The End - Coming in March. The LaGrange Legacy

The End - Coming in March. The LaGrange Legacy
Available at CreateSpace and Amazon

Saturday, December 1, 2012

News, Good and Otherwise

I guess under the good news heading, I've managed to win the NaNoWriMo (National Novel-Writing Month) challenge, certifying more than 50,000 words. The manuscript name is "Forfeits," and it is designed as the sequel to Dust & Cannibals.

Dust & Cannibals published November 5 as a paperback, and about a week later as an eBook (Kindle). My final comment in late October was the observation that it needed to find its readership. Looking at the sales to date, I conclude that the title is still looking for its readership. The other possibility is that there simply isn't any readership for it.

My motivation to continue pursuing writing as something that I might actually make a little money has gone. It has left town, with a forwarding address of General Deliver, Phuket. (Google that, friends. Okay, it's an island off the coast of Thailand.)

I have now joined the ranks of those writers working on a PPOD basis: Publish or print, but only if there's demand. Funny. I don't even hear any crickets chirping.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Working on Dust & Cannibals release in October

After waiting a long time -- probably an excessive amount of time, actually, I am proceeding with Dust & Cannibals as self-published. I'm going through CreateSpace once again, and have so far gotten the interior layout and cover in order. The final version of the text has been uploaded. I think the next step is the proof copy.

Here's what the cover looks like:

The task now is to find this book's readership.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

All Indie Once More

My publisher, when I pressed him to give me something resembling a timeline for "Dust and Cannibals," admitted there was no longer any timeline. I don't think there had been one for a while -- six months or so. I'm still waiting for the actual voided contract to show up in the mail, but that might take a while.

In the meantime, I have gotten preliminary permission to use a painting for the book's cover art. We'll see what we can get done, and how quickly it can happen.

Friday, June 29, 2012

Writing for the Universe

180x180 Winner Badge

Evidently, 'The Unread Writer' did indeed have 50,000 words in it. Actually, quite a few more than that admittedly low hurdle for declaring it a possible novel. Nevertheless, there's the great insignia verifying the accomplishment.

The next question is publication. Generally, when I've embarked on these writing forays, it has been with publication in mind. This time, I did it mostly to see if I could really vent for that long a time. Once again, the answer is in the affirmative. 'The Unread Writer' has a file, and will give me something to consider in the future.

Simply doing this appears to be helping my writing, and that has to be a good thing. One of my original goals, to actually make a few bucks at this endeavor, remains elusive. Perhaps, while my writings are generally unread, perhaps I've been writing for the universe and not some demographic.

If so, perhaps the universe will be so kind as to cut me a check. Thanks.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Cannibals, Dust, and News

I'm a bit more than 17k words into my latest WIP, "The Unread Writer." It's been some fun so far, although it remains to be seen whether there's 50k in it or not. Adding to the word count could get interesting here in a bit because my publisher has suddenly started communicating.

The latest communication was a call this afternoon. Had I heard about news reports dealing with crazy people on strange drugs eating other folks? Well, yes I had, actually. My novel, currently titled Dust & Cannibals, has cannibals in it. The book still needs more editing, but maybe an early eBook release would be in order to take advantage.

Hmm. Would I be interested in the book actually selling some copies? I seem to recall that being on my list of objectives, actually.

The plan, as I understand it right now, is for a quick edit to happen this weekend. At the same time, some sort of cover will be cobbled together. Release might be next week, with accompanying note that the real deal will be released (fill in date).

Stay tuned, sports fans.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Good Times and Happy Trails

A month ago, my would-be publisher told me the novel has made it through first edit, and a second proposed cover would be coming soon. Nothing else happened. I sent a query, but there has been no response. My current thought is to put the project out of my misery, and go on to something else.

The thought of writing stories that will never be read begins to appeal to me once more. They say one should write about subjects close to home. It's been done before, I realize. The movie 2012 with John Cusack comes to mind in that regard.

My WIP, working title, "Peepul and Pigs," is proceeding in two directions. I was working to interlace it with the original "Dust & Cannibals," and (at the recommendation of the publisher a month ago) expanding the draft from 64K to somewhere near 84K. Both are about half-done.

At the same time, NaNoWriMo has a so-called 'camp,' where another 50K would be cranked out during the month of June. There are a couple of projects I could pursue. Wondering which project would be worthwhile seems futile. It seems evident that whatever I write will be purely for my own enjoyment, or at the very least, to persuade myself that I'm doing something productive.

Productive time it may be. The question I dare not ask is whether it might be profitable. All such projects have absorbed funds without producing enough results to even fantasize profitability. Frankly, the subject of profit from my writing is at least as fantastic as anything I've read or written, and that's been some pretty far-out stuff.

Happy trails.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Into the Unknown

My Work in Progress (WIP) is complete, and the next question is what to do with it. It's technically long enough to be a novel, at just under 65,000 words. The trouble is that while it widens the story arc, it doesn't extend it particularly. It might work as a part one of a piece I wrote last November that does extend the story arc.

The other alternative is the fact that my publisher was supposed to have released the first volume before now. It's possible, I suppose, that they've found other projects more worthy of their time and effort. Still, I'm going to keep the faith and not pull the plug at this time. Who knows? Something might actually happen. If it does fall apart, one possibility would be to combine this story as a subplot within the main story line.

My fate may be to have written a number of books that are never read by anyone. That alone might work as the plot for a story.