Friday, May 9, 2014

What just happened?

In an effort to simply things and give me an excuse to write, I've compressed my two blogs into one. Hopefully keeping up with the one will actually mean I don't freeze up and go for months and months not writing in either. So from now on, you may find writing tips for kids here, or you may find announcements about New Orleans and my own writing.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Collection Now Available...and a free read!

Cover art by Diana Bittleston
Title: Ghosts, Monsters, and Men: Tales of the Supernatural
By C.B. Calsing

A collection of sometimes bizarre, sometimes satirical, but always haunting stories of the unexplained.

Buy link

Coupon Code: RY38T. Good until 1 August, the anthology is only $0.99.

And read a free story here.

Monday, July 22, 2013

A little over a week left...

Don't forget to vote for your favorite cover for Ghosts, Monsters, and Men.

July 31 I'll announce the winner, and the new anthology will go live the next day. Check back here for download coupon!

Thursday, July 18, 2013

A weight has been lifted.

I could not have awoken to better news this morning than to find out the rights to my first collection, All Along the Pacific, had been returned to me by the publisher. This was the classiest thing they could have done, and I am so relieved. To have my first, big creative endeavor back in my own hands, to be able to work with it again and get it out to readers, is an amazing feeling.

At this point, I'm just so hyper with ideas bouncing around in my head of how to make it better. To lure in those of you who bought the original, I'm going to include a new story. I haven't even thought of what it will be yet, but something unexpected...or totally expected that I overlooked before. Emperor Norton? Something "straight out of Compton"? Maybe a trip on the delta of Sacramento or twenty-six miles across the sea to Catalina. And I do believe my artist will fix us up with a new, second-edition cover.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Vote for your favorite cover and win a prize!

I'm running a contest to see which of these covers should become the final choice for my next collection. Enter for a chance to win a free ebook copy!

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Cover Art for Upcoming Collection

Right now, I'm finishing up one more story for the collection.

In the meantime, I thought you'd like to have a look at the beginnings of the cover art. I think this really captures the feeling of the stories...

Copyright 2013 Diana Bittleston
When finished, it will have full color and font and what not, but it's nice to see the process. Plus, it gives a few teasers as to the stories...

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Collection Coming Up

I've been sitting on a bunch of supernatural short stories for a while. Some of them have appeared in anthologies, some were accepted for dead projects, and some have never found the right home. I decided to put them all together into a collection. I hope to release it as an e-book on Smashwords later this summer.

I've even contacted the artist who did the work for All Along the Pacific for the cover art. I anticipate it will be something evocative and reminscent of pulp covers from early American horror. The artist, who happens to be my mom, even illustrated my first novella, a vampire story, when I was a freshman in high school. It's good to have long-term partners for projects like this!

One story needs some fleshing out, but the rest are pretty much edited, proofed, and ready for print. I can't wait to put it, since it has been so long since I've published. I'm hoping it will reignite the writing flame this summer.