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27Aug/170

Facing the fear of publishing

I am one week away from publishing my novel Succubus and I have been wrestling with fear and doubt. I knew this would happen and I was mentally prepared for it but fear of taking the final leap is a natural part of the creative process. So how do we break through the fear anyway?

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26Aug/170

Succubus: a supernatural suspense thriller

Succubus: a supernatural suspense thriller

Logan Baker was just doing a favor for a dying relative, but when he enters a mysterious, fenced-off desert compound, he falls under the spell of an alluring but frightening entity calling itself Constance. Sick from her influence, his relative now missing, and with someone trying to burn his entire life to the ground, Logan's favor puts him in the fight of his life.

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19Aug/170

Lessons from the final copy-edit of Succubus

Lessons learned from the final copy-edit of my novel Succubus. With three weeks until I publish the novel, I needed to go though every page carefully for spelling mistakes, typos, and flow issues. I documented the work as I went and came up with a process I can use on future novels. I share it with you in this video.

 

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15Aug/170

Editing tip: Isolate character arcs and edit separately

First drafts are great fun but publishable fiction is produced through the editing process. There are a lot of great resources to learn what other novelists do to edit their stories but we *must* develop our own process in order to succeed. This week, I share with you an editing tip where I isolate individual character story arcs and edit them separately to get a better book.

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14Aug/170

Westgate

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We live ten miles from an outdoor mall called the Westgate Entertainment District. It houses the Phoenix Cardinals football stadium, the Arizona Coyotes rink. an outlet mall with a hundred shops, a restaurant district and a movie theater. We frequent the theater because we're a fan of the large-format and 3D movies and they house the closest IMAX screen. Westgate is also home to Shane's Rib Shack where they make the best salad for miles (Chicken Tender with Apple Vinagarette). There's even a great outdoor space with a water feature for kids to play in and live music on the plaza every weekend that Westgate is a bit of a draw for people on the weekends (especially when there's an event at one of the stadiums).

My wife and I both in our creative space right now. I am working on a new story. She is creating art. We both share a passion for photography. Although we come at it differently and find different things interesting (she shoots people and animals and living things, I shoot objects and space and geometry), we spent an hour at Westgate at Sunset today as a way to share creativity.