The Scouts are Coming to Save the Day

I have been involved with Scouts as a leader for more than twelve years now and I’m always getting something new and refreshing from my experiences with them.

One thing I never really anticipated was the stories I would get from them. I mean, I get ideas from everything I do, but never did I think a full-blown story would come.

I think I may have talked about my book Scouts of the Apocalypse once or twice. That book came from a campfire story I told my Scout troop. By the time I got home, I knew I had something special. That was based on the reactions I got from the scouts at camp and on the way home.

So, I wrote the book. Revised the book. Planned for the day the book would be available.

I’m very happy to say that day is fast approaching. Holy cow is it coming fast! In fact, it should be released sometime in mid June in both print and eBook format from Evil Alter Ego Press.

I’ve had my alpha and beta readers take this story apart. I have another fantastic cover on its way and I’ve got an editor polishing it to a shine. The layout should begin in the next week or so and then off to the printers.

I really cannot wait!

Especially when, everyone who has read or heard the story tells me how good it is. That is the icing on the cake when I consider how special the story is. Reading it again took me right back to the campfire where I first told it to a rapt audience.

And, even better, I now know that this isn’t a one-of book. The story always needed to be told in many parts. It now looks like many equals three books. I love that I’m not done with the story yet.

I will post the details when the book is available and I hope to do a cover reveal very soon.


Write Your Passions

Before you ask, I am NOT talking specifically about erotica or romance here…not specifically. I more want to talk about writing in terms of those things in your life that you are passionate about. That could include erotica or romance. :)

I was thinking about my soon-to-be-released book, Scouts of the Apocalypse. Scouting has been a part of my life for more than a dozen years now and, the more involved I am, the more I realize how important a role it has played for me and my family.

I wasn’t a scout when I was young. I lived in the country and going into town for scout meetings was inconvenient at best. So, other than the occasional time when I saw the scouts drilling in one of the school fields, I had very little exposure to the movement.

That changed when my son turned five and we joined a local group. I wasn’t a leader that first year but I quickly decided to become one. I haven’t really looked back since and I have been enriched in so many ways, I’m not even sure where to begin.

But that’s not what this post is about. At least, not exactly what it’s about.

When I started to write seriously, the idea of writing stories about scouts didn’t even occur to me. It wasn’t until I told my first campfire story and subsequently wrote it down that I considered it at all.

But, as I am doing edits/revisions to the story, I’m understanding just how much writing about something important to me has improved the story. Scouting is important to me, so I am writing about it and my scouts in particular with a special sort of perspective that has really made the story a fun one for me to write.

Fun enough, in fact, that I suspect I will be writing more of them in the future.

I actually feel a similar connection to my Mik Murdoch series. I have always loved comic books, heroes and the like and Mik is a definite reflection of that. In both the Mik Murdoch and Scouts examples, the writing, while not entirely effortless, has been very enjoyable.

I have had stories where a connection doesn’t exactly exist that have been anything but. I think that has probably been reflected in the quality of the story.

I’m not really touting anything new here. As the writer, you need to have a solid commitment to the story. You have to live it, love it and, in some cases, breathe it, to bring it to life. For those of you just trying to break into writing, perhaps that means, rather than write what you think will sell (at least initially), write what you love. That love will be reflected in your writing, bring you pleasure and let you hone your craft all at the same time.


Get Published Episode 153 – Julayne Hughes Found Her Character

Hey there! Welcome to ‘Get Published’. I’m your host, Mike Plested.

Jeff Hite and I have been having a lot of fun with our first book published under our Evil Alter Ego Press banner. We have been learning a lot about creating a book and bringing it to market. Part of that learning has been around promotion.

You will have likely heard a couple interviews with contributors to the anthology. Today I am bringing you another one, this time with Julayne Hughes. Julayne is a writer, editor and all around awesome artist and I am delighted to talk with her today.

You might be asking yourself, when will he stop flogging this book on me by bringing this contributors to the show?

All I can say is, each of the contributors brought something different and good to the table with the anthology and they all have something to say about writing. I hope you will humour me for a little while longer.

And while I am flogging our book, let me remind you that Parsec Award season is upon us once again. If you aren’t tired of my antics yets, perhaps you will consider nominating Get Published for the award this year. I know I would appreciate it. I will have the link in the show notes

And before we begin the show, I would like to remind you that if you have any questions or comments, you can send them to If I don’t know the answer to your question, I will find the person best suited to answer it and play it on the show.

Show Notes

00:00 — Opening – Get Published Episode 153 – Julayne Hughes Found Her Character

Everything has to start somewhere and this is the start of “Get Published”

00:14 — Introduction – Get Published Episode 153 – Julayne Hughes Found Her Character (continued)

Welcome to the show.

01:11 – Promo – Mighty Marvel Geeks

01:45 Get Published Episode 153 – Julayne Hughes Found Her Character (continued)

Julayne and Mike discuss:

  • Dimensional Abscesses, editing, writing, promotion

28:17 – Promo – The Neverland Podcast

29:01 — Closing

Thank you for listening.

Find Julayne online
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Google Plus:

Her stories
“The Plumber’s Portal” in the Dimensional Abscesses anthology
“The Caprine Catastrophe” on the Every Photo Tells … podcast
“The Polymer Pattern” on The Melting Potcast
“The Ghost of Edinburgh Castle” on the Every Photo Tells … podcast
“Solara Nova” in FlagShip magazine

Other Websites mentioned in this episode:

Parsec Awards –

Mighty Marvel Geeks –

The Neverland Podcast –


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