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Long time, no post! I've been busy since my editor sent me his first run of edits on Of Ravens and Lambs. Solstice has assigned the ideal man for this editing job...a suspense writer named John DeBoer.
I'm happy to have the first round of edits over with, but this process will continue for a while. I'm still hopeful for a late spring release for the book.
There's nothing quite as humbling as seeing your beloved work shredded by a capable editor! But, it's all part of the process and I'm grateful for it.
I'm currently reading The Bone Tree by Greg Iles. It is book two of the Natchez Trilogy. Natchez Burning was intense and outstanding. The Bone Tree (halfway in) is interesting but slow. Seems like he could have gotten away with 600 pages instead of 800! Still, it's a fantastic story!
Today I can officially announce that my second novel, Of Ravens and Lambs, will be released by Solstice Publishing in the spring of 2018! I am very excited to be working with the Solstice team again...they were very good to me in my first go around!
This book is a huge departure from One Night In October. We'll see how readers like me as a suspense/thriller writer. I hope I have done the story justice. Time and readers will tell!
For now...on with the editing and other preparations. Spring can't get here fast enough!
I said in my last post that Crean had to go, and it appears IU's leadership agreed with me. Today they hired Archie Miller from Dayton, and I'm very happy with the decision. He was, barring the unlikely bombshell like Billy Donovan or Brad Stevens, the best coach they could have hired.
Congrats to IU and all their fans. I think we can safely say we have entered a new (and hopefully more successful) era of Hoosiers basketball!
Being an Indiana guy, I'm naturally an IU basketball fan. I grew up with Bob Knight in the era when Indiana was among the elites of the sport. Fast forward a couple of decades, and we are anything but elite!
Coach Crean is an admirable man and has done a great job of making IU a successful program again after the disgrace of the Kelvin Sampson era. However, I'm afraid he's taken us as far as he can. We have two Big Ten titles to show for his efforts, but nothing better than some Sweet Sixteen appearances in the tournament. And this year? What a train wreck. We are headed for the NIT, if that.
My allegiance is at its end. If we have any hope to see IU as a national powerhouse in the future, Crean has to go.
Happy New Year to all! I'm starting the year by laying off regular soft drinks and sweet tea, and also by revamping this site and getting my new book ready for publication! Of Ravens and Lambs is polished and ready (as it can be) for the right publisher and/or agent! I'm hoping for a release later this year.
I recently read a quote from Stephen King that made me feel proud. In essence, he says if you wrote something that a publisher wanted to put out, and if they paid you with real money for that work, then you are talented! I'll take that compliment from one of the all-time greats!
Hope your resolutions (and mine) hang on until at least Valentine's Day! Let's make 2017 a great year...despite the ominous clouds on the horizon.
I am very pleased to report that I have finished the first draft of my second novel, Of Ravens and Lambs. It has been bittersweet seeing so much of the racial violence in the news reflected in the story I'm writing. This is certainly a timely story, and one that I hope will give readers something to cheer about in a time of darkness.
Now, of course, comes the difficult task of editing and re-writing. I only have three weeks until school starts, so I'm racing against the clock!
The other tedious and soul crushing task, contacting literary agents and publishers, also begins soon. Piling up rejections is tough to take in stride, but I have learned it's just another part of the writing experience. I believe I have written a great story...it just takes patience to find the right match in an agent and/or publisher!
Summer vacation has begun and I'm on a mission to finish Of Ravens And Lambs before it ends! I hit page 200 yesterday, and I'm plowing ahead with more today. I believe the story is really rounding into a genuine thriller. I can't wait to see what others may think about it.
I've had so many Cardinals fans tell me how much they appreciate One Night In October. I hope that I captured the magic of that night (game 6 of the 2011 World Series) and what it meant to all of us in Cardinal Nation. My own nephew has taken a greater interest in the Cardinals after reading the book...that makes it all worthwhile!
Okay, off to fill some more pages. Congrats to the Blues for a hell of a season! Hopefully you can take it all the way next year.
I wish everyone a blessed Easter Sunday! He is Risen and there is nothing more worthy of celebration than that!
I'm still making progress on Of Ravens And Lambs (currently 165 pages) and the plot is really simmering nicely. My protagonist (a man named Henry) is walking into a proverbial lions' den without a whip! This is fun!
I have to say it has been interesting and disturbing trying to get into the minds of my antagonists. They are a group of white supremacist terrorists...not exactly a subject I'm familiar with! The research has been tough, and writing the dialogue and thoughts of these men has been even tougher. I feel dirty! But, that's where writing can take you sometimes. That's kind of what makes it fun!
Anyway, the project is still rolling and I'm looking forward to family time tomorrow for Easter. God bless!
I continue to be flattered and amazed by the reviews and comments I have received for One Night In October. What a blessing! Thanks to all of you who have read it and given your feedback. Amazon reviews are ALWAYS appreciated.
The new book, currently titled Of Ravens and Lambs, is nearing what I believe is the halfway point of the first draft. Long way to go, but I'm excited. The story is really picking up and I think people are going to like the suspense and the connections to both historical and modern racial issues facing our country.
It's slow going since I'm a full-time teacher, but I project that the first draft will be done by the end of June. Then the real work (editing) begins!
It's a lot of time, effort, and emotion to expend in writing a novel, but I'm finding it very fulfilling and worthwhile. I have never been happier to call myself a professional writer! Thanks again to all, and know that I'm working hard to produce a great story.
Hard to believe it has been six months since the book's release. We're up to 14 reviews on Amazon...all five star! The positive reviews and comments have been overwhelming. Thanks for taking the time to let everyone know how you felt about One Night In October!
Work continues (slowly) on book #2. The working title is Of Ravens And Lambs, and it will be a suspense/thriller novel. No baseball this time around! I'm hoping to finish the first draft in the spring.
That's all for now! Enjoy another Cardinals playoff run this month!!