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Monday, November 25, 2013

NaNo update: My Christmas Gift to You!!

Hey all. It's that time of year again. The weather has turned cold, the television has been advertising cheap toys for three months now, and it is nearly the darkest shopping day of mankind. Yup, it's Thanksgiving. This can only mean one thing, Christmas is just around the corner.

As part of this NaNo update post I am going to reveal my newest release. You might be wondering why I am doing such a small release with no events or hoopla. Well, this book is a short, short story. In fact, it is a Christmas Special. It is the Bark Christmas Special. I wrote this as a gift to my fellow Clash players last year just before the game died and am now releasing it on ereaders as an ebook. Just like the other Bark stories, this one is free.

About the story; this Bark story is set in-between the first two books and gives another glimpse of the life of Bark as he struggled to live without a voice. Bark is left at the ULH spacestation while all the other students and instructors head home for the Holidays. The Rangers up their work to keep the world safe so that the ULH can take a much needed break and spend time with their families. Unfortunately, Bark cannot remember any family and has no one to go home to. Yet, he isn't alone. The General is also on the station for the season. However, it is The Generals choice because he hates Christmas. This short story tells a little of The Generals life before he became the head of the United League of Heroes. Bark decides to find a way to brighten the mood of his commanding officer only to discover how much The General really does hate everything about Christmas. After learning the truth behind this hatred, Bark still tries.

Personally, this is one of my favorite stories I have written. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it. Currently it is only available on Smashwords, but it should migrate from there to Nook, Kobo, Aldiko, and other platforms soon. I will update you on where it shows up through my Facebook page, keep an eye out.

So, Merry Christmas and enjoy Bark: A Christmas Special

Now for the NaNo update:
My NaNoWriMo totals thus far:
Day1: 2012 words
Day2: -295 words (Did a little rewrite of a scene that was screwing up the story.)
Day3: 2575 words
Day4: 1906 words
Day5: 1465 words
Day6: 2789 words
Day7: 2201 words
Day8: 3029 words
Day9: 1234 words
Day10: 0 words (Chruch trip)
Day11: 0 words (Church trip)
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Day12: 1306 words
Day13: 1981 words
Day14: 1406 words
Day15: 2099 words
Day16: 1044 words
Day17: 1796 words

Day 18: 3295 words
Day 19: 1841 words
Day 20: 656 words
Day 21: 1366 words
Day 22: 1600 words
Day 23: 3427 words
Day 24: 1891 words

Total Words added since last update: 14076 words
Total Words for NaNo so far: 40624 words
Total Words for the Book: 70211 words

Monday, November 18, 2013

Update: Art

Hey everyone. The handful of you that read my last blog post are aware that I am part of National Novel Writing Month. If you weren't part of that group, well you know now. As such, I am going to update you on my word count numbers. But instead of just posting a list or boring numbers I am going to also throw in some of my art that you may have not seen yet. Yes, this is all drawn by me. Enjoy!



























My NaNoWriMo totals thus far:
Day1: 2012 words
Day2: -295 words (Did a little rewrite of a scene that was screwing up the story.)
Day3: 2575 words
Day4: 1906 words
Day5: 1465 words
Day6: 2789 words
Day7: 2201 words
Day8: 3029 words
Day9: 1234 words
Day10: 0 words (Chruch trip)
Day11: 0 words (Church trip)
Total: 16916 words
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Day12: 1306 words
Day13: 1981 words
Day14: 1406 words
Day15: 2099 words
Day16: 1044 words
Day17: 1796 words

Total: 9632 words
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Total for NaNo: 26548 words
Total for the book: 56062 words

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

NaNo Time again!!!

Well, it's November again. If you were unaware of that fact then....uh....surprise. Anyway, among the various Holiday's November is a special month for authors such as myself. This is National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo. It is the goal of each author who signs up for NaNoWriMo to put in at least 50k words into a story. Someone somewhere declared a basic number of 50,000 to be the amount of words to justify calling a story a novel, so that is why that is the number chosen.

For me, this will be the second year I have done this. Last time I flew past the 50k mark quickly. Unfortunately the book I was working on really fizzled out and I have hardly looked at it since last November. Of course that is not to say that I haven't been writing. Since then I have written one full novel, several short stories, and a Christmas special story for Bark.

For NaNo 2013 I am working on the full length sequel to The Crystal Needle. I will tell you more about the story at a later time. I had already started working on this a while back and set it aside specifically to wait to work on it during NaNo. This meant that I entered the event with nearly 40k words already put on paper. So the site is telling me I'm almost done. Not so fast. I intend on writing 50k words during this month on the story, even if the site wants to pat me on the back ahead of that goal, I will still reach it.

What do I need from you? Encouragement, cheering, prayer. Writing is a joy and a struggle. While I love to write and will always write, there are times when I sit back and say, "what are you doing? This is garbage. Nobody will read this junk." You aren't aware how much a few words of encouragement helps push me out of that funk quickly and keeps me writing.





Now I will give you the current update of my words in progress.

Day1: 2012 words
Day2: -295 words (Did a little rewrite of a scene that was screwing up the story.)
Day3: 2575 words
Day4: 1906 words
Day5: 1465 words
Day6: 2789 words
Day7: 2201 words
Day8: 3029 words
Day9: 1234 words
Day10: 0 words (Chruch trip)
Day11: 0 words (Church trip)
Total for NaNo: 16916 words
Total for the book: 46430 words


Sunday, November 3, 2013

To be an inspiration

Hello everyone, I know it has been a couple weeks since I last posted and I apologize for that. Life has just been one thing after another.

Donna Standish
Today I want to tell you about someone who inspired me. Being an author who seems to go unnoticed by the vast majority of readers is hard on the heart. So when I come across an enthusiastic and cheerful reader of my work I am overjoyed. Slightly over one year ago I did just that. A woman by the name of Donna Standish contacted me on Facebook and told me that she loved my work. I didn't know her but I was happy to hear from a reader. After that we struck up many conversations, some about writing others about anything else. She liked to talk and that is fine by me.

Often when I needed a little encouragement she would find a way to encourage me. When I posted about my books, she would share and ask her friends to check them out. That is the best kind of publicity. She also introduced me to a few others, such as her daughter and a few fitness models. Donna had a thing for beefcake, which was one of the reasons she liked looking at some of my art for my books. Through her I discovered Colin Wayne and Steffen Hughes, two fitness models that let me use some of their pictures to draw characters from.

Donna simply had a way of making you feel like family, even over the internet. So, as a gift I decided to craft a character in her honor. In my current WIP I have a character named Donna, no last name. My Donna is a bit of a cariacture of the real person. I would like to introduce you to Donna of Stillwater.

Treb
Donna is a wizard apothecary who meets the heroes when they find their way into the town of Stillwater in Gallenor. Helpful, funny, honorable, and kind to all, Donna is a respected member of the community. The best description I give of her is that she is tragically single. She always has an eye out for a handsome man to flirt with, and boy is she the flirt. As soon as she lays eyes on Treb, one of the heroes and a burly bare chested man, her flirting is set to overdrive. Donna isn't a main character but her role in the book is important and helps guide the characters on their journey. At one point she nearly sacrifices her own life to save the others so that they can escape the clutches of the evil villain. Last, and certainly not least, Donna tends to have the more comical scenes, breaking up the seriousness of the story. In fact one of the best scenes in the book for humor involves her and Treb.

Why am I telling you all about this wonderful person I met and honored with a character in a book? Donna Standish suffered a heart attack early November 2nd and passed away shortly thereafter. I found out about it just before I taught my Sunday school class in church. It was all I could do to keep on the topic and not tear up. I will sorely miss Donna and pray that her family understands the impact this one person had on my life.

The moral of this blogpost: Donna was an inspiration by her attitude and her actions. She didn't request to be a character, in fact I wrote the whole book long before I informed her of her part in the story. I simply felt that she deserved it for being such an encouraging, happy, friendly person. If you want to inspire authors world wide, be a Donna for them, trust me they need every one they can get.

Rest in peace Donna Standish, I look forward to the day that I finally get to meet you in the hereafter where we will discuss literature with our Lord and Savior.