All the News! (Whether It Is Fit To Print Or Not)

It has been a very busy week with a lot of new and exciting developments.

I’ll start out with the more mundane announcement. I started a new job on Wednesday. Now I am sure that you have a lot of questions, so let’s just turn it over to you lot.

I’m sorry, I won’t be answering that one. I do not want to announce where I am working because I do not want to be one of those people who talks about his job on his blog. If I should happen to pop on here and say “Man, I had a rough week at work,” I don’t want everyone thinking “Working at XXX Corp sucks! Michael said so!”

Besides, I don’t want you to swarm me at work.

What I will say is that I am diving back into the world of retail.

Next question.

No, this does not mean that I will be turning in my red pencil and giving up the editing gig. In fact, I’m considering this my second job
1. I will maintain my Fivver account and the contacts I have made there. I have actually cut back over the last month because I had a few large gigs to work on. I’ll keep things slow for now until I get my feet under me at the new place.

No, of course I’m not going to stop writing. Who asked that? Get that guy out of here. What a ridiculous question. In fact, another one of the things I accomplished over this last week was to complete my submission for this year’s
GLAHW anthology. This year’s theme is Myths and Legends. I played around with the classic “Puss in Boots” story, making the cat just a wee bit homicidal2 and changing the setting to Battle Creek during the rise of the cereal magnates. I hope they like what I’ve done.

No, this does not mean that I will be posting less frequently on the website. In fact, given my current posting schedule, I’m not sure how that would even be possible.

One of the benefits of the new job is that I will not be working full 8 hour shifts. My days will usually be 4 or 6 hours, which means we don’t have to worry about finding someone to let the dogs out
3 during the day. It also frees me up to continue to work on the house, writing, and editing while gaining a more steady income.

Since I was already deep in the positive sense of self-worth area
5, I went out and started doing things that I would normally not have been able to psych myself up for. I contacted a number of people regarding potential reviews of the anthology and sent out reading copies. I arranged for Desolation: 21 Tales for Tails to be sold at a local bookstore, The Book Beat.

As if this wasn’t enough exposure, I signed up for another convention, the
Clawson Arts and Authors Festival. Look for the Dragon’s Roost table outside the Blair Memorial Library on 6 Sept. I contacted my local library about possibly doing a Halloween themed reading (haven’t heard back yet).

The big new is that there will be another anthology related event at
Off the Beaten Path Books on 26 Sept. I will be there shilling the books while authors David Hayes and Christopher Nadeau read their stories.6 If you are even close to being in the area, I would really appreciate it if you came out.

Looking back over all of this has made me really tired, so I’m going to end this post now.

1 Thanks for that designation,
Mary Lynne Gibbs.

2 Which may be redundant.

3 Do not starting singing that song.

4 Stop it! I told you not to do that.

5 Which started with DetCon1, went through my birthday, and was maintained throughout the interview process.

6 They will probably even sign your copies if you ask really nicely.