[Justin]: Catching up

Yikes, I can’t believe I let things go so long! Mea culpa…

Well, getting the old writing career going has had its ups and downs. On the downside, I sent my novel “Harbinger” to a small press publisher, but he decided to pass on it. Since it’s only the first in a series of three novels, he felt like it was too much of a risk for a smaller publisher ike himself to take on. I hate it, but I also understand. I’ve since sent the novel off to Tor to see what they think. Their website said it could take up to six months for them to get back to me, so I’m not holding my breath in anticipation. I also had one of my short stories rejected at two magazines. I’ve sent it off to a third one, so I’m hopeful.

But, on the upside, I recently was told that Ray Gun Revival wants to publish my “The Ties That Bind” short story series (an earlier version of it won Honorable Mention in the Writers Of The Future contest), so hopefully in a couple of weeks I’ll finalize that sale. I’m also considering taking another swing at making an audio production out of it. I’d thought about doing that many months ago, but at the time I was busy reediting it, and I didn’t want to take a chance on doing an audio version if the story was going to change later on. Now that’s getting published, I can use the printed version as my certainty that it’s done. I’m also hard at work on my new novel. I’m still deciding what to call it. Right now I’m going with “Digital Decay,” but I’m sure that’ll change as I get further into the writing process. I’ve done a lot of brainstorming, I’ve made some notes, and I wrote a prologue. Now I need to do a little more research, write out an outline, and then I can get started on the real writing. Wish me luck.

As for the podcast, it’s going really well. We’re up to Episode 61 now (I was never sure we’d make it this far), and we don’t seem to be slowing down any. We also concluded our short story contest. The other guys are still reading the stories, so we’ll have the winners announced in a couple of weeks.

Anyway, that’s about it for now. Been busy, the holidays are in full swing, and my birthday is coming up. Yeah me.

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