Deadline: January

I have been hemming and hawing too long. It’s time to make a real dive into my writing career, to really give it a go and see if I have what it takes. So to that end I am setting myself a deadline of January. By then I will have my writings ready to go, covers designed, advertising plotted, and release strategy developed.

The tentative plan as of today is that each year I will release a trio of ebooks in the spring, and a trio in the fall. They will be shorter, novella length roughly, and will then be bundled together into a full length print book. Some will be chained novellas, others will be collections of short stories. In the summer, I will release at least one novel or novella, something not tied to the fall or spring releases.

I have a huge back log of work begging to see the light of day, enough to put out stuff for about the next three years under this schedule. And now it is time to finally pull the trigger on it. Wish me luck!

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The State of the Bob: 2017

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It is once again time for my yearly review of what I have accomplished this year, and what I hope to accomplish in the coming year! In summary, it was a busy year! I got a lot done, without actually finishing a ton of projects. But that has just set the stage for 2018 to be a year where I could finish as many as three novels, which has me super excited. And hopefully 2018 is the year I get an agent!

What I did:

1. I finished edited up my horror novel Capital of Nightmares, and have sent it out to a number of agents, in hopes of getting it representation.

2. I wrote a fantasy novel, the first in a trilogy, named Battleborn.

3. I wrote half of its sequel, Blightborn.

4. I wrote half of a Howard Marsh full length novel, tentatively titled ‘Bringing Home the Rain.’

5. I reworked my short story Cass Lake for an upcoming submission.

6. I wrote another Howard Marsh Novella.

7. I submitted some flash pieces to an anthology (waiting to hear back).

8. I broke 400 likes on my FB page.

9. I went to my first writing convention, and was in my first two author/book fairs.

10. I had a steampunk collection of shorts come out.

11. I finished my second collection of Valko shorts, releasing it on ebook, then binding the two volumes together into a print version.

12. I completed NaNoWriMo again, and did my first Camp Nano.

 

What I want to do:

1. I want to finish up both books I have half way done.

2. I want to write at least half of another book, ideally though, a whole other novel.

3. Have the last of my steampunk ebooks come out, and the print binding off all 4 ebooks together.

4. Find an agent for Capital of Nightmares.

5. Do two Camp NaNoWriMo’s.

6. Finally get around to doing some typewriter busking.

 

NaNoWriMo, 2017, Done!

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With a day to spare, done!

This was without a doubt the hardest NaNo I have completed. I jumped to a early couple day buffer, but then had to burn it up due to the music fest I threw. From that point on I could never seem to get ahead again. Just too busy!

But its done! And I am a bit over halfway done with this novel! Come camp nano season I will probably finish it up if I haven’t already by then.

But this will be the last actual official NaNo I do I think. It makes me sad to say that, but as life grows more busy, it just stresses me out too much. Camp Nano is much more my speed, and has the added bonus of not burning me out. Every December I find I don’t write much, because I am just too burnt out.

Take a Deep Breath: NaNoWriMo is Coming

The next month is going to be crazy, we me tackling NaNoWriMo (national novel writing month) once again. On top of that I signed on to be the ML for the Montgomery Region, which means it’s my job to run related events and meet ups.

I will be writing the sequel to Battleborn for this month, a book I am calling Blightborn. Another grimdark fantasy novel, it follows some of the old characters from Battleborn, while bringing in some neat new ones (I hope).

Also, I have finished editing Capital of Nightmares, so I will be fine tuning my submission outlines and such so I can begin to shop it around to agents. I was going to hold off til January, but figured there was no point in holding off, no time like the (far too busy) present.

So what about you? Planning to tackle NaNoWriMo this year?

Novel Number Two: Trivia!

Last night I finished my second novel, currently titled Battleborn. So I thought I would share some trivia about it:

I started it May 8th, and finished August 8th, which equates to 3 months/93 days. My previous novel took just over 2 months.

It is (in draft one) 77,627 words. That’s an average of about 834 words a day. I didn’t write everyday of course. I would say I probably averaged roughly 1500 words a day on the days I actually wrote.

50,000 words of it were written during Camp NaNoWriMo over the course of July.

The most I wrote in a single day was 5,001 words, which is also the most I have ever written in a day.

It is 233 pages long in my word document.

This took roughly 1 month longer, and is about 30k words shorter than my first novel. My honest opinion, this is better written, but my first novel has perhaps a cooler idea behind it.

I hope you found this all interesting!

New Direction?

A year ago today I talked about how I was going to change things going forward. I laid out a few goals:

First was to phase out writing short stories, except to finish up the projects I had on hand. Which I did! I wrapped up a couple of short story collections, and even self published a book of them.

Second was to finish my first novel, Capitol of Nightmares, and to focus more on novel writing. Which I also did! Its been finished since November, I just need to edit it up. I am also only about a week away from being done with my second novel, Battleborn!

In between I started one abortive novel, and wrote up a couple of novellas.

So here we are one year on. And I think like all journey’s its time to adjust my course just a little. So here is what will be happening going forward, and my goals for the next year:

1. I want to write a full length Howard Marsh novel. That may be my project for Nanowrimo this year, but I haven’t fully decided.

2. I would like to have started at least the sequel(ish) to Battleborn, Blightborn.

3. By December 31st, I want to have Capitol of Nightmares and Battleborn fully revised and edited so that Jan 1st I can start the submission process.

To this end, as I have grown in my craft, I am somewhat sad to announce that I will be taking down all of my self-published works over the course of August. I am no longer as happy with them as I once was, and maybe as time goes by I will be able to rework them to a suitable standard. Before I do though, I will have a few days where folks can get them for free however.

So there we are! New goals await!

 

 

 

Camp NaNoWriMo Winner!

The headline sums it pretty well up I suppose, I completed my goal for Camp NaNoWriMo. I set my personal goal to be 50k words over the month, and I did it with about five days to spare. My peak was a day in which I pecked out 5001 words, which is my personal one day record.

Battleborn has 4 chapters or so left to be finished, so I am hoping that by next Monday or Tuesday to be finished with the whole thing. It’ll come in at roughly 80k words I reckon, if things go as planned. Then I will be looking for some beta readers!