Bibliography of M Cid D’Angelo

We writers should all be proud of a published bibliography. It takes some while to build a platform, and when we attain it, it needs to be lauded or the main reason why we, as artists, have been trying to make a living is utterly lost.

I submit my current (Fall/Winter 2014) Bibliography for those of you interested in trying to find pieces of my works. Many of these can be found online:

“Reading Between the Lines: Researching Little Known or Unknown Treasures” (Lost Treasure Magazine, November 2001) (PRINT)

“With the might of a shôgun, Oda Nobunaga rose from obscurity to becoming one of Japan’s most formidable rulers” (Military History Magazine, accepted not published, 2002)

“The Light” (Aoife’s Kiss, December 2006)(I) (PRINT)

“A Far Away Place” (CC&D, Accepted Withdrawn, 2007)(I)

“Girl Sunday” (Eureka Literary Magazine, Fall 2009)(I) (PRINT)

“Thumbs Up” (Midway Journal, Spring 2010)(I) http://www.midwayjournal.com/Oct10_Fiction-ThumbsUp.html

“Adagio in the Dark” (Lady Jane’s Miscellany, Summer 2010) (PRINT)

“A Far Away Place” (Urban Mozaik, Accepted not Published, 2010)(II)

“Thumbs Up” (Third Wednesday, Summer 2010)(II) (PRINT)

“Don Quixote de Las Vegas” (Moronic Ox, December 2010) http://www.moronicox.com/don-quixote-de-las-vegas-dangelo.html

“Chad and Willie Break a Leg” (The Legendary, Spring 2013) http://www.downdirtyword.com/authors/mciddangelo.html

“In the Garden” (decomP magazinE, Spring 2013) http://www.decompmagazine.com/inthegarden.htm

“Girl Sunday” (Calliope, Fall 2013)(II) (PRINT)

“Band of Gold” (The Legendary, Spring 2014) http://www.downdirtyword.com/authors/mciddangelo.html#band

“The Road from Tahlequah” (Niche Literary Magazine, Summer 2014) Follow the link for issue No. 4 – https://nichelit.wordpress.com/2014/04/12/contributor-interview-m-cid-dangelo/

“Girl in the Window” (Stepping Stones, Accepted not Published, 2014)

“The Light” (The Sirens Call Magazine, Summer 2014)(II) http://www.sirenscallpublications.com/ezine.htm

“Lonesome Road” (Silk Road Review, 2015)

Dead Reckoning (J Ellington Ashton Press, 2015)

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Artemus Dark Novels Re-Released on Amazon/Kindle

The thing is, I was rather reluctant to self-publish these. I am at heart a traditional author, however, both Dark Running and its sequel, Darkness Becomes You narrowly missed a multi-book contract with Simon & Schuster in 2008.

Instead of allowing them to sit unread and unavailable in my archives, I have made them once more open to the public.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/10341262-dark-running

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J Ellington Ashton Press Publishes Horror Novel Dead Reckoning!

I’m extremely happy to report that my seaside horror novel, Dead Reckoning, has been accepted for a 2015 release by J Ellington Ashton Press!

http://www.jellingtonashton.com/

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Short Story, “Lonesome Road”, to be published by Silk Road Sept 2014

 It's been a very good year when it comes to getting a few of my shorter works published. One was abortive however, when there was a falling out with the editor - but sometimes, even when you think you're done with the year, some good news comes unexpectedly. "Lonesome Road will be published in the September issue of Silk Road Magazine.  This story is based on 1930s bluesman Robert Johnson, an icon in music and a Hall-of-Famer. Legends says he sold his soul to the Devil to be great, and maybe he did.


It’s been a very good year when it comes to getting a few of my shorter works published. One was abortive however, when there was a falling out with the editor – but sometimes, even when you think you’re done with the year, some good news comes unexpectedly. “Lonesome Road will be published in the September issue of Silk Road Magazine.
This story is based on 1930s bluesman Robert Johnson, an icon in music and a Hall-of-Famer. Legends says he sold his soul to the Devil to be great, and maybe he did.

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Author’s Interview with Niche Literary Magazine

Niche: Tell us a little bit about your creative process? How do you get through difficult spots?

M Cid D’Angelo: I don’t think there is an easy way around them. I, like many other writers, go through “dry” periods where the muse doesn’t sing. No matter how I try, nothing comes out. When it comes to fiction, I’m a draft writer, meaning that I usually just start writing and discover much on the journey. Then I rewrite another draft, and then another, until the draft is set.

Niche: What are some things that inspire you for stories?

MCD: They can come out of nowhere. Reading articles in magazines, online. Sometimes other stories inspire too.

Niche: You dedicate your story to Leonard Peltier and Russell Means. Can you tell us a little bit about that?

MCD:  In 1977, Leonard Peltier, a Sioux Indian and Native American activist, was accused of killing two FBI agents in South Dakota. There is great controversy to his conviction and the investigation; much of which the FBI is considered to have whitewashed and pushed through evidence to convict him when many people believe Peltier is innocent of the crime. “The Road from Tahlequah” is a musing how it would be for an older Native American activist to finally come home after a long incarceration in Federal prison.

Russell Means was an outspoken Native American activist and actor I always admired. He passed away a year or so ago. Many people know him for his role as the father of Daniel Day Lewis’ character in the 1992 movie, Last of the Mohicans.

Niche: You have mentioned that the Road to Tahlequah is particularly special to you due to your Cherokee roots; did that make the story harder to write? 

MCD: Quite the contrary. The Cherokee, after their removal from the east coast to Oklahoma, via the Trail of Tears, there was always a deep-seated resentment in many of the locals about the injustice. It’s a sad story that can ignite much passion.

Niche: Your characters of Margaret and Tom Long show different sides of a Native American family, could you tell us a little more about them? Do you relate to one more than the other? 

MCD: Margret was inspired off, incidentally, a young Indian – that is, from India – woman. I transposed the character and her flamboyant in-your-face personality that reminded me of some other angst-ridden Native American girls I knew. They have become anglo-sized, that is, desiring to be “white” rather than Native American. I found that character persona to be indicative of the unrest in disaffected Native American youth across the 500 Nations. Tom Long is the old school; he is redolent of the old ideals of the civil rights movements of the 1960s and 70s. Nowadays, it seems, that those ideals have been trodden into the muck of forgetfulness, and that the Native American youth who still are harbored on reservations still face a barrier of what was then and what is now. Tom Long represents the courage and the desperation of those who fought for their civil rights while the younger generations are just doing what they can to eke by.

Niche: What, if anything specific, do you hope readers will take away from the Road to Tahlequah?

MCD: I want them to know of the other people who share this land with them. That just because they’ve been holed up on reservations far away, that they are still human. That they face not only the hardships of being Native American in the United States, but that their hopes and dreams are very much like anyone else’s.

Niche: Is there anything else that you want our readership to know?

MCD: Read. Read. And read some more. Read not only for entertainment, but read because perspectives make a reader worldly. Feel that we are all connected.

 

Niche No. 4 is now live! 

 

You can download and save as many copies of the digital issues as  you desire by going to our website: www.nichelitmag.com, and clicking the button that says, “Download Niche No. 4.”

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The Online Persona for the Artist or, Online Forums are Minefields

First of all, I am not immune. I get myself into trouble ALL THE TIME.

We all use online public forums in one way or another to get our views, news, and opinions across to complete strangers. Most of the time, for the average Internet user, having such public profiles is for fun and a way to mingle – a digital and never-ending cocktail party.

Many of you, no doubt, enjoy an office party at your dayjob. You work with these people every day, and therefore it is always prudent to make sure not to ruffle the feathers of those around you – it could lead to … unpleasantness.

Many people feel that the Internet grants them some measure of anonymity, and some of these individuals love to spew confrontational, shocking, and often facetious comments. They feel immune to repercussions or consequences that their comments can create.

Such behavior can be DANGEROUS for the writer or artist who is desperately trying to establish a platform. However, a popular online profile can endear audiences as well.

I have many established and bestselling authors, for example, in my Facebook “Friendship Pile.” I find their posts frequently trite and pointedly inoffensive. Boring. If they are not pushing their wares, they are usually posting something mediocre and crowd-pleasing.

This safe practice is used on Twitter, but, Twitter is greatly influenced for sales bites and promotions. I no longer, myself, use Twitter for that reason. Everyone there appears to be using it to shout out their book, self-published or not.

Yet, an artist should also attempt to show character in themselves. To show they are human. This helps garner care from strangers who wish to connect with people and not a Spambot. Yet, it is easy to offend and cause alienation.

So, how should one cultivate a popular online persona? It isn’t an easy jungle to navigate, and there will be those who will not be pleased with anything one says or does. Consider:

1. Be honest. Show your personality, your views as they are; do not try to use a facade to slip into a mainstream. People in general can not be easily deceived and will know a snowjob.

2. Attempt good-natured humor with your posts. Beware of angry tirades all the time, especially when you do little to soften your personality. Yet, be careful of sarcasm. I often, myself, get into trouble because my humor can be very dark and not easily understood.

3. Do not TROLL. That is, do not be a mean-spirited online jerk who attacks everyone for whatever reason – especially just to be a troll. If you disagree with people, attempt to be honest WHY you don’t agree, and also, attempt to soften the edge with humor.

4. Show genuine interest in other people in your pile. I CANNOT tell you how many established authors live in an ivory tower online and do not interface with their fans or friends. These people typically are so self-absorbed, all you get out of them is a sales pitch. I usually hide them or unfriend them after awhile.

5. Post interesting things. If your comments and posts are typically regurgitation of some smarmy meme going around, people will get bored with you pretty fast. Always add a little comment with them to show your view.

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Notes on Attaining an Impressive Writer’s Platform

It is daunting, you know, to try to look at the publishing battlefield ahead and wonder if you have the weapons to fight it.

I have never come across an easy submission campaign to literary agents and traditional presses – large or small. Many new authors, using the path of self-publishing, forego establishing for themselves a writer’s platform mainly because it takes experience and credits to make one up.

Many traditional publishing markets require a writer to have some measure of experience, just as it is trying to find a dayjob other than writing. A writer’s platform is essentially a resume.

So how does a new writer build one up?

First of all, it takes time. In our “I want it all and I want it now” society, many new authors don’t want to try to spend time establishing themselves.

A writer’s platform should highlight publishing credits and education, and if at all possible, experience and fortitude.

Write nonfiction articles for trade magazines, especially for hobbies and professional training you have. Ignoring this takes away a lucrative and possibly easy publishing credit. My first important publication was a nonfiction article on the hobby of metal detecting for Lost Treasure magazine.

Write short and flash fiction and submit to literary journals that are pertinent. There are several databases online for them and between online and print magazines, THERE ARE MANY.

Try your hand writing different forms of prose and poetry and submit them. Matter-of-fact, write and submit often.

Establish blogs.

Establish yourself not only on Twitter or Facebook, but other online forums such as Stage32 and LinkedIn.

Search for writing freelance jobs on LinkedIn, Odesk, or other writers areas for work.

Check out technical and content writing for software companies; also consider freelancing as a technical writer for pharmaceutical/medical companies as well as technolgy companies. These look good on a resume.

Above all, be persistent and spend TIME doing it. You’ll be surprised how quickly your platform begins to build.

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