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Getting the Work Done

It may not be apparent to the rest of you (yet), but the last month has been good to me. First, the publishers of a work-for-hire OGN project accepted the final draft of the script. Second, my editor at Evileye accepted the final draft of Lie with the Dead. And finally, I started a few things rolling on a couple of smaller projects before moving on to my next big one.

Oh, and I also built a new desk, which I continue to enjoy the hell out of.

This week marked the two-year anniversary of my first appearance on Shotgun Honey. Two years is entirely too long, so I cranked out another flash piece for them on that day. Hopefully they like it and I’ll have a second appearance in the near future. It’s still going strong as a fun little crime fiction site, and they have several repeat offenders. I was honored to be included in their first anthology, Both Barrels, and my next goal is to make deadline for their second book. (If I don’t make it in time, no worries; there’s another cool crime ‘zine I’d like to return to, too.)

Deadliest of the Species is hitting e-readers everywhere, but no reviews yet. Weird. I’ve heard from several folks holding out for the trade paperback edition, though. I’ll have more news on that front as Evileye Books and I put Lie with the Dead to bed.

I’m happy to say the publisher at Evileye was very pleased with the way Lie with the Dead turned out. He had a handful of very small notes which will be addressed no later than this weekend, if not by tomorrow. I look forward to having firm release news soon, as well as being able to share a small surprise for Winter Kill.

If you dug “Bravo Four”, the next The Pack short is under way. I have several planned and will continue to work on them as my editor and I nail down the outline for the next The Pack novel.

I will also have a short story collab going up on Kindle soon. I’ve got the original version edited on paper and will get those edits in place, and then I need to talk to some folks about designing a cover. If said cover won’t break the bank, I’ll have it live sooner rather than later. Stay tuned.

All of this is part of my revised Exit Strategy, which is my plan to get enough projects out there to write full time. I do all right when I finally have something available, but it’s still far from financially feasible to quit the day gig. I’m working up a few things that will help, but the Exit Strategy is long-term, not an immediate solution. For the next few months, at least, I’ve concentrated on making it realistic and attainable. So far, so good. I’ll check off the last goal box for last month very soon and be on track for this month thanks to some vacation time. (For the record, while there is a lot I like about my job, I can’t see myself doing it for another 20 or 30 years. Thus the Exit Strategy.)

And so begins what I intend to be a long and fruitful summer. Stay with me, folks, it’s getting better.

About Mike Oliveri

Mike Oliveri is a writer, martial artist, cigar aficionado, motorcyclist, and family man, but not necessarily in that order. He is currently hard at work on the werewolf noir series The Pack for Evileye Books.

I Love Productive Days

Today I introduced the Rugrats to the McKenzie Brothers.

I fully expect they’ll be steamrolling one another on the living room floor all week.

I spent most of the day on a short story. I’m a bit late on this one, but I think the idea that hit me yesterday is better than the one I’d been noodling earlier. I also suspect it’s more likely to be different from any of the other pieces given the anthology’s communications theme. I’ll explain more once the editor approves the piece, and I’m confident I’ll be turning it in tomorrow evening.

Then it’s back to working on another short and Lie with the Dead edits. I should be able to put this draft to bed this week. It’s still too early to share any possible release dates, but rest assured we’re moving in the right direction.

I’m also getting back to the point where non-writing time can be creative time. Friday I had to be somewhere I couldn’t write, but I was able to take several notes on Book 3. It may not have a title yet, but the fleshy bits are appearing on the skeleton I  assembled with my editor over the summer.

Gotta keep moving forward.

About Mike Oliveri

Mike Oliveri is a writer, martial artist, cigar aficionado, motorcyclist, and family man, but not necessarily in that order. He is currently hard at work on the werewolf noir series The Pack for Evileye Books.

Coming Up Short

Short stories, that is.

It occurred to me today that I’ve got several short stories in the can, two more in a slush pile, and another I’m editing. Here’s a loose breakdown:

  • “Inazuma” available for free right here
  • “‘Til Undeath Do Us Part” accepted for an unannounced zombie anthology
  • “Bravo Four”, which you’ll hear more about this year
  • “With This Bullet I Thee Wed” on cold submission
  • “A Family Tree, Uprooted” coming soon in The Burning Maiden
  • “The Malice Engine” on submission by invitation
  • “Good for What Ails Ya” in Relics & Remains
  • “Quick Pickup”, accepted and undergoing final edits for an unannounced anthology

This is good news, as I didn’t realize I’ve been that busy. I expect most of these to drop this year, and of course I’ll keep you up to date.

If “With This Bullet…” doesn’t make the cut where it’s been sent, it’ll be the next story to appear here for free. It was originally accepted for another anthology, but when the other stories came in, the editor decided it wouldn’t fit in with the rest of the pieces. I sent him something else, then fired “With This Bullet…” off to another market. One way or another, you will get to read it.

Now I have more editing to do, but I also need sleep for the day job. Decisions, decisions…

About Mike Oliveri

Mike Oliveri is a writer, martial artist, cigar aficionado, motorcyclist, and family man, but not necessarily in that order. He is currently hard at work on the werewolf noir series The Pack for Evileye Books.

Planning the Year's Writing

Braving the Illinois Tundra
Originally uploaded by MikeOliveri

I had a snow day today, and I decided it would be a good time to sit down and evaluate what kind of writing I have ahead of me for 2010.

For starters, the follow-up to The Pack: Winter Kill will be due. I’ll need to turn in an outline soon so my editor at Evileye Books knows what’s coming, then I’ll get into the writing itself.

I realized today that I have four short stories to write, too. Three of them are by invitation, and the fourth is part of a group project some friends and I are kicking around. It’s been a while since I’ve had to do much with short stories, so it feels strange to suddenly have them in demand.

I did write one short story last year, also by invitation, and this week I heard I should be seeing a contract on it shortly and the book should go to print by the end of the year. I’ve had a glimpse at the list of contributors, and I’m happy to say I’m in good company on this one. I look forward to telling you more.

Also due this year will be the second graphic novel in the The Pack series. As I mentioned last week, the new version of the first graphic novel, Chimaera, has been turned in to the publisher. By the time I finish the second prose book, it’ll be time to dig right into the second OGN script.

Which still leaves me with Powerless, the novel I’ve been sitting on for a few years now, and Sick Day, another novel that’s been rolling around in my head for a few months. They’re unfortunately sitting on a back burner because they’re not under contract, but if I can get my act together I may still be able to squeeze them in by the end of the year.

The way things are going out there, we’re shaping up for another snow day tomorrow. The biggest problem we have out here is the wind. The IDOT crews, by policy, don’t clear the entire road, but even when they do manage some progress, the winds coming across the empty fields undoes their work. Even if they can keep up with the main roads, the country roads tend to stay nasty, which means the school buses can’t get around, so school gets closed for the day.

I’m not going to complain. It’s just more time to get real work done.

About Mike Oliveri

Mike Oliveri is a writer, martial artist, cigar aficionado, motorcyclist, and family man, but not necessarily in that order. He is currently hard at work on the werewolf noir series The Pack for Evileye Books.