Back into Writing

I’m going to try to start posting a little more regularly on my progress of my work, now that I’ve started up some more projects again.

Scope’s War is currently submitted to a new indie press that is getting started, so that’s pretty much on hold for the moment.

In the meantime, I’m working on a new project, with the working title of Kingdoms. It’s high fantasy with a dash of steampunk thrown in. Lots of sword fights and armies, and the magic system I’ve been working on is really cool, at least I think so.

I’ve also started working on map making using photoshop. I always loved drawing out maps, but doing it in photoshop really gives it some life. I’ll be trying to post maps as I make, them, ones that are just for fun and not for any particular project.

Rejected

I got my first rejection letter.

It was a positive experience I think. It is something any serious author experiences, something that I will likely experience frequently in the future. It also pointed out flaws in my own work and places where I can improve both my book and my pitch for future submissions. Now it is time to regroup and apply some new steam to get more submissions out into the world and find the right home for my novel.

Onwards and upwards!

Query Time

I put in 3 query letters for Scope’s War yesterday and I’m hoping to send out more over the next few days. I’m hoping that someone will see the gem that the book is and get it picked up. All I can do now is think positive thoughts for that.

On the rest of the writing front, I’m working through Part II of Darkness on Daen, as well as resuming work on my shelved alternate history novel Sands of Eternity. It’s fun to go back and look at my first major writing project and see where I’ve progressed. There is going to be a good deal of editing going on with that manuscript, but I stopped working on it when it was at about 40k words, roughly a third of the way through the planned story. I’m hoping to get more work done on that in the coming weeks, as well as trying to finish Darkness on Daen and some other short fiction I’m working on.

Updates on Writing

Well I’ve fallen by the wayside a bit with my writing, once again. Busy work days + a new early schedule have caused me to poop out at about 10 pm most nights, so I haven’t had much time at all for writing.

I’m hoping to get some done this weekend, even if only a little. I’m working on my various short fiction, but also editing my novel. Since I’m likely going to try and submit my book for traditional publishing, I’m trying to get it up to a nice standard. Whenever that time comes to submit it, I’ll then be able to wholly focus on short fiction. I’m trying to get my next anthology out by year’s end if possible.

In the mean time, Across the Battlefield is free all weekend on Amazon, and I’ve already had nearly 20 downloads this morning alone, so that bodes well for the rest of the weekend!

Another Giveaway

Hey everyone! I’m having another giveaway for Across the Battlefield. This weekend, starting Friday and ending Sunday night, ATB will be Free for Amazon kindle. It’s kind of my ‘end of summer, back to school’ sale, so pick up a copy if you don’t have one, or give it as a gift to a friend. As always, reviews are super appreciated and I’m hoping this giveaway might jump me up to the 10 review mark! Thanks for the support. Cheers!

Write on!

I’ve been getting some awesome feedback on my newest project, Darkness on Daen, and am now into writing the second part of the novella. I’m also now updating and streamlining my blog, trying to get it into a cleaner state. One great thing I’ve noticed is that my traffic has gone up quite a bit in the past week, thanks in large part to posting a link to Darkness on Daen, Part I, on Reddit.

While more commonly associate with general news and interesting stories, Reddit hosts a decently large Writing subreddit (about 5,000 users) and a much smaller, but heavily used Keep Writing subreddit which urges people to post their work and review the work of others who have also posted.

I’ve also found that I’ve been getting more than a few hits of people who are finding my book reviews on search engines, so I’m hoping to get that process going again to keep adding to my review section. I will be posting the first short story from my next entry in the World Conflict’s anthology series, so pay attention to updates this week if you are interested in checking it out.

Now I’m off, to bed. Happy writings!

It’s been 1 year…

Ok, I know this sounds like the beginning of a Barenaked Ladies song, but it’s not.

I was sitting in bed tonight, editing Scope’s War ( I’m almost done with rewrites through Ch. 13 ) when I looked up at the date on my computer. I realized with a start that tomorrow, Jan. 17, 2013 will be the 1 year mark of releasing Across the Battlefield.

It seems incredible to me that it has already been one year since I put forth my first publication. Since then, I’ve been featured in a couple flash fiction anthologies, with one more on the way, finished my first novel, and started several other short fiction project, including a followup to Across the Battlefield. Despite the difficulties of life the past year, which included changing jobs and nearly losing my brother-in-law to horrific surgery complications, I seem to have come out on top of it all.

So I’d like to extend a big thank you to everyone who follows my blog and my work. Thank you to all my online friends and networking buddies who have helped get Across the Battlefield up to over 100 likes on Amazon and have convinced me that this is what I should continue to write and focus on this part of my life.

Most of all, I have to thank my amazing wife and my family, who are constantly encouraging and have pushed me on more than one occasion to keep going even when I felt like giving up.

So cheers and happy writing to you all. Let’s make this year better than last!