Monday, July 28, 2014

A Vacation on Crutches

Well, the majority of July has been a major pain personally. Somewhere along the line early in the month I contracted acute tendonitis of the Achilles. For a week I was confined to a wheelchair. I learned a lot about how difficult it is to get around in them and gained a renewed respect for those tied to them for life. For another two weeks I will be on crutches, trying to finally heal the last little bit so I can start walking again. I spent the entire time with the family in Florida inside the beach house while the rest went down to the beach and out to eat. I didn't mind that too much. It was the stumbling around in the beach house on the crutches that annoyed me. Plus the couple times I nearly fell, further aggravating the tendon.

I did get a chance to do some writing, though. At least that wasn't too badly affected by my injury. I received an editing assignment from Pro Se Press the day before I left for Florida. It was to content edit three short stories before the end of the month. Content editing is much quicker than copy editing, still, it's going to be tight.

In spite of it all, I have been working to complete my writing projects. Encouragement came in the form of contributor's copies of The Martian Wave 2014 and Rat-a-tat: Short Bursts of Pulp! It's always good to be able to look at one of my stories in print, reminding me that I'm still entertaining enough to convince publishers my work should be presented to their readers.Someday I hope to have enough prestige as a writer to actually be a guest of honor at a literary convention or that one of my novels (preferably one of the Angelkiller Triad) would catch the fancy of the producer of major motion pictures.

Everyone has dreams. I started out wanting to be a published author. Done. Someday...

Anyway, that's all for now. Til next time, remember to stay low and keep your powder dry!


Seventh Night by Iscah - A Book Review

Title: Seventh Night
Author: Iscah
Hardcover: 260 pages
Publisher: Amoeba Ink co. (November 7, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0983551944
ISBN-13: 978-0983551942

There's a plot to prevent the treaty between Cordance and Tivin, but the identity of the conspirator is a mystery. When the marriage between the princess of Tivin and the prince of Cordance is interrupted by an attempt on the prince's life, things begin to heat up in this delicious fable. A beautiful princess, a magician's apprentice, a mysterious sorceress, and a surfeit of princes lead to a convoluted but enjoyable tale of intrigue, magic, betrayal, adventure, and true love.

Iscah's Seventh Night is reminiscent of a cross between The Princess Bride and The Last Unicorn. Her writing is clear, crisp, and precise. Her mastery of the ideas presented in the fable is obvious, and her story flows easily from page to page. Would that my own writing was so clear.

I have been writing and editing for more than four decades and seldom have I seen a new writer with so much evident talent. I was privileged to meet Iscah at a recent event and she is as charming in person as her princess in the novel. I wish her every success and, if this novel is any indication, she will certainly get it.

You can pick up a copy from Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/Seventh-Night-Iscah/dp/0983551944.