Making lemonade

Well, life handed me a few lemons this week. I was laid off from my day job as a web manager. That’s the bad news. The good news is that I’m getting a little bit of severance pay and they’re going to retain me as a contractor, so there will still be some income coming in.

On the other hand, after the initial shock wore off, I found being unemployed extremely liberating. I started plotting book four Tuesday morning and wrote the opening of chapter one. Time out for Yom Kippur Tuesday night and yesterday, then back to work today. I’m revamping the back of the postcard (below). CAVEAT: Book 3 is NOT on sale yet. This is for when it’s ready.

This afternoon I’ll be sitting in front of the Outline Board with index cards, Sharpie, and Post-it notes. This is going to be my regular routine, so except for the fact that I’m still only earning coffee money, I’ll be doing what I’d do as a professional writer.

Sure, I’ll try to get another job. Someone’s got to pay the bills. But I’ve got enough to carry me through the rest of the year, so why not go for it?

If you want to help, talk up The Catmage Chronicles to everyone you know.

back of the postcard text

Book 3 is almost here

It’s looking like a late October publishing date for book 3. I’m nearly finished editing and will be sending the manuscript to my copy editor this week. The phenomenal Julie Dillon sent me the latest cover sketch, and it’s amazing. The colors she’s chosen make the scene pop out. Can’t wait to see the finished version!

Haiku makes everything seem better

Over on a FB group titled Children’s Books, we’ve been experiencing a little spam lately. (Okay, maybe more than a little.) From some bozos wanting us to pay for Amazon reviews to people insisting they can teach us how to make $5k a month on Kindle. It’s annoying. But when one of the other group members put up poetry in response to the latest spammer, it made me realize that we could answer the annoyances with–well, I chose Haiku.

KU changed the rules
Children’s eBooks hardest hit
Let me sell you this.

And then it occurred to me that all of the big issues sweeping the publishing world can be made better by Haiku.

Sad Puppies stuffed vote
The Hugo field was bushwhacked
Fans will still read books

See? Fun and topical. Let’s do a few more.

AU hates the ‘Zon
They’re stuck in 1900s
It’s 2015

Okay, I think I have one more in me tonight.

Harper Lee’s new book
Set new printing records
Her lawyer loves it

Your turn.

Ready for Ravencon

New business cards? Check
Phone and tablet charging? Check
Copies of both books? Check
App on tablet so people can use their credit cards if they want to buy books from me? Check

Okay. I’m ready for Ravencon. Now to figure out what to wear…

Happy 7th Tiggerversary!

Seven years ago today, I picked up my big dumb fluffball from Wendy’s Feline Friends (head over there and kick in a few bucks if you’ve got ’em).

That was then.

Tig 3.0 in my books

This is now.
Tig at 8

Happy Passover!

A happy Passover to all my Jewish friends and readers out there.

Have a Rube Goldberg Technion Passover

There aren’t any Catmages at this Passover Seder, but boy, are there a lot of smart kids!


Going to Ravencon

I’ll be at Ravencon the weekend of April 24-26 for anyone in the Richmond area. I’ll be on a couple of panels and will also have a book signing. Looking forward to discussing how to find a good workshop for up-and-coming writers, as well as all of the fun involved with being at a con.

It’s been a long time since I’ve been to one. It’ll be fun.

Seven years of Tig 3.0

While writing a check yesterday, the date struck me as familiar. Turns out it was Tig 3.0’s seventh birthday. I picked him up on April 18, 2008, and he was about two months old. A belated happy birthday to my third Tigger, who is currently sitting on the sofa downstairs, looking out the window at the birds. Here’s my boy watching the snow come down on Monday. May we have many more years together.



This is why words matter

You need to choose your words carefully. This is an actual headline on Bloomberg News. Strangely, the URL has a different–and less confusing–headline.

Words matter.

North Koreans Walk Across Frozen River to Kill Chinese for Food

bad headline