Wife Notes

I have to brag a little and I’m not even going to apologize. 

This morning, like usual when my wife gets up before I do, she woke me with a kiss to tell me goodbye. I was so completely lost to sleep that I barely remember it, but when I finally came to a while later, I fumbled for my phone like I always do. I had barely looked at the time before I realized my phone was sitting on top of my little leather-bound notebook, a gift from my mother-in-law. We each have one, each with our zodiac constellation on the front, and we’d even used them to home our vows in our wedding ceremony.

 The notebook was open, this morning, and I knew that meant that she’d left a little something for me. It’s always a exciting feeling, but usually we only leave wife notes when one of us is gone for an extended time so the extra surprise. I sat up and snatched up the book, devouring her sweet words like my favorite candy. It was a simple message, only a few sentences, but I still feel it’s warmth even now. 

She’s still at work, regretfully working the weekend again, but we do what we have to. I’ll probably end up working from home today, too. It just makes the biggest difference knowing that she took a few minutes out of her morning to leave me that note.

Guys, I have the best wife ever. Just saying. #wifebrag

Non-Rook Happenings:

“Rook” is my main baby right now, but I’m far too much of a multitasker to focus on one thing at a time. As much as I would like to be the kind of person who just cranks out one project at a time, that’s now how I function best, so while I was getting into one of my final rounds of edits to Rook, I got distracted. As cliche as it sounds, I had a book idea come to me in a dream and I couldn’t let it rest until I began writing it.

The working title for this ‘dream book’ is currently “The Adept” (should that be underlined? It’s not a complete book yet… eh, that’s what editors are for). It starts with a barefoot teenager getting thrown out of a plane without a parachute, so that’s fun. 

I also just sent edits back on a piece that will be part of an anthology, its romance featuring a polyamorous trio, but I don’t want to give much away other than that until it’s released. I can’t wait to share the info once it’s released, I really fell in love with the characters, and honestly I might end up turning it into a much longer story at some point.

I also received the absolute best rejection email I’ve ever gotten: my submission for a different anthology wasn’t accepted… but they want to turn it into its own ebook. I’d call that a WIN. I’m extremely excited to get this rolling, but luckily it’s already written, so I just need to await edits from the publisher and get back to work on other projects.

Long story short, “Rook” is still a priority, but if I don’t let myself explore “The Adept”, I would regret it. When inspiration knocks, you don’t wait for it to knock twice, right?

Nora & Eridan

My biggest project right now is Rook: Dark Wings, and though it’s not quite ready to publish, I’m itching to share these characters. My wife and I have often discussed which characters we find most of ourselves in, and they always seem to go back and forth between these two. 

Here are Nora and Eridan, as illustrated by one of my all-time favorite artists and my #1 favorite graphic novel artist, Der-Shing Helmer! (Check out Mare Internum and The Meek if you haven’t, they’re both phenomenal.)

Nora “Rook” Roccato

Constellation: Corvus

This is the main character: after losing her parents at a young age, she lived and grew up on the streets. She’s fiesty, relentless, and guarded, and when a mysterious stone falls from the sky and implants itself in her neck, she’s not exactly pleased. When she realizes that the stone has somehow erased her from the memory of everyone she’s ever known, she’s significantly more disgruntled and ventures to New York City to find someone who can remove it.

Naturally, nothing is quite that simple.


Eridan

Constellation: Eridanus

It didn’t take long for the Nova to find Eridan after the strange stone bonded to her hand, and she gave little resistance to the idea of abandoning her old name. The others all had, after all, and she wasn’t one to stray from the norm. The name ‘Eridan’ suited her, she thought, and gave her a chance for a new start. She’s a chipper little thing, bubbly and excitable, but having been raised in the lap of luxury, she has a long way to go to adjust to living in their forgotten corner of the world. Old prejudices often bubble up, and old habits certainly die hard for this cherub.
Eridan’s naïveté and old-fashioned views bring me back to when I was a teenager; I had a zeal for life and for my faith that often blinded me to the way I acted, and I was very much contained in a little bubble of privilege. A lot has changed since then, but I’ve channeled a lot of those experiences into her character.

Nora, however, has an undeniable grit that both my wife and I share, we’re determined to make something of ourselves despite the odds. On the other side, Nora is also stubborn, sharp-edged, and closed-off, and I’d be lying if I said I didn’t relate to those aspects as well. I am a Taurus, after all.

The blog cherry

I’m popping it.

That’s not to say that I’ve never made a blog post before, but now that I’ve redone the site, I get to christen this thing all over again. Cheers! Anyone bring champagne? (Actually, moscato is my drink of choice, for the record.)

Enough drunken debauchery, I’m shifting gears into something actually relevant: writing!

I’ve recently finished another draft of Rook, and I am taking a very big step back to look at it, and I’m forcing myself to take off the rose-colored glasses. I’m still very excited for the story, still believe in the characters and the plot, but as far as details go… yeah, I have my work cut out for me.

In the process of stepping back from Rook, I’ve started working on adapting another story of mine into a screenplay, I’m quite excited for this one, too. Supernatural creatures, terrible government, a smart-mouthed selkie dude and a grumpy-ass she-werewolf with (surprise!) anger issues. It’s a fun one.