Well hey there 2018, how’s by you? I’m really hoping you’ll be better than 2017, but so far you’re not impressing me. You started by dumping a bunch of snow on us, and then…well, we all know living in Connecticut can be cold, but this was just stupid.

Okay, let’s be honest: 2017 wasn’t THAT bad. Sure, if you read the news more than once you’ve probably pulled most of your hair out in amazement at the level of stupidity that’s captured our collective attention, but…well, if this was a sitcom we’d all be laughing our asses off right now, yeah? Sadly, it’s not. 

But, in better news I DID manage to publish a couple things. I had a novella in the fantastic second volume of Books and Boos Press’ The Terror Project, Three on a Match. Nestled between two incredible novellas by Kristi Petersen Schoonover and Melissa Crandall is my bank robbery story All’s Well That Ends. From the promotional material:

In this harkening to classic pulp and grindhouse, police officer Angel Lewis has problems—with anger management, a frustrated and distant wife, a precocious daughter…and bourbon. The one thing he doesn’t have a problem with is busting baddies—until a typical call turns into a shocking bloodbath, and he discovers that one of those baddies has been holding more than just a grudge. As everything Angel’s ever believed is shattered, will he be forced to make an unenviable choice?

It’s a real honor to be part of the Terror Project, and if you haven’t checked it out you can get it here on paperback and here for Kindle. For you Kindle Unlimited folks, it’s totally free! Okay, not free…you pay for the service, and it’s included with the service so you’re technically paying to read it along with the thousands and thousands of other books available, but…yeah just go read it. Don’t be scared to also check out Volume 1, Triplicity. I had the pleasure of writing the foreword and can honestly say all three stories kick ass.

Also in 2017 I managed to finally — FINALLY! — publish my submarine novel Under A Sea of Red Foam. This just came out in November from Severed Press, and if you haven’t checked it out but have an interest in submarines, profanity, and oceanic horror you should check it out. Plus, there’s profanity. Lots. From the jacket:

When the nuclear submarine USS Alexandria crashes into the destroyer INS Lahore, the collision nearly brings both ships to the bottom of the Red Sea. The crew save their submarine, but find a derelict destroyer with a lone survivor, piles of bodies, and a tale they can barely comprehend. Petty Officer Rodriguez must work with Lahore survivor Dinesh as they head for a mysterious island hidden in the middle of nowhere that draws the submarine to its shores. They must survive long enough to explore the island, discover its deepest darkest secrets, and hope there are enough sailors left to somehow escape with their lives … and their sanity.

I worked on this book for 10 years (no shit). The original outline was written in my green book while at sea on the USS Alexandria…in 2007. I have no idea why it took me so long, but I’m really glad it’s done and I hope you’ll check it out. You can get it here on paperback and here for Kindle. Again: for those who have it, it’s included with your Kindle Unlimited plan.

So what’s in store for 2018? Oh yes, it’s that time of year. Time for planning all the fantastic things I want to accomplish even though I know I’ll be lucky to manage half of them but that’s not stopping me from writing them down and going for it!

Without further ado, here are my 2018 goals:

First off (because I’ve already done this) I’d like to join a writer’s group. I’ve always been slow with writing, but learned that I actually CAN write in a more reasonable time frame when I have deadlines (I wrote the above-mentioned All’s Well That Ends in one month, because I had a deadline). My hope is I’ll get more written when I have a group of like-minded individuals to answer to.

Next, I want to finish my two novellas-in-progress. They are Return to Camp Hollybrook and the next book featuring Celery Hand Duran (currently untitled). My goal is to have them both completed and published for Kindle, AND to combine them with the first books in two dual-story paperbacks (CH with RTCH and CHD with CHD2, you dig?). If you’re the Kindle-type, you can already get Camp Hollybrook here and Celery Hand Duran here. If you’re the paperback type, my goal is to get them in your well-manicured (or grubby little) hands this year.

Third, I’m thinking I might maybe publish another short story collection? I don’t know about that yet. They don’t tend to sell well, so I’m not sure if it’d even be worth the effort. However, I do have an ass-ton of shorts waiting to be published, so I might do it just because I love them and want to release them to the world. We’ll see about that one.

Lastly, and most current since I’m sitting in front of my computer with drum edits just one monitor away…

Finish my first damn album. I’ve got ten tracks in my DAW. All drum tracks are recorded and half of them are edited. I want to have them all edited within the next couple weeks and start recording bass tracks by the end of the month. February will be guitars and keys, and whenever those are done I’ll be editing bass/guitar/keys for probably a couple months before starting on vocals. The timeline gets a little fuzzy from there, but I can’t see not having everything at least mixed by summer. More on this as I get further along, including some preview samples heading to YouTube.

Okay, one bonus “in case I have time”: Stripped is in the process of a new edit, new cover, and a re-release this year. That’s if I have time. But seriously, I love that book. I’m totally gonna do it. More on that later. For now, this post has gotten too long. I really should have split it up into two. If you’re still here…Thank you! There’s much more to come in 2018, so here’s to a great year for all of us!