Proofing and Polishing—While Life Sucks

It’s been a crazy couple of weeks. I don’t want to get into the reasons why right now, which I’ll save for a longer post later. Suffice to say, personally, things have been up and down lately with more focus on the DOWN. Anyway, I’m soldiering on with the writing. proofreading-marking-critiquing

I’ve got back the manuscript of my comedy-horror novella from my proofreader and I’m going through it now. It looks tight and good so far, so I’m pretty pleased. It’s just tough trying to keep motivated right at the moment. I don’t feel motivated to sit and go through the thing and I don’t feel motivated to blog.

Sorry to be such a Debbie Downer about this, but I feel I owe myself and you guys the truth. When the writing’s going well I talk about it here. When it’s not, I don’t hide it from you. Same thing with the personal  stuff.

Anyway, the trick right now is not to let the personal stuff allow me to loose focus on the writing I get to sneak in on the weekend (away from that 9-to-5 job). It’s tough. But bit by bit, I’m making it happen.

That’s all for now. I want to reserve what energy I have for reviewing the manuscript and helping family and friends in need. It’s just one of those things.

Take care out there and don’t forget to spend some time with the people that truly matter to you this week.

All the Best,

Darius

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The Eagle Has Landed: My first published story sees the light of day

Sometimes, people ask me what they can do to support Literature, writing, new writers, etc. One of the best and simplest ways is to buy their stories and support the magazines that publish new writers. So, it turns out this is your lucky day. Kenneth Jobe recently published his 1st piece (ever!) on The Rusty Nail Literary Journal. See his post below for more details. Then, go over to the Rusty Nail’s site or Amazon and buy the issue. And for extra, bonus points and much gratitude from us writers, leave a review or tell your friends (in cyberspace or otherwise). I know Kenneth and a lot of us other writers will be grateful. Thanks! DJ.

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After proudly telling the world (which is, literally, tens of people) I’d finally gotten not one, but two stories accepted for publication last month, next I did the only thing I could—I waited. And waited. I realized that I had no idea when either magazine/journal would actually come out, and started to feel a little uncomfortable that perhaps I’d tooted my own horn a little prematurely. Friday I finally got word that one of them is officially out, on the market and available for sale.

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The Rusty Nail Literary Journal May/June issue is out now! Hard copies are available for purchase from Amazon here, and digital downloads are available at their website here. In it you will find my flash fiction piece “Aiden’s Acting Up Again.”

It’s a bit surreal, after all this time finally seeing my name and my words in a real-life, published product. It feels pretty…

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Off to the North Woods

Hey everybody, I’m going offline for the next week or so. I will be completely out of cell-phone contact and mostly out of Internet contact. Praise be to the Old Gods and Chthonic Muses! That means no posts, Tweets, etc. Things will be quiet and I need that for awhile. North Woods so Inviting

The good news is that the writing is coming along well. Frankly, I’m at a good breaking point. Here’s a quick breakdown:

  • “AFTA” – My comedy-horror novella is pretty much wrapped and ready to submit. I just got it back from the proofer and now I just need to review those changes, save it and start submitting it. I have a few smaller publishing houses in mind already, even though it’s a pretty niche genre. If anyone out there has more suggestions, I’d love to hear them. Let me know in the comments section.
  • “The Ghul of Yazd” – This damn piece…Oh, wait sorry! Great piece. Love it, actually. It’s just been a challenge finding a home for it. I’m submitting it to markets that accept simultaneous submissions. It’s been at two of the markets for 75 days as of today. I’ve followed up with them and still no response. I guess this is just the life of a writer, but as a guy who has self-published this seems a long wait. (And I know I don’t have the luxury of every having sat on the other side of the table, working through the never-ending slush pile as still more work comes in. I’m sure 75, 90 or even more days would make much more sense from that perspective.)
  • “B” – A nice piece on a future in which trope-ly enough, computers have taken over. That being said, I also like the piece. I have presented it to the writing workshop I work with and they think it “has potential.” I’m letting it rest (kinda of similar to the process involving steak) before I re-attack. This will let me flesh out the world-building and the motivations of the characters. Once vacation is over and I’ve got that more sorted out I will move onto the all-important 2nd draft.

So, that means one work is being submitted, the other is about ready to be and a third is being prepped for 2nd draft. It’s not a bad place to be. In fact, it’s perfect for a man looking for a little quite relaxation.

See you all in a couple of weeks. Until then…

Keep reading, keep writing,

Darius

Done with Comedy-Horror Novella

Just a quick note here, not a post really. Crazy Ash

I’m done with the final draft of my comedy-horror novella, “AFTA.” It’s off to the proofer now and I’ll begin the submission process soon. That’s all. Just wanted to keep you guys updated and let you know I saw this one through.

More to come soon.