Monday, January 6, 2014

A new year starts with giving back a few things.

I hope that you all had a great and festive holiday season. I was fortunate to be able to take a few days and just unwind my brain. I realized that I had not taken a single day off since just after the July 4th holiday. Between writing and editing, I have been nose to the grindstone.

Well, vacation is over. My three top priorities are to get the new DEAD edited and out at the end of the month, edit Heath Stallcup's new Monster Squad novel (if you have not read them, I highly recommend this is a blast!), and do final edits on an upcoming anthology that will have all proceeds going to The V Foundation (for cancer research) in a quarterly check in the name of all who contributed.

This is where my "calling out" will be, and I promise to keep it brief. I did have one friend who had some very personal and tragic events occur that made participation in this event impossible, but she actually took the time in all the chaos to let me know she just would not be able to send in a story. However, there were about a half dozen contributors who just vanished. No reply to follow up common courtesy. I don't really care if you can't make it, the project will still be wonderful, but to lack common courtesy...well, like my grandfather always said, "BE careful about the asses you kick on the way'll be kissing them on the way down."

Anyway, back to work...have a great day!


  1. what happened to your family sunday!! naughty boy!
    looking forward to the new anthology and to the new Monster Squad.... meh at the new DEAD.... who am I kidding.....!!! now, now, now....

    a massive bonus to this year.... i get to actually MEET you, hug you, squish you, rub noses or anything else Denise will allow ;)

  2. Sorry to hear about the no-shows on the anthology. The saddest part is I know that my contribution wasn't much. I'm no short story teller and my first attempt was a poor one at best.
    But I'm glad you got a chance to unwind and take a little 'me-time'. Everybody needs that.

  3. Yeah...Family Sunday got buried in an avalanche of work for both Denise and myself. (She is hard at work on that SECOND Master's Degree...forensic accounting, so I work to stay out of her hair).

    And how cool will that be to pal around for a week...I get to show you all the places from Zomblog that you read about like Sunset Fortress, and of course...VooDoo Doughnut.

  4. I love your grandfather's saying! I had never heard that, but it is true.

  5. I know first hand what you mean. Seems like an email reply to say "no thanks" wouldn't be too difficult. I take that as a sign that you wouldn't want that person in your collaboration anyway ;)