Monday, March 23, 2015

Cover Reveal: A Change of Mind and Other Stories by Nick Wilford

Title: A Change of Mind and Other Stories
Author: Nick Wilford
Genre: Contemporary speculative fiction
Cover Design: Rebekah Romani
Release Date: May 25th 2015

A Change of Mind and Other Stories consists of a novella, four short stories and one flash fiction piece. This collection puts the extremes of human behaviour under the microscope with the help of lashings of dark humour, and includes four pieces previously published in Writer’s Muse magazine.

In A Change of Mind, Reuben is an office worker so meek and mild he puts up with daily bullying from his boorish male colleagues as if it’s just a normal part of his day. But when a stranger points him in the direction of a surgeon offering a revolutionary new procedure, he can’t pass up the chance to turn his life around.

But this isn’t your average surgeon. For a start, he operates alone in a small room above a mechanic’s. And he promises to alter his patients’ personality so they can be anything they want to be…

In Marissa, a man who is determined to find evidence of his girlfriend’s infidelity ends up wondering if he should have left well alone.

The Dog God finds a chink in the armour of a man with a megalomaniacal desire to take over the world.

In The Insomniac, a man who leads an obsessively regimented lifestyle on one hour’s sleep a night finds a disruption to his routine doesn’t work for him.

Hole In One sees a dedicated golfer achieving a lifelong ambition.

The Loner ends the collection on a note of hope as two family members try to rebuild their lives after they are torn apart by jealousy.

About the Author:


Nick Wilford is a writer and stay-at-home dad. Once a journalist, he now makes use of those rare times when the house is quiet to explore the realms of fiction, with a little freelance editing and formatting thrown in. When not working, he can usually be found spending time with his family or cleaning something. Nick is also the editor of Overcoming Adversity: An Anthology for Andrew. You can find him hanging out on his blog or on Goodreads or Twitter.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Chronic Rewriting Disease — IWSG (20)

They say the first step is to admit you have a problem. I'm ready to do just that . . . in a few seconds. *Deep breath*

I suffer from CRD: Chronic Rewriting Disease.

At this point denial is futile. No matter how many manuscripts I work on, experience does nothing for my confidence. It's never less deletions and rewrites, and it's never just revisions. It's a whole "40% of this needs to be rewritten" deal . . . each round. Each frigging round. And let me tell you: there are a lot of rounds.

Usually in the beginning, I enjoy rewriting because I know I'm polishing whatever mumble jumble I jotted down while writing away with no worries. But after the fifth time, it's hard not to get a little down. I start thinking I suck and feel like I just have no right calling myself a writer. Sure, each time I start a new story I tell myself "I know better now" . . . but I don't.

Rewriting can take its toll on me emotionally and mentally. I've had some stressful moments, and have questioned myself a lot, but now I know it's okay. I've learned that I'm simply not capable of getting my story right the first time. And that's not necessarily negative. Now that I've made peace with the fact that I'm more a rewriter than a writer, I can forge ahead. 

I know my process and I accept it.

Hard work, passion, and dedication along with a few panic attacks and sweaty moments will get me to my final product. Which I suppose isn't all that different from any other writer. My strength isn't in getting a killer story done in one shot, but in polishing and rewriting until I do. So . . . hi, my name is S.K. and I'm a rewriter.

How do you deal with writing and revisions? 
Just a couple rounds?
Or are you a fellow sufferer of Chronic Rewriting Disease?

This post is part of the Insecure Writer's Support Group hop.
Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!  Posting is first Wednesday of every month. Click here for more info.