Me and Neil Gaiman

Posted on September 29, 2014. Filed under: writing | Tags: , , , |

Bet that got your attention! Here’s more, just to keep you interested.

Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean

Though I look exactly the same, you may have guessed from Neil Gaiman’s hair that this photo was taken a few years ago.  The other gentleman in the photo is Dave McKean. This was taken while they were on a comic book signing tour, back before one had to wait 7 hours in line for Mr. Gaiman’s autograph, which is why they were so accommodating as to allow for photos. (Both really, really nice guys, btw)

Okay, so why am I talking about Neil Gaiman – oh, let’s just call it – five years after meeting him? I recently had an experience that brought me one step closer to him or, more particularly, to his literary agent.  I told a story about it at the George Mason University Fall for the Book Festival during the Better Said Than Done night of storytelling.

Here’s the video.

 

 

Hope you enjoyed my true story. If nothing else, retelling the tale has inspired me to work harder!

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Live Show in Northern Virginia for Writers

Posted on September 15, 2014. Filed under: storytelling, writing | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

It occurred to me that I should do a little more promoting on this site for Thursday night’s storytelling show. You see, the show is part of George Mason University’s Fall for the Book Festival – a festival devoted to writers, and readers.  And the show, titled “Reading, Writing and Art,” features true, personal stories of what it means to be a writer, or an artist, or a fan.

fall for the book

My story deals specifically with the struggles of writing a novel and trying to find a literary agent.  Hopefully it will come across as filled with more humor than struggle, so let’s just say it’s about the journey.

Reading, Writing and Art: stories about the people, process and performance of art
September 18th, 2014
7:00PM (Doors Open 6:00PM)
The Auld Shebeen
3971 Chain Bridge Rd.
Fairfax, VA 22030
Free Show as Part of George Mason University’s “Fall for the Book Festival”
Please note – delicious food and drinks (full menu) available for purchase
Hosted by Jessica Piscitelli Robinson, the evening features storytellers Richard Barr, Ann Cavazos Chen, David Supley Foxworth, Karen Lee, Pierce McManus, Miriam Nadel, and Ellouise Schoettler—promising true and unforgettable tales.
More Info Here

I hope to see some fellow writers or readers in the audience. We can all commiserate.

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Done!

Posted on May 7, 2014. Filed under: Books, writing | Tags: , , , , , |

Novel Writing

I did it! I am done. I typed “the end,” and I meant it!

Yeah, so, like, three weeks ago, I finished writing my very first novel. Phew! It’s about time, too. Two and a half years of work – done! It feels great. Not quite like giving birth (having done that recently too, I should know), but kind of like creating a new life.

I have been keeping very busy since completing the novel. First of all, lots of getting back to my day job (I kind of crammed the completion of this book once the end was in sight). But I have also revised the entire book, after sending it to a few trusted readers for comments and critique.

While writing this novel, I realized I was writing the first book of a trilogy, so now I have two more books to write. Big sigh! But having finished one, I know I can write the next two.

There were a lot of things I figured out along the way. The good news is, I have a really clear idea of what I want the second and third book to be about, what the main plots points are, and who the main characters are. I had to work through a lot of that for the first book. My hope is that the next two will take no more than a year each.

In the meantime, I have sent a query letter off to a literary agency. It’s a bit ballsy, but I would like to have an agent represent my first book while I work on the next two. Seems like a good plan to me. So, you know, if you are an awesome literary agent looking for a great speculative fiction trilogy, let me know and I swear you will love my query letter!

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