Monday, February 22, 2016

Got that whole Tales of Timeless Springs stuff figured out...

So when it comes to Tales of Timeless Springs, I feel like my whole life is a mess and I don't know what I'm doing. That was until earlier this afternoon when it all hit me...

Take a note of inspiration from the series that started it all.

Growing up I loved Goosebumps. It was my shit. That was what I wanted to do as a little nine year old writer.

Figuring out Tales of Timeless Springs has been a chore. I've been working on it casually for a few years. It was basically my affair project to go to when She Sees Metaphors was driving me nuts. And now that She Sees Metaphors is all set (mostly, more on that in a sec), ToTS has become my focus. But there's so much that I wanted to do with the world that I created and it was driving me nuts. And then I thought about Goosebumps and Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark and Fear Street, and I realized I can do that. 

So how's this going to work?


I'm going to make things simple and just release each book (which will typically be either a collection of stories or a novella, all of which will take place in the city of Timeless Springs) on Kindle. Eventually I'll release an anthology in print, but for now, they're just going to come out as ebooks, one or two a year. Timeless Springs will be my getaway stories while I work on the bigger books, which brings me to my next topic...

We ain't done yet.

She Sees Metaphors is going to have a second edition! It's going to be nifty, too. There'll be an author intro, a sample from Tales of Timeless Springs, and I fixed the typos that so many people were generous enough to point out to me. And once this new edition is all set, I plan to start bugging the shit out of some local bookstores until they put it on their shelves. Because community.

So yeah, plenty of Tales of Timeless Springs to come. And I can finally get started on my second novel, which I'll talk about later. 

Monday, February 1, 2016

Suck it, Winesburg!

So about that Timeless Springs story. Well...

I'm working on it.

If you listened to the latest episode of the podcast We Write Weird Shit (which I co-host with the F. Scott Fitzgerald of Bizarro fiction, Jon "jonjames" James) you'll have heard that I am actually working not only on the revisions and edits for Tales of Timeless Springs, but I am also adding some more material to it.

"Why?" you ask, every so eager to know because you can't stand another minute of this life without a copy of my sophomore effort to be on your shelf.

The long and short of it is that I've had this nagging feeling that the book wasn't really done ever since I finished it. Something felt like it was missing. After talking to one of my editors, who I paid tribute and gave mad exposure to in the We Write Weird Shit episode All Hail The King, I figured it out.

It's this one.

The first draft of Tales of Timeless Springs was actually a fourteen thousand word novelette about a group of kids trying to escape the city. And since second drafts are usually completely different from the first when I write them, the story I have now centers on those kids as adults and a cast of other characters that live in the city of Timeless Springs. 

But I couldn't let that original story go. It stuck with me and I figured that I could always put out a second Timeless Springs book later on. And then I figured why not just include the story? It's relatively short so it can be rewritten and fixed into the current story's continuity pretty easily. And it can be done within the deadline I have set for the release of the book, which is late summer. So what the hell? Why not?

And so that's where the book is now. I'm rewriting one section, the novelette, and working on the penultimate round of edits on the other section, which is a series of connected short stories that tell a larger narrative. 

And last but not least, I'm also working with an artist to help me put out an illustrated sample from Tales of Timeless Springs, much like I did with She Sees Metaphors. So soon I should be giving you guys a nice little taste of what's to come.

So yeah, in the meantime, be sure to check out We Write Weird Shit and enjoy the weird ass tales that Jon and I do our best to entertain you with on a weekly basis.