20170617 173447 %281%29 Michael Ostrowski · Author · added 3 months ago
Thanks, Dean!  Happy New Year to you as well, and can’t wait to get my copy of "Murder Happens"!!  
Dean fearce dean fearce · Author · added 3 months ago
Caroline’s web site is impressive. And she went to Skidmore. Happy New Year, Mike! Looking forward to Lost in the Fog in 2018.

Aloha All,

I hope you are enjoying this holiday season, and are getting the chance to spend it with friends and family!  With one more day until 2018, this seemed a good opportunity to check in with a brief update on Lost in the Fog, my book you graciously pre-ordered/followed.

And I finally have some good news to share! 

For the last month I have been working with an editor, the extremely talented and sagacious Caroline Tolley.   Her resume is beyond impressive (please click on the link and check out all the great books she has edited), and I am very lucky to have her in my corner.  A few weeks ago she returned her first round edit of Lost in the Fog, which was filled with terrific advice to make it a better book.

Caroline’s development notes were overwhelmingly positive on the story, characters, pacing, and plot.  She said overall the book was in great shape.  Her feedback for improvement was mostly in the narration: specifically, the 3rd person narrator (while often humorous) impeded the reader from bonding with Camden and Veronica.  This also caused a ripple effect where these two main characters did not share enough internal thoughts.  I also have some tone ambiguity I need to work on.

I agree with my editor’s evaluation, and these necessary changes will be relatively minor in scope. 

I just need to find the time to do them. 

This month nearly every night has been a holiday party for work and friends, and I’ve also had visitors and long days spent in the office for my job that pays the bills.  No complaints at all, as I’ve been having a lot of fun and finding satisfaction in my work.  But I’ve been eager to dig into my rewrite based on Caroline’s notes, and I finally was able to make some progress this past week.

I plan to keep this momentum going, and mid-January should be a realistic timeline for me to finish my rewrite and submit it back to her. 

The next step in the process is for Caroline to do one more edit.  I’ll then take that, make the required adjustments, and Inkshares will do a final “line edit”.  This is exactly what the name implies- someone will go line-by-line to ensure everything is proper, perfect, and ready for publication.

I’ll keep everyone updated as I hit key milestones, and I hope to get Lost in the Fog to all of you by late summer/early fall of 2018.  But the date is unfortunately out of my control.  Whether you’re an established best-selling author or someone like me, unlike the instantaneous click/like/tweet of our culture, the publishing process is plodding and requires patience.  But I’m so glad to have you all with me on this.  

As the clock ticks down on 2017, I will humbly once again say thank you and mahalo for your support! Simply put, Lost in the Fog would not be getting published without your help.  I wish you all a Happy New Year, and success and happiness in 2018!! 


Hi All,

I’m long overdue for some news about Lost in the Fog, so here we go!

First, I must express my continued gratitude.  Because of all of you, my novel surpassed the 250-pre-order requirement (272 thus far) and will be published by Inkshares!  Your support brings a ginormous smile to my face, and I am beyond grateful.  For years I’ve wanted to share Lost in the Fog with the world, and I will be able to do it because of you.  Merci beaucoup, danke schoen, arigato, mahalo nui loa, and thank you!

Second, I want to provide an update to the question you all have: when will I receive my copy of Lost in the Fog?   While I wish I could give it to you right now, unfortunately the world of book publishing moves at a slower pace.  Here’s a recent example.  Robin Sloane, author of the outstanding best seller Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore (which I highly recommend), announced to his fans on July 15, 2016 he had finished a new novel.  On September 5th of this year, Sloane’s Sourdough will be released to the world.   

For those of you who don’t want to do the math, that’s almost 14 months from completion to publication for an author who just had a best seller. 

While I’ve yet to have a best seller, the goal is to get Lost in the Fog to you a whole lot sooner.   Here is where I am with the process.  While I’ve gone through so many drafts of my novel that I’ve lost count, I am still working on one more.  When that is finished I send it off to the publisher, and then they assign an editor to work on it with me.

The editing process can take several months, and then there’s the cover, the clean-up of the final version, printing, marketing, and distribution.  This meticulous process will be done to produce the best possible version of my book.  Because you should never over-promise and under-deliver, my goal for Lost in the Fog is that it will be published next summer. 

Inkshares is located in the San Francisco Bay Area, and I plan on flying back there to sign every book before they ship.  So while a little patience is in order, I’m happy to report that everyone who pre-ordered a paperback will receive a personalized signed copy!

Third part to this update: as we walk down the long and winding road to publication, I will keep you informed along the way and hopefully have some fun with it.  I plan to share with you, the ones who have made Lost in the Fog possible, special items akin to DVD/Blu-ray extras.  Here’s a sneak preview.

In the beginning of Lost in the Fog (which you can check out right now on the "Read" tab), the main character Camden takes the Caltrain (the commuter rail) from San Carlos into the city of San Francisco.  Here is what he sees and thinks that morning:

Tired and hungover, he could only stare slack jawed at the lavender and pink clouds which appeared to be crashing like waves over to the East Bay sky.  Camden couldn’t get it out of his mind that he was a yo-yo.  Slung up the Peninsula to San Francisco in the morning, he was suspended there in a “walk the dog” move for the day.  As the sun set the giant wrist flicked and he returned to his home thirty-five miles south of the city.

 At the Caltrain Depot in San Francisco, Camden exited with the mass of commuters and began his usual walk up Fourth Avenue…….   

Below are some pictures of what Camden would have seen as he approached the San Francisco station on that morning, and also the view of when he exited the train to walk to his job as a gallery attendant.  Back when I was writing the first draft, commuting into the city was my life.  Those thirty-five to fifty-five minutes (it all depended on whether it was an express or a local), I used to spend working on Lost in the FogThat time on the train fueled my creativity and was very important to me. 

Thank you all again, and looking forward to sharing more updates soon!



Hi All,

In case you missed it, here is my book trailer for Lost in the Fog.  

I’m so grateful for everyone who has pre-ordered my book!   For those followers who haven’t yet had the chance,  would be so appreciative it you could!



Hi All,

As a thank you for helping me reach 250 pre-orders, I wanted to share with you a short story of mine called "Moving Art".  

It has absolutely nothing to do with Lost in the Fog and was written years before my novel, but in my head I picture Patrick, the main character in the story, being Camden Swanson’s brother.  And maybe I"ll have the two of them meet up in the Lost in the Fog sequel that I just started writing (which will be set in Hawaii).  

This short story is about Patrick and Jill, two college seniors on their Spring Break in Mexico.  There’s a bullfight, talk of Hemingway, the chasing of expectations at the expense of reality, and a young couple trying to figure out if they’ll continue their relationship after graduation.

If you have some time to read it, I hope you will enjoy!  Thank you again!!! 

Moving Art

A Short Story by Michael Ostrowski

Jill and I sat on the hotel patio overlooking the Yucatan Channel, inhaling the salt from the ocean and tasting the lime on the rim of our beers. The sun was everywhere, glaring off the azure water, scorching pink noses and toes, and igniting sweat on bodies that were used to winter.  It was Happy Hour and we each had a bucket of Coronas in front of us.  I had ordered dos cervezas, but somehow the mustachioed waiter brought three beers apiece. 

“You know I’ve always wanted to see a bullfight,” I said. 

“Ever since reading The Sun Also Rises . . . such a cliche,” Jill said. 

“It’s my favorite book.”

“Fuck Hemingway. What about the bull?” she asked. 

“Do you give a shit about the thousands of cows slaughtered every day to make Big Macs? At least before the bull goes to the butcher’s table here, he’s taking part in a ritual that has been around since the Seventh Century.”

“Yah, yah, yah, Patrick. You get all your opinions from novels and movies.” 

“It’s supposed to be man and bull becoming one. That’s something I want to see live, in person."

“I feel sorry for you,” she said. 

Jill and I had been together since sophomore year. She knew I had read The Sun Also Rises half a dozen times and I had published an essay on Death in The Afternoon in our college newspaper. But when we were booking our Spring Break trip I never revealed to her there was bullfighting in Cancun, had never brought it up until today. 

When I finally told her she said, “Hemingway wrote about them in Spain.” 

I had researched the Cancun bullfights in a Boston coffee shop, the snow swirling around outside the window. I was not going to let this opportunity pass. The bullfights were only held on Wednesdays, and it was Tuesday afternoon in Cancun. 

Several girls in bikinis had climbed up on the bar and had begun dancing, their tanned and taut bodies gyrating to a rap song.  A few guys, equally bronze and fit, joined them.  I instinctively sucked in my belly.   

When we had first arrived at sunrise, after we had an awful six-hour delay at Logan airport, I had gone for a swim while Jill slept. The blonde on the bar had flashed her breasts at me while I was in the water.

“Patrick, could you give me the courtesy of not starting at them while I’m right next to you?” she asked. 

“You wanted to come here.”

“If you mention you wanted to go to Key West one more time, I’ll strangle you. Yes, I was the one who picked Cancun.

“If you got up they’d all be staring at you.” 

Jill narrowed her eyes at me and took a sip of beer. “If Brett Ashley lived in our times, do you think she’d be up on the bar?” she asked. 

I did not answer the question. Jill finished her beer, shoved the empty bottle back into the ice, and began drinking another. The condensation from the bottle dripped on her arm. I flagged the waiter down and ordered two shots of tequila.

“All right, if we go to your Hemingway shit we’re not going to those stupid ruins,” Jill said. “And yeah, when we watched Against All Odds, I did say Tulum looked beautiful. But we’re seniors. This is our last Spring Break ever. I want quality time lying on the beach and I don’t want to have to drive a hundred hours in some Mexican deathtrap car to see some Incan stones."


“If you tell me they’re Mayan, I swear I’ll throw this bucket at your head. It’s March and it’s 15 degrees and snowing in Boston. I have six days in this city, and I’m going to get a tan.”

“But you’ll go to the bullfight?” I asked. 

The waiter arrived with the shots. I held up mine close to Jill, and after a few seconds she clinked my glass. She flashed a faint smile and then looked at the fit guy walking past us who wasn’t wearing a shirt. 

“Let’s go see the fucker get murdered,” she said.


Coming from the hotel zone, the bullring was located at the end of the strip on the left side. We were about an hour early so we stayed to the right and ambled down dusty Tulum Avenue. I couldn’t focus on the people or buildings we passed. I wanted to see that bull. 

After grabbing a quick bite to eat I bought our tickets from a street vendor sitting behind a white clapboard shack with “Toro” painted in red, and we headed toward our destination. As Jill and I turned the corner and started down Bonampak Avenue, I could see the pale maroon, stucco bullring looming over the trees and bushes that flanked either side of the structure at the end of the road. Many people streamed toward the bullring. There was a crowd at the entrance. 

“It kind of reminds me of walking down Brookline Avenue to Fenway Park,” I said.

“Of course you’d say that.” 

But it did feel that way. Walking with a large group, in the kind of heat and humidity you’d find on a typical August day in Boston, to watch an event steeped in history and tradition. Being outside the ring created the same type of atmosphere, one of anticipation and excitement. 

"Except, instead of a homerun sailing over the Green Monster,” she said, “we’re going to watch an animal get stabbed to death with a sword.” 

After traversing through the line the guy took our boletos, and I got a taste of what attending a bullfight was like during Hemingway’s time. The clay walls, the dirt floor, the pungent odor of . . . 

“This place reeks of shit,” Jill said. 

To reach the seats you had to walk through the actual ring where the bull would be killed. There was only reason why: they wanted you to buy things. Souvenir stands hawking anything from tacky matador hats to the kind of plastic bulls you might find in Epcot’s Spain at Disney World. My vision of Hemingway’s sacred country collapsed, replacing it was the reality of American commercialism. 

“How much did you pay for these tickets?” she asked. 

Cancun was a town built solely for the tourist industry, and I shouldn’t have been surprised. But the mystique of the corridas del toros and its roots in Spanish culture were enough for me to think it couldn’t be spoiled, that it was hallowed grounds and not to be corrupted.

“I’m sure Papa bought t-shirts with bulls on them when he went to Pamplona,” Jill said with a laugh. 

I wanted the Hemingway adventure, and I would do my best to achieve it. If only to spite Jill. So I made a conscious decision to ignore the tourist atmosphere and concentrate on the actual bullfight.

It wasn’t easy. Soon after the souvenir stands were dismantled inside the ring, vendors swarmed into the stands, peddling the same hokey merchandise. To make matters worse we had taken a seat on the first row on the balcony; this was a mistake because the hawkers continuously disturbed our sightline to make their rounds. 

I still tried to block out the rampant commercialism. The bulls would be coming soon, and I could focus on what mattered in the ring. Besides, the crowd was more that fifty percent local, and if they could tolerate the marketing so could I. 

When the opening ceremonies commenced I began to relax. A group of dancers emerged from the tunnels and launched into a routine accompanied by the frantic beating of drums. Clad in elaborate silver and gold costumes, they did a series of flips and spins that the crowd showed their appreciation through yells and applause. After their finale a portly man, dressed in cowboy garb and wearing an enormous sombrero, did rope tricks. Big loops to small loops, he repeated the show as he glided around the bullring. 

From the polite claps the audience obviously preferred the dancers. Or maybe they had become restless, anxiously awaiting the bull’s entrance. They wouldn’t have to wait much longer. 

The English translation, corrida de torros, is bullfight, but aficionados will tell you that is a misnomer. They feel uncomfortable calling it a fight because it isn’t a pugilistic affair at all. I read aloud to Jill from the program: 

The bullfight is actually moving art. A man using his courage, risks life to create art.” 

“When are we actually going to see the bull?” Jill asked. “I’m hungover as shit and I don’t think I’m going to last too long here.” 

I shrugged and focused on the ring. After waiting a couple of minutes and enduring several sighs from Jill, the bull arrived. It bolted out of the box and darted into the center of it. Long horns, expansive hump, and from the haughtiness he displayed by stopping directly in the middle of the spectacle, this guy had determination.

Shouts of “toro, toro, toro” rang down in appreciation. It was almost as if the bull was playing with us when he refused to charge, opting instead for the dramatic pause. We waited anxiously for the beast to make a move.

If you blinked, you would have missed it. With breathless agility, the bull shot at one of the banderlillos, the matador’s assistants who play an important part later on in the ceremony. The young man had been yelling at the animal, and wanting to see his next paycheck, he quickly hopped over the partition to safety. Never breaking stride, the bull turned as if on skates and charged at another banderillo, who followed in his partner’s path.

I was completely enthralled, and even Jill watched intently. The bull had enticed us into his world, given us a rush; everything else, spring break, girls in bikinis, margaritas on the beach, the cheap souvenirs, receded. That is why I was so disturbed by the voice. It came across the speakers and radiated, in English, throughout the ring.

It told us the next stage of the event was ready, and then proceeded to explain what would happen. I was annoyed, but not surprised, that they’d have an announcer to hold the tourist’s hand. For someone who had no clue, it was probably a good thing. But for the person who had done their homework, someone who came to witness “moving art”, the voice was an intrusion.

I could only imagine what the locals thought. Maybe they found the announcer amusing. Maybe they didn’t understand a word he said. At this point I didn’t care. Blocking out the distractions was effort enough. 

So there was the announcer, telling the crowd what was coming next. Because of Hemingway, I already knew. After showcasing the bull, it was now time for the picadors to work on the bull. Riding horseback, the pic’s job is to weaken the bull by jabbing it in the back with a long spear. Their task is vital, for if a bull isn’t slowed down the matador cannot make his exciting passes. In addition to their practical function, the picadors also serve as a test for the bull: one that determines if he has courage. 

If the bull runs from the picador’s stab, he has demonstrated his gentleness,” I read from the program to Jill. “But if he charges the horse and doesn’t retreat, he demonstrates his breeding and courage.” 

Jill had her head in her hands, her eyes closed. “I don’t think I can watch the horse part,” she said.

The instant the two picadors emerged (one on a white horse and the other on a black one), the bull shot at the light colored stallion. Along with most everybody else, I winced when the bull rammed the unsuspecting horse into the wall. Reading Hemingway had somewhat prepared me, but deep inside it still hurt.

“Don’t look at the horses after the bull hits them,” was what Jake told Brett in the novel. “Watch the charge and see the picador try and keep the bull off.” 

I heeded this advice and inspected the picador’s futile attempt to keep the bull away. But el toro was intent on knocking the man off the horse, and succeeded in five seconds. This was the only time I was glad it wasn’t like Pamplona in the 1920s. Because if it was, the horse would be dead. 

Here, the animals were padded and the horns could not penetrate. When a horse is felled it is the matador’s job to make the bull come at him. In Hemingway’s book, to achieve this the man only had to flick his cape. With this bull it took more. The matador had to maneuver a lot closer and yell. Eventually el toro, hungry for more damage, rushed at him. 

Executing a nice veronica pass, the matador led the bull into the other picador, where he could be jabbed properly. This bull not only had courage, the beast had the intelligence to maneuver himself away the man on the horse. It took several more passes for the bull to tire, and the picador riding the black stallion finally speared him with force. 

But even though el toro had blood oozing from his hump, he would not capitulate the in first round.

“We’re done with the picadors,” I said to Jill. “It’s banderillos time. I think you’re going to like this.” 

The second stage started, and once again Mr. Announcer explained it in English. But it was easy to forget about the intrusion here. The banderillos, the men who made their debut briefly in the onset, have the task of jabbing two barbed sticks into the bull’s hump. These guys have no weapon of defense, nobody to cover their backs. And the banderillos don’t wait for their enemy to charge and they’re always on the attack. I thought of them as the rodeo clowns of bullfighting, because they entertained and assisted the star, all the while risking their very existence. 

So there was the bull, gigantic and fierce and determined to maim, and the banderillos had to one-up the animal. From the minute it charged, the crowd was behind the bull. These guys wanted to give us a reason to root for the matador. The first bandillero was the youngest. Lithe in build, with short cropped black hair and a child’s smile, he barreled at el toro like a special team captain about to tackle a punt returner. The bull seemed to enjoy this, and galloped quickly. It was a classic game of chicken, about as fair as a scooter versus an eighteen wheeler. 

Just as the bull was about to maul his prey, the young man sidestepped and thrust his instruments at the bull’s hump. Somewhere in the blur I saw the sticks graze the animal and tumble on the dirt. Looking dejected the bandillero shook his head, jogged to the edge of the ring, and leapt over the wall. Although he failed, the audience clapped for the effort. 

I heard Jill mutter, “this is just not for me”. 

The next two bandilleros were older and heftier, but each had to be inspired by their younger peer. They ran directly toward the bull and each connected with good placements of the sticks. The momentum had now swung back to the matador. 

I looked at Jill, and she was lying back against the concrete abutment and letting the sun tan her face. She might have even been asleep.

The third act was set to commence and I turned my head to the ring. Any high I got from the banderillos evaporated when I inspected the bull. The black beast, once so full of energy and life, was now weary and listless. His expansive hump was stained red. 

Except this part was what I had been waiting most for, the matador’s cape work. I wanted to see if the man moved in the terrain of the bull, or if he faked danger by staying in his own. The matador positioned himself and then proceeded to conduct his passes. I studied carefully, enjoying the fluttering of the red silk. But no matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t feel any emotion for the bull or the man.

It was kill time, and it felt anti-climatic. Regardless of whose terrain he was in, I did not feel that the matador was risking his life for artistic expression. As for the bull, there was no sorrow because I had accepted his demise from the beginning. These two participants were simply finishing what they started in a perfunctory manner.

I just wanted it to end. When the bugles sounded and the announcer told us it was now “the moment of truth”, Jill sat up and opened her eyes. Upon seeing the bull, she muttered “what the fuck” and shoved me. Jill turned her back to the ring. 

“The bull is a bloody fucking mess,” she said. “It’s literally the most disgusting I’ve ever seen, and the fact that you wanted to come here really pisses me off.”

“Your aversion to culture really pisses me off," I said under my breath.

When the person in the tight costume drove his sword into the creature it seemed contrived. His movements weren’t smooth, they were over emphasized. The bull staggered, his tongue draped over his mouth, and then collapsed with a thud to the cheer of the crowd.

Jill stood up, averting her eyes from the ring. “You saw it, now let’s go.”

“There’s two more bulls,” I said.

“Not for me, Patrick.” 

She strode calmly away, her bikini top visible under her diaphanous sun dress. Several men watched her head toward the exit. I stood up, but Jill never looked back at me. 

After a few seconds I stretched and sat back down. I stayed and watched two more bulls get killed that afternoon. All that blood had affected me, and I when walked out of the bullring with the rest of the crowd I felt a slight buzz in my head. It was almost like the feeling I had after chewing some tobacco as a kid.

Back at the hotel Jill was sitting at the bar, drinking a beer and laughing with a group of Spring Breakers. The bartender had just poured shots, and they all toasted and sucked them down. A man with a dark tan and perfect abs put his hand on Jill’s shoulder, but drew it away when he saw me approach.

“Did it live up to your expectations?” she asked when I reached the bar. 

“Just like Hemingway,” I said. 



Aloha All,

I’m very excited to announce my novel Lost in the Fog has received over 250 pre-orders (261 and counting) and will now be published by Inkshares!  Thank you so much for your support, and I cannot even begin to express how grateful I am!

I’m also thrilled to report this is (hopefully) just the first step for Lost in the Fog.  Inkshares is sponsoring their Launch Pad Contest, and I’m officially entered.  It started April 1st and goes until November 4th, and the top three books on the basis of unique pre-orders will be automatic winners.  For more on the contest, you can click here.

All Launch Pad winners will receive full marketing/promotion/editing, and their novels will be sold in brick-and-mortar bookstores!  With the 250 pre-orders, I’m only guaranteed Lost in the Fog will be published and available to purchase online, but without any promotion and only basic copy editing. That is cool in itself and a huge accomplishment, and I’m super happy to have reached that goal.

But being a Launch Pad Contest winner would be a dream come true!  Not only will Lost in the Fog get full publishing and promotion, there’s also top talent agencies  (including UTA & Paradigm) and production companies (such as Village Road Show & 3 Arts Entertainment) involved in the contest.   I’m currently in second place on the leaderboard out of 116 submissions.  That’s very exciting, but there’s still a long way to go.  

The goal now is for new readers to keep pre-ordering so I can cement Top 3!

You are all the absolute best, and thanks again from the bottom, top, and (gooey) center of my heart for your support!  If you think any of your family or friends or work colleagues would enjoy Lost in the Fog, I would be very grateful if you shared the link with them via email or text:


With the first goal of 250 pre-orders complete, Top 3 in the Launch Pad Contest is in now in our sights!  Mahalo, mahalo, mahalo!!

Here’s a picture of me on Maui (on my birthday this past weekend) celebrating 250 pre-orders.  😊

20170617 173447 %281%29 Michael Ostrowski · Author · added 9 months ago

Hi All,

I’m very excited to share with you the new trailer for "Lost in the Fog".  Thus far I’ve received 226 pre-orders, and I only need 24 more to reach the first publishing goal of 250.  It’s impossible to describe how grateful I am for all the support I’ve received, but I will say thank you, merci, and mahalo! 

The link is here and I hope you enjoy the trailer. Thanks! 

20170617 173447 %281%29 Michael Ostrowski · Author · edited 10 months ago


Aloha All,

I’m happy to share that I have reached the century mark for pre-orders!  While this doesn’t exactly make me Steven King or J.K. Rowling, I’m on pace for the first goal of 250 that will get Lost in the Fog published.  I truly thank you all for your support!  The ultimate mark is 750 pre-orders to receive the full Inkshares marketing and promotional treatment, but right now the focus is to get to 250.

I have two more months.

Like most writers, I consider selling and marketing to be on par with stepping on a jellyfish.  When I published A Model Community, my first novel, I mostly just put my head in the sand and hoped it would sell.  Such laissez-faire effort, to nobody’s surprise, produced poor sales. 

I’m determined to be more active this go around, and I’m off to a good start.  While 60 days (the deadline to reach at least 250 pre-orders) will arrive quickly, I continue to ramp up my efforts with emails, social media, and advertising.  Getting Lost in the Fog out there to the world is my mission!     

Another critical component of this is word-of-mouth, and you all continue to play such an important part in my book’s success.  So many of you have shared Lost in the Fog on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and I am so grateful!  While you have already done so much, I humbly ask one more favor.  If each of you were able to email or text just one of your close friends the link to pre-order Lost in the Fog, I would appreciate it more than you could ever know.

Thanks again and I look forward to sharing more exciting updates with everyone! 

I plan on adding the second chapter of Lost in the Fog for all to read this week, and if you would like to check out one of my short stories, you can find it at my new website.  It’s called Streetlights, and it’s about one guy’s comical and bittersweet attempt at reconnecting with his junior-high crush.


“Writing is a lonely job. Having someone who believes in you makes a lot of difference. They don’t have to makes speeches. Just believing is usually enough.”

-Stephen King, from On Writing, A Memoir of the Craft

Hi All,

A huge thank you for being the first to pre-order my new novel Lost in the Fog.  It’s been up on Inkshares for a little over a week, and thus far I have 76 orders.  Not exactly Stephen King-type numbers, but still a very good early showing!

Thank you, thank you, and thank you again!

Speaking of Stephen King, I love that quote I referenced above from his On Writing.  I read that book back in 2001 when I was living in LA, and as I sat down to write this update the paperback was right there on the shelf just a few feet away from my laptop.   A nice omen and the quote is so true.  Through the years I have received amazing support from my family, my friends and many strangers who read something I wrote.  It’s hard to properly describe how much that means.

Because there is always going to be criticism when you put your work out into the public realm.  And you not only have to cope with it, you must embrace it to get better.   I certainly do and am grateful for negative feedback.  However, positive encouragement will always be a huge motivator that gets you through the moments of doubt. 

Once again, I thank you for ordering my new book and for sharing the link with your friends and family!  I am very grateful.  My initial goal is to get at least 250 pre-orders in the next three months.  Inkshares will only publish your book if you reach that minimum threshold (if I don’t you’ll all get a full refund), and if you can get to 750 they’ll give you the full advertising and marketing treatment.  With the support of friends, family, and strangers I know Lost in the Fog can get there!     

I’ve put the first chapter up on the site, and I’ll be adding the second chapter as a further sneak preview for you soon.  If you want to read a little about the history of Lost in the Fog, you can check out my blog post at https://underdiamondhead.com/2017/04/24/lost-in-the-fog-my-new-novel/


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