.  So, in order to make myself not feel like I’m wasting brain cells on mindless games, I’ve put together a Top 5 list of literary-themed mobile games that provide a great justification for playing them – they’re smart, engaging, and thought-provoking.  Sounds good, right?  Then let’s get to it!

 

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Zombie Pirate Publishing – World War Four Press Release

In the continued interest of bringing publicity to all corners of the writing community, I’d like to share a press release I received this morning from the other side of the globe! Coming all the way from Australia is Zombie Pirate Publishing with their latest anthology, World War Four. I’ll have an upcoming feature with more about them in the near future, but for now we’ll start with this:

WORLD WAR FOUR: A Science Fiction Anthology is available now from Zombie Pirate Publishing.

Einstein said: “I do not know with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.”

 

Turns out he was wrong…

 

WORLD WAR FOUR features twenty explosive short stories from authors all around the galaxy.

 

Plus a brand new, exclusive novelette from internationally acclaimed sci fi author NEAL ASHER!

 

Earth law has come to Godrun, a backwater planet on the edge of hostile alien space where slavery and corruption are rife. It’s up to Polity monitor Logan to clean up this den of thieves, no matter how many massive explosions it takes. Can the hired killers stop him? Or will a military drone named Sting be enough to swing the tide?

It’s an amazing tale, and just one of many in this 450 page, action packed anthology featuring space battles, high-tech jet dogfights, strange aliens and artificial intelligences, awesome weapons, and lots, lots more!

Get your copy today!
Available worldwide from AMAZON: http://a-fwd.to/5Sh6Yn6

To find out more about Zombie Pirate Publishing and available titles visit www.zombiepiratepublishing.com

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Author Spotlight: Christian Scully

The featured author this week is another good friend of mine who also happens to enjoy writing. We have worked collaboratively on recent projects for each other, serving as brainstormers, sounding boards, beta readers, proofreaders, editors, and just about any other role you could assign to somebody without them actually co-writing your project.  His ongoing series, The Chronicles of Erika Lorenz, is a fresh take on vampires and puts a really interesting twist to that timeless lore.  I also get caught up in the situations he creates for his characters.  He’s always really supportive and encouraging to me, and I’m glad to get to work with him whenever an idea comes to mind.  Before we get to the interview, I’ll let Chris share a little bit about himself.

“I work as an IT professional in the US Air Force. I grew up in a small village in Indiana and spend most of my free time with my family and dog. I’ve been writing for the last 11 years. I started writing as a means to get involved with the film industry and found my stories more suitable as novels. I like stories that challenge the characters’ internal resolve.”

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