The Two Hundred and Forty-Sixth Post: The One Where Tom Dooley and I Have Something in Common…

Today I go back to work. *sigh*…. I had a rather productive vacation. Got back in contact with someone from my Twitter feed and they were nice enough to promote my book here:

I can now say that I am an internationally known writer…without laughing… and oh, yeah—I’m on Twitter, too: @admiralnowhere

I’m well into the second chapter of the Nano novel, which I am going to work on more when I get home. The Tyro novel is going to star back up as soon as I am done here. Some time with Borderlands 2 and time spent with a good friend on my birthday made for the best vacation in a while. I’m off back to the grind with a renewed sense of purpose (finish something and get it out there). The Chromebook I have is amazing. It’s fast to start, dependable and I actually don’t need an Internet connection for it to work (but it helps). It’s a really good, lightweight laptop. Yes, tablets are the way of the future and I have finally gotten down the Swype keyboard so that I could use my Kindle in a pinch, but I really like the feel of a keyboard. When I go the Galaxy tablet, I bought a Bluetooth keyboard so I can use it at work (pointing back to the renewed purpose) and try to fill those empty six hours I occupy at the desk.

More details about Nanowrimo novel you ask? OK – it’s coming along quickly. I’m finding that getting the minimum is easy now. 2K is a good possibility to hit consistently now that I’m getting to the meat of the story with Danny finding out what’s happening with is body and running into the wraiths. The next big thing will be running into Rhonda and learning more about that. As far as Tyro goes, we’re still in the village, but that’s going to change quickly if I can get to it today. I’ve got so many irons in the fire right now (Tyro, Nano and the First Novel), I hope that I am not spreading myself out too thin. Well with the First Novel, the only thing I am waiting for now is the beta reader to finish making the recommendations and getting them done so I can at least hit the 80K limit so the artwork can fit. After that and the giddy moments of knowing that I have 2 book out there to blabber about, I will put my focus on getting Tyro’s novel finished and maybe getting the Nano novel edited down. After that… I might change direction and work on that old chestnut I/O Error and get that ready for more hard work. It might be good to take a bit of a break from fantasy/romance to get back to horror to cleanse the palate before I work on the second Tyro novel.

There is little else to say here. The vacation is over, but the next one is in 2 and a half weeks and I hope to be in the home stretch for Nano!

Well, I hope y’all have a good day. Thanks for reading and always feel free to leave a comment or a tip.



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The Two Hundred and Forty-Fifth Post: The One Where I Shout ‘Dead Man Walking’ Before Entering a Room…

… because I have to go back to work tomorrow. So today I intend on watching one last guilt-free hockey game, write some more on the Nano novel and Tyro’s novel and try to get back into the work swing of things. It was a good vacation and I only have to wait a couple of weeks before I take my last one of the year on Thanksgiving day week (I don’t know how I got that one either, but hey…). On a bit of a down note: this was cancelled. On a bit of an up note: I got the invoice for the cover art, so I can get that paid and get everything together before the end of the year. My beta reader is working to get the last chapter done. So – perhaps the first book of the New Year? We can only hope.

Speaking of hope: the Nanowrimo novel is coming on a little bit faster now that I’ve gotten over that expositionary stuff and I am getting into the meat of the issue: the possession. This is turning out a little better – I’ve really found a way to show how inhuman the possessor is with a couple of lines of dialogue (of course, taking over someone’s body doesn’t really hurt either). Now we just have to introduce the wraiths and get some of the ground rules down. Once that’s done, we can get going with the main story and get poor Danny introduced to Rhonda and get after Black Bart (yes, these are all placeholder names…the first order of business once the main work is done is to get all those names changed.). I am fairly confident that I can get this novel finished in November, so far it’s 8K words and I’m in the beginning of chapter two.

The Tyro novel is taking a bit of a back seat – doing double duty with both novels, but right now I am going to focus more on the Nano novel. Tomorrow, I go into the regular work set: Tyro in the morning, Nano when I get off work. Tyro’s novel needs at least 1500 a day, Nano needs 2K. Normally when I get off of work, all I want to do is shoot stuff and go to sleep, but if I want to get productive, then I’ve got a set aside some time in the evening to work. Those midgets are going to have to wait until Saturday evening to get their head shots, I’m afraid. I just have to tell myself that this is a first draft for either project: it is supposed to be horrible. That’s what the revisions are for.

Well – Thor: The Dark World opens this Friday. Thankfully, I get paid, so I am going to see that Saturday and I will give a review of it when I get back. Oh – I am going to write another installment of “I Would Have Done That Differently” for two series: Sleepy Hollow and Dracula. In one, I intend on pointing out that they there is enough history for everyone to use without getting really weird and in the other I rail against sexy vampires… again.

I need to get to Nanowrimo – so I hope you all have a good day.



Seething Apathy