Why I Love To Write #017 – In It For The Long Haul

I love to talk about how good writers have it these days. We’re super lucky in so many ways, simply to have the calling that we do. Some authors may feel like they chose to write books; many of us feel that writing chose us, or that there was no choice. There’s a part of us that has to write, to get those stories or ideas out there in the best way we can, and not stop no matter how many times we type ‘The End’. It’s nice to realize that the thing that chose you has so much flexibility and longevity built into it, and that those things are getting better every day.

Did you ever dream of being an athlete? I didn’t. I knew back then what they’re finally telling us now: the most rewarding sports are the most dangerous, and success still means minimal brain damage and constant pain for the long period of your life where you can no longer compete with others. One season of football in junior high taught me that smacking into someone or something full speed gave me headaches and an inability to focus. That’s American football, by the way. There was no organized futbal (uh, soccer?) going on in high school when I was a kid, and even those guys retire awful young; so I withdrew back into drawing and reading. Like public school programming, I realized pretty early on that eager participation would result in the loss of some precious part of me that I would need later, so I withdrew for the most part from both. Continue reading “Why I Love To Write #017 – In It For The Long Haul”

Why I Love To Write #015 – Your Books Are Your Babies

Artists have known for some time what studies are only now starting to report: art is as fulfilling as parenthood. The artist is rewarded by the same chemicals produced while creating their art as parents are by parenthood. All those emotions we thought only belonged to parents actually flow freely in the artist as well. Looking in your kid’s eyes and feeling awash with love is actually exactly the same as looking at your art as it is created and after it is finished. Some would go so far as to say that creating art is potentially much more fulfilling, but we don’t want to insult all those folks that think they’re somehow special because they are popping out babies like so many others. Continue reading “Why I Love To Write #015 – Your Books Are Your Babies”

Why I Love To Write #013 – Sudden Insight! Publishing!

Let’s slip back into the time stream as smoothly as possible here. I can rant, and get all lovey, and even wax philosophical from time to time; but I always bring it back around.

I had published my first book when Dawn and I came back into each other’s lives. I had hand-written my second book, the first installment in the ‘Walking Between Worlds’ trilogy. I thought I needed her to get it typed up, and find the right publisher. I thought she needed to keep focusing on the route I had learned about in books. I knew I wanted her to be my partner in life; I thought I needed her to be an assistant of sorts when it came to my books. Yeah, I was wrong about a bunch of things. Luckily, she wasn’t afraid to tell me so. Continue reading “Why I Love To Write #013 – Sudden Insight! Publishing!”

#TodayIAmAWriter – A Busy Month

Things got pretty busy around here in March. The funny thing is, much of us being busy was all about getting ready for an even busier month in April. Oh, and look at that…here it is already! Happy April! I don’t think I could be much more excited about what is coming up.

Today I released the second of eighteen short stories to my newsletter subscribers, supporting content for my upcoming novel Zombie Zero: The First Zombie. Hop on over and subscribe if you want, if you’re not already: the only way to get all eighteen short stories is to sign up. I would tell you all about the benefits of being a member of The Secret Society of Deeper Meaning but…well, it’s kind of a secret. If you are already getting my weekly messages, hopefully you aren’t having any trouble decoding them; and thank you for stopping by here as well.

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Newsletter News: More Subscriber Perks

As you surely know at this point, I am kinda knee-deep in gore with my current writing project. In the same movement that stopped me killing trees and smearing graphite or gel ink all over my hand (yes, I am left-handed; no, I don’t want to learn to contort my hand so that doesn’t happen. Those people are in the same part of their brain as all the right-handers; there are enough of them already). So now I use both hands, and my brain lights up in more places, and we all benefit from that.

How do you benefit? Well, that’s what I’m here to tell you! Let’s go back a little bit, so I can explain more throughly.

When I first started working on Zombie Zero, I thought it was going to be one long book. There were so many things happening in the story, and so many characters introducing themselves to me in my head; not only that, there was a whole world falling apart, and countless stories to be told within that fall. The thought of considering all of this supporting material ‘fat’, and cutting it, was an impossible one to consider; some of these characters show up in the sequel, although if their stories were told in the first book it would seem like a bunch of irrelevant fluff. I don’t mind the apocalyptic novel that spends a bunch of time on a bunch of characters that end up dying before the story really gets cooking; but it’s been done before, plenty of times, and that was not going to do anything but slow down the pacing of this book. Continue reading “Newsletter News: More Subscriber Perks”

#TodayIAmAWriter – New Writing Goals

Well, January looked a lot like September through December of last year did. I did a lot of book stuff, Dawn did a lot of book stuff, and most everything else got put off. That’s not bad; we added two new titles to the Sudden Insight Publishing library, and I wrote a lot in Zombie Zero. Oh, sorry, I should have capitalized that: I wrote A LOT in Zombie Zero. I wrote a little something every day, but most days I wrote well over a thousand words. Add that to the work I did on it in October, November and December leading up to that and…well, the first draft is pretty much done. Again, that’s not bad; but there are some issues. Continue reading “#TodayIAmAWriter – New Writing Goals”

Reblog: The Story Behind The Stories – Our First Anthology

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Today is the release date for Sudden Insight Publishing’s first anthology, and what an exciting day it is! It marks the end of a lot of hard work, to the projects within projects that were pulling this all together; and a beginning to all of our efforts having a chance to help a worthwhile cause. Profits from the sales of this publication will go to the SPCA, as thanks from all of the contributors to a special and worthwhile cause. Continue reading “Reblog: The Story Behind The Stories – Our First Anthology”

Drumroll please . . .

I’m writing this to announce the release of my new book, “Walking Between Worlds; Book II: Rise of the Walker King”. It is available in print and ebook format as of today, August 4th. Hooray!

That’s not all I want to write about today, however; any more than you should read this book without reading the first one. This book is part of a trilogy, and an important aspect of writing a trilogy to me is completing it in a timely fashion. At first that meant a book a year, giving us time to live a balanced life in our first few years running a publishing company.

Then we looked at our schedule and decided to just put everything off except this trilogy. So now, the second book is available four months earlier than we had originally planned. Hooray! I’m somewhere between a third and halfway done writing “Walking Between Worlds; Book III: Fall of the Walker King”, and we plan to release it December 1st of this year. Hooray! Dawn and I have both found our grooves with writing and editing and publishing, and it’s exciting to watch the machine work so smoothly. Hooray! Again!

On the other hand, my shop still looks pretty much exactly the same as it did when we moved in eight months ago. The garden only got partially built, and only survived thanks to Dawn and drip tubing. Unfortunately, the weeds are as healthy as the tomatoes and squash and onions. I did throw up a little bamboo tiki hut, but it looks like the castaways got rescued before night fell and abandoned it.

None of that matters, though, and here’s why: this trilogy will be done by the end of the year. Hooray! The whole story will be available in ebook and print, and neither you nor I will have to wait for anything. Well . . . there will be more books, and we do have to wait for them, but . . . well, you know what I mean.

While you are waiting, between now and the end of the year, there will be another opportunity for us to “Walk Between Worlds” briefly together. Sudden Insight Publishing is putting together an anthology set to release in the next couple of months. The theme is short stories that relate to a book or series currently in print; it’s a way to expose readers to more authors, and to give an extra peek into the written worlds we know and love.

The profits from this anthology will go to the SPCA, as thanks for bringing us an angel and to help them continue dispensing love and life and compassion.

My contribution to the anthology will be a prequel, a look at the events that led to everything that happens in this story. There are no spoilers in it, although it is meant to be read in time with it’s release between Book I and Book II. If you’re not sure about diving into this trilogy, this is a good way to get a sample of what it will be like while meeting some other great authors.

Anyone reading this (or anyone, really) is in one of two categories here: either you have read the first book or you haven’t. For those of you who haven’t, you may skip the next paragraph. For those of you who have, read on:

In Book I, Paul is given a key that opens the door to a whole new world and a strange new life. The fellow that gives him the key is more mystery than man, and as we learn more about him the mystery deepens. Why are his clothes damaged and burnt when he changes Paul? Why does he apologize for the way Paul was turned? Why does he refuse to continue as a Walker, when the Walker world needs someone like him more than ever? These questions and more get answered in the short story I am contributing to the anthology.

Welcome back, those of you who have not read Book I. If you have been waiting for the perfect opportunity, and you like ebooks, the first installment of this trilogy is on sale in ebook format for only ninety-nine cents for a limited time. If you have read Book I, you have my sincere gratitude. It has been a special honor to see this story touch people’s lives, and to feel uplifted by comments and reviews and appreciation as I was touched back. Writing has always been a big part of who I am; sharing has opened me up and filled me up in ways I never could have foreseen. Whatever parts of this journey you have shared with me, I thank you for . . . it is a sacred privilege to write for you.

Is the drum roll still going? Let’s end it with a resounding cymbal crash. Thanks for reading, and please buy my new release. As always, orders made through www.JayNorry.com can request a custom dedication and/or a signed copy at no extra charge. If you want to help even more, please post a review on Amazon or Goodreads. The journey continues, and I’m glad you’re here with me.

Enter to win a signed copy of “Rise of the Walker King”

I’m so excited to release the next book in the “Walking Between Worlds” series that I’ve decided to run a Goodreads Giveaway! You have until midnight, August 9th, to enter for a chance to win a signed copy of “Book II: Rise of the Walker King”. Haven’t read “Book I: Demons & Angels” yet? Well aren’t you lucky, the ebook version is on sale for just 99 cents at all of your favorite ebook retailers (but hurry, this sale ends SOON!).

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Walking Between Worlds; Book II

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The Devil, The Dog and The Anthology, Part 2 of 2; Moving at the Speed of Love

[If you’d like to start with Part 1, click here – Part 1: I am not a Dog Person]

I may have mentioned it before, but I’m not a dog person. One of the beings I care for the most in this world was the topic of part one of this post, and the fact that he is of canine persuasion has not escaped my attention. That does not make me a dog person; I just love my buddy very much, and that’s what he happens to be.

So there I was, on the website for the local SPCA looking for a buddy for my buddy. I knew what I had in mind, and that the final decision was not mine, and I fully expected the search to be a long one. I am rarely won over easily. I had not yet considered that the Universe had coaxed my thought in this direction, or that it might have a particular rescue already in mind. Continue reading “The Devil, The Dog and The Anthology, Part 2 of 2; Moving at the Speed of Love”