It’s Time

February 13, 2017

Well call me Mr. Bigtime.

Things have been happening for me. Good things, things that make me feel like an actual, real-life author. I know I am, but this is for real. This is awesome.

Where do I start?

For quite some time now, I’ve spoken about my novel, In the Pale Moonlight. Never at length, and never anything revealing. But it’s coming soon, and I’ve had so much to do for it. After 60+ failed attempts at getting an agent, I made the tough decision to self-publish. I realize that self-publishing isn’t the taboo thing it once was, but I wasn’t crazy about it.

Self-publishing is good because I control everything. I don’t get shafted on money, I don’t have ideas and decisions tossed out because someone wants to vicariously implement their thoughts onto mine, etc. It’s bad, though, because I’m 100% responsible for everything.

EVERYTHING.

Artwork, promotion, dates, times, formats, basically just getting shit done is 100% on me, with no one else there to do it for or with me. Sure I can ask for help, but for what? “Hey, can you bust your ass for me so I can possibly make a couple bucks with my novel and you’ll get a hearty pat on the back?” Yeah, no.

It’s okay, though. I’ve learned a lot. And I’m happy with myself for managing to get it all done. Formatting, proofing, artwork decisions (believe me, there were a LOT!), promotions, all of it. I’ve worked very hard on this, and I feel confident in myself.

The book is coming out on February 27th.

That’s two weeks from now! Preorders are available, and the book is easy to find online. Smashwords, Amazon, and all the other sites they’re affiliated with. It’s even on Goodreads! Hell, I’m an official Goodreads author now!

It’s exciting.

While it’s true that “anyone” can do this, how many actually do? How many put the work in to not only write a book start to finish, but also go through all the steps of getting it online and ready to sell/read/enjoy?

Like I said, I’ve put in a lot of work. And I know it’ll all be worth it. I couldn’t be happier to share it with you, and I’m sure you’ll all enjoy.

Thanks so much for your support!

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It’s the life

October 12, 2015

There is so much going on right now. In fact, I probably shouldn’t be writing this blog, but how else would you know what is going on in the wide world of Myke Edwards?

Books! I’ve been reading lately, more than I have been. It feels good to lay back every night before bed and read for an hour or so. Mostly to unwind and prepare myself to ease into bed and sleep, but also because hey, reading is what I do. For some reason I didn’t read as much as I should have this summer, but it’s okay. We’ve all been there.

“Transhuman” by Ben Bova was a random selection. I went to the library to drop off something and decided to check out the sci-fi section because, why not? Ben’s name caught my eye and I checked out the book…not bad. An interesting story, definitely, but I’ve got to say that Ben breaks a lot of “rules” in writing. As someone who has had it drilled into him and every orifice you can imagine on how to properly craft a sentence, it is disarming to say the least when you read a book (published by an actual publisher, no less) that has a lot of these “sloppy mistakes” in it.

But I digress. It’s the story we should be concerned with, hmm? I didn’t want to put it down at times. Ben created characters and a plot I actually gave a shit about, and wanted to read. I stayed up a bit late some nights while reading, but it was worth it. Definitely check it out. While some characters and small events within the story are cliché as hell and rather predictable, it’s still great.

Interesting thing, about me. I’d never read anything by Ben Bova. His name was one that I’d known since high school (way back in the 1990’s!), and someone I’d always planned on reading. His book “Mars” was high up on my list, but for some reason, I never read it. It’s back on my list now, so hopefully I get around to it. I guess I was so enamored with Kim Stanley Robinson’s Mars trilogy that I had enough Mars for one person. Whatever the case, I’m looking forward to it.

These past few weeks I’ve been reading some of the new Star Wars books. Again, the writing is sloppy but the stories are…okay. I can’t argue because some of them are for little kids, and I guess the thought is that kids will eat up anything with the Star Wars logo on it. They’re supposed to have clues leading into the new Force Awakens movie, but I can’t imagine what they are. Maybe characters, maybe a mention, or maybe nothing! Maybe they just said that so you buy it!

Well, I didn’t. Thank Glob for the library.

Lately, I’ve been dying to read some Conan stories. Naturally, I want to read the ones I don’t have at the moment…

Ugh. Anyway…

Other stuff! So I mentioned that my editor was done with “In the Pale Moonlight” and I’ve finally got my novel back! I went through it and cleaned it up a little, and poof! As far as I’m concerned, it’s done. Now I just need to get off my ass and get it sent out to agents! Then, hopefully, the good stuff.

That will let me get “The Third Tower” finished, as well as all the other books I plan to write. In fact, just the other day I got an idea for a new novel that’s making my eyes water. I’m sure you’ll all love it.

Also, there’s a contest story I need to get around to writing soon! It’s due in a few weeks, so what am I yapping away on here about?

Not to mention all the stories I need to edit and workshop and submit and everything else…

Sigh. Too much to do. Would I have it any other way? It’s the life!

Done?

September 28, 2015

Am I done? Is it time yet? Ladies and gentlemen, I’m happy to announce…

MY EDITOR IS DONE WITH MY NOVEL!!!

I’m so happy. I wish I could show you how happy, but words can’t convey it.

Imagine diving into an ice cream sundae with the man/woman of your dreams, naked, wrapped around you while Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” is blasting as loud as possible, and you’ve got a wad of fresh $100 bills in your back pocket.

Now multiply it by ten. That’s how I feel 🙂

All I have to do now is review, fix things up, and get it sent off to an agent.

Still, the hard part is over!

Latest and Greatest!

April 28, 2015

I’ve been absent. Not just from this blog, but from writing as well. BOO! Well, a few things have been going on, and I’m getting back into it.

+I haven’t worked out or written in a few days. Not quite a week, but it sucks either way. I’m one of those writers that makes great strides to write EVERY DAY (like you’re supposed to!) and it gets to me when I don’t. Sometimes, I just don’t have a choice. Other times, I’m too tired.

+I’ve been looking, almost obsessively, for a new job. Retail is not kind to me. The changing shifts, the fact I can’t see my wife every day, and the fact that I’m usually spending the majority of my day on my feet doing nothing really sucks the life out of me. Seriously, when I get home, I want to sit and watch TV. When I get up in the morning, I want to sit and read comics and drink coffee. And that’s all I want to do.

+I wrote today. Hell, I finished a story! In fact, as of this writing, I just finished transcribing it from paper to my computer. I even went through and did some edits. I’m happy with it! I think it’ll be a good one…but then again, I always say that!

+I got a shitty rejection email today. In a nutshell, they wanted less plot and more backstory. Whahuh? Isn’t it usually the other way around for a short story? I’m not going to be unprofessional and call them morons, but, yeah.

+Been talking with my editor about getting In the Pale Moonlight finished. Like, finished finished. Hopefully soon!

+No matter what is going on in my life, I’m still making time for the important stuff. Writing is going to happen—I’ve had a few rough days, but I’m back in it. And there’s a big reason why…

+I’ve realized I’m more of a novelist than a short story writer at this point. I put a pause on The Third Tower for practical reasons, but trying to eke out more short stories that I’m just not that into writing isn’t doing it for me. Instead, I’m going back to writing what I want…what I need. More on this later.

+Hopefully things work out for me. I love writing, I love keeping this blog, and I love the fact that people are interested in what is going on in my life, no matter how boring. Thanks to one and all, and definitely see you soon!

The Latest

November 17, 2014

When I was in school, elementary through college, I hated missing a day. Whether it was due to genuinely being sick, having some extracurricular thing, or just not wanting to go, going back was the worst thing. Not only did I have extra work to catch up on, I felt completely lost with what everyone was talking about.

So it goes with not writing blogs for a while. I know people aren’t totally concerned with what I have to say, and never even have commenters, but somehow I feel like I need to keep everyone updated. Not sure why, but hey, I like to be courteous in my own way.

I don’t even remember where I last left everyone, but I do know that I had a long blog ready to go back in the beginning of September. For some reason, I never got around to posting it, and the window of opportunity for it to actually be relevant closed very quickly, so into the trashbin it went.

Sigh…

Everything will be okay, though. I got married in September, went on the honeymoon, had the time of my life. It was awesome. I can’t wait until our next trip. Since it has nothing to do with writing, I’ll spare you the details. Needless to say, a vacation is always wonderful.

My day job is great, but management is not. I’m dealing with it, looking for a new job, hoping to “make it big” with my writing, but aren’t we all? Again, everything will be okay.

The biggest news, however, is my novel.

I finished editing in July. Since I edit longhand, I needed to go into the file and transcribe my red marks (I literally use a red pen to edit, something that a lot of people can’t seem to wrap their heads around) onto the computer. That takes time. It hurts my eyes. It sucks.

But it was something that needed to be done. So I did it, and felt awesome about myself when I finished it. Right now, I’m shopping around for outside editors, one of which will hopefully help me make this thing perfect.

So back in the summer, I wrote down some ideas for my next book. I even started writing it! I figured I’d just get the first few chapters written, since I couldn’t get them out of my head. That way, I’d have them, ready to go, and I’d be able to just jump back in to writing it when I needed.

Well, it didn’t work that way. I kept writing it. I’m not really that far into it, but I’m into it. And I’m not stopping.

No, I’m not doing Nanowrimo, I never have and never will. (More on that in another blog, hopefully soon to come!) I’m taking my time, and hoping to do an awesome job.

I’m also subbing stories big time, and editing older stories. I even have a few short stories in mind that’ll hopefully get written soon! I’m reading. I’m studying.

Long story short, I’m being a writer. Doing what I need to do. There’s no major big news right now, but there might be very soon…

Regardless, everything is going well. I’m happy, my wife is happy, and despite snow falling in Toledo as I write this (icky icky snow!!!), things are great. A nice cup of coffee and some Zero 7 have that effect on me, I suppose.

I have a lot to say, but I feel like much of it belongs to separate blog posts.  However, I felt the need to have a cliché end of the year type thing, because let’s face it, 2013 was a good year for me.

 

–I had some better luck with publishing this year.  While I’ve been published before, I actually got paid for this stuff!  Three publications, in fact.  One will be out in 2014, but the money already came through.  Not that I’m all about the money, because I made a grand total of $40.  Still, it’s a good sign for things to come.

 

–I set up this blog, plus my Facebook page.  That’s good!  Like many people, I have a habit of talking about things in excess, and then never actually getting around to them.  Or, I’ll wait for a few years to finally do it, and it’s not nearly as grandiose as I had envisioned.  I never intended for anything to be grandiose or amazingly awesome, but I’m happy with the way these things are going for me.

 

–I’ve probably written more stories this year that I actually care about than any other time.  2008 was a great year short story-wise for me, but I can’t look at most of that stuff without cringing.  While more than a few of the 2013 fare is cringeworthy, a lot of it is pretty good too.  And that’s good because I can get them shaped up, and have more stuff under my belt.

 

–Editing was big, too.  I would go out on Saturday nights to coffee shops or restaurants, chugging multiple cups of coffee, chicken fingers, milkshakes, and various soups, while editing stories.  My fiancé has come with me many a time, and while she’s sitting there, reading her book and looking beautiful, I’d be focused on shaping up my stories.  I do give her plenty of time at home, and it’s great that she’s so supportive of me and doesn’t have a problem when I’m working on my stuff.

 

–My biggest achievement?  Finishing “In the Pale Moonlight” in December.  I have a lot to say about this, but let’s just get the nitty-gritty out of the way: it’s a novel.  As of now, 50 chapters.  435 pages.  Lots of words.  Oh, and the fact that I started it in February of 2010.  Now please don’t think I’ve been working on it that entire time.  I took breaks.  Many breaks.  Many months-long breaks.  Some were warranted.  Most weren’t.  It wasn’t laziness, and it wasn’t writer’s block.  It was life; adulthood, other jobs, other writing stuff that really drove me crazy, forcing me to write and edit it.  It’s okay, because I’m happy with the final product.  I have a lot of work ahead of me, and lot of editing to do.  But I’ll do it, because I want to.

 

–Clay and Styg, my seafaring adventurers, have been going on even more adventures and having even crazier experiences.  Lately, I’ve been writing a lot of stuff for them, but more importantly, researching a lot of stuff to make their adventures even cooler.  Big thanks to my good friend Josh for the new book on poisons, as that will help me with some really cool ideas I have.

 

I’m looking forward to a great 2014.  I hope everyone is ready for a fun ride, because it’s only going to get better.