1/4 of the way to 100%; Other Happenings


If any of you have been occasionally glancing at Luthor the potato, you may have noticed that I’ve reached 25,000 words on my next novel, Bloodcrest: The Ancients. This means that I’m 1/4 of the way to my goal of 100,00 words!

I’m also pretty excited that I’m only on chapter 10, which leads me to believe that I’ll have no problem reaching my goal. I still have a lot of plot points and events to put into this book, and I’m really excited to finish it. I decided that I’m going to turn the Bloodcrest idea into a whole series. I’ve finished Bloodcrest, Bloodcrest: The Ancients is a prequel, and I have a pretty good idea of what I’m going to do for the sequel to Bloodcrest.

In other events: my first book, ESTRA Corp., has been published as an Ebook. It is available on the Lulu marketplace for $1.99; and the paperback version of my book is now available for a little over $11.00, (A little marketing never hurt, ha). I’ve updated my widget on the side to include the link to the Ebook.

I’m also waiting for my proof copy of Bloodcrest to arrive in the mail. If it is up to par, I will release it to the public on the Lulu Marketplace. I’m very excited to let this one loose. I had a lot of fun writing it, and it provided the inspiration for Bloodcrest: The Ancients, and some ideas for the sequel.

But, enough about me. I’ve been very busy with writing and work; and now that school has started back up, I’ve been even busier. So, I’d like for everyone to enlighten me as to what is going on in your literary world? How has your creativity been flowing lately? Is inspiration striking you? What’s happening with you? Are the worlds you’re weaving coming together as you planned? Or, are they taking a complete turn in a direction you never thought they would?

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14 thoughts on “1/4 of the way to 100%; Other Happenings

  1. Congrats on your progress! I’m 10,000 words into my second novel. (I have no clue how long it will be when it’s done, but I’m aiming for 60,000 – just the right size for YA fantasy.) And I’m prepping my second poetry collection for publication! 🙂

    • Very nice! I’m glad to see that you’re on your second novel! Is your first published? If so, send me a link! 🙂 I envy your skill for poetry! Poetry really isn’t my thing, but I imagine it would certainly help add some more imagery to my novels.

  2. Sigh, I wish that were the case; I’m still trying to find a home for it. But I figured I might as well write the second one while I wait to hear back from agents! 🙂

    Hey, if you’d ever like anybody to craft poetry for you, I’m up for the job. 🙂

  3. Well good luck with your agents! I’m debating on sending in Bloodcrest to an agent. But, I really like where my third book is going, so I might wait until I finish that one and send it in to an agent, or perhaps both!

    And I might just have to take you up on your offer in the future! 🙂

  4. Chris
    It’s a pleasure following your blog. I haven’t figured out how to work the little potato guy yet–I’m working on my technical savvy. But I’m rooting for you to reach your 100K goal.

  5. Cute little Luthor with his stack of papers!

    I’m coming up on the end of my second novel, I’ve just got about a chapter or two to push through and it’ll be done! Then I get to work on the second one in my original series. It’s so inspiring to see someone else working their way through similar struggles. Thanks for that!

  6. Hey Chris, it’s rather inspiring to watch your progress – you manage a rate that I am sure many of us are a little jealous of! (Especially on days like the last two where one little <2yo man in my life is failing to have the sort of day time sleeps he used to … -hefty sigh-).
    My recent progress is hard to measure in word count, as I have been doing a little more in-depth research into my characters as I go through my early chapters with a fine-toothed comb, setting myself a good base to leap from, as well as doing character sketches (literally, I need the visual). My next plan is to set myself a decent reading goal, since you gotta read if you want to write!(oh 24-hour days, why are you so short?)

    • Such a high rate of word count comes at a cost though, ha. I make a significant amount of typos that my editor I’m sure has a frustrating field day with, haha. However, for five years of my life in middle/high-school, I taught myself basic HTML and web design, not to mention growing up in the era of AIM chat, I was able to develop quite a rapid typing speed; so that certainly helps.

      When it comes to reading, I’ve been trying really hard to fit it into my schedule. What with school starting up, plus going to work, plus writing, plus trying to plan a wedding, everything kind of blurs together and sometimes reading doesn’t make the cut. However, most nights I am able to read one chapter before going to bed, so this seems to work out pretty well. Goodreads has a cool thing where you set a reading goal for 2012. I’m going for at least 10 books this year, and hopefully I’ll read many more than that. Because, as we all know, nothing makes a good writer like a good reader.

      • I taught myself basic HTML when I was an university. Now I feel woefully behind the times with .php etc. At least I can dabble in a little .css, but it never feels like enough in today’s world of interaction.
        I always thought I’d be the tech-savvy granny … but, I can already see technology getting away on me and my future grandkids rolling their eyes when I stare at them blankly as they show me something new …

    • I don’t follow the .php or CSS or anything like that. I changed aspirations and stopped web design completely. But it certainly did help by increasing my typing speed. I’ve been meaning to find a good words per minute website or something so I can figure out just how fast I can type.

      • yWriter, from Spacejock software (http://www.spacejock.com/ – he’s an author, too!) does a little words-per-minute down the bottom of the window. Although, I believe it is a little on the generous side (it had me up somewhere around 70wpm … hmmm). I don’t know of any other tools for that.

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