I wasn’t sure I would make it this week, but I was able to complete my two chapters for the week on Hoods of the Red Order. It was a struggle late on Friday since the week’s work really knocked the stuffing out of me (the two day blizzard and canceled school and school programs actually creates more work for us youth workers). In the end, I had to shut myself down so I’d have the energy for a last-minute funeral I got called to play bagpipes at; I wanted to stay up and keep writing—I hit a great section where Robyn meets Vlad Calugarul of the House Draculesti (the half-brother of Vlad the Impaler).
YA time-traveling Robin Hood versus vampires. So much yas!
The Kakos Realm 3 is also just about ready for launch. I finished up looking over suggestions and edits from a few readers and made some minor edits. I’m still planning for a Spring release.
On the other side of things, I did some good online networking with other authors/groups and got a few interviews done with other blogs. Apparently I know a few things now so I get to pretend like I’m an expert on a few topics. I’ve also got a top secret writing project in the works that I have been investing some time into. Shhh.
I spent the weekend at a hotel sci-fi convention. Between that and my hectic work schedule, I still managed to write 2 chapters over the week in Hoods of the Red Order (it’s basically Robin Hood vs Vampires) and sell a bunch of books.
This week’s goal: write two more!
Not much action last week. I’m saving it all up for the days to come. I worked a little on a secret side project and wrote blog posts through May. Hopefully I will start writing fiction again this week. This is it: the beginning of The Hidden Rings of Myrddin the Cambion. Book 1–Hoods of the Red Order.
Sidenote, I have some appearances coming up! I’ll be at MiniCon this coming weekend and will have some books available. I’ve also got a fine arts panel coming up in Marshall, MN to help answer questions and guide newer writers towards a publishing path of their preference (either traditional or Indie.)
Yikes. My day got away from me before I could vomit a few words onto my keyboard.
Big week for me… in addition to being crazy productive for my dayjob. I took my daughter to the #MNWW Minnesota writers workshop; she just recently finished her first novel. Not only did she get to see some of the underbelly stuff from the publishing world and get to hear from some industry professionals, but we took an editing track that I think she will find immensely useful in making revisions. (She took like 6 pages worth of notes). My big highlights this year were all professional achievements. I connected with the owner of Subtext books who sponsored the event and have her sold on hosting a book signing for Wolf of the Tesseract. I also book a future author interview for this blog from David Oppegaard, and pitched books to 3 agents (with 4 requests for pages and an agent I pitched last year but did not query this year invited me to requery her at her new agency). Hopefully the other shoe doesn’t drop any time soon.
Scheduled a few more book signings in addition to everything else I did. I also finished my outlines for all 5 installments of The Hidden Rings of Myrrdin the Cambion, my YA genre mash-up series which will begin writing soon. I did get worried when I realized I lost an entire book (including the outline) that I had detailed notes for while updating my scrivener software a few months back now that I wanted to plot them with notecards in the software. It took me a few hours’ worth of searching through old TEMP files, but I eventually found them. Good thing, too, because it was pretty good stuff and I outlined all 5 books over a period of about 10 days so that all the story lines had a cohesive continuity.
…Now to get the final drafts of TKR3 and WotT2 completed so I can begin in clear conscience.
Last week I edited a revised draft of my new crime-comedy/awkward romance, 50 Shades of Worf… note the title change. I also watched most of Alan Tudyk’s ConMan (which is hilarious) … they are very similar. Once I do another future edit, and after I have completed through season two, I may be reminded of some other tropes and can insert a few other throw away jokes. I really am heavy on the humor side.
Aside from the #amediting I did a little promo for my 2 books in the Indie Contest (please vote) and set some calendar items (I am confirmed at the MCBA comiccon in May,) and got a few things ready for the MN Writers Workshop I’m attending on Saturday.
My 14 year old daughter is coming with me as a paid and registered conference member. She just finished her novel over the weekend, so I’m excited for her to see some of the other real world aspects of the publishing world and get her acquainted early.
Within the next couple of weeks I hope to begin the Hidden Rings Cycle. I have begun migrating my rough outlines into a more Scrivener friendly format so that it’s ready to begin writing and then keep writing. I should have that done this week. My outlook is very positive–50 Shades of Worf was written in just over 30 days and its slightly longer/about the same as what I have planned for each of these 5 stories… the goal is to complete writing on them in a maximum of 12 months. I proved to myself that I am capable of that… new achievement reached! New goal unlocked: write 6 novels in one year. 1 down, 5 to go 🙂
Also! If you have a beta copy of The Kakos Realm: Death Upon the Fields of Splendor, please get me your notes, revisions, chicken scratches, and doodles asap… I’d like to complete my last 2 rounds of revisions before I begin writing the Hidden Rings stories (one I start, I only want to pause to do the same for Wolves of the Tesseract #2).
Thanks to everyone who voted over the weekend for my books that were award nominations. you can check out friday’s post for info about that if you would like to help with a vote.
I did successfully complete the rough draft of my offbeat, comic mystery 50 Shades of Star Trek TNG. I can start a new draft soon before I let it sit and percolate before some more earnest rewriting. It took me a little over 30 days to write so I basically did a nanowrimo over January as a personal challenge (I’d never done it before since my novembers are usually busy.)
More coming up soon, but now I’ve got to catch up on some book reviews since I let most of them go on hold while under such an intense writing schedule. Next up for me is to finish revisions for Wolf of the Tesseract 2 and The Kakos Realm 3 and then I’ll begin the final prewriting phases for the Hidden Rings of Myriddin the Cambion series (plus I’m still scheduling author events through 2018… I have some neat irons in the fire I’ll mention as soon as they are written in ink. Until then, come hang out at the MN Writing Workshop. You can still register for the event which is Feb 17.)
I’m officially in novel lengths for my nerdy, short novel. I think I’ve nailed down a title as 50 Shades of Star Trek TNG. It really is pretty comical and I’m having fun writing it, although it’s been a struggle since I feel like I’ve not had as much time as I’d like to commit to the project. I do think, however, that it’s a really sellable piece of merchandise as I hit the comicon circuits this year.
Hopefully reception is good and I plan to even do some crazy things with it (put cut out pieces on the interior like paper dolls for the main characters plus celebrities I’m using in a parody manner in my stories,) and even send some early copies to said celebrities.
I’m literally just beginning to wrap up writing and starting the climax and denouement. I have maybe 8,000 words left to write in the rough draft and should be able to wrap it up this week. I feel strongly enough about it that I’ve already contacted my art team overseas about my ideas for a cover.
Now, onto the work week! Time to hit it hard and carve out some segments of time so I can complete this absurd pastime of mine.
Feel like I under-performed this week. My word-count is barely over 30,000. I did, however write a few blog posts for the future and had a very busy work week. It’s somewhat less this week. Ideally I would like to finish my current story this week; I think I will just miss it (if I were a betting man, but it’s in the realm of possibility.)
Lot’s going on, but I figure I will process my grief from this MN Vikings loss by writing. I also have been working with my state’s regional chapter for their Fine Arts programs and will be one of a few hosts on a writing panel on April 28. If you’re in my area, it should be a pretty neat event talking about the “how to” aspects of Indie writing.
I’m at almost 30,000 words on my story which I began writing on Christmas break. I’m hoping to round it out at about 40-50k making it a small novel. It’s been pretty fun since the story takes a bit of a hard turn into the comic side when my two protagonists end up stuck at a comic-con for a few days.
Right now I’m just counting down to February when I take my daughter to her first writer’s conference. I did have some ups and downs. Just found out my team and I didn’t get picked for a table at CONvergence, which means we’re all not going to attend. That is what it is… we’ll maybe spend our vendor dollars on a different large-scale con (maybe another Wizard World). I did, however, get invited to participate in a sci-fi con in March which I see as a huge opportunity.
I’ve also got a few irons in the fire for my platform… perhaps a nerdy youtube channel coming soon?
Got some good writing done last week. I’ve been plowing through a currently untitled comedy story that I’m going to write before launching into the Hidden Rings series (since I decided to wait on writing it until I’d taken a few refresher courses on YA fiction at the upcoming MN Writer’s Workshop.)
I’m almost a quarter done with the story already. It will be a short novel, told with tongue in cheek humor (and might even cross over into the crime and cozy mystery markets.) It starts out following the hard-boiled homicide detective Rick Diego whose partner is murdered at a crime scene–it turns out the killer copied a death trap from a comic book… now Rick Diego is paired up with a new partner to solve this crime: a bumbling beat cop and huge comic nerd named Moses Farnsworth. The more they learn about the murder, the more the clues lead to a huge comic convention and a plot to kill Wil Wheaton before he can play the role of his life time. It’s basically a buddy-cop movie sending a misfit duo under cover at comicon.
With a little help from my vacation days I’m able to put up some nanowrimo-like numbers so I should be done with the story by mid-Feb.
Any thoughts on a clever title?