A city infiltrated by monsters and a conspiracy cover-up…
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What genre would you like to write in one day? Historical Fiction – I’ve always wanted to write a story set around 700 CE, but I’ll need to read more history books to pull it off well. Do you read your book reviews? No Does your family support your career as a writer? 100% How long were you a part-time writer before you became a full-time one? 6 years and counting What does literary success look like to you? Paying my bills from my royalties, and waking up every day with an email from a fan. How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have? 10+ Do you Indie Publish or Traditional Publish? Explain if you’d like. Indie Publish Describe your perfect day. I’ve managed to write 5,000+ words, discovered a new coffee blend, and spend the night with my family cooking. Coffee or Tea? Dirty Chi Describe your writing […]
In the 6th grade I started my first novel – an epic fantasy – where a farm boy discovers his ability to speak with wolves, and a wise wizard comes to guide him. I’m particularly proud of those first five chapters, and that my twelve-year-old self realized the project was worth abandoning. That first book fueled my desire to be a writer and spurred me onwards. My first love of reading happened with Harry Potter, like many other children of my generation. However, Eragon gave me the hope I too would become a writer one day. When I learned Paolini wrote the first draft as a teenager I thought I could too. Even today I’m in awe of his abilities. I was not a prodigy, but I dedicated myself and kept at it. In college I took my writing endeavors serious and finished my first novel. Thankfully, I […]
As of last week, I’m now the main instructor for my daughter. Brandie and I had planed her education path together, but she was the main one teaching our daughter. However, after three years Khaos (our daughter) hit a wall where she didn’t want to learn from her mother. We noticed a major problem with reading in particular. Khaos refused to focus and was being obtuse. It was nearly impossible to tell what progress she made. If any. Words she previously could read she’d claim she didn’t know, and new words she could sound out only part of the time. We took her to an optometrist who fit her for a pair of glasses. Brandie has worn glasses since she was a young girl, so we thought that might have been the issue. Alas, it didn’t solve the problem. The original plan had always been for Brandie to teach Khaos […]
Progress Breakdown: Writing Word Counts: Weekly Total WC – 7,002 (2431/25% decrease) Editing Word Counts: Weekly Total WC – 0 Week Recap: I think my progress breakdown says it all. I missed my targets for writing, and the only goal I managed to hit for last week was not obsessing over my sales numbers and checking them constantly. Last I check Aether Walker Game Changer was ranked around #65,000 for the store. Given the money I’ve sunk into advertising I’m a little disappointed, but I knew that the odds were against me. Once I’ve launched Aether Walker End Game (Book 3) I’ll evaluate if the series is a success or failure. I’m defining success as break even plus $500 per novel over three months. Meaning I should know by July. I’ve been thinking of what to write next, and I have loads more stories to tell in the Aether Walker universe. […]
Progress Breakdown: Writing Word Counts: Weekly Total WC – 9,433 (3,279/52% increase) Editing Word Counts: Weekly Total WC – 3,659 Week Recap: My first solid week of the silent launch didn’t go as well as I hoped. With just over $60 sunk into advertising, I managed to garner 458 KU page reads, and zero sales. I’ve launched a free offer for Saturday and Sunday. I’ll still run some ads to get the ball rolling. As of this moment when I’m writing this, the novel is ranked #57 under the Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy > New Adult & College category. If I don’t get into the top 20 of the category by Sunday night, I’ll extend the sale for another day. My hope is the free books will help increase my reviews and maybe even start some word of mouth. At the end of the day, I’m still doing […]
Week Recap: This was the hardest week I’ve faced in a long time. I quit smoking Wednesday at 12:03. I still have a half empty pack of cigarettes sitting at my desk, but I’m not going to smoke another cigarette. I’m intentionally keeping them close at hand as a practice of will power. When my cravings get bad I’m able to look at the pack and know I can have a cigarette, but then I remind myself if I do smoke I’ll have to go through withdraw again. The strategy has been working thus far. I managed to write every day, but not the 2,000 words I wanted. I could focus for the first hour or so in the morning when I woke up, but after that the cravings became to intense for me to focus on writing. It’s been hard to creat while my mind is thinking non-stop ‘smoke!’ […]
Novel Writing Sprints Breakdown: Total fingers on the keyboard time: 1 hour and 4 minutes. Total words: 1,202. Words per hour: 1,127. Writing Log: 09:35 – No I haven’t been up all night. I actually managed to get my ass out of bed this morning at 8:30, thanks to new habits I’m setting for myself. It was well after 4:00 in the morning, before I went to sleep last night. I suspect I’ll feel tired by the end of the day, but that’s a good thing. I need to go to bed at a decent hour, and quit staying up until all hours of the night. My agenda is quite simple today: write 2,000 words, edit 12,000 words, and post on my blog. The internet is off, and my phone is in the other room, my distractions should be minimal. I’m even on my second cup of coffee, which is […]