Entry #3

Dear Diary,

I love back to school time.

No, I don’t have kids to send off to school. I love it because of all the writing supplies I get to stock up on. I get notebooks, pens, markers, index cards, folders, binders, et cetera all for pennies instead of dollars. When you’re as broke as I am, it’s better than Yule.

At the mention of Yule, my mind turns toward something else. Something just as exciting.

Lately, I’ve been advertising myself as a “Wiccan Fiction Author” on Facebook. I figure, why not? There’s Christian Fiction Authors. But I write about spells and energies instead of a deity. Anyway, this little change of job title has sparked some interest in the Pagan and Wiccan circles I’m a part of. Now I have a whole new fanbase for The AEON Files.

Now if only I could get Amazon to add Wiccan Fiction as a category…

Since we’re on the subject of writing (no surprises there, eh?), I’ve finished outlining the Helsing’s Watch series. It’s going to be 13 novellas long. Roughly 50 chapters. In other words, my count for the number of books I have left to write just skyrocketed.

My pile of book outlines

Let me count them out…

Dragon Diaries 1, books 1 and 2
Dragon Diaries 2, books 1 and 2
Dragon Diaries 3, books 1, 2, and 3
Dragon Diaries 4, books 1 and 2
Mars Chronicles, books 1, 2, and 3
Tomes of Rishai, books 1, 2, and 3
The AEON Files, books 1 thru 12
The AEON Files 2, books 1 thru 12
WEIRD Chronicles, books 1 thru 5
Helsing’s Watch, books 1 thru 13
TOTAL = 57

Ho-lee smokes! I’m going to be busy for a while.

*rubs hands together*

Better get started.

Back to Work

Dear Diary,

Well, it’s been a while since I’ve done a blog post. It’s also been a while since I’ve written anything. I feel guilty about making my fans wait and wait and wait for the next book. My anxiety has been spiking, and I’ve been feeling down, so I’ve been feeding my gaming addiction again instead of working.

Then I went to Montana for a week.

It’s amazing what having no internet can do to the system. I was able to finish an art project while I was there. While working on it, I got asked by multiple people about making custom gun cases (I was at a shooting event known as The Quigley). That spawned the idea for a whole ‘nuther company: Hidden Talent Designs. It’s family-owned and operated and will make custom leather gun cases, hardwood ammo boxes, and other works of art.

I also plan to sell my books in conjunction with the art. Two birds, one stone perhaps? But first, I have to finish them.

I will say that I was floored when I stumbled onto Inkitt and discovered people have been leaving me great reviews for The Glass Shadow (now known as The Archfiend Artifact). And that’s the outdated version! I can’t wait to see their reaction to the new, darker version of the story.

Speaking of “darker,” I’ve decided to pull The Archfiend Artifact out of a publishing deal. The imprint wanted to publish it if I turned the story a little darker, but I haven’t heard from them in a while, so I told them to forget it. I’m going to try my luck elsewhere instead.

And it’s July 1st. You know what that means?

Camp NaNo kicked off today. The writing event has previously given me a motivational boost, so maybe I can get some writing done. A minimum of 50,000 words in 30 days? Let’s do this!