From the Author
I'm J Edward.
I write books.
It's nice to meet you.
There's an old saying. Maybe it's not so old, but I like to pretend it is. It goessomething along the lines of, 'Write drunk - Edit sober.' Not bad advice,right? Most times, I ignore it. It becomes, 'Write mildly tipsy -
Edit sober,' or maybe 'Write often - Edit rarely.' Anyway, when hammering outfiction novels, it's a good idea to stay sharp, and that usually means not soaking up bottles of pinot noir.
That's not to say I've never enjoyed a few sips while making word-love. It happens.But the more liquor one imbibes often means the more one must pay one's editor.They charge by the word, did you know?
So here we are.
About to break some rules.
At this very instant, I'm sitting in a small room in northern Georgia. The date isJune 1st, 2017, and it's hot, muggy, and overcast. I'm lurkingbeside several windows, beyond which a narrow woodland separates me from therest of civilization. I can hear distant cars rushing by, my neighbor arguingon his phone, and my cat, Noodle, cleansing her chubby belly with vigorous tonguestrokes.
What's different about today? Not so much. As far as lonely mid-afternoons go, it'sideal. Not because I've found some quiet time to write. Or because the skypromises rain, which my little Japanese maple tree will adore.
It's because of the wine.
It's red. Deep red. And I've only just started sipping it. It's a cabernet sauvignonby Intrinsic, which I confess I started drinking due to the red girl dancing onthe bottle. I'm not picky about my wine...mostly. I can find enjoyment in almostany decent red, as long as it's not sour, too sweet, or a real bottom-shelfdweller.
But this wine is among my favorites.
I chose it for today in particular. We'll call it rule-breaking day. Mostlybecause I'm going to write while drinking wine. Not just a glass or two. Theentire bottle.
I'm not allowing myself to stop writing until the bottle is empty.
So what's this all about? No, this isn't a book about wine. Well...not really. Noris it about my cat, who's still busy with her tongue. These are excellenttopics I'm sure to explore one day.
But not now.
If I had to narrow it down, I'd say this is a book about everything else. Well, almost everything. It's not at all likemy previous non-fiction series, Coffee Table Philosophy. And while you won'tfind monsters, swordplay, or star-eating aliens, I intend to travel pretty far out there.
We're going to talk about life. My life. Your life. Everyone's life. And that means we're going to touch on the topics of love,marriage, religion, politics, and tons more. And if that's not enough, we'realso going to take a few glancing shots at the meaning of our existence...andquite possibly the meaning of everything.
That's the hope, anyways.
There's just one catch.
As you may have guessed, I'm writing this book while enjoying wine. Not just alittle wine. A lot. I'm going toexplore some pretty heavy topics with some fairly off-the-grid views. It's something I'm only willing to do while deep in my cups.
For each chapter, I'll delve into a different bottle. No two chapters will bealike, so why should the wines stay the same? I suppose this means I'mfollowing the "Write drunk - Edit sober" mantra.
Though we'll have to see how 'Edit sober' goes.
So let's get started.
If you've got some wine handy, now's the time to pop the cork and sip with me.
About the Author
Catch up with J via his websites: TesseraGuild.com and DowntheDarkPath.com.
A reader of mass quantities of fantasy and sci-fi, J Edward became obsessed with writing fiction in early 2001. On one bitterly cold morning in the lowest corridor of his cubicle, he set fingers to keyboard and began hammering away on what would become a much larger project than he ever imagined. Since that day, he's spent nearly all his free time lost in his daydreams, conjuring ways to write the kind of stories he always loved as a child.
J Edward currently lives in the 'burbs of North Georgia, where he moonlights as a foodie, a sipper of too much pinot noir, and the most cantankerous member of his small but beloved family.