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Monthly Archives: September 2011

Greetings, Bearers!

Great news: my short story collection, Alternate Endings, is almost done.  I’m finishing up a few touches to a couple of the stories, after which I’ll get them edited, slap a cover on them (more on that in a moment), and have them ready for ebook readers to peruse and enjoy! 

I’ve just finished up communication with the cover designer (Yes, a professional one who can do a whole lot better than me), and she got back to me saying she’ll be getting to work on it after a convention.  I’m hyped about this, and will have something for you to see as soon as it comes my way.

As for the Vein series, that’s coming along as well.  I’ve written a LOT on The Summoning of Kran and will be setting up the Vein Omnibus in the next couple of months, which is a glossary of the people, places, and things found in the world of the Vein.  One of the things I admired about writers like J.R.R. Tolkien was the care he took to keep continuity and depth in his stories and worlds, and I want to bring that same sort of “life” to all of you in my works.  It makes the stories more enjoyable, and it makes my work worthwhile.  So the Omnibus is on its way as well.

And of course I want to give a shout to those of you who have stepped into the world of the Vein for the first time in purchasing my books.  Thank you for doing so, and I hope you enjoy what you read.  Be sure to check out my free short stories on Smashwords.com and spread the word about them!

Okay, back to work.  Everybody look busy!

See you in the Vein

J. Dean

Greetings, Bearers!

And to finish the thought above, the best day is getting a good amount of writing done!  Time and situations have permitted me to get cracking on my works, and I’ve been happily kicking butt!  Four pages a day for writing is REALLY good, especially when you’ve got a day job to tend to as well.  The best part about it is that this is going to be carrying on for me for at least a few more weeks, so believe me when I say that I’ll be taking as much advantage of it as possible.

Before I get back to doing more writing (I have to be careful about the Internet: it can be a real distraction for me.  Football replays, anybody?), let me give a shout out to the newest members of the Vein audience.  Those of you who have given my works a try, thank you VERY much, and feel free to give me feedback any time: good, bad, and include a good recipie for a beef dish. 🙂

So back I go to writing.  I’ll have more to say at the end of this week.  I’m going to be a little more busy than I’d prefer to be, but once this weekend is past I can sit back and say  “ahhhhh”.  Or better yet, sit back and say “Go blue!”

 

See you in the Vein!

J. Dean

 

Greetings, Bearers!

I’m finishing up my first real short story collection, and am hoping to have it ready for you to enjoy within the next couple of months.  My original forecast was to have it done in December for Christmas, but it looks as if you may be able to get it downloaded before then, based upon how smoothly everything else goes… like life not getting in the way for me to finish it!

I’ll be finishing up a cover for the collection as well.  Originally I had planned on replacing the cover for my other works, and my novels in particular, but since this new work will be the most immediately visible for people to see, I want this to get some attention, which I hope will trickle down to a residual interest in my other books.  As soon as it’s finished, I’ll have something for you to see. Be sure to let me know what you think of it!

Okay… back to writing and working… and maybe a little bit of play here and there!  Keep reading and telling others about the Vein!

See you in the Vein!

J. Dean

Greetings, Bearers!

Well, it’s back to school for us.  I’m getting into the groove of teaching again, but I’ve got the added bonus of a student teacher who is going to be taking over for me in a couple of weeks.  Meaning I’ll get a little more time to concentrate on writing!  😀

The more I write, the more I learn about myself.  I’m learning that it’s getting harder and harder for me to write with any sort of background noise going on.  Granted, I’ve always been the type of person who works better when he’s in a quiet environment (and I’m a teacher: anybody else see irony here?).  Having said that, though, I’m finding that even a television on in the other room can become a distraction to me, and it makes me start writing things like “when I turned the corner, and Thomas Magnum said to me…”

If you’re old enough and wry enough, you’ll get that reference.  You’ll also figure out what my wife likes to watch when she’s at home. 

But don’t worry, I won’t turn into Jack Nicholson a la The Shining and go chasing the family around with an axe.  I’m more patient than that.  Besides… it’s more fun to chase them around with water balloons.

Before I sign off for the day, let me extend a hearty welcome to the newcomers who have purchased recent copies of Clade Josso and Old Velt.  Welcome to the family of Vein fans, and feel free to contact me any time!

And remember: All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.

So don’t go running around in empty hotels.

See you in the Vein!

J. Dean