I managed to survive another Arisia sci fi convention despite having a lingering head cold, a large lack of sleep, and a pretty decent intake of booze. Thankfully attending Arisia is nothing new to me so I was well aware and somewhat prepared for it. Considering I only had one panel to be on, this year was a cake walk compared to the ones I had attended in the past as part of the Rocky Horror cast that performs at the convention every year. Read the rest of this entry
I love fall. Not for pumpkin flavored crap of all kinds or even Halloween, although I do love Halloween. I love fall because I like the cooler weather. I’m not a fan of extremes so winter and summer can suck it in my opinion. I will happily take spring and fall every time. Read the rest of this entry
I’ve been slacking lately. I’m just putting it out there because its true. I know what the problem is and I’m working on fixing it, sometimes shit just gets a bit… overwhelming. I don’t like to use that word a lot but I find myself feeling that way more and more recently. There’s a list of things in my head that I know need or at least should get done but for some reason or another they get put off or I can’t quite seem to figure out how to get them done and just put it off. This doesn’t make for a very productive day and leads to frustration and procrastination.
I love being a writer, I do, but the marketing and self promotion end of it gets to be very tedious and sometimes infuriating. I knew all that when I took on this gig and for a long time it was good. Lately its been not as good, I know I need to fix it but trying to figure out the details of how to get to that point is where the gap in the bridge shows up. I need to get a bit more organized and maybe put together a marketing idea to get back on track and move up to the next level.
Anyway, thanks for listening to me bitch for a bit I’m gonna get back to work and try and pull my shit together so I can get back to pumping out some kick ass stories.
Even though there’s still snow on the ground and supposedly we may be getting a bit more this weekend, it is getting warmer and the sun is out longer. These are two things I am very happy about. I haven’t updated here in a bit because with all the snow and crappy weather came a lot of misery and just plain hating everything.
On the plus side I was accepted and am now a proud member of the SFWA which is the science fiction/fantasy writers of America and I’m hoping that will help learn me some shit I didn’t know, introduce me to some new people and open some doors as to what I should be doing to further my wonderful chosen vocation.
I have been writing the new Strand book and it looks like it’s going to be lots of fun (if I don’t screw it up along the way) and I’ve also been working on a travel section, on this very site, with tips and stories from the places I’ve gotten to go in the last few years. Hopefully the number of places I get to go will increase over time so that I never run out of stories to tell.
I’ve come to the conclusion that travel is my newest addiction. I love learning about new and different places and then try and figure out a way to get to see them in person sometime before I die. This years trip looks to be a cruise up the Northeast coast which will get me into a couple of very cool cities in Canada (St. John and Halifax to be exact) but that’s not happening until later in the year. I’m hoping for a couple shorter road trips to tide me over until then.
Other than that I’m just writing writing writing and hoping that some of it doesn’t suck.
Back to work with me,
Arisia, for those of you who may not know, is a sci-fi convention held annually in Boston. Why they decide to hold it in January is beyond me but that’s what they do. I have been attending this convention Read the rest of this entry
I’m not one for making resolutions when the new year rolls around. I do feel that it’s a good time to start working on things because the holidays are over so you’re not stuffing your face with food or dealing with insanity, and you have almost 11 whole months to work on shit before it all comes around again. My goal every year since I started writing was to get two books out a year Read the rest of this entry
Made it through Christmas pretty much unscathed thankfully. It was nice actually. I thought there was going to be no Christmas spirit at all and then found a bit a day or two before Christmas itself. Had a nice mas eve dinner at a great restaurant in Concord and then cooked an overabundance of holiday goodies on Christmas itself. It was quiet and relaxing, just the way I like my holidays to be.
Next up is New Years Eve which I’m betting will be quiet as well. Long gone are the days of looking for a party or some place fun to go. I’ve never been a fan of large groups of drunken people anyway, mainly because I know how much of an ass I an be when I’m drunk and around people. It’s much safer for all involved if I drink in a small group or alone.
After that it’s time to get nervous about my first ever panel appearance at Arisia on Jan 18th. I’m already kind of antsy about it so I’m sure I’ll be a wreck by the end of the first week of January, but it’ll be a blast I’m sure!
Editing is coming along on After the Storm, Ghosts and the cover is already done for that and the upcoming omnibus that will put the first three books together in one collected edition. Both should be out right after the new year I’m hoping.
Back to work with me, enjoy the rest of the holiday season!
I tend to get behind this time of year with all the holidays coming one right after another. I’m trying not to let that happen this year. I’m still working on editing the new book but the cover is just about set with only a couple minor tweaks needed.
I’ve also been put on a self publishing panel at the Arisia sci fi convention coming up in January which is super cool and I’ve been putting together material for that as well. All in all its been fun and somewhat productive so back to work with me, Enjoy your weekend all! Oh yeah and here’s a look at the new cover!
I entered a contest a while back. I didn’t win but I got the judges review of book 1 of Strand today and I have to say I’m ok with losing if this is what they thought of the Antilles…
22nd Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards
Entry Title Strand Book 1 “The Antilles”
Author: Don Chase
Judge Number: 22
Entry Category: Genre Fiction
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Structure, Organization, and Pacing: 3
Spelling, Punctuation, and Grammar: 3
Production Quality and Cover Design: 4
Plot and Story Appeal: 3
Character Appeal and Development: 4
Voice and Writing Style: 3
STRAND BOOK 1 “The Antilles,” by Don Chase, is a fast paced space thriller filled with adventures, interesting characters, space technology, and an unexpected ending. Both the plotting and characterization are excellent. There are a few things missing that interfere with the enjoyment of the book, but for the most part it is a great read. The book needs some tweaks in formatting. It is traditional to put in an extra space when changing scenes, locations, etc., so I had to give special attention to the story as the scene often switched without my being immediately aware. However, that is a small glitch in a book this entertaining. It is a true space thriller, and the crew of the Antilles constantly experiences problems. Some are true action, some are political with kings and queens being murdered, some are personal problems with so many people living in a small space, etc. Somehow the crew is able to pull things together and escape from the many close calls that confront them. These men and women are true heroes, working for their country, their galaxy, etc. The author has done an excellent job pulling all of these factors together to give us a successful book.
Hopefully my next book can get such great reviews too!
I don’t do this often, actually I don’t think I’ve ever done this. Gonna throw out the first few pages of the new story I’m working on for your perusal. Feel free to let me know what you think and enjoy! Oh and it’s unedited so no nitpicking. Read the rest of this entry