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It’s Thursday, that bizarre day of the week that really does feel like Friday and we don’t truly need. Admit it, life would be better if we could just go from Hump Day to Friday, get the weekend started already, right?
When I was in college, back in the dark ages of the early 90's, Thursday night parties were much more important than anything you did over the weekend. It was the day of the week we all looked forward to. Weekends were for dates and studying. But Thursdays were custom made for gettin’ down.
I guess that’s why they feel so strange to me now. Because I’m an adult (quit scoffing, classmates) and Thursday has become just another day of the work week.
But now, all that’s changed. Thursdays are important to me again. Thursday is my day to blog at KillerYear! So, let’s get this party started with happy thoughts from David Hasselhoff. And I’ll give bonus points for dachshund sightings.
Hooga, Hooga, Ooga Chakka, indeed. I got your hooga right here, Davie. Everyone feel better now? No offense, but his people must be smoking crack.
As the classmates of Killer Year have gotten to know each other a little better, I am amazed all over again at the breadth and depth of this group of debut novelists. We come from all walks of life. We are scattered across the country. We range in age from our twenties to our fifties. We split the genders in a genre representative cluster — 10 men, 5 women. Our books range from comedic to noir to literary to international thriller. Many are coming out in mass market paperback. Several of us signed multi-book deals, so you have years of reading enjoyment to look forward to. All in all, and I’m not just saying this, we’re going to knock your socks off.
And I think we have more in common that just that. It’s been said a million times, and will be said a million times more. Writers are solitary people. We’re comfortable being in our own minds for extended periods of time. That has to skew your thinking, to a certain extent, right? So when an opportunity to gather a group of like-minded people comes along, we jump at the chance. For an isolated red state writer like myself, these connections are Internet based. And while that’s how we’ve started out, over the course of the coming year, we’ll be able to cement these friendships in person.
Going on the road alone is terrifying to me. If I know I’ll have 2 or 3 of my classmates with me, not so bad. Being on a panel – whew, that’s going to be interesting. But if I’m on a panel with several people I know well, it will be much easier. Press kits? Coop dollars? Book reviews? Platforms? Award Nominations??? Instead of picking our solitary way through the wilds of the first year of being published authors, we’ll be able to support one another, share our experiences and successes. Learn where the pitfalls are. And generally have an easier time of it.
So stay tuned to KillerYear – The Blog. Watch the website for new developments. And if you have pearls of wisdom to share with the Newbies, please, we’re all ears. Breaking new ground is all well and good, but you published veterans hold the keys to the kingdom.
Next week, I’ll be at ThrillerFest with many of you. I can’t wait to meet you!
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