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The official web presence of Todd Keisling, author of the Monochrome Trilogy and Ugly Little Things.

Off the Deep End

Last week, Joe Mynhardt interviewed me for Crystal Lake’s Deep End series. The full interview is now live over at the website, and you can read it here.

Here’s a sample:

Joe: Can you recall a moment where you had to choose between being an author/artist and another career? A decisive moment where you decided to go all out?

TK: Once upon a time, I wanted to go to college and study graphic design, but that changed during my senior year of high school. I’d written a screenplay for a film class the year before, and for reasons that escape me, I decided to adapt it into a short story. That short story eventually grew into my first novel. I took the manuscript to school and proceeded to terrify my teachers with it. Their reactions drove me to reconsider my future, and the following year I began my journey toward a four-year English degree. The rest is history.

THE FINAL RECONCILIATION should be up for pre-order by the weekend. I’ll post again when it is.

One more thing: If you’re a book reviewer and would like to receive an ARC of the book, please send me an email with “ARC REQUEST” in the subject line! Email todd@toddkeisling.com

TK

2016: A Field on Fire

I know I’ve been AWOL here on the blog for the last several months, but I wanted to at least write my annual year-in-retrospect post. A lot of negative shit happened this year, guys, so instead of focusing on that hurtful stuff, I’m going to look at the positive things that happened.

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I signed a two-book deal with Crystal Lake Publishing back in July, an arrangement that will actually spawn three releases for 2017. I am eternally grateful to Joe Mynhardt at Crystal Lake for taking a chance on these stories. I posted the cover for the first one last week, a novella I call THE FINAL RECONCILIATION. It will be released as a standalone eBook in February, and then in print as part of UGLY LITTLE THINGS: VOLUME TWO. I can’t wait for you guys to get your hands on the new material. I really think you’re going to dig it.

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On the heels of the book deal, I was also invited to host an official videocast series for Crystal Lake dubbed “Beneath the Lake.” We’re four episodes in, and despite some technical hiccups, it’s been a blast talking to my peers about their work. I’m grateful for the opportunity, and I can’t wait to see what next year brings.

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After nearly two years of work, I published Anthony J. Rapino’s collection, GREETINGS FROM MOON HILL, and laid the groundwork for future titles from Precipice Books. (FYI: We still have two hardcover copies of Moon Hill left, if you’re interested.) I’m extremely proud of what we accomplished with this title; furthermore, I’m extremely proud of my friend, Mr. Rapino, for working his ass off on this thing. I’m honored that he put his trust in me to publish something so close to his heart. Thank you, my friend. An additional shout-out is due for Erin Sweet-Al Mehairi, who stepped in at the 11th hour to help us promote this monster. Thanks, Erin!

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I’ve committed to writing for three anthologies next year and subbing to a fourth—none of which I can talk about just yet. All I can say is they’re all quite unique and exciting, and I’m honored to be a part of them.

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NECON 36. I wrote about it in depth several months ago, but I have to mention it again here because it was an amazing experience. I returned from that conference reinvigorated and driven to write. I enjoyed it so much that I plan to attend next year, and this time Erica will be joining me.

This was also a year of meeting up with friends, many of whom I either hadn’t seen in years or had never met in person before. Amelia, Mercedes, Nikki, Brian, Gard, Eryk, Kel, Craig, Elisa, Jim, Kelsey—I miss you guys already. Well, most of you. Craig’s 50/50. 😉

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Erica and I adopted two kittens this year—Oberon (or “Obie” as we call him) and Ophelia. The loss of Lear is still felt in our household, but these two youngsters have helped ease that pain.

 

I made an effort to read more books this year. Here are some of my favorites:

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Finally, a new EP by Nine Inch Nails was released last week. There’s a song on it called “Burning Bright (Field on Fire).” I’ve been listening to it a lot, especially in the time I’ve written this post, and it seems fitting as we prepare to wave goodbye to the year.

I am forgiven.

I am free.

I am a field on fire.

So let’s burn 2017 to the ground. Happy New Year, everyone.

TK

Through the Cracks.

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Okay, let’s try this again.

I had every intention of getting back to posting regularly, but the month kind of got away from me, and . . . well, you know. It’s the holidays. Time always slips through the cracks.

So anyway. I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving (those of you in the US, anyway). Here’s what I’ve been up to:

  • ULT V1 is in the process of being proofread by Crystal Lake’s team. Typing this reminded me that I still need to write a new afterword. Shit.
  • Amelia completed her edits of the novella. She loved it. Said it’s remarkable. That’s pretty much what everyone else has said, too. So . . .
  • I turned in the novella to Crystal Lake ahead of deadline. It will be included in V2, but it’s being considered for standalone eBook release as well. We may do something with it through Precipice, too.
  • V2 is mostly done. I still want to get one more story finished before I turn it in at the end of January, but if I can’t, the collection will sit somewhere around 60k words. Plus an intro. Plus story notes.
  • Speaking of Crystal Lake, the Writers On Writing omnibus is now available on Kindle and will be available in print this Friday. It contains my essay, “Never Look Away.” This was my first non-fiction sale and I’m pretty proud of it.
  • I have several writing commitments lined up for 2017 aside from the two ULT volumes. Four anthologies and Monochrome #3. Always Monochrome #3. (Sigh.)
  • On the Precipice front, I’ve got some things planned for 2017 and 2018 as well. I can’t say much more than that, but I’m excited about them.
  • Oh, and we now have only three Moon Hill hardcovers left. They make great gifts. You should buy one for someone—or for yourself. We won’t judge.

I think that’s about it. I’ll check in here when I can.

Later, folks!

TK

My Sunday Soundtrack: “This Train” by Chrysta Bell & David Lynch

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I just wrapped up the audio book of Mark Frost’s THE SECRET HISTORY OF TWIN PEAKS in anticipation of the new season next year. If you’re a fan of the show, you must check out this book–and I highly recommend the audio version, if for no other reason than some of the original cast reprise their roles. The book itself is an intriguing look into the town’s history, which also ties up a lot of backstory and loose ends left open by the show’s second season cliffhanger 25 years ago. Chrysta Bell will be on the new season, and it seems kind of fitting. Her voice has that haunting quality that’s right at home in Twin Peaks. I can almost see her performing at the Roadhouse.

Where have you been, Mr. Keisling?

Busy. I’ve been beyond busy. Buried. And now I’m exhausted. But that’s okay. Here are the last couple of months in a nutshell:

PRECIPICE NEWS!

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  • We shipped Moon Hill! We still have nine hardcovers left, and the eBook is also on sale. Go buy it. And if you’ve already bought it, please go review it!
  • Moon Hill’s success has enabled me to purchase another block of ISBNs for Precipice Books.
  • I’m very close to signing our next author and announcing our next title. No, I don’t have a release date. No, I’m not telling you who it is. Not yet, anyway.

And what about that writing thing? Yeah, I’m getting to that . . .

WRITING NEWS!

  • I turned over the manuscript for ULT: Volume One to Crystal Lake for proofreading. The text remains largely unchanged, including Tony Rapino’s introduction. There will likely be a new acknowledgments, and a shortened version of the Story Notes section from the hardcover.
  • Since my last full blog post, I’ve completed one story at around 6k words, and written about 1.5k of another. Not as much as I’d like, but the day job’s been kicking my ass.
  • ULT: Volume Two currently stands at around 55k words, give or take. I’m going to try and work in one more story (maybe two if I’m lucky) before polishing it up to send in for edits in January.
  • No release dates for any of this stuff. Not yet. I’ll pass it along once I know.
  • Amelia’s currently working on the edits of the novella I completed over the summer. No word from her on that yet, but feedback from my circle of beta readers has been extremely positive. Glowing, even. So that’s something.

EVERYTHING ELSE!

I’ve been trying to catch up on my reading. I recommend the following:

  • THE SECRET HISTORY OF TWIN PEAKS by Mark Frost
  • STRANDED by Bracken MacLeod
  • THE FISHERMAN by John Langan (Note: I’d give this ten stars if I could. It’s probably my book of the year.)
  • EXPERIMENTAL FILM by Gemma Files
  • DETRITUS IN LOVE by John Boden and Mercedes M. Yardley

And I’m also dividing my reading time between Josh Malerman’s BIRD BOX, Laird Barron’s SWIFT TO CHASE, and . . . a book that hasn’t been published yet. But will be. Hopefully soon!

I think that’s about it for now. I may be quiet again for a while, what with the holidays and my deadline fast approaching. So I’ll drop in whenever I can.

Until next time,

TK

Okay, so . . .

COMING AT YOU LIVE FROM SUMMERISLE!
COMING AT YOU LIVE FROM SUMMERISLE!

. . . I’m fucking swamped. Allow me to explain. In the last 30 days, I’ve done the following:

  • Started a new day job (same place, different position).
  • Written a novella.
  • Planned the next Beneath the Lake broadcast.
  • Accumulated enough books, prints, and packaging supplies to transform my home into a warehouse.
  • Read two books (Gardner Goldsmith’s BITE and Brian Kirk’s WE ARE MONSTERS–I recommend both).
  • Started a new story.

In the next 30 days, I need to do the following:

  • Finish that new story.
  • Start the next one.
  • Host the second Beneath the Lake broadcast.
  • Plan the third Beneath the Lake broadcast.
  • Plan the next Geeky Writers broadcast.
  • Not get fired from the Day Job by convincing them I know what I’m doing.
  • Organize, pack, and ship the Moon Hill Kickstarter rewards.
  • Work with Amelia to edit the novella.
  • Send the novella to my publisher for consideration.

So . . . yeah. That’s why I’ve been quiet. How are you guys doing? Anything going on that I should know about?

Hit up the comments and let me know.

TK