S.L. Shelton's Blog

July 1, 2018

It’s been a while since I posted last. I apologize. I’ve been elbows deep in a new series, trying to write while there’s a moment of peace in my life between Gretel’s treatments. And I’m sorry it’s our current state of affairs that moved me to write today… I’d much rather be talking about Don…
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Published on July 01, 2018 10:04 • 11 views

May 8, 2018

Merriam-Webster says of the word “Conservative” conservative adjective con·ser·va·tive \ kən-ˈsər-və-tiv \ 1 a : of or relating to a philosophy of conservatism b capitalized : of or constituting a political party professing the principles of conservatism: such as (1) : of or constituting a party of the United Kingdom advocating support of established institutions…
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Published on May 08, 2018 09:28 • 5 views

December 27, 2017

I’ve been asked a number of times if I listen to music when I write. Yes…but only when I’m actually typing the story. I have a process. It’s called all or nothing. I build a story concept in my head, then pull out a trusty yellow pad to sketch an outline. Nothing more than a…
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Published on December 27, 2017 09:43 • 4 views

December 19, 2017

“KISS MY ASS!” And other strings of profanity spilled from my mouth after Windows 10 finally broke past my meager defenses and installed its most recent update. It wasn’t the Update that bothered me as much as it was that only one of my two monitors showed up afterward, and the one that did show…
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Published on December 19, 2017 18:10 • 4 views

December 8, 2017

Who proudly releases the long awaited conclusion to a bestselling series while the world burns? Literally burning in some places… (raises hand, with sheepish look on face). My timing is shit. I know it. No one is excited about books at the moment—-particularly books that are more than a year overdue for release. It’s okay. Honestly, a…
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Published on December 08, 2017 08:31 • 5 views

December 7, 2017

I know…you’ve been waiting a long time. To your credit, you’ve been patient as we navigated Gretel’s cancer treatments and have shown great support for us both. But I heard you asking for the next book.
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Published on December 07, 2017 10:08 • 2 views

November 12, 2017

I once served under an Ops Sergeant named Smitty—SFC D. Smith—who I always looked up to as the type of soldier I wanted be. Smitty fearlessly grabbed satchels full of explosives and tossed them over his shoulder. He walked toward the sound of gunfire, no matter the context. We could be in the middle of…
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Published on November 12, 2017 09:11 • 3 views

October 18, 2017

We’re getting closer every day. Splinter Self is being edited for release—developmental edits, line edits, and proofing in progress—and in the interim, the cover and first teaser book-trailer have hit the street. The momentum for this release is building slowly (“slowly” owed in large part to my long hiatus from publishing), but the excitement from…
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Published on October 18, 2017 10:32 • 5 views

October 5, 2017

I slept well last night. It was a hard sleep, as is evidenced by the deep, red, swollen, imprints of pillow seam across my face. Even as I drink my second cup of coffee I can still see the red stripe. I started writing Splinter Self before I’d even finished Predator’s Game. The plan had…
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Published on October 05, 2017 09:26 • 19 views

July 4, 2017

It was an ideal day, that day. The temperature hovered around the mid seventies throughout with a mild breeze approaching from the southwest. It had stormed the night before, so the oft rutted dirt roads approaching the then-capitol splashed as horses and carriages moved into the city for the final debate. Of those who had…
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Published on July 04, 2017 09:05 • 10 views