Be Creative! Be, Be Creative!

I still wish I had a quill and ink.

There’s nothing like starting a new project. I’ve worked on The Kris Grant Series for so long now, that it feels great working on something new.

With Daylight Hours and Moonlit Miles out for people to read, I figured it was time to step back for a while and try something else. I love writing third-person and having total freedom with the direction of the story. The Kris Grant Series was my first attempt at a first-person story-telling on such a big scale, and while I love the character of Kris Grant, it’s refreshing to have different perspectives.

This new project I’m working on is really getting my creative processes flowing again. It’s always a good sign when you’re passionate about what you’re working on. The hard part isn’t coming up with a great story, it’s getting it all down on paper.

To all my fellow writers out there, if you sit down and write for three hours and it feels like ten minutes, you’ve tapped into something special. It’s an amazing feeling and I hope I never lose that little piece of real-life magic.

On a side note — and a very important one at that — I want to thank everyone for their support with the release of Moonlit Miles. It was a long process to get that sequel made and I hope that everyone who has downloaded it or Daylight Hours, enjoys them both.

Kris Grant is the type of character that is almost effortless for me to write. That sounds like a good thing, but right now in my life, I want to push myself and hone my craft and experiment a little. The Kris Grant Series has only just begun with the first two novels in the series. I have the first 5 novels mapped out. I promise that I will return to that universe when the time is right. Who knows? Maybe I’ll even throw a few short stories out there for fans in the meantime. That universe has limitless possibilities for stories and not all of them have to revolve around Kris Grant; even though he would probably disagree.

Thank you, everyone.

Now, back to the dungeon.

Much Ado About Absolutely Nothing

I’ve been working like a beast to get the sequel to Daylight Hours edited and published. (I know that this is becoming stale news since it’s taking so long). However, I am putting up the final touches on the final draft and rolling it out full steam ahead. I’ve gotten back into a good groove since I’ve found some sort of inner peace with the way my life is at the moment. Things may not be perfect, but I’m making the most of it all and focusing on being creative and feeling good.

And when I haven’t been sitting in front of a computer doing irreparable damage to my eyes, I’ve been watching HBOGO religiously at least one hour a day like a good Christian. What have I been watching, you may ask? A show that I only watched in passing every now and again in my younger teen years: The Sopranos.

I will say one thing: The Soprano’s makes me appreciate Boardwalk Empire’s cinematography and story-telling more.

I love Boardwalk Empire and Terence Winter played his part with The Sopranos enough for me to trust that the hype was true and that the show was worth watching. I’ve been hooked. I plowed through the second season and now I’m starting the 3rd. I’ve got, what…only three more to go? That’s not too bad, I guess. The problem is making sure that I stick with editing and writing and not get sucked into Tony Soprano’s “family” drama and veg-out in front of the TV.

For any and all other television/movie buffs out there reading this, I started FX’s new show, The Americans last Friday. I’m two episodes behind, but I’m telling everyone out there that you need to start watching this show if you haven’t started already. I loved the pilot episode and I hope that the series lives up to its potential.

Jesus. They’re making way too many good shows out there these days. It’s impossible finding the time to watch everything. Between Shameless, Girls, The Walking Dead, and now The Americans and The Sopranos, it’s a wonder I get anything done at all.

Oh wait. I don’t…clearly. You can tell by how long it’s taking me to get the second book out there.

I have failed you, Self. But I will make it right. Soon, I promise. You shall see.

Managing Life: How The Hell Do You Do It?

That’s the big question of the day.

My time management skills are being honed on a daily basis. I’m juggling a full-time job with irritating hours because I don’t have a set schedule, editing for no less than 1 hour a day, trying to find time to write something new, deciding what to do now that I’ve finally graduated college but have no job with which my degree will be of any use, going to the gym and exercising and trying to eat healthy because I want to try and live longer and look good doing it, and still somehow not being a recluse and spending time with friends and the girlfriend…

I don’t give a shit about an iPad Mini, I need Apple to invent a machine that gets me an extra couple hours a day or diminishes my body’s need for sleep. Is that really so much to ask for?

Fun Facts!

For those of you trying to purchase my novel, Daylight Hours in paperback form online, you will be unable to do so for the next few days. Daylight Hours: Book One of The Kris Grant Series

I have sent the files in for updates to tweak the novel a bit more. Nothing major, just more proofreading for all of those irritating grammatical errors you may or may not have noticed the firs time around.

If you’ve visited the site, you may also have noticed that I have a countdown to FREE chapters of my novel being released. There will be more info on that later this week, so make sure to check back.