The End - Coming in March. The LaGrange Legacy

The End - Coming in March. The LaGrange Legacy
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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.

Monday, February 27, 2012

From the Fire back into the Frying Pan

I worked on my WIP titled Continuity for a few days, but writing a mystery is, well, a mystery to me. At least in working my way through a few things with it enabled a few gears to rotate, and so now I've gone back to Peepul & Pigs for a bit, following a piece of plot that came to me.

If nothing else, perhaps at some point in the future, I can get a few giggles and grins going back over all the babbling and inanity I've published so far.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Write Like Nobody's Reading

I've been trying to sort out what to do about my self-published book, as well as getting myself stressed out about the lack of evident progress coming from my publisher of my second novel. There's an old saying that one should dance as though nobody's watching. In my case, at least, that must needs be my approach. I should write like nobody's reading it. Unlike the situation with dancing, I have pretty good proof the saying both applies and is true.

As such, my current WIP has told about as much story as I care to bother with at this time. Perhaps I'll pick up the story line at some point in the future, and maybe it'll just be as it is. At some point, the hard drive it's on and the other one it's backed up to will both crater, and the only thing to know about my dark lady, the ghosts, Stanley Peepul, and the pigs will only reside in my own uncertain memory. Then again, that's the only person who'll ever be concerned about it anyway.

Oh, yeah. I should also blog like nobody's reading it either, and I can prove the hell out of that.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Another Day

My WIP (Work in Progress) is now almost 49,000 words. Another day or so will go over the infamous NaNoWriMo 50,000 target. I've won three years out of the three years in a row that I've entered. Dust & Cannibals (Vol. I of The End) was actually the first one I did. I'm supposed to keep the faith that it will publish fairly soon. March was the target, but there's little way that's likely to happen, since I haven't seen a proof copy yet. Vol II of The End may be the one I'm working on now. Then again, it may not be.

At the same time, I have some other work sitting in drawers that may now need to come out into the daylight. Maybe there's something there worth pursuing.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Getting Off the Place for Valentine's Day

This morning, a neighbor with a massive front-end loader showed up and got us out. It was even good weather, for Nebraska in the middle of winter. Our payment for this nice day is the possibility of freezing rain tonight and tomorrow.

On the down side, I'm running out of inclination to push my WIP forward. I've almost gotten 39,000 words in the thing. I suppose part of me wants to see what Dust & Cannibals does before becoming totally committed to a sequel. Maybe if Dust & Cannibals started having pre-publication sales, that would be cool.

In the meantime, I'm finding myself thinking about a couple of novels sitting in a drawer, and whether they might actually be worth publishing.

Does anyone have any thoughts about these things?

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Snow Days

We have not been able to leave the place for a week now. There's a large snowdrift disputing our right of way, and shoveling 500 feet of road by hand with temperatures near zero plays havoc with my motivation. My crossover vehicle, even with all-wheel drive, doesn't have sufficient ground clearance to take this kind of situation lightly.

So this has not a damn thing to do with me continuing my next novel, and in fact I'm another 7,000 words along with it, a little less than 37,000 total. The really big question is whether this will be a story to publish or a story to hide on my hard drive, or maybe print off and stick in a drawer. Ah, yes.

There's been no news from my publisher. There's a school of thought that no news is good news. Then again there's the possibility that no news is no news, and will continue not to be news until something else happens.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Proposed Cover for Next Novel

This is the proposed cover for my next novel. The genre is apocalyptic. I'm interested in reactions to it. Would this cover be enough to make you pick it up and look further?

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Getting Closer to The End

Rhizome Publishing, who has agreed to put out The End, reports they're still looking at a March release. They sent me a possible cover, and it looks quite good, overall. The volume title may be reversed, to "Dust & Cannibals." I alternate between fantasies about how well it will do, and dread of it not doing well.

Meanwhile, I'm moving ahead with a work in progress (WIP) I've tentatively called, "The Lady, Peepul, and Pigs." I've been managing about a thousand words each day, and have now gone past 29,000 for the manuscript. As with everything else, my thoughts about this WIP run the gamut between "this is pretty good" to "blecchh!" and any number of points between.

Monday, January 23, 2012

The End is coming!

Cannibals and Dust, the first volume of The End has found a publisher and they are looking for publication in March. This is an apocalyptic story, set in rural Nebraska in the near future. I'm currently working on the second volume. Work I've done so far shows the possibility for expanding the universe of "The End" quite a lot, with a second series, possibly "After The End" to wrap up a fairly extensive story arc. Sez me, that is.