Deep in NaNo Prep

After playing around with ideas for a while, I’ve settled on finally tackling the 2014 rewrite for NaNo this year.  Spent about two weeks outlining where I want to take it and ended up with several pages of plot and backstory. Now, all I gotta do is hope that’ll be enough to see me through. If not, I’ll give up on fantasy for now and focus on horror.

I also added John to fictionpress here. I meant to add Just Us, too, but the story is missing from all my files of John & Other Stories. The version up for sale has it, but none of the text documents do. So, I’m now dragging my feet on retrieving it.

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The Dog Makes for a Better Beta Than my Mother

Sometime in March this year, I gave my mother the first draft of Lost Among Shadows because she asked for it and I figured, while biased, her feedback couldn’t hurt. She isn’t one to pull any punches and has a habit of telling me just how stupid she thinks I’m being. Just in case she wanted to get the backstory, I gave her the other two volumes, too. She promised, she’d read it by June, which was  when I wanted to start revision.

Just in case she wanted to get the backstory, I gave her the other two volumes, too. She promised, she’d read it by June, which was  when I wanted to start revision. No idea why I fell for that one because I’m pretty sure she doesn’t even remember where she put those printouts. Granted, she keeps bringing it up every few weeks a la “I still have to/want to read your stuff.” But I doubt she’ll ever get to it. No real point to it either since neither her Lost nor her WLW is the current version anymore.

Anyway, this reminded me of the one time I tried to run a story idea past her. I had a basic outline and a universe. Her suggestion wasn’t bad but, would have required a drastic change to the core of the story. So, I tried to work it into my existing idea and she got horribly offended that I didn’t just toss my idea for hers.  Yeah, never doing that again.  I took to bouncing ideas off the dog after that.

I took to bouncing ideas off the dog after that. Sometimes, he even stuck around long enough to listen to the whole thing…

What Lies Within Now Available on Fictionpress

After dragging my heels on this, because I hate filling out profiles, I’ve posted the first chapter of What Lies Within on Fictionpress. I’ll be adding the rest one per day for extended visibility. Except for the ones I consider too short to add on their own. Those’ll get bundled with the next.

If you’re interested you can read it here.

All it Takes is One Bad Scene

I was making okay progress on Ash Manor IV (couldn’t really get into it after my initial excitement) until one scene took a turn I didn’t expect and couldn’t work with and it stalled me almost completely. I know what needs fixing but can’t wrap my head around how yet, and I know I’ll just generate throwaway trash if I go out of order.

Just so I’m not doing nothing I’ve tackled the re-revision (curse myself) of No Such Thing. I’ve unpublished that for now and will rerelease possibly with a new title/ASIN once I finish. I’ve also been doing some plotting for next month.

As this was more or less my original plan for October, I’m  not too upset about the stall. I suspect, I needed a break from Ash Manor the same way I can’t read two books from the same author back to back without getting bored (this sucks when you’re really excited about a sequel). I hadn’t originally planned on touching that until December or January and kind of wanted to start a second series before that.