What is the Writing Life today?

I have re-imagined this website and I am trying to throttle it into submission. Easier said than done. When I started this journey back in 2016, I had this idea to take a couple of screenplays I had been working on and convert them to novels and hit the Self-Publish button.

Little did I know that, five titles later, I would have two thirds of an epic fantasy and the start to a life-long series in horror cluttering up my computer’s hard drives. Not only do I have these titles up and published, I have about two dozens story starts in a top-secret folder on my computer, all begging for their time to shine.

I am smack in the middle of NaNaWriMo, as you can see from the chart to the right and I am working on my second Cold Shivers Nightmare novel, which I hope to have done, edited and published before Christmas. I also want to finish another CSN novel, which is about 65% done and get that out by February.

Then, I need to begin writing the third and final installment in The Chronicles of Wyndweir trilogy, hoping to have that one finished and out by fall of next year. I’ve already started the outline and timeline for it and it is coming together nicely.

I’d like to start writing more blog posts dealing with the writing life as I see it and how I am growing and learning as an author. As always, I appreciate any questions you may have and look forward to hearing from you.

Oh and, R.I.P. Stan “The Man” Lee.  Excelsior!!

 

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It’s done!

Wrath 003dIt is finally completed and ready for your reading pleasure. I can’t believe it took me one year to get the next volume in The Chronicles of Wyndweir written and ready for my readers. I promise the third and final volume will not take that long. I already have the next story outlined and plotted. It should go much faster.

Anyway, enjoy The Wrath. All the magic, all the battles and all the dragons any fantasy reader could ever want. Let me know what you think.

Good news Wyndweir fans

Well, it’s finally finished. The second volume in The Chronicles of Wyndwier series is finished and has been sent to the editor. She wanted a deadline and I gave her the end of July, so I am looking at somewhere near the middle of August to publish the book.

I’ve already started on the outline for the third book and I’m looking to start the serious writing of that during the November NaNoWriMo challenge. I will probably get some done before the start of the challenge.

If you’re in need of some reading material while you wait for the new book to drop, check out my entry into the horror genre, Beware The Boogerman. It’s fun, it’s scary and it’s available right now.

Now, time to get back to my next novel. Which one? Heck, I don’t know. I have so many ideas bouncing around in my brain it feels like a Bouncy House at a five-year-old’s birthday party. But, I am thinking of something for the July Camp NaNoWriMo. Ooooo, maybe something scary.

 

So, it begins again …

Wrath 003dYes, it is National Torture … err, I mean … National Novel Writing Month again, or NaNoWriMo for those in the know. I got off to a good start today with just over three thousand words. I have a goal of hitting 100,000 words again, like I did last year, so I’m a couple hundred words behind, but it is not time to panic.

I will be switching back and forth between two novels, one of which is the sequel to Wicked Rising. I hope to have The Wrath published by the first part of the summer next year.

The other novel I’m working on I’m not ready to divulge the particulars about it. Not because I’m afraid of giving out the idea, but because it may die a slow, painful death if I can’t take it to the finish line. I’ve written enough of the plot and outline that I think it will make a decent novel, but I’ve seen this type of thing before. It starts off like gang busters, but then runs out of gas somewhere out in the desert and ends up dying and getting its bones picked over by the buzzards. I’m just going to wait on that.

You can follow my progress on the spaceman chart in the right hand column. So, time to get back to work.

FREE intro to The Tales of Garlan

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To celebrate the release of Wicked Rising, I am offering the first title in The Tales of Garlan series for FREE until Tuesday, October 17th. Get The Wizard’s Staff for FREE and then pick up the box set of all four Tales of Garlan stories for just $2.99. Then, when you’ve decided you haven’t had enough of Garlan and his world, pick up Wicked Rising, the first full-length novel in The Chronicles of Wyndweir series for just $3.99. If you like stories like The Lord of the Rings, The Dragonriders of Pern or the Sword of Shannara, you will love this book.

Just three days …

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The release of Wicked Rising is just three days away and pre-orders are rolling in. I am still awaiting the arrival of the paperback proof copy and should get that within the next day or so and should have a paperback version of the book available at the same time as the Kindle version.

To help celebrate and to help readers become acquainted with the story of Garlan, I have packaged the four short stories, The Tales Of Garlan, into one volume. This makes it easier to get all four stories and it also saves you a dollar on the price. Pick this volume up and read it and get prepared for Wicked Rising, the first book in The Chronicles of Wyndweir series. You won’t be sorry.

Into the Top Ten!

Just had to put this out there. My latest novel, Into The Wishing Well, has hit the Top Ten in its category for New Releases. Woohoo! Click the image below and you can help it get even higher.  rank 02

That being said, Wicked Rising is available for pre-order as a Kindle ebook and I have ordered the paperback version so I can proof it and have it ready to go soon. Hopefully, the paperback will be ready at the same time as the ebook, which is one week from today.

What’s happening now?

Cover 01aThe first Chronicles of Wyndweir novel, Wicked Rising, is still with the editor and I’m not ready to start with the second story just yet. I have started working on the timeline and outline and that should be finished in the next month or so. I am looking at a begin date of November for the second novel.

In the meantime, I am working on another novel, called In The Beginning. This will be the first novel in The Pale Riders series that I have envisioned. This will not be a trilogy, but more of a serial, with each novel standing on its own.

And lastly, I am putting the finishing touches on a novel called Into the Wishing Well. This is a novel that started its life over fifteen years ago as a movie script and I just couldn’t get it finished. It sat around, gathering dust for the last ten years before it crossed my mind again. I decided to see if I could turn it into a novel and the results are less than 10,000 words away from being finished. I hope to have it done and published by the end of next month, probably about the time In The Beginning is ready to be published.

So, let me get back to my writing.

It’s Finally Done!

51iilxql5jl-_sy346_I have finally finished the first book of The Chronicles of Wyndweir, Wicked Rising. But, that doesn’t mean that you can buy it. Yet. That only means that I have finished it and sent it out to my editor. She, who is overworked and underpaid, shall now take a look at it and tell me everything wrong with it. When she returns it to me, mostly likely covered in red “ink,” I shall make all corrections and have it up on Amazon within a few days.

Now, I’m going to take a break for a few days and do some painting. Then, I have to get busy on another novel that I am working on and have it almost 70% finished.

Also, NaNoWriMo is getting ready to kick off its July Camp NaNoWriMo for which I am looking at writing 65,000 words of a new novel.

Then, and only then, I will start preparing for Book Two of The Chronicles of Wyndweir, which will see the bulk of it being written during the November NaNoWriMo challenge.

I need a vacation.