Nov 13

In Mexico on business. No really, I am. Swear.

I just realized today I haven’t posted any new material here in over three weeks. I suck.

The reason (excuse, whatever you want to call it) is I’ve been spending a lot of time since early October working on some projects with partners (day job stuff), and this week all the partners will be meeting with suppliers/hoteliers in Cancun for a week. It’s been a crazy month getting things together.

I’ve also been slacking on the blog because I’ve been, you know, writing. That thing I’m supposed to do. While I’m not “formally” doing National Novel Writing Month* this year, meaning I’m signed up for it and I’m writing during it, but not doing the hashtag blasting of word counts/Facebook writing groups/NaNo forums/etc. Just writing. And I can proudly say that as of 10PM Sunday night, my 11 day total for word count this calendar month just cracked 40,000. Not bad, not bad at all.

* An aside – Gabriel’s Redemption, my first full length work, was done (first draft) in 26 days during NaNoWriMo 2010, and Gabriel’s Revenge (3rd in trilogy) was ‘completed’ during NaNoWriMo 2011. This year, nothing formal, but working on something for fun (secret, sorry) in addition to Liberation (scifi work in progress).

I’ll be online here and there during the week, so if you see fit to drop me a comment below – you know, if you feel bad that I’m stuck in Cancun in November at a five star luxury resort – I’d love to hear from you.





UPDATE: Hey, just for the halibut (and just because I need some sanity from my online friends while I’m slaving away in meetings and inspections), I’ll give away a free ebook copy of Gabriel’s Journey, the complete Gabriel scifi trilogy, via a Smashwords coupon to the person who leaves the MOST CREATIVE comment on this post by 9AM ET November 14th. Ready? GO.

About the author

Steve Umstead

Steve Umstead has been the owner of a Caribbean & Mexico travel company for the past ten+ years, but never forgot his lifelong dream of becoming an author. After a successful stab at National Novel Writing Month, he decided to pursue his dream more vigorously…but hasn’t given up the traveling.
Steve lives in scenic (tongue-in-cheek) New Jersey with his wife, two kids, and several bookshelves full of other authors’ science fiction novels. Gabriel’s Redemption was his debut novel, published in February of 2011.


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  1. phaedra4real

    Well, I certainly don’t feel sorry for you. Congratulations on the 40,000 words, that’s a hefty bit of writing in 11 days. Ok, so I don’t feel sorry for you, I’m jealous. Enjoy the sunshine and good luck with your unofficial NaNoWriMo (see, no hash tag). :-)

  2. Mike (@Comkey)

    You still suck for not taking me with you.

  3. YongAe

    It’s strange.
    I haven’t read anything sci-fi since Diuretics. lol. (my dry humor)
    on twitter I saw the photo of Mexico & your proclamation to do work! Kudos!
    I have to admit, I’ve only read classics & poems via digital, most are free. Hence, the word free. I saw you offering the 1st book of the Gabriel Trilogy *free* and so my journey into Gabriel’s journey begins.
    Best of luck working in Mexico. I love tequila so that would be a challenge for me.
    I look forward to getting to know your work.

  4. Robert Grabell (@KrohDaddi)

  5. Steve Umstead

    What the heck…trilogy ebooks for everyone! Email me at sumstead {at} gmail.com with your preferred format (Kindle, Nook, etc.) and I’ll send the file on. Thanks guys!

  6. danniehill

    40,000 words and slaving away in the salt mines of Cancun. You are the man, Steve!

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