Every time I proclaim that I will keep up on writing this blog I tend to completely neglect it for months. So, I’m not going to “say” that I’m going to keep up on it while I actively try to keep up on it… Like a loophole? Does that make sense?
I just wanted to share a few updates on both the business and personal fronts. Let’s start with business…
APHOTIC REALM MAGAZINE #7: GRUESOME
Wednesday night I wrapped up the rough design/formatting of GRUESOME, sent it in to the hub, then Dustin sent the proof copies out to the contributors for the final look over. On Saturday night the team and I will collect the notes and combine them with our own as we scour the magazine and fix, alter, and correct any typos, duplicated/missing words, and punctuation in addition to funky formatting, graphic design tweaks, and whatever else needs addressing.
To say wrapping up the final page was a weight off my shoulders would be an understatement. Although we are not entirely done, this issue was a beast (as they all are, really) but the circumstances we all had to work under only made it that much more difficult. More on that later.
If there aren’t any speed bumps or unforeseen fuckery, expect the issue to be live on Amazon and other retailers by Monday the 15th.
Last Monday, the 8th, we decided to do a Free eBook Promotion via Kindle with our five non-magazine publications that would last until today, the 12th. I expected maybe a hundred or so downloads total. A nice little marketing push to garner a little buzz for the upcoming release of GRUESOME.
But holy shit, guys… As I am writing this, we have just over 900 downloads! APPALACHIAN HORROR sat atop at #1 of the U.S. Horror Fiction category for two days and a few of our titles were – and still are – in the top 10 of their respective categories.
The number of likes, shares, retweets, and consistent support we get from our followers is insane and I can not be more grateful. Really. You guys are fucking awesome. I wouldn’t be surprised if we reached over 1,000 downloads before it is all said and done.
If you are interested in downloading any of these titles, they are still available. Just click the title and it’ll zoom you over.
SIPHON (my extreme horror novella)
With that out of the way, I guess I can address some personal issues. If you want to hear some of my shit, keep reading.
Where to begin?
So… I’m in the process of packing. I just bought a house! The closing date is July 25th! Although there is an aura of excitement, there is also the feeling of dread. I’ll explain.
Right now I rent a house with my wife and best friend. The rent is cheap for the area and all our bills – power, water, cable/internet, et cetera – are split three ways. So, financially, it is an ideal living situation. But just financially.
I hate the house and, as much as I love my best friend, he is a slob. The extra bedroom we share as an office is always in disarray and it has really put a damper on my focus over the last year or so (even though we have been living together for five years, it just recently became so unbearable that I can’t seem to spend more than half an hour in there without wanting to rip my hair out).
There is also the notion of being a married couple in our thirties that still have a roommate. “Suffocation” is the best way to describe it. I’m excited to move into a place I own (it even has a fucking pool) with ONLY my wife and experience a new sense of “freedom” and “space” I feel like we’ve been lacking. That said, my bills are about to triple – so there is that stress. Plus, it’s 1000 degrees in Phoenix so even the simple act of breathing hurts.
With all of these stresses combined, I haven’t written a word (excluding emails and an occasional editorial thing here and there) in over a month. I haven’t even had the time or patience to leisure read – which is killing me. While I found the time and desire to do so the other night, I realized I packed all my fucking books already.
To bring it back to GRUESOME, it was extremely difficult to stay focused and knock out what needed to be done. Usually, when one of us (Dustin, Chris, or I) are trudging through the proverbial mud or something in our personal lives need more attention, the other two pick up the slack and try to keep the machine oiled and running. Due to Dustin’s unfortunate situation with his daughter (you can read about it here) coupled with my bullshit and Chris’ new work schedule – it has been a ROUGH couple months. However, my situation is utterly nothing compared to what Dustin has been dealing with, so please go send him and his family all the good vibes.
Once GRUESOME is released and everything has settled on that front, there might be a lull in activity from Aphotic Realm, Dustin, and myself for a few weeks while we all get our respective shit together.
Besides all that stuff, expect me to grind out the finish to a few WIPs this winter. For far too long has SIPHON and a few short stories floating around been my only contribution to the writing world. I’m beyond thrilled to have my OWN space to reclaim my focus and WRITE ALL THE THINGS!
Thanks for hearing me out, people. Also, thank you for tolerating my use of John C. Reilly GIFs.
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