(Cue Willie Nelson) Funny how time just slips away… I took a blogging break in December and here it is February. I’m back! We’re in the “prep the literary contest submissions” season for writer conferences in the summer. I think I’m going to submit a short story to Pacific Northwest Writers Association called SWING THING. And I may send in something on the YA fantasy I’ve been working on called THE FIVE PENS OF JOHANN. We’ll see. And speaking of PNWA, I got word last week that along with a Champagne Books colleague of mine, Audra Middleton on how to find and work with a critique group. I’m looking forward to working with Audra on the presentation and being a part of the conference. BTW, Audra’s fantasy novel, WATCHER, is available through you fav ebook vendor.

I’m currently working with my editor on the second Nick Sibelius novel, DIRTY WATER. Some of my readers have asked “when’s the next one coming out?” June, 2013. And just so you know, the third one is in the works.

While I’m being newsy — and speaking of literary contests — I discovered last week I won’t be able to put my Texas inspired thriller TOXIC RELATIONSHIP in the book contest at the Writers League of Texas. The rules require being a resident within the last three years and I’ve been in Seattle since 2009. Argh! As I posted on Facebook, I kinda feel like my Texas passport has been revoked! Well, I still love Texas, the people, the music, the food, the place. And I’ll still write about it even though I may now be a foreigner.

My bride shared a YouTube of Gary P Nunn’s song, What I Love About Texas, accompanied with images of the state. I’ll admit, it’s a little cheesy, but it still brings a tear to my eyes.  Those images, which lifelong Texans will recognize, do represent many of the things I love about the place.

Have a great week!

  1. Looking forward to the conference! Good luck with the contests!

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