Homepage / Publications / The Feline is Released From Its Sack: Book Release Afoot!
How Love Works Probably Legally Insane Don’t Call Me Late When Business Communication Goes Pffft! Or, How I’ve Been Insane for Two Months and Counting Don’t Eat That! or, Life as a Pet Parent In Dreams It’s the End of … Almost Like the Real Thing Plus a Lesson in Sacred Spaces What Goes Down Must Come Up Dreams Do Come True Gains and Losses Need to Invest? I’ve Got the Perfect Thing … Very Super-suspicious, Pt. 2 – One Day’s Journey Very Super-suspicious, Pt. 1 – A Dr. Seuss Epiphany Life Is Hard Sometimes #TBT: These Days, I am Only Part Throw-Back Has Anyone Told You Lately … Life’s New Groove I Don’t Share  Purging Past and Current Pains Demolishing ‘Beatriz at Dinner’ The Hump is Hell Book Review: The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart Disaster Averted or How My Blog Imploded For a Minute Negative much? Tides of Winter: Book Three (The Felix Chronicles) A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Amazon … Research about the US Presidential Election: Invite and Share! It’s a Birthday and More, 2017 And the Winner Is … On the Upcoming US Presidential Inauguration Contest time! A (Potentially Lengthy) Missive on a Problem with Today’s Christian Church Pros and Cons of Working from Home Cozy Comforts How You Doin’, 2017? Deblog 31: Change Deblog 30: My Way Deblog 29: Hip City Life Revisited Deblog 28: A Moment of Clarity Deblog 27: The Future Deblog 26: Grammar the Day After Deblog 25: Christmas Get-Down Deblog 24: Christmas Hippo! Deblog 23: The Worst Job in the World Deblog 22: Dark Spaces Deblog 21: Real-Life Parenting at Christmas Deblog 20: It Came In the Wind Deblog 19: Do Me a Solid Deblog 18: Another Un-Birthday Deblog 17: Differences Deblog 16: On Giving Deblog 15: A Good Time Deblog 14: Happy Feelin’s. No, Really. Deblog 13: About Relationships, or Why No One is a Plow Horse Deblog 12: About Practical Girls, or Why I Cried While Watching ‘Through the Looking Glass’ Deblog 11: About Girlie Girl Princesses, or Why They Can Never Be Queens Deblog 10: Leadership Deblog 9: What Is Love, Anyway? Deblog 8: Happy Deblog 7: Thing’s Internet Deblog 6: Heaven Deblog 5: Change Deblog 4: Nick Hood’s Story Deblog 3: Jeeves Deblog 2: Exile Island Deblog 1: December is Full of Blogidays Plovember 30: And There You Have It Plovember 29: Citizens United Plovember 28: Another Brilliant Idea Plovember 27: Revolt Plovember 26: Outrageous Plovember 25: Figment Plovember 24: All Over Again Plovember 23: Quantum Argument Plovember 22: Every Kind of People Plovember 21: I Look Fear in the Face and Say … Plovember 20: What ‘Unfriend’ Means Plovember 19: Irregular Woman Plovember 18: My Reality Plovember 17: When the Monsters Inside Your Head are Real Plovember 16: Wild Heartbreak Plovember 15: I Nearly Quit Plovember 14: Nerd Life Plovember 13: It Was A Day Unlike Any … Wait A Minute. Plovember 12: It’s A Matter of Faith Plovember 11: Simply Wild Plovember Extra, Day Two! The Alien Hour, Part Two! Plovember 10: Look at California Nano Ploblano, the Extra Edition: The Alien Hour, Part One Plovember 9: Four-Wheelin Fun Plovember 8: Flight Plovember 7: Through the Looking Glass Plovember 6: Hip City Life. Or Something. Plovember 5: We Interrupt This Story to Bring You Standing Rock Plovember 4: The Horror Continues Plovember 3: Not What I Wanted Plovember 2: Norse Asian Fusion? Plovember 1: Fiesta! Plovember Prep and Preview

Publications

The Feline is Released From Its Sack: Book Release Afoot!

My dearest Cavelings — you know I rarely keep secrets from you, but this was a whopper. I am now letting the cat out of the bag …

If you have been following along, you may have been reading my responses to the DIY MFA Question of the Week; in most of those posts, I mention that I haven’t been writing as I should, despite having a number of works-in-progress that clamor for my attention every now and again.

Such statements are quite true. However, last year was a different story …

Here’s what happened (and those who know me, know the first bit here): I am a sold-out Thomas Dolby fan. Have been since first hearing ‘The Flat Earth‘, which made me something of a music nerd I suppose because I fell in love with this album while others were still freaking out over ‘She Blinded Me With Science’. Don’t get me wrong, I adored ‘Science’ as well, more for the storyline than just the catchy beat. Okay, the beat was fabulous as well, but I mean … the story!

Fast forward to 2015. I have a whole zillion hours of Mr. Dolby’s music on queue in my Youtube account. As I was doing some work, I heard his 2011 release, ‘A Map of the Floating City‘. I liked the tunes therein and put it on repeat. Somewhere along the way, the ‘Road to Reno’ storyline penetrated my brain. I replayed it a few times. I moved on to ’17 Hills’ and the same thing happened. Shortly thereafter, I stopped the other work altogether and listened to each song with eyes closed.

There’s a story in here …

Well, of course, silly head! This is the work of Mr. Thomas Dolby! When is there not a story in his work?

But wait … I meant something else. A novel began to unravel itself. I reached out to a colleague and asked if there might be interest in publishing a work based on ‘Map’; oh, wise sage that he is, said colleague asked, ‘Sounds interesting, but does Mr. Dolby know what you are doing with his material?’

Ah ha!

Off I dashed to locate contact information … a few emails later and I had secured permission to develop my story.

The result was titled ‘Life in the Floating City’ and I was quite happy with it once finished. The colleague I contacted at first was unable to work with me (my genre is not in his wheelhouse), but I found the ever-wonderful Black Bedsheet Books! This link will take you to the Facebook page, where you can get a quick snippet of the sorts of things Nick Grabowski, Editor, takes in. I fell for BBS when I realized the definitive Vincent Price bio was published here. How could I not submit a query? To have my text listed in a catalogue where Mr. Price appears as well? Now that’s golden.

I have, in the past, written about some of my characters to give hints about upcoming releases, but I wanted to hold this one close to the vest until more information was available. However, I’ve decided to maintain the mystery … keep watching this Cave for more about the actual launch date. In the meantime, here’s a teaser:

FloatingCity_BBSBooks

Oh! And before we part, a major thanks to my friends at the San Bernardino Inlandia Writer’s Group. Heather: you get top bill in the front matter because your ‘Leonard’ gave me the courage to do this full on.

2 Comments

  1. Lyn June 20, 2016 2:22 pm

    You are such a tease, Andree!!! Keep sending us snippets. Now you have me wanting to jump right over to Youtube and listen to Mr Dalby…and I will so after breakfast.

    • AR Neal June 20, 2016 2:41 pm

      Please do! A day is incomplete with a bit of Mr. Dolby in it … 🙂

%d bloggers like this: