There was a lot of discussion in regard to what the next installment of the Alphabet Anthologies should be. A lot. F is just such a versatile letter, the options were many.
To answer two of the frequently asked questions — no, I didn’t really consider ‘F is for Fart’ and yes, I was absolutely tempted to do ‘F is for Fuck’.
In the end, after a lot of debate and conversation I decided to go with:
F is for Fairy!
The way the Alphabet Anthologies work is that each of the twenty-six stories in the anthology not only fits the theme of that anthology but also has a title that is: LETTER is for WORD (ie: A is for Apple, B is for Banana…). I randomly* assign each contributing author a letter and then they write their story. What that means is there is no open submission period for the Alphabet Anthologies, sorry writers.
I’m not announcing all the contributing writers because sometimes those names change before publication as Life gets in the way of things, but I can tell you I’m really excited for this anthology.
If you are too, a good way to spend the time between now and 2019 when this will be coming out, might be to read the first five volumes of the series 🙂
A is for Apocalypse (Free!)
B is for Broken
C is for Chimera
D is for Dinosaur
E is for Evil
I apologise for the towering layout of those book links… this blog theme makes doing anything nicer pretty tricky. I have ‘swap blog themes’ on my to-do list… but the list is even longer than those book covers piled atop one another soo… it could be a while 😉
*It’s random except that I wiggle things around if necessary to make sure people don’t get assigned the same letter twice.
Each year I set goals for the year to come and share them on my blog here. At the end of each year I assess how well I did in accomplishing my goals and set new ones. It’s an important thing for me, this setting and sharing of goals. Setting them and having them written down in concrete language really helps me regain my focus when I lose it (which is often), evaluate progress, get things done and also, look back over time and see a bigger picture of things I’ve accomplished. Sharing them on my blog here with you is equally important because it provides a sense of accountability which can be a huge motivation at times when I need it most.
Over the past couple years my goal lists have grown and grown becoming quite long and complicated. So, too, has my career when you count in the things I don’t talk about here (such as freelance work and ghostwriting). It was kind of beginning to feel overwhelming, which is pretty much the exact opposite of what I’m going for so I think it’s time to simplify a wee bit. Thus…
My Goals for 2016
- Speed up my blog/website
- Write the Haunted Hospitals book with Mark Leslie.
- I’ve begun working on this in February. My goal is to have the first draft of my contribution done by the end of April. I’ve never written anything like this before though, so I’m unsure how reasonable this goal is.
- Announce D is for… anthology and prepare it for an early 2017 release
- Release C is for Chimera on April 19th
- Promote it sufficiently to break the sales numbers for A is for Apocalypse (based on the first three months after release)
- Release Sirens (July?)
- Promote it sufficiently to break the earn out its advance within the first year. Bonus points if it’s in the first six months.
- Attend the ‘Despite Excuses’ writing retreat in California this July
- Take August off. With the exception of attending When Words Collide… which is work but also isn’t :-p
- Write the first draft of Deadmonton (My Winterknight Towers book), beginning in November and using NaNoWriMo as a springboard to get started
- Hire an editor for Shadows and prep it for release
- Host a December blog tour to celebrate the holidays and benefit the food bank.
I’ve also got several projects that are pending or in limbo right now including a brand new anthology series (Keep your fingers crossed for this one, especially!), three stand-alone anthologies I’d be co-editing (with three different people) and two collaborative poetry projects. I’ve deliberately built some empty spaces into my project calendar for the year to address these projects. Also, you just never know when I’m going to be distracted by something shiny and need to take a little detour for a while 😉
I’m super stoked to announce that I have finally got the Poise and Pen website up and running. Yay!
I’m using Poise and Pen as an umbrella that encompasses the Alphabet Anthologies as well as my self-publishing projects. I have zero plans to expand it beyond that, but I really wanted it to have a clean, professional face. Right now I’m still puttering around adding and removing spaces but the website is up, functional and (I think) lookin’ pretty spiffy just in time for the launch of B is for Broken on Tuesday.
Take a peek at it — I’d love to hear any feedback you might have 🙂