Just a random update because you deserve it.
Well, hello there! It seems like we haven't spoken in FOREVER! How ARE you? How's your mom? Tell her I said hello, okay? Great catching up! We should definitely get together at some point. Give me a call and we'll set something up, okay? Great! See you soon!
OKAY! I'll do a REAL blog post. I actually have no excuses for not posting other than I have no idea what to say if it's not in fictional format. My life is fairly mundane and I'm not 100% what you want to hear.
I'll tell you things anyway since people keep spiking my blog each Monday hoping for a new story. I should at least tell you when to expect that story, right?
Here we go! Month of August plan and fun new updates!
Ettin story: I'm STILL working on that. Gorilla with a Brush was kind enough to let me use his photo and I promised the story by the first week of July. The problem is, the brothers aren't cooperating with me. I know how the story starts, who they are and their background, but I'm not sure where they're going. I tried forcing the story but it's not working. Since I have such a great photo to work with, I don't want to give you a crappy story. It is coming, I'm just not sure when yet.
Submissions: I submitted two short stories last month. One was rejected and the other is still being reviewed. I will be submitting one short piece this month though which piece and where I haven't nailed down. I am trying to gather a mountain of rejections so I can have something to insulate my cardboard box with when I inevitably become homeless. It's hard because the rejections are electronic and I don't want to waste my own paper printing them out.
Collaboration: Wow...we are WAAAAY behind but that's how it goes. Jason Foux has a very difficult schedule. He also has a podcast. When he has free time, his first priority is said podcast. I knew that going in to the project. It's still something we want to do but I no longer have a workable timeline for you. *shrugs* It happens.
New Posts: I will get better at blogging. I am also building up a backlog of short stories so I can go back to the every Monday posting. It should start on Monday the 6th. I can't PROMISE a story on the 13th because of the next announcement, but I will work on it.
WANT A STORY?! If you made it this far, CONGRATULATIONS! You should probably drink some water too because most people live in a constant state of mild dehydration and proper hydration is very important. Plus, I like you and want you to be happy and healthy.
Oh, you read on for the story part, right? You're about to know something I don't plan on 'sharing' until next weekend. Since you read this entire rambling post, you deserve to know the secret a wee bit early. So, check around you to make sure no one is looking over your shoulder. If you're alone, you should call someone over because I do want to share this.
I've ordered a 24 pack of small notebooks and a small tin of bookmarks. I will get them THIS Sunday, August 5th. I will take those notebooks and, in each one, I will write a unique story. 24 UNIQUE STORIES! These stories will not appear on the blog, though I reserve the right to submit them at later dates or use them in a compilation book (hey, it is my work after all).
Why am I telling you this? Each of those notebooks will go into envelopes. Those envelopes will be mailed out to...you? Hopefully you! I will post about this on Twitter and Facebook next weekend and open up the slots for those who want one.
I'm not planning on charging for these, but I won't lie, helping to defray the cost of shipping would be a BIG help. Yes, I want to give you these stories and build a following, but it is going to be expensive to ship to 24 people. I humbly ask you donate $5 (OR MOAR) per story you want, but I will send them to you even if you don't donate. Just ask! (If you want to donate, I have the methods below)
Since you know about this plan early, you have first dibs on the list! You can also give me a prompt for your own personal story. Once I announce it on social media, those people will get a random story. See? I clearly like you more! My goal is that all 24 notebooks are out the door by August 31st. I hope you get one!
PayPal email@example.com (PLEASE NOTE THERE ARE TWO UNDERSCORES!!! TWO, I SAY!!)
You can also email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information, to give me the story prompt you want used, or to tell me where in the heck to send your secret story! There will be an official Fast or Write sticker with each notebook!
Special note on behalf of Rocco: Any monies made over the amount needed to mail the notebooks will go towards 1) more notebooks to do this again and 2) treats for Rocco since he is adorable and deserves treats. (You may request any funds sent ONLY be used for Rocco, the fantastically cute 11 yr old black lab/basset hound who is so often ignored while I'm writing)