On Twitter, Delilah S. Dawson, author of Phasma, Lady Castle, co-authored Kill the Farm Boy, and as Lila Bowen wrote Wake of Vultures, tweets Ten Things to help writers aiming to get traditionally published. And her words are helpful. It made me look at my story, chapter-per-chapter at a different light.

A few days ago her Ten Things topic was about dealing with naysayers and dreamkillers. About the latter of the two, she claimed, were people who meant well but were actually hurting you.

In this regard, memories flashed from several years ago. Perhaps I was in college or even in high school. I was reading a book when my grandfather knocked and showed me a clip out from a newspaper. It was from a publishing house that printed textbooks. And they were offering their services to unrepresented authors. I smiled to grandfather and said my thanks. I told him that wasn’t for me. And it isn’t, not for anyone.

My grandfather has zero clue about how the publishing world works, whether traditionally published or self-published. So he was merely grasping straws here, saw something in the newspaper and thought it was an opportunity for me.

But what my grandfather did was a gesture that I appreciated. It was a sign that he believed in me and I could finish a book and maybe get it published someday. It’s a powerful emotional support that I’ve forgotten, if not for Delilah S. Dawson’s tweets.

My grandfather is well in his mid-’80s now. Last time I checked, he’s 84. Still healthy, but having some locomotive problems. He’s birthday is nearing in a few months. I hope by then I’ve finished whipping up the Red Whale and see it off in a decent self-published manner, and, hopefully, would find a place in Mark Lawrence’s blog off.

Time to finish the book.


Update: VE Schwab is not releasing any new books this year.

It is eight hours since the start of 2019. There had been fireworks and kids hitting anything metal, and cheap trumpets. New Year’s Eve is always loud here. People were still outside despite the rain and that sounded fun, to be honest. And I feel 2019 is going to be a fun year.

There are a lot of good stuff coming out in 2019. VE Schwab, author of Vicious and Shades of Magic, will be releasing a new book. I forgot the title. But I’m excited to see more of her works. Mark Lawrence is prepping Holy Sister. Jay Kristoff with DEVIATE, Aurora Rising, and Darkdawn. There’s also Josiah Bancroft’s The Hod King and Rob J Hayes Never Die.

In movies, well, Captain Marvel, Avengers: Endgame, and Spider-Man. And more of a list I don’t remember.

As for my writing I am close to completing the Red Whale with a spanking new title. I’m going to keep my goals practical and see to it that I finish one book within the year. I hope the first draft gets done within January too. We’ll see how things unfold. I’ll also kick start back my YouTube channel. That’s going to be fun.

Here’s MMMBop for my 2019 song. You guys have no idea how long I’ve searched this song.