I’ll update this page periodically so you’ll know where I am on current projects.
March 31, 2022
The final stretch has begun. I’ve finished all of my revisions on Path of Relics: Aethershard and now it’s on to the launch process. But the “todo” list to get there still looks daunting.
Here’s a taste: write Amazon description, format manuscript for ebook and print versions, write second epilogue as a newsletter promotion, finalize map to include in book, finish planning launch tasks… sigh
I also have a prequel novel rough draft “in the can.” I’d planned to revise it and upload chapter by chapter to Royal Road to serve as promotion for the novel 1 launch, but given the other tasks left to do, I may wait to launch this prequel novel later. It’ll still generate interest (I hope) no matter when I release it.
February 17, 2022
Today, I finished the first draft of my new novella. It’s titled Path of Relics: Beta. It serves as the prequel story of my first novel, Path of Relics: Aether Shard. I plan to offer this novel for free in certain places as a promotional strategy.
Because as of now, I don’t have a readership. So I’m hoping this prequel will garner some interest and momentum, which I can then direct toward the launch of novel 1. I intended the prequel to be in the 20,000 word range, but as of now, the manuscript sits at 40,229 words. So I guess I don’t feel so bad that it took me over twice as long to finish the first draft as I had planned.
Now it’s time to celebrate (just a bit). Then I finish my tweaks of Novel 1 based on the feedback I received from the developmental edit. Probably a round of proofreading after that. Then it’s on to launch!
The great news is, my writing process is already faster than it used to be. Hopefully, that will continue to improve. I’ve grown more accepting of the time this is taking, however. Mostly because I’ve realized I’m not just trying to release a novel; I’m trying to launch a career.
December 30, 2021
Happy ‘Almost New Year’ to you! It’s been a productive year for me, but strange, it doesn’t feel that way. I figured this would be a good time to look back on 2021 and what I’ve accomplished writing-wise. Because it’s better to think in terms of how far you’ve come than how far you have to go, right?
So the biggest first… I completed revisions 2 and 3 of my first novel, Path of Relics: AetherShard. I also sent it to a few beta readers who really seemed to enjoy it. The manuscript has also gone through a professional developmental edit. And my cover art is in the final stages of completion; now it’s moving to the typography stage.
Besides all this, I have written eight flash fiction stories. Only my writing group has seen these stories for the time being. But next year, I plan to write more short stories and revise them, with the goal of publishing them in online (paying) journals. The money likely won’t be A LOT, but to think I could soon be a paid fiction author is an amazing feeling.
In the next few weeks, I’ll write the rough draft of my prequel novel, Path of Relics: Beta. And afterwards, I’ll complete the suggestions from my dev editor for Novel 1. After that, it’s starting up the launch process.
So what have I learned with all this? Well, a lot, especially about writing itself, but more so, I’ve learned how long this process can take. For future novels, I’ll have a better idea of what I can skip and what I need to get rolling sooner. I’ll be sure to keep you updated! Here’s to a great 2022 for all of us. Happy New Year!
November 8, 2021
Things are moving along! I received feedback from my developmental editor. A few minor to medium tweaks, but nothing too time-consuming. The color sketch of my cover art also came in and it’s looking great. Can’t wait to share that with you.
In the meantime, I’ve been working on the outline of my prequel novella. This will be a free story available to people who sign up for my newsletter. It follows a character named Blair and her exploits with Path of Relics that lead directly into the main story of novel 1.
I’ve also been writing flash fiction stories every two weeks. I’ll probably polish some of these and submit them for publication. And then who knows, an anthology at some point?
As for publication of Path of Relics: Aether Shard (novel 1)… Still looking like first quarter of 2022.
September 9, 2021
I feel that’s where I’m at right now with my novel process. But it’s not a bad thing, actually.
My manuscript is with a developmental editor right now. She’s reading through it and will make suggestions to tighten the story, make it more impactful, improve the themes and characters and everything, really.
That process should be done at the end of October, then it’s back to some more revisions on my part. Then I begin the launch process.
In the meantime, I still have plenty to do. I have to learn how to do a launch and start preparing all of that. I’d also like to write a second epilogue for my novel and a short prequel which will both serve as downloads to anyone who signs up to my newsletter.
Have I mentioned before this is all taking way longer than I originally thought it would? Oh well, I’ll be more efficient next time. Onward.
June 23, 2021
Been a while since my last update. I’ve been steadily working through my 3rd revision of “Relic Hunter: Aether Shard.” That title will change, since I’ve found there’s already a Relic Hunter prominent on Amazon (starring Tia Carrere!) I have some ideas, but it’ll be a pain, since the term Relic Hunter is in almost every chapter of the book.
Only four chapters left to this edit. Then it’s on to finding a professional editor, and handing off to beta readers. Although I’m not sure if I should give it to Betas until after a developmental edit. Oh, the steep learning curve of your first novel…
This edit has been easier that revision 2, but much is still changing. I’ve found this edit has added clarity to some of my themes and plot pieces. As well as fleshing out the character’s and their motivations. It has truly been a fun edit. But I can still see lots of room for improvement.
March 20, 2021
I started revision 3 of my novel this week. And I decided on a new title, Relic Hunter: Aether Shard. Each novel in the series will now be titled Relic Hunter, with the appropriate subtitle on each.
I’ve also revised my time estimates for the series. Unsurprisingly, my expectations were set far too high, thinking I could complete 3 novels by the end of 2021. But the first novel I can certainly publish this year. My hope is the next novels will be easier and faster, now that I’ve gone through the process once.
Once I’m through this revision, I’ll send the manuscript to a professional developmental editor. More revisions, then beta readers! Can’t wait for that phase of things. It’s when I’ll see how actual readers of my chosen genre react to the story.
February 3, 2021
Continuing with my read through of the second draft of Aethershard. As I go, I’m making notes at the chapter level and general notes I’ll need to change for the story at large.
It’s a humbling experience. I’m currently reading Patrick Rothfuss’ Name of the Wind. I don’t know if I can recommend reading the work of a professional veteran author as you revise your own story. It certainly inspires, and I know it will help my writing overall. But seeing how inferior my writing is in comparison is disheartening.
But my revision continues, and I know I’ll only improve my story as I go. The best I can hope for is to put out the best novel I can at my current level of experience. And know that my writing and novels will only get better as I continue in this career.
I’ve also begun posting regular articles here on the site in 2021. I consume science and geek news daily, so I’ll post my takes on some of these news articles.
December 31, 2020
I’m finished with the second revision of my first novel, Aether shard! It’s been a long journey writing this novel. All of 2020, I’ve worked on it in one form or another.
But, I’ve learned a lot. And hopefully my future novels won’t take as long.
For example, I learned a lot about managing my time for a deadline. At the end, I spent about 4 days straight revising and writing new scenes to meet my goals. Probably close to 10 hours a day on average. It was brutal. But also fun and exciting. Still, I’d have preferred to have done that work in smaller chunks beforehand. Oh well, lesson learned.
So, next steps… I will take the feedback I received from this revision and work those changes into the novel. After that, it’s time for a developmental editor. Not quite sure how I’m going to pay for that yet. And while that’s happening, I’ll begin plotting out my second novel in the series. I’ll likely start on the first draft of that sometime in the first quarter of 2021.
That’s it for the update. Hope you had a happy holidays. Happy New Year and to everyone an incredible 2021!
October 11, 2020
Been a while since my last update. Working through the first revision of my GameLit / LitRPG Lite novel, and I have a working title now:
So far, revision has been a tough but rewarding process. I’m averaging about 2 chapters per week. The issue is, I’m basically re-writing the chapters as I go. The general ideas of the story are there from the first draft. But in this revision, I’m focusing on including the character beats, filling in plot holes, making it all fit together better, etc.
I would love to be one of those authors who self-publishes 3 to 4 novels a year. Right now, that feels a long way off. My hope is I’ll eventually get faster at all this. For now, I’ll just keep pushing through.
See you next update!
August 11, 2020
I’ve finished reading back through the first draft of my Gamelit novel. Along the way, I took notes of what to change, improve, etc. It’s rather daunting—my revision notes document is over 20,000 words long.
Spent the morning today going back through it and organizing. Now, on to the hard part. I need to decide on major structural changes, plot holes, character arcs, etc.
This is my first time writing a novel, so I HOPE this will be the most unorganized rough draft I ever write. The lessons learned here will hopefully transfer to novel 2 and beyond.
In other news, The Write Practice asked me to contribute an article on my experience winning the Summer 2020 short story writing contest. It was fun to write an article again. I haven’t done that in a while. If you’re interested, you can read it here – 5 Writing Contest Strategies To Improve Your Winning Chances.
July 3, 2020
In the revision process of the first novel in my Gamelit series. Currently, I’m halfway through reading the story after letting it sit for a while. I’m not editing yet. Just making notes.
When I’m done, I’ll make a revision plan and outline. Then I’ll edit from that.
I also have two short stories in mind to offer to my newsletter subscribers. This next week will be vacation for me and family, but I plan to complete a rough draft of one of these stories.
June 8, 2020
Finished the rough draft of the first novel in my GameLit Series. Untitled for now, but the subtitle might be something like: The Lore Hunter Series.
I’ll be planning out my revision process this week. And will likely start re-reading the rough draft as well.
On a separate note, I set up this website this week. It’s been exciting, finally seeing progress on this lifelong dream. I’d like to thank J.F. Penn for the inspiration to do this “writing journal” page to keep track of my progress. It’s a great way for readers to quickly see what I’m working on, as well as an archive for future reference.