Wednesday, April 29, 2015


Hey Everybody!

You may have noticed the blog has a new name and a new header.  I wanted a more professional look and a more professional introduction for new visitors.  (You guys already know how professional I am.  Quit laughing.  I'm serious.  Okay, well, maybe not entirely serious, but I am trying to find some modicum of professionalism here.)

So, Outside the Box.  I came up with the name and did the header, then I showed Hubs who promptly said he follows a firm who's newsletter is called 'Outside the Box'. :shrug:  Since they aren't novelists, I'm cool with that.

If you've been following along, you already heard the story of the rat in the rice paper maze.  If not, it goes something like this.  Once there was a lab rat who ran the same maze every day to get to his food.  But the maze was made of rice paper and if the rat had only realized how flimsy his maze was, he could've ripped through the walls and reached his goal so much quicker.  I did debate on naming the blog "Breaking through the Maze", but then I'd have to explain the story over and over again.  Instead, I took a more known form of the basic moral to the story.  The box holds us back, so I broke down the cardboard.  I'm living live outside the box now.

Basically, I've gone rogue.  I'm done with traditional publishing and, as hard as it may be, I'm doing all this myself.  Yay!  Go me! 

And they can take that box and shove it.  Yeah, yeah, someday someone from traditional publishing may hunt me down and make me an offer.  I'll deal with that if it ever happens.  (I'm not holding my breath because blue isn't a good look for facial color.) 

Anyway, here I am.  Out of the box and happy.  At last.

I have some other things coming up.  Not so much changes, but additional steps in the direction I've been trying to take all these years.  Book 2 is well on its way to a release date.  (Official announcement in my newsletter on May 1st, so if you want to know ahead of everyone else, sign up.)  I'll be paying the new cover artist for my third book today - and his work is freakin' amazing. (Also being announced in the newsletter.)

Accidental Death will be be on Omnimystery News with a cover release on May 8th and a book excerpt on May 15th - so if you aren't following their blog, you should think about that. 

I can't think of anything else right now, but if anything else comes up, I'll let you know. 

As always, thanks for stopping by.  Bring a friend next time.  We'll party.  (And by party, I mean non-alcoholic drinks and ultra-fattening desserts.)




  1. My kind of party! I had a vanilla cheesecake with salted caramel sauce the other night and it was fantabulous. Oh, and I'm really looking forward to AD. Roll on May!

    1. Ohhh, that does sound awesome, Fran. I need one of those.

      May is really creeping up fast. And the faster it creeps, the more I freak. I hope you enjoy AD as much as you did Dying Embers. =o)

  2. Yay for changes, and breaking out of the box! I love the new look. :-D

    Hmm. Now I need to go find a scrumptious dessert to bring to the party.

  3. As writers, we should always think outside the box and I love all the positive steps you're taking--plus taking control of your writing life. Can't wait for AD. LOVED it when I had the privilege to beta read it. And I'm all a tingle--a tingle I tell you!--to see the Djinnocide cover!