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Day 86/ Day 26

Hello again all of those who read this blog of brain droppings…which is probably not many…or is and you are all quiet.  Who knows.  😛

I am currently working on something else that is not part of the Empress series.  I have talked about it on here and hocked it on here.  It is called Void Emissary.  It was up for a long time, then I pulled it when I realized how bad it was.  It needed a serious polish.  And, that is what I am currently doing.

And, when I am done with it I am also going to start the process to get a print copy of it as well.  And I will give you all a notice when that happens.  And, going to shoot for an audio book as well…

I’d forgotten how much I loved this book and wished to continue with it.  And I am still a little shocked I was able to write such a long book so quickly.  It was about a year ago, I had just watched Chris Fox talk about writing a book in 21 days.  I made that commitment and had a big stick to help.  If you follow me at all on twitter or have found me on Facebook, I am not a fan of Trump.  I used him as a stick.  I said if I didn’t have the novel written, and up on Amazon KU in 21 days, I’d give $500 to his campaign.

I did not give money to his campaign.  It wasn’t a pretty book.  And, I was all set to start the next one when I went on vacation.  Beautiful thing, down the Danube.  However, that was also when my mother had a bad fall and she has never been the same since.  I will go into that at a later date.

Suffice to say, the Book of the Void was delayed and delayed.  And I just let it fall by the wayside.

But now, because my brain likes to try and shirk work, and I kinda took a week off from working on Wrath, well I found my hand edited copy of it and have been slowly slogging through it the past day or so.  I’m on page 120 of it, out of about 290 pages.  So, close to half way done.

And, there is one character that is much like Meph in the Empress Trilogy…in fact, there are many parallels between this book and the trilogy.  Both are very adventurous and not very hard sci-fi.  Much softer and in the case of Void Emissary, I’d say down right fantasy oriented.  That character, by the way, is Toph.  There is a lot to love about this sarcastic, snarky cat-like creature.

Anyway, I am going to hit the word mines again.  Keep you all informed when it is done.  Since it has already gone through several editing phases, I am just going to plug away at the corrections, then pop it back up on Amazon.  Not sure if I am going to make it wide or keep it in KU for awhile.  We will see.

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Day 85/ Day 25

Well, I am five days away from the end of the 90 day three months to a trilogy challenge.  And it has been a spectacular mess for the most part.

Yes, I got the first of the trilogy done.  It is selling well, and right now until the 27th, it is completely free…

And it is number 13 in Space Opera! Woot!!  Granted, it is #13 in the free category, but I’ll take what I can get.  Exposure is exposure…

Now, I just need some reviews…

The unfortunate stuff is that I have the draft zero of Wrath of the Empress which is sitting on my desk waiting for me to start the rewrite.  And Tears is a handful of pages at the moment.

But, I am also trying to finish up the military sci-fi serial Starkiller and releasing something new later today…if Amazon clears it soon.  I will provide a link when it is up.  The Something new I can tell you about.

It is this…

It is the first of all of my serials and the first of my series for 4Pollack.  A “starter set” of sorts.

If you haven’t picked any of them up, give it a look see.  It would be great if you did.

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Day 81/ Day 21

Got a day mixed up somewhere in the 100k challenge.  Eh, happens.

So, some good news.  While doing my words today, going to make a toss up of 1500 words, I finished the first major edit of Wrath of the Empress.  Shaping up to be a good story.  I think at least.  And now, what will I do?

Going to pivot to I.S.S. Starkiller.  That doesn’t mean I am going to forget about Wrath.  I just feel that anyone who has followed all of Starkiller deserves a bit more of a break since I started that series last year and still haven’t finished it.  My plan is to do a deep dive on Starkiller, finish up all three parts in rapid succession and then release them one week after another.  And, I will then bundle it two different ways.  One will be a part 4-6 and the other will be a full six part bundle.

Giving you a preview of the last part because why not?  And, Though it says Part VI on it, I forsee that as being the cover for the actual paperback version of season one.  Plus, both the paperback and the bundles ebook version of Starkiller will have some kick ass art in them!  I have a friend doing some art for this series and when I have permission, I plan on giving you all a sneak peek.

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Day 78/Day 17

Well, it has been hard to truly focus on much of anything the past few days.  I did get more than enough words down for today.  4,100.  However, none of them were for either Wrath or Tears.  They were for a half dozen other works in progress I find myself flittering between.

I do have Wrath printed out and needing a good long edit pass.  And no I am not taking anyone up on giving it an editorial pass because this is still the first draft, well the zero draft really.  So, there isn;t even a coherent structure at the moment.  All I have it about 80 pages of scenes.  I do foresee this getting polished and out the door in mid-August.  But, I will keep you all informed about what is going on.

Blood is slowly getting out there.  More and more people are reading it.  Now, I just need some dang reviews of the book.  If you have read Blood for the Empress I humbly ask for a review.  Even if you thought it was shite and think I need to know in exact detail how horrible of a hack writer I am, head on over to Amazon and hit the review button and let me know.

The little graphic I stuck in there if you can’t see it well is a screen grab from Amazon as of a minute ago.  I am in the top 2,500 for space opera!  That might seem low, but I am pretty happy with that.  We will see if I stay there or if I rise up or lower in the ranks throughout the week.

I have also been thinking more seriously about the serial that I want to post here and another one for my newsletter.  The one in the newsletter will be a little bit longer, just need to figure a way to get a poll in there.  For here, I’m debating on more of Janus City, or maybe something more sci-fi like.  What do you think?  Hit me up in the comments if you have a suggestion for a serial idea or if you want me to continue one here before I pop it up on Amazon.

One thing, the serial here will be once a week.  Probably on a Friday.  Or Sat.  Not sure, just a thought right now.  I will nail down the day and get back to you all.

Until then, goodnight and may evil be confused on the way to your doorstep…

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Day 70/ Day 9

I have been very slowly working on the edits for Cryo.  It is sapping at my soul.  I usually hate editing and re-writing.  Yet, this is worse.  I do not want to go into the particulars of it, but suffice to say its been an experience.

I am still doing the 100k challenge, yet I can’t tell you how much I actually wrote with the edits and re-write because of how the novel was edited.  I’d say I have added maybe 100 words today.  Yet, after midnight, I was able to crank out 400 in short order for another project.  Don’t know what yet, but it is there.

Also, I have noticed that the only real sales of anything have been my military sci-fi I.S.S. Starkiller.  I know I need to get on the rest of that.  I have three more parts of the first “season.”  And who knows what will happen after that.  I do know there is more to the story, so if you do read it, it will not end at part six.

I am waiting for the return of Blood for the Empress from the editor.  Going to be sending it out soon after that.  All of those on the mailing list will get a notification.  And, for everyone on the mailing list, there will be a link to the short The Collector.  It is a magnet I am going to use to help bring eyes to Blood.

There is also the thought of trying for a bundle of “First in series…”  A collection of the my four serials, Risen, Purgatory, I.S.S. Starkiller and Janus City.  The idea is that those who want to get a taste of each one can buy it and see how it goes.  It will have a little bit of millitary sci-fi with Starkiller, some urban fantasy noir with Janus City, some urban fantasy with Purgatory and some supernatural western with Risen.

After all of that is done, I will probably take a day off and work on what I have been putting off.  Resetting my Kobo book list.  Some of the stories won’t be there, since some of my stories are going to be going onto KU.  But, I am going to try something.  Some of the titles will be going wide, some staying on KU.  I will keep you all informed as to what is going where.

 

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Day 69/ Day 7

So, I know this is weird, doing a post during the day.  I just wanted to let people know that I have just published the first in a serial of a fantasy noir that if you read my blog, have read a version of.

Janus City Part One.  Suggest you pick it up if you like urban fantasy noir with an odd twist.  Also, got another print copy of Blood for the Empress and as you can see, the cover and the trim size don’t match.  (Sigh)  I will work this out…

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Day 68/Day 6

I have been having a hard few days trying to sit down and write.  All this week there have been distractions, things that make it hard to sit and focus.  Today, I got a little time to squirrel away to get a little over a thousand words written.  Mostly in Wrath which is a good thing.  That deadline is looming and as I have said before, I don’t think I’ll have all of Wrath done by then.  And even less of Tears.  However, I have notes and a direction on where to go so that is enough.

Plus I am also tying my own hands by trying to get out what is now FOUR serials.  Luckily at least Risen shouldn’t be more than three parts total.  I could be wrong and it goes longer.  We will see.

The short story, The Collector will soon be going out to my list and to Patreon supporters.  It will always be free.  I do not plan to ever sell it or put in part of a collection.  I always want it to be available to anyone.

I think I will write a little note to both mail subscribers and Patreon peeps about writing it and where I came up with the idea.  And then share it here sooner or later.  For now, good night.

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Day 66/Day 3

I didn’t have a chance to update this blog yesterday, was exhausted and dealing with other things.  Didn’t get much writing done either.  But, today, I…well I got 1678.  Better than nothing.  But, I do need to step up the writing if I want to try and actually get close to my goal of 100k words this month.

But I have two GREAT pieces of news for you all.  I have completed two short pieces and they will be going out shortly.  One is the first of a new serial.  And, if you kept up on my blog last month, it will be familiar to you.  It is Janus City: Part One.   Yep, I am going to start up a serial of that.

The other piece of news is that I have finally finished my “book magnet” for the Empress Series.  It is called the Collector and I have shared the cover with you before.  But I will share it again because I love it.

And, just in the last hour or so, I had a thought to put together another bundle.  A sort of “starter set” for the serials I have out.  Now, if you already have all of them, no worries.  But, it is a thought and I might try it and see what happens.  Will keep you updated.  And yes, if I am going to push forward on the serial bundles, that means I have to get my writer butt in gear and start to finish some of these serials!

Here are the covers, enjoy…

 

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Day 64/Day 1

Yes, you are not seeing things, I am starting another challenge.  Another 100k word challenge.  The first day, I got 1,100.  Not great.  But it is a start.  Also, I am going to try and do something once a week.  Probably Fridays, I am going to post up a serial.  Not sure what I am going to do, but hoping it is passable and palpable.

Night all.

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Day 63/Day 30 -BLOOD FOR THE EMPRESS IS DONE!

STICK A FORK IN MY, I AM DONE WITH Blood for the Empress!  FINALLY

I have just sent it off to my line reader.  He said it might take up to two weeks.  Which kinda sucks since I wanted this out within the first week of July.  But I can deal.

I am going to take a much deserved day off today.  Going to game with some friends tomorrow night.  And then back to work on several projects.  One is Janus City, one is Cryo–I swear I will finish it soon, and the last is going to be Wrath of the Empress…the second in the series of the Empress Trilogy.

I just wish Amazon hadn’t screwed me over with pre-orders.  Or I would set up a pre-order for Wrath when I publish Blood.  Instead, I will have to hope I finish Wrath in the near the future.

Night all.

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