Wednesday, October 24, 2012

One Apple

The apple I am eating is totally delicious.

Sorry to disappoint all those people who thought I was talking about iPhones.

That's it, I have nothing else to say.

*munch munch munch*

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Waiting and Pain and Suffering and Oh My!

Oh the waiting! It is torture!

About a week ago I gave my draft manuscript of Blood for the Dying to more than a dozen friends for feedback. Since then I have been very anxious for feedback. It is my first novel, and all I can think is "will they like it?" and "will they be honest?" and "what if they hate it?". Well that is not entirely true, I am thinking of other things as well, but those thoughts come up often.

I can only imagine what it must be like once you actually publish for real. I am certainly not looking forward to my first one star review on Amazon or Goodreads. No matter what I do I am sure that they are sure to come. At least I won't have to put up with all the rejection letters from publishers. I suppose that is one advantage to self-publishing. Traditional publishing certainly does not protect writers from one star reviews, that is for sure.

I suppose the best medicine for this is to keep writing and keep getting better. Then again, after working so hard I am also feeling to need to take a little bit of time off to recharge the creative batteries. Nanowrimo starts in November as usual, so maybe I will take it easy until then. As fun as it is, writing is still like a job in many ways. A few weeks cold turkey won't hurt. As I said in my last post, I will be putting Blood for the Dying on ice for a little bit, so Nanowrimo will be a great chance to get my orcs novel done.

In the mean time, more waiting. I am not sure whether the waiting or the getting bad reviews is worse yet, but I am sure that they are both pretty sucky.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Forcing yourself to take a break

Lets face it, we all need a break from things at some point, and writing is no different. Even while waiting for feedback from my beta readers I am still looking at my WIP over, and over, and over again. If I keep doing this I will end up hating it.

Time to take a bit of a break and work on something else. So, I officially, with all the authority of my glorious blog, decide the Blood for the Dying shall be FROZEN in space and time, to await a time at least one month from now, when it is prophesied that editing time shall begin.

Or something like that.

Anyhoo, it is about time I got back the The Orc of Many Questions. I have really enjoyed writing it so far, especially as it is a far simpler story from one point of view, and I don't need to consider a million things at once when writing it, I can simply get in the characters head and go, making up stuff as I go along. Discovering that novel has been a blast so far and it is about time I get back to it. It should time in pretty well with Nanowrimo in November.

Orcs is back baby.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Beta Draft of Blood for the Dying Done!

Dear Internet,

I have finished the rewrite of my first book, well the beta stage anyway. Today it went out to over a dozen beta readers, who have graciously offered to read it and provide me feedback. Hopefully they enjoy it!

I will leave it alone for a month now and work on my orcs novel. I will make changes based on their feedback in a month from now. Then it is off to the editor, which will take a few months I imagine. Sometime early next year I plan to publish.

Lots of love,


Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Sample Chapters Updated

Dear World and whoever else may be reading,

My super rewrite and merger of my first and second books is essentially done, with only minor notes to fix up before I send it to beta readers this week. As such, I have updated the sample chapters for Blood for the Dying.

There have been many changes, typos, prose, new bits etc. so I hope you enjoy.

Lots of love to all,


Saturday, October 6, 2012

Writing Progress

Dear World,

I have finished editing the last chapter of the rewrite of my first novel, Blood for the Dying. Now just have to flick through the book and fix up a bunch of random notes of things to change / add in. The book should be ready for beta readers in about a week. A month after that I will pass it to the editor.


- Shane

Friday, October 5, 2012

Epic Music for Writing IV

The following song reach touches me, some of my best scenes were written to it. I hope you enjoy it too.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Epic Music for Writing III

I am a massive fan of Florence and the Machine. Here is one of my favorite tunes.


- Shane