The Two Hundred and Sixty-Third Post: The One Where I Am Just Counting Down The Hours…

I haven’t gotten anything back from the artist, yet even though I paid the invoice. I know I’m impatient in this regard, but I’ve been telling everyone that the book is going to be released tomorrow. What I may end up doing is using the samples she gave me to get things going and then replace them with the real ones when the art comes in. There also might be a delay in getting the stuff up, but it is going to go up on New Year’s Day…just not as early as I had hoped. The artist is someone who strikes me as professional, and to be honest – she did have to goad me once into getting her an updated word count, but I worked without sleep that one weekend to do it. I am going to not obsessively check my email every five minutes (ten minutes is really the better time period). I am just going to put this out of my mind and get back to Tyro’s novel.

Speaking of Tyro’s novel, it’s a little hard getting back into it since I was away for a while (mea culpa, ushabit.). I’m getting them to the second village, which will be far unkinder to them than the first one – not going to say how, but those that have read my material will know that something is going to happen soon. I am going to work on getting this one finished by the end of March and given that I’ve got a really good head start on it, I think this will be entirely feasible. One of the things I am working on in this book as far as mechanics go is trying to keep Tyro from being a Mary Sue. I do want her to shine sometimes (she is the main character after all), but I don’t want her to come off as some sort lame author avatar. Well, the first thing I should worry about if getting it finished and passing it to my beta readers to see if they get the Mary Sue vibe off of it.

Well, this year is now creeping down to hours remaining. I have a really good feeling for this year. I see what’s happening and I just feel warm and fuzzy…and not the ‘I am coming down with something’ sort of warm and fuzzy. I hope that this is a feeling that you are having or will have in the coming hours. I should get back to the novel, so I am going to cut this a little short. Thank you for reading and as always feel free to leave a comment below.

Happy New Year!



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The Two Hundred and Sixty-Second Post: The One Where I Haven’t Had This Feeling Since ’91…

… and that feeling is opening night jitters. The novel is getting released Wednesday. I know it’s as ready as it’s going to get. I’ve checked the spelling several times, the grammar twice (in as much as Windows will let me) and had several people read it over to make sure that the plot doesn’t have any holes… well, any big ones. But as much as I want to release this novel and get to the next one…I am nervous about it to the point of unhealthy thinking. Sure, it’s not the best one I’ve written – but this one got no less attention than any of the other novels I am working on. Maybe this is just my neurosis and insecurity talking to me. Well, it’s far too late now. I’ve paid off the artist and gotten the artwork. When I get in from work on Tuesday, I am going to sit down and upload it to CreateSpace and Amazon. After that and I have confirmed that the books are up and ready for sale, I am going to try to sleep and absolutely not touch the AfterWord app on my phone until after I wake up in the morning. Trust me that is going to be the hardest part of all. J

OK – what am I going to work on next after the book’s away? I was considering working on I/O Error, but I haven’t finished the outline so I can’t really charge into it, so I am going to work on the Tyro novel (Unbound) since I’m about a third of the way through it anyways and the outline is done. I am going to continue the outline for I/O Error at work (What? What did you think I do at work? My job? Oh, you silly, silly geese…) to get it finished. I am going to hold myself to the timelines I have set up, and on the upside, I have a good head start on it – I am in the second act getting ready to ramp up the weirdness.

I had a good Christmas. Got myself some Blu-Ray movies: The A-Team and District 9 and The Portable Dante and a couple of Marvel t-shirts for casual, walking-round-the-homestead. Oh! I got an unexpected early gift from Amazon! I got the latest volume of Empowered two weeks before its official release! This is a series that I recommend highly to comic book aficionados. The artwork is amazing and the story is compelling – the latest plotline has been wrapped it and another one is starting soon. Look past the cheesecake and you’ll find a story of dedication and triumph. Really.

Well, there is little else to comment on right now. With the holiday season winding down, I can focus a little bit more on getting the work done and getting away from my job. I hope everyone else had a good holiday. As always, thank you for reading and feel free to leave a comment below.

Happy Holidays!



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The Two Hundred and Sixty-First Post: The One Where I Try To Lay Down a Marketing Plan Other Than Using Atomic Super-Men…

I was chatting with someone at work (because the only other thing to do there would have been my job… *snicker*) and they asked me a good question: What sort of marketing are you going to do. To be honest, I thought me running up and down the streets shouting “IT’S FINSHED! IT’S FINISHED!” would have been sufficient. Thanks to my friend (and not taking a call for at least 15 minutes) I was able to draw up some sort of plan. This is something that I going to have to start considering since I am doing all of this by myself:

  1. Friends: those poor, poor people. They’re never going to hear the end of it, but I am not going to be obnoxious about it. I am going to tell them that it’s out and if they liked it, to tell others. If they didn’t, it can stay just between us (as Marcus puts it).
  2. Goodreads: Since I will be publishing the paperback through CreateSpace, I’ll have an ISBN number, so I can put the book on Goodreads – the key is visibility.
  3. Project Wonderful: A way of getting banner ads on a lot of sites that people who would be interested in the book, and since they run it as an auction and dirt cheap to boot, I can get more people steered to the book, and since I am a part of the Amazon’s referrer service, I can stand to get a little extra if someone clicks on the ad to buy the book.


I can certainly see the utility of having a publishing house behind me on something like this – I’m not sure where I am going to find a lot of the time and money (beyond my own wallet) to do some of this and more. However, when it comes to having a publishing house, I’m trading off accessibility and marketing to get creative freedom and more money (15% if I’m lucky versus 70%… hmm… math wasn’t my strong suit but 70 even looks bigger than 15 here). So, I am willing to do it. I am also going to follow through with the new plan for my productivity for a year:

  • 1 finished outline a month
  • New rough draft every 3 months
  • Finished novel at least once a year


Does it sound ambitious? Yep. Especially that outline every month deal, but I can do it. I’ll write 1,700 words a day (giving me 122,400 word manuscript, a really good length for a novel). While the first novel is getting edited down, I’ll just turn around and start the next manuscript. I’ll go the writing during the day. At night is when I’ll work on the outline. An outline a month might be a bit more of a challenge, but I will just have to buck up and do it. I just gotta do this and I am hoping to carry over the inertia from the novel into next year.

Wish me luck.

Thanks for reading, please feel free to leave a comment and I hope you had a great Christmas and a better New Year.



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The Two Hundred and Sixtieth Post: The One Where I Can Make It Raaaaaain…*

*only if I can convert the $7.58 into pennies and toss them into the air…

Amazon is now releasing all royalties! Their policy previously was that you’d get paid after you reached the magic threshold of $10.00, or $25.00 if you wanted a check. Given that my book Four Bits and a Dollar is only a $1.50 (cheap!), it’s going to take a while to get to the magical amount. Since they’re going to release the funds now, I’m going to get a small deposit into my bank account. Yes – it’s a small amount, but it means I am getting paid for m work, finally. This is a bigger incentive for me to get something out there now since I know that I am going to get paid for it sooner than later.

Speaking of working – I am still editing the novel down (or up as the case may be, I need to jam in another 9,000 words to get to the word count I set) and I am going to work really hard on getting it ready for the New Year’s Day release. It’s getting easier as I go along – it’s more cutting lines here and there, closing up gaps in explanations and sharpening up some of the descriptions. After that and setting through an editing program, it will be released to a small amount of fanfare and off to the next one. I’m looking forward to getting this one finished, just so I can have it done and out of the way.

Since I have a lot of eagerness to get to work, I’m going to cut this a little short with my apologies. Thank you for reading and I hope you have a good day.



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The Two Hundred and Fifty-Ninth Post: The One Where I Scramble For Mental Purchase…

Hi, everyone! I didn’t get a good night’s sleep last night, but the bed was too warm to leave and do work. It was weird in that I had no ‘drifting to sleep sensation’. I flipped (to me) in between two states: restless turning and dreaming. Really odd things, too – walking down a highway and talking to two people from work about re-coding a website. What’s odd about this is that I don’t know how to code. I have no idea how to tie together 1’s and 0’s to count to 10, much less writing a program to run credit cards. I am certain there is a lot more to it than that, but I don’t remember enough to even begin to draw any interpretations. Anyway – I have a little bit more of holiday shopping to do and then I can finally hunker down on the weekend to get the editing done and on Christmas Day sit back in enjoy the horror movie marathon. God Bless Netflix.

Editing is coming along, but it’s coming along slowly. I am in the twelfth chapter (Well Scented Rest, for those of you playing at home) and this is one of the chapters that will need a lot of work. In fact, I don’t think there was a single sentence in that whole chapter that was not spared the red pencil of doom. Yeah, this is going to be the hardest one, but it will also be the most entertaining in that I get to flex more descriptive muscles than I usually do with my work. I always feel that I don’t get in enough when I do the rough draft, so I am going to try to improve upon this with the next novel. As far as the next novel’s outline goes, I am stuck at dressing the main character. I need to get over this minor pause and get the outline finished before the end of January. Granted, I have three chapters outlined, so I can jump into writing it on the stroke of midnight, but I wanted to have the full outline finished before I set key to finger. I know what I need to do (have her examine the footage from her personal log after recovering from the surge and find that there were no people carrying her in); I just have to get myself to get to that point.

One of the themes that I am working with in the novel is the group versus the individual – the crew of The
Shepherd vs. Gail; the ghosts of the old crew vs. Eliza vs. Jenny. My theatre professor would be elated (well, as elated as he could get) over the fact that I am going back to what he called ‘universal themes’. In fact, looking at a lot of the works I’m writing – that seems to be a running theme of mine. I might have to start looking at some other things. Well…no, there are a couple of works that pit one group against the other. Well, I should work on some other themes rather than the individual versus the group.

I should also refill my coffee and get some lunch. I hope y’all have a good day and I thank you for reading. As always, feel free to leave a comment.



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The Two Hundred and Fifty-Eighth Post: The One Where I Marvel at Technology…

I don’t know if any of you are either Dr. Who fans or Sherlock fans (I like them both, but my fandom is usually a bit more on the reserved side), but this is something you should see. It is the work of one man, a lot of editing software and more patience than I’ll ever have for the visual medium. This is some really good stuff – looks like it was really filmed by a crew at BBC One and put together by Moffett himself. Really worth a look when you have the chance.

The novel continues to get edited, and I am glad that I am doing it just because I am finding some small plot holes that I can patch up with a sentence or two, which is good because I want to cram in at least 9,000 more words in it so I can get to the nice round number of 80,000 and move on to the next novel which will be a lot larger (almost double the size). Also, it’s going to be put together a lot better than this one. The first one is a learning experience (lesson number one: edit the plotty stuff first. Lesson Two: the cover is the last thing to worry about) and the second one will be a stronger effort, provided I can get the outline finished soon. Hopefully this will be a quiet Friday… or not…

Speaking of novels – I’ve started reading Infinite Jest and I was wondering if I am on track in thinking that it has a Monty Python-esque sense of humor to it: very dry and absurd. I don’t know if I am reading it right, but I am going to tough it out – it’s one of those books that people say that I should read… then again – people tend to throw a lot of books at me… no, wait – that’s when they want me out of the house. Never mind.

This is going to be a little short because I do have to edit down a couple of pages and I want to make sure that I finish the next chapter today to keep me going this Saturday. If I am lucky, I am going to be at least half-way through the novel coming into the week before Christmas. I know that I am not going to do anything Christmas Day (The Christmas day Horror Movie Marathon – brought to you by NetFlix!) and I have a hard deadline approaching.

Well, thanks for reading and I hope y’all have a good day.



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The Two Hundred and Fifty-Seventh Post: The One Where I Go On Ahead and Do The Whole New Year’s Resolutions…

… so I can start ignoring them on January 1st.

The most important one: Really ramp up the production of the works:

  1. Finish an outline every month
  2. 1,700 words a day, six days a month, this will allow me to…
  3. Finish a rough draft every three months.
  4. Have a finished novel out at least once a year.


This is completely within reason (well, I’m not so sure about the first one given I’ve had with getting the concept of Tyro’s third novel down. However, I have so many other things to work on) and if I am to gain any traction and get this career thing going, I should have some sort of structure or plan to adhere to. The most important thing that I must remember is that if I fall short of a goal – it is not the end of civilization or my career. Yes, I am one of those insufferable perfectionist types when it comes to my writing. Yes, this is going to be a problem, but it is one that I can head off at the pass. Like the old saying goes: ‘art is not completed, only abandoned‘.

Speaking of abandonment – the editing is coming along. If I can get at least two pages done, I’m doing good as far as being consistent. However, having only 2 ½ weeks to get it done so I can get the final word count (pro-tip: have the whole thing done before you get the art done, just sayin’) to the artist so she can resize the cover. I gotta get this out by Tuesday after Christmas so I can ring in the New Year with a sale or two and hit the ground running as it were.

I am running a little late on this because I hit snooze rather than wake and went back to sleep. While waking up to Art Bell is a great way to get up…I am still getting up. Bed gravity is always hard to overcome in the winter…that and a whole host of other problems that I won’t go into at depth right now. That and the circuit tripped twice because I have a small space heater that just decided that it was the most important thing in the room and blew everything else aside.

I am working on the outline for I/O Error while at work (making me, technically, a paid writer) and it’s creeping along. I am glad I have the night shift so that there are a couple of hours in which the calls are few and far between enough so that I can get a chapter finished. When that outline is done, it will be the next novel to get written. Tyro is going to get an occasional update. One of the things I am going to do is not start writing a series before all the outlines are done. This way, I can avoid that problem of people having a long wait in between books (I’m looking at you, GRRM). Long books, like The Pentateuch of Able won’t see the light of day for years, but it will be nice to surprise people with regular offerings. I never liked the idea of ‘market oversaturation’. Seems like a ploy to inflate demand.

Well, I need to get to work. As always – thanks for reading. If you like this, feel free to subscribe over on the right. Also, one of my good friends and better writer Amy Valenti has a couple of books out. I highly recommend her to anyone looking for something different.

I hope y’all have a good day.



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The Two Hundred and Fifty-Fifth Post: The One Where I Groan Loudly…

Now I get to work three long days and get a four day weekend – lucky me! Right now, I’m working on an ‘I Would Have Done It Differently‘ for the show Dracula on NBC. I’ve watched all the current episodes and I have a lot of problems with it.

First all: it looks like the major powers were set up by asking the question: ‘what does our target audience hate the most?‘ and someone yells ‘greedy corporations!‘ (I’m going to let you contemplate the delicious irony of an arm of this corporation writing an anti-corporation screed in the first episode) and someone else yells ‘oil‘. Seriously – this was handled as subtly as a hammer blow to the head. A shadowy cabal of hidden masters running a corporation… where have I heard that before, I wonder? This is the best villain you can get? I can do a lot better than that. Way lot better.

Second: While I like some of the notions that they bring up (Van Helsing allied with Dracula), there are others that I am simply tired of seeing: one of them is Dracula as a symbol of unrestrained sexuality. Yes, I know: that’s what he was in the literature (Given everything else I’ve seen in the series, I wonder if the research into this was nothing more than a vampire movie marathon) and that’s where he is the most effective, but there are a lot of other ways that we can use the Count. Rather than rooting him in the Victorian Era – put him in the Edwardian Age in the trenches of World War One, exulting over the mechanized carnage of modern warfare? Picture it: standing in No-Man’s Land, arms wide as bullets smack into him with no effect and shouting ‘This is your modern age! Mr. Harker! No longer do you glory over the warmth of dying blood on your blade! No longer do you get to hear the coming of death in a man’s final gasp! A sterile Hell for me to weep over and for you to reign unchallenged!‘ If we really want to shake up the Count – let’s ditch the Gothic romance/obsession angle and get back to what he was supposed to do: make us fear for our souls.

I am not saying that there is nothing good about the series, but it’s just that they’ve hit all of the obvious tropes (including this one, this one, another one and this one with Lucy/Mina) in trying to please a wide base and really ignoring some really good changes to tell a story about the death of one age and the birth of another a la From Hell. Am I the only one who feels like this? Feel free to post something in the comments section.

Sadly, I must go and shower and get ready to go to work. I hope y’all have a good day and thanks for reading.



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