Progress – November 20, 2017

November 20, 2017

This has been a week where I feel like I’ve been busy but I can’t say that I’ve been productive. There is a difference and I generally try to stay away from busy work to do productive work. Yet, this week I’m not sure it was a success.

I promised myself that I would take my time in getting Quest for the Three Books up as the replacement for The Three Books. Yeah, well, it hijacked my life and I had to get it done. After all, how could I put out another book (Space Ninjas Aren’t Real on 11/21) listing The Three Books and having one more book I will have to correct? That is Read the rest of this entry »

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Progress – November 13, 2017

November 13, 2017

It’s only taken a couple of weeks, but I feel like I’m finally getting myself back together and gotten back to my productive groove.

I spent most of the week just writing. Chapter 17 of Onesong really had me stuck in a cycle of debate. When I sat back and trusted the process of writing, I knew that it was the right part of the book for the scene, but it has been the reaction that has me thrown off. Earlier in the week, I felt as if I’d taken a shotgun and blasted the story to bits. I had its tattered remains lying all over the place. But that was all I could do: fight with the story and try to get the scenes rearranged where they needed to go. If something didn’t work out, stop and think about it some more. I’m glad to say that after a hard won week, I’m now three chapters further and feeling good about the direction of the story. Granted, it is rapidly approaching 100,000 words, but then again I figured it probably would be about 120,000. I knew the first round of the manuscript was too short at it’s 88,000 or so. So you can see that it has grown.

Unfortunately, that meant that I completely forgot about working on my updated Legendary Hero Comics website. I haven’t touched it in a week and I really had hoped to have it completed by now. Oh, well. It will come together when it’s ready. It can remain unpublished for a bit longer.

However (grin) I did update my Zibbet site this weekend. I actually have book covers that fit into their thumbnail space. Thank you, Canva. I should do the same with my paintings, but I wasn’t going to invest that much time on the store for right now. I had to get it together with new things added for my newsletter that’s coming out later this week. You are signed up for that, right? Hint: there’s a discount code coming out in my newsletter this week if you subscribe. See the sidebar to the right to do that now.

I also gave in and decided that I needed to retitle the first book in the Sacred Knight series. Argh! Do you have any idea what a pain that is going to be? Frustration, be thy name! (Suck it up, Cupcake. Get back to the desk and do it!)

Here’s a look at the updated cover. I haven’t put it on anything yet, so don’t expect to see it popping up on my websites and distributors yet.

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Yeah, can you say that there’s a lot of work to be done to get these two words added to the cover? I should have done it years ago. I might go mad getting it done now. And people thought I had an edge of insanity to me before! Mahahahahaha!

(Quit your whining, Cupcake!)

Yeah, guess what? I still love writing. Does it matter if I mess up a title and have to fix it years after the fact? (Maybe I need to fix Stardust now too!)  No, it doesn’t really matter. Brave new world that we live in. It’s the storytelling that matters. I love being in my worlds with noble characters who have the heart to change the living circumstances around them. I may whine and whimper under the stresses their stories give me, but I hear them shouting at me to stand tall and face the obstacles.

I also got Prince of the Ruined Land back from the first reader. I do have some scenes to add and plump up, but nothing terrible. That’ll probably make me forget about working on the Legendary Hero Comics website for another week. (grin)

Also, all my audiobooks except one were uploaded to another distribution platform this weekend that should allow them to go out to libraries. How exciting is that?

So, like I said, an overall productive week.

Let’s look at the numbers, shall we?

Fiction words written last week: 7,857 words

Blogs/Newsletter articles/non-fiction written:  1.849 words

Writing month to date total:  16,444 words

Writing year to date total: 332,885 words

Drawing/painting last week: Some sketching. I’ve been working on some design ideas for one of the kid’s books I want to draw next year.

Audio: 5.5 hours editing audio. Things are really starting to click along on the audio for The Three Books. Glad I haven’t recorded the intro for it now that I need to change it to Quest for the Three Books. Imagine how mad I’d be if I’d gotten this audio up before I changed the title!


A few thoughts today

October 8, 2017

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I’m currently working on the audio for the third chapter of The Three Books. While I was listening to it, I felt a little overwhelmed at how important this chapter was to the whole story, though it certainly doesn’t seem this way. This chapter, this one chapter which doesn’t seem to have much relevance, becomes so important in the fourth and fifth books.

I really couldn’t have planned it this way.

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Maybe it’s striking me because of where I’m at in the fifth book (tentatively titled The Missing Thread) where Dragzel becomes so important to the story. Yes, if you are reading Read the rest of this entry »


Progress – 05/08/17

May 8, 2017

Fiction words written last week: 6,958 words

Blogs/Newsletter articles written:  1,450 words

Writing month to date total: 8,408 words

Writing year to date total: 112,562 words.

Drawing/painting last week: 0 square inches painted.

Illustration year to date total: 131.25 square inches.

Audio: I spent 5 hours on recording and editing  audio. I’m still planning on having The Doorway Prince out on Audible and other platforms in May. I really thought I was going to have it done this week, but I just couldn’t put in the time I wanted.

Week’s happenings:  First, I want to give a big Happy Birthday shout out. I won’t say who it is that is receiving it, but I know that the receipent will get it.

Well, Adrian’s hands are still healing from the bike accident over two weeks ago. He’s almost there. So I’m still walking Merlin in the mornings and evenings. That’s what’s really cut into my audio time, but in some ways, it’s kind of been fun doing that chore. I occassionally even run with Merlin for a block or two and that’s really been interesting. I think he’d be a good dog to jog with. He keeps me inspired and moving. And he loves it. Unlike bicycling ( which according to my app, I rode for 41.5 miles in April — holy cow!), I can’t keep up any distance with jogging. It’s hard on my knees, but I am up to about a two blocks, so I keep reminding myself of the Zig Ziglar method of running (a block and a mailbox) and that’s really what I’m doing.

I went and got my other son from college. I can’t believe it’s summertime already. I know it’ll fly by and I’ll be sending him back in no time at all.

Then, on Saturday, I had a show; it was the Jerome Music Boosters’ Spring Craft Fair. Just one day, but I did set up Friday night, so I only had to walk in on Saturday and start to share my enthusiasm for my stories with people. Then we packed up Saturday after the show. I was tired and went to bed early that night.

For the writing, I’ve been focusing on a story called Mystery of the Stardust Monk and the next novella in The Loki Adventures. I feel like I’m two-thirds of the way done with Mystery and about a third of the way done with Loki.

In other news, I’ve tenatively scheduled Prince of the Ruined Land to be published on June 13th. This is not set in stone yet — I’m waiting to hear back on what I sent out before moving forward on it any more than to close my eyes and point at the calendar for a date.

Well, time to carry on now. See you next week!


Progress – 05/01/17

May 1, 2017

Fiction words written last week: 9,518 words

Blogs/Newsletter articles written:  806 words

Writing month to date total: 27,065 words for all of April

Writing year to date total: 104,154 words.

Drawing/painting last week: 0 square inches painted.

Illustration year to date total: 131.25 square inches.

Audio: I spent 8 hours on recording and editing  audio. I’m still planning on having The Doorway Prince out on Audible and other platforms in May.

Week’s happenings:  I have been taking care of my son still after his bike accident last week. I think I’ll have another week of cleaning and bandaging his hands every night. We’re still picking out gravel. Bikers — always ride with gloves! I’ve also gotten in at least half and hour of walking every day in taking the dog out for morning and evening walks, so that’s been good. I’m the only person who is still bundled up though. Until the wind stops, I won’t find any warmth in the days. I don’t care if it’s almost 60 degrees out now. It still feels like 40 to me. Thank goodness for my “no hat hair cowl” from Stacy, which I’ve been wearing to keep the wind out of my ears. It’s black with flashy gold trim around the face, so I feel pretty when I wear it too (added bonus – grin).

Writing-wise, I had my best week of writing so far this year at 10,324 total words for the week. I finished drafting the manuscript for the second origin story in the Ninjas series titled Space Ninjas Aren’t Real. It ended up being way more serious of a story than I thought it would be. I’d hoped it would be humorous and more along the lines of The Loki Adventures, but nope, it had other plans. I still see an edge of humor in it, so there is hope that by the time I bring the character to the real ninja story, she’ll be my funny one. We shall see. These characters have minds of their own.

So, if you’re curious about how all these things I’ve added up work out considering that you’ve been seeing a word count here but for a long time I hadn’t actually been finishing things, here’s how it goes:

During the end of March and in April, I created:

2 stories under 10,000 words

1 story over 10,000 words

2 novels (1 currenly 89,000 words long and the other at 85,000)

So that’s approximately 204,000 words that have come together in the last month. That’s really not to shabby.

I currently have one story that is coming up on 10,000 words, plus I have a good start on the 5th book in the Sacred Knight series, and I am over 3,000 words into the next Loki story. I don’t expect that May will see quite the same number of completions as I saw in April. I really think it was strange timing that it all worked out that way, but I do want to illustrate that if you keep working at something, eventually you will see results.

Also this week, I redid the cover for By the Numbers. And I prepared the cover for Prince of the Ruined Land (Sacred Knight #4). You can see them here.

I listed By the Numbers online, so it is now available for purchase. Yeah, getting the story ready for publications was certainly now how I imagined spending my Friday afternoon, but it’s what I got done. I now have copies of The Doorway Prince and History of a Dead Man. I’ve ordered copies of By the Numbers which I hope to have by this weekend when I do a show, but we’ll see. I’m not counting my chickens there. I got the first set of books mentioned super fast. I doubt I can be that lucky again. But it would be cool.

The show? For the sake of time, here’s a link with all the details. 

I mentioned that I was working on the new Loki story, right? Well, he’s babbling in my ear now, so I better go and get to work on him. Ever since I told him that he was next in the funnel and actively got back to work on the document, he’s been charging ahead as normal. I fully expect that I’ll be up until 3:30 a.m. again. See you all later after I’ve gotten some sleep!


Two new covers

April 30, 2017

If you’ve been reading along with Ninjas: By the Numbers during the month of April, you saw on each post the picture that I thought would be the cover. I had a thought that I’d try something a little different with it and that didn’t work out. But like Bob Ross, I had a “happy accident” with it. I think it’s definitely the touch I needed for the cover. Here’s the updated cover:

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If you missed part (or heaven forbid, all of it!), you can get the full version in print or ebook here.

I also sat down yesterday and made the cover for Prince of the Ruined Land (Legend 4 of the Sacred Knight series). Here’s a peek at it:

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I still don’t have an official release date for it, but that will be announced shortly. I’m betting I will figure something out this week. All I keep thinking is that my blue and gold hero is back so Holy Sapere Martias better watch out. (grin) Yeah, I’m a little EXCITED!!!!! Best yet, with the new rate at which I’m writing, it won’t be long until we get Legend 5 in the series. Are we there yet? (Okay, I admit, when it comes to Steigan and his story, I’m unbearable. Sorry, DWS, but Steigan is my special snowflake; I can’t help it.) He just jazzes my world and I am so thankful that I get to share his story.

There will be so much more in my progress post tomorrow, but I just couldn’t wait to share these updates with you. Thank you for being here to celebrate with me! And if you’ve been enjoying my stories, remember to spread the joy of reading as entertainment with all the people in your life.