Steve asked me to start working on a new newsletter. Not a lot has happened since my last, so I started throwing stuff in the ring. I have been working hard on the sequel to Dead& Dead For Real, so I sent him the Prologue. It really sets the tone for the new book, and I warn you, It is nasty dirty nitty gritty horror. Nope, no gore or blood, but MUCH WORSE. Yes I violated some of the rules of writing fiction in the book.That smacks you in the face in the Prologue. You know, there's a lot of dystopia (literally translated, dystopia means "an undesirable place") stuff out there. Hunger Games is one example. The book depicts how we descend into dystopia, and that's not a common book theme. So enter my new book. Read more in the newsletter. If you're not receiving it, sign up.

I've been really active on the sequel to D&DFR (Dead & Dead For Real). I have 30,000 words on the first draft and I figure I'm about half through. What's different about this book is it leads us into how we get to a dystopian society, Well almost. I haven't decided whether the world will descend into that or not. My leanings now are to have the world end up skirting dystopia with semblance of modern civilization surviving. That may change as I get into the second half of the book.

Still on hiatus from news and politics. My mind is so peaceful, not worrying about things I have absolutely no influence over.

I'm getting some pages written on Dead Otra Vez, up to 24,000 as of last night. I feel that puts me over the halfway mark. This story deals with North Korea and Russia and it has required me to do some research on those areas. It also required me to do some research on smallpox. What an ugly history, what an ugly disease. Really frightening. Take a look on Wikipedia.

We're firming up a book signing in Saddlebrooke for early May. I'll post the time and place when I have those.

I'm getting good comments about the last newsletter. Thank Steve. I just give him some stuff and he works the magic to turn it into something interesting. I am working on the sequel to D&DFR. It has some really nasty things happening. I'm not sure what part of my brain those resided in. I may publish the prologue in next months newsletter.

As many of you know, April's newsletter came out. THank you Steve for pushing me to geterdone! I have been getting into the new D&DFR sequel, Dead Otra Vez, My dreams last night were of a particularly gruesome future in the US after a "New Warfare" attack. Characters from D&DFR are back, plus new ones. I am having fun with this. I'm going to make an effort to get some more book signings going. Bookman's has been open, an Antigone and Mostly Books are carrying my books.

This Thursday is the Writers Motivational Workshop at the Oro Valley Library. It is a fun time. Afterward, we hang out at a restaurant, gorge ourselves and tell stories about writing stories. The WMW is open to anybody, so if you even have an inkling that there may be a book lurking in your brain, meet us there at 10 am.

I've had a great few days writing on Dead Otra Vez. I figure I'm about 1/3 of the way through. That's 16000 words. Last night I got on a run and wrote until the wee hours. Then I couldn't sleep, running scenarios through my head. Gonna be additions within the chapters I've written in order to make the book stand-alone, but that's in the rewrite. This is so fun!.

No discussion about the state of American politics today. It makes me nauseous. 

Back to writing!

The panel discussion on The Joy of Self Publishing was a big hit yesterday. A number of people expressed gratitude about the content and informative nature of data. I told of my own experiences, each a new lesson. The one point I hammered on was as a self publisher, you are responsible for everything. Quality control is something you have to do, always. Scheduling is yours to choose too, as is pricing. Anyway, the talk went well. I enjoyed imparting what I know. There's a lot more to find out. The bottom line is that the writer needs to decide why they are writing. If it's top get rich, keep the day job. If it's for you, a lot of pressure comes off. If it's to entertain, another whole set of parameters come into play. SO there.

I just finished writing up the newsletter for February and March. Wow, a lot happened. Steve should have it out in the next few days, so keep a watch. In the meantime, take a look at the comment on Amazon for Dead & Dead For Real. Wow, this guy is great! I owe him a beer.

April 2 is approaching, and that's the day of the panel discussion at the Oro Valley Library about self publishing. All of my books have gone that route, and to date, I have no complaints about CreareSpace. If you want to find out how to and if you should, come on out. 10:00 until 12:00.

My idea of a children's book is a little lower in priority that some of my other projects, though it's now on the list. I'm going to continue with the Dead & Dead For Real sequel. My break from writing is about over, and it's time to get back to work. 

I had two winners in the tee shirt drawing from the Tucson Festival of Books.Congratulations to M. Madden and N. Proudfoot. I will notify you by e-mail and we'll set up a way for me to get you your shirts. 

Thanks to all of you who stopped by the Habitat for Humanity booth. The festival was a blast for me. 

I've been thinking of doing a children's book. Yes, I know it's a vast departure from my other genre. At the book festival, Habitat for Humanity and Caid coupled up with a robot and hard hat decoration program that drew in lots of kids. So, I thought there should be a kids book on the table. We'll see how the ideas go. I might have to recruit my granddaughter to help. She's 7, and that's my target age. We'll see. My plate's getting full and no writing is happening at the moment. My brain is telling me to take a little time off.

The plot for Dead Again (that's the tentative title of the sequel to Dead & Dead For Real) is rolling around in my head, so I'm not idle. So far, the picture I have of conditions in the US is bleak. We'll see what continues to develop. I'll be putting together a newsletter soon, too.

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Dead and Dead For Real



The Dead Series