Category Archives: Writing

Update on Former Silver Publishing Books

I received a comment on an old post recently. The commenter asked about the sequel to Man Whore. I’ve been meaning to address that for some time, so how about now.

Back when Man Whore was first released, I had some troubles that left a bad taste in my mouth. It took a while to dive back into those characters and write the second story. By the time that sequel was completed, there were already hints that Silver Publishing wouldn’t be around for the long haul, so I set the manuscript aside to see how those things would wash out.

Unfortunately, wash out was the right term. SP is gone, and I’m still figuring out what to do with the stories they abandoned. So far, I have this:

My Ghost – rereleased as of August 2nd. It can be found on Amazon, ARe, and Smashwords.

Fallen – Under contract with Loose Id. Expect a new name with the rerelease near year end.

Bound By Love – New name and cover assigned. I’m working through self-pubbing hell. Hopefully I’ll have it ready to rerelease by end of September.

Man Whore – This one is more difficult. It doesn’t fit Loose Id’s house style, so I haven’t even showed it to my editor there. I also haven’t made the time to research which publishing house might be interested. Recommendations are welcome from those of you who have read it.

Then there’s the rest of the Personal Demons series (of which Man Whore is the first). The second title is ready to submit to a publisher, and the rest of the series has individual synopses prepared. Part of me wants to finish first drafts of the remaining stories first. The rest of me knows that’s not going to happen anytime soon. Perhaps I’m avoiding the work of figuring out a new publishing house. Loose Id isn’t going anywhere and I don’t want to risk another Silver fiasco.

Please, dear Readers, recommendations and/or patience appreciated. I’ll figure it out eventually. I haven’t forgotten. There is so much on my writing to do list, and Man Whore is high up on that list.


Movie Review: Authors Anonymous

It took me a while of knowing I needed to before I actually did. I tend to work that way sometimes. I loved yoga. I knew it was good for me. Yet it took forever for me to make it a habit.

I’m not writing about yoga today. Instead I’m writing about a movie I picked off of Netflix to watch while I practiced yoga in my living room. Perhaps we can talk about the benefits of yoga another day. If you’re interested.

I guess you could call Authors Anonymous a mockumentary. IMDB calls it just a plain ole comedy. I don’t recall seeing any ads for this movie when it came out but with Kaley Cuoco starring and a theme that hits home, I couldn’t resist not only playing it during yoga, but watching the entire film even after my exercise was finished.

Authors Anonymous is a fictional documentary following the members of a writing group as they seek the ultimate reward – publication. When Hannah (Kaley) scores an agent, the group dynamics shift. I won’t share spoilers, just the tagline: Happy endings are hard to write.

I can see why this didn’t do well on the big screen. I imagine anyone not dreaming of, or already succeeding at, writing that Great American Novel isn’t going to appreciate the story. For example, how many non-writers know about those pay-to-publish places that tried to grab a potential author’s money before self-publishing ebooks became so easy. Yet I found that part of the movie amusing.

Authors Anonymous is not a five out of five but if you already have Netflix, it’s free. If you are an author, or hang out with authors, check it out.


Writing on the Run

Writing on the run. Not literally. No running today. It’s a mandatory rest day.  Instead, on-the-run as in quick update because I have to run and address a half dozen other errands and chores this weekend.

So, anyway…

I got it. I have all the details I need to wrap up this current storyline of Crank. Now all I need is some time to actually write it down. Yeah, my fingers aren’t even crossed on that one. Heh.

In other news, I’m almost done with the first draft of a story I’ve been writing with Dorothy Shaw. More girl bits, dear Readers. She has a great red-headed woman for a vampire from my first-ever series of stories. I hope you’ll get a chance to read about Ivy and Venom sometime soon. I love that bastard, even if he won’t star in one of my M/M stories. Like, ever. He has absolutely no leanings in that direction at all. Not like his brother. Ah, Max, I miss that reclusive bisexual vampire bastard. Let’s face it, though, Venom is much more entertaining.

And boy bits? Oh, maybe “bits” isn’t the best term for the men. The fellows in my current M/M WiP wouldn’t appreciate that much at all. I have one contemporary and one fantasy story running through my head right now. The former is half done, but the latter is vying for some attention. More as the words flow, dear Readers. Hopefully that river will run soon.

Have a great week, cari miei!

~Pia


Jabberwocky: writing, reading, working, and sitting

Time’s been flying by since the release of Solo Flight. I haven’t done much writing, but I have been keeping very busy. The biggest loss of personal time stems from finally landing a job I’d been angling for over the past six months. With this new department, I have no down time but less stress, so while I won’t be balancing my checkbook during market hours anymore, I have already noticed a change in my mood, energy, and behavior.

Carving out time for writing should come as I settle into the new routine. As will time to clean the house, catch up on laundry, and other things being neglected lately. Including Crank. Yes, I know it’s been a while since I posted a chapter to that fun online web series. I know what comes next. It’s in my head, waiting for the time to sit down and write. Perhaps I should’ve chosen that obnoxious redhead over the blog this morning, but I’m barely awake and will have a better shot at coherent fiction after my run. I’ll get back to him. Soon, I promise.

Even reading has become scarce in my life. I’ve had the anchor story for the Eostre’s Baskets collection on my Kindle since release date, and still have about an hour left to read. A New Dawn is a great story, too, and I want to finish it. (Warning for you M/M “purists”, this is a het romance. You know, girl bits.) Essie, the creator of the baskets in Solo Flight (and the other stories) has her own tale to tell and her own shot at a sexily ever after in A New Dawn. I’ve enjoyed it so far, and will have to let you know more once I’ve finished reading it.

Oh, I’d meant to write about the new running club, but I’ve rambled at you enough for one Sunday morning. I’ll add that to the list of things to do. It’s already there, in a way, because I’m hoping to come back to the health/fitness posts in between writing updates. Let’s face it. Both readers and writers spend a lot of time sitting, and so once in a while we need to set the stories aside and come up for air. Our bodies will appreciate it, even if our muses object.

Happy Sunday, dear Readers!


Happy New Year

2013 was a busy year. I spent a ton of time in doctor’s offices addressing neck and shoulder pain. It’s not all gone, but I’m managing it — some days better than others — and that’s the best I can ask for at this point. I’ve also revamped my diet, removing most grains and sugar-added items from my meals, returned to a steady running plan, and wrestled insomnia down to a moderate annoyance.

Between my literal pain in the neck and working through setting myself up for a potential career path adjustment with my current employer I’ve barely had time to write. Sure, I could get up early to write, but sleep is important. I could forgo football season but… hahaha. Never mind. I think you know how these things go.

So despite all of this, I do have an exciting announcement. In between all these other activities, I have managed to write a story for Loose Id, with an expected release this spring, in time for Ostara (Easter). I don’t have more than that to share today. I’ve yet to name the story, or edit my query blurb, but when these things get addressed, I will share them with you.

My fingers are crossed for a productive 2014. I hope to write more, step up my running program, and start a new role that will carry me through the next few years at the day job.

I hope you all had a wonderful 2013 and are looking forward to exciting activities and goals for this new year. Best wishes to each and every one of you.

Pia Veleno

 

(cross posted at http://www.slash-and-burn.blogspot.com)


Long Time…

Hopefully you’ve noticed I haven’t been around much. The blog, Crank, Goodreads, Twitter… you name it, I’ve been either spotty in posting, or completely absent.

It’s been a long time coming, but I’ve finally admitted to myself that my back, shoulders, and neck need more than just intermittent breaks from the laptop. When it comes down to it, these breaks can’t be enough when I’m still working a full time job at a computer. I’m still working that day job. It pays the bills where writing, in its best months, might cover my groceries. So I can’t cut back on non-writing computer hours.

Backing off on the writing has been as painful as the muscle issues. My wonderful editor still sends me emails asking how things are going. She hasn’t given up on me, but there are days I feel like I have.

So now I’m officially in physical therapy, spending more money than my books have earned so far, in hopes that I can get my body to cooperate with my mind’s desire to tell a story. It’s the best option so far. I can’t cut back my hours at the job that pays the bills, and I have to get back to writing regularly for my own sanity.

If my blog continues to suffer, please forgive, and Facebook, well, I should probably delete that one outright. I have a new CRANK chapter to share this weekend, but I can’t promise I’ll return to the bi-weekly additions. I’ll finish their story, definitely, just how quickly remains to be seen.

Be patient, dear readers, and please, be like my editor. Don’t give up on me. I promise I won’t either.

PS I am not earning any money on ads popping up on this site, or on the CRANK site. Please see WordPress’s new rules about ads. Either I pay to go ad free, or they put ads up to supposedly keep my usage free. Oh, WordPress, I pay you already, just to use my own domain name, so I’ll be looking for a new hosting site. Anyone with web experience willing to be hired at a reasonable price want some work to set up my website on its own?


Coming Soon…?

Maybe I need to rename this post to something like “Stuff That Happened Recently and Hopefully will be Happening Soon.” Perhaps I’ll shorten it to just “Stuff.”

Since the funeral, I’ve been spending most of my mental energy on the Job That Pays The Bills. Q1 is always busy, but with the market performing well lately, I’ve been tapped every day. Sure, I get personal time — I do get to come home every evening — but after the busy market days I’ve had lately, personal time rarely has any mental acuity for things like WiPs, blog posts, or some nights, cooking a healthy dinner.

Never you mind that because it will pass. It always does. When summer rolls around I’ll be hip deep in my new story, and (maybe) posting regularly again here. I say maybe because let’s face it, I’ve never been a good blogger. It’s not in me to share with strangers when I barely share with my friends. Ah, there’s a fun blog topic. Introverts. We do try, dear Readers. Really.

Anyway, this post is titled “Coming Soon” for a reason… I mean “Stuff.”

On the Slash & Burn blog today, I wrote about running and writing, with a hint at the upcoming WiP: “The Written Mile”

No CRANK today, but there was one last Sunday. Mike eavesdrops and Ash puts Crandall on the spot in “A Favor Asked”

In the next week or two, we’ll revisit our calorie counting, and our favorite junk food in the next Hunger Games post. So if you’ve been slacking, get counting!

Quoting Fiction will be back this week. Stay tuned.

Happy March, dear Readers!
~PV


Update

CRANK is back on a new(ish) schedule. I will post a new chapter every other Sunday, starting last Sunday with a naughty (NSFW) scene. www.thecrank.wordpress.com

Last Sunday was also my Slash & Burn day. I shared an update on writing and the creative process. www.slash-and-burn.blogspot.com

Today, I’m working on a new manuscript, though I may take a break for another quoting fiction. Maybe. I think I’m ready to ignore all else to get the next book written. Maybe.

Happy Tuesday, cari miei!


Blog Musings

As I edited the post I wrote for the Hunger Games piece, I stopped to wonder if I was too distracted. Should Pia the writer be blogging about non-writerly things? I know some readers – myself included – enjoy reading about other aspects of their favorite writers’ lives but, at the same time, there is such a thing as too much information. Should I be blogging about dieting when I could be writing fiction?

I was at a loss. I just didn’t know, and there’s no one right answer. What finally broke the stagnation was two things: one, I wasn’t writing anything else, so I wasn’t really taking time away from the fiction, and two, readers and writers, en masse, sit a lot. Sure, there are those of us who will walk on the treadmill or sit on the bike at the gym with a Kindle propped up against the touch screen, but for the most part, reading and writing requires physical inertia. It also lends to the nasty habit of munching convenience foods without thinking of content, or even if I’m truly hungry. Sure, maybe I’m making excuses for my Hunger Games post, but I think it’s a viable excuse for the fiction world. As for that post? It should be ready to share this weekend.


Just for Fun: The Muse vs Warcraft

I’ve been going back and forth between feeling guilty for not writing much and admitting that The Job That Pays The Bills is taking way too much of my mental energy for me to write something actually worth reading after being in the office all day and week.

The guilt jumped tenfold when I resubscribed to World of Warcraft. Chances are you’ve heard of this game. They spend a lot on online ads and TV commercials to drive the membership numbers. It is a fun game – that I won’t deny – but it’s also an addicting game. It has mechanics that appeal to my OCD tendencies, and I’ll find myself saying “I’ll take a break after this quest.” An hour, four quests, and three side tangents later, I may notice that I lied to myself about that break.

What’s a girl to do when she has to pay the bills? I love my day job. I’m good at it. I want to be better and get that next promotion, but I also want writing to be more than a passing fancy. I love to be the storyteller, and it makes my day when someone really, truly gets a character. The people I help during the day don’t need me as much as my boys do. The former have more money than they know what to do with while my boys won’t find their Happily Ever After without the guiding touch of a loving hand.

Regardless of day job versus writing, I need to stop feeling guilty about having fun. We all need to have fun and we need to do it every day. Life has to be enjoyable or it becomes harder and harder to get up every day. Yes, there will be a time when I’ll need to cut back on the Warcraft hours and apply that time to writing, but not until I can come home from the Job That Pays The Bills with the mental energy to crave the written word. Yes, crave. I never want storytelling to become a chore.

I’m still working on Man Whore’s untitled sequel. I’m determined to get that finished, little bit by little bit at a time. I haven’t given up. Nor am I going to feel guilty when this evening consists of no more than a three-mile run through the woods followed by a two-hour crawl through dungeons.

Hey sometimes video games can inspire a new story too!

 


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