Sharkbait – It’s Here!

It’s New Novel Day!

You can now download my newest novel, Sharkbait: A Mermaid Tale, on Amazon! And if you’re a Kindle Unlimited person, you can read it for free!

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There are few reasons for a mermaid to leave the sea. The murder of my sister tops my list.

Shifting from mermaid to human is easy for some, but not for me. Legs are clumsy things, lacking the grace of my fishtail. The gift of the merfolk, our songs, has been taken from me.

And the human world? I’m looking for a killer in a strange city of plastic and metal, composed of nearly 900,000 individuals – a city where I don’t belong – a city with inhabitants that have other uses for my kind… some worse than death.

Sharkbait is a mermaid tale that will take you both over the land and under the sea, a captivating and colorful thriller where both allies and enemies may not be what they seem.

Available on Amazon.

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Sunday Escape

Yesterday didn’t turn into a great writing day, maybe got in an hour of editing and weaving new story ideas into the draft. All in all, I added another 778 words. Deleted other stuff.

For the rest of the day, we got out of the house, a little later than planned, and went to Malad Gorge for a few hours. We had initially planned to head into the Sawtooth Forest, but didn’t have the time, what with the kids needing to get to work and all.

The Devil’s Wash Basin at Malad Gorge

On a positive note, I think all the necessary details and fun stuff have been plugged into the first draft. I’ve got about 10k to go through and make sure the story is clear before it’s off to editing.

I’m not entirely on schedule for the month, but I’m surprisingly close. Depending on what I get through today, I may well have only to drop one project. Two finished WIP’s in one week is pretty damn impressive anyway. I’m setting the bar high for next week. 😛

Sleep! The Great Interrupter of Progress

I was hoping to have the first draft of my novel finished today, and I’ve almost got all of my new ideas patched into it. I did not, however, spend much time on it yesterday. I edited a bit, and added 288 new words.

Even having a day off, if I fail to get up early, I run out of time.

Early for me is getting up around 4 or 5 am. Sometimes earlier. Getting up so early gives me time to myself, and I spent all of yesterday hanging out and playing with the family. I did need the sleep. I’m physically active enough that my body needs time to recover. I realize that sleep is good for me both mentally and physically, but I still resent the need for it. I would drop my sleep down to a few hours if I could.

Anyway, tomorrow. I’m going to try and wrap this novel up by tomorrow night.

 

Who Are Your Top 5 Friends?

I recently read an article (on Medium, I think) that said that you are the average of your type five friends. If you surround yourself with positive and successful people, well, that’s a good place to be. If your friends are negative and lazy… well…

When you take a look at your friends, do you find this applies? Do you surround yourself with the kind of people that you look up to and that inspire you?

Over the years, my circle of friends has shrunk, at least, as far as those I interact with and see often. Social media has kept the world smaller, and my circle of friends exists more heavily online than face to face. Best friends have moved away, and I either stayed in contact with them or let them fade away. And that’s a two-way street. It’s life, really.

It makes me think of the friendship and relationship dynamics of the Sims games. You don’t call or interact, friendships die.

So the ones you do stay in contact with, well, those are the ones who obviously matter. If you’re a writer, are your friends published? Do they actively market themselves? And I think more importantly, do you share within this circle your successes, so that you pull each other up?

It might seem weird to require your friends to meet a certain standard. But if you have a weird diet (like being a vegan), do your friends respect that, or attempt to sabotage you? If you need support (emotionally, spiritually, whatever), are they there for you?

Are you there for them?

Anyway, just thoughts.

I started August working on my novel I’m planning on finishing this week, and ended up coming up with a ton more stuff to add. I slept my morning away today (I’m physically exhausted) which is not good for my goals. I’m going to try to make it up, but we’ll see.

So yesterday amounted to only 786 new words and a bunch of brainstorming that I need to implement. It’s good stuff, so no regrets, and it only makes the book stronger (and more fun (IMHO).

September 1st Quick Update

Here we are, a month later after my last update. I obviously didn’t engage myself as I had planned. Yet though I’ve been silent, I’m really close to the release of another novel. I’m hoping it’ll be live within the next few weeks.

There are certain world events in my new novels I would like to tie together. Part of that depends on getting future stories out. So the events in The Unresting will be felt in my upcoming novels, as well as potentially bringing back some of the characters (though likely not right away). Anyway, it’s part of the brainstorming.

Finally, the other thing you’re going to see is a semi-shared world between myself and romance authors Gabbi Wright and W.G. Spencer. They introduced a shifter mythos in their Girl of Flames series, one that I helped create. You’ll see the tie-in with my next release, and maybe I’ll share some details at that point as well.

 

August 1 Quick Update

Things are just as difficult as I expected. Getting up and actually writing at 4 am is still a challenge. I really like sleeping until 6, so there’s that. For day 1 of the impossible challenge, I still got through 1900 words on the current novel work-in-progress (goal was 8k, or 4 hours of writing. The day didn’t provide that kind of time).

I’ve got 12,500 words polished in said novel, so I’ve got a head start, at least, considering my lack of time.

T’was the Night Before the Impossible August Challenge….

Yeah, I think I’m really going to go for it, writing every day, shooting for no less than 8k a day, and upward to 16k a day on the good days.

This Wednesday through Saturday I’m working for the Post Office, so each of these are 8k days. Unfortunately, a day job means I can’t start quite as strong as I’d like. But then again, it also allows me to determine my level of grit.

So speaking of Grit – have you checked out Angela Duckworth’s Grit Sale? This is something that definitely applies to us writers – whether or not you can finish projects, how distracted you get, etc.

How did you score? I think it provides some valuable insight where you might find you’re hindering yourself.

August 2018 Impossible Writing Challenge

I’ve been thinking about what I want to accomplish in August, and I decided upon attempting to put in a solid 40 hour work week for every full week of August.

Why is this impossible? I’m so glad you asked. Mainly, because I’m still almost full-time at the Post Office. So that makes it the equivalent of working two full-time jobs. In fact, looking at available time to write, I might only have 36 hours to start with for week one.

For comparison’s sake, in the past, I’ve maybe devoted up to 30 hours tops, for writing, in any given week, with part-time hours, around 20, far more common. Some weeks? Much less.

So! August’s breakdown –

G.S. Wright – 8 books, ranging between no less than 10k up through potentially 50k.

Pen Name 1 – 8 short stories, around 5k each, plus two bundles.

Pen Name 2 – 3 Mid-length (25k) stories and a bundle.

Pen Name 3 – 3 Mid-length (25k) stories and a bundle.

And yes, this comes out to about 400k words. That’s 4x my best month of writing. So yeah, lots of fun. 😀

I’ll share daily updates, as long as I don’t burn out.

Upcoming Projects

I’ve been working on a new writing schedule, one where I pick away at multiple projects and genres at once of various lengths. This means all sorts of fun stuff coming up.

What exactly are we looking at? Well! Five genres to start with right now. Steampunk, horror, litrpg, urban fantasy, and paranormal. The urban fantasy and paranormal might overlap.

The five genres will rotate, and I’m also going to try to work in some pen name books too. As always, I’m probably biting off more than I can chew, but that tends to be how I roll.

In the scheme of things, I’m looking to roll out releases no later than the first week of August, some of these projects are at least half written already.

More to come.

By the way, this post was written on my phone. Autocorrect is not your friend. 😁

Blogging Life

You’d think being a writer I’d be better at blogging. Writing can be about collecting one’s experiences and documenting them – thus the blog. Yet so often maintaining a blog takes away from other writing – in my case, fiction.

On a day to day basis, we are collecting experiences, namely through social media. Maybe the two should go hand in hand.

I’ve been giving this some thought. I go through phases with social media. Lately I’ve been using it less, and have only been making a half-hearted effort to get going again. I’ve been thinking about making this blog reflect more of capturing thoughts and experiences.

Many writer’s blogs focus on writing advice or the current market. I rarely care to share my thoughts on such. Another pitfall is only focusing on sharing information about personal projects, which is usually only of interest to a loyal fanbase. When you blog rarely, you don’t get either a lot of readers or writers stopping by.

So anyway, I’m thinking about trying to chronicle life, whether interesting or boring. The challenge, then, is to be interesting – I suppose. Maybe, for this month, I’ll see about blogging day to day, whether it’s about writing or whether it’s about family, or random musings. I’ll make an effort to use pictures and social media along the way to bring the blog to life.

And honestly, you probably don’t really know me well enough to know if you care enough to stop by every day or not to check in. I’ll plan on blogging in the evenings, keeping the rest of my writing to daytime. So whether this is of interest or not, consider this my statement of purpose for a new challenge. 🙂