I was able to sit down on a rare, uncommitted Saturday and finish the outlines for the Secret Rings cycle. I will probably go back over them again soon and rehash all of them now that it’s done. I kind of started with a planetary view and now I have a 20,000 foot cruising altitude. For the sake of really knowing the story I hope to catalogue the minor characters and finish fleshing out the profiles for my main characters now that I know more about them in the context of the story. If I can take that overview down to a low-fly-over before the new year I will be happy—that will probably happen next week.
On the business side, I did a thing in Minneapolis called pop-up bookstore which was pretty cool. however, I didn’t have many books since I had such a banner day at a Christmas event and my replacement books haven’t arrived yet from publishers. I will have them shortly, though, so if anyone wants to send autographed paperbacks for the holidays, just contact me through my website and we can set it up!
This is my last week at work for the year and I need to spend a ton of time in the office so I won’t log much time at my computer (in the middle of an office move before my Christmas vacation starts and I’ve got to complete it… end of the year switches our contract to new facility, so I must be out or I can’t take a break.) That said, I’m not setting any goals this week, though I’d like to write a short story and one or two flash pieces before the end of the year, but I’ll set those goals next week when I have time to actually write.
Most of last week was spent working on outlines for the Hidden Rings series. I only have one more book to outline in my rough, pre-written versions and then I can begin to work out some details and really sketch out my settings and characters. I did make a bunch of changes already and decided to move the 4th book all the way to the front. Hoods of the Red Order is going to be the big lead—the Red Order is important through the series’ continuity and so it made sense to move it to the front. It also feels like the particular storyline that I’m most excited about… I mean, who wouldn’t be stoked by Robin Hood recast as a paranormal investigator and sent by the Church to fight vampires instead of the moors?
Last week the new Dekker’s Dozen story dropped. Weeds of Eden is now out and available for download. I think I wrote briefly about it: it met a few of my writing goals and began as a bit of a test-project to complete while getting comfortable with Scrivener. It really rekindled my love of genre sci-fi/space opera and I’ve sketched out a total of 3 short stories, beginning with Weeds of Eden which shows an earlier version of the Dozen’s mercenary crew (with a few members changed out because of the timeline). The following two stories will take Dekker and his crew through the timeline break that happens at the end of Last Watchmen and establish a new chain of events (think X-men’s Days of Future Past) so it’s both a prequel and a sequel series; each one will weigh in around 20,000 words so it’s effectively an entire book written in a few segments. I also have a new novel planned to followed, tentatively titled Austicon’s Lockbox. I’m hoping to be working on SF again after the 1st draft of Hidden Rings is complete, though I might work on those short stories in between the 5 Hidden Rings books.
This week: hoping to finish that rough outline and begin filling in some blanks. I wouldn’t mind writing a piece of short fiction, too. I need to produce a few of those so I can pad Anthologies No.2 which I hope to unleash next year sometime. Plus, I’ve got so many ideas in my idea/hook notebook and I need to mold a few of them into reality.
I didn’t have any super high expectations for last week. I think I’ll keep it low key again this week, too… despite not shooting high I’ve tended to get some projects completed. The cover art is done for the new Dekker’s Dozen story, plus it got like 3 sets of revisions this week.
To top it off, progress logged on a few other writing projects… one is my renfest joint venture with a few other writers. I spent all weekend cutting Christmas trees, though, so I couldn’t expect too much.
This week I do have a few bookstores to call, but can’t plan too much more than that with my holiday fundraisers happening this week.
My new Dekker’s Dozen story is written! Dropped about 18k words to begin a trilogy of novellas. I should round it out to something like 20,000 words by Christmas and release it to my mailing list. Hopefully I can complete another few stories in the future that will sync up the time travel elements between Waxing Arbolean Moon and the Last Watchmen. Weeds of Eden is a straight up adventure in space that lets the characters unfold. (My goal is to lump in Arbolean Moon with these three stories and eventually push it into another Dekker’s Dozen paperback before beginning another adventure based on the healed timeline elements after the Divine Machine’s correction noted at the end of the Last Watchmen (which has timeline implications to the Dozen to future stories and this mini-trilogy fills in the events just prior to Last Watchmen as a prequel but also allows for a new story to follow in the wake of its events.)
I think I’m getting the hang of Scrivener, at least the basic functionality (I haven’t really had to compile anything yet except for a few test exports.)
I was hard pressed to get it done considering I logged like 20+ hrs on the road last week–most of which was wheeltime, so not much opportunity to write. Overall, not much vacating happened on my vacation (pretty typical of me). I will probably take a break next week and work on some personal projects until next week. If I do anything creative it will be to look into cover art and perhaps keep plugging away at the outlines for the Hidden Rings series.
I’m feeling kinda sick this weekend–probably fatigue after a 3 day con and very little water. Sokay–ibuprofen, black coffee, and a metalcore playlist on youtube are all helping.
Nanowrimo sounds fun, but it’s not something I’m going to do this year. I am, however, using my November to get a new Dekker’s Dozen adventure completed (which I will get sent out to my SF reading list.)
I recently decided to learn Scrivener… as much as I hate learning new software when I have something I already prefer (Word) I decided to look into it because of the built in methods it uses for outlining a story and a strong outline is needed for my upcoming Myrddin the Cambion series–the plots from each book will have significant impact on each other and so I need to keep my deets straight. Scrivener is only slightly more difficult to wrap your head around (I watched some youtube videos which helped me learn the system). I outlined one of the books and started sketching out the others when I decided I wanted to see it in action, for real. That’s what prompted the new Dekker’s Dozen story (which I’d been kicking around for a while anyways since so many people have been requesting it).
It started as one new adventure. yeah right… In the works now are three new adventures and probably a new novel. I’ll space them out and have no definite timeline for them except the first one (the first 3 are interlinked but will each be standalone stories–like separate episodes in the continuity.) The first will be released by Christmas. I dropped over 8,000 words on it since starting it on monday. I see no problem with finishing it by the weekend.
Secondary goals would be to also drop in on some libraries and continue plotting Myrddin the Cambion.
This coming week I’ve got to get edits back on Fear in a Land Without Shadows, and work on betas. Have any of my initial readers for Wolves of the Tesseract 2 finished? Email me!
I had a pretty great week all around last week. I have begun to learn how to use Scrivener and I see the potential (especially for editing and long term planning,) as huge… I had to do something to help me plot out the long and convoluted arcs and timetraveling nuances that comes from my upcoming project The Hidden Rings of Myrddin the Cambion which is essentially 6 stories written across 5 books which all interlink into one larger work (and I’m planning a couple tie-in characters that will link in our current Earth version in the Wolves of the Tesseract series.)
In order to really use Scrivener well I began a couple projects. I began to sketch up some outlines for Rings (starting with the last book first) and I began a new story, too. I logged over 2,000 words after outlining the first of three new Dekker’s Dozen stories which will potentially create a launching point to restart the timeline into a new universe following the end of The Last Watchmen (that sounds confusing, but makes sense if you read the story)… it includes some fun moments such as the birth of the romance between Dekker and Vesuvius… the eventual stabbing, and hopefully the giant plant monster and the orphanage (all events referenced in TLW).
Stranger Things 2 happened this week, plus I found a sweet score at a used book sale and picked up like 5 books I was missing from the Wheel of Time series (I’m waiting to read it until I have all the books collected in hardcover… just missing #4 The Shadow Rising and #7 Crown of Swords (but i have duplicates of 2 others.) If anyone wants to trade or donate, 4 or 7 let me know!
I want to finish the new Dozen story this week and I’d love to see some progress on my two novels in beta (TKR3 and WotT2) before I head out to Crypticon MPLS for the weekend. I’m taking a few days off this week and have almost 2 solid weeks of vacation after wed!
I casually remarked to a fellow Rotary member today at lunch, “I thought things were supposed to calm down for me after the summer.” I must be a terrible judge of these things.
Regardless, I’m keeping on task with my edits. Fear in a Land Without Shadows should be sent to my editor by the weekend. I had a blast signing books and meeting people over the weekend at one of my few out-of-state events over the weekend at Iowa’s longest running comic book store (thanks Oak Leaf Comics) who had their 40th anniversary celebration.
Hopefully, after this week I can start outlining The Hidden Rings of Myrddin the Cambion… I also have need for a few people to beta read the second Wolves of the Tesseract novel and the third Kakos Realm books. Contact me if you want to read them and provide feedback!
I probably sound like a broken record… but I stay pretty busy. In a period of 11 days (starting a couple days ago) I have two library readings, a television interview, a comicon, and a gust appearance at an out of state comic book store. Luckily, I have a few days’ vacation in the mix to help my sanity.
If you are in Marshall on Thursday evening come hang out at the public library. If you’re in north Iowa, on Saturday I’ll be a guest at Oak Leaf Comics’ 40th Anniversary in Mason City and it sounds like it’s going to be a big deal! Don’t let them fool you–there is more than corn in IA.
Last week’s editing stayed mostly on course. I’d hope to be done with Part 2, but didn’t quite make it. I’ll be there this week, though, so I’m going to keep pressing forward. Lots to do!
gaaa! I meant to write this in the morning… life has been crazy lately! I’m still editing and doin all the stuff i need to, though. I have been trying to do about half a dozen chapters per week on a quick rewrite to tighten up phrasing, etc, on Fear in a Land Without Shadows so I can send it to a line editor to check it over one final time before I send it to the agent who has requested it.
In the meantime, I’m also plowing through some of Mark Dawson’s programs on platform building and it’s really good stuff! I’m getting excited to start using his methods/models to increase my author brand awareness.
However, it would be a lot easier if the world would just shower me with money. And that’s why I never carry an umbrella. It’s also why I tend to get wet in the rain.
Lots of housework over the week, but I’m still editing and working on other projects including trying to wrap my head around the specifics of a click funnel (I’ll report on that once I’ve given it a try.)
An agent is still interested in my manuscript for my post-apoc story so I’m polishing it up more to make it the best it can be and I launched my Indie Author’s Bible over the weekend!
I do feel a little like life was tough last week. In addition to other struggles I broke a tooth while flossing. That’s a little like drowning in a drink while on the verge of dehydration. Crazy—I’m hoping I can finally get it fixed this week.