GLVWG Writes Stuff

I can’t believe it is March already.  I realize February is a short month, but it really shot by this year.

First things first.  What is this GLVWG Writes Stuff thing?  Well, that is an excellent question.

GLVWG Writes Stuff is the name of the Anthology put together by the Greater Lehigh Valley Writers Group.  It contains stories and essays contributed by the members.  As I’m a member, I contributed both.  So did about 30 other members of the group.

The title was submitted by John Evans and is derived by the annual writer’s conference that GLVWG puts together which is called The Write Stuff.  As the book will be available at the conference the named seemed appropriate.

After the title was selected, a cover needed to be designed. Again, the members submitted cover art and ideas, and here is the one selected by the committee.

BookCoverPreview A yelloblurb from CSInside, I get credit for the cover, but in truth it was a group effort. I came up with the general layout and the idea to use the quill (which you might notice from this website).  Bart Palamaro got the color right and Rebecca Bartlett put together the back blurb.

Actually, they did so much more than that.

Bart handled all of the formatting for the book and the cover, and did a fantastic job.  At The Write Stuff conference Bart will be conducting a hands-on workshop entitled “Self-Pub: Formatting a Commercial Quality POD Book in CreateSpace.”

Becky was the person responsible for putting together the anthology. Without her efforts there wouldn’t have been a book, and a lot of great stories might have never been written. She will also be a presenter at The Write Stuff conference.  Her session is titled, “Create Credible Characters with Voice, Dialogue, and Point of View.”

My own story, Support Hell, was something that I did just for the anthology.  It was a spur of the moment decision,  but I had a great time writing it. I’m looking forward to continuing Bob’s story of demonic troubleshooting once The Shaper series is wrapped up.

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I mentioned  The Write Stuff conference several times.   It will be my first writer’s conference, and I’m thrilled to be going.  There are tons of sessions covering a huge range of topics. I had a tough time deciding which ones I wanted to attend.  My final list is looking something like this (although I reserve the right to change my mind at the last minute).

  • Thursday – Kristen Lamb – The Novelist of the 21st Century
  • Friday – Chris Richards – Traditional Publishing, The Team.
  • Friday – Kristen Lamb – Branding and Social Media
  • Friday -Richard White -Writer Beware
  • Saturday – Rebecca Bartlett – Create Credible Characters
  • Saturday – Michael Jan Friedman – Genesis of a Science Fiction Story
  • Saturday – Grabriela Pereira: Creating a Stronger Outline
  • Saturday – Donna Galanti – Creating the Foundations of World Building
  • Saturday – Steven H. Wilson – Character Development as World-Building

I’m going to be there the entire time, and while I’m looking forward to some awesome sessions, I’m even more excited for the opportunity to hang out with other authors.

Goals for 2015

It’s the middle of January and I’ve been thinking about what I want to accomplish this year. Without going into all of the details it really comes down to one thing.

I will write more.

Notice, I didn’t say “I want to…” or that “I would like to…”. In the words of Yoda, “Do… or do not. There is no try.” In 2015 I will not be satisfied with the desire to write more. This year I will.

In 2013 I released my first novel, Shaper of Stone. In 2014 I released a novel (Shaper of Air) and a short story (Vatrale).  What will I release in 2015?

  • Support Hell – This short story will be part of the Greater Lehigh Valley Writers Group anthology. It is the story of a demon forced to man the support desk in hell, and what happens when he gets the call that could free him from his drudgery.  This is scheduled for a March release date.
  • The Magic Within – This is a short essay about why I write.  This is also included in the Greater Lehigh Valley Writers Group anthology. While this is scheduled for a March release date, it will also appear on this website this year. It will probably be in September or later.
  • Lockdown – Book 1 of the NSFW series.  Some jobs are just more dangerous than others. Allen Simmons discovers himself locked in a secret underground facility, cut off from the surface, with a handful of people. I started work on Lockdown in 2014, but put it on hold to finish Shaper of Air.
  • Shaper of Fire – This is the third book in the Shaper series.  It begins right where Shaper of Air ended. I’m not going to say anymore… yet, except that I’m very excited about the direction the story is going.
  • Shaper of Stone: Origins – This is going to either be a long short story or a short novella, depending on how you measure such things.  It takes place long before the arrival of Devin Symms in Shaper of Stone and introduces the stone like creatures that Devin called Gargoyles.

There is only one way I can do this. I need to write every day. That’s not a hard sacrifice to make. For those who are interested in tracking progress, you can follow mine at the Write-Track website.

You may also notice that something is missing from the list.  Work on Sting of the Scorpion is temporarily on hold.  That started as a side project to keep me occupied while Shaper of Air was going through its final stages.  As I start wrapping up projects for 2015, I’ll jump in and out of Sting of the Scorpion,  but I have no expectations of having it ready for distribution by the end of the year. I still have the first few chapters on literrater.com, and I’ll be monitoring the views on the site.  If the site generates enough interest (and I’m not sure what that is), I’ll continue posting chapter updates to it.   If you haven’t looked at literrater.com, you should take a minute and pay it a visit.

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Battle of the Books – End Game

I wanted to say thank you to all of the folks who came to the Battle of the Books. I enjoyed meeting and talking to everyone.

For those of you who expressed an interest in writing, I wish you the best of luck, and if you have any questions for me, feel free to use the contact form on the Email Keith page.   I was fortunate to have help from others, and if I can pass that on I’m more than happy to.

The competition was a lot of fun, and as always I felt honored to stand with such talented authors.

Keith

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