Welcome to The Curmudgeon!

With the new year I have decided to do a quick mission statement post to introduce (or reintroduce) people to this blog.

Who am I?

My name is Beth Wagner, I am a comic creator turned editor and publisher. My father, J.P. Wagner, was a writer. He was a published journalist and his first novel was officially published a few months after he died. But his last words to me were to protect his books. Which I took to mean, publish them.

What is this blog?

Basically, this blog is me rambling. But more specifically, it’s me rambling about writing, editing and things that I think my dad thought were cool. I try to write things in a way that I think he would want things to be written on this blog.

I will also write about my thoughts and feelings as I edit his manuscripts. For example, I would write about what I remember going on in our lives at the time he was writing a specific manuscript. Or, if I find something interesting that I think my dad would have liked.

What this blog is not.

This blog is not an indelible shrine to my dad. It is not a solemn, gloomy place and if it ever gets like that, then it’s time for a holiday.

What are my plans for this blog?

My plans for this blog is to entertain you with interesting stories and my unusual process in editing and publishing my dad’s books as well as to inform you when his books are being published.

Happy New Year!

Looking forward to another year of entertaining you;

Beth Wagner

The Beginning of the Process – The Sword of Justice

I’ve just finished the first read through of the manuscript for the Sword of Justice.

My first impressions?

The concept is solid. A little reworking is necessary, but the general plot itself is solid. This means I can give it the go ahead to continue editing it, and after my faithful beta readers have had a chance to read it, it can be published!

I already have a fantastic idea for a cover and I can’t wait to start working on it.

I’ll give you all more tidbits as I work. Talk to you all very soon!

That Occasional Introduction that You Need to Make

So, in the off chance that you are just meeting/landing on this site, let me explain a little bit about myself and what’s going on here.

So, my name is Beth Wagner, I am an editor, writer, comic creator and artist. This website is dedicated to my father and his writing, as well as talking about my journey as I publish the novels that he wasn’t able to in his lifetime.

I not only talk about his writing and announce my progress, I also talk about some of his interests as I remember that also interest me.

I am not him but I want to build the kind of community that he would have been able to build had he lived long enough to do so.

He currently has two novels which have been released to the ebook market. Railroad Rising is his first book and his newest release which is The Search for the Unicorns.

If you want sneakpeaks on what I’m doing then please subscribe to my newsletter!

Gearing Up

On August 1st, The Search for the Unicorns will be launching. It’s exciting, I’m not going to lie. This will be my first time self-publishing a literary novel. I will be focussing on the process of getting it out and distributed.

I figured that I’d just do this little mini-update to let everyone know what’s going on and ….well…. Stuff!

Once I have more things I will be doing more posting. If you have subscribed to the newsletter, you were one of the lucky people to get to see a rough sketch of the cover!

That will be one of the next things that I hope to be posting here in the next week, so stay tuned!

Way Past Overdue!

Eep! Has it really been three months since my last post here? For shame! I would like to apologize for that. I’ve had some personal issues going on and then a convention to attend. But now that I’m back from the convention and I’ve wrapped up my other projects, I will be turning my attention to editing. Once I’ve finished the rewrites from this latest round of edits, exciting things will be happening so keep watching this website.

My Very Late New Year Post

Holy cats! I haven’t posted here since November?!

Yikes! Sorry about that everyone!

You may now be asking what my plans are for the new year?

The answer to that is lots and lots of editing!

I’ll not only be updating my progress here but I will also be sharing interesting odds and ends with you as I go (although maybe not so much with this post)

Anyway, I will update soon!

More Inspiration!

This book just came in the mail! For those not familiar with this book it’s essentially the human side of archæology. The stories behind the finds. The Indiana Joneses before he was a thing. I highly recommend it! The best thing is that you can pick it up on Amazon for under a dollar (plus shipping and handling)!

Long Processes

So my main “editing” process at the moment is reading through the story while removing the extra spaces (which Scrivener will only remove some of) and adding hard returns. Yes it’s formatting problems but I’m feeling kind of like an archaeologist who is gently brushing the dirt away from the artifact.
I also feel a bit nostalgic and imagine what was going on in our lives and in the world when this was originally written (it’s signed 1984). That would make my Dad 4 going on 5 years younger than I am now. I think about what it was like for me at his age. What was his mindset at the time he was writing this story.
I think that’s why I really enjoy editing these stories.