Website Update

Hello everyone! If you don’t follow me on social media, then there is a good chance that you’ve missed some updates that I’ve posted. Fear not! For I have decided to post them on my website as well so anyone that follows my page here on WordPress has an idea of what my plans are for my website.

So on my Facebook Page, which you can find here, I recently announced that I’ve decided to make some changes to to how I handle my writing and this web page. I found that trying to post everyday was burning me out a bit and so I decided some changes needed to be made.

First, I plan to take down the fiction section of this website. When evaluating what I wanted to do with the fiction work that I do, I decided that I would prefer to go a more traditional route with my publishing. Most of the stories that I have posted on here will slowly be pulled over the next few days and either revised or rewritten for writing competitions and open calls for literary magazines.

As for the blog itself, my plan is to scale back to trying to post at least two new pieces a week. I plan to try and stick with the writing prompts since there has been a steady audience for them. The other will be the blog tab, although that will now be split into a few different categories. One will highlight things I’m passionate about such as sports, nerd culture, and anything specific to writing.

Finally, if you haven’t gotten yourself a copy of collection of short stories, A Monstrous Tomorrow, now is the time! I’m currently running this edition of the book at $6.75 for a paperback or $0.99 as an e-book. My plan is to pull it off the market in a few months and edit the edition again, adding new stories that haven’t fit the follow up full length novel, and sending out queries to try and find an agent.

That’s all for now! The current schedule once the website gets updated is to have two posts a week, one on Wednesdays and one on Sundays, although this may change based on scheduling conflicts.

I look forward to bringing new content out in droves this year and I hope you do too!

Transitions

So after some time, I am finally back to using my web page! Now for those that don’t follow me on social media, I recently announced that I’ve converted the page to outsource my writing to those that may be in need of a writer for their company.

However, fear not! Although my web page has gone through some design changes and now gives you the option to hire me, I will be getting back to writing original content once again.

Now looking at the top of the page, you may see that there are three categories of writing that you can now choose from. All three will begin having new content once again to be read and enjoyed.

The first is my fiction. One thing I love doing is writing works of science fiction and horror. Although I SHOULD be trying to gain publication with some online magazines, I generally get too excited about what I’m writing and want to share it with the world right away. So that trend will continue in the fiction area.

I’ve also decided to keep the writing prompt section mainly because people seemed to enjoy it. Not only did it help other writers, it also helped keep my craft up to par as well. So if you’re a new writer and needing practice, make sure to check in there.

Finally, the blog portion of my page is the one thing that is going to undergo some changes. As of right now, most of the posts on there are updates on either myself or my book. This is going to change so that I can continue to provide quality entertainment.

Going forward I’m going to begin sharing some of my travels that I’ve done this summer. Some of the posts will share what I did while others will review some of the places I visited. I’m hoping it will help serve as a basic guide for those wishing to visit these places in the future.

The blog section will also have a different format and I will try to stick with a more traditional setup for that writing.

I believe that’s everything that I have for now. Make sure if you’re not following me on social media you click on the icons below! I’m always posting some form of content to my pages and if you’re not subscribed to my page for updates on my latest work, make sure to do that as well!

The Absence

Hello everyone!

Let me just say that I have missed writing for you all daily and I feel bad about my online presence disappearing for awhile there. So let me go ahead and explain what happened.

So from where I can see on my blog, I left with a writing prompt that I never officially did myself. No worries there, tomorrow there will be a new post that will allow you to see how I handled that prompt. Don’t worry, it is something that I’ve had done for a little while, I just need to re-read it and make sure that errors and other problems were cleaned up.

So why the sporadic hiatus? Well originally that took place due to me falling ill. A few weeks ago, I found myself with an inability to swallow, body pains, and a stubbornness to go see the doctor. After a few days I relented and went and made an appointment, only to discover that I had an upper respiratory infection. Luckily, getting over it didn’t involve any specific medication, just a lot of time sleeping and keeping away from a screen, hence why I didn’t return back to the blog for a week.

From there, the hiatus grew longer as I accepted a position at a new job and began filling out the paperwork and preparing to start. I had initially planned on returning to this blog after I had my first successful day, but found myself unwilling to get back to writing. Call it lack of ambition or enjoying being back to work, but either way I stayed away from writing something new.

But here we are and I have finally found my groove and need to write again. I believe at this point, looking at my blog and the successful, and oft times not successful posts, I have decided to keep the formula close to being the same. I will continually provide writing prompts for readers to do, show how I handled the prompt, and even provide some free creative stories once again.

However, I will be looking to add something new as well. Whether it is doing reviews, writing about something that has garnered my interests, or just a post like this, where I speak to anyone willing to listen, I will bring some kind of new writing to the fold.

So thank you to those that have followed my page and read what I have to say and start making a point to come visit these posts once again, I promise that you won’t be disappointed.

P.S. visit my Amazon page whenever you have a chance because within the next few days I will be releasing a new, non-fiction piece just in time for Halloween.

Short and Sweet

Hello everyone! Happy Monday and I hope all of you are having a great start to the week!

Now usually Monday’s are a weird space for me on my blog. Sometimes I shamelessly promote my work. Other times, I give updates on what I’m currently writing. There have even been a few times where the start of a story takes place (like last Monday, and yes, I still plan on finishing that). Today however, I thought I’d keep things short and sweet.

So first off, as I am apt to do every month, let me start this thread by just saying thank you! In only a few month’s time I’ve quickly been able to get my work and my writing out there to an audience that is slowly but surely growing everyday. I absolutely love the support everyone gives me and the interest that they have in what I have to write and say, so thank you! Thank you for the reviews that you’ve left on my book, thank you for reading my blog posts every week, and thank you currently for your efforts in voting in Author Shout’s Cover Wars.

Now for those of you that don’t follow me on social media, and really you should because I post great content daily, I recently entered the cover of A Monstrous Tomorrow into Author Shout’s Cover Wars competition. The event began yesterday and run’s until 8 am eastern time on Sunday 9/30/18. If you haven’t had a chance to get over to that page to vote for my cover or haven’t done so yet today, I would greatly appreciate it. Winning this competition gives A Monstrous Tomorrow free publicity as their “book of the week.” So what does this include? Well simply that they promote my book on their website, shout outs, and newsletter. All of this would be huge for me since I’m a still a relatively unknown writer. It’s easy to get to, but just in case, the link to the voting can be found here.

In addition to voting for my book to win Cover Wars, which btw my dad made the cover so voting for it is also telling him he did a job well done, I could also use more reviews on my book on Amazon. Currently I’m sitting at 9 and with one more Amazon will begin to recommend my book to people reading similar works. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy, it can be something simple as “I loved this book!”

If you can’t afford the book right now, I would also keep an eye out in the future. Last week I ran a countdown sale on the Kindle edition which was counting down the days, until my favorite season, autumn, started. Now I’m saying a ton of great deals will be going on during October, but it is my birth month AND Halloween coincides well with some of the themes in my book, so I’d keep an eye out for some killer deals then.

I believe that’s all I have to say in this post for now. Thanks again for being an amazing support system and as more people come forward to share my work and tell people, the more I’ll be able to put out. Have a great day everyone, hope you kick ass at this entire week, and come back to the page tomorrow for the next installment of my daily writing prompt!

Let the Fun Begin

Well it came and passed and was a major success. I officially did my first book signing at the 408 Fine Arts Factory in Peru, Illinois and let me just say I had fun while learning a few things for future endeavors. The biggest thing that I learned was that it doesn’t hurt to tell the audience what your book is about. In hindsight, it seems like something that should not have been over looked on my part and yet I still managed to do it. Oh well, hopefully the next time I get things right.

But now that the book signing has came and passed, it is time to focus in on getting my book out there once again. On the off chance you haven’t bought a copy yet, A Monstrous Tomorrow is available on Amazon and to the right hand side of your screen. With the sequel still being in the early stages, there is still plenty of time to get a copy and get it read.

As for the future, my next endeavor is to really grind in on marketing my book. This starts with both running ads AND trying to get more reviews. If you’re a professional reviewer and have the proper credentials, feel free to get in contact with me. I would love to be able to get a copy in your hands in order to get more information out into the ether about my book.

The other option I have is to begin running professional ads and promotions on Amazon. Starting sometime in October, my book will run at a discount for a handful of days (I haven’t decided which yet) and hopefully as you visit the site you’ll begin seeing suggestions for my book to be purchased as well.

Please also keep an eye on my author page on Amazon as well. With Halloween coming up, I will be rolling out some more short horror stories on there for people to read and preview. Hopefully that will inspire others to check out my book as well.

The only other thing I have to say is to start tuning in regularly with my blog and my social media accounts. With my favorite time of year coming up, I tend to get inspired to write a lot of my best work in the fall. As such, tiny stories may begin appearing on Facebook, Twitter, this blog, or even my Amazon page for purchase. This will be quite an exciting flurry so stay tuned!

Update On….ME!

Hey everybody, so I just thought I would just do a quick post today to give an update on me, myself, and I. It will basically cover what I’ve been working on and why there haven’t been as many posts as I usually do.

So to start things off, I would like to let everyone know that if you have the time and energy, I will be doing a book signing of A Monstrous Tomorrow in Peru, Illinois. Details are listed on my Facebook page. The event will run from 1-3:30 with yours truly doing a reading from the book (which story is still being determined) along with a Q&A session after. There will be a limited quantity of books for sale and will run $10 a piece. Please bring cash or make sure to try and get your copy of the book through Amazon ASAP.

Next order of business is the sequel to A Monstrous Tomorrow, or as it its known on this blog, A Book Has No Name. As it stands, I’ve only written one chapter since the last time I gave any information on the book. As a reminder, it will be a full length novel and not a collection of short stories this time around. It will feature one of the characters from A Monstrous Tomorrow, so if you’re interested in the second book of The Forsaken World Chronicles, I highly recommend reading A Monstrous Tomorrow.

Besides the book, there are two other projects I’m working on. One is entirely under wraps but let me just say, when it’s done, everyone will fall in love with it. The other is of course, Pantheon Productions. We have backtracked a bit and began filming short creative pieces again and look forward to getting those out to the public soon. In the meantime, I am continuing to try and strive towards making our three fiction towns feel as real as possible.

I believe that is it for now. As it stands, my focus over the past two weeks was first vacation and now my book signing. After this weekend, my focus will return to solely the blog and only my writing projects.

Make sure to come back tomorrow because I can guarantee there will be a new fiction piece up for everyone to enjoy!

A Book Has No Name: Setting

Hello, time for part one of my two part update on the second book in the Forsaken World Chronicles. To get things started right away, I’m currently sitting at over 10,000 words, or going onto 35 pages, while still being at the beginning of the book. If I had to take a guess, this book is going to become one monster sized novel, no pun intended.

So with this update, I thought I might share what I’ve been working. At this point, I’ve got about three characters borderline established. As stated in a previous post there is Abraham, who is the main character and is accompanied by his fabulous partner Reggie. I feel both of them have their most important qualities outlined and as the story continues to unfold, they will continue to show more of who they are. Either way, I’m happy with where they are at.

In addition, my antagonist has had a nice introduction in the beginning. I still have my reservations with starting the novel with him, but I have a feeling he is what will really draw most of my readers into the story. I’ve currently been thinking a lot about this character and I have a feeling he will soon be showing himself again in my manuscript.

But, the important thing that developed in today’s writing session was the establishment of a little bit more setting. While I do not want to give too much away, I’m happy with how things progressed and turned out. While bringing some much needed description and explanation into how the world has been functioning on a more natural level, a few folds emerged that may become integral to the plot line later on.

In a way, I also impressed myself as well with some additional backstory that was created by just trying to find creative avenues to discuss the wilderness and weather. By trying to find a natural way to have this happen, I found myself presenting information on things people may ask about. Things like what kind of music or entertainment is in your future? How is it treated? What kind of things are allowed or not allowed? Questions that I would find myself asking if I was reading my own book were essentially taken care of.

Finally, this book is supposed to be an awesome blend of science fiction dystopia, horror, and a mystery thriller. One difference I have found while doing this on the scale of a novel over a collection of short stories is that certain elements require patience. There is nothing I want to do more right now than to scare the ever living hell out of my reader with the things I have in store for them, but I know to get that pay off requires telling a proper story. With that in mind, I find myself continuing to push through the things I may not want to write, but need to, so that my finish project will be a wild adventure for my readers to enjoy.

I believe that about sums up what I’ve completed for the day. My hope is to at least have two more chapters written and edited by the end of the week.

A Book Has No Name: Update

Another day, another bit of writing completed on the new book.

As I’ve stated in my previous posts, I’m currently working on the second book in the Forsaken World Chronicles, and as you can see from the title of this post, it still does not have a name. At this time I’m sad to say that it has not earned one as far as I’m concerned.

Now let me explain that when I say the book is not earning a title, that is different than saying it’s bad. When I say that my writing in progress, or WIP for short, hasn’t earned its title, I simply mean that so far a great title has not presented itself to me. This has probably happened for a variety of reasons but I believe that right now it’s because I’ve simply been doing more character building over the first few chapters over world building this time around.

To give it the official stats that I know some people would love to see, I’m currently at 3 chapters, including a prelude, or about 27 pages. If words are more your fancy on judging progress, than I’m just over 8,000. In my opinion, that’s not a bad amount of writing accomplished over a four day period. I’m hoping that as I begin to build a new routine of writing this book, it will help to move things along quickly and efficiently.

Right now my weekly writing plan is this: One day is spent on strictly writing and not looking back. I feel that I have a full story in my head and it is something that needs to make it into words quickly before the story leaves and I’m stuck waiting for it to come around again. However, I also understand that writing without looking back can lead to mistakes and errors, which has led to the routine I’m doing now, which is whenever I spend one full day writing, I spend the next day editing everything I wrote the day before. I feel like this allows for me to move fluidly through the writing process and doesn’t bog me down for a day of multiple pages being read and fretted over.

Anyway, onto the good stuff. Teasers. So right now there isn’t too much to give away as I’m still in the opening act of my book, but I am excited to share a little bit about my two main characters Abraham and Reggie. Now for those that have read A Monstrous Tomorrow, you’ll know that Abraham is the very last character in the book and that he faces down a major trauma while making mention of a few that took place before the events in What Comes Next. Rest assured, those traumas will be reopened and laid out for the world to see.

The other character, Reggie, is a nice fold to Abraham’s traumatic past full of loss. She’s a hacker and a hunter that works side by side with Abraham. She enjoys giving Abraham a hard time about his brooding and will push him to be more than just an upset character struggling through the burdens of life. There isn’t too much I can give away about her now, since she is just beginning to show off what she brings to the novel. Hopefully as I get a few more chapters done and get her more involved, I can bring a bit of her into my updates on my WIP to help get people excited.

As always, thank you for reading and stay tuned! As of right now, if you see the title A Book Has No Name, know that you’ll be getting some insight into my current manuscript.

On Writing: A Book Has No Name

So today marks the day I began doing work on the second book in my Forsaken World Chronicles series. So far a prologue has been written in case readers don’t want to pick up A Monstrous Tomorrow. I have also written the first chapter, which is short and sweet and introduces a character I hope will be a fantastic antagonist for this novel.

As of yet I have no name for this next book. As much as I want to give it a title or fight against the general idea that books and characters create themselves for a writer, I believe this is going to be the case. Already I have several ideas in which this book can go, despite the outline I’ve drawn up. Due to this being the case, it feels almost as if I need to let the book just kind of flow naturally and now just follow important points I want to make in the first full length novel for the series.

One thing I find myself doing, and it may force me to stop on the manuscript before going any further, is trying to remember which characters are alive or dead from A Monstrous Tomorrow. While A Monstrous Tomorrow is very much a world building sequel, I want the survivors of that book to be alive and prevalent, which forces me to go back visit those darlings once again.

With my writing process as well, I find myself finding every edit to not be enough. If I were to take a guess, this is probably the case with most writers, but it doesn’t mean that it’s not aggravating to say the least. I want things to be perfected before I move on, but it’s difficult to find that perfection when every time the manuscript is re-read, a variation of new edits becomes available that I believe fit the story better.

I think at this point I need a program that just locks away the work that has been finished so I can’t tinker with it again.

Anyway, I believe that’s all I have for an update right now. My hope is still the same that if I can get a few chapters done and polished, I may be able to read one at my book signing. This would be a big IF and I will most likely only do it if I feel comfortable with the progress of the book. My hope is by continuously blogging about it, I can find some kind of push to get several chapters done in which I will be happy with and can share on this page. Until then, that is all.

Have a great day and good luck with this Monday! I know I’m struggling through it.

A Bit of Musing on the Future

So today’s post will focus more on the musings side of this blog over creative fiction. I’ll mainly just be going over some thoughts on my current book and sharing some information. However, do not worry, until I am officially done promoting the book, I will not be answering all the questions you may have on A Monstrous Tomorrow. I’ll be saving those for the Q&As during book signings.

So one of the things I’ve announced in a previous blog is that this first book will be a part of a series and that the next piece I am working on will be in that series. While I do not have a title for the new book yet, I do have a name for the series as a whole. I’m happy to announce that A Monstrous Tomorrow now resides in the The Forsaken World Chronicles and if you haven’t guessed yet, this book is the prelude or prequel to the series.

So why am I sharing this? Well because as I wrap up outlining this novel and begin delving into the writing the manuscript, I plan on sharing parts of the new book with loyal readers and everything shared will be posted on this blog. There could be parts of chapters revealed, quotes from certain characters, maybe tiny reveals of characters or new monsters, the possibilities are endless. Just know that as I create this new book, I plan to try and share it as much as I can with anyone that is interested. I want this to be as exciting for you as it is for me.

The only other thing that I wanted to share in this post for is that as production on the new book gets underway, this blog will shift a bit from creative works everyday to talking craft and other things writing. That is not to say there won’t be new creative pieces going forward, as I love writing short stories as a break from larger projects, but there may not be as many of them. I feel that doing some musings on my writing and how I go about it not only helps me sort out ideas, but will give everyone reading this blog a live look at the thoughts and ideas that go through the mind of a writer. At this point I’m thinking some of those posts will almost run as a stream of consciousness over a standard blog post.

Well that is all for now, come back again tomorrow for the final post of the week!