Publication Announcement — Kings’ Note

I am pleased to announce that my short story, Kings’ Note, has been accepted by Dragon Soul Press and will be published in their anthology, Lethal Impact, in September of 2020.

I had seen DSP’s submission call for a post-apocalyptical anthology, and I thought to myself, “I think I can write that.” The story of Kings’ Note came to me, and after many revisions, it was ready for submission. I was quite happy when they accepted it as I wrote Kings’ Note specifically for this anthology.

Kings’ Note is currently in the process of editing and production and will be released towards the end of September. When the book is available, I will include information on where it can be purchased.

-Andrew Ronzino

Update From Isolation

It’s day 24 of isolation for me during the COVID-19 pandemic, and I must say that I was doing just fine until this week. Now I’m going slightly mad. Overall, complying with the Michigan Stay-At-Home Order hasn’t been too difficult, but as I said, I’m starting to really feel it now. I’ve been trying to stay busy with things to do every day to keep myself going so I’m not just watching TV all day, and so far I’m doing okay.

The good news is that I’ve been able to get a lot of writing done. I got the rough drafts of two short story projects finished, with a third project about halfway done. Now begins the process of editing and working on those two stories to clean them up and polish them. I have deadlines on both of them coming up, so I need to get cracking.

This whole coronavirus outbreak has been awful. I’m so sad about the loss of thousands of people and the fact that life for everyone else has practically shut down. But it’s going to get better.

If you’re struggling during this time, keep in mind that we will make it through this. Humanity has survived much worse, and we will make it to the other side. Cheer up and look at the good things.

And if you’re looking for something to read, you can pick up a paperback or digital copy of Lost Love and read my latest short story, Back Door. Here is the link: books2read.com/DSPLostLove

Lost Love Released!

Lost Love, an anthology published by Dragon Soul Press released today! It features my short story Back Door, which is a portal fantasy with a twist!

It’s a wonderful, heart-wrenching story. Though it is about lost love, it is not a romance, and has some twists and turns in it.

If you would like to order a paperback or digital copy of Lost Love, you may do so here: books2read.com/DSPLostLove

Preorder Lost Love

I’m happy to announce that “Lost Love” published by Dragon Soul Press will be released on February 29th!  It features 20 stories by 20 different authors, including “Back Door” by Andrew Ronzino.  You can preorder a digital copy right now by going to:

www.books2read.com/DSPLostLove

Only the digital version of the book is available for preorder, so if you would like to order a physical copy you can do so on February 29th!

Publication Announcement — Back Door

I am pleased to announce that my short story, Back Door, has been accepted by Dragon Soul Press and will be published in their anthology, Lost Love, in February of 2020.

When I submitted Back Door to DSP, I was unsure if it fit the brief of the anthology. It’s a romance anthology and my story is about lost love but not a romance. I was amazed when I received an acceptance email.

Lost Love is currently in the process of editing and revision and will be released towards the end of February. When the book is available, I will include information on where it can be purchased.

-Andrew Ronzino

I Am Andrew Ronzino and This is 2020

Happy New Year! Happy New Decade!

2019 had its ups and downs, its high times and its low times; a roller coaster ride of crazy, and the smooth sail of awesome.

Whether or not 2019 was a good year for you, I hope that 2020 is the Year of the Critical Hits for you and your families.

I’m hoping that 2020 will be a very good year for me as well. The future is bright and I’m walking towards it with my head held high.

I have some good things coming up this year, so keep an eye out for that. For now, I’m plowing ahead and working on polishing my novel, as well as working on several new short stories. My goal is to get all of them completed and into the submission phase this year. I’m also planning on updating this website a lot more, and maybe write some small stories that can be read here.

If you’re a reader, be on the lookout for more content.

If you’re a writer, keep working at it! whether your an established published author of great renown or you’re working on your very first piece, we all struggle. Just keep in mind that you’ve got this, and so long as you push through and work hard, you can finish what you’ve started.

Here’s to a great year and a new Roaring Twenties!

-Andrew Ronzino

NaNoWriMo, 2019 — The Final Day

On November 1st, 2019, I started to write a novel in only 30 days.  Now, on the last day, I stand victorious with nearly double the amount of the original challenge.  Today, on November 30th, I wrote “The End”!

This novel had its ups and downs.  I would say that most of the last third of the ending I outlined wasn’t used and I ended up changing so much.  There are parts of it that I think is a mess, but I can fix all of that later.  Overall I believe that this was a good novel to write and I enjoyed almost every minute of it.  

I want to thank God, my family, and my friends.  Thank you for the helpful encouragement, advice, and sticking with me to the end.  To those who have asked me how things have been going and even showed interest in the story I was writing, thank you! 

Here is this year’s winner’s certificate:

NaNoWriMo Winner's Certificate 2019

THE STATS FOR The Sixth Cleric

Here are the final stats on my 2019 NaNoWriMo project:

Title: The Sixth Cleric

Genre: Fantasy

Words: 98,360

Chapters: 48

Pages: 403 (that’s in Microsoft Word, double-spaced, 12 point Times New Roman font)

What I learned this year: Every year for NaNoWriMo I like to learn something new, either about myself as a writer, or some new technique.  This year I learned what it really means to be flexible in your writing.  It’s good to plan and outline, but if the story strays from that and it’s working out better than you ever could have thought, go with it.  Let the story flow.  

Thank you again to everyone who stuck with me and encouraged me this month!

There is a day-by-day journal at my personal blog, The Paradigm, if you are interested in reading a more detailed account of what I’m writing and what experiences I’m having this year.

-Andrew Ronzino

NaNoWriMo, 2019 — 25 Days In

The final five days are upon us! The home stretch. Things are looking good. I got my second wind, and I’ve started to write the climax of the story. Things are going well, and the fight scene I’m currently working on is a lot of fun to craft.

I won’t say I’m almost finished yet because there’s still the rest of the climax and then the resolution and aftermath to write, but overall the project is almost complete. I’m looking forward to writing “The End”, but, at the same time, it’ll be sad to leave the story world I’ve created and returned my mind back to reality completely. Well, as completely as a writer can.

Question for writers: How does it make you feel when you’re close to finishing up a project?

Advice for writers: When you do get to “The End”, feel proud of yourself, no matter what state your novel, short story, or other writing project is in. You accomplished something!

There is a day-by-day journal at my personal blog, The Paradigm, if you are interested in reading a more detailed account of what I’m writing and what experiences I’m having this year.

-Andrew Ronzino

NaNoWriMo, 2019 — 20 Days In

The weight of NaNoWriMo often starts to really pile up around day 20 for me. I’m 70,000 words in and probably have another 15k or so. That’s lot of writing in just 20 days, let me tell you. But I love it, you know? I really do. It’s a thrill.

But why in the world is National Novel Writing Month in November when it’s surrounded by holidays, people traveling, and busy times? Maybe it would have been better to have NaNo be in April or something like that. But no, it’s in November, and I do it every year. My friends call it Hermit Month.

But I will admit, I’m getting tired. It’s a lot to write, and I have more left to do. I just want to call it quits, but I’m too stubborn to actually do that. So I trudge on.

Question for writers: What do you do when you feel like you’ve written so much and you just can’t write anymore (for NaNoWriMo, or for any other writing project you have)?

Advice for writers: More encouragement than advice. Just push through. You can do it. Don’t give up! Whatever you’re working on. You can finish it!

There is a day-by-day journal at my personal blog, The Paradigm, if you are interested in reading a more detailed account of what I’m writing and what experiences I’m having this year.

-Andrew Ronzino

NaNoWriMo, 2019 — 15 Days In

Some exciting news! We are 15 days into NaNoWriMo and yesterday I crossed the 50,000 words mark. That may complete the challenge, however, my goal every year is to complete the novel, so I’m still going strong.

As I’ve been writing this year I found myself rewriting my planned ending in my head. I did some different things with my antagonist that I had not planned, and because of that the ending will be changing from what I originally wanted to do, but I think it will be for the better, and I think it will be a lot more fun.

I like to plan and outline things out when I’m writing a novel, especially for NaNo, when you’re on a strict time crunch, it makes things easier for me and keeps me on track. However, I like to be flexible when I’m writing. I allow myself to let the writing shape the story when need be. In the past, I’ve gotten colorful characters, new plot threads, and better ideas by being flexible.

I’ve known writers who stick to their outline like it’s a life preserver, not willing to let it go or try something that deviates from what they planned. I’ve known writers who don’t plan anything at all and just let whimsy take control of their whole story. I think both extremes have their own set of problems. I am somewhere in the middle, I like a good balance of outline and whimsy.

Question for writers: Where do you fit on the planning spectrum? Are you a planner, pantster, or a planster?

Advice for writers: If you are on one end of the extreme or the other, or even somewhere in the middle, try it another way sometime, even if it’s just for fun.

There is a day-by-day journal at my personal blog, The Paradigm, if you are interested in reading a more detailed account of what I’m writing and what experiences I’m having this year.

-Andrew Ronzino