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Current WIPs and Day 8 on the Challenge

So, I am working on he Twelve Weeks to a Trilogy still.  I haven’t written much here since I’ve just been plucking away at the novellas.

But then, I stumbled into a bit of a rabbit hole with this idea of “raypunk.”  A kind of catch-all category of writing.  There is a bit of science fantasy in it, like my Void Emissary series.  And there is also the retro pulp sci-fi of the 1930’s-50’s, ray guns and jet packs.

So, I started to write something.  And I have come up with two things at the moment.  One is very 1930’s sci-fi serial.  Working Title is Rick Tavish, Space Ranger!  I think you know where it is going.  Think of a pulp serial like Space Patrol with dashes of Edgar Rice Burroughs and sprinkles of X Minus One (the old radio show.)  The other is much more Heavy Metal, very light on the science very heavy on the fantasy.

Don’t know if they will go anywhere.  And I am already on the second novella, working on the notes that I print out and then fill with so much red pen marks it looks like an ax murderer’s cleaning cloth.

So, we will find out what will happen I guess.  Only o Day 8 and I ALREADY have a draft edited for the first one?  WOW!  I am kinda shocked.

 

Also, I might think about posting a piece of the raypunkon here once and again.  Give you all a taste of it.

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So, did something again…

First good news!  If you bought the first bundle of Starkiller and don’t want to buy all of it, there is a part two that finally came out.  (First time it has taken more than eight hours.  This one took a day and a half to finally upload to Amazon for some reason.)  But anyway…Part two bundle is out!

 

 

I am excited that it is fully out.  I will also be putting out a bound form with a little extra!  It will have some art from a friend that was happy to create two pieces of art.  It will be a short book, yet I am looking forward to trying it and also going to try the Kindle printer this time instead of going through CreateSpace.

 

In other news, I am trying my hand at the Twelve Weeks to a Trilogy again.  I might have mentioned it before.  But, today is Day 1 for me.  And I HAVE NOTHING!!!!!

I thought I’d do a continuation of Starkiller.  I have some notes for those titles, yet nothing is popping yet.  It could just be first-day anxiety, but who knows.  I might try for a post apocalyptic series I have been kicking around.  But again, who knows.  I am just starting the project.  There will be more as it progresses.

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Starkiller is done…

Well, Season One is done.  Haha.

This will be coming out once the last three parts of the series are out.  Currently waiting for Amazon to finish up its “publishing thing.”  Once I get the thumbs up, I will be announced here and everywhere else…And hoping to get the box set for all six very soon as well.

Part Four

Part Five

Part Six

 

P.S.

So working on the box set, I discovered I didn’t have part three saved…anywhere in its complete form.  I had to find the edited copy before I changed a few things.  So feverishly working on getting that done so I can have the box set out by tonight or tomorrow.

 

P.P.S.

Box set is up as well.

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Mostly Human is now on Audible.

Woke up today to find that Mostly Human was finally out as an audio book.  I am happy I have been able to get this book out in as many forms as possible.  It has been an interesting road for this book.  One day I will tell the whole sorted story.

But the other bit of news is that I am going to be working on another Twelve Weeks to a Trilogy thing.  Howver…it won’t be as crazy as I tried last time.  Last time, I was trying to write three novels and a reader magnet.  Full novels, to get them published as I finished them.  We saw how well that went, :-P.  I am STILL working on book two of the series…sigh.

This time around, I am only working on the first drafts of these books.  I will be shooting for publishing in January.

And the series?

Well, they are in the Starkiller world.  So, for all of those who love the series, by Jan, there will be three more books to read.  I might drop one earlier if it gets done and I like it.  And yes you read that right, I am going to release all three at once.

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Part Five of Starkiller is in the bag!

Meaning that Starkiller is now in the hands of my editor.

Now, I have to look at two paths.  One is to finish the damn series with part six.  The other is to take a slight break and edit a bit more of Wrath.  Of course the big thing is that I need to crash out soon because I am helping a neighbor and I’m going all the way to downtown L.A. for it.  This is going to be a LOOOOONNNGGGGGG day.

 

P.S.

This was suppose to posted last night, fell asleep and just now posting.  I apologize.

I have also finished a draft of Part Six.  And worked on a few pages of Wrath.  So, I will be finishing six tonight or tomorrow.

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Been thinking…

Been thinking things over recently.  Yes, it did hurt, thank you. 😛

I am hard at work with the next in the trilogy, Wrath of the Empress.  And, I also need to focus on that and that alone for the next few weeks.

Once that has been edited, read and re-read, I might take a bit of time off of all things social media.  It will be tough, but I am going to try.  I want to focus much more on writing.  Need to finish up a few serials that I have in the pipeline and at the moment, I can’t do that while at the moment.

Or I might change my mind at the last minute like I do often.  Eh, I’m just rambling at the moment…

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Day 73/ Day 12

Well, thanks to the way I first used keywords, I lost most of the day trying to get Blood for the Empress on Amazon.  However, it is finally there!

So, get it while you can for cheap.  Once Game of Thrones premier is over PST, I shall be raising the price to $2.99.  And yes, Wrath is being worked on and hoping to get it out before the end of August.

If you want to get in on it, might I suggest going here first.  It will only cost you an email, and I promise I won’t use it for spam.  Just to keep you updated with all of the scribblings and books when they come out.

 

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Update:Starkiller and other news

I haven’t stopped the challenge, just haven’t had anything to post for the last two days.  I promise Janus City and the Empress series are moving forward.

However, I wanted to set those aside for a bit to try and push out part three of I.S.S. Starkiller.  I did.  And, the first three are bundled together.  Here you can find a link for the bundle.

That is all…back to writing.

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Day 31

I know I haven’t updated in awhile.  But, it is the first of the next thirty days and I thought you all deserved a chance to know what is up.

Well, first off, I am still doing the challenge.  Obviously, since I have the title as Day 31.  The second book is a bit more skeletal, only weighing in at 40 pages.  So, it is more like forty pages of beats, with massive holes in it.  Which can be fixed on the next pass.  I also have gotten back Blood from the editor and alpha reader and things are good to go for an edit.  But, today, I also happened to be on the Marketing Science Fiction and Fantasy podcast.  I was the guest who asked them all a bunch of questions.  It was fun and a little strange to be asking them the questions.  It was fun and I was able to plug the one novel I do have out and talk a touch about the Twelve Week Challenge.  Glad I was on and I am looking forward to the time, if ever when I come back as a guest.

Also, I am going to be part of a big sci-fi freebie giveaway, the link is here.  I will be blasting it to those who are on my newsletter soon.  Yes, it has Mostly Human on there.  But there are 25 other stories for you all to get your hands on.  All of them free, just need to sign up for the author’s newsletter.

And finally, what have I been doing?  Well, as I said I did the podcast today.  But I also was able to get some writing done.  Which book you might ask.  Why, Tears of the Empress.  Yes, I have done more work on book three.  One of the things from the podcast was to just keep going with the plan.  You can go back and edit later.  I also realized that I was following the Chris Fox model a little too closely.  I thought that the best way is to write one book, get it all done, then go onto the next and so on.  But, as many people have said about writing advice, it doesn’t always work for them.  I have the rest of May and all of July to get these things beaten into shape before I need them ready.  I have the time, I’m going to do things my way.  So, I will be working on book three for now.  When I have gotten as far as I can, I’ll go back and maybe work on book one more.  Or expand book two.

I shall keep you all updated on words, pages or whatever metric I am using at the moment.  Currently, I have 720 words for Tears of the Empress.  I will have more as the days and weeks progress.

I hope you all have a great week and I will attempt to write more blogs than once a week.  Not sure if I can do every day.  But that is the goal.  To keep you all up to date on how my day to day grind goes.

Night all.

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Day 22

Well, I have returned.  The weekend wasn’t very productive, even though I did officially start the second book, Wrath of the Empress.  Yesterday I didn’t get much done.  However tonight I got…a little over 600 words.  So, not the greatest.  Yet, I know that this tends to happen after I come off one project and go into another.  This is the first time I have done this challenge, so I knew there was a possibility of this happening.

I am not dropping the challenge.  Just need to push on through it.  Still, I have plenty of time to get this zero draft and hopefully the first draft out before I run out of time.  I am going to wait until I am done with my draft zero before I go back to Blood and start to do my own edits plus those of the alpha and editor.  Then, going into the re-write of Wrath I’ll have more info to work with that I can push the plot forward.

Feel like I am rambling a little here, so I am going to update the words done and then I am going to knock out.

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