Well, Hello, 2013!

Apologies for the lack of updates for a while.  Between the holidays and my sister giving birth to a brand new baby girl (my first nice), it’s been pretty hectic.  However, I wanted to post a quick update so folks know what to expect for the new year.

I’m working on a new novel I hope to have finished and turned in to the publisher by March.  It is the supernatural horror novel mentioned a in my last post.  This book will initially appear in LE HC, but hopefully I will have news soon regarding other versions as well.  I believe this year will see the audiobook release of The Hollower and a chapbook version of a short story called “The Anathema Cell.”  I’m working on plans for paperback versions of the Hollower trilogy — I’ll keep you posted.

You may have also noticed some updates to the website, particularly in the Locations of Interest section.  If you’re the type of reader who likes fun little trivia extras about your books, this section offers that and more for most of the novels and novellas where location is of some significance to the plot. In the Writer’s Life section, I’ve been blogging semi-regularly, mostly about life-stuff, if that interests you.  I’ve been trying to include blog posts specifically related to my life in the business, and how I’m functioning in it.

I’m looking to add to appearances this year at various conventions and events.  So far, I’m planning on the following conventions, but these are just plans.  When they are confirmed, the Appearances page will be updated with the details:

Marcon, Columbus, OH

WHC, New Orleans

NECon, Bristol, RI

I’d also like to do some readings and signings — details will follow.

I also wanted to say how much I appreciate the support of readers and fans who have bought, traded, discussed, reviewed, and spoke favorably about my work to date.  It means so much to know there are folks out there who are reading and enjoying my books.  I wish all of you and your loved ones a safe, healthy, happy, productive new year full of exciting surprises, happy accidents, beautiful sunsets, memorable moments, and cherished time spent with those you care about doing things that matter.  I wish you all peace of mind, time to relax, and good fortune.  Every year ought to be better than the last….

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12 thoughts on “Well, Hello, 2013!

  1. First of all I want to say terrific blog! I had a quick
    question which I’d like to ask if you do not mind. I was curious to find out how you center yourself and clear your head prior to writing. I’ve
    had a difficult time clearing my mind in getting my ideas out
    there. I truly do enjoy writing but it just seems like the first 10 to
    15 minutes are generally lost just trying to figure out how
    to begin. Any suggestions or tips? Cheers!

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    • Thank you! :)
      I know the feeling. What I do sometimes is play one round of a more-or-less mindless game — bejeweled or something like that. I think of it kind of like the sherbet stuff they give you at nice restaurants to cleanse the palate. It helps me push off other thoughts and lets the ideas for the story I’m working on seep in and start taking hold.
      Another idea, and possibly a more effective one, is that i re-read whatever happens to be my favorite part of what I’m working on at the moment. That usually puts me inside the story a lot quicker than if I just sit there and stare at the screen. I usually read the scene that got me excited about the story in the first place (I write out of order, so I write all the “fun” stuff first) — the scene that made the pieces of the book fall into place as one cohesive story.
      One other thing I do to get into writing is to read works by writers I admire an hour or so before my writing time. I find it kind of inspiring and it gets the creative juices flowing, seeing how others achieved effects or created a description, ya know?

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  2. Hi Mary,

    So excited to hear about the progress of a new novel! It feels like it’s been too long.

    I had a question for you, but the email link under the “Contact” portion of your site won’t work on my computer. Is there another way to do that? Thanks!

    ~Craig

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