Interjection #5 (1/2)

Hey, everyone! This week’s off-the-cuff commentary I’m delivering a little early. It seems I’ve been called to serve as a juror for a suit in town, and this will prevent me from posting the typical 3 stories per day. Thankfully it’s not supposed to go longer than Wednesday; however, I’ll still do my best to get at least one out here. (It’s come to the point of me feeling guilty if I don’t continue as scheduled here, which is a good thing! It keeps me writing.)

Yesterday marked the publishing of my 100th post, despite EDAtM having only been up a month. Consistency hasn’t always been a strong suit for me, so regardless of this seeming a tad excessive, I can’t help but feel accomplished. Lol. 

I know it’s only been up a little while, but you may have noticed a familiar face in The Case of the Ashen Crow; this will serve as a prequel to my serial Devils Dance. Hopefully it’ll better personify Detective Greer and add some more excitement as he tackles another supernatural mystery. New installations of Case will be posted on Mondays, with new chapters of Devils Dance still posted on Thursdays. 

I’ve also got the finale of Red Rain started, so be expecting that this week as well in addition to new stand alone shorts. 

That’s about all the updates I have for now. You’ll hear back from me on Thursday; by then hopefully I’ll be free from court with my writing back on track. 

As always, thank you for your continued readership and support! 

Best Wishes,

DJ 

Interjection #2

Okay, so today marks the second week of EDAtM, and I have a few updates.

First, we’re just around 50 shy of 1,000 page views. It’s just a number, I know, but I never considered my work getting so much praise and inspiring so many friendships and conversations. A thousand views is something I never considered achieving in the first month, let alone the second week. This is momentous, and I plan to make it up to you all in the form of new stories and projects!

As I mentioned in my About page, I’m planning to release a collection of short stories this year. The collection will be called Masquerade and is the inspiration of this blog in its entirety. (Fact: the name of this blog was actually the title I initially planned for the collection, but I’ve slimmed it down for simplicity’s sake.) It will consist of 10 stories drawn from those posted on EDAtM. These chosen ten, 500-1,000 word posts will be expanded (some rewritten to flow with a more developed plot) into full-length 5,000+ word stories.

As of this posting, there are 48 individual short stories available to read on this blog, so selecting the 10 that’ll be included in the collection is going to be a difficult task. (I actually only really like one of my stories. The more I reread the others, the less I like them. Hence my decision to rewrite a few of them in the collection! Guess we’re all our own worst critic, right?) I will be taking into account each post’s views, likes, and comments both on Twitter (link to my account is in my About page) and on my blog as well as my own personal preference in order to make the decision. So if you have a personal favorite that you’d like to see featured in Masquerade, say so in the comments! Otherwise I’ll have to select them by myself. 😉

I will publish Masquerade through Amazon, and, while this is a WIP deadline, it’ll be available for digital download in April.
That’s not all I have for you tonight, though! At 6am Central Time, I am going to post the first of my serial, Devils Dance. Every chapter thereafter will be released Thursdays at 4pm (I have issues rescheduling posts on my phone, which is why the first installation is at 6 rather than the afternoon), so be looking for those! Devils Dance is an idea I’ve had for a long time, but felt it wasn’t appropriate as a novel and there’s too much story to tell as a simple stand-alone post, so a serial was the best medium for the crazy story — plus, serials are fun!

This really is future-looking, but I’ve also got a couple books in the works, the first of which you should see this Fall; the other in early 2018. As the release gets closer, you can expect some little teasers and contests. 😉

I hope you’ve enjoyed the fiction so far! There is certainly a lot to look forward to this year (and I better get to work!). Thank you all for reading and for the continued support. Have a wonderful rest of the week.

Kind Regards,

DJ

Interjection #1

Well, EDAtM is officially a week old, and the blog has already seen over 330 page views from 12 countries! That is insane, you guys! Thank you SO much. I am so incredibly grateful for the responses I’ve received thus far, and am excited and looking forward to the future.

In addition, after much thought and consideration I have decided to cut daily posts from five to three – each will continue to be fiction pieces of varying lengths. Not only will this be easier to handle personally, but I don’t want to become that blog that clutters your feed! Let me know what you think about posting frequency!

The year is off to a great start.

Kind Regards,
D.J.