Hi! Big news: I’ve got a book in a big boxed set of urban fantasy and paranormal romance novels. With authors from the USA Today and NYT bestseller lists, this ebook “boxed set” is a the collected work of talented writers from around the world. It’s an honor to have been included.
The set is full of some incredible books. I can’t wait to read them all myself – and yes, I have already pre-ordered a copy so I can start reading the other books as soon as it’s out! (more…)
I know this guy.
His name is Chris Fox. Chris has written some good books – both fiction and nonfiction. His nonfiction is about…drumroll…fiction writing, and his stuff is really good. Chris published a couple of books on writing which have been somewhat controversial – one called 5000 Words Per Hour, and the more recent release Write to Market. He took some heat for the first one because it suggests ways that writers can be more productive, building up their speed and writing new work more swiftly. He’s being questioned on the second because it suggests learning what readers enjoy reading, and then writing something based on that knowledge – which calls into question the whole concept of writing as art versus writing as entertainment. I believe – and Chris does too – that it can be both.
He’s putting his ideas to the test in a 21-day challenge (click here to read all about it!). Starting on February 22nd, he will begin writing a book, which will be about 70,000 words when he is done. He’s going to write it in about two weeks, edit it, pay someone to proof it, and then publish it on or about March 13th.
This is, needless to say, incredibly cool. I love seeing people do things like this. So I asked him if he minded if I tagged along. He was thrilled at the idea of having other writers run alongside him on this challenge.
So as of tomorrow, I will ALSO be launching my own 21-Day Writing Challenge.
I’ll be producing the next book in the Accord series: Accord of Mars. The outline is finished. And if Chris and I are right, this is going to be a hell of a book. “The Old Man and the Sea” was written in about the same time-frame, and while I am NOT Hemingway, the evidence suggests that the faster we write, the more we are able to drop into flow state. The net result is that fast writing also tends to produce better quality writing, at least for most people.
I know a lot of people are looking forward to the sequel of Accord of Honor. I’m excited that I’ll be able to share it with you so very soon.
One last thing. There’s a key difference between Chris’s challenge and mine. Chris is proving HIS books. I’m proving his AND mine. See, I wrote a book about writing, too: The Coffee Break Novelist. It’s about writing in the time you have, while in the middle of a busy life.
Chris does this full time. I work full time in a day job, and write on the side. I’m also getting ready to move, and will probably be moving into a new apartment the same day as the book launches. I have kids who I spend time with too – my Mondays are mostly an all-day kid day. We all have lives – but it IS possible to write anyway.
I’ll be putting into practice every single technique I developed and wrote about in my book. I firmly believe that it IS possible to write rapidly while you’re still in the middle of a busy life. I work 16 hours a day every Thursday, for example – so while Chris is getting in 5000 words every Thursday, I will be lucky to finish any words at all on those days. I’ll be fitting in words on quick breaks at work, or in the morning before I leave the house at 6:30 AM. (I generally don’t get home until after midnight, so any words after I got home would count for the next day!)
It’s going to be tough to get the work out at the speed required for this challenge in the time I have. I’ll do it by making the most of every minute that isn’t already locked in for something vital. And I’ll be updating you as I go. You can sign up for email updates too – click the link below to join and follow along.
Chris told me the other day to “get my game face on”. I laughed and told him “this IS my game face!” I write with the same attitude I have when I toss on forty pounds of medieval armor and go hit people with swords: laughing, smiling, enjoying every moment of the rush. This is going to be fun.
It’s been a busy year so far. I’ve had three new titles published in the last two months. Each one is a novella, continuing a story set in the same universe as the Ryan Blackwell novels. These stories are about the adventures of Raven – a young woman living in Boston who runs into the darker side of the supernatural. Unlike Ryan, Raven doesn’t have any magic of her own to defend herself. She uses guts, determination, and more than a little luck to get through.
The first book is Stolen Light
Raven didn’t know that the pools of shadow in dark corners can hide terrible secrets…until the day the monsters came out of the dark and tore her life to shreds.
Her husband is dead. Her daughter is stolen. Only now does Raven know what the most precious things in her life really are. Or what she’ll give to get them back.
Magic, demons, and more stand in her way. But no matter what it takes, Raven will take back the child that was stolen from her.
The second in the series is Webs in the Dark:
Raven’s family is gone. Her home is full of memories and ghosts. Her personal demons follow her to work. Somewhere out there, her daughter is alive. It’s the only thought which keeps her going.
Trying to pick up the broken pieces of her life and move on is harder than it sounds. She looks for solace, and instead finds more danger. Soon she’s ensnared in a web of dark magic that may prove deadlier than the tests she’s already faced.
Drew needs her. And she’s into him. Maybe more than she ought to be, or is ready for. But he matters to her – and his life is in her hands.
With her back to the wall, there’s only one thing Raven can do: Fight.
And the third and last of this sequence of the story is just out today: Shades of Moonlight
Rest is an illusion…
After surviving a dark wizard and a spider demon, Raven was ready for a rest. She had a new home, a new boyfriend, her cycle, and way too much time on her hands to think. That last bit wasn’t awesome, but at least nothing had tried to eat her lately.
Shades of the past…
But then something begins stealing away helpless children, and she has no choice but to get involved. It doesn’t matter that Drew asks her to stay out of this one. The grim warning that this case might be too much for her can’t stop her. Because if she backs out, there’s no one else who can save these kids. She’s their only hope./p>
Hunter or hunted?
Wolves are howling in the moonlight, and Raven has to be faster and stronger than she’s ever been before if she wants to be the predator tonight instead of the prey. And even if she survives the until sunrise, the night’s events will change her life forever.
The three books are also available in a combined volume (as an ebook):
Drum-roll. Fanfare. And can I get an “about time”? 🙂
It’s been a long time coming. I want to do this project justice, so the work has taken a while to get right. The first season will be six episodes, each a short novella. When the whole season is done, it’ll be compiled into a full length (and quite long!) novel.
I’m excited about this book. It’s a serious step up for my writing, and it’s a fun, interesting new idea. I’m looking forward to playing around with King Arthur and his zombie foes for at least another two seasons.
Here’s the “back cover copy”:
Today was a no-writing day. Instead, today was all about the kids.
Off in the morning, intent on seeing a movie – which wasn’t out yet. The kids were sort of bummed, but we decided we’d shoot for the movie next week instead. I was secretly not really sad – because the movie they wanted to see was the silly penguins of Madagascar thing. It will be funny. I hope.
Went off to Friendly’s for lunch. Also for planning. Needed to figure out something AWESOME to do. And we came up with some good ideas. We hit the Boston Aquarium IMAX for a 3D viewing of “Lemurs of Madagascar”. Had to get Madagascar in there somewhere, I suppose. 😉
The kids loved the film. After that, we jetted over to Lego Discovery World. Basically a big indoor playground with a Lego theme. Rides. Climbing area. Lego classes. Movies. Spent the rest of the afternoon there.
Like I said, a no-writing day. Was too tired after all that to really get any concentrated writing time in. But it was a GOOD day, anyway.
Fiction words for the day: 0 Fiction words for November: 32,000
Blog Words today: 203 Blog Words for November: 9612
If you haven’t been over there yet, check out www.deanwesleysmith.com. Dean’s the inspiration for this blog series, and has been doing the daily writing in public thing for over a year now. He’s doing something awesome this month. Instead of writing one novel (which he does every month anyway), he plans to write THREE novels of at least 40k words each. An awesome way to step up for a special challenge for NaNoWriMo.
I think that’s what NaNo ought to be about, really: challenging yourself. For a novice writer, getting anything down on paper is a great challenge. For a more experienced writer, you’d do better to choose something different. I use NaNoWriMo to push myself every year – to do something with my writing that I haven’t done before.