Timothy Carter is Back in Business

I’ve been doing a lot of writing lately as other people. Click here for my post about that. I have three pseudonyms now, each one serving a different function. For example, Rodimus Doctor is the name I write my fanfic with.

Now, though, I’m happy to announce that Timothy Carter, myself, is back in the game. I’ve started writing a new middle-grade story, tentatively called Destiny’s Fate (but that title will change).

I’m also deep into editing my next YA novel, Young Nostradamus. I’m hoping to have that one ready for publication for Christmas at the earliest. Part of that depends on my cover artist, which depends even more on my getting the book to her! I’d better get on with that.

And of course, Apoca-Lynn is back on digital shelves. Here’s the link for Kobo, and this is the link for Amazon. Go check it out! Give her some love. And keep reading for more updates!

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Ad Astra – Not This Year

I’m not at Ad Astra this year. I think it’s the first time I’ve missed one in nearly 10 years. It’s a shame; I genuinely enjoy the con and all the people there. And yet, when the invitation came to register as a panelist, I didn’t.

A couple of reasons.

Firstly, last year’s con was something of a disappointment for me. I’d expressed interest in a lot of panels, but was only offered one. And, it was scheduled at the one time during that weekend when I’d indicated I would not be available. I go to cons like Ad Astra primarily to promote myself and my work. If I have no panels, or readings, or any other opportunity to put my novels in front of people, then I’m losing my main reason to be there.

The second reason I’m not going also has to do with promotion – I have nothing new to promote. I’d hoped to have Young Nostradamus ready to go by now, but for one reason or another I haven’t been able to make it happen. My old stuff is just that – old. I’ll come back when I have more to show.

Those aren’t very good reasons. Honestly, I just wasn’t up for it this year, and I’m sad about that. Hopefully next year I’ll put in the effort.

Hopefully next year, I’ll want to.

Apoca-Lynn coming back (even though it was never actually gone…)

My 8th novel, Apoca-Lynn, is soon going to be available for the Kobo! Except, it sort of already was. The first edition of the novel was uploaded to Smashwords, but I’ve had to take that down in order to republish on Kobo proper. Don’t ask. I’m still figuring this online publishing world out.

Basically, the Smashwords edition was dead, and had been for a very long time. The last sale was in the summer of 2017, which brought its grand total to 9. I’m hoping I can do better than that by going directly to Kobo, and later on Amazon.

This is step one in my mission to get back into the game of publishing. Closets, one of my earliest novels, will soon follow. And The Five Demons You Meet In Hell will come next. That’s the plan for this summer. For the fall and beyond, I mean to release some original content one more. I have a novel called Young Nostradamus that I’ve been meaning to put out for a while now. I think it’s just about time.

Stay turned, Tim Believers!

Trump Anthology Now Available!

Trump: Utopia or Dystopia, the new anthology from Dark Helix Press, is available for purchase on Amazon. Naturally, I want to promote the hell out of it! Please click the link to check it out.

 

What link? Why, this one! Go on, you won’t be sorry.

 

Currently this anthology is only available for the Amazon Kindle. Plans are in place for a print edition, however. More on that as it develops…

I’m In A Trump Anthology!

Remember that dick joke I was working on for a story a couple of posts ago? The story in question is about Donald Trump, and will be published in the anthology Trump: Dystopia or Utopia from Dark Helix Press!

This will be my second anthology appearance in as many years (the first being Robotica). I’m so very grateful to the editors for giving me an opportunity as cool and amusing as this one.

Click here to read a short synopsis and see all the author bios, including my own. Check back here for the publication date and launch details.

A Source of Humour, My Pen Is

I went to a lot of trouble recently to make a dick joke. Seriously. I went on Google and Yahoo and searched for the right word to sell this joke, and it was not an easy thing. The life of a writer is hard, hard work I tell ya.

Took me half an hour. So many options to choose from!

Basically, it’s a joke about the US President’s dick. But I want to call it something presidential. My first thought was cabinet, but it wasn’t funny enough.

Administration, maybe? Not as good as cabinet. Staff? Too good or too obvious? And would people get it? I mean, get all of it?

Member? Good, but like staff it doesn’t necessarily sell itself. Congressional member? Congressional sub-committee? Don’t want to make it too complicated…

Chief of staff… I think we have a winner here!

Writing that one down. Where’s my pen?

What’s my favourite tool when my muse is playing the fool? My pen is!

What has T.C. been up to?

Timothy Carter hasn’t done much writing lately. I’ve done plenty of writing, mind you; a couple of new short stories, a fanfic, and I’m well into a new novel. Trouble is, it hasn’t been Timothy Carter writing them.

The fanfic is a new Transformers story featuring the movie character Crosshairs. As with my other fanfics, I write under the name RodimusDoctor. It’s not a secret; I post links to those stories all the time. Here’s the link to this one: Crosshairs – Targetmaster Down.

The new novel, on the other hand, is a secret. So is the pseudonym I’m writing it under. The new short stories will likely go under that name as well.

So, while I’ve been writing plenty, Timothy Carter hasn’t been doing all that much. He needs to get back in the game, if he doesn’t want his readers to forget about him!

Finished ZJD, New Merc vs Metal

It’s been a good week for me as a writer! A bad week for me as a human. Nothing serious, mind you – I’ve got a cold that’s pretty nasty, and not much fun. First cold in a very long time. Lucky me.

But enough about that! This week I am proud to say I finished the first draft of my new novel, Zombie Jesus Day (or ZJD)! I’ve been working on this one for at least two years, on again and off again, and I’m glad the story is finally down. Editing and revising will be another huge milestone to reach, but for now I’m just glad to bask in this current accomplishment.

I’ve also posted a new fanfic story on Archive of Our Own. Continuing with my Merc vs Metal series, in which I pit the Marvel Comics character Deadpool against the Transformers live action movie universe. This time, the Merc with a Mouth tangles with some Decepticons in the Mexican theme park of Xel-Ha. I’ve already received a Kudo for it, and a wonderful comment! It is so very rewarding, receiving comments. It’s called Merc vs Metal: Skullcruncher gets Skullf#&ed. Ooh, what naughty language! I should be ashamed. I’m going to keep writing in this series – I’m building toward something big – but I can’t say for sure when I’ll start the next chapter. I’ll keep you all posted.

Correction/Update: I have now received 2 comments! Joy.

Happy April Fool’s Day, everyone!

2017 – A Year To Get Busy

It’s 2017, and high time I blogged again. I’d all but abandoned this medium – life got in the way. A lot of loss. Maybe I’ll write about that on my other blog. Suffice it to say, I’m back in blogging spirits again. Sort of. Kind of. Well, a bit.

Professionally speaking, 2016 started well but ended badly. There was the anticipation of the release of The Five Demons You Meet In Hell, and then there was the launch at Ad Astra. Things were great. I announced a sequel. Then, late in November, Pop Seagull closed its doors, and 5 Demons was orphaned.

It was a good year for fanfic production. I wrote three stories set in the Transformers cinematic universe, two of them featuring the Marvel character Deadpool. Those two got a decent number of views and even a few comments! That was nice, but not enough to significantly increase my brand awareness. If you are interested, you can read them here and here.

Oh, and Apoca-Lynn got one more sale. That brings its total to 9. Still can’t break double-digits. I’ve basically given up on that book. A shame, since I spent a considerable part of last year writing a sequel. And plotting the next several books. Sigh.

I wrote a considerable chunk of Zombie Jesus Day, too. More than 2 thirds. It won’t be much longer now before I write The End on the first draft.

I’m also typing up the third installment of my Merc vs. Metal fanfic. I have big ideas for further installments, too. No doubt that will keep me busy after I put ZJD to bed.

I’ve asked a bunch of friends to beta read an older manuscript of mine, titled Young Nostradamus. I’m thinking of taking the self-publishing route with it, depending on the feedback I get.

I’m also developing a pseudonym. I’m giving a lot of thought to branding, and there’s some stuff I want to write that doesn’t quite fit my squeaky-clean, goodie-two-shoes Timothy Carter name.

That’s all I have to say about that. For now, I’m keeping Timothy Carter and the new name separate. Soon, ‘he’ will be blogging and promoting himself, and I hope the right audience finds him.

2017 looks promising. A year for hard work, certainly. For creating product to put on shelves in 2018 and 2019. A year to rebuild my career as an author.

A year to get busy once again.

I Didn’t Go To GenreCon 2017

Last weekend, GenreCon returned to Guelph after a two-year hiatus. And I wasn’t there.

I went to GenreCon twice before, and had a wonderful experience both times. And, both times, the programming team asked me to come! For an author still trying to find an audience, it doesn’t get much better than that.

I was greatly saddened when the con went on hiatus. When I learned it was coming back, I was overjoyed.

But I didn’t go. There are a few reasons why. I wasn’t asked, for one thing. That meant I would not get a complimentary membership like I had in the past. My request for programming information went unanswered, so I didn’t get a jump on panel selection.

I also have very little to promote this year. Yes, I released The Five Demons You Meet In Hell less than a year ago, but without Pop Seagull to back me up, I’d have to do all the work myself. Normally I’d be happy to do it – I’ve done it many times before – but I’m not prepared to this time. Not for a book that no longer has a home.

In the end, though, it all comes down to money. It would have cost around $500 to attend, with hotel, transport, food and membership. More, if I’d wanted to rent a table to sell books from. There’s just no way I could do it this year.

Hopefully next year my fortunes will have changed, and I’ll have something new to promote. Until then…