Things seem fairly quiet on my blog these last couple weeks. Between my busy work schedule and a few other side projects I haven’t had an abundance of free time to research and write on a few relevant topics… but I’ll be back soon. I have a few short items in the works, some short fiction I’m working on and my CYOA story is about half-done as well. I hope to have it ready by the summer.
On a sidenote, I have a bunch of promo stuff coming up soon and a newsletter about to drop. stay tuned!
I spent all of this last week pretty much under the weather (and speaking of weather, I’m living in a blizzard warning area… right after I put my snowblower away for the year. go figure.)
Despite that, I managed to get a few words on pages. I’m about 10% deep on a choose your own adventure style book I thought I’d throw together. It’s a little harder than I’d expected, but I think my available writing time is more a factor than anything else. I’m splitting time with researching a new workshop module I plan to begin teaching soon (I also revamped and taught one this last weekend and wrote another new piece for an artists retreat coming up next month.)
My plan is to have this CYOA piece (it’s another humor story: Lord of the Fries, about a fast food worker set in a fantasy kingdom where a lowly frycook tries to impress a coworker at MimicDonalds by sneaking into the neighboring rival: Kentucky Fried Tengu,) done by the end of April and then I’ll be back onto Austicon’s Lockbox and full speed ahead on my SciFi.
I’m getting to this report a little late (I was on the road until about 3am driving back from a convention.) Last week I managed to complete the recording for the final installment of the Armageddon Seeds books. It should be available in a week or two via Audible. I also got my new covers uploaded for several of my titles (I’ve been working with a pro cover designer.)
This week I’ve got to prepare a few items for a workshop I’m teaching this weekend. While I’m started on Austicon’s Lockbox (Dekker’s Dozen #3) I have another tiny project I might work on that should only take a couple weeks.
Over the weekend con I got to hang out with some of the folks at the Bard’s Tower, an author collective featuring folks like Mercedes Lackey. All around thumbs up (even if I was sick all weekend and only at about 40%). Brandon Sanderson was there, too… but I didn’t have an opportunity to cross paths with him (though I had a good chat with Keith R.A. DeCandido who wrote the novelization of the Serenity movie.)
While I did get some writing done early last week, I worked quite a bit on some other things: a total rebrand of my Dekker’s Dozen series… new graphics/covers. I am just waiting on the final cover for the Last Watchmen, now. I also worked on recording the last installment of Armageddon Seeds for Audible; it’s about 30% completed and I hope to get it done by this weekend. It helps to refresh myself on where the universe left off as I continue to write in it (I’m a couple chapters deep into writing Austicon’s Lockbox.)
I’ll be taking Friday off of work and driving all night on Thursday to get to St. Louis MO. If you’re in that neck of the woods, drop by Planet Comic Con and say hello!
I completed the first chapter of the next Dekker’s Dozen SF, but the rest of the week kind of ran me over hard. The weather in MN is getting me down. We got rained on (over top of last week’s foot of snow) plus we got another 6-9” right over top of it. Everything is frozen in slush… floods over top of ice. It’s awful and it affects everything.
Hopefully I can write a second chapter this week while also recording the last DD novelette for audiobook. At least I did get my new setup installed and ready, but I will be spending free time continuing to market (plus I’m writing notes for a marketing module to do as part of my writer’s workshop that I do). It’s also St. Patty’s Day weekend, which is rather in demand for me and my bagpiping skills.
On a happy side-note, all of my marketing endeavors are beginning to pay off. I’ve averaged over 500 page reads per day on KU and sold quite a few books this month with organic reach (not because of direct ads, which I’m not currently running. Just writing that down brightens my day.)
Lot’s happening, as per usual. Last week I completed an outline for my next SF, Dekker’s Dozen: Austicon’s Lockbox. (I also got a lot done at work, too.) This week I’ll be pretty busy prepping for cons and doing other promo work since I have a huge giveaway going on right now… but hopefully I find some time to write as well. With three outlines complete that are just ready for me to begin, picking a project might be the hardest part.
Wolf of the Tesseract is FREE today! and Wolves of the Tesseract 2: Through the Darque Gates of Koth is discounted all week on a count-down deal. I’d love if you downloaded the series and let me know what you thing! (and follow the jump to learn how to get the comic book prequel for free). Both books are in KU.
This week didn’t produce as much as I’d hoped, but I did manage to complete the edits on my other WIP, the crime comedy. Marketing took up a big chunk of my free time this week. I’ve been working on a cover redesign for Wolf of the Tesseract (for a huge promo push coming next week) and facebook ads and list building (so many giveaways).
If I get anything done this week, it would be to prep for that big push (and maybe talk to some betas about reading my current WIP). I wouldn’t mind beginning the audio recording of the final Dekker’s Dozen book or perhaps writing a short story, but we’ll see. Work has been weird with all of this snow and missed school days.
Lots of big things happening… I’ve got most of my next WIP edited. I’m hoping to have it done or almost done after this week.
Mostly I’ve been spending my time on my SciFi. I completed the last novella in the Armageddon Seeds cycle and compiled it into a new paperback that ought to release in a week or so. I also got my Dekker’s Dozen boxset listed and linked through my website.
A lot of my energy right now is going into preparing for a huge push on my Wolves of the Tesseract series. It’s taking up most of my energy at the moment… hopefully I’ll be back to some meaningful writing in 1-2 weeks.
SUCCESS. I finished my audio recordings and I also completed the next Dekker’s Dozen story, The Seed Child of Sippar Sulcus… editing has already begun. It’s similar in length to my last installment, which means there ought to be a compilation book of the Armageddon Seeds coming this spring! I’m quite pleased how the book turned out, over all, and I’ve got extensive notes for another full-length installment, Dekker’s Dozen: Austicon’s Lockbox (the title is a huge hook if you’ve read any of Seeds books other than Arbolean Moon.)
This week I’ve got lots going on, but hope to revise another draft of DD:SCSS while doing some of the background work necessary for my new ACX installment (Wolves of the Tesseract 2). If I can get audio uploaded for WotT2 this week I’ll be happy. That, plus getting some prelim copies of Dekker’s Dozen into beta hands would be great.
I ALMOST met my goals last week. It was a busy one to be sure, but most of them really are. I did write well past the half way point mark of my newest SF book. I’ve been promising a new installment for Dekker’s Dozen for a while and said that I would have a new print book in 2019 for my fans to buy at conventions. My novella series (called the Armageddon Seeds) will be available this year—but I have another 10k-12k left to write in it (of a projected 80k or so total) and I hope to be done with the last 25k novella by the end of next week.
I got about 3.5 chapters of audio recorded last week. I had some time budgeted for it, but my mic began picking up a 60cycle hum and I didn’t want to keep recording until I was able to get a clean input. I’ll try again this week. I really want to complete the audio recording of Wott2 by the end of the month as well. I’ve got lots of projects with notes pending and I’d love to jump into them, but these come first.
Also, convention plans are booked—come hang with me at comicon and lets talk fiction!