Book Release Announcement
I am pleased to announce that I finally have a release date for Daddy is Tired, the children’s book my son and I wrote over a year ago. On June 28th, Daddy is Tired will be officially released for sale on Amazon.com. But, I got good news for you all. You can order now on Createspace and get a special discount (see below). Everything the book makes goes directly to Cinco and I really hope to encourage him to continue his pursuits of writing and the arts. So take a moment to share the links below and share this wonderful book. It is a great, fun early reader that I feel parents and children can relate to. Now, a little about the book:
Daddy is Tired
Authored by Richard “Cinco” Flores V, Illustrated by Lorikitty, Authored with Richard Flores IV
Full Color on White paper
BISAC: Juvenile Fiction / Readers / Beginner
Daddy is Tired is a children’s picture book about a dad who wants to rest while his son would rather play. Dad hopes for a little nap, but his son just wants to play.
This book was written by Cinco, at five years old, in one of his own quiet time sessions. Of course his dad didn’t get to rest either, he had to help.
Use discount code: 78VZNJ65 to get 10% off. This code will only be good until the book is released officially on June 28th, 2012. Feel free to share the link (https://www.createspace.com/3671972) and discount code with everyone you know.
Click here for the Amazon Listing.
In other news, I have been hard at work getting the Print Edition of Plasma Frequency Magazine Issue 1 ready for it’s release. I am working on advertising spots now, and there are still a few spots available for this issue. We have been hard at work on the layout. And, once the print edition is final, we will begin work on the Kindle Edition. One great thing in the subscriptions are coming in all over the world. We have subscribers in the US, Singapore, the UK, Denmark, Canada, and elsewhere. So I am excited about the release of Issue 1. Here is the cover art by Tais Teng and it is inspired by “Frequencies” by Michael Hodges.
Of course, we are hard at work on reading for Issue 2 now. And this has left me little time for much else. I suppose the if I wish to get more of my own writing done, I will need to seek more volunteers to help me with the reading, artwork, layout, and advertising. All of which take a lot of work.
I still don’t have cover art to show you for Dissolution of Peace. But, I suspect it will be released in Late August. I plan to have an official release date in the July updates.
My novel in progress has ground to a halt. Mostly because of all my other life commitment. The Magazine, my volunteer activities, and my job keep me pretty busy most of the time.
No new short story acceptances to report either.
So that is the June Updates. See next week for my next blog post, not sure what Topic I will choose though.
I can’t believe we’re already six days into March. A lot has happened since my last updates and as a result my regular scheduled blogs had been disrupted. I hope to start posting every week again, but instead of Sundays it will be on Tuesdays. So keep an eye out for regular blogs posts again, hopefully I can keep up the advice blogs.
Let’s start with some personal updates. I spent President’s Day weekend moving. I didn’t move far, just back to my hometown of Vacaville, but the move still took three days. My advice… DON’T USE BUDGET. I reserved a truck with Budget Truck rentals, and AFTER I confirmed the reservation they decided to tack on a $200 deposit. Had the online reservation tool mentioned that prior to confirmation I would have canceled. So, I called Budget and told them I wanted to cancel. They charged me $50 to do that. I can’t possibly believe that the 10 minutes from the time I pressed confirm to the time I canceled, inconvenienced them that much.
Well, that took away half my moving truck budget and made it impossible for me to rent from anywhere else. So I had to move my whole three bedroom house with my minivan. That made the move tiring, exhausting, and LONG. But we got everything moved but we are still working on unpacking.
I finished that move on a Monday and started my new job on the Wednesday after I had been out of work for just under a year. I know many other people have been out of work even longer so I feel blessed and fortunate to have found work. That being said, it is still hard to get back into the rhythm of working full time after so many days off. I hope to get a schedule figured out soon so that I can fit in my scheduled writing and gym time. But it feels good to have a reliable income again.
On the writing front, I haven’t got much done. My January short story is still in it’s infancy. I think it is just short and it needs to be developed more. I didn’t get one done in February, but I may start in on another novel based on the Characters and world of “Dream Job” (you can read it here in the first issue of Cygnus Journal).
The two short stories I have out are still making their rounds. “Miles from the Future” recently received another rejection. However it was a rare personal rejection explaining that it made it all the way to final stages, but was apparently just nudged out by other works. I am debating on where to send it next. I have a very promising story called “Compassionate Death” that is currently still circling with some Pro Markets. I haven’t got much feedback on it from editors, but my trial readers really seemed to enjoy it. I think it could still be some time before either one is published, but I look forward to when I can share them with you.
My son’s Children’s Book, Daddy is Tired, has hit yet another road block in its journey to publication. The illustrator has developed a medical issue that has impacted her drawing arm. While it is not anything major (as in life threatening) it is very painful. I hope she can get the treatment she needs and gets well soon. There is one plus side. I did get this sample image to share with you all:
My recently completed first draft for my untitled novel, is still resting. I plan to get to the first rounds of edits this month, schedule permitting. I am excited to get that one out to you guys as well. I know it is a bit premature but I already wonder about cover art for that one. I also hope the sample readers like it. It will be a ton of work, and I do intend to use professional help for the final draft. But that is still a long while away. If I can think of a good title, I will certainly share it with you guys.
On this blog, I plan to work on another help piece for authors on the subject of properly critiquing other writer’s works. I have found that helping others with their works has helped my writing improve more than any other method. In any case, I am not sure if that post will be out next week or the week after.
But, I will have something to share with you next week. So, until then, happy writing. As always you can follow me on Facebook and Twitter.
A lot has gone on since I wrote my January Updates in the first part of January. There are new announcements and progress reports to share. Let’s get started, shall we.
On February 5th, I finished the first draft of my still untitled novel. It game is at just over 67,000 words and only took forty seven days start to finish. As I mentioned before, I didn’t write everyday. Life gets in the way sometimes. So, it took 21 days of writing. I am pleased to be finished, but now the real work starts. There are many other steps ahead and I will probably start the self editing in March.
I did write a January short story. I put it out for critiques and the overwhelming response is that it seems unfinished. I originally wrote it with a quick little idea, thinking a flash piece. But it seems it needs some expanding. The problem is, I am not sure where I will go from here. We will see.
Daddy is Tired, the children’s picture book, is still waiting on the illustrator. So, unfortunately there is no cover art to show you yet. I also don’t think a March release will happen either. The lead time from the publisher is lengthy. So, perhaps April. The illustrator has told me she will be staying up late tomorrow and hopes to finish then. Official release dates will be announced as soon as I have them.
I’ve done a lot of reading since I finished Shining in Crimson by Robert S. Wilson. I read Shadows in Flight by Orson Scott Card and The NanoTech Murders by Lee Gimenez (review here). Right now I am reading I, Robot by Isaac Asimov. I know it is amazing that I have not read this book yet, not sure why I never got to it but I am reading it now. Once I finish that, I will have to head back to the book store.
I’m planning a move any day now. I plan to move back to Vacaville, my hometown here in California. I’m living just up the road in a neighboring city right now. We moved here for cheaper rent, but we miss home (even with it being so close) and we hope to move before March 1st. But, that may not be possible. It all depends on if we hear back from the applications we have put in.
Well, that’s the updates for February. We’ll have to touch base on these again in March. Hopefully then I will have release dates and other fun stuff to share.
I didn’t write a blog post yesterday. I had every intention of doing so, but I also have a great family and they needed my attention yesterday as well. My two older boys had their first ever soccer practice, the wife and I had to meet with some people to talk about Life Insurance. Then of course I had to have play time with the kids and cook dinner, and on and on and on. Not exactly exciting stuff but it all piled up into a nice pile of excuses (valid ones) to not write anything. No blog post and no story work. Opps!
My fellow writers out there with kids know exactly what I mean. So last night as I was laying in bed, kicking myself for not writing, I thought this would be a great topic for today’s post.
Writing with Kids!
When I first started writing for my own fun, I had no kids. I would write for hours into the wee hours of the night. I would put down thousands of words a day, easy. Then my first son was born. Having a child is one of the best things that can ever happen in your life. My beautiful wife did all the hard work giving birth to all three of our children. I was working so she even took care of most of the late night needs of a baby each and every time. She is an amazing woman.
Well something else happened with the miracle of becoming a Dad. The days suddenly got shorter. There was not longer 24 hours in day, I am pretty sure time accelerates. I would wake up in the morning with every intention of getting all my daily tasks done, including writing. And then I would eat breakfast, and just like that it was time for bed. I am sure something happened in between breakfast and going to bed, but it was all a blur. Two years later, my middle child was born, and two years after that my youngest. Time had now sped up exponentially with each child. I no longer ate breakfast. I woke up, did a bunch of things all related to child care (none of which I remember) and then I went back to bed.
Needless to say, writing never seemed to happen. Days turned to weeks, weeks to month, and next thing I knew my oldest son was five years old and going to Kindergarten. I know what you are thinking, I thought it too. I can write while he is in school! Well I have a two other sons, who need my time. And you would be amazed how much of my time they need.
But I needed my writing time too. My craft was for me, and I needed some me time. At the same time I had some other epiphanies at the same time and really began to look into writing. My passion for writing had bloomed, but now I needed to find the time. The great people of my writer’s group has a lot of great ideas.
Some get up early before the kids and get an hour in that way. The problem is, I am just to damn lazy to get up any earlier then I have to. In most cases, laziness beats determination especially when you have three young boys who never stop sucking the energy from you. So that option was out for me. It may work for you, and if you want to try it… go right ahead. I will pass.
Some suggested waiting for the kids to go to bed for the night. But my wife works twelve hour days and the only time I get with her is after they go to bed. Did I mention she is a beautiful woman? So the last thing I want to do is spend time with my keyboard over her. She is fully supportive of my art and would likely let me write to my hearts content, but I am a man too. And as a man I want to spend time with her too.
Others simply wrote while their kids play around them. I am a paranoid Dad. The second the house in quiet, I panic. My house is never quiet. And as soon as they see me distracted they find something they should not have and they get quiet. They think they can get away with it because Dad is busy. Well when I write, I can’t have distractions. The words come to mind far faster then I can type them (and I type at a decent speed). Stopping every few minutes to put on the black and white stripes to referee the latest toy dispute distracted me to much.
Of course there was nap time. In the early years that did not work. When all three kids are asleep I was playing catch up on the house work. The stuff you don’t want to do around kids because the seem to some how ruin it. You know the toy the never play with so you pick it up and now they want to use it. Or the dishes they see you doing, and now they need a snack (three boys always need snack). And now, my two older boys don’t even take a nap. So, that takes a lot of work.
Any of these tips may work for you, but not for me. But I still needed to write.
So what did I do?
The idea actually came from my mom. As she so often does, she has ideas for everything. I suppose its her nearly thirty years of Mommy experience. She suggested that when my little one goes for his nap, I impose “Quite time” to help the older two relax. So we did that.
It wasn’t to long into this that an idea came to mind. I should share my writing time with my kids. I hear you all yelling at me right now. “YOU IDIOT YOU JUST SAID YOU CAN’T DO THAT!!” First, don’t yell at me. Second, I mean to actually share the quiet time as art time.
So, I put my little one to nap. Then I start the two older children on their homework. This is when I work on picking up the house, doing the dishes, and helping with my kids homework. After that we continue quiet time with “art time.”
They color, draw picture and read books. I write. For two hours we do this. We stop and share with each other. Mostly they show me what they draw or tell me what they read. But sometimes we work together. My oldest boy and I put together a children’s story. And I am working to have it published very soon. Its like a writing group with my kids.
Share in the passions you have with your kids. Art is to important and too many kids don’t get it in school anymore. I have completed a lot more writing sharing the time with my kids, and they are enriching their minds with books, arts, and crafts. They need the time away from the TV. You never know what they may become in the future and the art time may be what they need.
Family is always first, that will never change for me. And it should be the same for you. But, family time does not have to trump writing time. It can be shared.
Does this work for me? Yes. Your results may vary.
If you have kids you have to fit your writing (or other art) around, please comment bellow on how you do it. I would love to know.