Pressing Forward

So I knew going into this that weekends were going to be tough. I’d counted on having more writing time Friday and did not think that I would have so little opportunity Monday. I did manage to finish a chapter for Horned Mage over the weekend though and as of today I am another 2.6k words into it!

I am now only a few away from my first draft goal of 15k words! I should come out of this draft with about 20k words, which I’m really excited about. My goal is to be able to crank out a 30k draft in a week, in spite of whatever life throws my way (and it is about to get busy!)

I did manage to set up a Twitter account this weekend and I’ll be tinkering around with the blog tonight to see if I can’t figure out how to use ye olde widget so that the feed is here. It is @HaydenHarper8 just in case you’re wondering. Other social media is to come soon and I can’t wait to have my Patreon properly set up.

I think I want to have at least one work out for free, ie: The Horned Mage, prior to launching it so that potential patrons can get a feel for my work. Admittedly I’ll be trying my hand at a number of different styles–sci-fi/fantasy is so vast that even knowing I’ll be specifically gearing it towards steamier stories there’s no shortage of variety! I’ve been cataloging ideas for patrons to vote on after HM goes live.

To that end, I’m going to really try and push through tonight. Don’t know if I can get the whole first draft done or not but would be so pleased with myself if I could pull that off. Or, dare I even hope, start on edits and revision? Probably not going to touch on those until tomorrow at the earliest but we’ll see.

Stay tuned!

The Horned Mage

Two days in and I am officially 9k words down for one of my first to projects. This one is called The Horned Mage and I’m having fun with it. Was originally going to write it from third person but ended up going with first to get a stronger, wittier voice more in line with the snark we’ve all come to expect and love from urban fantasy. The goal for this one is to have the first draft done at at least 1.5k words and after revisions and editing top out at over 20k so that it’s a novella. After the revision round is complete I’ll be uploading it to some free websites and see if anyone bites. I’m kind of anxious and excited about the feedback. If it’s positive I’ll move forward with publishing it and writing sequels. Part two might have to wait until after I’m done with my other project I’ve started though. Got a good way into that one and decided to do away with an entire angle of the story from before–the voice from that PoV just wasn’t working for me and I think that the original main character is doing all the heavy narrative lifting anyways. The Horned Mage is definitely more in line with erotica while this other project is, dare I say it, more of a fantasy romance. Can’t wait to see how things play out because I am having so much fun!

PS: Also I’ve managed to set up this blog, begin working on setting up a Patreon account, and am working on setting up a newsletter. All told I’m feeling pretty damn good about this endeavor right now!