A day in the life.

This week has been a wonderful example of the oddity of the writer’s life.  Let’s start with all your mundane responsibilities: job, significant other, pets, kids, school, weather, movies, social media, show binges, just to name few things.  For me, for the next weeks there are also a few appearances, radio shows, podcasts, and training for a pirate show on the 23rd.  It is just amazing the amount of stuff we can get ourselves into.  Curiosity may have killed the cat, but, it kept the writer swimming in ideas.

Full moon – go howl, celestial events – go look, just plain weird thing to go do – go do it.  It all feeds your psyche.  It keeps  you moving and grooving.  Sadly, these days it is so easy to forget the rule of ROI.  What is a ROI you ask.  Simply put, it is your return on investment.  Certainly, I am not suggesting you live life like is a ledger sheet.  However, I most certainly am.  Next time you lose yourself and spend a couple of hours surfing your social media you need to ask yourself “Was that worth it?”  “Did it advance my goals?”

When your life is already over booked and you are not just tired, but you are dancing up to the the edge of exhaustion, you need to be greedy of the minutes available.  Fifteen minutes of moonlight may be far more valuable than fifteen minutes of discovering your “dear” friend is a political retard on social media.  Go read a new book.  Play in the moonlight.  Write that story.  Avoid the pointless time sucking beasts.  You might even get in a little extra sleep.

Upcoming Appearances:

September 10th Renee Live Show – Podcast
Show starts 8 pm Central – 10 pm
Featuring: Allan Gilbreath
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September  23rd at Two Rivers Bookstore (Memphis, TN)
From 4 pm to 6 pm
Featuring: Robert Krog, Wes Yahola, and Kristi Bradley

September 23rd Pirates Raid at the Benjamin Hooks Main Library
From 11 am – 2 pm
Featuring: Allan Gilbreath

September 30th at Germantown Public Library (Germantown, TN)
From 2 pm to 4 pm
Featuring: Numerous writers at event

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Discover Something New:

When Dragons Sleep
Steven Glen Baird

Dragons Reign Supreme

Mankind had no place in a world where dragons reign supreme. In fact, they were considered little more than a distraction for the young or bored, insignificant insects to be manipulated for entertainment or destroyed as pests. All that changed when Thytira, one of the greatest mages of dragonkind, discovered that the magic of man may have merit after all. After living among humanity for centuries to learn their lore and increase his own power, he emerged as the most powerful dragon of his generation. But all knowledge has a price, and years spent among mankind cursed Thytira with the greatest liability a dragon can have: a conscience.

Now as war drums sound and a new, terrifying threat arises from humanity, Thytira alone stands between the wrath of dragonkind and the total destruction of humanity. However, the fate of men and dragon alike may ultimately depend upon the decisions of a young woman who long ago denied the birthright of her race. But that is only if Thytira can find her …

http://www.darkoakpress.com/dragonssleep.html

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Just Keep Typing

Over and over again, at conventions, at workshops, at schools, at any gathering involving the topic of writing, I get asked the most basic of questions:

How do you overcome <insert obstacle of the day> and get writing done?

Notice, I don’t really care what your issue is because, honestly, it doesn’t matter.  Yes, go get your pitchforks and torches.  I say once again that it really doesn’t matter what you think or say because at the end of the day the absolutely only thing that matters is did words issue forth and are they trapped on or in a recoverable format.  Thinking does not count. research does not count, the follicle count on a bigfoot just doesn’t matter.  The only thing that matters is progress.

I know that sounded harsh, but let us look at it this way.  You are stranded with nothing to drink, after a little while, nothing in your life is going to matter more than getting something to drink.  The hows and whys and techniques fade away to the simple need to drink or die.  This is the secret to productivity.  It really doesn’t matter what you have to do to write, just write.  I refer to it as Ant Mentality.  Now matter how many trips it takes, the ant does it.  Nothing else matters, just the single minded pursuit of the goal.

Be seated, dig in, and write.  Write like you have two weeks to live and three weeks worth of story to tell.  I know writing is not the most glamorous of pursuits.  To be honest, it like slowing and painfully buying lottery tickets.  However, you can’t win if you don’t play.

Upcoming Appearances:

Sept 23rd at Two Rivers Bookstore (Memphis, TN)
From 4 pm to 6 pm
Featuring: Robert Krog, Wes Yahola, and Kristi Bradley

September 30th at Germantown Public Library (Germantown, TN)
From 2 pm to 4 pm
Featuring: Numerous writers at event

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Looking up

I know that anyone in the publishing business right now is a bit crazy, but that is a mental state I am comfortable with.  After this weekend, I am looking forward to a lot of the new projects we are developing.  Perhaps rampant optimism, perhaps a lot of very hard work by a lot of people whose time has come.  In the coming soon department, how about a monthly class / media show?

Upcoming Appearances:

Sept 23rd at Two Rivers Bookstore (Memphis, TN)
From 4 pm to 6 pm
Featuring: Robert Krog, Wes Yahola, and Kristi Bradley

September 29th at Germantown Public Library (Germantown, TN)
From 11 am to 1 pm
Featuring: Numerous writers at event

Creiton’s Sword by Steven Glen Baird

Creiton’s Swords were legends in their own lifetimes. The tales of Duke Creiton’s personal guard were known in every tavern and alehouse, but for Bryant they were just stories. He had no time for stories. It was all he could do to carve a place for himself among the guard of Bren while coming to terms with guilt for the family he’d left behind. But then the bells of Bren pealed out the warning of war, and there was only time for survival.

Bryant’s first taste of battle was nothing like the ballads. He saw no glory or honor in the butchery, and instead of riches there was only terror and ignoble death. But as he buried his closest friend, Bryant made a simple promise that would change his life. Never again would he stand idly by when he had the power to act. Never again would he hide behind the lie of helplessness. And when his first act on that promise led to saving a powerful nobleman’s life, Bryant found he’d started down a road with no way back. For Bryant had gained the attention of Creiton’s Swords, and no one who did that was ever the same again…

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It Is Time!

It is now officially September and that means all that happy summer stuff is over.  It is the start of the Halloween season my dear friends and fiends.  It is now time to get serious. If we all love books and we do, it is time to make the commitment.  Start supporting your writers.  I know this is not my normal tone, but these are not normal times.  Books are the original escapist media and this Fall needs to be time we get back to the basics.  Memphis is blessed with a small number of wonderful indie bookstores and double blessed that we just got a premium indie store literally from the ashes of a lost landmark.  Time to darken their doors and show them just a little love.

Ladies and gentleman, we have serious books ready to take you to the places you want to go.  Let’s start with a book just right for the season.  Chapter One is available for a free taste on the website.

Chalice Moon by Pat Sawtelle

Better the Vampire You Know

A seemingly random attack exposes Kimie and her best friend to a part of the world the girls never knew existed. A world where vampires and shape shifters not only exist, but are people they know. However, when another attack nearly kills Kimie, her friends must find out why some of the magical beings are after her.

Could this simple human girl be the legendary Chalice mentioned in that old tale they found? The story said the Chalice is bound to the delicate balance between the forces of good and evil. While the part of taking from evil and giving to good didn’t sound too bad to Kimie, it never said so many people would want to see her dead.

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Reinvention

My apologizes for the accumulation of dust in here.  Let’s get back down to business shall we.

Reinvention is the name of the game in the book and media business these days.  Let me tell you that reinvention is a tiring and ugly business.  We spend countless hours trying to make sense of the news, stats, and sales trends as they are published.  Since all that and 6 bucks will get you a cup of mocha latte, just what is this business? This is honestly now a business of passion.  If you dove into this business to get rich, may I suggest a very long list of things are easier to do than this.  With that said, passion is a wonderful thing and sometimes you just have to take a little time to rekindle the love and passion of what got you here to start with.

News:  A new Malice in Memphis project is in the works.  If you have not gotten caught in their wonderful world of real places and fictional murders then check out: http://darkoakpress.com/ghoststories.html

News:  J. L. Mulvihill is back with her upcoming Return To Easa.  Currently wrapping up in editing, a release date will be released very soon.  Check out book one at:  http://darkoakpress.com/easa.html

News:  Kristi Bradley is in the process of bring us her next book, Mysticalities.  Lose yourself in book one of the series, Mysta, here: http://darkoakpress.com/mysta.html

Lots more updates on the way !!!

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Award Winners!!!

ghostxlgCONGRATULATIONS!!!
For the 2017 Darrell Award for Best Short Story, the winner is The Nature of Ghosts by Carolyn McSparren.
First Runner-Up is Drive-In Miss Daisy by Phyllis Appleby. (Both of these short stories appeared in Malice in Memphis: Ghost Stories).

http://www.darkoakpress.com/ghoststories.html

History and Hauntings

The ghost stories and the characters in this book are pure fiction, even if the locations in which they were set are not. The tales, written by members of Malice in Memphis, showcase some of the Mid-South’s more interesting historical locations.

The geographical locations include the Mississippi River and the areas across from Memphis, as well as several of the villages and farms that survived the onslaught of Union soldiers. They’ve included graveyards and battlefields, some Memphis landmarks that survive and some that don’t. Memphis has been touched by wars, the Yellow Fever epidemics, the flu epidemic, floods, tornadoes, murders, and other hateful occurrences. Plenty of misery for the ghosts to feed upon. Many interesting locations to attach themselves to.

Whether you believe in the supernatural or not, we hope that you’ll enjoy these eerie stories of southern supernatural doings.

The Tales:
A Grave Situation by Elaine Meece
After Hours by Richard Warren Powell
Noblesse Oblige by Carolyn McSparren
Cadence by Seth Wood
A Dance with the Devil by Juanita Houston
Drive-In Miss Daisy by Phyllis Appleby
Fallen Soldier by Susan Wooten
Going Back Home by Barbara Christopher
An Indisputable Event by Steve Bradshaw
A Haunting in Midtown by Kristi Bradley
The Misadventures of Mama Lou: Victorian Mayhem by Angelyn Sherrod
The Adventures of Sonny Etherly: Special Powers by James C. Paavola
War is Hell by Geoffrey Meece
Kolopin by Seth Wood
The Nature of Ghosts by Carolyn McSparren

New Release – The Cabin

cabinfcoverxlgThe bodies are adding up , but the clues aren’t

“The place was perfect. It was far enough from town to be in the middle of nowhere and close enough he could return to his home so that no one would miss him. Walking back outside, he surveyed his surroundings. Not far from the back of the house was a murky swamp. He smiled. In case of emergency, it would serve as the perfect place to dispose of an unwanted body.”

Young healthy men and women are dying mysteriously after being found non-responsive at different places around town. No matter what the ER team tries to save them, they fail. The only clues left on the bodies are minor scratches and small puncture wounds. Detective Mason knows that he is on the trail of a careful yet bizarre serial killer. He has followed the deaths and clues from city to city. Now, with the help of a nurse, he may finally be closing in on the killer if he can control his own dark secret before more bodies come in drained of blood.

Only a vampire needs that much blood.

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