Writing Update: October Has Arrived Edition

On the 25th, Shadow Puppet Mysteries debuts. Right now I am currently working on the plot for Part 2 and soon I’ll begin another editing pass for the first entry in the series.

Meanwhile, Cronus Collection continues to grow a bit slowly. As of now I have 8,000 words written but they’re not necessarily going to reflect the final product. During the development of Memory Blood 4, I wrote down various ideas for the world of Cronus Collection back when I simply referred to it as the Untitled Zekkyn Project.

Now, I’ve begun writing something a little different than a rough draft. As this story takes place in the large city of Cronus, it’s important to record the various perspectives of many different characters. As I write more and explore the city and its characters, the true plot develops in the background. I believe most of the material I’m writing now will make it into the final version, but I’m not committing to anything. I’ll just continue writing and then use the material that’s the best to shape the final product.

Because the story won’t be released until the end of next year, there’s a lot more time to explore various possibilities. As long as I continue writing and developing the story, there’s no need to commit to anything just yet. At the same time, many elements of the story have already fallen into place so it’s an interesting mix of writing new and familiar material for me.

I think this long development period will result in the best book possible. I’d like to make sure it gets released in a timely manner though so I’ll be sure to keep an eye on my pace and the scope of the story.

Writing Update: January 2016 Edition

Good evening!

At the end of this upcoming week, Creswood Illusions will be released for free on the site. As I work on finishing this third story in the Creswood series, I’m also working on Memory Blood 4 for release this summer as well as other minor projects.

Right now there are many possibilities for Memory Blood 4. Ideally, the true plot will begin to take shape sooner rather than later but until then I’ve been writing various scenes and exploring different possibilities. Please look forward to some more concrete information in the future.

Also, I’ve prepared a gift for this Valentine’s Day. Another Alpha Fragment will be published featuring a certain character’s first appearance…

2015 Goals Review

It’s the end of the year! It sure has been a long time since the last time it was January 1st.

While I improved at many things this year, the rate at which I improved was a bit slower than I would have liked. I think that my desire last year to take the moment from 2014 forward into 2015 is an even strong desire now. Let’s take 2015 and use it to push ourselves ahead in 2016.

  • Release Memory Blood 2 and 3 – This goal was accomplished! Even if the third book ended up being shorter, I’m happy with this development. Memory Blood Discord was a unique opportunity and it’s allowed me to introduce world elements that can now be used a little more freely in the finale now that they’ve been established. I’m looking forward to writing the grand finale and I have a far clearer idea of what Book 4 is going to be now.
  • Release an additional project – With Creswood Fantasies I achieved this goal. I’m very happy to have released all the material I wanted to in 2015.
  • Increased marketing – While I did work on this, I’ve found myself not focusing on this goal so much. Rather than marketing, I’d like to simply reach out to more people. So this goal is a success but it’s unlikely to be a future goal of mine.

Tomorrow I’ll post my goals for 2016 so please look forward to them. I’m always excited at the beginning of a new year and I’ve proven many times now that I can set reasonably challenging goals and meet them if they’re what I truly desire.

The plan for 2016 can’t be formed fully at the start of the year, but I’ve got some exciting things to share.

Writing Update: Good Progress Edition

This week I came up with some cool new ideas for Creswood Part 2 that have pushed me into the second half of the story. The difficulty level is climbing and I’m hoping to think of even more difficult tricks to include. It’s tough writing tricks for a story that’s already been “solved”, but that’s part of the fun of this extra super difficult scenario.

Speaking of which, I’ve decided to make both Creswood Mysteries and its successor available for free at the end of the month! You’ll be able to purchase the Kindle or iBooks edition for 99 cents if you choose, but if you’d rather not spend the money then feel free to stop by and get both for free. The final story will also be made available for free, but I might also gather all three stories and publish them together as Creswood Collection or something like that as well.

There’s not much else to say this week, but just to summarize my current plans:

End of April 2015 – Creswood 2

Summer 2015 – Memory Blood 2

Winter 2015 – Creswood 3

2016 – Memory Blood 3 and 4 (end of the series)

Writing Update: June 2014 Finale Edition

With June about to come to an end, the year will soon be half over. Today’s update is going to be a quick one as I’m about to resume work on Memory Blood at full-speed after receiving the results of the QA and I’ve been planning things that I can’t yet talk about this week so there’s not much to talk about as of now. For this week, I’ll also return to the % format.

Memory Blood

Book One – QA Phase ending, ~50% finalized.
Book Two – Currently being designed.

The Academy Series and The Orin Chronicles

Development paused. Next volume for The Academy Series and the next volume for The Orin Chronicles are about 50% written.

Future Works

Potential 2016 Project – About 10,000 words written. Concept in flux.
Mystery Series – Currently being designed.
After the Mystery Series – ???

Writing Update: March W1 Edition

At this point, I’m already approaching the end of the second story for Memory Blood. In total, there are going to be eight stories in this first book so I’m nearly 25% complete with the writing which makes me feel great. Already, this is proof that my new writing schedule was well thought-out and that I made the right decisions when it came to the production planning process.

So far, the book’s tone has been very unique. It’s definitely not like anything I’ve written before and I’m very excited about that. While my other series are on the shorter side, I’ve made an effort to make Memory Blood at least 50% bigger than The Library Series and it looks like I’ll easily attain that goal and then surpass it as well. The character reveals start in April so I’m looking forward to seeing how far along I’ll be at that point. If I do enough work, I might be at the 50% mark by the time I reveal the 2 main characters which means I’ll have a lot of time for editing before I send it off for Quality Assurance with friends.

Previously, the QA phase lasted 1-2 weeks (if I was lucky to get everything done in time), but this time there will be not only an entire month of having others read it, but also an entire month to make edits and take that feedback into account. I think this will result in a very high quality product for this summer and I’m looking forward to seeing what Memory Blood will look like in its completed form. There won’t be any time to rest, however, as I’ll be getting to work on the second book right after the first one finishes so I can get it out by the end of the year.

I think now is probably a good time to reveal that Memory Blood will be a 2 year series consisting of four books. So for 2014 and 2015, this is what I’ll be working on in addition to trying to meet by bonus goals of finishing The Orin Chronicles and The Academy Series. As for 2016 and beyond… well, I already know what I’ll be working on. As another fun reveal, my debut mystery series will be coming after Memory Blood! There’s a lot of planning required for this, so I’m glad to have the next two years to get everything into place so that I can properly write it. You readers, as well, should probably use these two years to prepare. The current plan is to have a high difficulty across the entire series so you’ll need to be well prepared for the challenges to come.

Writing Update: January 2014 W2 Edition

The Friday Updates for 2014 have officially begun! Even though today is Sunday so it’s about two days late…

As promised, I’d like to provide updates every Friday about the projects I’m working on as well as other things. While a lot of these updates are planned to be reveals for my upcoming series, the name of which will finally be revealed on January 31st, a good number of them will also be Writing Updates. Today I’ll be quickly updating everyone on the status of The Orin Chronicles, The Academy Series,  and my next series.

The Orin Chronicles

Krakken (Volume 8): Writing – 35% complete
Volumes 9-10: Concept Phase
Volumes 11-13: Not in active development

Notes: The name for Volume 8 has been revealed! The writing has been going smoothly and I suspect Volumes 8-10 will be released within the first half of 2014.

The Academy Series

Second Volume: Not in active development, writing 35% complete

Notes: The major delay with Second Volume has been the complicated problems I set up for the characters. In order for me to continue writing I have to come up with the solutions to these problems so I think it’s likely that Second Volume won’t be released until late 2014. I’ve set up a bigger challenge for myself than I had expected to, but I think it’s definitely going to be a rewarding experience.

2014 Series

Logo: Rough sketch approved. Final product in development.
Book One: Concept Phase. Writing – 1.5% complete

Notes: —

Writing Update: Time Management

Generally, I’m awake for about 15-16 hours each weekday. About 9 hours go to working at my secret job which leaves me with around 6 hours of time not at that job. About half of that non-job time goes to shopping, cooking, cleaning, laundry, gaming, etc. while the other half is absolute free time. I’ll be honest and admit that I don’t write every day so sometimes I spend that time completely on gaming and watching TV/movies. However, when I’m working on my written projects I tend to use up all of that time.

At the moment, I spend about about an equal time writing for The Academy: Second Volume and planning my 2014 series. Lots of cool ideas for what I’m writing next have arisen because I spend so much time thinking about it and those ideas are now free to use when I’m writing. What I’ve learned since I finished my first project in 2011 is that I’m no good at strict planning and it kills me on a creative level. But letting ideas simmer is a lot of fun for me and now I can still be organic in my writing while keeping myself aligned with the vision that I have for the series. I’m confident in the number of plot developments I know will happen, but I don’t necessarily know how I’m going to get there. I really like the characters that I’ve got so far and I’m looking to further define who they are and add interesting new characters to the mix as well.

For The Academy, right now I’m mostly rewriting content I’ve accumulated since the end of the First Volume. I’m once again encountering a bad habit of mine from the early days (um, less than two years ago…) where I randomly changed the tense of the story for no reason. It can be a little disorienting correcting each sentence individually, but upon reading it back it always looks better and fits with my vision for what’s happening. I’m certain I still have some tense issues, but that’s more because I like to interject at certain points in my story and emphasize certain ideas. Whether or not that’s something that has been effective is something I’m still debating, but I think it’s worked fine so far.

As the months go on, I’ll likely dedicate more time to The Academy: Second Volume simply because I’ve already learned so much about my 2014 series. New ideas will continue to arise, but I’ve gotten a great head start on the project and when it comes time to begin writing I’ll be able to have fragments of world and story waiting for me along with strong characters who will guide me through the story. In fact, I’ve liked this method of planning so much that I’ve already started thinking about even more series and potential ideas. What this will do is give me the advantage of choosing from multiple potential projects in the future that already have some sort of form so I won’t have to say something vague like ‘alright, time to write in this genre’. Instead, I’ll be able to say ‘now it’s time to write this specific story I’ve been thinking about for years’.

Writing Update: End of 2012 Edition

Reading through the blogs of my favorite authors is really fun. I especially enjoy being able to look at their feelings during the writing process of works that I am very familiar with and see how, despite their own uncertainties, they were able to produce an amazing work. This is similar to my own experiences, but I’m not sure if my works even compare to theirs just yet…

Anyways, 2012 is almost over and it has been a very exciting year for me. On December 30th, I will post a blog comparing my goals for 2012 with what I achieved and reflect upon them. On December 31st, I will outline my goals for 2013 and starting January 1st I will be working extremely hard in order to meet them. My goals for next year are very ambitious and my writing schedule is already packed so much that I’m thinking about the early months of 2014 already.

Another post that I’m considering doing is a financial report of 2012 that includes how many free copies were given away, how many sales in various currencies, etc. but that might be a little bit demotivating for myself when I calculate the final numbers 😀

I’ve begun experimenting a bit with promotion using Google AdWords (if you’re reading this because you clicked on such a link, hello!) and I know that whether that works out or not I’ll have to improve my marketing. I also want to be able to commission beautiful covers for my books but I’m not sure if I have the money to invest in that so I’m doing my best to work on covers that I can make myself.

Now, to update everyone on the progress of The Library Series…

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Writing Update: Finals End Edition

Could it be… are finals already over? It’s only been 10 days since my last blog post, but quite a lot has happened. In terms of writing, Visitors (Orin Chronicles: Volume 2) has been fully written and is now being edited for release on December 15th.

From Volume 1, the story has the potential to go in many directions and I think Volume 2 will help to define where it’s going. If you’ve read my blog posts then you know The Orin Chronicles features a new adventure every week, but if you’re the average reader then you need the story to tell you that. Volume 2 stays connected to the story while exploring new things and I hope that will be appreciated.

Unlike The Library Series, I don’t really know much about the future of The Orin Chronicles. If you asked me what will happen in Volume 3 I wouldn’t be able to give you an answer that you couldn’t already figure out for yourself. It’s really fun to be able to do something completely new every 15 days while slowly developing the story instead of going all out with the plot (this is why the Library Series books are so short at ~42k words). I think that by the end of these 13 volumes I’ll have a better idea at how to write longer and more complicated stories.