Category Archives: Joys of writing

The not-quite final countdown

I’ve had Bloody Banquet, the sequel to Awfully Appetizing, more or less ready to go for quite some time now.  It isn’t perfect, but it’s as good as it’s likely to get until I find or make a nice peer review critique group.

For the past year, give or take, I’ve been sitting on it, hoping that Awfully Appetizing would take off, get me a few new followers, and maybe make enough to pay for the cover of book two.

Unfortunately I just can’t wait any longer.  As a friend recently reminded me, I’m supposed to be building a body of work.  More books is better, and, if I’m honest about it, I’ve let this absurd ‘wait for success’ distract me from what being an author is all about: writing.

So my objective is clear.  I need to publish Bloody Banquet.  And soon.  By the end of the year, if at all possible.

I’m going to have to go through it one more time, send it out to a couple of beta readers, buy a cover for it, and figure out how to format it so that I can publish it.  I have to admit, I’m a little nervous about the whole thing.

But it’s time.  It’s definitely time.  Hopefully I’ll have book three out early in 2017.

PeNoWriMo

September is going to be my PeNoWriMo.  My personal novel writing month.  I’ve got a new project in mind.  I have an outline written out, I’ve done quite a bit of world building… arguably too much world building, but that’s neither here nor there.

I’m ready to go.  I’m looking at doing 70,000 words, so 2,334 words a day.

I’m excited!  I’m rearing to go!  I need to check back over all my work to make sure I’m not forgetting anything!

Wish me luck, folks.

Curdled Cuisine ready to go!

I just mapped out book three of the Corpse-Eater saga, and I have to say, this book feels like it’s going to be pretty damned full!  I’ve got plots, sub-plots, scenes for overarching plots… I’m introducing a character or two who will be pretty damned important down the road.

I’ve got to admit, I’m excited about this one!  Quite a range of emotions are going to play out over the course of this book, and a few things I’ve invested in throughout the first two books are going to pay off here.

I also had something of an epiphany recently.  I figured out how I want to series to end.  Originally I just wanted to run through my contract with Winlock and see how I felt, but I figured out a couple of things today.  I think I may have to go to twelve or fifteen books to get to where I want to be, but I know where I want the story to end, and I really think I can make it all the way to that moment.

In fairness, I’m saying this as I start work on book three.  By the time I get to, let’s say, book seven, I’ll probably be groaning and whining constantly as I beg for the end of the series to come.  That’s not based on anything I know about the series, just the fact that I’ve never gotten to the end of book three in any series I’ve started writing yet.  Then again, I never had a publisher want to print anything I wrote before, so we’re in a whole new ballpark here!