I’ve been silent on this blog for a long time, but in the meantime, I’ve been quite busy. Let’s get right into the news, with the biggest piece first:
This month, Mutt hit an enormous milestone, with 5,000 copies in distribution.
At the beginning of last September, the book only had about 200 copies in circulation. I’m honored and amazed to of come so far in a year. I couldn’t have done it without my incredible support base—that includes the bloggers who have reviewed Mutt and Stray; the people who contributed to the Stray Kickstarter; and anyone who has promoted the books to a friend, written a customer review, or simply read and enjoyed them. I’m very grateful for your support.
Here’s what I’ve been working on this summer:
My writing tips blog, Prose Protips, has 500 followers and counting. I try to post a piece of writing advice or an exercise every day, making it my most active online outlet. If you have a Tumblr account, follow it for almost-daily creative inspiration!
I’m preparing my absurdist novella The Do-Over, the supernatural tale of a young woman who dies and goes to somewhere, for an early October release. Follow the link to see the cover art.
I’m plugging away at Mongrel, the sequel to Mutt and Stray. Having read your feedback on the strengths of both books, I’m seeking to create a balance between the more complex structure of Stray and the lightning pacing of Mutt. Backers of the Stray Kickstarter can read the first chapter on the Kickstarter website. In a few days, I’ll release it on Tumblr so everyone can read it.
Last but certainly not least, I recently formed a mobile software development company with two awesome people. We aim to develop games and other apps that explore new possibilities for narrative, social interaction, and user-created content in this fledgling medium. One of the partners owns a brand that already has several great apps published, so we’re bringing the new company together under that banner. We’re blowing the lid off that in a few days, just as soon as our new site and blog are up.
Oh, I’m also helping my parents with the family business, which provides respite care for attachment-disordered children.
Yeah, it seems I’ve got my arthritic hands in everything. No days off.