I made progress on three different stories today. First I made some edits suggested by one of the editors I hired to help me out with "Carlotta Valdez" and "Ash Wednesday" on the first story, then I read the latter through once more and sent it off to them. Finally I outlined another really big chunk of RETURN TO ANGEL HILL, trying to tie everything together to make the next several days of working on it go that much quicker. I'm also stuck right now in a bit of a dilemma. There are 8 movies in my Netflix queue that I want to see, but will be coming off streaming on the 1st of August. I COULD work through many of them, but not all of them, but it would require 2 movies a day and that, with my current schedule, just isn't possible unless I give up writing anything else that day. But with RETURN at the stage it is now, and as long as it's already been delayed, I just can't make myself give up working on it for yet another week just because of some movie reviews, even though my movie review guides sell well enough and consistently enough to justify the time spent on them. But I really want to finish this novel and free up some time again. So I'm contemplating just deleting those movies from my queue anyway and forgetting about them. But, still, I really do want to see them.
Also, I have a sale going on right now, a very limited time, so get it while the getting's good. I'm offering my massive collection of THREE Angel Hill novels, The Third Floor, The Ghosts of Mertland, and The Flip, the collected version of which is called Three Sides of the Same Coin: The Angel Hill Novels, for only $0.99. Get it now before it goes back to regular price.
In other news, today I FINALLY start reading:
In a mega-stakes, high-suspense race against time, three of the most unlikely and winning heroes Stephen King has ever created try to stop a lone killer from blowing up thousands.
In the frigid pre-dawn hours, in a distressed Midwestern city, hundreds of desperate unemployed folks are lined up for a spot at a job fair. Without warning, a lone driver plows through the crowd in a stolen Mercedes, running over the innocent, backing up, and charging again. Eight people are killed; fifteen are wounded. The killer escapes.
In another part of town, months later, a retired cop named Bill Hodges is still haunted by the unsolved crime. When he gets a crazed letter from someone who self-identifies as the “perk” and threatens an even more diabolical attack, Hodges wakes up from his depressed and vacant retirement, hell-bent on preventing another tragedy.
Brady Hartsfield lives with his alcoholic mother in the house where he was born. He loved the feel of death under the wheels of the Mercedes, and he wants that rush again. Only Bill Hodges, with a couple of highly unlikely allies, can apprehend the killer before he strikes again. And they have no time to lose, because Brady’s next mission, if it succeeds, will kill or maim thousands.
Mr. Mercedes is a war between good and evil, from the master of suspense whose insight into the mind of this obsessed, insane killer is chilling and unforgettable.