MAZE MASTER final revisions are in!
- Friday, 10 November 2017 12:36
I just shipped off the final revisions to my thriller, MAZE MASTER, which is coming out in July.
It’s been an interesting editorial process this year. There are a few pivotal editors–I mean truly great editors–in literary history: Maxwell Perkins, Gordon Lish, Judith Jones, among a handful of others. Remember the classic Tom Wolfe novel, LOOK HOMEWARD, ANGEL? Maxwell Perkins made Wolfe take out 90,000 words… That’s why we consider it a classic.
My editor at St. Martin’s Press, Peter Wolverton, falls into the Perkins group. It’s been a pleasure and a privilege to work with him on this book.
Hope you are all healthy and happy. Winter has come to Wyoming. As I write, frosty buffalo are frolicking through the snow in the meadow outside my window.
$2.99 eBook sale of People of the Morning Star
- Sunday, 22 October 2017 20:53
Our great publisher just put the eBook of PEOPLE OF THE MORNING STAR on sale for $2.99! But it’s for a limited time only!
$2.99 eBook Sale: People of the Morning Star by W. Michael Gear & Kathleen O’Neal Gear
Ozark Creative Writers Conference
- Monday, 16 October 2017 20:32
We just returned from teaching the Ozark Creative Writers Conference in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. We had a wonderful time. The writers were smart and talented, and the country was just beautiful. It was especially good to be able to spend time with Ron Briggs and Justin and Hilary Bailey. Plus we got to walk the Pea Ridge Battlefield and go through the museum. It was fun to stand where the characters of Mike’s upcoming novel, THIS SCORCHED EARTH, stood. History came alive!
Western Writers of America
- Wednesday, 20 September 2017 06:41
We are off today for the opening reception of the new Western Writers of America Hall of Fame. The HOF is at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, Wyoming. We’re looking forward to seeing old friends, having a great burger at the Silver Dollar Saloon, and browsing the museum. Though we’ve been there many times, the collections are amazing. We particularly enjoy the Plains Indian Museum. Could spend a month there and never get tired of it.
Have a wonderful day!
Total Eclipse 2017 at Red Canyon Ranch
- Tuesday, 22 August 2017 09:15
(Photo by Emil Hulongbayan)
So, in April of 2024, America will have another total solar eclipse. Don’t miss it. Yesterday in Wyoming was so awesome it’s hard to describe. About ten minutes before the total eclipse the crickets came to life and sang through the eclipse, the temperature dropped twenty degrees, and the shadow bands on the white sheet we’d spread out began to flutter. The shadow waves moved from south to north; it was ethereal. Then, when the totality occurred, we all took off our eclipse glasses–which is the only time you can–and looked at the moon completely covering the sun. The corona of fire around the black disk was unbelievable. Truly. It was unbelievable. Sunset simultaneously occurred on every horizon, west, east, south, north; every cloud turned pink. And the buffalo literally froze in place. They stood absolutely still. It was like looking at a painting of buffalo at night. Pure magic.
When the first sliver of sun broke out of the shadow of the moon again, the shadow bands reappeared on our sheet, but this time they fluttered from north to south–in reverse. It was absolutely stunning.
Wow, what a day.
Kathy and Mike