Mental Health Monday–Periodic Reassessment

Anachron Press is hosting a pre-order special to the first 50 folks who pre-order the URBAN OCCULT anthology. Pre-order now and get a copy of Day of Demons for FREE! My story, City of Lights and Stone is in the Day of Demons anthology. 😉

Here are the deets:

Urban Occult Limited Pre-Order

Limited to 50.

Behind urban life, weird and horrific things fester. 

The whispers and chills of things long gone… the promise of power from the darkness… the seduction of those that lie in the shadows… the occult is all around us: in town houses, in mansions, and in your very own street.

Editor Colin F. Barnes collected together fifteen stories by a cast of critically acclaimed authors from around the globe who look into the stygian gloom, explore the dark corners of our houses, and peer into the abyss of human temptation.

Featuring stories by: Gary McMahon, Ren Warom, Gary Fry, Mark West, K.T. Davies, Nerine Dorman, Alan Baxter, Adam Millard, Julie Travis, Jason Andrew, James Brogden, A.A Garrison, Jennifer Williams, Sarah Anne Langton, and Chris Barnham.

Special Pre-Order Edition Limited to 50.

This pre-order edition means you will get the book at least a week to two weeks ahead of general release and:

A FREE ebook version (for any eReader)

and A FREE ebook of Day of Demons. (eBooks will be emailed to you on the 4th of March).

Just £9.99 (+£2.99 shipping anywhere in the world).

Pre-Order here: http://www.anachronpress.com/product/anthologies/urban-occult-limited-pre-order/

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Time is money and us spread-too-thin multi-taskers have to spend it wisely.

For me, I spend around 50 hours a week doing day job stuff, and sometimes work weekends (those 12 day stretches really exhaust me!).

That leaves nights and weekends for writerly stuff. Encompassed in that time is blogging, visiting blogs, social media-ing, marketing, reading, reviewing, critting, writing, and editing. I tend to reserve reading and critting for weeknight stuff and writing and blogging for weekends, when I’m fresher.

Note the placement of each item.

It’s quite scary that writing and editing are last.

I’m a writer who writes after everything else is done. Shouldn’t that be the other way around?

Gosh, admitting this makes me sad.

When I first started writing, that’s where most of my time went. Sure, I’d spend some time on forums (like QueryTracker), but for the most part, my brain was hyperfocused on writing and that’s what I did.

With time came critting.

Then I started this blog.

Then I joined Facebook and Twitter.

Marketing came after New Pride and Shifting Pride were published.

With each added item, writing got shoved further down the list.

I’ve been feeling the pain about this for a while, but now it’s time to admit I need to do something.

I need to reassess where I’m at.

My goal is to incorporate more writing and editing into my routine. I will continue blogging, but may do only two posts a week. There will be the odd week with the same M-W-F routine, based on previously scheduled posts. 😉

I’m getting back to basics.

What about you guys? Do you engage in periodic reassessment? What have you learned by checking in with your routine every so often?

Flake-out Friday: GraveTells Review AND Trailer Fun

GraveTells reviewed SHIFTING PRIDE yesterday–gave it 4 stars!!! Click HERE to read the full review.

Shifting Pride is a compelling read with heartwarming family dynamics. The bond that forms between Xavian and Nickie is unbreakable and adorable. If you’re looking for an interesting YA read about shape shifting felines, I recommend this one!

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I had so much fun collaborating with author Theresa McClinton to develop the trailers for NEW PRIDE and SHIFTING PRIDE that I had to tinker with iMovie and draft trailers for my short stories.

I’d like to share them with y’all today.

THE OFFICIAL STORY TRAILER FOR CITY OF LIGHTS AND STONE (A short story in the DAY OF DEMONS Anthology by Anachron Press):

THE OFFICIAL STORY TRAILER FOR BEGGING DEATH (A short story in the CARNAGE: AFTER THE END Anthology Volume One by Sirens Call Publications):

I have a trailer for my spin off short story, TSAVO PRIDE, that will be revealed at a later date, closer to the release of the story. So stay tuned!

Best-selling author Rebecca Hamilton (The Forever Girl series) also posted my trailers–so cool! Check it out and say hi! 😉

Question: Do you guys like trailers? Hate them? Have you used them as part of your social media/marketing?

Writing Wednesday–Fandom

I’ve been happily and humbly surprised by the extraordinary outpouring of support my co-workers have shown me for the release of my short story, City of Lights and Stone, in the Day of Demons Anthology by Anachron Press.

I even got a picture of my first fan, Tiffany. (I signed my first autograph for her.) SO exciting!

Tiffany keeps me organized in work. And we’re both Libras (holla!).

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Here’s Joey and me. Joey’s a psychology student and an incredible storyteller.

About City of Lights and Stone: “Devils and demons are all about making deals. On the streets of Paris a man called Hector must complete a seemingly impossible task or face never-ending damnation.” ~ From theeloquentpage.co.uk