Writing Update

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I’ve been quiet for about a month, but I’ve been busy. Here’s what’s going on.

Every spare moment of my writing time has gone to Apocalypse Witch for the last month, going through the entire series and making little improvements, and adding a touch of foreshadowing here and there. Books 1 and 2 will have an update this weekend (approximate, based on when I get the book back from my editing/proofreading team). Around the same time, Apocalypse Witch 3 will go live. The conclusion to the 3 book story arc will be complete!

First of all… here’s the cover of Apocalypse Witch Book 3!

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(I also have the cover for the bundle, but I’m saving it until closer to release)

On the same note, about a week after book 3 is released, I’ll release the Complete Trilogy in a bundle. I’m going to push to have the paperback out around the same time.

Spilling Blood 12 is also complete and will now be my focus. The editing won’t take too long on this one. I don’t know if I want to stagger my releases, or release Spilling Blood as early as next week also. I will be writing Spilling Blood 13 next week.

As for Hungry Gods? Yikes! This is a massive editing process and I’m not sure when I will focus on it, though I need to soon. I plan on revisiting the entire series again, making sure all three novels flow together. That’s about 160,000 words, so it isn’t a weekend project – more like a month. O.o

I wish I could say all of my time is going to writing, but a lot of the Post Offices have lost their subs around Southern Idaho, so I’ve been working everywhere, severely limiting my time. I’m just a substitute also, and actually have more free days than most postal workers, but I’ve been busier for the last three weeks or so than normal.

Tomorrow I will be at a library conference as a vendor, peddling my wares. 🙂

So anyway, that’s that. With Apocalypse Witch releasing soon, I’ll have more updates. Plus I need to look at the last three months and how it panned out.

4/13/16 Word Count: 1,128 (ave. – all editing – wph) Editing: yes

Pen Name Novella #2 +0 13,065/20,000

Pen Name Short Story #6 +878 4,110/5,000

Pen Name Short Story #7 +666 1,512/5,000

Hungry Gods 3 +0. 58,009 Editing

Apocalypse Witch Trilogy +1,128 60,649 COMPLETE!

Apocalypse Witch 3 +023,417 COMPLETE!

Spilling Blood ep. 12 +0 15,138/15,000 Editing

April Word Count: 2,189

2016: January: 103,398, February: 11,551, March: 44,670

For Year: 161,808

2016 Completed Projects: Spilling Blood 11, Apocalypse Witch Book 3, Apocalypse Witch Complete Trilogy, 1 Novella, 5 Short Stories, 1 Short Story Bundle (of 3 titles)

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Month 1 Update

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January’s over. It’s time to modify my goals and see where I want to go based on what I accomplished.

First off – What January Was –

In January, I completed 2 short stories, Spilling Blood ep. 11, Apocalypse Witch book 3, a and 20k novella under a pen name. I hit the word count target for Hungry Gods book 3, though the rough draft won’t be finished for a few more days (it’s going to come close to 60k). Editing is taking a while, I have 3 books in the editing stage. It is what it is.

I wrote 103,398 words in January. I averaged 3,335 words a day. That’s better than the 2,750 word low target (which is enough for 1 mil words for the year). I averaged 1,746 words per hour.

My most popular book with sales for January was Spilling Blood Season II. My most popular book in Kindle Unlimited was Soul Sister.

My Quote of the Day and Daily Writing Prompt Posts are going away. I will keep them on Twitter only. The posts aren’t popular, so I’m not going to keep them alive any longer.

ON TO FEBRUARY!!!

February is set up to be a home run. I have three books about ready to publish. I’ll be editing Hungry Gods 3 for most of the month (after it’s completed this week). I will also start writing a new novel today.

I want to put January’s Word Count to shame, so I’m going to shoot for 4k-5.5k. I want to keep taking it up each month.

What else for February – Spilling Blood ep. 12, and a few pen name projects. I’ve got the word count room for more stories, but I haven’t decided what, exactly. It won’t be starting anything else until SB12 is done, anyway.

(Last day to get Spilling Blood ep. 1 for Free).

Word Counts

1/31/16 Word Count: 4,224 (ave. 2,112 wph) Editing: Nope

Hungry Gods 3 +4,224. 52,037/50,000

Spilling Blood ep. 12 +0 8,394/15,000

Pen Name Book +0. 22,874/20,000 Editing

Apocalypse Witch 3 +021,648/20,000 Editing

Pen Name Short Story #2 +0. 5,361/5,000 Editing

January Word Count: 103,398

For Year: 103,398

2016 Completed Projects: Spilling Blood 11, Short Story.

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Word Count for Jan. 10, 16

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Yesterday I finished the first draft of Spilling Blood episode 11. Check out the previous blog post for a teaser. 🙂 It won’t be long. I’ll be spending the next couple of days editing, and then off to my proofreaders.

Also, Hungry Gods 3 is 33% completed. Yay!

Word Counts

1/10/16 Word Count: 2,504 (ave. 1,669 wph)

Hungry Gods 3 +738. 20,162/60,000

Spilling Blood 11 +1,766. 15,814/15,000 Now in Editing

Apocalypse Witch 3 +015,020/20,000

Pen Name Book +0. 4,679/20,000

January Word Count: 31,598

For Year: 31,598

2016 Completed Projects: Short Story.

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The Value of Word Count

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If you’ve been following my blog for the past week, you’ll notice I’ve been sharing my daily word counts. A lot of us writers do so just to keep track of how much we wrote in a year. If you have ever participated in NaNoWriMo, you’ve probably stared at your graph showing you how many more words you needed to write to finish a 50k novel in a month.

Also I’ve seen it said that by your first million words you’ll find your voice. I don’t remember who said that or how they said it, but it referred to that 10,000 hours of practice at whatever you pursue to become good at it. You won’t know when you’ve reached that milestone without tracking word count.

Word count is a measure of how long it will take you to complete your projects. Since I started independently publishing my writing in 2012, I’ve got plenty of unfinished manuscripts on my laptop. I’ve got the projects I want to finish this month, and those I’d like to get to later in the year. The ones I’m chasing now stand in the way of all of my other ideas. I see them as what I’ve committed to, but I really really want to start chasing my newer ones too. :/

Dean Wesley Smith wrote a blog article called Pulp Speed. It’s an inspirational article where he talks about increasing his own writing, and sets milestones, called Pulp Speeds, that show what he will accomplish if he writes so many words per day. He shoots for Pulp Speed 6, which would net him 2 million words of writing in a single year. Pulp Speed 1, his lowest, is an impressive 1 million words in a year.

Based on his article, I am at Pulp Speed Two, and on the cusp of reaching Three. I actually tie his article into my excel spreadsheet where I track my word count. I want to reach Pulp Speed 6. He gives examples of how many hours you’d have to write a day if you write 1000 words an hour, and there lies also the value of tracking your word count… pushing to get faster.

I am currently using a timer, and writing in 25 minute bursts. Often I get in only 750 words in that time, averaging about 1500 words an hour. I am pushing toward 2000 an hour. At that speed, I’m happy with the amount of time I spend in a day writing.

So! With all of that said, I take my daily word count and chart what I’m going to do with it based upon my average, to decide what I want/need to accomplish for the month. Pulp Speed 2 gives me 95,000 words to play with this month. 50k of that I’m giving to Hungry Gods 3. 20k is going to one of my pen names, Spilling Blood Episode 11 gets 15k, and then I’m going for 2 short stories of 5 k each. This is the start of week two of January, and I have one short story out of the way, and Spilling Blood ep. 11 almost complete.

That has netted me almost 26,000 words in one week.

That normally would be a fairly full month. But once I start looking at my productivity for the higher Pulp Speeds, it pushes me to add that extra 600 words a day to Reach the next level. I would love to hit 6k a day. We’ll see.

One thing I would like to note is that I cannot apply an entire day to just one project. I find that tiring. I have to spread my writing out at least between two of my books, and often three. That surprisingly helps my mind stay focused on writing, and still meets the same monthly writing goals as though tackling them one by one.

This post is longer than  I anticipated, so to wrap it up, here’s my stats so far:

Word Counts

1/7/16 Word Count: 3,190 (ave. 2,004 wph)

Hungry Gods 3 +1,845. 17,425/60,000

Spilling Blood 11 +1,161. 15,342/15,000

Apocalypse Witch 3 +015,020/20,000

Pen Name Short +184. 5,764/5,000 From editing.

Pen Name Book +0. 4,679/20,000

January Word Count: 25,953

For Year: 25,953

Completed Projects: Short Story.

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Monday Update #3

52 Books in 52 Weeks – Week 3

tumblr_mpa1vstnbl1rb324eo1_500I am writing/releasing 52 books in 52 weeks. Week two is over. Week 2: 1 book written. I finished Soul Sister on Friday. I’m making a few changes for the second draft. It will go through my proofreaders one more time (hopefully) and it’ll be released (again, hopefully) this week. I’m very excited to share it with you. It’s my favorite story from my muse so far. Words Written Last Week: 11,882. Average: 2,376 a day across 5 days. All of my time went to finishing Soul Sister. Week 2 of 52: 3 written, 2 published.

This Week’s Projects

  1. Get Soul Sister polished and beautiful and released.
  2. Finish Apocalypse Witch Book 3.
  3. Spilling Blood Season 2 needs a paperback edition… STILL!!!

BONUS!

This isn’t really a bonus, but a reminder. Did you know you can still read Death Storm (Hungry Gods Book 1) for FREE? I’m just throwing that out there because you’ll be seeing Book 3 in about two months and that will give you time to read the first two books with very little wait for the conclusion. You can find Death Storm at any of your favorite ebook distributors. It’s everywhere, seriously. cover-teaser

The 2015 Monday Update – Goals for This Year (or Better Late Than Never?!)

Yes, I know, we’re well into 2015. Through the winter (and the first part of the year, I didn’t have that much time to devote to my writing. Sooo… here we are, mid-April, and I’m just getting around to what is going on for the rest of the year.

Last year I had set a goal of writing 1 million words. I managed about a quarter of that. Though I’d like to think I could hit it this year, I don’t think a million words is what I want to focus on this time around.200 (2)

Instead, I’m going for 52 ebook releases in 52 weeks. Some of you might’ve seen a similar goal inspired by the writer Dean Wesley Smith in one of his blog posts from a few years back, and yes, I admit that it’s my influence.

But, I hear you say, it’s April! 15 weeks have already gone by, and you’ve only released 4 ebooks this year! Well, I just so happen to have 15 books on Amazon right now! That’s still 52 books by the time this year ends. But still, that’s not exactly the goal. 52 books in 52 weeks. I’ll take this goal into April 2016 to see it through.

So… back to what I’m shooting for. At least one ebook a week. This will include short stories, novelettes, novellas, serials, bundles, and full length novels. I’m going to try for at least one release per month to be a novel of 40k words or more, but that’s a secondary goal.

This week you’ll see the release of the conclusion to Spilling Blood Season II, and the complete Season in a single bundle (for those of you who have been waiting). In the following weeks, Apocalypse Witch 3 and the bundle of the trilogy, and Soul Sister (which is coming along quickly now), and finally on to Hungry Gods 3. I have several other secret projects I’m not ready to announce yet, but the above are what I’m already committed to.

Finally, if I can stay on track, I’ll go back to fairly regular Monday updates to keep myself honest.

Release Schedule Update

Here’s the current release schedule for my Works in Progress…

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Spilling Blood Season II is on a monthly release schedule. Episode 6 will be released this month (Nov.), followed by Episode 7 in time for Christmas. The series will continue monthly through March 2015, followed by the release of the complete series in a complete book.

Season III is planned to start Oct 2015.

APOCALYPSE WITCH

Book 3 (Not yet titled) coming Dec 2014.

Collection (Bundle of all 3 books) Dec 2014.

The Apocalypse Witch will return in 2015.

DEATH’S KINGDOM (HUNGRY GODS BOOK 3)

Release 1st Quarter 2015

SOUL SISTER

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Release 1st Quarter 2015

 

 

 

 

The Return of the Elusive Monday Update

It’s been a very long time since I’ve done a Monday update. At one time I intended to post my weekly word count on my works in process, along with how many words I’d written for the year.

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I failed…

To be honest, I have been distracted for the last few months by other projects. I think it’s time to return to my books.

WIP’s

Currently I am working on my three series and one stand-alone novel.

 HUNGRY GODS BOOK 3

Out of my three series, this one is the most complicated. If you read Death Storm & the sequel, Death’s Reach, there are many, many story-lines that must be brought to the conclusion. I had originally hoped to get it done by the end of this summer, but I have constantly let myself get distracted with other projects. My current goal for this book is by the end of the year. I am setting the goal of a 50,000 word book, though I expect it to surpass that length.

Hungry Gods III Word Count: 1,335/50,000

 SPILLING BLOOD SEASON II

Last year around October I released Spilling Blood, Season I. I put out one episode a week for four weeks, releasing the collection around Halloween. This year, I’m going to release the new episodes as I can. I’m not going to keep to a weekly schedule as life’s schedule is interfering. However, it will be longer, with two additional episodes. Season II will encompass episodes 5 through 10, with each episode of the serial around 10,000 words.

Here’s a teaser of the cover:

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Spilling Blood Season II, episode 5 Word Count: 1,665/10,ooo

 APOCALYPSE WITCH BOOK 3

I started this series a few months ago, with the idea of writing them quickly. That didn’t happen. Book 3 has not gotten the attention it needs. Each book of the Apocalypse Witch serial will continue around 20,000 words.

Apocalypse Witch Book 3 Word Count: 486/20,000

 SOUL SISTER

This is a stand-alone novel and is nearing completion. If you liked Broken Things and haven’t really gotten into my genre writing, you’ll probably like SOUL SISTER. You’ll be hearing more about this book in the very near future.

Check out the cover:

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Soul Sister word Count: 29,915/50,000

 ONE MILLION WORDS IN 2014

Argh. What can I say? I am nowhere near meeting this writing goal. If you recall, my purpose was to write 1 million words over the course of this year. I am currently at 201,669 words, only about 20% of the way there and with just over four months to make up the difference. I might redo this goal for 2015, but I’m not giving up on it until midnight nears on December 31st.

1 Million Words Goal: 201,669/1,000,000

With a little luck and motivation, I’ll have a new Monday update next week, with impressive word counts.

Death’s Reach – Available Now

The wait is finally over. Death’s Reach, the sequel to last year’s Death Storm in the Hungry Gods series, is available on exclusively at Amazon in ebook format. Paperback will follow shortly.

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DEATH’S REACH

The zombie apocalypse continues as the survivors search for a place of refuge. Things have gone from bad to worse, with even the gods succumbing to the curse.

Taegar never saw himself as a hero, and certainly not a leader. His allies are a mixed bunch, composed of a little girl and her zombie brother, a blind and crippled elf, a rogue, and a young woman that can’t return his affections. Though their differences threaten to tear the group apart, only by staying together can they survive.

Their goal is to reach Levia, the city of wizards, hoping that such a place would have withstood the undead horde. Between them and their destination is a dying world full of new horrors and nightmares as the curse expands beyond humans. And what awaits them in Levia? Has it truly survived the madness of the zombie apocalypse?

Meanwhile, the goddess, Death, embarks on her own journey to reach the underworld and fulfill her destiny. Her companion, a man thought lost to primordial spirits, carries within him a curse all his own.

Death’s Reach is book 2 in the Hungry Gods series, and the sequel to Death Storm, a Dark Fantasy Zombie Apocalypse that brings the nightmare of Armageddon to a high fantasy world.

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Monday Update Part 5

One year ago from yesterday, I released my first book, Broken Things. Since then, I’ve published two others, with my fourth book coming out within a few days.

Broken Things was the novel I wanted to write, a story that I felt was inspired. It is the novel I wanted to launch my career with. I’m still proud of it, even though my writing has continued to grow since then. It’s still my favorite of all my stories. It’s taken me across Southern Idaho to book signings in a variety of venues from an aquarium and to coffee bars and bookstores. It also continues to sell the best of my three titles, so far.
Broken ThingsEven though I am frequently asked if this book will ever have a sequel, I really don’t want to lessen the book by giving it a series. There’s some books (and movies) that lose everything they stand for because of further development, and this I will always believe is one of them. It has reached rank #1,138 in paid bestsellers on Amazon, and broken into the top #100 from a promo free run.

In this second year, I have another sci-fi novel coming out, probably a month or two away. It will be for those of you who enjoyed my first Sci-fi, with a story-line that will hopefully make you think and feel. More on that at a later date.

I will also be writing my other two genre fiction series, being Hungry Gods and Spilling Blood. I’ve promised my wife her advanced copy of Death’s Reach will be in her hands over the next couple of days, which means that you will be able to read it within a week.

In Death’s Reach, the zombie apocalypse takes a number of horrifying new turns as zombie gods begin to extend their influence over the world. There are few sanctuaries left, and the survivors from book 1 find their resolve tested as the world descends into chaos.

If you liked Death Storm, you’ll love Death’s Reach.

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