Saturday, March 11, 2017

Reworking an Old Urban Fantasy

Okay, it's not really that old, but, until a few months ago, I hadn't done anything with it.

I dusted it off (metaphorically speaking, of course) and began, slowly, tediously, editing Why He Runs From the Basement.  I even renamed it to The Watcher.  

Why?  Well, I wanted to.  I've been wanting to get my hand back into the fantasy arena, and decided this was a way to start, but do it differently.

I originally self-published this novella in 2013 (???) through Amazon (e-book only) and sold enough to pay for Scrivener, and a case of beer-you know, the important things to enable a writer to write drunk, then edit sober.

This time around, two weeks ago, I decided to put it up on Wattpad.  Live and learn, folks.  Apparently, you don't have to- and it seems to be beneficial not to- put the WHOLE THING UP AT ONCE.  Who knew?  Well, me, now...

But good thing that novella was only going to be part 1 of a series I'd planned to take the self-publishing world by storm.  But a funny thing happened.  I fell in love with writing picture books...but that's another post that's already up here, somewhere, I think...

Along with the title, I also changed the cover a bit...monstly because I couldn't find the image of Kona with fire in his eyes...oh well.  I changed up the coloring of his fur, changed the font, and voila! An obviously self created cover from someone who is not that great at covers!  Good thing the story's good...note- it's NOT for kids...at all.  It's quite gory. In fact I was going to submit it to an anthology until I noticed they didn't want gory stories.  I thought about taking the gore out, but then that wouldn't be my story.

If you're interested, check it out!  It's right here!

Thanks :)

Part two is currently in progress- I'm about 9,000 words in...which I did a few years ago...so, yeah, editing again and enjoying it!

Friday, March 3, 2017

Cat Wash: My Entry to Vivian Kirkfield's 50 Word Story Contest

Cat Wash by Erik Ammon (39 words)

"Let's wash the cat!"
"Fill up the tub!"
Whoooosh!
"Catch that cat!"
Reeooowww!
Splash!
"Where's the soap?"
"Just use shampoo!"
Reeeooowwwww!!!
Slosh!
"There he goes!"
"Catch him!"
"Got'em!"
Splaassshhhhh!!
"Time to rinse!"
Fwooooossssshhhh!
"Done!"
Reow!
Pitter, pitter, pitter.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Many different genres

My love of books, and my ADD writing mind, has me working on a lot of different genres.  These include, but will probably not be limited to:
Poetry for adults
Poetry for children
Picture books
Picture storybooks
Early chapter books
Middle grade
YA Historical Fiction/ Romance
Fantasy Novellas for adults
Epic Fantasy for adults

I've been working on many different picture book manuscripts for future submission, cleaning up and submitting a chapbook of poetry, poems for adults, one for kids, editing a fantasy novella for adults, a humor book for adults, and the outline for a YA historical fiction/ romance during the month of February.

Have I taken on too much?  Nah, not really. I do bounce around a lot from one project to the next, but I wouldn't have it any other way.  I love writing, I love creating.  My mind keeps churning out ideas that want to be written, so I write them.  I do not want to be limited in any way whatsoever.  If I ever land an agent for PBs, I'm hoping they have connections in other areas as well.  But, you know, getting that agent is the life goal :)

How about you? Are you a multiple genre writer?

Monday, January 30, 2017

Happy New Year!

Yeah, ok, I'm late, Chinese New Year was Saturday, New Year's was 29 days ago.  I had NO idea it'd been that long since I wrote a post.  I've been writing up a storm- poems, PB drafts, revisions, journaling, and more.

So, I'm in the process of working on two books of poetry, and a humorous book as well (the topic will remain a secret...).  For book one, I'm on poem 41 of 50, and for the second book, I'm on poem 228 of 365 (these are a specific style).  For the humorous book, I'm on 52 of 100 (may end up being more...we'll see!!).  All three I will probably be self-publishing.  The humorous one is actually going to be a definite self-publish.  The two books of poems I may send out to a couple publishers first, then go the self-publishing route.

One joyous gift I received early in the year was finding out that I won a scholarship for a gold tier level for Julie Hedlund's 12x12 Picture Book Challenge!!  I am so excited, and so honored to have been selected for the scholarship, and it has, along with a quote I'll share in another post soon- I promise-, helped to jump start my new year in writing picture book manuscripts as well as inspire me to really bust my ass.  Being given this opportunity to be in 12x12 again is something I will not squander.  I would not have been able to join up otherwise this year.  I had only the funds for two things this year related to writing- 12x12 or the EPASCBWI conference and I chose to save the funds for the conference, to meet with agents in person.  So to have won the scholarship is HUGE.  Now I can do both!

How much has it inspired me?  Well, I've worked on revisions for two manuscripts, and written three new manuscripts this month alone!

Along with StoryStorm (formerly called PiBoIdMo and formerly in November), my picture book inspirations have catapulted my into the new year.  For StoryStorm I have 35 ideas total, two of which are middle grade possible.

I also found a critique partner!  We've already exchanged one MS and will continue to do so pretty much once a month.

So, yeah, I'm psyched about this year.

New Year's Writing Resolutions?

Just one.

Bust my ass to acheive my dreams.