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:



  • 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 . . .


  • 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.


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

  • 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,


Okay, so . . .


. . . 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.


Let’s go Beneath the Lake . . .

Beneath the Lake
My first Beneath the Lake broadcast kicks off today for Crystal Lake Publishing‘s Patreon subscribers! If you’d like to participate, consider pitching in $1.00. Details can be found here.

And if not, that’s cool, too. A recording of the broadcast will be made available to the public after we conclude our shenanigans. And believe me, folks, there will be shenanigans. I’ve seen what Brian Kirk is capable of.

The live broadcast begins at 5 PM EST. See you there!


NECON 36 Recap!


Okay, so . . . I’m going to cheat here. I already wrote a recap on Facebook earlier today, but I’m brain dead and physically/mentally/emotionally drained from the weekend, plus the 7-hour roadtrip home from Rhode Island. So here’s what I posted, along with some photos that I took. The TL;DR of NECON is this: It was awesome, and if you’re a writer, editor, or artist, you should really go at least once. I will definitely be going back.

And with that said, here’s my recap:

I’m somewhat functional after the long drive back from Rhode Island. Now that I’m home and can reflect on the experience, it all feels like a dream.

I got to meet one of my best friends for the first time in person at Necon.Amelia Bennett and I have known each other for a decade, and she’s been my editor for more than half that time. She’s awesome, and I’m blessed to know her.

So glad I got to see Nikki Nelson-Hicks again, after four long years (let’s not wait so long next time), meeting Her Dark Majesty Mercedes Murdock Yardley for the first time in person (who never failed to wake me for breakfast), and also hanging out with Kelsey Desrosiers (we will always have Tequila Jim). Brian Kirk is also a great guy (but don’t tell him I said so). Grateful to meet CA Suleiman, who also fell prey to the Staggering Squirrel. I will never forget watching talking llamas with April Hawks (Boat nectar!) or watching Nikki crush on Bracken MacLeod (who is one of the nicest guys you could ever meet). Talking music with my roomie Gardner Goldsmith, hugs with James A. Moore, a dinner discussion with Laura Anne Gilman, meeting Joe Hill in the breakfast line while in the haze of a hangover, and listening to Hal Bodner‘s stories of past Necons (and laundry woes) are things I will never forget. Thank you all for the experience.

As I told my wife on the phone Saturday night, I’ve been writing for most of my life, but Necon’s the first time I’ve actually felt like an author. I’m forever grateful and honored to be a part of the Necon family, and I can wait to see you all next year. Cheers, folks.’

And here are those photos:

Beneath the Lake!

Beneath the Lake!

Joe Mynhardt of Crystal Lake sent me a message last week. He’d just watched my impromptu broadcast about my two-book deal with his company and wanted to know if I’d be interested in hosting a broadcast/podcast (more on that in a sec) centered around Crystal Lake’s authors and news. Having dabbled in this sort of thing over the last couple of years with the Geeky Writer broadcasts, I jumped at the opportunity.

The details are these:

Official announcement:

As always, Crystal Lake is constantly expanding. In little over a month we will launch BENEATH THE LAKE, the official Crystal Lake Publishing podcast, hosted by none other than Todd Keisling.

This podcast will be live to Crystal Lake’s Patreon patrons (who can send in questions or comments on the show), and moved to YouTube a week later. More details to come.

I hope you’ll join us on this new and very exciting journey.

As stated above, if you support Crystal Lake on Patreon, you’ll be able to watch the shows live and interact with myself and the guests, asking questions and participating in whatever shenanigans we cook up. And if not, hey, no sweat–a recording of the show will be available to the public a week later. There’s also the possibility of a partnership with Project iRadio which we’re exploring. We’ve set up a Facebook page for the show, so give us a “like” if you’re so inclined.

But yeah, those are the details for now. We’re looking to host the show twice a month. And don’t worry, Geeky Writer friends, I’ll still be organizing those broadcasts as well. Along with working on the next ULT volume. And the third Monochrome novel. And holding down a day job . . .

Yeah. I’ll sleep when I’m dead.

Anyway, that’s all for now. See you all at NECON!


P.S. This most excellent drawing of Yours Truly was drawn by the incredibly talented Luke Spooner.


I’m calling this version of myself “Mr. Hush” due to my “quiet style.” (That’s for you, Gef.)



Hey, folks.

I’m quite busy these days, between finalizing the upcoming release of Tony Rapino’s collection GREETINGS FROM MOON HILL and working on stories for ULT Volume Two, but I wanted to drop a note here for any of you who may be in the Rhode Island area next weekend.

I’ll be attending the Northeastern Writers Conference (aka NECON) in Portsmouth next week, and just a few days ago I learned I’ll be on a panel discussing self-publishing. It’s at 9 AM next Friday, July 22nd. I’ll also be at the con all weekend, so if you’re around, feel free to stop by and say hello. (Just don’t be weird about it. That’s my job. )

You can find the full event schedule here.

So yeah. My first con experience. I’ll be wearing a Hawaiian shirt. See you there!