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, 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
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:
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!
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.
I’ve started working on a new short story a few weeks ago. I’m still not too sure I’m good at them, but I’ve been getting better at writing them the more I work at it. I’m going to keep with it and improve what I feel is a weakness of mine in my writing.
This new story has been a bit difficult. I hit a brick wall with it for a little while and then I decided to take it in a slightly different direction. After making that decision, I was able to get a little further into it. I’m liking where it’s going and I’m hoping that after revisions and critique it’ll be something I can truly be proud of.
I never thought that the challenge of writing short would be fun, but I’ve been enjoying it. When I wrote Etched in Steel, I had to keep it under 1,250 words. That was a challenge, but I got it done. And now I’m thinking the work paid off.
I always told myself that I was bad at writing short stories because I’m a long-winded writer. I tried a few times, but always gave up in the end and stuck what I thought I could do, which was long fiction only. But thanks to my writing and critique group, I had to force myself to try it. Really try it. I struggled at first, but with their help, knowledge, encouragement, and constructive criticism, I started to get better at writing short form.
Now, all that has paid off. I am pleased to announce that I received an email yesterday that my first published short story was released! Yes, that means I am officially a published author, a dream come true. It’s the first stepping stone towards the publication of novels.
My short story, Etched in Steel, can be found in Michigan’s Emerging Writers: An Anthology of Fiction, by Z Publishing.
Here’s a link to Amazon where you can purchase a paperback copy: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1725001144/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1534115166&sr=8-1&keywords=michigan%27s+emerging+writers
On to the next stepping stone. Thank you for the encouragement and support!