NaNoWriMo Week 1 and Illumen Magazine

illumen23National Novel Writing Month is in full swing, and I am working on a new horror novel titled The Dream Catcher. How am I doing? Well, if you head over to The Confabulator Cafe, you can find out for yourself.

A few days ago, I received a copy of the Autumn issue of Illumen, a speculative poetry journal from Alban Lake Publishing that contains my poem “Crow, Why Do You Cry?” You can pick up a copy at Alban Lake’s online store. I don’t write a ton of poetry, but I’ve had success with it, and I’m very proud of the poem.

I had a good time at the Longview Literary Festival a couple of weeks ago. I met some cool people and sold a few books. I hope that everyone enjoys All Manner of Dark Things. Next up will be the Topeka Public Library’s “Great Writers, Right Here,” a book fair full of great local authors on December 12th. I’ll be selling and signing books from 1pm to 4pm in Marvin Auditorium. If you have never been to the event, it is a fantastic opportunity to interact with some great local writers and pick up some fantastic books. Be sure to stop by if you are in the area.

First, I need to kick NaNoWriMo’s ass. I hope to see you all on the other side.

Post-NaNoWriMo: The End is the Beginning

thumbI did it. I won NaNoWriMo, and I wrote all about it over at The Confabulator Cafe. Stop by to see how it went and what plans I have for the near future.

NaNoWriMo Week 4: The Homestretch

thumbMy live-blogging of NaNoWriMo continues with my latest Confabulator Cafe posting. We are heading in to the finale. I can’t wait to see how it turns out.

Check it out.

NaNoWriMo Week 3: The Full-Time Writer

thumbMy latest blog post about NaNoWriMo and the writing of Very Dangerous People is up at The Confabulator Cafe. Be sure to stop by and see how it is going. This week, I get to pretend to be a full-time writer.

NaNoWriMo Wrap-Up at The Confabulator Cafe

NaNoWriMo Wrap-Up at The Confabulator Cafe

This is my last NaNoWriMo posting for this year at The Confabulator Cafe. Head on over and see how my writing went this month.


NaNoWriMo Week 4 Update

For those of you keeping track, we are in week four of NaNoWriMo, and I am closing in on the end of my first draft. Head on over to The Confabulator Cafe in order to see how things are going.

I also approved the galleys for “Flute of the Dead” in the next issue of Bete Noire Magazine, so it seems like things are progressing on that front. Hopefully, there will be news on that soon.


NaNoWriMo Week 3 at The Confabulator Cafe

As NaNoWriMo has escalated, so to has my Fall semester at grad school. A busy week studying didn’t leave much time for the novel. I talk about it in my latest post at The Confabulator Cafe.  Check it out.

NaNoWriMo November

It’s November and National Novel Writing Month is upon us once again. This year, my project is a novella based on my short story “Mama’s Little Boy.” I have high hopes this this book. The short story itself had received good feedback and I actually had to withdraw it from a anthology’s short list in order to expand it. It’s a minor risk of sacrificing one short story publication for a chance at something a bit grander, but I think it will pay off in the end. The story will hopefully become something more powerful than the original inspiration.

I will be blogging weekly at The Confabulator Cafe about how the novel is going, so I invite you to stop by and keep up with me and the rest of the Confabulators.

Week 1’s blog can be found here:

Week 2 can be found here:

The next installment will be up next Monday. I am also planning on talking to a local reporter some time this week, so there may be something on that front, as well.

As usual, it is a busy November as the day job, National Novel Writing Month, and graduate school are all coming to a head at the same time, but it is a month I always look forward to.

There should also be news very shortly about “Flute of the Dead,” which will be appearing in issue #13 of Bete Noire Magazine any day now.

As always, thanks for reading.


Failure and other F-Words, plus an acceptance

Failure and other F-Words, plus an acceptance

My last Nanowrimo Confabulator Cafe blog is up at Read about my mixed mixed emotions regarding Nanowrimo this year.

Also, Separate Worlds has accepted my flash fiction piece “Collectors” for publication in their January/February 2013 issue. I’ll post more information as I get it.

Thanks for reading,


Moral Victories

Moral Victories

Nanowrimo is wrapping up, and while I am nowhere near the actual goal, my personal goal has been met. Read how it is going, this week at The Confabulator Cafe.