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Friday Night Drabble Party
Wow, has it really been since 2018 that I last published a Friday Night Drabble Party story? It has. Damn…
It was nice to write a new drabble this morning. I wasn’t sure if I was going to or not, but it felt right.
New to drabbles? They’re micro-stories that are exactly 100 words long. Kinda cool.
I’ll keep the announcements to a minimum tonight, but if you missed my last couple of posts, you can find them here:
A quick heads up regarding FNDP: This will be the last FNDP I post on my website. From now on I’ll be emailing this to my entire list through September. After that it’ll only be available to subscribers. Don’t worry, subscribing is free! But…starting in 2021 FNDP will only be available to paid subscribers. So go subscribe for free now and get a few months of free fiction then see what you think. Cool?
“Square it off, Ted!”
“No, Ted, you aren’t. You are not!”
Morgan sat at her bedroom window, watching and listening to the old couple bicker back and forth as they tried to instal a small awning over their back porch.
She didn’t know why they wanted to sit on their back porch. No one wanted to be outside anymore.
“It’s crooked, you moron!”
“You want me to put this screwdriver through your head?”
At least it was entertaining.
Then the wind shifted and Morgan was forced to close her window.
It was burn day for the corpse pits…
Disclaimer: I have no crystal ball, but we may need to face some hard truths soon…
I wanted to give a quick update on the writing stuffs:
I am diving into indie publishing. I’ve gotten rights back to the Apex Trilogy (Dead Mech, The Americans, Metal and Ash) and I’m publishing those on my own. Going wide, y’all! That means for folks that don’t use Kindle you can now get all the Apex goodness!
I’m working on more Roak, but I plan on writing books 6 & 7 back to back, so there is a lot of prep going into finishing this series. Be patient as I work out all the details. I thought I’d get book 6 out in 2019, but odds are that will not be happening. Stay tuned!
The third book in The Flipside sagas will happen after I finish the Roak series. 2020? Maybe. All depends on progress with Roak.
I’m getting back into writing short fiction, so be on the lookout for announcements on where you can read the new stories. Better yet, sign up for my newsletter! I’ll be sending out news more frequently now.
There’ll be more news soon, but that’s it for now. If you want a few more details (and some slightly dated info) then check out my original post here: The End. The Beginning.
Well, folks, as you are very aware, life never stays static. It never sits still and never waits for you to catch up. Life keeps on moving.
And with that movement (he he, I said movement), comes constant change.
For the past five years I have been lucky to have been given the gift of being able to write full time. Very few writers get that opportunity. Remember, only 5% of professional writers do it full time. The Arts is a tough career to crack.
With a kid in college, and one heading there soon, plus maybe a retirement at some point before Death takes me away in its bony clutches, we can no longer rely on my writing income to cut the mustard. That’s a saying. Cut the mustard. What was mustard like way back when they had to cut it? That’s some thick mustard. Crazy…
Anyhoo, I am now going back into the world of sales. I’ll be the sales manager for the retail division of A-B Emblem. Check them out. It’s gonna be a pretty cool gig, actually, and I’m looking forward to it. And being a sales manager means I’ll be working over 40 hours per week plus traveling to trade shows. Gonna cut down on my writing time. A lot.
Which means… Bullet point time!
- Expect the next Roak novel late 2019.
- Expect the third/last Flipside Sagas novel sometime in 2020.
- There will be no new Z-Burbia novels. For now…
- The kaiju series is officially over. No 4th novel. 3rd novel didn’t sell, so no point in chasing bad money with good words.
- Team Grendel will always be a favorite of mine, but if new novels happen it will be years from now. Years. Do not ask when. Years…
- There won’t be anymore Dead Mech or Fighting Iron novels or any continuation of any of the small series.
- Writing In Suburbia had its last episode released. After March I will be taking the podcast down. Download those episodes now!
- I’ll still be co-hosting the Asheville/WNC Writers Coffeehouse.
What does this mean for Jake Bible Fiction? Well, that’s a very good question. The newsletter will still be going out. I’ll still write some drabbles now and again, but not on a weekly basis. And all of the novels I’ve written will still be available for purchase! I’ve written 60 novels, 50 of them in the last five years, so I’m guessing there are some you haven’t read. Yes, I’m looking at you right there. You know who you are…
I know I have said that the only way you fail at writing is to quit, and this may seem like quitting to many of you, but it’s not. I have zero intention of quitting writing. I am simply quitting it as a full time, sole income gig. Just like 95% of the profession, I’ll be doing it part time and only when I can. Life and work and family and all that jazz comes first. There’s something to be said about the peace of mind that a stable income brings and I look forward to that peace of mind.
In the meantime, check out the lists of novels and audiobooks above. I have menu links, people! MENU LINKS! Get a book you haven’t read yet. Listen to the new versions of the MEGA audiobooks. Re-read my first novel (Dead Mech). Have fun!
And just know that this isn’t goodbye. Far from it. This is simply a reboot of what has been so far an amazing ride as a professional writer. Death and rebirth has been the major theme of my life for as long as I can remember. Welcome to the rebirth folks. I hope you enjoy the journey with me!
Oh, and if you are an author or publisher and you need custom patches made (YOU DO!) then hit me up. I can make that happen.
December 2018/January 2019
Updated: July 2019
Life is super busy right now, so the Friday Night Drabble Party will be on hiatus for a few weeks. Just trying to get a few things sorted out before moving forward in this crazy world of writing and publishing.
Make sure y’all stay groovy and try not to get into too much trouble. I mean, try to get into a little bit of trouble, just not too much. Moderation, people! Moderation!
The last Friday of September is upon us! What does that mean? October is next week, baby!
Halloween season is here! Woo hoo!
And you know what says Halloween better than anything in the world? MEGA SHARKS!
Just go with it…
Tantor Audio has released the reboot of MEGA! Click the pic below and go get the brand new recording of the book that started Team Grendel’s journey! Tanto Audio will be releasing a new audiobook a month until all six are out in the wild. That means, for those of you waiting on the previously unreleased audiobooks of 5 and 6, the wait is only a few months away! Bam!
And I’m digging the vector graphics style of the audiobook cover. Pretty cool.
Also, don’t forget about the Max Rage audiobook that just came out!
And in some short story news, Tales From The Lyon’s Den has been released. It’s part of the Four Horseman Universe by Mark Wandrey and Chris Kennedy. Lots of cool stories by lots of cool writers!
Chris also has a Kickstarter going that is almost over. So hurry! Military scifi card game for the win!
Oh, oh, oh! New Sci-Fi Bridge giveaway!
So much groovy stuff for this last Friday of September!
Know what else is groovy? A free drabble!
Lester had, as his mother would often say, “Issues, Lester. So many issues!”
Alarms every two hours so he could inject his anti-radiation medicine. Alarms every other hour so he could inject his mother’s medicine. She refused to synch up with him.
Most days he stared at the airlock, dreaming.
“Issues, Lester!” his mother would shout. “So many damn issues!”
Lester did not believe the plural applied. He figured there was only an issue. One single issue that he could handle easily.
Lester turned off the alarms.
Or one set, at least.
The issue was about to solve itself.