Rockwatch 3rd Draft complete

I’m so happy, I finished my third draft of Rockwatch. It took longer than I expected, but I’m really happy with how it turned out. The novel is now at 71,000 words, which is a thousand more than my goal for the book. It’s going to need a couple more drafts before it’s complete, but I think that this one was the most major. Just a little more polish and I think it will be ready to send off to an agent. Right now I have given it to my alpha readers, and am hoping to get some feedback in the next month or so, so I can get to work on it again. 

In the meantime, I’m going to work on a short story or two. Right now I’m writing a fun story about an intergalactic bounty hunter who begins to fall for her quarry. Have a couple others outlined and ready to go. We’ll see what I have time for, and hopefully I can get one ready to submit to Writers of the Future.

That’s all I got for now. Still playing GTA5, and its still awesome. Also, Breaking Bad… wow. I can’t wait to see how it ends. 

Writing and Stuff

Writing: I’m still chugging away on the third draft of Rockwatch (which I think I’m going to rename The Chained God). It’s going a little slower than I expected, because I’ve been stuck on a couple scenes that I’m adding in. In this draft, I’m adding two new chapters, which have been a little tough to write. I’m going to finish the last part of the second chapter today, however, so I should be done with this draft soon. I can’t wait.

I’ve also been working a bit on a couple short stories. I have three kicking around in my head right now. One, I have outlined, but it will probably not be the first one I write. I have another one in my head about a dinosaur riding bounty hunter that I think will be a fun distraction that wont take too long.

Other stuff:

Books I’ve recently read –

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The Keep by F.Paul Wilson – Fantastic horror story about vampires and nazis. I thought it was really well done and had some great scares in it. I enjoyed it very much.

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The Demolished Man by Alfred Bester – I read this one for my book club (Sword and Laser) on Goodreads. It’s the very first Hugo award winner for best novel, and I thought it was deserving of that title. It reminded me a lot of Minority Report (which I’ve only seen the movie, unfortunately). I thought it had some very interesting ideas and liked that it was kept short and didn’t overstay its welcome. I finished it quickly and will be remembering it for a long time.

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The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl  by Barry Lyga – I read this one at my girlfriends request. I’m glad that she introduced me to this author because he seems like a really cool guy, and he’s a great writer as well. I thought he did a great job here, but I had a hard time with the story for personal reasons. It was very dark, and reminded me a little too much of my highschool experience. I just didn’t have much fun with it, aside from the many comic book references, which I loved.

I’m currently reading The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch and so far I love it. If you want to follow/friend me on Goodreads, here is my profile: http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/1598686-james-witherspoon

Movie stuff:

Insidious: The Second Chapter – I really liked the first Insidious. I think James Wan is a pretty great storyteller. I liked the Saw series, because of the unexpected way that each movie played with the others. I loved The Conjuring. This one is a bit of a step down, but I still enjoyed it for the most part. The scares are different here, with less tension being built up and more physical scares. I really didn’t think that Insidious needed a sequel, but I’ll still watch them, as I’m sure that now it’s going to become an annual series, at least for a while.

Games:

Grand Theft Auto V – I’m several hours into GTA5 now, and wow, it’s so good. I’ve had to promise myself that I wouldn’t play until I have written, but it’s still distracting me from my work, of course. I’m enjoying the character swapping, the special abilities, and the story. Can’t wait to get further into it and unlock more of the world.

That’s all for today. Hopefully the next post will be informing that I have finished the third draft of Rockwatch. Can’t wait to get it out to my alpha readers and get some feedback. That always motivates me.

So, I’m a Horrible Blogger

Okay, let’s do this again. This time, I promise that I’ll post more often!

Since the last post, I have finished the first (and second) draft of my novel. I’m working on a third draft right now, which will put it pretty close to ready for submissions. I think that it turned out great and I’m very excited about it and have high hopes for it getting published. I will be spending the rest of the year getting it ready, and then next year I’m going to start sending it around to agents.

As far as my life goes: I lost my job, so I’m scraping by on odd jobs right now. This gives me much more time to write, which is great for me. I am looking for ways to keep paying my bills while writing at the pace I currently am.

I also met an amazing girl who pushes me as a writer and is extremely supportive.

My current goals:

Make a blog post every day. About something. Will probably be talking about what I think about a movie, book, or game that I’ve recently experienced, with updates on my life and my writing.

Finish the third draft of Rockwatch by Saturday – This is going to be tough, but I’m going to push myself to get it done.

And to close this, here is the best dog in the world:

My Ellie-Bear enjoying the sun.
My Ellie-Bear enjoying the sun.