What’s in the Works? Write The Novel.

I write when I need to write. When the words are in my head and need to come out. Sorry about that, but all the “coming out” words are going into my novel rather than this website.

So, the novel. Now that I’ve mentioned it, I should expand upon it. The novel now has a goal for completion (not final final completion… completion in the sense that it can be pitched). I plan to have it ready for the speed-dating  Pitch Slam at Writers Digest 2018 in August.

Can I do it? This is where you all yell “YES YOU CAN!” in unison and I have a horrible flashback to that children’s show with the builder guy and his talking vehicles. Maybe you should skip the yelling.

If you want to know more about the novel, then comment on this blog. Really, I have no idea if you’re even interested if you don’t tell me. Would you prefer to have more reviews? Talk about TV and movies? WHAT DO YOU WANT FROM ME?

Phew. Got that out of my system. Now it’s your turn.

I’m Going to See Margaret Atwood!

I’m trying to calm down, but it’s difficult. Margaret Atwood is my idol. She is just amazing. Her writing, her knowledge, her ability to share amazing ideas with the world… I’m all flustered.

Front row, center. Yep. That’s me. I can’t really stop dancing right now, so I’ll have to tell you more later.

Oh, wait, if you only know her because you have hulu, that’s cheating. Go read the books.


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Deluxe Edition of the Verge: Now with TWO Blogs!

It occurred to me that it was pretty crazy trying to find things here with my book reviews and writing posts all in one blog. It also occurred to me, as I was staring at code and looking at solutions on the Internet, that I would probably break the site altogether if I tried to make it work. A BIG thank you goes out to my friend Fernando (I don’t know if he wants his last name published…) for helping me separate the blogs.

So… welcome to my new old blog. The old writing and miscellaneous posts are here, ready to be joined by some new ones. Book reviews have their own home. Look around, get comfy, but don’t move the furniture. I get easily annoyed when I can’t find things.

Welcome, New Followers!

There seems to be quite a few new followers of this blog. I am receiving many notifications that people are following me, which results in a little paranoia, combined with gratefulness and a little confusion.

I’m not sure how you found me or why you are following me, but welcome. I have a very busy life and have been sporadic in updates. I am attempting to improve (not going well), but I’ll keep trying. I am also trying to separate the book reviews from the general freelance blog (also not going well). So, I’ll keep trying and hopefully you’ll stick around.

This is my site, welcome to it, and hopefully you will find some good information or at least some fun.


Freelance Life Post: Everything Hits at Once



Have you noticed, if you are a freelancer, that right around the holidays everything happens at the same time? Everything. EVERYTHING. Enter: Stress Threat Level Orange. We’ll be leading into Red by Christmas.

My brother, who will be blogging with me as soon as he feels a bit better, is ill and was recently in the hospital. He lives a few hours away, so I am communicating by text, email, cell phone, and tying messages to the legs of ravens. I don’t recommend that last one. I think it only works on TV. I don’t like not being able to see him, so I get very stressed. When someone I love is sick, I want to be there to make sure they are well taken care of  (even though I know his wife is doing this for him). I once was the “last straw” in having a Physician’s Assistant fired for being a jerk… he was – there were witnesses – and trying to bully me when my mother was in the hospital. I do not fear nurses, doctors, lab technicians, or other hospital personnel who need to pay attention to their patients. I am not nasty unless they are uniquely horrid. My sister wants to make sure I’m at her side if she’s ever sick. ANYWAY… I feel helpless because I can’t help.

In addition, I have/had a client. I can’t say for sure because I’m trying to cancel the job and the whole situation is like gum on my shoe. Let’s just leave that there.

My sons were home for Thanksgiving and the sewer clogged at my mother-in-law’s where we were having dinner.

My phone has rung 14,586 times today and only 2 weren’t telemarketers or charities.

It’s December already. I have done no shopping at all for the holidays and don’t even have one decoration up.

My router stopped working and the 5 minute firmware update took a day and a half.

I have deadlines upon deadlines and I’m writing a blog post instead.

I hope you haven’t read this far hoping I have a solution. I’m just putting out fires as I go along. I guess that’s one of things about being a freelancer: you must be able to prioritize, multitask, and just keep moving forward. Are you still here? Shouldn’t you be doing something?

Author Todd Keisling Live Event! November 15, 9:00 P.M. EST

Friend of the Verge, author of A Life Transparent and The Liminal Man, wants to talk to you tomorrow, 11/15.  Well, read to you, actually. And talk. But not just to you. Oh, just read this note from Todd:

To celebrate the release of Miseria’s Chorale, a new horror anthology published by Forgotten Tomb Press, I will read my new story, WHEN KAREN MET HER MOUNTAIN, live via Google Hangouts & Youtube. 

Tune in at 9 PM EST on Friday, 11/15/13. I will do a brief intro, talk a little bit about the story’s origins, plug the new anthology, and then get on with the story.

Consider joining the hangout! And if being on camera isn’t your thing, you can stream the broadcast via Youtube. I will post links about ten minutes before the broadcast goes live, so watch this space for updates. 

I hope you’ll consider being in the audience!

And just for us, a little Q&A:

Q: Do I need to RSVP on the Google+ or Facebook Event pages?
A: No, but you’ll make me happy if you do.

Q: Do I have to be a Google+ member?
A: No, you do NOT have to be a Google+ member to watch the live stream on YouTube.

Q: Can I join the Google+ hangout?
A: Yes! However, if you’re being loud or consistently interrupt me, I may mute you and/or kick you out. This is my party and I’ll kick if I want to.

Q: What’s the new story about? Does the new story have anything to do with the Monochrome trilogy?
A: No, this story has nothing to do with the Monochrome trilogy. It’s way more extreme than what you’re used to seeing from me. This is a story about a woman who suffers a psychotic break while trying to save her husband from a cult in the Arizona desert. It is quite possibly the most violent, gory piece of fiction I’ve ever written (to date), and if it were a film, it would definitely receive a hard “R” rating.

Q: What sort of content and/or language should I expect?
A: Gore. Extreme violence. Sexual situations (but not explicit). “Bad” language. Religious implications (real Old Testament stuff). Fire raining down from the heavens. Human sacrifice. A thousand years of darkness. Cats and dogs living together. Mass hysteria.

Q: How long will you broadcast?
A: The story is approximately 10k words long, which may take me around an hour to read (give or take). I will take about 10 to 15 minutes beforehand to introduce myself, the story, and plug the new anthology before I begin the reading.

Q: Will you do a Q&A afterward?
A: Maybe, if enough people are in attendance. The YouTube stream will have a chat bar (but you will need to be logged in to participate). If you join the Hangout, I may also take questions there. Bottom line: If you’re up for it, I’m up for it—but nothing is set in stone.

Q: Are we going to have a good time?
A: No. We’re going to have a decidedly bad time.

The Walking Dead Goes to College

Walking_Dead_Season_3_CastAMC’s huge hit, The Walking Dead, has been integrated into a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) offered by UCIrvine. The course, Society, Science, Survival: Lessons from AMC’s The Walking Dead starts tomorrow and runs through December 21.

From the course description: Each week we’ll watch engaging lectures, listen to expert interviews, watch exclusive interviews with cast members talking about their characters, use key scenes from the show to illustrate course learning, read interesting articles, review academic resources, participate in large and small group discussions, and—of course—test our learning with quizzes. We recommend that you plan on spending about two (2) to four (4) hours per week on this course, though we believe the course is compelling enough you’ll want to spend more time.

Yes. I am signed up. You should too, if you’re a fan of the show. This looks incredibly interesting and engaging. I’m up for it and willing to set up Google discussions to chat if you want. Who’s in? Let me know in the comments. With enough interest, I will set something up!

Oh, and don’t forget: The premiere is tonight!!!