Penmonkeys, Promos, And Updates, Oh My

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Is this thing on?

From today (Monday) to one week from today (next Monday, Aug 22nd), if you buy a copy of CONFESSIONS OF A FREELANCE PENMONKEY, I will comp you a PDF copy of 250 THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT WRITING. If you buy the PDF of COAFPM, I’ll just send you a copy of the other e-book automagically. If you buy COAFPM via Kindle or Nook, you will need to email me at terribleminds [at] gmail [dot] com with proof-of-purchase. Easy-peasy boop-und-squeezy.

In case you’ve been hiding under a rock and avoiding my irritating broadcasts, COAFPM is a mega-ultra-head-crushing tome of writing advice. By yours truly. (But I assume you knew that much.)


$4.99 at Amazon (US), Amazon (UK), B&N, PDF

Now, if you want updates as to what I’m working on? Or where you can find me?

Let’s see…

I’ve got a new White Wolf project in the works that I’m developing — a little something-something called A House Divided. I’m also on as writer for another WW project down the road, as-yet-unmentioned.

I’m hammering out MOCKINGBIRD, the sequel to BLACKBIRDS.

I just finished the second (and presumably final) edit on DOUBLE DEAD.

The first Atlanta Burns novella — SHOTGUN GRAVY — is cooling its heels while I plan the second and third novellas. Then I intend to release them one after the other, a month or so apart.

The film continues baking. Zeroing in on casting. Saw some cool new storyboards for the piece.

Got a second film moving into treatment phase this week.

The TV show remains defunct.

I’ve got a short story — one of my favorites I’ve ever written, thanks to some direction from editor Robin Laws — in a collection called THE NEW HERO (vol 1). Just saw the cover from Gene Ha, and wow.

Have various other novels in various other stages of possibility.

Contemplating various things:

a) Starting work on a comic project

b) A Kickstarter project for an anthology of really cool writers doing really cool things.

c) Seeing if I can scare up some video game work.

d) Seeing if I can’t scare up some new transmedia work.

(Which reminds me: as always, if you have work for me, I remain eager and available.)

Now, your turn.

Throw out some updates. How’re you doing? Whatchoo working on? Share with the world.

I wanna be excited about your stuff.


  • So there I sat, in the back of the room, dreading the point when the teacher would call on me.
    “Mr OGX?”
    “Yes, ma’am.”
    “Did you bring anything for show-and tell today?”
    “No, ma’am.”
    “What’s that in your pocket, young man?”
    “I found a dog turd on the way to school, ma’am.”

    Like all wannabes, I have some unfinished projects. Okay, so I counted. There’s over 40 of them. To be fair, most are just back-burner ideas with a few paragraph’s worth of description. I still have a half-dozen pieces with solid work on them, however. My piece nearer to being finished is my memoir about 20+ years in the food service industry, and then some others right behind that.
    I’m on ADD medication *now*, so I have the ability to focus on a particular piece of writing. I guess I should do that. (I wasn’t even sure I had ADD. The doctor said I had AD-something-or-other; I wasn’t really paying attention.)

    Chuck, for us slackers and special kids in the class, can you do some lists about the business end? Getting published, sending in a submission, where to start, where to find where to send our shit to?
    I read with envy the comments from a few about rejection letters. I would LOVE to get a rejection letter.

  • I am almost finished the first draft (the beachstorming draft–thank you, sir) of my third novel. Still on subs for the first two. And I’m having a Hook for Your Book contest over on my blog for mystery/thriller writers still looking for an agent. It ends August 22nd. Good times. If you know anyone who has a mystery or thriller laying around and they’re looking for an agent, send them over.

  • God-fucking-dammit but I would love to audition for a film you wrote. Blargh. Whatever it happens to be about. Actors get even less work than writers, believe it or not.

  • I put my first urban fantasy novel up for sale at the end of June, and I’m currently working on its sequel and a couple of short stories set in the same world. I’ll be very curious to hear about your experiences with comics, as that’s something I’m interested in doing a little later on down the road.

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