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Making Ends Meet OR Meeting Our Ends

We have a treat today! The following guest blog post is from John A. McColley, a fellow writer in the Enter the Apocalypse Anthology. John lives at the edge of a 300 acre wood with his amazing wife and three amazing-in-training children. He has published works with Crossed Genres Magazine, Mad Scientist Journal and anthologies across the SFFH spectrum. He tends to write about heroes, from Aeolus, Master of Winds and Chiron fighting the weird around a steampunked Rouen, France to scientists working to fight alien plagues. You can find him on Facebook at and twitter at @JohnAMcColley
“I’m sure it’s just one of those things that happens every hundred years, like cicadas or something. It’ll be gone in a few days, a week tops.”

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Upcoming Footnotes

The next week or so will be pretty quiet in these parts. We turn in our internet equipment this week, then drive up to our new house in Portland. Not that there would be time for a lot of blogging anyway, but being internet-less for almost a week makes it a sure thing.

That said, I’m scheduling a guest blog post (not sure when it will be going live, though) for the upcoming release party for the Enter The Apocalypse Anthology. The release party is the 20th on Facebook (banner below), so expect the blog post some time before that.

More news to come after the long break (I hope), but until then, stay safe and see you in Portland!

Getting ready to move

EDIT: When I started this post, it had the title “Getting ready to move on,” and it was intended to be a reference to our leaving California. Between titling and posting, however, the post transformed a little, but I failed to update the title. I’ve corrected that now, but if you came here thinking I had a huge announcement about work or life (move aside), it was an unintentional piece of click-bait on my part.

In a little over a week, packers will fill a truck with 75% of what we own. The remainder will either be driven up to Portland, or tossed. Despite the fact that earlier this week we officially closed on the house, I’m still in a bit of disbelief that this is all real. When we stopped being homeowners for the move to California, I thought it would be a long, long time before we were back in that boat. Living in the confines of an apartment cured me of that.

Believe it or not, though, this isn’t going to be a reflective post. It almost was – in fact, it was in a few drafts – but I think it will work better as just a note. I’ve spent part of the morning going through A Scent of Roses and fixing typographical errors and, as a copy-editor explained to me on another piece, my penchant for UK grammar and spelling. I can’t change the way I write, but I can at least make an effort to clean it up before you all are subject to it. Once those re-edits are done, I intend to add some front and back material (ie, a note explaining this re-release is just a clean up with no story changes and no significant text changes, and an after you read the book note about how to find me), and then post it up. I’m toying with switching the paper publisher from CreateSpace to the new Amazon POD offering (they’re both Amazon companies to begin with, so I suspect the former will be going away at some point).

That’ll be when the fun begins. I plan on releasing Chrysalis in a month or two, but you’ll have plenty of preamble. This time around I’d like to correct for some of my past mistakes and not just dump the book on the world and see what happens. The next two to three weeks is going to be busy in my real life – next week is prep for the move, then the move, then the whole waiting for furniture – but expect to see some sample chapters gracing these pages in the coming weeks, along with a cover reveal (when I get one), and maybe even a give away.

But wait, there’s more!

You can already order it on Amazon, but I’ll be taking part in a blog post exchange for the release of Enter the Apocalypse, the anthology where you can find my kaiju/vampire mashup. This was my first time working with an anthology release, and I have to say it was a pretty pleasant.

OK, that’s it from this corner of the world. Have a good one!


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