Writing Update 9/17

Just a quick update on how things are going with me.

I finished the first draft of Haint Blue a few days ago. I’m pretty happy with how it turned out. I originally planned on it being a novella, and the first draft ended up around 30,000 words. However, after writing that, I feel like there’s more story to tell, so I think I’m going to make it a full novel and explore some of the plotlines a bit further.

After finishing the first draft, I took a few days off to relax and play games and such. Been playing the Witcher 3, which is amazing. Also been playing Shadowrun: Hong Kong  and it’s very, very good as well.

Been reading quite a bit this last week or so:

The Last Wish – loved it. Great stories enhanced by knowledge of the video game.

You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) by Felicia Day – I’ve always found her interesting and this book made me appreciate her even more.

The Reptile Room by Lemony Snicket – I enjoyed this little read, probably more than the first book. The author’s writing style is very interesting and the stories are very dark for children’s books.

Paper Towns by John Green – Loved it. Might actually be my favorite John Green novel. It’s a little unbelievable at times, but that might the the point.

Shadows for Silence in the Forests of Hell  by Brandon Sanderson – Great novella. I loved it. He packs so much worldbuilding in such a small space. I want to read more about this place and these characters. This story is still on sale at Amazon for 99 cents as of this post. Definitely worth the price.

Feeding the Feral Children by David Farland – Not my favorite David Farland story. It’s very short, but still could not quite hold my attention. Still, there’s quite a bit of interesting worldbuilding stuff here that I enjoyed.

Now back to me: 

So, in November I’ll be participating in NaNoWriMo. On Saturday, I’ll begin outlining that novel, and I’ll be working on my second draft of Haint Blue. Then, if I can squeeze it in, I’m going to write a short story before the end of October as well.

Oh, lastly – the price of my novella White Mountain has been lowered to 99 cents on Kindle! Pick it up if you’re able to, and leave me a review. I really need and appreciate the support.

That’s it for now. Thanks for reading!

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.