Friday, December 21, 2012

Good news and bad news

I am going to start blogging more regularly in the near future. Unfortunate, it is not going to be here. Starting on the first of January, my former superhero group blog site becomes my personal site for here until eternity (or at least the next few years.) It will be the home on updates on my projects, discussions on general topics of today and yesterday, commentary on things I enjoy (or sometimes hate) and the like. Long time SPF readers will also see some of their favorite posts remain with my continued focus on Kickstart the Week, SuperPowerCast (which should start a biweekly schedule in January), Great Art, Wrestling Wednesday and an expanded Cosplay Friday. I hope to see everyone there. Thanks again and see you in 2013, folks!

Friday, November 9, 2012

Music to write by: Bucky Covington & Shooter Jennings

Currently making its way through the queue of country that really doesn't fit what I am writing at all:

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Nanowrimo is on!

It's November again and if you are like me that only means one thing: Nanowrimo! (Okay, it also means Thanksgiving and shopping and such, but you know what I mean, right?)

This year I am battling just about everything to get my new Nano-project off the ground. The story I develop will play a major role in the next year of Metahuman Press publications, but right now my Nano-writing has been slow going. With a new more intensive day job, more responsibilities as an editor of a full line of  books and a nasty bout of bronchitis, week one of Nano has not been pretty.

As I type this, it is Day 8 and I am only 3,766 words into my story. That puts me about 10,000 words behind the eight ball.

However, I have gained a renewed speed when I do get the time to lay word to page, so hopefully that will translate into a very fruitful weekend of writing for me.

Wish me luck and let me know what you are Nano-writing!

Friday, October 5, 2012

Time and the frustrations of the writer's life

At times, the creative energy needed for writing can feel like more of a drain than anything else, especially when the time to actually sit down and put your ideas to paper gets eaten up by things like jobs, family and whatnot.

These problems only multiply against a deadline. One of the hardest thing for any creative writer to do is not only find the time to put pen to paper, but also to make sure they complete something of quality within the time frame needed.

I find myself fighting deadlines more now than I ever have in my life and strangely most of them are for projects I am writing for my own Metahuman Press. I have three stories that must be completed before the end of October and almost no time to do so past a 40 hour a week job, hours spent at home with my three year old, the need to edit four other titles all sitting in the MHP pipeline and the occasional need to get some sleep.

I don’t really have any good solutions for the problems of time management other than find the time where you can find it.

At times, it seems easier just to say “STOP” and just do something else. But anyone with the itch to create knows that path only leads to more frustration.

So how do you make time to write and create? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Freelance Editing

Anyone interested, I am willing to edit and proofread any fiction manuscripts for a low price in preparation for publication. For a fee, I will proofread and prepare any size script for publication in print and ebook formats. For an additional fee (contact for rates), I can also assist in book formatting and set up for ebook and print self-publishing.

I have several years experience working in small press publishing through my own Metahuman Press (and its imprint Pulp Empire) with over a dozen books published and over a dozen more in the pipeline for late 2012 and early 2013.

For nonfiction material, please contact me about rates and availability. 

Anyone interested should contact me at webmaster {at} metahumanpress {dot} com.  

Rates for proofs and edits are listed below: 
  • For any short stories (7500 words or less), I will edit and proofread for only $10.
  • Novellette (7501-17,500 words): $25.
  • Novella (17,501-40000 words): $50. 
  • Short to midrange novels (40,001-100,000 words): $100
  • Longer novels (100,000 words or more): $100 + $20 for every 25,000 words over 100k.