Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Full Beaver Moon waxing.
   Another hiatus and another Halloween behind me. Temps are down in NE Ohio and it's likely they'll stay that way.

   I've entered a contest with Inkshares with the revised and revisited Beckoned, now titled the Demon of the Shadows. The rules require that the writer foster a following of pledged (to purchase) readers with the top one or two given a full contract. It's ingenious because the writer does the leg work. The publisher has little risk because they enter the agreement with pledged sales. I haven't devoted much time to promotion other than a lot of fliers. The result- no sales or pledges. Oh well.
    I'm also seeking traditional publisher acceptance with one or two houses currently accepting manuscripts that are reprints. I really want to get this knocked out so I can spend time writing. I chopped off the legs of Sari Sari and have a new approach. Same beginning but reworked characters. That needs my attention so I hope I get some action on The Demon soon.
   I'm technically (forced) semi-retired. It's amazing that I don't have infinitely more time now, time for the writing projects. But I have also taken on some community projects that eat it up. One is participation is several drug prevention and treatment committees. Like everywhere in the US, we have a horrendous drug problem in Ohio. Small steps of change take up a lot of time and effort. I also make walking sticks that are donated to several church fairs and sales. The money goes to emergency assistance (food, rent, electric bills) in our community.
   I'm off the rest ofthe week so I'm working on a submission for the Demon.
wish me luck (to be sure, I need it)

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Man, it's been a long time. New Moon, February in Grayton Beach, Florida

Yes life is complicated and things just fall by the wayside. I haven't even logged onto this blog in three years!!!

I can't promise that I'll get this back together real soon but it's on the agenda. I have some profound changes upcoming. Most of it has to do with some bad business luck that I want to put a positive spin on. Hey, lost work means more time. Time to write, time to attend to this blog.

Up to speed, at least a bit. We're in Grayton Beach Florida. I have work here so we stay for three weeks in an absolutely beautiful Florida house in the Preserve. Seaside village dark and peaceful. But only ten miles to Destin and the hustle of the resorts. The stars are unreal at night and the weather has been great. It's warm in Ohio as well so I don't have to wrestle with guilt about leaving my kids up north. They're in college anyway. This is kind of our annual vacation anyway.

I'll be back in summer (that's when I'll have all kinds of time) to chronicle the moons once more.

Be well

ron

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Full Beaver Moon waxing

The never ending saga of my re-release continues. My editor contacted me at end of September and promised to begin work on my revised release of "the Long Hour Before Light" by October 27. Ha ha! No word from her and no reply to my emails. Well, you've heard this story before, I've only been waiting since February. Anyway, to better thoughts and episodes. I started another story but I think it is fizzling out. I was toying with another Incubus, started an elaborate beginning but came to see it wasn't quite right. Maybe I'll revisit this later when I have some fresh thoughts. Also, I have four good stories started and can't seem to grind out their completion. I really don't need another distraction. I need to pick one and get to work. That's a mental process in of itself I suppose. Wish me luck.

until again

Monday, October 14, 2013

Full Hunter's Moon waxing



Well, good news at last. Worked out the snafus regarding my contract, signed off on new one and I now have a revision of “The Long Hour Before Light” in the works. My editor, Kim W has been in touch and we will begin work on the new edition this week. From my end I will place this in the fast track, still fantasizing that I might have it released before Halloween. Everything else is on the back burner. I will keep this post up to date with progress notes.

Ciao, for now.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Harvest Moon waning

Getting ready for a trip to Chicago for business. The contract is still in the wind although both my Publisher and Editor contacted me last week. Promised a final contract by Friday- Nothing came; Oh well

I suppose it will happen when it happens. I am now game-hardened so it no longer bothers me and waiting seems just to be the currency of these negotiations. I've been doing it (waiting) since April.

To better subjects. Fall is coming and it is typically amazing in NE Ohio. The leaves will change soon and with that, autumn weather. Crisp mornings, warm afternoons and that Cobalt Blue sky only seen in October. I'm a little off my game, behind in writing but I hope the season (Halloween) will inspire me.

Until next.
My best


Thursday, August 22, 2013

Full Corn Moon



Also called Full Sturgeon Moon and Full Moon of the Green Corn.

Full moon and strange weather. It’s actually looking like summer now that summer is almost over. Very strange, but at least it's warm. I’ve worked out my contract issues except for one thing. I still don’t have a contract! We’ve worked on one draft but I am in limbo once again with no word about the final version now going on two weeks. Who knows? Writers spend a lot of time waiting. I started another project too. It’s a photo book on old churches and town halls in Ohio. I can see your faces with this but if it turns out as my mind pictures it the images will be impressive and the stories behind them at least interesting. I’ll keep you posted with the book deal. I hope the final draft comes this week. Ciao.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

writing a little between Moons

As summer is slowly winding down here I have slowed my day-job pace to three days a week. I don't necessarily write on the off-days but the calm has allowed me to write much more at night, visiting my latest novella-in-progress at least 4 nights a week. But progress remains slow. I have the general idea on the start (already done) and the destination. I don't yet know the roads to travel to get there (no MapQuest or GPS for writers, thank God). But, after all, the journey is the joy (and agony too) so I plod on.

The short story collection re-issue is another matter. It is languishing in Limbo as my new publisher seems uninterested in getting that promised (April!) contract out to me. I've done my part, striking two stories that she didn't like, and re-writing four more to fit into the pub-house guidelines. But I wait. The general editor stays somewhat in touch and assures me that we can get it out by Sept some time. But that contract is still ethereal for now.

Off today, doing work around the house (promise to write tonight) and car maintenance.  Until the Full Sturgeon Moon, adieu.