Well Summer is almost over (bummer, right?) and with that the hot, humid writing days.
Things are looking up for me. I recently got hired as a Technical Writer for a Defense Contractor and am looking forward to my first day at work this week.
But what about you? Now that summer is over what are your writing plans? Are you working on a short story, novella or novel? Is this your first work? Are you considering going the self-publishing route or traditional path by seeking a publisher/agent?
I’d like to hear from anyone.
Here’s to the end of summer and the beginning of a productive fall writing period!
I must admit, these past few days have been pure ecstasy for me. Especially today, June 12th, 2018 when the entire city of my hometown, Washington D.C. created a spectacle honoring the achievement of its hockey club, the Washington Capitals, who won the Stanley Cup, the holy grail of North American Hockey, that has been awarded to NHL champions since 1892. It was the first championship for the expectant Capitals, and the first major sports title for the Washington, D.C. area since 1992. The parade today made me think real hard about my own journey, especially where my writing career was concerned.
Why am I blogging about this? Well, if you think writing, or art for that matter, is connected with the Capitals’ first championship, you guessed correctly.
But the story would make little sense if I didn’t delve deeper into the Capitals’ once-turbulent playoff history. A past filled with so many tragic seasons where the club under performed in the playoffs despite high expectations. To make matters worse, every year when the playoffs rolled around almost always resulted in another premature exit at the hand of one of their rivals, thus adding another sad page to the club’s tortuous playoff mishaps.
Honestly, this team wasn’t even supposed to win a Championship, let alone make the playoffs. But this group of resilient players persevered, and managed to overcome the decades-long playoff failures that had plagued the club since the late 1980s.
This is where art, or writing for that matter, comes into play. You can write for many years, and wrack up an unhealthy load of rejections along the way. Just like the Capitals you can gain strength from your failures, instead of letting the failures define you.
It’s cliche to say it’s the journey that counts, not the destination, but the fact is that there is no greater teacher of life than the failures you encounter, and a team I have followed since I was a 13-year-old boy proved that to me.
So learn to accept failure as a healthy gauge that can be your compass to bigger and better things.
It’s been ages since I last posted on this blog. Some of you were probably wondering where the hell I’ve been? Well as you know I’ve been editing my novella Kill Zombies for my new publisher Kensington Gore. In addition to that I’ve been working on the preliminary outline for the fourth and final book in my Leopard King Saga series, The Leopard Resurrection.
I still haven’t resumed editing the third Tome, The Leopard Apocalypse. I guess it will have to wait until I’ve finished my obligation to Kensington Gore.
Hope to have another update for you soon. Until then, keep reaching for your goals!
It’s been almost two weeks into the new year. I’ve been taking time off from my writing to recharge the batteries and get myself ready for more writing and editing in the next week.
Back-to-back family Birthdays coming up next week will cap off a productive rest period in which I emerged from the wake of my 5-year writing journey to complete The Leopard Apocalypse.
So what are your goals for 2018? Are you going to start or finish that novel you’ve been thinking of? Or maybe write a screenplay. What challenges are you facing or plan to face when embarking on a new project.
If you’ve got something in the works, please leave a comment. I’d like to know. Wishing you the best for 2018!
It’s been a few months since my last update on The Leopard Apocalypse, so I wanted to let everyone know that I’m nearly finished with the first draft. Only three chapters remain to be completed, and I’ll be finished with the longest writing project in my young writing career. What a relief that will be! I’m currently at 167K words and I imagine it will continue to balloon until I cross the finish line. No projection on when that will happen, but it shouldn’t be too far in the future.
It’s also important I mention that my expansion for Kill Zombies, a novella I am currently expanding into novel-length for my publisher Kensington Gore is back in full swing. So there is no lack of writing projects for me!
As some of you know, I recently took a break from writing due to eye surgery. On August 1st I got the go-ahead from my Doctor to resume writing.
What a relief! I began by resuming work on The Leopard Apocalypse, and yesterday I returned to my novella, Kill Zombies, and resumed working to expand that into a novel for my new publisher, Kensington Gore.
Is my right eye at 100% yet? No. That will take some time. But I’m more than ready to resume writing. After almost two weeks of no writing, I was happy to be back at it.
As most of you know, I’ve been working on the third book of my flagship Historical Fantasy series, The Leopard Apocalypse. Well I wanted to give everyone out there an update on what I’ve been doing for the past few weeks.
Well, in a nutshell, I’ve been writing up a storm for the past month. Almost every single writing session has yielded at least 1,000+ words per day. I even managed 2,500+ words written down for two days straight.
I hope to be done writing the first draft by late August to early September. This has been the most ambitious work I’ve ever undertaken, and I’ve already set a new personal record for word count. I’m closing in on 150K words and that’s with only 80% of the manuscript written.
Stay tuned for the next update, and I hope everyone’s having a great summer!
As most of you already know, for the past six months I’ve been writing the 1st Draft of the 3rd Book of my Leopard King Saga series, to be called The Leopard Apocalypse. This book has already cemented its place as the longest I’ve ever written. At the time of this article, I’ve got 120K words down, with eleven more chapters left to write. This will easily eclipse my previous word count high of 124K words which belonged to the previous Leopard King saga book, The Leopard Stratagem.
As with all books in this series, the genre is Historical Fantasy. But I would like to know from my audience out there which elements would you like to see more of in The Leopard Apocalypse? More fantasy, or more history?
Thanks for your time and help, and I look forward to your comments.
I’ve been contemplating this idea in my head for quite some time now, so I thought I’d share it with everyone. I’m considering writing a self-help book for aspiring writers. It would also double as a self-improvement book on life as well, drawn from my past experiences in writing and personal life.
I’d appreciate any comments from anyone out there.
As many of you know I recently signed a 2-book deal with Kensington Gore, a publisher in the UK. But what was my writing life like before that? How did I arrive there?
Well it started back in 5th grade. 1985 was the year. It began with a story about a character named Jet-thrust. He was a robot that traveled the universe looking for adventures and fighting all kinds of evil doers. I then added a brother for Jet-thrust, calling him Fighter, and then we had a duo of do-gooders.
Then. For whatever reason. I stopped writing. I went through life without writing another word, that is until 2003 rolled along. I was looking for a hobby that would take up a lot of time and was relatively inexpensive. At first I didn’t know what to write about so I wrote a bunch of novels as a learning experience. None of those got published. But I learned a lot about myself and my writing. I read more books, and read books about writing. Then I wrote some more.
Finally I decided to self-publish. That was in 2013. I learned the value of having a good cover, and hiring a good editor. And I always made sure that each book was the best I could make it. Editing was a thankless job so I settled on a great editor named Amanda Horan. Later she recommended my writing to a publisher in UK called Kensington Gore. After waiting a few months they decided to acquire the publishing rights to two of my books.
So that’s been the road map to my writing life. And I’m sure there’s still more to come.
What about you? Think about your life in perspective. Your journey, wherever you are right now. Where do you want to go? And what great things do you want to achieve?