An old back injury that has only worsened with time has flared up just as my wife underwent shoulder surgery that will keep her laid up for at least four months. You might think it’s all doom and gloom around Casa Paolinelli these days.
Far from it.
The back comes and goes, as it has for nearly two decades, and her shoulder will heal. Despite the physical woes that sprung up this month, August is shaping up to be a great month for me as a writer.
Coming off winning a second place medal in the ETWG’s Blue Ribbon Book Cover Contest – ok, I’ve seen the first place winner and I have to admit it was a worthy choice – my novel Escaping Infinity was named a finalist for Best Sci-Fi Novel in the 2017 Dragon Awards. You can listen to me about 60 seconds after I was informed right here: August 3rd, The Writers Block Radio Show as I was about to go on air as a guest co-host. As you can probably tell, I was a little wound up. Trust me, you should have been in the studio during the 60 seconds before we went live.
Voting for the awards is ongoing, Escaping Infinity is available on Amazon Kindle for just $0.99 for the rest of August as my way of saying thank you for the nomination, and if you are so inclined after reading it, you can cast your vote for it right here.
And while you have your ballot open, there are 14 other categories with about 100 worthy finalists to choose from. You don’t have to vote for every category, but I’m sure whoever you do vote for will be just as appreciative as I am.
The rest of August is looking busy as well. I’ll be on the Catholic Geek show with several other Dragon Award finalists on the 13th at 4:30 PM PDT. Tune in here. On the 15th, the New Apple Summer E-Book awards will be announced to the winners and Escaping Infinity is in the hunt there too.
On August 31st I’m going to be at the Pipe & Thimble Book store in Lomita, CA near Torrance from 5-8 p.m. as part of a sci-fi panel. I’ll have a copy or two of my book available there too.
The following day, the Readers Favorite award winners will be notified and Escaping Infinity is up for the science fiction category. Of course, on September 3rd in Atlanta, the Dragon Awards ceremony will be held and 15 creators will walk away with one of these:
As fate would have it, I’ll be back on The Writer’s Block on September 7th at 7 PM PDT, this time as a guest and hopefully with something to celebrate.
So yeah, there are some not so fun things going on that I would like to go away. But overall I couldn’t be happier with the way things are going.
And I hope you are able to say the same thing too when you sit back and take stock of how life is working out for you.