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Second Blog

The other day, I got a bit concerned about something. My first full-length novel, The Group, is due out this year from Barbarian Books. I've been talking to several friends and family members about it, and someone came up with the information that there was a book published several decades back with the same title. As I did some digging, it turned out that the first Group was an early example of chick lit; whereas, my Group concerns serial murder and political advertising.

So my first instinct was that this was no big deal because, based on subject matter, no one could possibly confuse the two novels. However, better safe than sorry I got ahold of Conda Douglas at Barbarian and asked if this would be problematic. She responded that you can't copyright titles and that there are other cases of books having the same titles. Furthermore, she pointed out that one of Barbarian's books has the same title as a song.  

And that sparked a bit of a memory, which I'd like to share here.

Simply the most suspenseful, most frightening television drama I ever saw lasted only one season. It appeared on the former UPN Network during its opening season all the way back in 1996, and after being shifted around a bit was cancelled due to low ratings. But I followed it religiously, and as I said to this day I've never seen anything like it. And what was the title of this brain curdling, edge of the seat, could barely breathe while watching it show?

Nowhere Man. Same as the Beatles song. But trust me, the two have absolutely no connection to each other.

I don't know if the show is around anywhere, either in reruns or DVD.  But if you ever get the chance, check it out. Be ready, though.  If you think shows like Person of Interest (another personal fave) are conspiratorial, you ain't seen nothin' till you watch and episode of Nowhere Man.

 

My First Blog

3.23.13

Starting Things Off

 

I’m not an overnight success.  Heck, up to and including now I’m not even what you’d call a success. At least when it comes to writing fiction. But I have hung in there for more years than I care to dwell on, and things are gradually starting to go my way.  And that’s what this post, and maybe a few more to come, is about.

 

Let’s get one thing straight up. I’m not, and most likely never will be, a professional writer of fiction. (He says wistfully.) My first short story, “The Prime Ingredient,”  appeared in 1988; my first “book” (a novelette of about fifty pages) came out last year; and my first novel is slated to appear sometime later this year. If you do the math, that’s a long stretch of time between one and the other.

 

For most of the last twenty-five years, I would have a story come out once a year. I considered a year really special if I had two stories appear. And note that these were coming out in small, low-circulation magazines. (Which, to be fair, is where most short fiction appears these days.)

 

Then along came 2010, and six of my stories came out, including my first reprint. I thought that was pretty awesome and memorable, at least until 2011. Eleven stories, four reprints. And I couldn’t imagine any way to top that, until in February of last year Vagabondage Press took a leap of faith and offered me a contract for my first e-book, “One Helluva Gig.”

 

Understand, through a good chunk of this time I had attempted to write novels and had in fact finished four of them. Somewhere down the line, I had two different agents at the same time looking over Regress (80,000 words all about serial murder and time travel), but they both passed. And that was as far as any of the novels got.

 

Last year, I decided to give the longer form one last shot before hanging it up for good and spent most of the year working on what I considered a really cool idea, which eventually took the form of The Group.  Finished it, with much exhaustion, on January 2 of this year. 

 

February 3, Barbarian Books offered me a contract for it, due out later this year.

 

I am not an overnight success, or at this point even a success. I’ve been working as a high school teacher for the last ten years, a college teacher before that (don’t ask) and will no doubt continue to teach high school until I hit retirement age.  Which, if you’re lucky enough to be in the right school in the right district, really isn’t that bad of a proposition. 

 

But things are starting to get kind of interesting right about now, and I figured it was about time to put my story, along with other stray bits and pieces of thought and information, out there. 

 

I’ll be updating this about every other week or so. At the moment, I don’t have this set up for any kind of interactivity, but if you want to correspond, just go to the Contact Me part of the website.

 

I’m envisioning this to be sort of a general interest thing. I’m probably going to focus primarily on this two and a half decade journey of mine, but I like to travel, live in a really cool area and don’t care much for fast food (though I love to eat out), so some other stuff may creep in. 

 

And so begins this blog. 

 

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