Wednesday, March 07, 2018

45 and Beyond

I turned 45 this past Sunday. My wife took me out and we had a nice dinner at the Griffon Gastropub in our hometown. She also made pizza and tacos over the weekend, plus some amazing cupcakes. The only damper on the whole thing was the hacky/phleghmy/cold/flu thing that latched on to me. I'm feeling better today and planning to put the finishing touches on Enter the Night.

At 45 I haven't gotten where I've wanted to be, writing-wise. Yet. I thought I was on my way in the world of traditional publishing at one point. I had sold my first novel, started working with a well-known agent, and got a two book deal from my publisher after the first. The relationship with the agent didn't go anywhere. I tried writing a thriller that was honestly the worst book I've written. A little lesson: You can't write a book from some template in a how-to book, which is what I tried at the time. Any instructional book that promises you'll be able to write a blockbuster novel is likely full of crap. Write true and write what you love.

I went indie shortly after that. It's had its ups and downs. The sales aren't where I'd like them to be, and some days it seems like every other writer on the planet is doing better. But I love the freedom and knowing I can write whatever I want, whenever I want.

At 45, I'm not there yet. I'm hoping to have many more years to write stories. With any luck, there are many miles to go and lots of stories still to tell. I'm going to keep writing and putting stuff out there. We'll see how it goes.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Horror Novel Nears Completion

Enter the Night is around 51,000 words. I have a few more scenes to write, and it will be done. Then it's an edit before passing it on to the proofreader.

I gave away a couple copies of The Damage Factory to some coworkers. They seemed excited to read it, and I hope I gained a few fans.

Saw Black Panther over the weekend and enjoyed it. Another solid entry in the Marvel universe. Great to see some strong female characters on screen, as well.

I've also done some preliminary work on The Last Ride, an apocalyptic novella. Mostly stuff in a notebook on breaks at work. I'll be ramping that one up as soon as I'm done with Enter the Night. 

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Writing Update 2.18.18

I'm coming down the home stretch with writing Enter the Night. It's at about 47,500 words. I'm shooting for just over 50K words, although it might go a little longer. I also started writing a novella set in a flu-ravaged, apocalyptic world. It's called The Last Ride, and I hope to have it on sale sometime this spring.

I watched The Cloverfield Paradox on Friday night. It's been getting hammered by critics, from what I've read. It wasn't terrible, but it felt like a generic sci-fi movie to which they tacked on the Cloverfield universe. I liked the other two Cloverfield movies quite a bit (Cloverfield is one of my favorite monster movies), so this one was a disappointment.

I've been toying with the idea of setting up an Etsy shop for my drawings. Still not sure about that yet, but I suppose there's nothing to lose, and it's relatively cheap to list items on their site.

On the artwork front, I've continued with LOTR-themed drawings. This is a recent one I did of the Witch King. I took a picture of it on our dining room table. There's a bit of placemat visible on the right hand side. I'll either edit that out or take a new pic if I put this up for sale.

Sunday, February 04, 2018

Writing Updates 2.5.18

I've hit the 43,000 word mark on Enter the Night. I should be wrapping up the first draft this month. I've begun some preliminary work on my next release, tentatively titled The Last Ride. It's a novella set in post-apocalypse America, and I like the premise. It should be a faced-paced, action filled read.

No huge plans for "The Big Game" tonight. Am I allowed to say Super Bowl? Are the NFL lawyers reading this? The family and I are going to eat snacks and hope for a Patriots loss and some decent commercials.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Writing Update 1.21.18

Enter the Night is at 37,380 words. My previous word count was a little off. It wasn't at 36,000, but 34,000. I was going off the top of my head with that count. Didn't get much writing done last week between Tuesday and Friday, as we had a crazy week. Got back at it on Saturday morning and rolling again today.

We've been watching the Marvel movies from the past 3-4 years in preparation for Infinity War coming out in May. My son suggested we catch up on the movies, and I've enjoyed watching them. We watched Guardians 2 on Friday night.

Currently reading Kill Kill Kill by Mike Leon and The Force by Don Winslow. I typically keep one Kindle book on my phone and another on my Kindle Fire.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Writing Updates 1.13.18 (And a little artwork)

I don't have an exact word count to post right now because my One Drive App is updating files at the moment and I'm waiting. Enter the Night is at around 36,000 words.

Someone at work came up to me and told me they didn't know I was an author. It's always kind of fun with this happens. Even better is when they say something like: "You write about serial killers? I love that shit!" Hoping I made a new fan.

Didn't get to any writing last night, but I did finish this pen and ink drawing of a certain wizard.

Tuesday, January 09, 2018

Writing Update 1.9.18

The draft of Enter the Night is at 33,672 words. Tonight I wrote a scene where one of the bad guys shows up at the lodge with his bow and arrow. Mayhem ensues.

The temperatures are back to "normal," after hovering around zero for the past week. It's in the thirties. Not exactly flip flop and shorts weather, but better than the deep freeze.

I also started a novella called The Last Ride. Just getting going on this one so far.

45 and Beyond

I turned 45 this past Sunday. My wife took me out and we had a nice dinner at the Griffon Gastropub in our hometown. She also made pizza and...