Big December Announcement (and #IWSG hopping!)

Announcement?? Why yes, in a minute …

It’s the first Wednesday of the month, the day when insecure writers (which is to say, all of us) proudly step to the mic and shout, “I’m a writer! And I’m insecure about it!”

Is this thing on?

Every month, the Insecure Writers Support Group asks a question. Here’s December’s: what five objects would we find in your writing space? I could list hundreds, but I’ll look directly ahead, at the shelf from where my computer’s monitor stares at me with resigned disdain.

Grehan’s objets d’art.

The dragon is for luck, and protection of course. The Tullamore Dew is self-explanatory. The Beast Mode patch was a gift from my Sig-O. The grenade was a gift from my dad. The Dilbert cartoon was a gift from a co-worker, back in the days when I had co-workers. The cartoon story goes: I had made a confession to my programming buddy, Ed, who lived in the cubicle next to me at Grunt Co., Inc. I had confessed that I was writing a novel. My first, but it was going to be big. A few days later, the Dilbert cartoon appeared, push-pinned to my cubicle wall, underneath my nameplate.

The cartoon is dated Wednesday, March 11th. I’ve looked back and the year would have been–I’m embarassed to admit–1998. I did finish the novel and it was big. And messy. And now filed under ‘practice.’

In 1998 Y2K was looming. A boom time for programmers with my particular skills. I kept my day job and didn’t indulge my fiction-writing addiction for another 10 years.

And now, here we are.

Ed and I are still friends. In fact, he’s throwing a Christmas party in 10 days. Maybe I’ll show him the cartoon. Will he remember it?

To join the IWSG Blog hop, sign up here.

My thanks to founder, Alex J. Cavanaugh and this month’s IWSG co-hosts J.H. Moncrieff, Tonja Drecker , Patsy Collins, and Chrys Fey! .

Be sure to pay them a visit!

And now …

If you’ve looked to my left sidebar, you’ll notice I’ve got a short story appearing soon on Amazon. A novelette, really. Is it only the sci-fi genre which uses that term? Did I mention the story is sci-fi?

Grehan, what’s it about?

Overnight, users of the popular social networking site, Know-Me, acquire a duplicate, but dissimilar, identity. Though he claims to be shocked by the doubles’ debut, Know-Me’s CEO, Jason Vrabek, has impressed even himself with this latest testament to his genius. He swears his company has not launched a massive social experiment, something Know-Me has been accused of in the past. While experts investigate the phenomenon, the doubles engage with their counterparts, and Vrabek collects the data.

Alice Merkanowsky, an ordinary office worker, is enthralled with her duplicate self, the glamorous wife of a celebrity chef. Her thrill soon turns into an obsession which strains her marriage, and threatens her grip on reality.

Alice isn’t the only Know-Me casualty. Hoax, or not, the phenomenon triggers consequences that are frighteningly real, even for Vrabek who soon finds himself outmatched by his own genius double.

Look for KNOW ME on Amazon next week!

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24 thoughts on “Big December Announcement (and #IWSG hopping!)

    1. Thanks Kate! I’m glad I’ve kept the cartoon all these years. Believe me, there were times I wanted to light a match to it.

  1. I loved the peek at your desk! This has been a really interesting question this month and fun to see everyone’s objects in their writing space. Congrats on your upcoming release!

  2. The dragon is a good idea. I should probably acquire a dragon for myself. I could use some luck!

    Grats on the upcoming release! Awesome cover. I went checking out your other links along your nav bar and have to say, I’m enjoying your doodles under images.

    1. Dragons, crystals, four-leaf clovers — I’m on board for anything that promises good luck. Except rabbit feet. Seems like bad karma there … Thanks for checking out my doodles, Loni! My great time-wasters.

  3. First off, the plot for your novelette sounds so interesting! Second, I love the Dilbert cartoon. Always nice when someone both kindly insults and overtly supports your literary endeavors! 🙂

    1. Haha, Lauren, you described my friend Ed perfectly. Both insulting and supportive!
      Thanks for stopping by!

    1. The cartoon is old school, Erika, isn’t it? Hard to believe writers once had to snail-mail queries and dread the appearance of the SASE in their mailbox.

  4. Enjoyed seeing your desk. Not sure about the grenade, lol. The cartoon made me think of my mother’s computer area. She also wrote. She had a cartoon pinned on the shelf that went something like, “Enough about me, let’s talk about my book.”

    1. My dad was a US Marine, Helen, hence the grenade. But it’s hollowed, if that give you peace of mind. Your mother wrote novels, Helen? How wonderful!

  5. Know Me sounds amazing! Art imitates life, to a degree…

    Ah, Dilbert. That strip has kept many a cubicle dweller going. I had several on my bulletin board when I still worked in corporate communications. My boss used to distribute them, never quite getting the irony.

    1. Haha, JMH, oblivious bosses — I so miss those guys. Now I can only make fun of myself. Thanks for stopping by!

  6. I couldn’t see the pictures, sadly, but this sounds like a very cool writing space. Glad the grenade isn’t live! Congrats on the upcoming novelette. What a fascinating premise.

    1. Couldn’t see my pics? Uh oh. I hope not because of my poor website skills … anything is possible. Thanks for stopping by, Nick! I am also glad the grenade isn’t live. It’s heavy, though.

    1. Thank you, Raimey! This is my first time self-pubbing. I’ve gained new respect for those who do this all the time.

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