Died For You – A Zombie Love Story

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Available digitally on Amazon, Died for You – A Zombie Love Story

An unconventional romance with blood, brains, and a whole lot of bite!!!

In a not too distant future, humans find sanctuary in small communities like Refuge. But not everything is as it seems. Rumors of Zombie Shepherds hint at a questionable fate for the living, and the zombie masters rule from their glass tower.

Before the apocalypse, Jude was a rising indie singer and songwriter taking the world by storm. Now he’s just trying to survive in a world where other humans are sometimes more dangerous than the monsters.

Jude has lived in anonymity for five years until his biggest fan recognizes him… and she just happens to be a zombie. Now Jude is plunged into a world where both the hungry dead and the ambitious living are out to kill him. Zombie Girl is proving to be an unlikely ally, but can he trust her enough to survive?

Or will she be the death of him?

I’ve discounted the price to $0.99 for a short time. I’ll take it up in a week or so.

Buy on Amazon

 

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Pulp Writing Speed Day 55 – September Results; Plans for October; What the Heck do I Want to Write This Week?!

SEPTEMBER’S RESULTS

September is over!  What happened? Let’s take a look!

September started strong as I attempted to write a novel in a week. After getting a little over 20k into it, I didn’t like where it was going, so I set it aside. The rest of the month went to editing Died for You, which pretty much took all month.

September also saw the end of my first writing streak as I took a two-day vacation. When I came back, I missed a few more days.

September was my third best month for writing, behind April and August.

I did, however, just finish editing Died for You. I’m just getting my notes back from my editing/proofreading team, which brings me to October.

PLANS FOR OCTOBER

  • Died for You will release this week digitally, and a week later in paperback.
  • Indie Author Day is October 14th. I’ll be at the Buhl Public Library selling books, and hopefully, Died for You.
  • I’m setting a goal to write three shorter works in the first three weeks of October.
  • I will write a full-length novel in a month.
  • I will edit Hungry Gods 3. Because I should stop ignoring it.

With all of that said, I have no idea what I’m going to commit to writing in October. I guess it should be horror.

I started a short story yesterday, which I’ll try to finish this week, but it’s a side project. I just needed something to work on yesterday. It’s also under a pen name, so nothing fancy.

SOMETHING IN A WEEK

So today I need to decide what I’m going to write. I’ll go through my list of ideas and figure out for sure what to start. I only have Sunday, Wednesday, and Thursday available for a decent word count.

I need to commit to a short book for the week, and a novel for the month. I’ll let you know tomorrow.

  • Days 55 Word Count: 1,157
  • Day 55 Editing: 0
  • Current Works in Progress Word Count: Short Story (Pen Name): 1,157 (target: 5,000)

ACCUMULATED STATS –

  • Writing Streak Average Word Count per Day: 716
  • Current Writing Streak: 10 (Best Writing Streak: 38 days)
  • Writing Streak Word Count: 7,164 (Best writing Streak Word Count: 66,279)
  • September: 33,094
  • September Ave. Word Count: 1,103
  • YTD: 207,793
  • Ave. Word Count YTD: 746

Pulp Writing Speed Day 54

It is finished!

Yesterday I delivered Died for You to my editing/proofreading team. It depends on how much they get into the book on how soon it will be released.

You’ll be seeing more about Died for You in the days to come, so for now? A COVER REVEAL!!!! WOOHOO!!!!

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Died for You –

An unconventional romance with blood, brains, and a whole lot of bite!!!

I have no idea what I’m going to work on today… maybe a short story.

  • Days 54 Word Count: 736
  • Day 54 Editing: 8,987
  • Current Works in Progress Word Count: Died for You: 74,478 (DONE!!! With Editors/Proofreaders)

ACCUMULATED STATS –

  • Writing Streak Average Word Count per Day: 667
  • Current Writing Streak: 9 (Best Writing Streak: 38 days)
  • Writing Streak Word Count: 6,007 (Best writing Streak Word Count: 66,279)
  • September: 31,937
  • September Ave. Word Count: 1,065
  • YTD: 206,636
  • Ave. Word Count YTD: 744

Pulp Writing Speed Day 53

I made more progress last night, though I had been unsure I would. Today I have 9k words to make it through, so I’m not going to spend much time on the blog.

Watch for announcements after this weekend.

On Sunday, I’ll be starting my next attempt at a book a week. I’m going to think of it like Grindhouse Pulp Fiction, maybe with Grindhouse-type covers. We’ll see.

  • Days 53 Word Count: 362
  • Day 53 Editing: 2,123
  • Current Works in Progress Word Count: Died for You: 74,475 (editing completed through 65,491)

ACCUMULATED STATS –

  • Writing Streak Average Word Count per Day: 659
  • Current Writing Streak: 8 (Best Writing Streak: 38 days)
  • Writing Streak Word Count: 5,271 (Best writing Streak Word Count: 66,279)
  • September: 31,201
  • September Ave. Word Count: 1,040
  • YTD: 205,900
  • Ave. Word Count YTD: 745

Pulp Writing Speed Day 52

Wednesday has me at 85% completion of completion for Died for You. And yet I’m dragging. Granted, the week hasn’t been completely cooperative, but neither have I been that short on time.

Today, for example, I was called in to the Post Office, but I also had to deal with some yard work I’ve been neglecting.

So I have tonight. I’ll make at the very least a small dent in editing. But tomorrow!? It’s on. 11k words left to revise/edit.

It will happen.

By the way… here’s a good (older) article I discovered through Twitter on Why your protagonist needs a dialogue buddy. It’s your treasure for the day.

  • Days 52 Word Count: 603
  • Day 52 Editing: 1,702
  • Current Works in Progress Word Count: Died for You: 74,579 (editing completed through 63,338)

ACCUMULATED STATS –

  • Writing Streak Average Word Count per Day: 701
  • Current Writing Streak: 7 (Best Writing Streak: 38 days)
  • Writing Streak Word Count: 4,909 (Best writing Streak Word Count: 66,279)
  • September: 30,839
  • September Ave. Word Count: 1,028
  • YTD: 205,538
  • Ave. Word Count YTD: 746

Pulp Writing Speed Day 51

Well, I made it through two tough days, and have a day to make some serious progress on wrapping up Died for You. I do anticipate this taking two full days of editing, despite, only having about 20k words left.

SO! I’ve got some ideas brewing for October!

  • Edit Hungry Gods 3. This will be my full-length novel for October, and maybe I’ll have it completed by the end of the month. If I remember correctly, it’s 60-ish chapters, so I’ll try to edit two or three chapters a day (as a goal).
  • Write three shorter books, one a week (with the exception of the last week). I know that I can hit 20k in a week, at my current level of focus. So nothing longer than 20k. I mean it this time. Then, maybe in November, I’ll see if I can bump my writing up a bit. I’ll announce my projects at the end of this month.

Okay, so that’s all I got at the moment, a two-bullet point list.

In other news, check out the newest 5-star review I just received for Soul Sister. Short and sweet.

  • Days 50-51 Word Count: 222
  • Day 50-51 Editing: 348
  • Current Works in Progress Word Count: Died for You: 74,335 (editing completed through 61,666)

ACCUMULATED STATS –

  • Writing Streak Average Word Count per Day: 718
  • Current Writing Streak: 6 (Best Writing Streak: 38 days)
  • Writing Streak Word Count: 4,306 (Best writing Streak Word Count: 66,279)
  • September: 30,236
  • September Ave. Word Count: 1,008
  • YTD: 204,935
  • Ave. Word Count YTD: 746

Pulp Speed Writing Day 50

I’m not going to throw out any numbers for yesterday because I was operating in a state of exhaustion. I did some editing for about half an hour and added something like 31 words.

Tonight’s much the same, though I think I’ll try to make it through a long chapter.

Okay… part of a chapter.

I think I’ve mentioned that I have a part-time job as a postal carrier. I usually avoid talking about it, because this is a blog about writing. But sometimes, often really, we put in a lot of hours. And sometimes when there’s a lot of mail, you’re carrying who knows how many pounds for 6-10 miles, walking, for 8 to 9 hours (sometimes more sometimes less). And sometimes, I’m actually tired afterward. Like right now.

As of right now, I’m not scheduled for the next three days. If my schedule stays that way, I’ll have Died for You wrapped up and sent to my editing/proofreading team for the weekend, and I’ll start the paperback layout immediately. And I’m cheating… I took a vacation day on Friday. So at least that one day is a guarantee.

 

Pulp Speed Writing Day 49

Not going to write much on the blog today, but yesterday got me through another 6500 words. That means I need too more full days of editing… which will be hopefully Wednesday and Thursday, but definitely Friday!

So thanks for stopping by. I’m sending you away disappointed. But!! I’ve got to get to writing… sooooooo… yeah. Feel free to stare at my numbers below. 😛

  • Days 49 Word Count: 1,736
  • Day 49 Editing: 6,565
  • Current Works in Progress Word Count: Died for You: 74,395 (editing completed through 61,318)

ACCUMULATED STATS –

  • Writing Streak Average Word Count per Day: 1,021
  • Current Writing Streak: 4 (Best Writing Streak: 38 days)
  • Writing Streak Word Count: 4,084 (Best writing Streak Word Count: 66,279)
  • September: 30,014
  • September Ave. Word Count: 1,251
  • YTD: 204,713
  • Ave. Word Count YTD: 751

Pulp Writing Speed Day 48

I sat down and ended for about an hour last night before bed, and made a little progress. I hate to admit that the thought of restarting my writing streak crossed my mind.

Today looks good, and I feel optimistic. There’s a good chance I can edit through at least the majority of what’s left in Died for You. I don’t, however, have tomorrow available, nor Tuesday. Otherwise? I’m looking at Wednesday, as long as no surprises come along.

Let’s revisit writing a book a week. I thought, perhaps, I could focus on the amount of free days I had to churn out books of various lengths. However, this doesn’t allow me sufficient time to rewrite/edit. I’m not the guy who writes a perfect first draft. And though I hate to admit it, the rough draft, for me, is just getting the story realized. The second draft is much better, and a third to clean it up. I mix the second and third drafts together, going back and rereading as I go. It’s not the best method, but it’s about all I can stand.

So how can I do a book a week? I’m thinking I’ve got to focus on shorter works per week, which is fine, and one long book per month. I’ve considered this approach before, and maybe it makes more sense. I also would like to go back and write under some of my other pen names, but I’m not going to until I can accomplish at least one month of writing a book a week.

So… here’s the idea… targeting October –

  • One book a week, for three weeks. Length to vary between 15k to 25k.
  • One novel a month, to be finished (with full attention) the last week of the month. The key to succeeding with the novel is to be writing it all month long.
  • Edit each short work the week after its completion.
  • Edit the novel throughout the entire next month.

This will allow me to release a novel a month, with a month to edit. The novellas will release every week, except for the week the novel is released.

This would give me a minimum word count of 27,000 words a week, and 108,000 words a month (weekly: 12,000 novel + 15,000 short story), with maybe another weekly 1k-2k for editing additions.

I’ll try to create a calendar before October starts.

  • Days 48 Word Count: 499
  • Day 48 Editing: 2,030
  • Current Works in Progress Word Count: Died for You: 74,399 (editing completed through 54,753)

ACCUMULATED STATS –

  • Writing Streak Average Word Count per Day: 783
  • Current Writing Streak: 3 (Best Writing Streak: 38 days)
  • Writing Streak Word Count: 2,348 (Best writing Streak Word Count: 66,279)
  • September: 28,278
  • September Ave. Word Count: 943
  • YTD: 202,977
  • Ave. Word Count YTD: 748

Pulp Writing Speed Day 47

Day 47 was a good editing day, I made it through another 16,000 words. That leaves me with about 25k to go. There’s another character I need to flesh out, but I’m very close to working on the last Act.

But here I am on Saturday. It’s a tough day to find time to write/edit, but I’ll try to get 30 minutes to an hour in this afternoon.

So will Died for You be done by Sunday evening? I’m making the assumption that I won’t contribute much today, so that puts all the pressure on Sunday. Getting through first draft writing is a little slow, often because I do heavy rewrites. If I’m also free on Monday (and stretch out an extra day), 25k doesn’t sound too bad.

After Died for You is released in paperback, the pressure will slow down for a bit. In October I’ll be able to make a new game plan. Obviously the book a week every week did not happen, not yet. I’m thinking though, that maybe I’ll attempt some fun Halloween themes for my writing and this blog. It seems as though I’ve got plenty of Horror material to play with, doesn’t it?

  • Days 47 Word Count: 819
  • Day 47 Editing: 16,472
  • Current Works in Progress Word Count: Died for You: 74,274 (editing completed through 52,723); Sci-Fi: 23,239

ACCUMULATED STATS –

  • Writing Streak Average Word Count per Day: 925
  • Current Writing Streak: 2 (Best Writing Streak: 38 days)
  • Writing Streak Word Count: 1,849 (Best writing Streak Word Count: 66,279)
  • September: 27,779
  • September Ave. Word Count: 926
  • YTD: 202,478
  • Ave. Word Count YTD: 748