Category Archives: (Somewhat) Daily Update

Yesterday

Yesterday was a reasonably productive day. I thought about writing about my half vacation or the first reviews for Chocolate Meltdown, but this morning I feel like noting what I did yesterday. I guess I’d like to set a tone for today.

Now that Chocolate Meltdown is coming out, I’ve been working on The Fugue (Beowulf Chronicles #4) and yesterday I had my first good word count of the week. Not amazing, just good. But after two days where the word count was somewhere between nonexistent and sub par, I felt pretty good about good. Part of the reason that it was good is that the story is starting to take shape and I got into the flow of it. What I mean by take shape is come to life. Okay, I realize that last sentence might not clarify things — it’s like this: I write from an outline, just my style, I find it easier to get from Point A to Point B if I know what those points are. That said, I don’t stick to the outline, I use it more as a guide than a set of handcuffs. For instance in one scene, Kurt and Papa were supposed to interview an informant, but as they were en route Papa began to argue against it. As I wrote the scene, I realized that fit his character, it wasn’t in the outline, but it stuck. Yesterday, I was working on the next chapter, which in essence stayed the same, but it did change how I approached it and somehow getting a little free of the outline in the previous chapter just made that one spring to life for me. I liked how the chapter came out. It was one of those “I get to make shit up and it’s fun” moments.

Around lunchtime, I took a break to go for a walk on the beach. I’ll post tomorrow or the next day on what I’m doing at the beach and the mistake I made. My intent in going for the walk was to begin working on the plot for book 5. But while I was out walking, I began to think about character motivations in The Fugue. Even thought I’ve got a pretty solid outline for the novel, there are still some ambiguities for me with regard to character motivation. But as I walked, I actually worked those out. Score one for me! And yes, I even managed to come up with the core idea for the book 5. My goal is to get an outline done for book 5 within the next week and now that I have an actual core idea that should be easy, or at least easier.

All in all, I feel pretty pleased with my day!

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1st Draft of Beowulf Chronicles 2 is Done!

I just finished it about 15 minutes ago!

It was a long hard day of fighting some early procrastination and fighting to keep my butt in the chair. Then with the help of the Scorpions World Wide Live (the right music is always essential), I hit a groove. I think I listened to it five straight times!

Anyway, with sore butt, back, and arms, I powered my way to the end of the book and I feel good. I wrote a couple of good scenes today and I like its ending. I know I’ve got a lot of work to do yet, but it feels pretty damned good to bring it to an end.

Now I can eat dinner!

Then I need to find my digital recorder so that I can finally transfer that chapter I dictated last April into the book. I might wait ’til tomorrow on that!

Lack of Fanfare Is Good

One nice thing about being an Indie writer is the lack of fanfare.

Don’t get me wrong I wouldn’t at all mind a little splash and I did very much enjoy all of the congratulations, fb posts, and texts when I published Murder & Mochas. It was fun. And it was good to hangout with my writer friends last night and talk about it and receive some kudos.

That said, it all seems to be over already and I’m good with that.

You see Sunday evening, the steady stream of congratulations had ebbed and then disappeared around dinner time. My apartment was remarkably quiet and I had a “Now What?” type of feeling.

There wasn’t anything else to do for Murder & Mochas, ebook and print versions were in the can. There were a couple of technical issues pending, but they were in someone else’s queue. So I decided the only thing that really made sense was to have a nice dinner, then get up the next morning and pick back up with Beowulf Chronicles 2 ( BC2).

And that’s exactly what I did. So far this week I’ve added about 3300 words and it is entirely realistic that I will finish it by the end of the year. Yes, Kevin, I know the year ends in thirteen days and I think that’s really achievable. In fact, that’s the official goal now.

Lack of Fanfare Is Good

One nice thing about being an Indie writer is the lack of fanfare.

Don’t get me wrong I wouldn’t at all mind a little splash and I did very much enjoy all of the congratulations, fb posts, and texts when I published Murder & Mochas. It was fun. And it was good to hangout with my writer friends last night and talk about it and receive some kudos.

That said, it all seems to be over already and I’m good with that.

You see Sunday evening, the steady stream of congratulations had ebbed and then disappeared around dinner time. My apartment was remarkably quiet and I had a “Now What?” type of feeling.

There wasn’t anything else to do for Murder & Mochas, ebook and print versions were in the can. There were a couple of technical issues pending, but they were in someone else’s queue. So I decided the only thing that really made sense was to have a nice dinner, then get up the next morning and pick back up with Beowulf Chronicles 2 ( BC2).

And that’s exactly what I did. So far this week I’ve added about 3300 words and it is entirely realistic that I will finish it by the end of the year. Yes, Kevin, I know the year ends in thirteen days and I think that’s really achievable. In fact, that’s the official goal now.

I Have Pushed My Baby From the Nest

Time to see how she flies!

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I just finished uploading Murder & Mochasmy debut novel!! It will be on sale tomorrow (well technically later today) on Amazon.

Woot-Woot!

I am happy, excited, tired, scared, but mostly a calm sort of happy. Probably calm just because it is so late.

It’s a little like raising a kid. I did some stuff really well and I made some mistakes. She’s not perfect, but she doesn’t need to be, she’s pretty good as she is and it’s time to see what she can do out there in the big world. I hope she does really well.

I made a strong run at getting the paper and ebook out tonight, but I didn’t quite make it on the paper version. I’ll finish up the formatting on that in the morning. That’s it for me for tonight.

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Book Launch in 2 Days

And I’m Taking Pre-orders of Signed Copies for Christmas.

Pre-orders I’ve had a number of friends and collaborators tell me that they would like to get a signed copy to give as Christmas presents, so I’m working on it. At this point, I’m feeling optimistic that I can pull it off. I’ll now for sure in a few days.

Synopsis  I haven’t changed this in 24 whole hours. So I think I am officially going with what I posted yesterday.

Formatting I’ve started converting my word doc into the proper format for Kindle. I’ll do converting for print once that is done. I keep forgetting to run spell check. Note-to-self: Run spell check before publishing.

Web Presence Survey says, picture #1 on my FB poll was the hands down winner. So my official Author photo (for now) is:

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KDP account is all set up and waiting for the final version of Murder & Mochas. I still have to set up author pages here and there and upgrade the blog, etc., but all of that will come after pushing the book out.

Okay, that’s a quick update. I’m feeling a little under the weather, so I’m going to bed early tonight – I’ve got a big push coming this weekend.

Book Launch in 3 Days

And this synopsis is killing me. 3 DAYS and I don’t have one yet, Really?

I did indeed work on it late last night. When I woke up this morning, I felt like it was very close. Then I got thumbs up from a couple of friends. The problem is that last night I posted it in the forum my friend Liz recommended and I got more feedback.

So I tweaked it some more. Then I got a fun new lead in, which I liked so I added it, but felt like I had to change the rest. Then I got feedback that the change was weaker. So I tacked the new lead in onto the old version. But I kept getting feedback on the forum that the middle part was too clunky. So I whacked the middle and then decided to whack the fun new lead in as well. Now I’m mostly tired, confused, and a little stressed about needing to have this final in less than two days.

As I’m writing this post, Liz e-mails me with a “hey what happened to the lead in?” and now I’m thinking, “yeah, I did like that too.” It was fun and hell one of the reason I started, and often stuck with, this project was for fun. So back it goes, at least for now.

Any way, here’s what I’m sitting on tonight, not quite convinced it’s done:

Kurt West always has a hard time getting green alien blood out of his clothes. At least the diplomat’s blood was blue.

Kurt is a bounty hunter living in a small southern town, but when an alien diplomat is murdered on the street, Kurt is contracted to use his knowledge of the alien underground to track down the murderer. Even though his bail bondsman boss is breathing down his neck to bring in a bail jumper before he loses the business, Kurt must find the killer or risk losing the protection that keeps a dangerous flood of aliens at bay.

A Southern noir sci-fi detective story, Murder & Mochas bounces a sarcastic and gritty detective off aliens and life in a small southern town to produce a fun, page-turning mystery.

Time for bed.