The Smell of Wine and Cheap Perfume: A Writer’s Life

I have a small break for lunch and so I thought I would write a little bit about my life as it is today.  I have disappeared the last couple of weeks.  Deadlines have forced me to submerge into my hidey hole and write and work.  Thankfully, I have a loving wife that helps monitor my stress levels and ensures that I take at least one day off a week to relax.  Married life is pretty awesome, even if my wife steals cuddles from me and wakes me up way too often.

I’ve managed to have a couple of breaks with friends, see the Avengers, and have a small echo of an actual life.  Despite the various bits of stress this year, I feel I am in a much, much better place as though I finally figured out how to do this thing called life.

The Last Daughter of Eve plotline is finally over and thus I can take a break for a couple of months from storytelling in the Camarilla.  I’ve run the flagship venue for two major conventions and ran through a major plot on the global level effecting hundreds of players.  I’m tired and need a break.  However, I am very glad that the players enjoyed it.

My technical writing contract ends early in June.  This means that I am really swamped at work trying to complete all of the tasks my wonderful employers wanted finished before this contract ended.  I am hopeful that I will get at least two weeks between assignments.

In other writing news:

My deadline for my materials from White Wolf’s Hunters Hunted 2 is in ten days and thus that has become my top priority.  Progress is going well, but on occasion very slow.

Naturally, I paused major efforts towards completing my novel, A Wicked Messenger.  When I stopped, I had reached 64,000 or so.

I owe a story in August for a special themed anthology that I am very, very excited about.  I have a different story to conceive and write in June for another anthology.

I’ve been asked if I am interested in writing a couple of essays based on my work with the Seattle Sinner and Butcher Knives & Body Counts: Essays on the Formula, Frights, and Fun of the Slasher Film.  I’m very interested in the subject matter.

I have an usually large number of items pending and if I am playing the odds then I should get some positive news here shortly.  I’m pretty sure that I haven’t progressed to the last round of the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award, which means I shall need to start looking into new publishers for The Highway West.

I am hoping that some of my recent luck and success will help me locate a suitable agent.

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