November on the Half Shell

It’s Thanksgiving week here in the U.S. November went by so fast, I didn’t realize we were at the third Monday until just a few minutes ago. Since I have no ideas for a formal post, I’m going to tell you what I’ve been up to writerly-wise this month. I hope you’ll reciprocate.

I just “returned” from the second Writer Unboxed UnConference. I put returned in quotation marks because the UnConference was again held within walking distance of my home. While I didn’t go anywhere, a slew of awesome people visited my ‘hood, and it was spectacular.

UnCon is a conference for writers about writing. The focus isn’t pitching a publisher or connecting with an agent. It’s about the camaraderie borne of a shared passion for the written word and finding the inspiration to create unique and meaningful stories regardless of genre. It is truly a one of a kind experience.

windwardImmediately following UnCon, the Anthology, WINDWARD: Best New England Crime Stories 2016 was launched at New England Crime Bake. My contribution to WINDWARD? “Tainted Image.”

The tale of a modern day witch-hunt, “Tainted Image” explores bullying and how self-righteousness, inflamed by mob mentality and the anonymity of the internet, can destroy innocent lives.

“Tainted Image” ranks as the darkest story I’ve ever written, which is actually saying something.

 

Finally, on Tuesday, November 8 (yes, Election Day), I completed the manuscript I’ve been working on for three-plus years, and editing for over a year. Or rather it would have been complete if I hadn’t been in the middle of UnCon at the time. After all the inspiration and insight on craft, I felt the manuscript deserved one last read through (now underway) before sending it off to beta readers.

To anyone who has expressed an interest in reading,
it’s taken me so long to finish, I won’t hold you to your earlier pledge. 

That said, if you are still interested, start your engines!

Here’s the rough blurb:

High school history teacher Nate Colson is your average nice guy. With a barely-there paycheck, a rambling house to maintain, and a lavish wedding months away, he rents his upstairs apartment to enigmatic Mercy English, owner of a Salem, Massachusetts occult shop. After Nate’s fiancée breaks off their engagement, he turns to gentle Mercy, unsuspecting of her violent history. But a series of homicides turns Mercy’s fear of exposure to obsession and puts Nate in her sights. Will he be her salvation or just one more victim in her desperate need to protect the monstrous truth of her past?

Your turn!
What have you been up to in November?

 

 

Feeling gratitude and not expressing it
is like wrapping a present and not giving it.
—WILLIAM ARTHUR WARD

With gratitude, as with writing, show don’t tell.

 

HAPPY [U.S.] THANKSGIVING!!!