Thursday, June 27, 2019

Some Early Summer Updates

The Last Ride is in the proofreading stage. My lovely wife, who doubles as a first reader/proofreader, will be getting to it soon. Murderland is available on all e-book platforms, and in print. The current novel is chugging along. I'm at about the one-fifth mark. It's called The Veil and is a supernatural thriller with a dose of horror. Looking to have The Veil ready for a fall release.

I'll also be giving a talk at our local library centered on publishing. I'll compare traditional vs. indie and answer any publishing and writing-related questions. It's not slated until January of 2020, but I'll post updates as it gets closer.

Currently reading Red Moon by Benjamin Percy.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Murderland is Available

My latest horror novella, Murderland, is available. If you like creatures and shady carnival people, you might want to check it out. It's available for $2.99 on all e-book platforms.

I'm continuing with typing in The Last Ride from the numerous legal pads I wrote the first draft on. Should have that completed in the next week or so. I hope to have it on sale sometime in June. It's probably the longest I've spend working on a novel since going indie in 2010. I got waylaid quite a bit on this one due to numerous family emergencies last year. 

Looking forward to the final episode of Game of Thrones. Overall, they've done an excellent job with the series and provided some amazing entertainment. Has it been flawless? No. But no story is without flaws.

Ramping up on the next novel, as well. It's tentatively titled The Veil, and will be a combination horror/action/supernatural thriller (whatever that means). I'm about 5,000 words into the draft so far.

Sunday, April 07, 2019

Looking Forward to Spring/Summer Movies

Putting the finishing touches on the first draft of Murderland. It's clocking in just over 30,000 words. Writing the end scenes now. From there, I'll give it an edit and pass it on to my proofreader. I should have it available for sale sometime this month.

After that, I'll finish The Last Ride. I'm hoping to do three more titles this year, whether they are novels or novellas.

Saw Shazam the other night with my son and his friends. It was a fun movie and I enjoyed it. Nice to see a superhero movie that can be entertaining without necessarily going down the "dark and gritty" path. It was a welcome change of pace.

Looking forward to Avengers, Godzilla, and Hellboy. I'm also anxious to see IT, Part Two. I thought they did an amazing job of adapting the book with Part One. Hoping the second one is just as good.

Currently Reading: The Complex by Brian Keene.  I also just finished Jeff Strand's Ferocious, which was a blast.

What movies is everyone else looking forward to this year?

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Progress on Murderland and The Last Ride

Murderland, my latest horror novella, is currently around the 24,000-word mark. I anticipate this one will clock in around 30,000 words when finished.

I'm debating focusing solely on novellas this year (in the 25-40K word count range). I have a number of story ideas that would fit this format, and one of my goals is to get more titles on the market.

The Last Ride is coming along, as well. I had written a pretty good chunk of it in notebooks and there's a lot to transcribe. That's part of the reason for the delay on it. I purchased a Chromebook last fall, so I likely won't be writing entire novels longhand anymore. I enjoy writing longhand, but transcribing the books onto the computer is tedious. Not that I'm abandoning notebooks and pens. I own enough pens and notebooks to start a small office supply company.  Just won't be putting hundreds of pages in notebooks anymore, only to have to type them up later. By that point, I'm usually ready to set fire to the notebooks just to get started on the next writing project.

Monday, January 21, 2019

Tuning it All Out

I only released 1 title in 2018 (Enter the Night). Last year was the only year I've not done multiple titles since going indie in 2010. It was a tough year for our family. My mother-in-law lost her battle with a long illness in December, and we faced a lot of other changes and challenges. Sometimes writing has to take a back seat, and that's okay.

I'm shooting for 5 new titles on the market this year. Some combination of novels and novellas. In order to do that, I also need to tune out a lot of other crap that impedes writing. Stuff like:

Constantly checking social media

Comparing myself to other writers

Reading about elaborate marketing plans cooked up by other writers

Worrying that I'm writing the worst book in the world and demons will devour my soul because of it

Not trusting myself to just tell the story

At the end of the day, writing is the most important thing. Not marketing, not messing around on social media.  Not trying to win a popularity contest in the industry.  Write. Publish. Release. That's where I'm headed this year, and that's always when I've been most happy as a writer.

Some Early Summer Updates

The Last Ride is in the proofreading stage. My lovely wife, who doubles as a first reader/proofreader, will be getting to it soon. Murderl...