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Blog for updates and musings for author Michael R Collins. Also the home for his radio show Saint Zero's Headphone Bleed.
Blog Added: October 12, 2014 02:47:19 AM
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OFFICIAL RELEASE – In Shadows Of The Wicked

FOURTEEN YEARS IN THE MAKING!! In Shadows Of The Wicked is officially out.  Released to the world, this ghost story is a tale of terror unlike any other. Of all my releases, this one seems to mean more than the rest. I started this story in 2004 and I’ve lived so many lives since then. … Continue reading OFFICIAL RELEASE – In Shadows Of...

FOURTEEN YEARS IN THE MAKING!!

In Shadows Of The Wicked is officially out.  Released to the world, this ghost story is a tale of terror unlike any other. Of all my releases, this one seems to mean more than the rest. I started this story in 2004 and I’ve lived so many lives since then. I’ve hit rock bottom, I’ve risen to the top, and now here I am with the one thing that stayed in inexplicable constant.

I do have high hopes for In Shadows Of The Wicked, only because I feel its my best writing and its an amazing story. In places the metaphors are very personal,  though I hadn’t intended it at the time. Each of The Family, as well as their ‘Other Place’, and the Darkness are allusions to parts of myself. Most specifically in regards to depression and those dark parts of myself that I have battled over the years.  But over all I think its a fun and scary ride that I know readers will enjoy.

Available in ebook and paperback! The Family is waiting.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/198100114X

Excitedly Yours,
Your Weird Uncle Mick



Book Trailer – In Shadows Of The Wicked

Here you go kids, the book trailer for In Shadows Of The Wicked. If you wanna know what it’s about, then this should give you an idea. Watch at your own risk. The Family is waiting. Spookily Yours, Your Weird Uncle Mick  

Here you go kids, the book trailer for In Shadows Of The Wicked. If you wanna know what it’s about, then this should give you an idea. Watch at your own risk. The Family is waiting.

Spookily Yours,
Your Weird Uncle Mick

 



Cover Reveal – In Shadows Of The Wicked

Here it is!! The cover for the long awaited reading extravaganza, In Shadows Of The Wicked. Stay tuned. There will be more information coming in the very near future. Illustratedly Yours, -Your Weird Uncle Mick  

Here it is!! The cover for the long awaited reading extravaganza, In Shadows Of The Wicked.

Stay tuned. There will be more information coming in the very near future.

Illustratedly Yours,
-Your Weird Uncle Mick

 



Queer books for teens

While I’m frantically working on getting the finishing touches for ‘In Shadows of the Wicked’ completed (expect updates soon), I do have some news on Pale Winter Sun. There is a website called queerbooksforteens.com, which is a database to collect and categorize queer books for teens. I think this is an awesome idea because it … Continue reading Queer books...

While I’m frantically working on getting the finishing touches for ‘In Shadows of the Wicked’ completed (expect updates soon), I do have some news on Pale Winter Sun.

There is a website called queerbooksforteens.com, which is a database to collect and categorize queer books for teens. I think this is an awesome idea because it makes it easier for teens to find books that they can relate to. As queer lit and queer teen lit, grows, having these sort of resources is important. The other cool thing is they break the stories down in terms of who is represented, how they’re represented, and to what degree. This makes it easier to find stories to connect with.

Pale Winter Sun has been included on Queer Books For Teens, which is awesome. Previously, they only listed books through publishers, but recently opened it up to self-pub. I’m glad they did because there are a lot of fantastic works out there that are being created through self pub.

It seems that as the cause moves forward, for every two steps forward we have to take one step back. That’s why it’s important to have these sort of resources. Local community centers, organizations (such as BiNetUSA), and social media groups are just as important. We need to utilize, and support, all our resources if we want to keep the forward momentum going.  We have to keep forging ahead for ourselves and for future generations.

Speaking of which, don’t forget that Our Stories is still collecting and posting experiences of our Bi and Bi+ community. A project of The Bicast, Our Stories believes that its important that our community shares its experiences (good and bad) with each other. Feel free to submit your audio recordings, or emails to ourstoriesbicast(@)gmail.com. If you are not comfortable with recording your own, then I’ll record it for you and you can listen to it in the sultry sound of my voice.  🙂

Queerly yours,
-Your Weird Uncle Mick



The importance of schedules

First off, the good news! My story ‘Hell is here, and it’s trying my patience.’ has been accepted by Vagabondage Press for their upcoming Ink Stains anthology! To say I am happy is a bit of an understatement. I honestly didn’t think I would get this one published because, well, it’s weird. The plot revolves … Continue reading The importance...

First off, the good news! My story ‘Hell is here, and it’s trying my patience.’ has been accepted by Vagabondage Press for their upcoming Ink Stains anthology! To say I am happy is a bit of an understatement. I honestly didn’t think I would get this one published because, well, it’s weird. The plot revolves around the opening to hell showing up right off the Downtown onramp. Then nothing happens and continues to do so as people get used to living with constant abject horror possibly showing up at anytime. File under dark comedy. Either way; YAY!!!

But what I really brought us all together for is to talk about the importance of schedules. It’s been on my mind lately because I haven’t been nearly as productive as I should be. (Okay, yes, I am never  as productive as I think I should be and will probably never meet my output expectations.  I’ve learned to live with that.)  A recent conversation with a friend about scheduling life and creative output put me in gear to finally do something about it.

Thinking back to before we moved to PA (nearly a year ago!!) I wrote, did promo, practiced bass, ran a radio show/station, slept, spent time with Mel, and even had somewhat of a social life.  All this while working 50+ hours a week.  How the hell did I do that?!  I’m working roughly a 45 hour week, very small social life, and no radio show, yet I feel that I’ve gotten nothing done since moving here.  To be fair, the first year in a new place is busy, and I expected that.  The little slave driver in my head does not except this as an acceptable answer, but he can go suck eggs.

The key is scheduling.  Both Mel and I have set work schedules and life has settled around that, as it is wont to do. Now to plan my life around that.  I could rail against the injustice of having to plan our lives around our jobs and not vice versa, but it is what it is. Planning out work, and play times, is the key to getting anything done. And the key to planning is finding balance. I could just play DOOM and my bass all day and write in those moments I can sneak in but for me that isn’t a good balance. Priorities can help dictate how you even everything out so you become happy with your output schedule. I want to write more, feel more productive, and increase my output time therefore my emphasis will be on that.

Play time is important too.  You have to make time to relax, or do things that help you relax. I’ll slip in some DOOM when I can because it’s a relaxation thing, but not a priority.  Bass is a priority, but it rides that line of relaxation and creative output so I try to make actual time for it. Sometimes you just want to say ‘hang it all, Imma watch a movie and eat a whole box of Mike and Ikes’.  And that’s cool, we all need a break, as long as it’s just that and not a habit that cuts into your schedule.

Here’s mine, it’s simple and easy.  It’s also mutable, if I need to change it I can, but will only do so if I see a benefit to it.

It’s that easy.  Monday, Friday, and Sunday, Mel is off so I like to spend time with her.  Mondays and Tuesday, I usually go to work early and I don’t have a lot of time.  Promo work has usually been a Tuesday thing for me, so it works out.  Wednesday and Thursday, I usually go in later which leaves me with more time to settle in and write.  Saturday and Sunday I’m off; lots of time to work and get some R&R in so I don’t burn my ass out. (And yes, I am domesticated and I actually like getting housework done, for those of you who noticed.)

Of course keeping to it is the name of the game. A commitment to stick to what you’ve laid out is what makes the whole thing work. Sometimes just knowing that I committed myself to a schedule will help me power through those times when I’m just not feeling it, or I think my head is too empty of ideas to get anything written that day. Other times, things come up and I’m not able to keep to it.  That’s fine.  I just make up for later on by putting extra time in on another day.  See, that balance thing again.

Scheduling is important for life in general, but especially so if you want to get anything else done besides that ol’ 9 to 5. Because, let’s face it, most of us don’t earn a paycheck doing what we want. Let’s make the rest of the time count, otherwise, what’s the point?

Punctually yours,
-Your Weird Uncle Mick

 



Break time

ANNOUNCEMENT: I’m pooped.   I have decided to take a wee break.  After some consideration, I am going to take a month off.  Since I got the news that NSO was to be published, I’ve focused time, energy, and all waking thoughts on writing and the writing business.   That was over three years ago.   My published … Continue reading Break...

ANNOUNCEMENT: I’m pooped.  

I have decided to take a wee break.  After some consideration, I am going to take a month off.  Since I got the news that NSO was to be published, I’ve focused time, energy, and all waking thoughts on writing and the writing business.   That was over three years ago.  

My published output hasn’t been as prolific as others, but as a working writer (read: writer with a 9 to 5) those times I’m not at work is spent with my brain on the biz.  It doesn’t help that it’s been a rough year.  Personally, the big cross country move has taken some time to catch up from.  Add that to a heavily saturated market and a very unstable socio-political environment, selling books has been a little rough, to say the least. Realizing it is one thing, not letting them get to you is another.  I can dwell on things at nearly superhuman speed, and you can bet your sweet bippy I have let it chew me up way more than it should have.

Another thing that I am a gold medal winner at is to work myself in to a corner of relentless self-induced pressure. Once I hit that point I get less and less done.  As someone who keeps their depression  at bay with productivity, decreasing said productivity starts the little goblins in my head a-chattering.  When those bastards start up, no good can come of it.

So, I’m not doing shit until after New Years.  Sorta.

I’ve got three short stories and a novel submitted to various publishers, so I’m not completely static.  And you can expect some promo and blog posts, because it is the Holidays, after all.  I’m taking a break, not shooting myself in the foot. But as for actual writing, worrying about book sales, sorting through various projects, and all that: it can wait until I’ve had a chance to sit back put my feet up for a moment.

Plus it’ll help me get focus. I’ve so many WIP’s right now that I need to prioritize and then stick to it. Part of my problem right now, (well, most of the time) has a lot to do with too many irons, not enough fire.  

Come the New Year, I will be able to set a plan and stick to it.  I will also have a new battle strategy as far as getting more books out to more people, that I can promise. 

Be ready kids.      

Love,                                                                      -Your Weird Uncle Mick

Remember kids: stay in school, don’t drink and drive, and the boss says take five.



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