Saturday, September 28, 2019

The Return?

It's been a long time since I posted on here.  I became distant from my writing, only touching it briefly here and there.  Overall, I had both a lack of faith in myself, and a shortage of motivation.  If I don't feel the stories coming to me, I can't force them.  But, something has changed.

I've re-motivated, and decided I don't care who likes my stories.  If nobody ever reads them, I don't care.  They entertain me, so I will write.  I will also publish, in case anyone else finds them enjoyable.  I'm comfortable with all of that now.  And so I press on.

As for this blog, I've failed to be consistent with it, and perhaps it's time to put an end to it.  I'll leave it for a little bit, to see if I can consistently post or find value in it.  The links contained within, I will probably leave regardless.  I'll review them to ensure they all still work, and remove any that don't.  I think they're useful, at least for myself.

Well, that's it for now.  I'm working on Gifted, and trying to prepare Anger for NaNoWriMo in November.  To anyone that actually reads this, I wish you well in your writing endeavors. 

Saturday, July 29, 2017

I'm still here

Okay, I haven't posted much, and I don't think anyone is reading this anyway.  I think this has become more of a reminder to myself of what I'm working on, what I want to accomplish this year, and what I've accomplished so far.  To that end, I will pretend someone reads this and continue to post.

The story I mentioned before (now titled Gifted), which I hoped to get in a rhythm with, I have.  I'm over 30k words and actively going.  I've got the story plotted out through the end, and hopefully I'll finish before the end of August.

Once that's finished, I plan to finish edits on Crimson Sea, then go back and finish off Gabriel Rising.  Violet is still awaiting review.  With any luck, I'll have 3 books ready for review by the end of the year, and a fourth I just need to finish edits on and publish.  That would put me at eleven completed books. Never thought I'd even do one.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Okay, okay...

So I'm a little late posting again.  It's only been, what, four months?  RL got in the way.  I got a new job, 6-month contract, so that's kept me busy.  That's only part of it though.  I've also struggled getting traction on the stories I had been working on.

I'm trying to get something going again though.  A fresh start on an idea I've been working on, so hopefully I'll get into a rhythm and make some good progress.  Needless to say, I'm behind on everything.  I've got edits to complete so I can publish one book, I've got one or two others ready to be edited, and others that are done with the first draft and need edits.  As I get used to my new schedule, I should be able to get it going.  If anyone has been waiting for my next release, I apologize for the delay and will work hard at making progress.  Thanks for your support!

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Tools for Writers

I've updated the Tools tab, adding entries to Tips and Ideas, and a new section: Marketing Tips.  This section will continue to be updated, typically when I have a number of items to add.

Also, I'm looking at adding another section or possibly a link to a list.  This will be for Public Domain characters.  For anyone that doesn't know, Public Domain means they are no longer copyright protected, so you can use them all you want.  Typically this applies to older characters, such as Dracula, Sherlock Holmes, etc.

If anyone has ideas for additional content, or suggestions in general, don't hesitate to provide feedback.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Were Comes the Wolf

Ok, so I'm about 30k words in, and I'm just now realizing this story has been a drama instead of action/adventure, like I usually strive for.  So now that presents me with a few questions...

Without the action, is this story still entertaining?

Do I need to try and rewrite and create more action?

Or, do I abandon this story completely?

I intend for a number of action sequences to come up, but is that too little, too late?  Typically my stories have been 40-50k words.  Based on what I have planned, this one may be as much as 60k.  That means I have half a story and it's mostly a drama, so I can have an action packed second half, but will it be enough?  Questions, questions, and a lack of answers.  Perhaps this is one I should have mapped out, and I would have seen this issue sooner.  Hindsight and all that.

Friday, September 2, 2016

Writing is hard. Criticizing is easy.

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”

Teddy Roosevelt

Very much like this quote.  Take constructive criticism as opportunities to improve.  Take all criticism as challenges to prove them wrong.  Remember that everyone has different tastes.  One persons trash is another person's treasure.  Write on.  There's something for everyone, and maybe your next venture will be the masterpiece you strive for.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Crimson Sea

Just got back my edits for this, so corrections coming right up.  Since I already have the cover ready, the publish date for this book shouldn't be too long from now.  I believe this will make eight books completed (to include publishing).

This is a vampire/werewolf tale, along the genre of Magestorm and Sinners and Saviors, but it takes place in the time of pirates.  It's a standalone book, which I left open for a follow up, but presently have no intentions to do a second.  However, if an idea comes to me, I reserve the right to change my mind. :)