Quitting Won't Save Me

There comes a moment in every writer's life when they run into a book that was the hardest book they ever had to write. That book was The Joy Thief for me. There were times this book had me thinking about quitting -- literally closing the book file and walking away -- but I soon figured out that it wouldn't save me.

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The No Good, Very Bad, Stupid Day When Book 3 Needed a Change (Again)

Shit happens. But, it never seems to happen to my books half as frequently as when I send a "sneak preview" to my newsletter subscribers. Last Friday, I sent out my end of month issue about the value of a good first sentence. The hook. By Sunday, I'd realized the first line I sent from The Joy Thief had to go. Well, not just it. Most of the first chapter, which I'd stared at again and again for days. It's at this point I started to wonder (again) if I would ever finish the book at all.

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Teaser Thursday: A Killer Opening

I realized that I haven't done a Tuesday Teaser in a while. Unfortunately, I've been getting reading for a convention next weekend and revising The Joy Thief to go to beta readers next month. I missed Tuesday. So, this will be Teaser Thursday. On offer this time is the opening to Part I of Corruption of Honor, The Burning.

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What a Week. No, What a Month

Just two weeks into February, and I feel like it's been four. That's what I get for juggling as many projects as I have been. So, today's post is just going to be a quick rundown of some things I've been doing this week and last. If you're looking for some new reads in horror or dark fantasy (who isn't?), then definitely read on.

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What's Eating A.M. Rycroft?

I haven't been to the gym in almost 10 days. For me, this is unusual, and totally unacceptable, given that I've spent most of that time in a chair. I'd like to say that I was just being lazy, but really, I just didn't have the time or the energy. Corruption of Honor has honestly eaten my everything, and the spoon too. If you know about the Spoon Theory (not to be confused with String Theory), then you know what I'm talking about when I say that.

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Books Written in Symphony

This weekend, I hit a new milestone. I finished books 3 and 4 of my dark fantasy series. If you're wondering how I managed to finish two books in one weekend, it's because I was writing them in symphony with each other. A lot of authors like to have two projects or more going at once, in case they get stuck on one. But, I work on them at the same time.

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The Forgotten Character of Into the Darkness

I don't envy people who write book blurbs for a living. These individuals are part of a special breed, in my opinion. I hate writing book blurbs. Whatever I write seems perfect for an hour and then inevitably, I'm rewriting it again, to my spouse's frustration.

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