The End - Coming in March. The LaGrange Legacy

The End - Coming in March. The LaGrange Legacy
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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.