Writing Update 9/23

Hello everybody – So my video game break is over and I’m hard at work writing again. No more games until October 25th. It’s hard for me to give them up like this, but I’m focusing on my writing more than ever now and I’m accomplishing a lot and feeling good about myself again.

My goals for this month are:

1 – Finish a detailed outline of my NaNoWriMo novel, which I’m calling A Ringing in the Dark – for now anyways. It’s a dark fantasy that feels like a mixture of The Wizard of Oz and Hellraiser. I’m really enjoying the creation of it so far. It is going to be a self-contained novel – no series or sequels here – and will probably be my longest novel to date – as an adult fantasy novel, that is no surprise really.

2 – Do a second draft of Haint Blue – I like a lot of things about that first draft, but there’s a ton to improve upon. Right now the draft is at about 30,000 words. I plan to expand on some of the storylines and restructure the story, adding a good 20,000 words to it. During the first draft, I was thinking it would be a novella, but now I’m convinced it will become a full novel.

3 – I was thinking I might write a short story this month as well, but I don’t see that happening. I just don’t think I’m going to have time after doing the first two things on this list. I have an idea in my head that’s kind of a cyberpunk story about a guy who works at a pawnshop. Hopefully I’ll get a chance to write it soon.

I’ve been posting much more regularly on Twitter lately: Follow me there if you’re at all interested in me or my writing. Thanks for all the support you give me.

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!

Breakfast With Ellie

7-3-2015 - Breakfast with EllieIt’s rainy outside today and it’s just me and Ellie in the house. I turned on some music (Jason Isbell) cooked some breakfast (sausage & biscuits with grape jelly – I don’t care if it’s not healthy – and I don’t care if you think it’s weird, Sandra!) and sat down with my dog for a quiet morning. I loved it.

So, here’s a little update on my writing projects:

I’m still waiting to hear from Oni Press about Natural Twenty. They say it’ll take up to two months. Just crossing my fingers on that one. I have no idea what I’m going to do with the story if they reject it.

I’m finishing up an outline for Haint Blue, which is a Lovecraftian novella I plan on publishing on Amazon at the beginning of 2016. Tutela (I still don’t like that name) has been put on the backburner until after Haint Blue is finished. I’m also doing research on a serial killer thriller for next year. Not sure what I’ll call it yet. I’m thinking something cheesy, like Served Cold.

And that’s all I got for now.

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.

A Little About my Writing

I’ve been writing since I was very young, but I have a tendency to start something and never finish. I have TONS of ideas, but have never had the discipline to sit and write it out. Never had the motivation to get it done and maybe make a career out of it. Over the last year or so, I have began to develop that discipline. I’ve decided to make writing the number one priority in my life. Above anything else.

Right now, I am working on a novel. Tentatively named Rockwatch: Book 1 of the Chained God series, it fits into the paranormal Young Adult genre. I’m aiming for a length of around 70,000 words, and right now I’m at nearly 20,000. I will be updating that word count at the end of each post. I try my best to write between 1000 and 2000 words per day. It’s tough to do sometimes with a full time job.

I know that one day I’m going to be a published author. There is no doubt in my mind that it is going to happen. I just have to make it happen, hopefully sooner rather than later. The day I can quit my day job and write as a career will be the best day of my life.