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Topped with Rainbow Colored Sprinkles

It’s 1:30AM when I wrote this and I’m still awake. Truth be told, I’m currently angry at myself for not buying ice cream earlier. I hate my logical past self. 1:30AM demands ice cream. We’re going to need to have a long talk about the necessity of having chocolate swirls available at all time.

I just clicked “submit” on the Nighthawks audio book. My past self is kind of a dink. I remember him thinking, “Oh, I can edit an audio book easy peasy.” Not only did he skip out on peanut butter cup Ben & Jerry’s, he also had absolutely no idea how difficult it is to edit an audio book. My wonderful narrator, Robin J. Sitten did such a great job that the editing process was easy enough, but active listening is apparently not a skill I easily command. The button has been pushed and now the Amazon gremlins will perform whatever devious acts they must and soon it’ll be available for sale.

Oh yeah, Suburban Zombie High: The Reunion is available for sale too. Grab a copy, leave a review, I think by now we all know the drill. The third installment is getting ready to see the light of day for the first time. The third book in this series has defeated me three times before. This time, I’m kicking it in the butt so hard its teeth are rattling. Huge shout out to my editor for this series, Suzanne Lahna over at Word Vagabond, without her cheering me on from the corner, I’d probably be a crying mess. Nobody wants to see a large man weeping over his iPad. It’s not pretty.

By the time you read this, there’s a good chance I’ll have the curtains drawn and be elbow deep in popcorn while I watch the latest Power Rangers movie. Yes, the curtains will be drawn so my neighbors won’t catch me indulging in my secret shame. What can I say? I grew up on Power Rangers and with an injection of teen angst, there’s a chance I’ll be buying it on Blu-Ray before the end credits appear. Stop shaking your head, it’s not that bad. I can quit anytime I want. I swear.

Now that you’re judging me, leave me your guilty pleasure movie in the comments. I’ll reveal the single movie I can’t help but stop and watch every time it’s on TV. You think you’re judging me now, just wait.

Boskone 54 – Sci-Fi & Fantasy at Boston’s Seaport

I had the opportunity to work at Boskone 54 as both a vendor and a panelist. I sat on some amazing panels and met some pretty spiffy folks. The event, overall, it was amazing. The people in attendance were voracious readers looking for new material to consume. I talked more about science fiction than I had in my entire life. I recommended books, sold some of my own, and had a chance to make some new friends with both readers and other vendors.

I was so incredibly nervous attending, but familiar faces through the New England Horror Writer’s made it bearable. I have to give a special shout out to Cat & Barry for making sure I had food and bathroom breaks. Trisha was kind enough to cover my table while I spoke on a panel and Suzanne talked geek with me while bringing me chocolate. I’m still constantly amazed with how wonderful this tribe of writers in the Northeast can be. I’m thrilled to have met them.

While at Boskone I also got interviewed by Max Bowen and Matt Zappa from Citywide Blackout of WEMF Radio. They were a riot to talk to and did a great job loosening me up while we shot the shit. We talked superheroes, zombies and where they intersect. If you want to check it out, you can listen over on Citywide’s Blog.

 In other good news, Nighthawks is currently in the process of being turned into an audio book. I’m thrilled and a slight be terrified. While that is being done behind the scenes I’m still in the middle of writing Morning Sun and on track to have it available come May. I’ll have even more good news coming in the next few weeks, but I wanted to share what I could now. Thanks for the support everybody, this wild and crazy ride is still going strong!

Reflecting on a Year Not Done

I’m having a weird weekend. I’ve spent the day revising the latest draft of my manuscript. My editor gave me some great notes and overall, she said I had made some great improvements in my story and my technical skill. While I never set out to “improve,” my writing, this year, I did take risks to expand myself as a writer. It reminded me that this year has been one packed to the brim with amazing opportunities.

This year I…

Published the first book in the Children of Nostradamus series. Nighthawks is my first sci-fi novel and revolves around a dystopian future and the superpowered people trying to survive. I’m proud of it because it focuses on the humanity of an archetype under stress. It also begins my falling down the rabbit hole asking, “In our darkest moments, are we still human?”

Published the second and final chapter of the I.Am.Maine project. I have mixed feelings about this. If you hear me speak about writing, I’ll be the first to say this book has a weird place in my bibliography. Many of my writing fans are geographically based in Maine or have strong connections to Maine. It has given me issues trying to break out as a sci-fi writer. However, I have had the opportunity to connect to so many people who either shared in my story or have a similar tale to tell. It remains the book that speaks to who I am today.

Wrote, submitted, and had my first three horror stories accepted to anthologies. I wanted to get my name in front of more people. This started as a marketing tactic, but this is where I think growth happened. I do not define myself as a horror writer. My first story, “Access Violation,” in Wicked Witches: An Anthology by the New England Horror Writers relies heavily on fantasy and sci-fi elements and lands solidly in the cyberpunk realm. I got great feedback and had to knuckle down and rewrite a significant amount of the book to be accepted, but I grew. When I submitted “Purgatory Junction,” for Northern Frights, I delved into traditional ghost stories and the unnerving sense of isolation. I walked away from writing that story catching myself jumping at shadows. The third submission gave me the opportunity to write my first serious zombie piece. “We Cease to Exist,” takes place in Only the Light We Make, Chris Philbrook’s universe of Adrian’s Undead Diary. The challenge of writing a story in a person’s world other than your own is a challenge. The crowd is not my norm, and it took some calibrating. However, I’m proud to say it was submitted. All three stories were accepted.

Received my first rejection of the year. In total I wrote four short stories and three were accepted. The fourth story was one of 800 submissions and while I was disappointed, how could I feel bad? A year ago I wouldn’t have had the confidence to submit a humorous tale of office politics and superheroes. Now, the rejection letter sits in a pile with others and I’m moving forward.

Attended my first, second, third, and fourth comic-book convention as a vendor. It started with Bangor Comic & Toy Convention. I met geeks. I met people I connected with. I got to see people excited to be with their own. I felt at home. The sensation was amazing enough I attended three more throughout the year, both as a solo act and with the New England Horror Writers.

Participated in my first public speaking at Pandemonium Books. Reading “Access Violation,” amongst a group of writers was one of most unnerving acts I’ve participated in. I’m still relatively new to this and each of these “first moments,” are small hurdles toward the end of the race. I think I did fairly well. I got a rise from the audience, and laughter where needed. The sarcasm of my writing works well when spoken.

Attended a genre conference for writers in New England. NECON as it is referred to was filled with writers relating to horror specifically, but always some fringe writers in fantasy and science fiction. There were Bram Stoker winners and nominees and the names of authors who I grew up reading in attendance. I was a bit in shock to realize I went from admiring these people to being one of their peers. That transition continues to boggle my mind.

Wrote the second installment of the Children of Nostradamus series. It’s always questionable if a series will continue. I’m proud to say the story and the arcs resulting from book one will carry the series on for a few more books. I wanted a world I could write in for a while, and it looks like I’ll get what I wanted. Night Shadows gets the benefit of having the kinks worked out of it by writing short stories this year. I get to feature more characters I like and the story takes a dark turn which is letting me work out some angst.

Met some amazing writers. As I posted my annual Facebook “year in review” video, I realized that all but one person I added to my friends list are a direct resulting of my writing. I’ve befriended authors I admire and several I read growing up. I’m happy to know there is a community out there wanting you to succeed. Advice is never more than a text message away and there’s always a drinking buddy when you need one.

I’m sure there is plenty more. The year has been action packed. Where many people would say, “Where has the time gone?” I’m left saying, “How’d I manage so much in one year?” Next year is proving to be even more action packed. January is the only month where I’ll get some down time. From there it’s off to the races to see if I can put 2016 to shame.

Writerly Updates

NEHWA Speaking Panel

Upcoming Author Panel. My biggest upcoming news is that I’m doing a a speaking engagement on Saturday, September 3rd at the Lancaster Public Library with some awesome people. I joined the New England Horror Writers Association about six months ago, and even though I’m not quite on genre with horror, they’ve been a great resource and sounding board for my many questions. I’ll be the rookie on panel and we’ll see if I can remember to speak without frequently saying, “uhmmmm.” Thankfully there will be other authors there to speak up. I’ll also be selling autographed books while I’m there.

Mailing List. I’m working on building my mailing list. I’ll be releasing exclusive content on there. The most notably will be short stories that happen between each of the Suburban Zombie High Series. There are some plot holes I intentionally crafted so I could fill them later. There should be plenty of hilarity. Subscribe on the right hand side. I’ll also be releasing book deals through there. So to stay up to date, submit your email. I should have one going out in a couple of weeks.

Week long Kindle Book Deal. Starting on September 28th, Suburban Zombie High will be available for Kindle for $.99. If you’re interested, download it. I’ve added a sneak peek chapter at the end for Suburban Zombie High: The Reunion for you to check out. I think it should entertain.

Need some Beta Readers! I’m looking for some people to read a novel I’m working on right now. It’s a dystopian future superhero novel. It’s a bit dark, it’s a bit sarcastic, and it’s a lot of action. I need somebody to check it out and get back to me fairly quickly with some notes. If you’re interested shoot me an email.

Suburban Zombie High: The Final Class. It has begun.

I.Am.Maine: Photographs of Small Town Maine. I have begun writing the content that will accompany the photographs. It’s touching doing this project again. I’m excited to see where it goes. It’s a lot of creative writing. It will be available in hardback later in the year and sold through a limited run. I’ll have more information as it gets closer to finishing.

Subscription Guide

This week I will be releasing the first chapter of Suburban Zombie High online for the masses. I’m excited. I’m nervous. I’m a bundle of mixed emotions that results in me jabbering. Since it will be the first episode release, I thought it would be a good idea to tell people how they can be sure to catch every “episode” of the book.

Mail Subscription
On the right hand side of the website there is a box that says “Subscribe to Blog.” This will make sure that each entry of the book goes straight to your mailbox and you can read at your own leisure.

RSS Feed
For the more tech savvy folks out there. You can add: feed://remyflagg.com/?feed=rss2 to get updates from the entire website. If you are just interested in receiving chapters of Suburban Zombie you can add: feed://remyflagg.com/?cat=3&feed=rss2 to your RSS News Feeds. By doing this you can be sure that you will get the chapters as they become available.

Website
If you look at the top of the website you’ll see a menu for “Projects.” If you hover over that, you’ll see Suburban Zombie High is a button. If you go there, it’ll show you the newest chapter of the novel.

Social Media
Each chapter will also be broadcasted on Social Media (Twitter, Facebook) but unfortunately there are some limitations. If you rely on FB to show up on your timeline, only 33% of the members of a page see a post. Twitter’s will also work but because of the fast paced nature of Twitter’s feed, it can be difficult to keep up with latest chapters. If you’re one a daring person, you can find my twitter feed: http://twitter.com/writeremyflagg and my Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/writeremyflagg.com