Six Months Later

On August 15, 2015 by Seth

I’ve returned to West Virginia and begun medical school. My book-in-progress continues to gather dust, as I’m giving my full attention to studying until I find my feet. I expect within another month or two I’ll know how to balance the different parts of my life. Sadly, I won’t have to balance family as much since my wife’s military and medical obligations keep her and the children on the west coast, and us separated for the next three years. Thank God for Skype.

In other writing news, I was contacted this past week by Joey Madia of New Mystics Reviews. Mr. Madia recently read my third book, Prelude to Discord, and will be posting a review of it on his blog in the next few days.

Back To The Keyboard

On August 25, 2014 by Seth

Summer came and went, with most of my time spent studying for and taking the MCAT. That was followed by a wonderful three weeks with my kids before they go back to school this week, which will leave me at home with some quiet time to write again. I did get the first few threads of a potentially new story to work on while studying, but that will have to wait until The Keys is wrapping up. Looking forward to getting back to it, and will post next week after I dust off all my tools.

No Fooling

On April 1, 2014 by Seth

Happy April Fools Day, everyone. A great many things have happened in the past two months, all of which have contributed to me not writing more than a dozen pages for book five. My wife, Crystal, will be graduating medical school at the end of May. Her next destination was uncertain up until last Monday. Now, we know that we will be headed to Washington State at the beginning of June to continue her medical training. On top of all of the issues that come with a regular cross-country move, add to it the military paperwork, the residency paperwork, and the minor detail that Crystal is currently out of country, in Sierra Leone on six-week medical rotation. I’m counting down the days until she gets back (just 18, now) and holding the line until she does.

Now, I know all of that sounds hectic, but it really isn’t a good enough excuse for writing so little. The truth is, I’m trying to get into medical school. I returned to college last fall to wrap up my prerequisites, have been spending time shadowing physicians, and been studying in preparation for the MCAT, which I’ll take in August. I’m currently taking 20 hours, which on top of everything else going on in my life, has severely cut into my writing time. This too shall pass… after I take the MCAT. Following that, I’m free to write for a year, and have plans to finish books five and six before medical school starts (if life takes me that way). For the time being, the release date is being pushed back.

In other news, the cover art for the fifth book is 99% done. I will add it to the website next month!

February Update

On February 1, 2014 by Seth

Life took an unexpected twist mid-December. My wife, Crystal, received a civilian deferment for residency from the military. It wasn’t a bad twist, except that we hadn’t anticipated it, and so we were forced to scramble for options. Things have died down on that end, though we won’t know anything for certain until Match Day mid-March. I’m optimistic, but regardless of the outcome, we’ve learned a valuable lesson – to wit, nothing is guaranteed until it has already happened.

In writing news, things are slow. One might think January’s snowstorms would be perfect to write in, but in truth, it meant our children only had four days of school in January. Needless to say, I was very distracted with them at home, but am back to a regular routine. Phillip Zhang, artist extraordinaire, has been given the section of manuscript I want the next cover to be based on, so I might have something to show on that end in the next few weeks.

Back to

On August 31, 2013 by Seth

The summer’s travel is concluded, the kids are back in school, and I’m back to writing. I’m out of my routine, though, which means it’s harder to get started and even harder keep going when I sit down. My short attention span and distracted nature keep getting the better of me. The December 1st release for Book 5 seems a lot less reasonable than it did back in June, but I will push for what I can, and we shall see. Now, off! Time to kill your favorite character.

I’ll Tell Myself It’s All Downhill…

On October 18, 2012 by Seth

Finally, I’m out of the doldrums that are the middle third of the book. I probably shouldn’t portray it thus; you might think it will be boring to read. It won’t be. It’s only that, when I’m setting up a book, I usually have it divided into thirds in my mind. It’s that middle third that’s the least fun to pen, for no other reason than I’ve convinced myself it’s so. Now, I can move on to the final third, which is my favorite part to write… also, for no better reason than I’ve given for disliking the middle third.

Back To Work

On September 12, 2012 by Seth

After a few weeks’ of pleasant upheaval (kids starting school, visit from the in-laws, anniversary, and birthday), I’m back to the morning grind. My third novel is done and done, and will be released in December right on schedule. The fourth is coming along slowly but surely, and the first draft should be done before mid-October, if not sooner. My idle fingers are itching to write.