Last weekend I attended a writing retreat in Hocking Hills, Ohio. It was hosted by Raw Dog Screaming Press. Ten writers made up the group of attendees. We stayed in an awesome cabin in the middle of the woods. I know... it sounds like the plot to a horror movie. I've included a link to some photos I took during the weekend. And yeah... I wrote some stuff too.
From December 24, 2014 to December 28, 2014 Hell's Waiting Room will be free for Kindle. Here is the link to download it:
At the end of every year I sit down to look back at what happened over the previous twelve months. At first I always think I didn’t do anything, but after a few minutes I realize I’ve been pretty busy all year.
I read 85 books 2014. I listened to a lot of new music. And I tried to keep track of the movies I’ve watched. (I’m terrible at keeping track of the movies.)
When I wasn’t at my day job, and I had a few minutes to sit down, I wrote. I did take a two month break from writing after my father’s death. I took a similar break the prior year when my mother passed away. If felt like the respectful thing to do.
I didn’t move this year, thankfully, but I did do a bunch of other stuff. Somewhere along the way my hair turned blue, I went to some Cons, I quit smoking again (hopefully for good), I spent too much money on car repairs, and I published some stuff. Here’s a breakdown:
The audio book of Other People’s Shit went live.
I published Baby Hater independently as a chapbook.
My father passed away.
I started taking audio auditions for Baby Hater.
I attended KrallCon.
The audio book of Baby Hater went live.
I attended World Horror.
I had a story published in Easy Reading for Difficult Devils: An Anthology of Dark Fiction edited by Zachary T. Owen.
I got a year older.
I attended the Yellow Springs Book Fair and got rained out.
I sold some pre-orders of Hell’s Waiting Room.
I started taking audio auditions for Hell’s Waiting Room.
I attended a reading in Wisconsin.
Hell’s Waiting Room was published through Grindhouse Press.
Fred Savage’s autographed photo attended BizarroCon in my place.
I sold some pre-orders of Misery and Death and Everything Depressing.
My tenth book, Misery and Death and Everything Depressing, was published by Grindhouse Press.
Goals for next year (as long as I accomplish one I’ll be happy):
GET SOMEONE TO NARRATE HELL’S WAITING ROOM AND TURN IT INTO AN AUDIOBOOK BECAUSE I’M TOO LAZY!
Finish writing the horror novel I’m currently working on.
Narrate Misery and Death and Everything Depressing for an audiobook.
Take a vacation.
Now on to the boring stuff...
BOOKS I READ
* indicates books I really liked.
# indicates books that were rereads.
Burning Chrome by William Gibson
Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
Flesh by Richard Laymon
The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith
Herzog by Sal Bellow
Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
Screwjack by Hunter S. Thompson
The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks *
Amnesia Moon by Jonathan Lethem
Beauties in the Deep by Zachary T. Owen
Dickinstein by Shannon Yarbrough
Fish Freaks of Farheath by Brent Michael Kelley
Frostbite by David Wellington
Overwinter by David Wellington
Antwerp by Roberto Bolano
The Dream Ward by Jon R Meyers
Invisible Monsters by Chuck Palahniuk
The Men Who Stare At Goats by Jon Ronson
Diary by Chuck Palahniuk
Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said by Philip K Dick
The Average American Marriage by Chad Kultgen
Fill the Grand Canyon and Live Forever by Andersen Prunty #
Alice in Deadland by Mainak Dhar
The Influence by Bentley Little
False Magic Kingdom by Jordan Krall
Side Effects by Woody Allen
Magic Terror by Peter Straub
The Sheltering Sky by Paul Bowles
The Descendants by Kaui Hart Hemmings
Books of Blood, Volume One by Clive Barker
The Ask by Sam Lipsyte
The Lost by Jack Ketchum
The Tommyknockers by Stephen King
The After-Life of Pork Knuckles Malone by MP Johnson
DangerRAMA by Danger Slater
Frank by Jon Ronson
Freedom by Jonathan Franzen
Summer House with Swimming Pool by Herman Koch
Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin
Where There’s Smoke... by William B Davis
Salt Sugar Fat by Michael Moss
The Last Illusion by Porochista Khakpour
Elmore Leonard’s 10 Rules of Writing by Elmore Leonard
Cunt by Inga Muscio
The Leather Nun and Other Incredibly Strange Comics by Paul Gravett
Logan’s Run by William F Nolan
Tenth of December of George Saunders
Landline by Rainbow Rowell
The Natural Man by Ed McClanahan
Carsick by John Waters *
The Grove by John Rector *
Lightning Song by Lewis Nordan *
While the Savage Sleeps by Andrew E Kaufman
Creep House by Andersen Prunty
The Shuddering by Ania Ahlborn
The Great American Novel by Philip Roth
Pines by Blake Crouch
The Human Comedy by William Saroyan
Poe by J Lincoln Fenn
The Mental Floss History of the World by Erik Sass
Wolf in White Van by John Darnielle
Wetlands by Charlotte Roche *
Ghosted by Shaughnessy Bishop-Stall *
Wrecked by Charlotte Roche
Consumed by David Cronenberg
Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami
Hard Bodies by Justin Grimbol
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving
Books of Blood, Volume Two by Clive Barker
Empty Mile by Matthew Stokoe *
Books of Blood, Volume Three by Clive Barker
The Call of Cthulhu by HP Lovecraft
Books of Blood, Volume Four by Clive Barker
The Party Lords by Justin Grimbol
Hears of the Constant Hum by William Pauley III
Ghost Chant by Gina Ranalli
Arafat Mountain by Mike Kleine
The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevens
Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan
Burn Down the House and Everyone In It by Zachary T Owen
The Atrocity Vender by Nick Cato
Let the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist
MUSIC I LIKED
You can follow what I’m listening to on Spotify (http://open.spotify.com/user/1223627181) There were three albums that stuck out as favorites this year. Two were released this year and one was released in 2011.
That’s Harikiri by Sd Laika (2014)
A Constant Moth by Lord RAJA (2014)
Feed Forward by Sandwell District (2011)
MOVIES I LIKED
I’m terrible about keeping track of what movies I’ve watched. I know there were a lot more than what’s on this list but these are the ones that stuck out as favorites.
Under the Skin
The Wolf of Wall Street
Enter the Void
Beyond the Black Rainbow
A Fantastic Fear of Everything
20,000 Days on Earth
Here's the book trailer for Misery and Death and Everything Depressing. Available for Kindle pre-order now. Scheduled release is 12/16/2014 from Grindhouse Press.