Resolutions

I don’t know about resolutions. I’ve never been much for making them. I think they should be called good intentions. Goals, on the other hand, are something I can get behind. I like short-term goals. Something I can accomplish in a week or less. I don’t mind long-term goals either, as long as they don’t go beyond 6 months to a year. Anything longer than that is a dream, and usually a wish. So, with that said, I accomplished a long-term goal: I published some short stories on Amazon.com. It was a great experience, I learned a lot, and I now understand that I have a lot more to learn. My next short-term goal is to get everyone to go out and buy these wonderful stories.

Okay, that’s unrealistic, and these little darlings should probably be killed. I’m not under any illusion that everyone will magically buy my stuff. However, I do believe that a few may look at it if they can get it for free. Over the Martin Luther King Day holiday weekend, when everyone will have some free time on their hands, these four short stories will be free to download (13-15 January 2018). Just click on this link. If you feel like it, leave a review or send me some feedback.

Changing gears, a friend of mine told me that I needed to come up with a brand. If I’m a horror writer I need a horror brand. If I’m a poet I need a poetry brand. That kind of thing. As of late, I feel like my brand might be the Cinderelly brand. You know the song: Cinderelly, Cinderelly
Night and day it’s Cinderelly
Make the fire, fix the breakfast
Wash the dishes, do the mopping
And the sweeping and the dusting… I’m probably more of a Disney Princess meets Jack Skellington.

I do like fire (fire, friend) and breakfast (and second breakfast), I do load the dishwasher, and will, on occasion, do the mopping and the sweeping and the dusting. I also do the laundry (not on Cinderelly’s list, I see). I bring this up, not to complain – I’m sure we all have chores to do – but to make a point that I might need help with. I thought I would have more time, being semi-retired, to write and to be published. I also thought writing would come easier. Most days, I sit at my desk and I feel like I’m a washed-up poet and writer. Fame and Fortune are really me moonlighting as a laundress for a small family in suburbia. When I twirl like Wonder Woman, I change from Cinderelly into an old man with lots of appointments regarding various defective body parts (original parts at least:). What kind of brand is that? The Mr. Mom meets Death brand?

Then again, there’s so much more than doing the wash, running the dishwasher, and growing dead. There’s always my alter-alter-ego: Rock Star. Try being a Rock Star, Mr. Mom, and an old man running from Death while reading several books a week and trying to write several more. Well, I’ve at least laid down a track or two and continue to read books. Here’s one track – my version of the old Nazareth favorite – books will follow.

Speaking of books – did you like that transition – this is what’s on the nightstand:

  • Steppenwolf & Siddhartha, both by Hermann Hesse
  • The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje
  • Honky Tonk Samurai & Bad Chile, both by Joe R. Landsdale
  • Infinite Jest by Davis Foster Wallace
  • Guitar by Richard Chapman

Loving Joe R. Landsdale (as always – he’s right up there with Robert R. McCammon for me). David Foster Wallace is a challenge (I think Joyce and Melville are easier reads and better stories). Richard Chapman is a good review of several things I know or should know on the guitar. I haven’t opened Hermann Hesse or Michael Ondaatje yet. I used to think reading helped with writing. I still do, but not in the way I originally thought it would help. It has expanded my vocabulary, my skill with words, and my experience. It has turned a few jingles in my head into more of a symphony.

  • What are you reading right now?
  • How much do you read?
  • Does it affect your writing?
  • How?

Post your comments below:)

 

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Fear Knocks presents… The Plan to Take Over the World

As several of you are probably aware, I have jumped off the curb and into the gutter of Indie Publishing, previously known as self-publishing. One reason is because what I write doesn’t really fit in a clean, one owner, genre on a bookshelf or in the mind of an agent or publisher, and that’s okay.  I’m all right with that (adjective: alright  satisfactory but not especially good; acceptable). I’ve started with short stories. They’re easy, relatively simple to create as eBooks, and are giving me some experience in what I’m going to have to get really good at when I take the plunge with a full-length novel. I’ve decided to call this first foray into ePublishing Fear Knocks presents, a series of short stories that will eventually be included in a full-length collection of a dozen or so short stories (a real eBook). They will basically all have the same covers, only the title will be different, and they’ll all be cheap, even free at times. I’ll probably announce the FREE times via newsletter, so if you are interested, you may want to sign up by clicking HERE, if you haven’t already subscribed.

That said, feedback is wonderful. Of the four stories that will be offered, two are reprints, so they’ve already gone through a hefty editing process, one received an honorable mention in a large writing contest, and one, well, I just liked it, and so did my wife. There may be a couple more, because the ultimate goal of this exercise, as I said, is to move to a larger publication, a real eBook, a solid, paperback book, and possibly an audio book component. Fear Knocks presents Tales from the Dark Side, or Tales from Beyond, or something like that. So, any feedback you can give is wonderful. Post a comment here, post a rating on Amazon, or shoot me an email at fearknocks@gmail.com.

The first eBook is live, and you can buy it by Clicking Right Here:) The other three are on pre-order just in time for Christmas. The planets aligned and the stars are right, Ph’nglui mglw’nafh Cthulhu R’lyeh wgah’nagl fhtagn. The hard copy, paperback, beautiful cover with front and back matter collection of short stories will hopefully follow in January 2018. Then, I have a date with destiny in June of 2018: I’ve been invited to release my first full-length novel at Spring Into Books, Madison Blackwood and The Twelve Hours of Night. It’s an interesting mix of YA, Dark Urban Fantasy, Action, Adventure, and Suspense. I believe they call that genre, as I alluded to earlier, doesn’t really fit in a clean, one owner, genre on a bookshelf or in the mind of an agent or publisher, or DRFIACOOGOABOITMOAAOP for short. Once these things have all been completed, I should be on the verge of world domination.

So, Fear Knocks presents, #2, Expendable, by K. Scott Forman, unofficial cover reveal…

As I sit here and type, I realize I’ve had my very first sale on Amazon. Someone bought my book that wasn’t my wife or mother, and they’ve even left a review (thank you, C.R. Langille). How exciting!

Here are the links to order or pre-order:

Lovecraft’s Pillow – Available

Expendable – Available December 17

Lost at Sea – Available December 18

The House that Jack Built – Available December 19

Now, back to writing, back to work, back to what I love to do!

Write on, my friends, write on!

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Lovecraft’s Pillow is Now Live

My first venture into ePublishing is now live and available for purchase. Thank you, each and every one of you, for supporting me along the way.

Lovecraft’s Pillow is a short story which you can purchase by clicking Here. If you are a member of Amazon’s kindle unlimited, read it for free.

If you would like to sign up for my free newsletter, you can do so by clicking HERE.  Signing up will get you a free story, a reprint of The Stranger Within,  which originally appeared in It Came From The Great Salt Lake: A Collection of Utah Horror.

Again, thank you, one and all, for your support.

Happy Holidays!

 

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