Saturday, October 31, 2009

One productive week

So, this week I managed to get FOUR chapters edited in my book. That leaves me with two more chapters, and then the final read-through. As I sit here, I've already completed chapters 1-9, and by the end of the weekend, I should have 10 and 11 ready for publication (or at least submission to the agents I'll be querying).

As for the future of this blog, when I start the querying process, I'll probably just stop talking about it. I expect to get a lot of rejections, if I hear back at all from the busy agents I'll be talking to, so I don't want to bore you with the repetitive declarations of "I got another rejection letter". I also want to avoid the temptation of insulting agents who don't want to represent me, and I REALLY don't want to ACCIDENTALLY insult them by saying something that can be misinterpreted as an insult.

I WILL, however, keep you all posted on progress with upcoming writing projects, and when I DO hear back from Agents who want to represent me, I'll definitely say something.

And, for those of you who want a preview of my locations, I will begin with the Hanaka Nippon Tea Gallery, which has already been featured in the Flatiron City blog. I'm not sure what I'll follow up with, but it may be the office of Henry Slade, the new protagonist for the setting. I will eventually tell you about the Azure Serpent, the Police Station, and even Level 1 in each tower. Keep your eyes open, because it will be coming....eventually.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

I swear...

I'm formulating the sneak peak in my brain, I just don't have the time to sit down and write it. At the moment, I'm trying to hustle through to the end of my editing, and I may be done next week! YEAH!!! I actually got two chapters edited in two days, and that was with a full work day at my paying job. I still have the final read-through to finish, of course, but that will be done quickly, and then I get to start writing proposals...

And I've said all of that.

In other news, my grandfather is in the hospital. He came down with pneumonia, a situation that only gets more complicated because of his tumor. I guess he's doing alright, but as time wears on, I see more and more that there's little time left for him. Yeah, he's getting stronger right now, but my only hope at the moment is that when he dies, it will be with as little physical pain as possible. Sometimes I think about it and I get a little sad (like right now), but for the most part I'm at peace. I have a strong faith, and I know where he's going when he dies, so in the end, there's really nothing to be sad about. Yes, he'll be gone, but I'll be joining him some day.

On a happier note, it's snowing! If I'm really lucky, it will snow enough for me to get sent home early tomorrow or Thursday, which will give me time to spend with my wife and work on my book some more. :D

I think that's all I got...yep, nothing else.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Short one today.

So, I got chapter 14 edited in only one day! Which means I get to start on 15 tomorrow. Yay! If I push myself, and I plan on doing that, I may get three chapters edited this week!

Anyway, I had an early morning for the dayjob, so this post is going to be short. Just thought you'd all like to know how it's going.

Now off to cook supper as my wife heads home.

Friday, October 23, 2009

On second thought...

I don't know, yet, how best to show some previews of my worlds, but I'm trying to work that out. This week at work has been crazy, and finding energy to write has been a challenge. Even though my goal has been two chapters edited per week, my sickness over the weekend, combined with the fact that Chapter 13 proved to be especially challenging means I only got one chapter edited this week. It's alright, though, because I'm going to get two a week for the next three weeks...and then I'll be FINISHED! Then it's time to start writing that all important query letter, and then I send it to agents, and then I become rich and famous....right?...that's how it works, isn't it? You mean I have dues to pay, still? Oh, alright. No rich and famous right away (unless I win the lottery, so to speak), but I WILL rewrite the Flatiron mystery short story I've been working on, and then I'll start on the Sequel to book 1!

And now I need to figure out what to do for supper, and then time for work. :P

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

I should be in bed.

But I'm not, so read on...if you want.

The optic drive died on my laptop today. It'll cost $300 and will take three to five days to get fixed if I take it to the apple store....but the good news is I should be able to take it to an independent, certified apple tech...which will cost less money. The only problem with that? I'll still be without my computer, the only tool that I can write with, for at least a day. Grr. Maybe I can hold off until I'm done with the book.

On to other thoughts.

Nathan Bransford - Literary Agent wrote a really good piece that he posted today on overly sensitive writers. One of the things I noticed in myself when I first picked up a pen was that I didn't want to hear anything negative about my work, but I always took the opportunity to LEARN from what I heard, whether I liked it or not. More than any other lesson I've learned in the last eleven and a half years (yes, I've been trying to do this for over a decade!), learning to take criticism well is probably the most important. It's not that I get insulted easily, which I do, it's more that I tend to give up easily when I get discouraged. And hearing negative things about my work tends to discourage me at times. But not nearly as much as it used to. :D Anyway, read the post.

In other thoughts, I've toyed with the idea of giving my readers (all four of you) a sneak peak at the worlds I've created. I want to jump back and fourth between Andere, where my current story takes place, and Flatiron City, the blog I created almost four years ago. I mentioned earlier that I was reviving that world, with a new protagonist and actual plots. To keep things interesting for me, I'm going to give you guys a look at some of my more favorite locations in these worlds, maybe even create some new ones that will show up in later works.

Anyway, I'm tired and the wife needs to be in bed, rather than on the couch. G'night, all!

Monday, October 19, 2009


So I got sick over the weekend. As a result, all of the reading that I intended to do didn't get done. It's kind of hard to proof-read your work when sitting up straight makes you dizzy. Yesterday morning I planned on calling in sick today, but by late afternoon, I decided that I should just go in today. I slept in, of course, just to make sure I got enough rest, but still no writing done.

Am I discouraged? No. Life happens, and I'm still on track to meet my goals. I know when things don't go as planned it's easy to just say, "Well, I give up." I'm not giving up, I'm not depressed, and there's NO WAY that I'm going to let a little fever ruin my book.

So, first thing tomorrow, I'm going to sit down and get back into the editing. Tonight I plan on reading through chapter eight, and then this weekend...who knows. But I'm still on track, and I feel...well, I don't feel like crap the way I did two days ago.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

On Schedule?

Sort of. I'm making great progress despite my body insisting that I go back to sleep every morning. About once a week I manage to get up at five, but lately it's been closer to five thirty or six. Nevertheless, I'm still hitting my target of two chapters a week for editing! Much better than four or one because I'm making steady progress and I'm not ruining the book by overworking myself.

I still need to read through chapters 8-12, but I'll start that on Saturday since Emily is going to spend the day at a friend's baby shower.

I want to update the blog more often, at least until I get my own real website (and who knows when that will be) but I don't really have that much to say beyond what I put up on twitter. I'm sure I can think of something, though, so I'll see you all on Monday.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Not so sleepy today

I actually slept last night!

As far as writing goes, I'm still keeping up with my modified schedule for editing...that's two chapters a week. It's going well, despite my body trying to get me sick. Now, the weekend reading isn't working for me, but I'll catch up on that soon enough :)

Just a short post today, I have to get back to work.

Life's okay, for now. I really want to write full time, but I'm grateful for a job that pays well.
That's all.

Monday, October 05, 2009

And life continues

I didn't sleep much last night. No reason, I just couldn't fall asleep until nearly 2. I still got up at 5:30, and I got a good deal of writing done before work. I should be able to get chapter 9 done today... which is really nice. That's one of the chapters I've put some extra effort into, so it makes progress easier to attain.

Right now I'm at lunch, listening to Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix on my iPhone. It explains any oddities in my post :)

Jeremy had a contact in Japan who he hoped to get a job with, but that fell through. As much as we would all miss him if he left, we really wanted him to get the job. It would have been one of the best things that could happen for his career. On the other hand, he's doing pretty well as a chef. I think we've finally convinced him to sign up for Hell's Kitchen, which I'm certain he would win. Again, it would suck if he left, but being a head chef is one of his dream jobs. It would be cool!

Now my wife's on the phone, so I'll post this and talk to her.

Friday, October 02, 2009

The work continues.

So, my original goal, two weeks ago, was to edit four chapters a week. I realized, as I suspected I might, that I can't edit that many chapters a week while trying to work a full time job. So, I'm down to two or three a week, depending on how difficult the chapter may be or how exhausted I get.

At the end of each group of four chapters, I'm still going to read through them to make sure they're ready to publish, but I definitely won't be done by the middle of October. November seems like the most reachable goal, now. That still fits into my End of December goal that I set last January!

To anyone who's ever wanted to write a book, here's my advise: do it! It's not easy, and at some point, you may want to throw it out, shave your head, and move to Tibet just to get away from the world, but if you fight through that frustration, eventually you'll get to the point where you love it! Writing is hard work, but with a great deal of dedication (it can't be done without that), you'll be able to accomplish least on the writing front.

Okay, that's all for now.