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!
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.
Back to Writing
Yes, it’s been awhile since my last Monday update, mainly because life. It’s difficult to do an update when I feel I am not moving forward fast enough.
For the most part, my word count for the year is only 128k, and here we are in July. Most of my time has gone to other things, and working elsewhere. As far as accomplishments? I published all of Spilling Blood Season 3. All 4 episodes are up on Amazon, of course, 14 books in total for the entire series.
With that, this week’s goal is to get Season 3 in a single volume, for those of you who prefer to read it as a novel and not as a serial. So that’s coming soon.
As far as other writing goes, my next book is a zombie romance. More coming on that later. It’s in the revision phase, and with a little luck, I’ll make a lot of progress this week.
So, not much of an update, except I’ve got some projects coming along.
I’m not going to look back at this year’s goals, except to get as many words as I can out before the end of the year. At this point, I’ll be happy if I hit 200k. If I get a good week of writing in, maybe I’ll rethink everything, see where I’m going.
And I’m going to try and blog again. Like, here we are, right? Yesterday I did a writing prompt based on ideas I generate fairly frequently. Basically, I’ve got more story ideas than I’m ever going to use, so I thought I’d share some with you for awhile. Watch for another batch next Sunday.
Last Week’s Adventures
I spent quite a bit of time this week with friends visiting from California, though they’re not going to be Californians any longer. They’re moving to Washington. My friend Denny is an amazing guitarist, so I’ve had the opportunity to hear some incredible playing. Incidentally, his wife Jennifer happens to be my amazing cover artist for the plethora of my books.
I got dread locks on Thursday.
Picture courtesy of Snapchat GoT filter.
I and the fam spent yesterday in Gooding, Idaho at a Basque Festival. I’m not Basque, but it’s still a good time.
Sounds like I’m heavy into cultural appropriation, doesn’t it?
When I started the Spilling Blood serial, I wanted to create a vampire series reminiscent of vampires in the 80’s. Vampires of this era were killers, still looking for a good time, but leaving no doubt that they are still monsters. Spilling Blood takes its influence from the likes of Anne Rice, the Vampire: the Masquerade RPG, and horror movies such as Lost Boys and Near Dark. I hope you’ll find the books stayed true to their influences.
It’s been a fun run, over the course of, geez, about 5 years. Now, the vampire serial, Spilling Blood, is nearing its end. This week brings the release of Spilling Blood episode 13. You can grab it now for $0.99. The price will go up in a few days.
If you are new to the Spilling Blood series, you can now try episode 1 for $0.99 (as well as episodes 2, 3, and 4 at the same price, if you like to read in a serial format).
If you like it? Great! The price for the complete 1st season has also been dropped to $2.99. That’s the bundle, and you can read Season 1 like a novel.
On that note, we’re a week or two from the last book’s release. Episode 14 is coming soon, wrapping up Season 3.
This morning I woke up to frost.
Anyway, here’s the official week 2 accountability post!
The Goal: Write Every Day. Hit 2 million words for the year. Write a book a week.
Actual: I wrote 4 out of 7 days. Week Total: 14,421. Daily Average: 2,060. Words per Hour: 2,653. Books Written This Week: 1. O.ne rough draft completed.
January Totals: 31,085 words; Daily Average: 2,391; Words Per Hour: 2,646; Books Written: 3; Books Published: 0
I am still well below averaging high enough for 2 million words for the year, but fortunately, just a little behind for hitting one million. I am still cautiously optimistic for both. As far as writing every day? On those three days, I wasn’t home. As soon as I got off work with the post office, I left again. I did manage to finish something, though.
Spilling Blood episode 14 is complete. I hope to have episode 13 revised this week, and hopefully published by the weekend.
The biggest distractions to writing this week were working for the post office and grinding xp for my Rock Band Crew in the mornings before going to work. I know, I know. I’m playing a game. 😛
I am going to continue and put off adding any other goals until my writing is more stable. This remains the focus.
- This week I will write something new, I haven’t decided yet.
- I will complete editing on Spilling Blood 13, get it to my proofreading crew, and get it published.
- I will up my minimal writing from a minimum of 30 minutes a day to a full hour.
I didn’t get a chance to even touch my guitar last week. I think I will launch my music goal in February. Why because there’s a site called fawm.org. That’s February Album Writing Month. Hell, why not?
The first week of 2017 is over, and time for Week 1 Accountability.
The Goal: Write Every Day. Hit 2 million words for the year. Write a book a week.
Actual: I wrote 6 out of 7 days. Week Total: 16,664. Daily Average: 2,381. Words per Hour: 2,641. Books Written: 2. Two rough drafts completed.
So this word count won’t get me to a million words, and not even close to 2 million. I have to really pick up the pace. I had two free days to write, where I wrote over 11k combined. Then our snowstorm hit, and I’ve been called in every day to help with the Post Office. I tried to make myself write for 30 minutes every day, even when exhausted (we got *a lot* of snow). By Friday, my willpower was shot, and Saturday, I no longer had a plan (two first drafts completed, so either needed to edit or start something new).
The books completed were Spilling Blood episode 13 and a pen name novel.
And distractions besides the Post Office? I was offered a position in a Top 10 Rock Band 4 Rivals Crew. How could I say no? 😀 And then Netflix – they have all of Season 10 of Hell on Wheels. *Sigh*
Other: I did not take the move into poetry. I may start this goal later, but it’s going to take a back seat to my prose.
I put off starting this goal due to time constraints. it is a secondary goal to writing.
I didn’t even bother with these goals, as I was barely participating in goal #1.
The weather doesn’t look to be letting up much this week, so I don’t know what’s going to happen. My focus this week will be to write Spilling Blood 14 and get my previous two projects edited. That might be a full week, depending on the weather.
Social Media is a constant diary of our lives. Often I find it difficult to blog about doing anything else other than writing, because I rarely find my personal adventures exciting enough, and I keep my philosophical thoughts (including politics) mostly too myself. It was suggested yesterday I even chronicle my conflicts with all of the spiders that lurk near my writing station. (My office is right next to the back door and cellar. I’m in a high-traffic spider zone). Here’s a glimpse of what my life looked like yesterday.
A week ago, I stepped on a roadkill squirrel while delivering mail in Jerome. I didn’t even see it. Honestly, I’m only assuming it was roadkill, because after all, how many squirrels does a person actually step on? So Facebook has become the place to share squirrel stuff.
I’ve been using Snapchat a little, mainly screwing around with their filters.
I think this is me. 🙂
With this result….
I’ll be at the Buhl Public Library a week from today…
And my most exciting moment of the day…
I just flicked a spider off the curtain. It bounced off the window and *almost* into my lap. I pulled a leg muscle leaping out of my chair.
— G.S. Wright (@GarthSWright) September 30, 2016
Oh… and writing?
I edited 2,880 words and wrote an additional 671 words on a book I’m finishing up under a pen name.
Am I back?! I dunno. I’ve actually got time to work on my books, and first up is Spilling Blood episode 12. I had a fantastic start to this year, and then it came to an abrupt end when I started working pretty much six days a week for the Postal Service – and I’ve found it very difficult to find time for writing. My writing goals are shot, and while the year’s not a waste, it’s not the year I had in mind. In the past, it’s taken a complete one full day off to get my mind back into writing, and, well, here I am writing a quick blog post about it. 🙂
Regardless, today, hours (!!!) will be devoted toward getting Spilling Blood episode 12 finished and off to my proofreaders.
For my Spilling Blood fans, the wait will have been worth it. This episode is going to be about twice as long as any episodes from Seasons 1 and 2, and lots of vampire and werewolf action/horror. You’ll hear more about it as it gets closer to launch, but I’m going to set a goal of having this Season (and series?) wrapped up before Halloween ’16.
It’s here! Grab the Apocalypse Witch Trilogy in One. Complete. Book!
What do you do when pirates kidnap you for a ransom and a mad scientist injects you with a powerful and inevitably fatal concoction of aether?
You get revenge.
Matilda Katrine Myra is no one special, but her pirate abductors don’t know that. When they boldly kidnap her from an airship and sweep her away into the deadly wasteland of mutants and poisonous radiation, her life becomes a day to day battle to evade death.
And she’s much closer to death than ever. A mad scientist has injected her with toxic condensed aether, the air of the gods, and now she’ll need frequent doses just to survive each day. With a dwindling supply, she’ll have to battle mutants, mad scientists, pirates, and the spirits of the dead.
The tool of her fate, a gauntlet feeding the condensed aether into her veins, is also a potent weapon. It can focus the aether into a death ray. She can also see the dead, women who suffered the fate Matilda is fighting to avoid.
Along with a wasteland traveler and his clockwork dragon as her only allies, and despite the powers gifted to her by the aether, the one thing she doesn’t have is time.
With passion and intrigue, adventure and swashbuckling in an apocalyptic world, Apocalypse Witch is a dystopian steampunk adventure of non-stop excitement. This novel collects the three books of the Apocalypse Witch Trilogy, Apocalypse Witch, Memento Mori, and Shadow Falls.
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