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Newsletter Archive

FREELANCERS #3 - 04/03/23


Hope you enjoyed the news report from Lina along with Bael's short story in the last newsletter. There's a link to the Freelancers archive at the bottom of this message if you missed it. I recently read some excellent advice that writers who plan a lot in advance should try writing short form content now and then. It forces you to more concisely deliver payoffs instead of getting lost in the sauce setting things up forever. So it's good practice for me, and an excuse to give you more fun short stories for the Freelancers!


Progress Update

It took me all month, but my quick clean-up pass of Inglorious Resurrection turned into a full read through edit. No major changes, but some key moments got punched up, rougher edges smoothed out, and it got new formatting to look cleaner. Overall, it's even better now. I'm working on a new cover, but the manuscript is updated on Amazon. I'll be releasing In The Storm for free or $.99 wide along with Inglorious Resurrection once I get the cover ready. I'll do a marketing push for those while moving on to editing the next book in the Phoenix Company series, Lost Souls.


Being deep in the editing trenches all March got me thinking about how I like having several projects on the go. I love having some concept to dream about, brainstorm and outline (that phase of writing is my favourite), something ready and waiting to be realized with a first draft, and something to refine and improve through editing. Each of those require different workshops set up in my mind, but having options helps keep energy up and reduce burnout or fatigue.


These thoughts come on the heels of a rewatch I'm doing of the Cowboy Bebop anime. That 1998 show still holds up as a masterpiece. It's high up on my list of inspirations, but watching it again shows me how many of its fingerprints are on my work. It's a very worthy star to reach for. Watching it made me want to dig into Phoenix Company Book 2. If you haven't seen it, I highly recommend giving it a look. The anime and live action version (haven't watched that one yet) are on Netflix currently.

I've signed up for another Bookfunnel promo to grow the newsletter and let more folks read In The Storm. This list has some Romance books on top of Fantasy and Sci-Fi if you're interested. There's a lot of cool titles to download, but I'd very much appreciate a click of the link below.

On the topic of motivation and inspiration, do you have any songs that immediately elicit strong emotions the second you hear them? Everytime I hear I Really Want To Stay At Your House from Cyberpunk: Edgerunners and Never Fade Away from Cyberpunk 2077 I'm instantly transported to the tragic emotional place those stories took me to. Funny how strong that context can imprint on our memories. A song can take a completely different shape when you know the story/meaning behind it.


Let me know if you have any music like this. Would love to hear some songs and the stories behind them. Here's the links to some sweet covers/remixes of the Cyberpunk tunes I mentioned. First video might have some spoilers for Edgerunners.


They get me every damn time in the first few notes :'(

If you have any questions or comments for me, go ahead and reply to this newsletter, email me at or message me on Twitter (I also opened a Mastodon account in case the blue bird implodes: I'm open to feedback or suggestions on the newsletter as well.


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Thanks very much for reading. More fun stuff coming on the 15th. Have a good one.




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