All the News That is Good

Wide Awake But Dreaming

I’m sure there’s a fair number of you who’ve read my few posts over the last year and have seen my struggle. I’ve been homeless since September of 2019; I’ve been in and out of mental health programs–including in-patient treatment–since October of 2019. It’s been a trying time and there were a number of times when I didn’t think I was going to make it through these times.

But if you’ve worried about my current state of habitation, you have no need to worry any more:

I’ve got an apartment.

Yesterday I confirmed that an apartment I’ve viewed in Columbia, PA, would be mine and now it is. I move in next Wednesday. I don’t have a lot to move–in fact, I have so much to buy it’s not funny. But even if I have no furniture and I have to sleep on the floor and I won’t have internet…

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Walkabout

Wide Awake But Dreaming

So what am I up to these days?

Well, most importantly, I’m still homeless. I’m spending my time going from Holiday Inn to Airbnb to stay off the street and, let me tell you, it’s stressful. One of the people helping me said I’m something of a wandering nomad and that’s true. Everything I carry is with me and when I’m out on the street I probably do look like a homeless person, only a bit cleaner because I can get a shower now and then.

Right now I’m staying in a Holiday Inn and I expect to be here until Sunday. One of my friend could help me into an Airbnb until after I get my Social Security, so there’s that. And I’m working to get my eviction off my record because, as I was told, no one will rent to me since I have one. It’s not a…

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A Return to the Past

Wide Awake But Dreaming

It’s been a while since I’ve spoken with you. Perhaps speak isn’t the correct way to put things, but it works for me. In a way, I am speaking to you: I’m dictating this with Dragon software. It seems in the past couple of days Dragon has learned my idiosyncrasies far better than before, and my dictation seems far clear than it ever was in the past.

It’s a good thing, too. The place I’m currently staying at (I’ll get to that in a minute) doesn’t have a writing desk. What it does have is a coffee table, but after leaning over that and typing for a while, the back begins to hurt. So I broke out Dragon–which, honestly, I almost took off my computer–and began writing through dictation.

As you can see, it’s doing pretty well.

Why am I writing with Dragon? There’s a simple reason behind that…

For…

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How About Something New?

Wide Awake But Dreaming

So what’s been happening of late? Well, the book is out and it’s also in paperback now. You can find it here, so if you want to start in on Annie’s and Kerry’s story, here’s your chance.

One thing I should point out: this said Book One, which is not the same as A For Aware, B For Bewitching, and so on. One of the things I did was break A For Aware into SIX different volumes, because releasing a 435,000 novel was out of the question. One of the things I’ll do later is release all six books together in a box set for people who want it all at one time. That’ll probably be in paperback and probably run close to $65. You heard it here, first.

The other good news is that I have Books Two and Three ready to go. Book Two isn’t…

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New On the Book Front

Wide Awake But Dreaming

Yes, it’s been a while since I was last out here, but I’ve been busy. As in Writing Busy. It’s not an easy job when you sit in front of a computer all day and just put words down on “paper”. You think it is, but… you should try it.

See, the stories about Salem have been coming together. Last month I put together The Scouring and published it. Yes, it’s been out for about a month now and I didn’t say a word about it.

The Scouring is the pre-novel to all the events that happen during the time of Annie and Kerry and in it you get to see some of the people you know–like Wednesday and Deanna–when they were students. You also get to see Jessica and Erywin as instructors in the year 2000. It’s all quite interesting and cheap to own: $1.99 for the $7.99 for…

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