The post Dot Com Bust era found him working as an IT consultant in Cleveland, and he began writing again. Writing nearly 40 stories during this 18 month period, he took advantage of Cleveland’s rich open mic pub environment to read many of them in public. “People generally liked them,” he says. “I was often the only non-musical person in the line up, so it was a nice break in the evening. Other writers who showed up usually did performance poetry or read from their never-to-be-finished novels. I thought a lot about my own novel during that time. But it stayed in the trunk.”
In 2010, A.C. finally decided to do something about the book. Shoehorning several complete rewrites, several dozen reads, a professional edit, a copy edit, and a proof between family obligations and work requirements, the book was finally published and available an Amazon on October 13th, 2013. “If I didn’t have to eat and pay rent, it would have been done 15 years ago.”
Though he was working on a sequel to Inside the Tall, Thick Book of Tales, (working title Shelf Life), that volume of notes currently sits dormant on a virtual shelf. Between January and March of 2013 he completed a full draft of Defriending the Librarian, a speculative fiction mystery. The book is scheduled to be released as an eBook in April of 2015. Birdsong says, “At least it didn’t take 20 years like the first one.”
In addition to the novels, A.C. is also working on a set of 18 short stories which he plans to collect into a volume titled Nothing Happens. Let’s hope the book happens, even if its title suggests otherwise.