Woohoo! Damn I’m feeling good right now. Riding a bit of a riding high. Since picking myself back up and navigating all the BS that comes with adulting I have attacked the Horned Mage project and am now done with the rough draft of the second book: Collateral Alpha.
It’s not done, it still needs some polishing, but I have another manuscript, this one about 5k words longer than the first. End goal is to get where I can crank out 30k novellas quick and easy but for now my goal is 20k, which I just barely went over with the first Horned Mage book. If I can keep up a consistent pace and word count like this I’ll be very pleased.
Ideally I’ll have the revisions and edits wrapped up over the next few days and I’ve already begun drafting up book three. I want to release all three, if not at the same time, at least close together so that readers don’t have to wait for any real length between them. Once that’s done I’ll either return to Beautiful Beasts or try a steamy superhero series I’ve got percolating in my brain. Initial thoughts are I’ll do BB but get my Patreon really going by letting patrons vote on superpowers and archetypes for that superhero project. And if Horned Mage does well enough, we may see a return to that world as well.
I like the idea of operating in threes. I think I can get three 20k+ novellas written per month and if that’s the case then I can release that amount regularly after I build up my stock. Of course, watch those words bite me on the ass. Still, goals. Trying to keep them doable but dreaming big at the same time. Writing shorter drafts like this seems to be a lot easier than pushing for a 50k to 80k word novel in a single go. Not that I don’t want to write the bigger projects, it’s just…so many ideas I want to explore. Plus, more stories for the readers with a faster turnoaround. Not that I have anything resembling a fan base yet, but reviews of Horned Mage, The Broken Curse on Literotica have been largely positive, so that gives me hope.
Fingers crossed! I’m writing away.
Disgusting factoid of the day…it’s almost impossible to kill cockroaches. The gross little insects are virtually indestructible. Pesticide? They adapt. Cut off their heads? They only die days later of thirst or starvation. Nuclear war? Pshh. So anyway, remember my last post way back when? Yeah, I had no idea what life was preparing to throw at me. I feel as though I’ve been thoroughly squashed.
That said, I haven’t given up. I am regrouping, adapting, and am continuing to work on my writing. The second book of the Horned Mage saga is still being written. Recent events have forced me to question things like message and direction in my work. Horned Mage was originally meant to be a silly, eroticized urban fantasy. Nothing serious. It probably still won’t be. But I have been thinking about what it means and represents. And it really doesn’t challenge its own genre or tropes and has the potential to only be reinforcing many of the things I think are wrong with the world. Things I don’t want to support. I want my work to mean more, to leave the world at least with the hope of improvement.
Because of this I’ve gone back to the drawing board. The first book probably won’t see too many changes. I hate going backwards and it sets up a bunch of things that can be questioned and challenged. Therefore the next books definitely will see a deeper consideration for their subject matter and an attempt at more characterization.
I want to write things that are fun and sexy and, quite frankly, that I can turn out quickly because there’s always a bajillion ideas careening around my brain ready to burst their way out of my skull. But I want to also write quality. I want to make things that are worth reading, and not just for their entertainment value–though that is of critical import to me. I want them to be fun but to also inspire at least some degree of thought. I want to write smart. I want to write quality. Especially after crap that’s been happening these last two months. I don’t want to get into the specifics, that’s not what this blog is about or for, but I feel as if I’ve had the living shit beaten out of me.
Anyone paying attention to my work, thank you so much for your patience as I reorder myself. Get ready, because I’m aiming to launch several fun projects in the very near future. My writing has been moved to the top of my list of priorities.
So, I’m picking myself back up, and going back into production mode. More writing. More work. More…life. I want more and I want to make more. I expect more from me and I hope you do too. I will not let life squash me. I will adapt and realize my goals and dreams.
So once more, here goes nothing.