Full Time Writer

Yes, folks - if you haven't already heard on Twitter or Facebook, I have officially decided to leave the corporate world and write full time.  Last day is August 14th!  I'm incredibly excited and absolutely terrified.  I think I'm going to need a vacation just to get my head on straight.  Thankfully, the cruise is already booked!

I'm trying to figure out what all I need to do to get myself organized for this "self employment" endeavor.  I know there is a lot, and I want to make sure I'm playing it smart.  I'm usually overly cautious, so I'll probably be all right, but that doesn't stop the paranoia!  LOL

Thanks again for all of your support - I definitely wouldn't be doing this if it wasn't for you!

Writing Status:
Uncockblockable - written and off to editing
Otherwise Unharmed - writing in progress
Transcendence - debating title
Bastian and Raine, Book 2 - outline started

And not to forget:
Not What She Seems - way behind, but intend to catch back up when life allows.  I hope to start posting regularly after August 14th!


I Need a Vacation!

I know, I know - what else is new?  Well, when your massage therapist is telling you how stressed you are, and your doctor is telling you how stressed you are, and everyone is telling you that you are basically a mess, it's time to take some time for oneself, right?  But it was all good, because next week was supposed to be vacation week.  We were going to head up to Toronto, because that's where my son wanted to go this year.

And then Mr's Savage and Savage Junior both inform me that they can't get off work.


So, what to do?  Simple.  A last minute mother-daughter cruise to Key West and Cozumel.  We'll be checking out the Myan Ruins at Tulum, and I'll be hanging out on the deck of a cruise ship with a giant drink in  a coconut and writing the next book in the Evan Arden series.

Oh and probably getting sunburned...and not caring (note coconut drink above).

I have no idea how the training and diet are going to fit into this, which is my only concern.  I'm also hoping to see a little of Miami as well, since I've never been there before.

Plans within plans!  Woot!

On another note - your support is invaluable, and I can't thank you all enough.  More to come... :)



Okay - I don't normally do this, but due to a series of life events, I've been brought to a crossroads.

Um...Savy?  WTF are you babbling about?

I've been in corporate IT for nearly 20 years.  I used to get a lot out of it, loved my job and what I did, and I just don't anymore.  Couple that with finding what I really love doing -  torturing writing your beloved characters, and I've gotten to the point where I really need to make a decision.

Yeah, that's right.  I'm seriously considering quitting the corporate life of managing in the technology sector and trading it for writing full time.  Financially speaking, that's a little scary to say the least, and Mr. Savage has his (understandable) reservations.  For me to have a shot at this, I'm gonna need your help.

So, what do I need from you?

In a nutshell - pimp me.  Or more specifically, pimp my published stuff.  Tell your book clubs, your library, your local bookstore, you mom, grandmother, daughter, brother, co-worker, neighbor - whoever - to go and check them out.  Tweet me, retweet me, like my author's page on facebook, follow the blog, check out my website and let me know what I could do to improve it, review the books on Goodreads and Amazon (just a single sentence!), and like my author's profile.  Hit "like" on the reviews on Amazon.  Recommend Surviving Raine and the Evan Arden series to book bloggers - ANYTHING that might help promote me, and ask others to do the same.  Pretty, pretty please, with angst on top.

What do you get out of it?  Plain and simple - I'll have time to write more of the effed up characters you love to hate and hate to love.  I probably have a dozen books trying to bust out of my head, with just no time (and too much work stress) to get them out.  And don't think I'm done with fan-fiction, either - I'm definitely not.

Lots of you are fan-fiction fans of mine, and some of you are published fiction fans.  Hopefully, you've read some of both. :)  You have all been fabulously supportive of me over the last few years I have been doing this, and that has really, really shown in the support of my published works.  The success I have had is the only reason I'm even thinking about this.  Every one of you is valuable to me, and not just because you might buy one of my books, but because you've encouraged me and been with me every step of the way so far.  I'm just hoping you can help me a little bit more!

So, this is me begging.  I'm not the least bit comfortable doing that, but if you can help me make this work, I will promise to make it worth your while in the end!

Now I'm gonna go write some more...there are these crazy stories banging on my forehead.



This Weekend I *WILL* be Productive!

I am seriously behind in the writing of Uncockblockable, and I am determined to keep myself from getting too distracted by twitter, facebook, additional pictures of my trainer (you haven't SEEN THEM??  Damn... go follow @savage_trainer NOW), or the house, kids, pets, etc.

My intent is to be 90% of the way done with the writing before the end of the weekend.  If not, I might call in sick on Monday.  If I can get it to editors before the end of this week, I think I can still get it out in August.  It's going to be tough, but still possible.

Then on to Otherwise Unharmed, because it is trying to burst out of my ears.

Hope everyone has a great weekend - forgive me if I'm not too responsive to messages!  If I *am* too responsive to messages, tell me to get back to writing!



What's up Next?

With all these projects all around me, you might be wondering just whats coming around the corner with my original works.  Here's a quick peek of everything I'm working on right now, and in what order (subject to change!):

Uncockblockable (short story/novella) - end of summer, 2013: 
This is the story of Nick Wolfe, who you may remember as one of Evan's cohorts from Otherwise Occupied.  He loves to spend "quality" time with the ladies, and they can't seem to get enough of him.  He's the ultimate ladies man...or is that man-whore?  Until he meets her, and she turns the tables on him.

Nick's name is stolen from a my friend named...um...Nick Wolfe. ;)  The story really doesn't have a lot to do with anything in his actual life, other than me seeing Nick in a T-Shirt that said "Uncockblockable" and deciding that needed to be the title of a story.  

Nick's twin brother Brian has been dealing with cancer for the last year now, and a portion of the proceeds from Uncockblockable will go to his family to help with the medical expenses.  (You can find out more about Brian's fight for life on facebook here.)

Otherwise Unharmed:  
The final book in the Evan Arden Trilogy.  It will be full length.  It will be a roller coaster ride.  If you survived the last one, you'll survive this one, too.  Summary should be out before too long - watch for it on Goodreads!

A lot of you already know this one!  I'm still thinking about the title, names, etc.  I would really like this one done before the end of the year, but it all depends on real life.  It needs a serious amount of work before it's ready to publish! :)

Surviving Raine #2 (untitled):
Sometime in 2014

I have a handful of other prospects that I'm trying to prioritize - the Gladiator's Slave and a story about a character similar to an Asimar (since WotC denied me permission to use "Asimar" in a story - see blog post from Feb 4, 2013), a story about a young chess-genius with less social grace than Bastian, and very possibly another "medieval" type of story like Unexpected Circumstances.  I'll also plan on having the Evan Arden Trilogy available in paperback after the third book is done (it will be titled "Otherwise Complete" - aren't I clever? :) ).  

There are so many stories in my head right now, and so much other "real job" and life garbage to deal with all at once.  Your support is greatly appreciated and definitely needed!  That you all so much!



Otherwise Occupied - Free July 4-6!

Otherwise Occupied, the continuation of Otherwise Alone is FREE on Amazon July 4-6th! What happens to Evan Arden as he tries to get back into his boss' favor while battling the demons of his past all at the same time? Will he manage to balance on the edge of sanity with the help of his favorite hooker, or go tumbling off the cliff? Make sure you grab your copy quickly, and please review when you're done!

Now for a quick teaser...

I popped open the bottle and took a long pull from it. Bridgett looked at me, and I was trying hard to figure out her expression. She seemed almost shy, and it wasn’t just her general newness to the oldest profession but something else.

Her cheeks suddenly darkened in a blush.

Holy shit.

You have to be kidding me.

She had some kind of crush on me, and now that I was paying attention, it was obvious. Take the girl off the streets where she’d been hurt and treat her nice for a few hours, and suddenly you were some kind of goddamned hero.

“We’re just fucking here, Bridgett,” I said darkly. I narrowed my eyes and tilted my head a little to the side.

She blinked a few times before licking her lips nervously.

“I…I know that. What do you mean?”

“You know exactly what I mean. You keep that shit up, and I’ll pass you over for another bitch. We clear?”

She nodded slowly. I could feel the tension rise in the room, and knew I had taken the whole warning thing overboard. I probably could have blamed it on the lack of sleep, but it still needed to be said. I didn’t want her thinking this hookup was going to change into something else.

“Good,” I said. I watched her as I drained the beer. “Now get in my bedroom and take your clothes off.”