Archive for December, 2008

What are they teaching kids these days?

December 18, 2008

So I got a Google alert for my book and check out this site that is sporting an image of Monster Spotter’s Guide. If you would have told me that my book would be a home schooling recommendation, I never would have believed you.

For home schooling future monster hunters.

For home schooling future monster hunters.

Hello Mr. Editor

December 15, 2008

So over the weekend the publisher I work for hosted a writer’s workshop and I was asked to read a few manuscripts and meet with some writers to give them feedback about their work.

I have to say, it was a very interesting and humbling experience. I found myself in a situation where the people I’m talking to look to me as an expert… Expert? Me? I just read stuff and try to make it better (and as a matter of fact, I just kept it simple and tried to do exactly that). I think I came up with some helpful advice for the people I worked with. I delved into some of my memories of fiction-writing class in school and treated them like fellow writers-which seemed like the best approach. I was really impressed by the amount of care and effort people can put into their projects. I learned something from each person I talked to based on their research habits or their passion for the subject. I hope everyone learned as much from me as I did from them.

Trying Harder All the Time

December 12, 2008

So. It’s been about a month since my last post and I’m kicking myself, because I really would like to get this blog off the ground. I’m resolved to try harder.

Here’s what’s going on with me. I’m digging my editing job very much and am working hard. I’m currently editing a book on freelance illustration, a book on writing historical fiction, and am working with designers on the layout for a couple of inherited projects (one about aliens and another writing book).

On the side I’ve proposed one of my own writing projects to a publisher and received some initial positive feedback. I’m hoping to hear back next week about whether the project is accepted or not (I won’t say much about the project now… only that it would be a nice companion to my previous book Monster Spotter’s Guide to North America, which was published last year by HOW Books). I was also asked to work on another possible project for the same publisher and submitted some sample material. Sorry for the vagueness… I’ll reveal the topics of both projects if they get accepted.

In other news, my wife and I are training for our second degree black belts in taekwondo and are planning to test in the spring.

So lots of things are going on… if I can just survive the holidays. I looked at the calendar and realized I haven’t done hardly any shopping. If only X-mas was more like Thanksgiving…