April Writing Challenge: What I’ll Be Writing

Yesterday I talked all about my big plans for April, so I figured I’d share a draft of my synopsis for The Finder Team, the novel I’ll be writing, starting tomorrow(!).

Just be aware that ALL of it is subject to change, including the novel itself. Here’s the basics of the novel:

The Finder Team

The Finder TeamBim Mayer knows in his gut how to find missing persons.

But to connect with the missing, he must eat that person’s favorite food. And not just a few bites. Big handfuls of the stuff, until he gets sick. Then a weird connection gets made between his ever-expanding belly and the distressed mind of the missing person.

Call it a gastronome’s GPS. Except Bim rarely gets to enjoy what he eats. His job requires quantity, not quality.

As a result of his “specialized” work for his buddy, private eye Hanky J Jackson, Bim now tips the scales at three hundred and fifty pounds. This job is killing him, but he can’t stop helping people, now that he’s aware of his special talent.

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April Writing Challenge: I’m Going Camping!

I’ve heard that if you share your goals with people, it’s easier to stick to them, because you feel more accountable. And if people ask, how’s it going with Goal A or Goal B, you can answer them with something positive (instead of mumbling something like “I’m about to get started soon” or “Oh that, it’s just… great. Just great. Really.”)

A little back story first.

The last few months have been a bit insane, starting pretty much the day before Thanksgiving. That’s when we learned that we had to be out of our rental house located just outside Blowing Rock by the last day of January. We had to scramble fast to find another place to live. December was a bit of a blur. But by January 31st, we’d bought our new log cabin halfway up a mountain between Blowing Rock and Boone.

It all worked out, right down to getting the lawyers and the lending company to get all the papers ready by the last day of January, and moving out of the rented house into our new house. (I won’t even go into how the rental truck loaded with all our stuff got stuck going down our snowy lane on move-in day.)

And then February was all about unpacking and settling into the new house and getting it in order (log cabins can be very drafty in the winter, so I had to get some folks to come seal up the house on the inside so we didn’t see our breath on frosty days).

I though March would be the month I’d get back on track with writing and exercising, but while I did join an area gym and got back into weightlifting and cardio, I promptly overdid that and threw out my back. Doh! So I’m recovering from that and seeing an excellent chiropractor, and I’m plotting my next fiction-writing scheme.

I’m determined to get myself back on track, so I’m sharing my goals right here with you.

I’ve had the idea for my next novel for a while, but I was struggling with a plan for getting the words down. And I believe I’ve found the answer: Camp NaNoWriMo!

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Head’s up — new newsletter!

The good folks at UnWrecked Press just sent out the February newsletter to our subscribers, and it includes a new story reprint of mine!

To find out which story and to read that tale, all you have to do is subscribe to their newsletter.

You also get a free ebook filled with original UnWrecked Press stories and novel excerpts.

And there’s also a news update about an upcoming audiobook that I’m really pumped up to share with everyone.

So go, subscribe, and enjoy… :)

New Newsletter!

I’ve been meaning to set this up for a while, and now it’s finally ready: the UnWrecked Press newsletter!

If you look over to the right under UnWrecked Press News, you’ll see a sign-up link, or you can just click here to subscribe.

If you’re one of those folks who like to take a test drive first, here’s the first “issue” for November 2013, which just came out today. There’s some nifty stuff in this first issue, including info about a couple books for sale, and a link to download a new, FREE ebook filled with stories and novel excerpts from our small publishing company.

The newsletter comes out only once a month, so we won’t bombard you with emails. We’ll have news about what we’re working on here in our mountainous UnWrecked Press headquarters, and tell you about some great specials and sales on our books, comics, stories, audiobooks, and more!

NOTE: I’m also getting rid of my Michael Jasper Facebook Page and replacing it with the UnWrecked Press Facebook Page, so feel free to Like the new page. The other one most likely has already self-destructed…

Two new covers!

While I haven’t started a new project yet (and I’m getting itchy to do so, believe me!), I’ve been busy doing some behind-the-scenes work from some of my older  books. My goal is to get all this busy work done by the end of the year so I can hit the ground running in 2013 with all-new work.

One thing I’ve been wanting to do for a while was to update the covers to a couple of my books. The ones I had for them were okay, but they didn’t do a good job of 1) catching the reader’s eye and 2) giving potential readers a strong idea of the genre of the book.

So, here are the spankin’-new covers for Heart’s Revenge and The All Nations Team:

Heart's Revenge

Heart’s Revenge (art by Nyul and Yannp at Dreamstime)

The All Nations Team (cover art by TomWang112 at Dreamstime)

The All Nations Team (cover art by TomWang112 at Dreamstime)

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Screenplay Achieved!

Cross another item off my Bucket List. I finished my screenplay this morning!

Unassisted Living Page 1It’s right about the length I planned it to be (113 pages, or a one hour, 53 minute movie, and around 26,000 words). All told, it took me three and a half months to write, but about 60 hours total spread out over those months.

But, more importantly — what’s the screenplay ABOUT?

First off, it’s called UNASSISTED LIVING.

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