Yeah yeah, it’s been a long time

I wish I could say something happened to stop my posts here, but there’s nothing. Nothing except the brewing in my brain that told me what I was writing wasn’t as good as it could be. After many months of stoppage, I reassessed. All because a friend called me up and told me how much he identified with Kat and that he saw her passage into Mythos like him passing the bar exam. That sparked some ideas. So I restarted and I’m in Chapter 5. While I know what’s to happen in this chapter, I’m a little stuck as to…

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Charles Woodson is Retiring – Long Live the GOAT

Back in 1998, I was into the Raiders, but not super-into them like I am nowadays. Back then, Jon Gruden had just become our head coach, we had Jeff Hostetler as our QB and well, I wasn’t paying attention much to the draft or free agent pickups or anything. But we drafted the Heisman Trophy winner, Charles Woodson as our cornerback. By the time I was paying attention two or three years later when Gannon was the QB, Woodson had already established himself as a very talented but partying player. So when he left for the Packers when his rookie…

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Reason #56 for Not Posting Here

The past few weeks have been a swirl of emotions/actions. A friend died (more on this later) prompting a visit from my best friend, my nephew came up for a weekend, it’s the high pressure season with work, and there’s stuff to do in the garden. Needless to say, my writing didn’t stop just here. It stopped on “Thwarted Wills” as well. The last couple of nights though, I couldn’t stop myself from working on Chapter 11. Managed a few paragraphs. Using two POV’s and voices gives me such a different feeling when I’m writing them. With Tristien, my sense…

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Rough Draft of Chapter 10 is done!

Last night I stayed up until past 11 to finish Chapter 10, which means Part 1 of Book 2 is done! Yay! So far, Book 2 is proceeding at a decent clip. The outline helps but of course, in the process of writing, I’ve changed a number of things so the outline isn’t quite right. Question is, do I take the time out to adjust the outline or just keep plunging ahead? I think I’m opting for the latter. I’m finding that I’m zipping through the chapters that have been pretty much thought out but slowing down on the nebulous chapters…

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Today’s Goal is to Crack the Top 100 of Free Downloads in Kindle

I’ve now run a free promotion twice. The first ended up in 250 downloads which I thought was pretty good. I’m running a 2-day free download promo on which today is the 2nd day. And so far, 704 was downloaded yesterday and today, there’s another 50 so far. Currently, I’m #1 in three sub-categories but I’m #267 among ALL downloads. So I’m trying to get to the top 100. It’s nice to have goals, right? So yesterday, I focused on reddit. Today, I focused on FB groups. Let’s see which one produces more readers (or at least freebie-hoarders). If you…

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Open the Floodgates! Chapter 9 Here I come!

For almost two weeks, I’ve been stuck. All because there’s parts of an outline that is covered by a general statement instead of specific events. So when you get to that part of the outline, it’s like hitting a brick wall. The climax of Part 1 is the 1st Critlings encounter. I’ve known that since the last book. But saying Critlings encounter and sitting down to write it are two different matters. When writing, you must know the characters, more or less what’s going to happen, and what the outcome of the event is and where you’re going with the next…

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Having an Outline Really Helps

Guess how many words I’ve put down since I started Book 2 around the last week of June. Go on, guess! All right fine, I’ll tell you. Close to 20k words! Yes! Can you believe it? I know! Me too! I’ve gone through 7 chapters already and will be making the decision to either keep Chapter 8 as is or combine it with the outline of Chapter 9. Actually, I slowed down tremendously around the 2nd week of July. I wasn’t burnt out or anything, just was dillying and dallying around, getting 300 to 500 words down a day. Then…

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Results of PR Push – 7/21/15 Edition

Sometimes, being a writer isn’t about being a writer and PR is one of those times, especially for an Indie writer. PR means having a decent pitch, enough to hook a look from a reviewer, and reaching out to the public to say, “Here’s my book. Take a look. Even better, take a read.” It’s hard work and uses way different muscles than creating or even editing. So far, the PR pushes have generated reviews and looks, but few sales. Hopefully the noise will break through to some. Onto the results! Actual reviews: Alex McGilvery of Celtic Frog Reviews gave…

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