I just had a pleasant experience. I got a notice that Kevin Newsome, author of the great Christian suspense book WInter that I have reviewed previously, came by and read my review. It’s nice to know that other authors are out there, doing what I am doing, namely wondering what people are thinking about my books.
And recently I have gotten some pretty good reviews, specifically for the Champion series that came out this summer. I will have to admit that even though I also launched Infinity’s Reach this summer and I am proud of it, I am somewhat partial to the trilogy that I spent six years writing.
Actually, if you have been reading this blog faithfully over the past couple of months, you might have seen a few short stories that I have written. Writing them serves me twofold: first, they allow me to take an idea and see if it has much merit. Writing a novel is a major investment of time, energy and creativity. Writing a short story is much less so. And so I have been writing short stories from ideas that originally were considered for books. Some of them may end up as a book someday, and the process of writing them out as a short story helps me see the possibilities.
Second, as I did in 2012, I intend to produce an anthology of short stories and make it available to the public. When I first came out with The Stranger and Other Stories, my intention was to make the e-book available free of charge. That’s when Smashwords was my main outlet to the world. Now that I primarily use Kindle, I’m not allowed to give them away, except on rare occasions. And so I am forced to charge $.99 for the collection of stories. I have eleven now; my plan is to try to gather 15 before I release them. Plus, since I just came out with four books, I probably will wait a bit.
When that is done, who knows. I really would like to participate in National Novel Writing Month in November. That’s the 30-day challenge to write a 50,000-word novel. For those who haven’t tried it, it seems crazy, especially if you are a full-time worker or student. But I have done it three times and learned a great deal every time I do it. I probably will take one of my short stories and flesh it out into another book, but we will see. A great deal of it depends on how busy my day job–teaching–keeps me.
School is almost upon us, and my days are rapidly filling up with meetings (yay). And so I will keep in touch while I can, but don’t expect anything overly profound.
Of course you don’t. You’re reading my blog….