Weekly Update – April 9, 2019

Action Figures – Issue Eight: Crawling From The Wreckage is here!

You can get the e-book version today for $3.99 at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or Kobo, and the print edition is coming soon! Please remember to leave a review on your retail site of choice and/or on Goodreads!

WRITING PROJECTS

Well-Behaved Women: Book two, Transition, is fully edited and formatted and is now awaiting its cover art!

The Adventures of Strongarm & Lightfoot – book four: Still cranking away. I am hoping to have it out this fall but I’m treating that as a soft deadline. Life too often gets in my way, and in the ways of my editor and cover artist, so I’m not going to force it.

Action Figures – Issue Nine: Hell Hath No Fury: First draft in progress.

Action Figures – Issue One: Secret Origins (audiobook): Review completed, final editing in progress.

APPEARANCES & EVENTS

  • The Connecticut Renaissance Faire – Saturday, October 5, Lebanon County Fairgrounds, Lebanon, CT: I’ll be back again to sell and sign books as part of CTRF’s Local Authors Series!

The New England Speculative Writers group has a new preview book for newsletter subscribers. Pick it up and read the opening chapters to Well-Behaved Women – Awakening and other stories.

If you’d like to make sure you don’t miss any news from me, remember that I have a weekly newsletter that features some of the stuff you see posted here plus new, newsletter-exclusive material. Click this link to sign up.

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Sharing The Love: Arkham Horror (Third Edition)

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As you may have inferred from past posts, I love board games. I’ve pretty much given up on video games, largely because I’m rarely in the mood to waste several hours playing a game on my own. I like the social aspect of gaming and video games aren’t really doing that for me.

Arkham Horror has long been my favorite game. It’s big, complicated, has some clumsy game mechanics, and a single game can last forever. The first time I played, the game ran nearly twelve hours. But I fell in love with it right away and grabbed a copy for myself. I finally snagged the last of the many expansions last year, and it turns out my timing was excellent, because that version of the game was discontinued to make room for Arkham Horror – Third Edition.

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The third edition version is a much different game than the previous incarnation. For starters, instead of a traditional fold-out board, this version has a modular design that allows you to create different map layouts based on which scenario you’re playing — of which there are four, and that’s another major change.

In Second Edition, players faced one of several available Elder Gods, and the goal was to prevent their awakening by traveling through Arkham to collect clues and close down interdimensional gates. In Third Edition, players still need to collect clues to prevent an ancient evil from coming into our world and raising hell, but the game itself is more story-driven. Meet certain conditions and the game takes players in one direction, fail to meet certain conditions and it takes you in another.

Some of the changes to the mechanics — adapted from FFG’s Arkham Horror – The Card Game — add to the stress levels, and the difficulty levels. I’ve played three of the four scenarios so far and got stomped every time. It’s easy to fall behind and get overwhelmed to the point there’s no way to recover and pull out a win.

One of the big improvements from Second Edition, if not the biggest, is that the whole thing has been somewhat stripped down and streamlined. Setup takes a fraction of the time, as does game play. It’s much more viable as a two-player game than Second Edition, and you can spend a gaming day running through all four scenarios rather than dedicating yourself to just one.

My hope for future expansions is that FFG will add scenarios along with new investigators, items, spells, allies, etc., but refrain from piling on new game mechanics.

Weekly Update – April 2, 2019

At last, it’s April, which means it’s almost time for the New England Speculative Writers Conference! Next weekend I’ll be heading to Maine for a very full day of presentations designed to boost any indie speculative author’s career. If any of you want in, I believe there’s still time to register.

WRITING PROJECTS

Action Figures – Issue EightCrawling from the Wreckage: Waiting on cover art. SO CLOSE!

Well-Behaved Women: I’ve received my edits on book two, Transition, from my editor Julie, so now it’s time to do one last pass and then move on to the tedious task for formatting.

The Adventures of Strongarm & Lightfoot – book four: I had a serious streak on book four last week and I feel like it’s coming back together. My goal is to have it ready to go by the end of the year.

Action Figures – Issue Nine: Hell Hath No Fury: First draft in progress.

Action Figures – Issue One: Secret Origins (audiobook): Review completed, final editing in progress.

APPEARANCES & EVENTS

  • The Connecticut Renaissance Faire – Saturday, October 5, Lebanon County Fairgrounds, Lebanon, CT: I’ll be back again to sell and sign books as part of CTRF’s Local Authors Series!

The New England Speculative Writers group has a new preview book for newsletter subscribers. Pick it up and read the opening chapters to Well-Behaved Women – Awakening and other stories.

If you’d like to make sure you don’t miss any news from me, remember that I have a weekly newsletter that features some of the stuff you see posted here plus new, newsletter-exclusive material. Click this link to sign up.

Weekly Update – March 26, 2019

WRITING PROJECTS

Action Figures – Issue EightCrawling from the Wreckage: Waiting on cover art. The WIP stuff I’m seeing is a lot of fun.

Well-Behaved Women: Book two is with my editor and the new draft of book three is finished.

The Adventures of Strongarm & Lightfoot – book four: I had a serious streak on book four last week and I feel like it’s coming back together. My goal is to have it ready to go by the end of the year.

Action Figures – Issue Nine: Hell Hath No Fury: First draft in progress.

Action Figures – Issue One: Secret Origins (audiobook): Review completed, final editing in progress.

APPEARANCES & EVENTS

  • The Connecticut Renaissance Faire – Saturday, October 5, Lebanon County Fairgrounds, Lebanon, CT: I’ll be back again to sell and sign books as part of CTRF’s Local Authors Series!

The New England Speculative Writers group has a new preview book for newsletter subscribers. Pick it up and read the opening chapters to Well-Behaved Women – Awakening and other stories.

If you’d like to make sure you don’t miss any news from me, remember that I have a weekly newsletter that features some of the stuff you see posted here plus new, newsletter-exclusive material. Click this link to sign up.

Weekly Update – March 19, 2019

Sale alert! Between March 21 and 25, the e-book version of Well-Behaved Women – Awakening will be on sale for $1.99 through Kobo. If you haven’t picked it up yet, now’s the time to grab it for a great price!

WRITING PROJECTS

Action Figures – Issue EightCrawling from the Wreckage: Waiting on cover art.

Well-Behaved Women: Book two is with my editor and the new draft of book three is finished!

The Adventures of Strongarm & Lightfoot – book four: First draft in progress and I’m back to work on it, so I will hopefully get some good work done on it this week.

Action Figures – Issue Nine: Hell Hath No Fury: First draft in progress.

Action Figures – Issue One: Secret Origins (audiobook): Review completed, final editing in progress.

APPEARANCES & EVENTS

  • The Connecticut Renaissance Faire – Saturday, October 5, Lebanon County Fairgrounds, Lebanon, CT: I’ll be back again to sell and sign books as part of CTRF’s Local Authors Series!

The New England Speculative Writers group has a new preview book for newsletter subscribers. Pick it up and read the opening chapters to Well-Behaved Women – Awakening and other stories.

If you’d like to make sure you don’t miss any news from me, remember that I have a weekly newsletter that features some of the stuff you see posted here plus new, newsletter-exclusive material. Click this link to sign up.

Weekly Update – March 12, 2019

An interview I did last month with the Table to Stage podcast is now up! You can listen to it on the TtS website or follow the links there to your favorite podcast venue.

WRITING PROJECTS

Action Figures – Issue EightCrawling from the Wreckage: Waiting on cover art.

Well-Behaved Women: Book two is with my editor and the new draft of book three is finished!

The Adventures of Strongarm & Lightfoot – book four: First draft in progress and I’m back to work on it, so I will hopefully get some good work done on it this week.

Action Figures – Issue Nine: Hell Hath No Fury: First draft in progress.

Action Figures – Issue One: Secret Origins (audiobook): Review completed, final editing in progress.

APPEARANCES & EVENTS

  • Nothing currently scheduled.

The New England Speculative Writers group has a new preview book for newsletter subscribers. Pick it up and read the opening chapters to Well-Behaved Women – Awakening and other stories.

If you’d like to make sure you don’t miss any news from me, remember that I have a weekly newsletter that features some of the stuff you see posted here plus new, newsletter-exclusive material. Click this link to sign up.

Weekly Update – March 5, 2019

One of the challenges of indie authorship is learning to roll with all the twists and turns that occur during a project over which I have absolutely no control.

I depend on other people for editing and cover art, and sometimes, life happens and it throws off whatever schedule I had. All I can do is file it under “These Things Happen” and keep plugging away at whatever project I’m working on while I’m waiting for others to finish their work.

Well, life recently happened to Darci Cole, who narrated the audiobook version of Well-Behaved Women – Awakening. Long story short, Darci reluctantly had to withdraw from narrating the next two audiobooks due to circumstances beyond her control, putting me in the challenging position of having to find a new narrator who could match her reading — or completely redoing book one with whoever I select to take over as narrator.

I have a prospect in mind, and I’m going to run a special audition to see if she can match Darci’s tone and style closely enough that the change in narrators won’t be jarring to the listener. Fingers crossed.

WRITING PROJECTS

Action Figures – Issue EightCrawling from the Wreckage: Fully edited, and Tricia is hard at work on the cover! I’ve seen some early roughs and as always, I’m delighted by what I’m seeing.

Well-Behaved Women: Book two is with my editor and a new draft of book three is almost done.

The Adventures of Strongarm & Lightfoot – book four: First draft in progress.

Action Figures – Issue Nine: Hell Hath No Fury: First draft in progress.

Action Figures – Issue One: Secret Origins (audiobook): Review completed, final editing in progress.

APPEARANCES & EVENTS

  • Nothing currently scheduled.

The New England Speculative Writers group has a new preview book for newsletter subscribers. Pick it up and read the opening chapters to Well-Behaved Women – Awakening and other stories.

If you’d like to make sure you don’t miss any news from me, remember that I have a weekly newsletter that features some of the stuff you see posted here plus new, newsletter-exclusive material. Click this link to sign up.