I reconnected with one of my oldest and dearest friends in the writing community yesterday. Cali MacKay. She's a NYT and USA Today best selling author now, but when we met we were both hanging out on writer's forums honing our craft, critiquing each others work, and dreaming of publishing our first novel. Cali introduced me to Steam Punk and taught me how to write like a girl (important skill for a guy trying to write romance). I helped push her toward the indie community when I started Underground Press Publishing and self-published my first book.
We've kept in touch over the years even as pen names changed (I wrote for awhile under a female pseudonym trying to get published by the big romance houses). As many of you know I haven't written a word since my son was diagnosed with leukemia. My time has been pretty filled up with that. And I've only recently returned to social media. Well Cali found me and reached out.
“Hey, you! How ya doing? What are you working on?”
Same old Cali. Always interested in what others are working on and ready to lend a hand or a pair of eyes. We chatted on facebook for about five minutes and she had me fired up to go write something and publish it! I haven't really thought about writing again. I've said I want to get back into writing “at some point” but I've been busy getting the non-profit started, yada, yada, yada...
“You need to get back to writing. Now!” she told me. And she's right, as usual.
So Maxwell Cynn is back at the keyboard. I have an old manuscript that was almost ready to publish when Joshua fell ill. I'm going through it now and sending it to an editor for final review. Then I'll start some new projects and complete some old projects. As I've said before, I'll also be reading some books and writing some reviews here on the blog. It is time. Thanks, Cali, for firing me up again.
We also have Big News breaking over on the Underground Press Blog. Click over there and check it out!