Well, after the third revision, I’ve begun to send The Valiants off to some of my ARC team. I’m also waiting for the book cover. I should, hopefully, get the cover back by Monday. Once I do, I can look at getting a teaser trailer made, as well as the pre-order set. Other than promoting Parachute Island, I really don’t have much to do until I get some feedback. At that point, I can make any corrections, then off to a pro editor for some polishing. I may start doing some research for my third novel and possibly fleshing out some characters and plot.
I’m still editing The Valiants, though I’m close to finishing my revisions before looking for people for an ARC. Once I’m done editing and while letting the ARC team read and provide feedback, I’m going to start a new site (hinted above) called Indie 2 Indie: 12 Questions For An Indie Author. Each month, I’ll be interviewing an indie author, focusing on fiction. It’ll be a great way to introduce us indie authors to the masses. I’ll also be posting the teaser trailer for The Valiants pretty soon. Hoping to see all this really soon, so keep your eyes open and be sure to follow me!
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Paying some tribute while I edit. One-fourth done on the second revision! Not as bad as I thought it was going to be.
The first revision of The Valiants is now complete. I’ll be going through several revisions before I feel comfortable enough for put people together for an ARC. So far, it’s approximately 114,000 words long, easily of an epic length. Also working on the book blurb and description, so that’ll be coming soon as well.
Finally! Yes folks, just finished the first draft of The Valiants! Wasn’t a long an ending as I thought it might be, nor as short. I’m ok with it, though. Some heroes went home, some didn’t. Either way, here’s song #31 of 31, Your Wildest Dreams by The Moody Blues.
A (maybe!) penultimate song to my soundtrack to The Valiants. A fight with the antagonist set to O, Fortuna from Carmines Burana by Carl Orff. This is an exceptional piece for a final piece. Enjoy!
One down, time to go through some enemies in super-action mode to get to the final boss… it’s song #29 of 31, Bullets by Creed. Enjoy!
Song #28 of 31: I’ve been waiting to write this scene, particularly this character who finally his appearance. This should be fun… It’s The Battle In The Snow from The Empire Strikes Back soundtrack by John Williams.
As some of you might be aware, I put together a “soundtrack” of songs or pieces of music that represent certain scenes or characters from the novel I currently am writing. I had already started writing and put together the soundtrack for The Valiants, but here is song #27 from the soundtrack: Immigrant Song by Led Zeppelin. The tide has turned (momentarily)…
As a newbie indie author who’s an introvert but also run a website/blog, wondering… what sort of things do you want to read/see about your favorite indie author? What sort of things should they post? Let me know in the comments…
There’s a man with dementia at my dialysis clinic (we’ll call him J) who comes from a nursing home. Most times he doesn’t know where he’s at. My clinic is not allowing anyone to eat because of the virus. Today, he constantly says, “I want my bag of sandwich.” Even though they’ve told him he can’t, he doesn’t fully comprehend what’s going on. After they’ve told him he can’t, they’ve decided to ignore J.
I feel sorry for J, and hearing him yell out like that each time I come here depresses me. If they come to ignore him after awhile, I can only imagine how they treat him at the nursing home. It terrifies me to think of the moment when I have to go into one.
Share if you’d like to make people aware how awful this disease is, and hope they’ll be ways to make nursing homes better.
This is gonna be a tough day for me. I have to kill off a few characters, and I don’t know who it’s going to be yet. Yelp! On the other hand, this looks like a fun day today. At the 3/4 mark, I’m getting closer to finishing a first draft.
This morning, I wrote and edited another chapter to The Valiants. It was the quickest I’d written a chapter, so, as a reward, I did a little light reading on Wikipedia. I was reading up on The Walking Dead (probably my all-time favorite TV show) as well as the cast. I started reading about Steven Yeun, who played the character Glenn Rhee on the show, and the films he’s starred in, mostly from South Korea. Out of curiosity, I clicked to read about one of them, Burning. To my surprise, I found out that it was based on The Elephant Vanishes by Haruki Murakami. I was introduced to Murakami several years ago by a South Korean ex-girlfriend by way of a film based on his novel Norwegian Wood, set in 1960s Japan. I loved Murakami’s method of really being in touch with his characters, and knew the actual novel had to be better. I checked the audiobook from the library, and boy, I was not disappointed. After Norwegian Wood, I checked out After Dark, this time set in modern day Tokyo, following one night in a set of different characters whose lives intertwine. Murakami is a modern-day Dickens, and I’m forever thankful to that ex who introduced me to his work. I had my stroke shortly after After Dark and forgot about Murakami. Thankfully, I rediscovered him, and all because of a little trip down the rabbit hole…
Another completed chapter. Though it took me since 5:30 this morning til 4 this afternoon, this was a long chapter, longer than I expected it to be. Had to familiarize myself with all the characters again, since this was the first time they’d all been together. 2,619 words.
Here it is, a teaser reveal of the book cover for my next novel, The Valiants! It’s a fantasy novel scheduled to be released by late fall of 2020! More details are set to be released in the future, so be sure keep following.
I’ll be unveiling the title and teaser poster for my next novel here tomorrow, so be sure to tune in. As my second novel, and the first I had planned on writing, I’m stoked to be announcing it.
I’ll be unveiling the title and teaser poster for my next novel right here first. It’s taken a lot of time due to the amount of research involved as well as the fact that I had to get a few ducks in a row. But soon, I’ll have a first draft ready to go through some revisions as well as be looking for people for an ARC team. If you aren’t subscribed to my newsletter (which you can do here), be sure to subscribe to it, as it’s the best place to get selected for my ARC team.
While I continue to work on my next novel, I’ll be zigzagging around the internets getting different tasks done. As always, I’ll be keeping tabs on everything through all the social media platforms (namely Facebook and Twitter). I’ll also be working on some crude concept art for the cover. I’ll also be working on getting more traffic to my site (so if you know anyone who might be interested, send them this way). If you haven’t done so already, make sure to follow me here. I’m still giving away FREE e-book copies of my novel, Parachute Island, so if you haven’t gotten it, tomorrow will be your last chance before it goes back to its normal price. It’ll be busy, but it should be interesting, folks!