H.R.R. Gorman’s Author Newsletter – March 2020

March has been both good and bad for me – good because I’ve finally gotten my mom into her house (and, subsequently, out of my own), but bad because I still don’t have a job and the fall-apart-economy isn’t going to help me with those prospects.

In terms of writing,  however, I have a couple exciting announcements that I wanted everyone to know about.

History Columnist at the Carrot Ranch

Earlier this month, Charli Mills of the Carrot Ranch offered me the chance to write a history column every other month on her blog. I did a double take, had a heart attack, and thought, “No way, this wonderful thing can’t be happening to me.”

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But I said yes anyway because dang, I love history, I love writing, and this seems exactly like something I wanted to do.

And, wouldn’t you know it, we’re living in a historical time period right now. My first column, “The Not-so-Spanish Spanish Flu“, is already up on the Carrot Ranch! Give it a look see and think about writing a response on your blog!

Thank you, Charli, for this wonderful opportunity.

I Passed Round One of the Open Novella Contest

On Wattpad, there’s this thing called the Open Novella Contest. I learned about it on Sammi Cox’s blog post, so I thought, “What the hell. Her story The Winter Ghost was great last year, and maybe I’ll have fun and learn a new system.”

Our Lady of PerditionSo I’m writing a story called Our Lady of Perdition for the contest. It made it through judging round one which, given the number of people who made it through, probably just means I followed directions and didn’t write something too offensive or extensively bad. However,  I am getting close to finishing the story, and I’ll Wattpad-publish the last part of the book once the second round of judging is done.

Blurb:

Two Navy airmen go on a night mission with the hopes of destroying an island outpost before a typhoon makes the attack infeasible. The gunner and the pilot activate their dive bomber’s life raft, but the storm washes them away from their allies – and their enemies. Once the storm clears and the soldiers awaken, they find themselves beached on an uncharted island.

But it soon becomes apparent they didn’t find the island as much as the island found them…

I’m Querying – But I Need Help!

The Mercury DimensionThis was my New Year’s Resolution in 2018, 2019, and 2020. The previous years I did this, I couldn’t follow through. I had the book pretty finished in 2018 but didn’t try querying. I really, really had it finished in 2019, but couldn’t make myself do it. Part of this was trying to graduate, and part was this utter fear of rejection for a book that I worked so hard on. Now, though?

If this book is to go anywhere, I need to act.

This is where you might come in: I wrote a query, got a few of my beta readers (thank you Marnie and Sam!) to help improve it, and am now looking for a couple additional readers. If you haven’t read The Mercury DimensionI would be extremely appreciative of your help reading the query letter. My goal is to see if someone who doesn’t know the book would understand and be attracted by the blurb.

If you want to read the 1-page document and make suggestions, let me know in the comments or in an e-mail.

*Small update: I’ve gotten some volunteers, so the pressure’s off – but feel free to contact me if you’re super interested anyway!

What Are You Doing?

What kinds of things have you been up to during the quarantine? Got a bunch of writing done? Huzzah!

16 thoughts on “H.R.R. Gorman’s Author Newsletter – March 2020

  1. Charli Mills says:

    Congratulations on a trifecta of accomplishments! You are making progress on your books, and I’m thrilled to have you as a Carrot Ranch Columnist. You bring history to life and relevance.

    • H.R.R. Gorman says:

      While I do love my degree, I’m not going to say it’s the best for all things. Each field has different nuances, and following an interest or passion might mean a degree – or it might not. I think I landed the column because I use history as an inspiration for a lot of my writing on this blog. Making things visible doesn’t necessarily mean it’s of comparable quality that a more expert person might be able to do – it just means people know you’re into it and liked it. Academic historians are, sadly, often quieter than pop historians. My personal favorite, Robert V. Remini, got a lot of praise during his lifetime, but even then he didn’t have as much of a reader base as pop historians like Meacham or McCullough. Or hell, Shelby Foote, who didn’t even have a degree in history.

      I’m always looking forward to seeing what kinds of things you whip up, since you have unique experiences, outlooks, and expertise. I’d love to see your history degree come to life in your writing – I can see a lot of influences from ancient sources, like Greek mythology, and some Victorian influences like with the vampire things. Astrid’s personal history has been well thought out, and I’m itching to see if more will come from that backstory.

  2. Alexander Elliott says:

    Congrats! At least you are being productive during this awful time. Hopefully, the job situation will sort itself out soon. I’m on the cusp of launching my next book and busy with work, since it’s considered an essential business. I have way more to do than I have time, but it helps distract me from our current situation. Stay healthy H!

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