“Love by Numbers,” an essay I wrote, is now live on Parent.com. Please check it out, and share it on social media, if you’re so inclined.
I’m pleased to announce that Parent.com is going to publish “Love by Numbers,” an essay I wrote about the 277 letters I’ve written to Harry since he was born. I’ll post again when the piece goes live; if my essay gets a certain number of hits and shares, I get a bonus! The money is cool (it’s always nice when you actually get paid to do something you love), but I’m gonna get a little Chicken Soup for the Soul on ya here: I care more about sharing my struggles with OCD and parenting than anything else; I care more about getting anyone suffering with chronic anxiety to stop feeling so ashamed, and my essay attempts to do that.
End of sappy rant.
Although I did sign a contract with a new publisher (thanks Down and Out Books for reviving The Rook!), I have been writing a lot of short stories and personal essays in addition to working on my novel. The stories have been largely autobiographical, just tidbits that stuck with me from childhood. I was fortunate enough to have two pieces published lately, one called “Family History,” which you can read here at gravel, and another entitled “Cool Friend,” which you can read here at The Citron Review.
As for the essays I’ve been writing, those are of the extremely personal variety. For whatever reason, I feel compelled of late to muse (read: obsess) about my three decades long struggle with OCD and Panic Disorder; my loving but complicated relationship with my father; and my attempts to stay sane as a new stay-at-home dad. As I’ve been writing about my life, I realized something: I’m getting better. Not smarter. Not richer. Not better looking. Not taller (certainly not taller). I’m getting better. Example: finally, after more than a quarter of a century, I no longer feel the need to refer to myself as a “neurotic,” an easy and ugly term to hang on one’s self. Finally, now that I am jobless and in the presence of a hilarious and difficult and intelligent four-year old all day, I no longer feel such extreme anxiety. I feel at ease. I feel calm. I feel capable, which would never have cracked the top 50 adjectives I would’ve used to describe myself even one year ago. Maybe I was not (or am not) cut out to have a “career,” and without the pressures of a job, I feel lighter. Or maybe I am just getting older and wiser. I don’t know. I do know that these essays I’ve written lately have brought up some painful memories–some of them very recent memories–but the pain has been twinged with humor. . .
Which is a longwinded way of saying that I sold one of those essays, a piece called “Time to Get Clean” about me doing something extremely gross (and extremely funny) in an effort to not pass on my Obsessive Compulsive Disorder to my son. I’m proud to say that sometime in June my essay will appear in OC87 Recovery Diaries, an excellent publication that focuses on stories of mental health and recovery. If you suffer from some type of mental illness or you know someone who does, I’d encourage you to check out OC87 Recovery Diaries here. Some of the stories are funny, some are sad, all are true and meaningful.
In order to shepherd my four-year old son through the turbulent waters of Post Toddlerhood, and to ensure that the lad does not get stuck in the school to prison pipeline, I recently quit working and became a stay-at-home dad. First, let me say kudos to all stay-at-home parents out there. This is a rough gig. Very rough. Second, can anyone babysit? Kidding.
Harry, my son, is a spirited young buck and funny as hell, so while I am working on the follow-up to Alphabet Land (and writing “lifestyle” articles under the pseudonym Olive Winks), I started writing a blog called Breakfast With Harry. It’s all about my attempts to feed my little man breakfast. Occasionally, I rant/muse/complain about kids and parenting and how surprisingly difficult it is to make instant grits. Here’s the link if you want to check it out.
Just as I was about to give up on writing mystery novels, Down and Out Books offered me a contract to re-issue Alphabet Land and continue the series. So it looks like the Rook, one of my favorite characters, will live on. . .as soon as I sit back down at the computer and dream up another sticky situation for him and his .45 Chief’s Special to get into.
I’m excited and honored.
In the meantime, I’ve become a stay-at-home dad (long story), and to cope with the stress and share the joys of parenting, I started a blog called Breakfast With Harry. It’s all about me trying to feed my four-year old breakfast everyday. The stories are funny, I think, so check it out.
Dear Lover of Good Books and Bargains:
Boy, are you in luck.
Because I am so desperate to have people read my latest book, I am giving it away for free on Kindle. That’s right, the cost to you is zilch, squat, nada, nothing. All the Different Ways Love Can Feel is completely gratas through September 12. So if you read the book and like it, be so kind as to write a review on Amazon and spread the word on social media (or conch shell, if you prefer). If you don’t like the book, you’re wrong, and I feel sorry for you.
Message to Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Jose: kindly piss off into the ocean where you belong, and leave us land lubbers alone.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to go spend another fourteen years writing made up stories, so, when I’m fifty-two, I can give those away for free.
Have a nice day.
Max, Author of Free Books (if I was a completely different person, here is where I would drop a killer emoji. Alas, I am a grumpy old man, the kind who uses the word alas a bit too frequently.)
I’ve enrolled ALL THE DIFFERENT WAYS LOVE CAN FEEL in a Kindle Countdown deal, which means the eBook will be available for only $.99. The deal runs from June 28th through July 5th, so if you need something cheap to read at the beach or by the pool, give it a try! And, by all means, spread the word to your friends. Thanks!
Max Everhart’s latest book is a collection of short stories called All the Different Ways Love Can Feel. It is available on his Createspace storeand Amazon. You can also read his latest novel Unlove Me on Wattpad for free. Find him on Facebook and twitter.
An article I wrote called “Self-Publish or Perish” will appear in the September issue of InD’Tale Magazine. The article chronicles my journey from small press author to whatever it is I am now. I discuss writing “epiphanies” I had along the way, critique my goals as a writer, and recalibrate my expectations going forward.
If you’re looking to promote a book, or if you have something to say about the craft of writing, consider sending InD’Tale Magazine an article. I’ve copied and pasted the magazine’s submission guidelines below, if you’re interested, or you can click here to go ahead and submit a piece.
InD’Tale Magazine Submissions
InD’tale welcomes all article submissions and happily compensates all contributors with a short bio and picture plus a free full page advertisement (a $90.00 value) upon publication. If you are interested in having your article published in a monthly issue of InD’tale, please read the following guidelines and information:
- All articles must be between 850 – 1500 words (concrete on the low end, flexible on the high end.)
- Articles must be written in an informative and/or entertaining way that includes all readers (rather than a “diary” type that concentrates only on the author.) Personal experiences are accepted and often encouraged but must tie in directly to a larger message that is clearly explained.
- We do not accept articles that are submitted for advertisement purposes only.
- Articles must take into consideration our readership ranges from Adolescent to Old! All content must be PG-13 rated or lower and contain content appropriate for mainstream audiences only.
- Subject matter diversity is encouraged as long as it is educational and/or entertaining.
- Original work ONLY! We do not accept articles that have been posted or published in other magazine, websites or blogs. Basic content is allowed but the article must have fresh information, new content, ideas, etc.
Max Everhart’s latest book is a collection of short stories called All the Different Ways Love Can Feel. It is available on his Createspace storeand Amazon. His novel Unlove Me is available for free on Wattpad. Find him on Facebook and twitter.
Hey, wanna snag a paperback copy of my new short story collection, which is getting rave reviews (2 so far), but refuse to pay retail price? Then you’re in luck. Just follow these easy steps, and get 30% off!
1) Go to my Createspace eStore by clicking here.
2) Click “Add to Cart.”
3) Type in D9EPTSC8 in the “Apply Discount” box, and then “Check Out.”
Almost two years ago, I sat down with a composition notebook, a pen, and no real ideas for a story. All I knew was I wanted to try to write (as realistically as possible) a novel completely through a woman’s perspective. What I ended up with was Unlove Me, definitely the most personal book I’ve written to date. Because it doesn’t fit neatly into a specific genre, I decided to release it for free on Wattpad. Just click here if you’re interested.
Nearing forty, Hannah has a damn near perfect life. She is a successful HR director of a prosperous software company. She has a lovely home, two beautiful and healthy sons as well as a handsome husband who adores her. Life, on paper, couldn’t be better. But Hannah also harbors a macabre side, and when she–on a whim–purchases a bookcase that can be converted into a coffin, she unwittingly sets a chain of events in motion that force her to confront her troubled past. . .not to mention the many and varied lies she’s told her husband. Equal parts detective mystery and literary character study, Unlove Me, at its core, tackles the age-old question that every spouse must ask him or herself: can you ever really know your partner?
Max Everhart’s latest books are All the Different Ways Love Can Feel, a collection of short stories available on his Createspace store and Amazon, and Unlove Me, a novel you can read for free on Wattpad. Find Max on Facebook and twitter.