Beginnings Again

Not sure why but kind’ve been OFF CIRCUIT over the summer (2017). Been busy doing family things and working and breathing, but from a writing standpoint and updating my blog and writing happenings… ummm… not so much.

It’s the end of summer 2017. The kids are gearing up to go back to school. Soon the days will turn cooler. The trees will start to change colors. It’s as good of time as any to START ANEW.

Actually, ANY TIME is a good time and a fine time to start anew. If you were procrastinating yesterday, TODAY is the day to turn that around and start fresh, to buck up and taken on your world, your projects, your life, head on. You can do eet, Stimpy!!!

So, without further adieu, let’s get rolling again.

My latest addition to the literary mythos is a short story in PRO SE Press’s PRIMAL FEAR anthology that just came out about a month ago. REVENGE OF THE ROADKILL is my little tale.

PRIMAL FEAR

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Passion. Find it. And release.

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My passion is writing. My passion is creating characters, putting them in fantastical situations, and seeing how they get out of trouble, or get deeper into it, and then try to move forward. And sometimes they succeed. And sometimes they fail.

My passion is creating. Just like a dancer, a illustrator, a carpenter, etc.

Yeah, I don’t CREATE full time. Nor do I make my day job out of it…for now. But I have the drive, THE PASSION, and it is something I carry with me 24/7. It’s there. It’s part of my soul, part of my core being.

A passion, an interest, also keeps me moving forward. Keeps me moving forward on those rough days. It gives me something to look forward to. That, at some point, I will sit down and scribble some notes on some new fantastic voyage for a character, create a story line, an idea to start making the creative juices flow. The magic is made when I can sit down at my writing mechanism of choice (and availability) and start that creation process.

I don’t believe in writers block. If there seems to be a day of consternation, I smash through it and just write up some gibberish, or work on something new, setting the main piece or project aside.

Have to keep on keeping on. Because it’s like an arm, or a leg, or a head. It’s part of me!

This passion. This creativity. This yearning to create. IT’S PART OF ME.

So I say to you, CREATE ON. Follow your passion in life, whatever it is.

Long Time, No Posts

Oops!

Hey, it might be a good idea for me to post something here once in a while. Yes? No?

So, I apologize for the silence.

What’s new since my last post in *groan* December?

My new stand-alone TRANSPORT character, Joe Cross, has come to the light of post post-apoc West Michigan in the form of RUNNING WITH THE DEVIL, the first novella in the JOE CROSS: URBAN SALVAGE ENGINEER series. (Currently have scheduled 4 novellas featuring Joe Cross.)

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After RUNNING WITH THE DEVIL, the next novella is BULL. That piece is done and off to the editor. I am hoping for a late July/early September release for that one.

The Joe Cross material will be published by Peninsulam Publishing.

Oh, and a cool B&W interior art piece of Joe and his traveling companion, Albert, will be in each book, done up by the tremendously awesome Tim Holtrop.

Joe Cross is set in the TRANSPORT Universe along/within the same timeline as the TRANSPORT Series. The TRANSPORT Series is complete and available locally at Schuler Books (28th Street location), and Amazon and B&N.com.

I am continuing to work on getting all my books into the local libraries around West Michigan.

I am also working on another stand-alone character, one-shot book featuring the stories of a homeless man who decides to leave the LIVING humanity of the big city of post-apoc Grand Rapids, and live among the the UNLIVING civilians with the UCRA–the enclosure on the west side of town that holds the local Undead. Look for ALONE coming to a book store near you. 🙂

On a whole different front…and genre…once again ERIK BEDLAM and his stalwart Norse traveling companion, Alanis Johansson, will see their adventures become available again through Seventh Star Press late summer 2016. A collaborative effort between the talented Steven Shrewsbury and myself, BEDLAM UNLEASHED will be the first of (hopefully) a 4 book series. Come adventure with a massive Viking berserker in 11th century Europe!

Other than those feats in literary tom-foolery, I continue to enjoy summer with the family, and work, and breathe. All important things. Yes, yes. 🙂

So, until next time–which hopefully won’t be six months out…

Read on! Create on! And be positive!

Pete

PS, also, my little Lake Michigan lakeshore SciFi novella, RETURN TO STRANGE HOME, is available through Peninsulam Publishing. Even have a very cool book trailer done up by the fabulous Frozen Creek Studios folk.

Why I Create

I am no one special. I just have this affliction called CREATIVITY that makes my mind churn, sends its strange ideas down to my fingers which abuse my computer keyboard and expunge stories of the bizarre and fantastic.

Probably the former.

I’ve been doing this since I was a little kid, letting my creative mind wander and sometimes getting it out into the open via hand-written stories, cartoons, comics. Mostly for my own entertainment.

I didn’t start sharing my creativity with the world until, officially, 1993, and then more so and in bulk, ie, many thousands of words which transformed themselves into short stories, novels and novellas. (No graphic novels. yet.)

And I swear, since I turned 50, the ideas and writings have risen to the surface like they did waaay baaack when I first started creating. Not sure why the flame has been re-ignited so hot and brightly now, but am glad for it. Gives some additional meaning and excitement to life.

So, why do I create?

Escapism.

Not that my life has ever been REALLY REALLY bad that I needed to escape from it, but reading adventure books, watching action-adventure movies–either sword and sorcery, or SciFi–left me (since I had the creative bug) wanting to pen my own adventures. Because it is fun. Because it is adventure.

Because I think I’d explode if I didn’t have an outlet for all these stories in my melon.

Why do you create? When did you start creating? Why do you feel the need to keep on creating?

Whatever your answer and reasons, it is good to be…

A CREATIVE. 🙂

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As a child I used to write these little stick-figure comics/exploits of a character I made up: SPACE VOYAGER. As a adult, I wrote a text-based adventure story about the character and got to see it come to life. Tis awesomeness. Very happy.

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Changing things up

I am going to move my main site (peterwelmerink.com) to this one (The Worlds of Peter Welmerink) due to I simply do not utilize the prior like I should.

What I will do here:

Add updated about my publications.

Add little blurbs about what I am up to.

Add little snippets from other authors and CREATIVES. (Creatives = all peoples who write, illustrate, compose, etc.)  🙂

Why  should you care?  Why not, all you need to do is sit back and enjoy the ride, and, hopefully, be entertained.

Happy Holidays.

Peter Welmerink