Land of the Battlementals is still in the hands of my publisher and waiting for their decision as to whether they want to publish it. I have an exciting marketing plan all laid-out for it when it finally is published. That includes a website where I plan to post a weekly comic based on a few of the wacky creatures you can find in the book, a test to see which of the elements a person is most closely associated with, and plenty of school and Comic Con visits. Hopefully, I’ll have good news on that front—soon.
Red Mountain library has signed me up for a series of workshops in 2016. Starting in March, I will be helping authors in the pursuit of their writing dream with the first of four workshops, Heroic Journeys. Based on the storytelling elements established by Joseph Campbell the workshop explores the age-old pattern found in most stories. With Starting on the Publishing Trail, I share my experiences in getting published in the hopes of helping new writers to do the same. Jumpstart Your Creative Juices is my most popular workshop and in it we work together to develop new story ideas. And finally, Heroes, Know Thyself is designed to help authors create fully-realized characters. Check my Author Events page for the dates and if you are in the greater Phoenix area I encourage you to come on out and have fun.
Tempe Library Comic Con is happening January 23rd at the Tempe library. Dress up as your favorite fictional character and stop by my table to visit with me and several of the Arizona authors who also published with Cedar Fort. Pssst . . . I’ll be in costume.
Red Mountain Library will be having its annual Author Fair on February 27th. Last year, more than 50 local authors attended the event. This is your chance to meet the East Valley author community face-to-face and ask questions about your favorite book or just see what the writer really looks like.
LDStoryMakers Conference is May 6th -7th in Provo, Utah. I will be attending. This year I actually have an official capacity with the conference. (I’m not sure if I’m allowed to tell everyone what it is though.) I look forward to visiting with any of you who are also attending the event.
ANWA Writing Conference is September 15th – 17th in Mesa. I hope to be officially involved with the event, but will be attending even if I’m not. This is a good opportunity for Arizona writers to network and improve their craft.
Ready – Set – Write was a success in 2015 so we are doing it again. More details as we get closer to the event, but you can mark your calendars for October 22nd and expect a full day of writing tips intended to prepare you for the NaNoWriMo challenge in November.
Did I hear someone ask about the third book in the Gathering series? Well, even if I didn’t I have news on that front as well. I plan to be finished with the first draft by June and think this will be even better than book two. Robert, John, Sarah, and Calvin will all be returning as viewpoint characters along with Sierra.
Nine Months With Angels is a musical that I wrote in 2014. Since then I have obtained the music for the play. I plan to move forward and have the play produced in 2016. And for those of you who don’t know what the play is about here is the elevator pitch for it:
Four angels keep their friend Alicia company while she is in the womb, waiting to be born. They aren’t just passing time, the five of them are on a journey of self-discovery.
Trick Racy is a middle-grade novel I am co-authoring with a talented lady. I plan to resume work on that project and seek a publisher for it by the end of the year.
Whew, that’s it—for now at least. The great thing about life is you never can tell what is waiting for you around the corner. New possibilities, new projects, new friends. I hope your year promises to be every bit as exciting as I hope mine will.