Status Updates

Status Updates

The Glassbreaker Goes Home (FM6.75) = IN EDITING (Edit 3.0 = 8/10 chapters)

Main Focus: FM7 School Story = 8k out of 100k estimate (8%) + 40 hwp

Side Focus: FM7 Main Story = 0k out of 150k estimate (0%)

Back Burner #1: Vicky Welf and the Mancy Masquerade (FM6.99???) 17k out of 60k estimate (28%)

Back Burner #2: Super Secret Awesome Project (in outline phase)

Ugly Step Child: Gush (Fantasy Action/Adventure) Novel, First Draft = 21k out of 100k estimate (21%)

Other Stuff I Need to Get To: FM3-FM6 concordance updates

Thursday, July 19, 2018

King Henry Tapes Reading Order

I suppose the series has gotten complicated enough now for me to do one of these up as a point of reference.

Author's Suggested Reading Order

The Foul Mouth and the Fanged Lady

Little King Henry, Short Story

The Foul Mouth and the Cat Killing Coyotes

Conquering Hero, Short Story

Friendship is Madness, Short Story (T-Bone)

Second Take, Novelette (Welf)

The Foul Mouth and the Troubled Boomworm

Griefing, Novella

The Foul Mouth and the Headless Hunny

Meet the Bonnies, Novelette (T-Bone)

The Foul Mouth and the Mancy Martial Artist

King Henry and the Three Little Trips, Novella (T-Bone/Eva/KH)

The Foul Mouth and the Pit of No Return

Assault on Dread Fortress Paine, Novella (T-Bone/Eva)

The Glassbreaker Goes Home, Novella (SOON!)

The Foul Mouth and the Runaway Rumble (forthcoming)

Monday, July 9, 2018

Whirlwind Writing Notes

1.  My AC broke for like 5 days...incredibly not fun.  Pretty much living in a hot cave with all the lights and electronics possible turned off, still sweltering but survivable.  Not exactly premier writing conditions however.

2.  Also had to babysit 2 dogs and 4 cats for a week, one of which was my cat who decided that in addition to all this she should get sick all over the house with every fluid and solid available to her so...so much fun!

3.  Back to work now.  I'm just kind of floating around between all my projects at the moment, if one seizes my fancy for the day then I stick with it and then I'll flirt over to something else tomorrow.  Not exactly the most structured or efficient I suppose, but I'm enjoying the novelty.

4.  Gave up on handwriting again...for now.  Something I enjoyed while doing, but after having to spend a week typing/editing 80 pages into my laptop while getting nothing "new" done, I remembered why I only write by hand as a last resort.  Plus my wrist was dead for half of June...

5.  Edit on Glassbreaker is going good, even if I'm obviously not rushing this one out like I did the last one.  When it gets done it will get done.  And you'll enjoy it, I hope :)

6.  Outlined the SUPER SECRET PROJECT.  Well...one of them ;)  Even wrote the first 500 words or so!

7.  One chapter down on FM7's school story, 7 to go, partway into the next already.  King Henry being King Henry!

8.  Renamed the Vicky Welf POV sections from Glassbreaker to "Vicky Welf and the Mancy Masquerade" which I really love as a title...do kind of want to use it as a story, but unsure if I have time to work on it before FM7.  Also don't know if ANOTHER novella/side novel would be fair to you fans.  Know you're already pushed to the limit as it is :)  But...there's a lot of good stuff I can do with it.  It will take place just prior to FM7 during the Old Mancy winter party scene and I think you can imagine how crazy rumors and gossip is spreading through the supernatural community during the intervening months from Eureka.

9.  Gush?  What's Gush?  Actually I opened the file up the other day, how 'bout that?  I looked at the first page, oh yes I did!

10.  Westworld S2...wow, umm...again I don't like being negative towards other artists, but, man, WAY too smart for its own good this go around.  When you're getting Neo talking to the Architect Matrix 2 vibes then something has gone seriously wrong!

11.  With the whole AC and animal babysitting thing I did have TONS of time to catch up on television.  Watched season 2 of Versailles, great show if you're into historical stuff.  Flew through season 2 of GLOW also, still love the 80s nostalgia that show blasts you with.  It's just off the charts!  Halfway through season 1 of Ozark.  Pretty dark.  Also, since about 25% of my genetic pool comes from that area, a little terrifying!

12.  Dived back in anime again too.  My Hero Academia Season 3...this show just does hype and OMG moments about as well as any media ever has.  Megalobox...only part way through it, love the 80s/90s-esque art style, a bit annoyed they dropped the mecha-boxer-rig angle to have the main character seem like even more of an underdog.  Bit too much.  Saiki K season 1...hilarious stuff, loved it.  Tried Re:Creators, didn't dig it.  Lot more I need to catch up on and try!  Plus, Attack on Titan Season 3 coming up!

13.  No movies really...

14.  Books.  Reading "The Great Game" by Patrick Hopkirk.  It's about Russia and Great Britain fighting over Central Asia during the 19th century.  Lots of intrigue, political backstabbing, traveling adventurers...great non-fiction read if political history is your thing.  Finally picked up "Silent Falling" by Patricia Briggs.  She's one of the authors I kind of read just to keep up on Urban Fantasy and what's going on in the genre.  Also halfway through "An Echo in the Bone" by Diana Gabaldon (started reading the Outlander series because I liked the Outlander tv show, because I like the exec producer Ron Moore who made the 2005 Battlestar series, so...the Cylons made me do it) and that is one thick book.  Makes FM6 look slim in comparison.  Like, my kindle winced when I downloaded it.

15.  Anyway, hope you're all having a fun summer.  Stay cool, read, watch, and enjoy life.

16.  Oh, yeah...World Cup semis tomorrow!  I think Belgium probably deserves it the most, but I just really want to see a France vs. England finals for the hype of it all.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Super Quick Notes

1.  It's Hot.  Fresno Summer Hot.

2.  Writing and editing really well!

3.  I'm two episodes behind on Westworld.  Damn you, World Cup!

4.  Check the status updates for my occasional change to still know I'm alive, other than that...gonna go back to writing now =P

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Hot N Cold Notes

1.  Fresno can't decide what weather it wants to have.

2.  I now remember why I don't do this whole handwritten thing unless I'm extremely desperate.  Having to enter almost 90 pages into the laptop is MELTING MY MIND.  It would be one thing if I could just sit there and mindlessly transfer, but no, it's basically some weird mini-edit where I'm adding, deleting, and changing half of what I wrote on the page.

3.  Val is my MVP for FM6.75.  Girl really brings the humor this time around.

4.  Writing FM7 also of course, by hand...cuz I hate myself.  I will say that my handwriting has gotten shocking good.  Or at least...I can understand it.  So...progress?

5.  Halfway through the first chapter...so...basically just starting the marathon, but I already love a couple scenes I've worked on.  It's also got quite a lot of catch up, but I think it's okay.  Since I'm not actually spending two books on sixth year, I suppose some extra explanation is required, even if it's not that much more in detail that what you've already heard about it in the mainline, aka Eva stuff.

6.  It's very emotional writing this last school story.  Just thinking how when we started six books ago King Henry was this little 14 year old kid...

7.  E3 this weekend!  Love watching the conference streams.  I'm a hype guy, really am.  Why I like watching wrestling on occasion too.  Why I loved Infinity War.  OMG moments are just the best.  I remember being a 15yo teenager and reading Robert Jordan's Dumai's Wells chapter for the first time and oh shit, that was the good stuff.    Feels good to deliver on them too, so here's to more of them in the future! ;)

8.  Hey EA, can I have a Star Wars game that doesn't suck?  Been awhile...Force Unleashed 1 maybe?  Even that was iffy.  Republic Commando?  There was a fun game.  Or maybe Lego Star Wars I suppose...man that was forever ago.

9.  Also want God of War 5 now...plz plz plz...if you like video games even a little bit, just go and give it a whirl.  Really amazing storytelling and world-building.  Also, speaking of OMG moments...

10.  Babylon 5 is free on Amazon Prime at the moment (in the US).  My goal is to watch the entire series in the next couple months.  So far ahead of its time, this was a television space opera begging to be devoured over a streaming service.  Yes, the computer graphics are horribly ugly and dated, but its still so good!  Season 1 isn't nearly as up to par, but once you get to the Shadow War and all the Earth Rebellion stuff, it's just...yes!

If you haven't watched it and you're into the Expanse or Game of Thrones, give it a go, you should really like it.  If you're a fan of this author you might even notice that the Psi Corps call all the normal people mundanes, how 'bout that...

11.  Any World Cup predictions non-USA located fans?

12.  You're allowed to make comments on these ones too, not just the posts where I make a big announcement ;-P

Monday, May 28, 2018

Cool Notes

1.  It's almost June and we had an under 70 degree high the other day.  In FRESNO.  Weird, weird, weird...yes it's shooting up to 100 in a couple days, but...I'll take what I can get!

2.  Sticking with the handwriting for now even though I've moved to work on FM7's school story.  Just really nice not having to sweat under a laptop during the summer.  Bit more difficult with FM7 since the tape recorder, first person POV is much stronger and I really want to be able to go full stream of consciousness at times and my poor, poor fingers can only write so quick compared to typing, but...we're going to try it.

3.  Traditionally summer months are my lowest production months so hopefully this combats that.  September being the worst since...it's not only hot but also my birthday time and what's a birthday without a little bit of depression and malaise?

4.  I don't know who posted or tweeted or what you did, but thanks to whoever went around spreading the gospel of King Henry last week.  I got a sudden influx of new buys on FM1 totally out of nowhere, even shot up to the TOP 5k on the ranked list.  More proof that if you fans want to grow the series yourselves, the power is very much in your hands, maybe even more so than this marketing adverse author.

5.  I'm watching anime again...send help...

6.  Got the covers for FM7 done.  Runaway Rumble and Most Obvious Trap on the plate!

7.  My cat turned 15 a few days ago and she is currently running around the house spreading terror...I don't think she's gotten the memo about old age yet.

8.  Likely will be staying away from the net and just writing over the next month so at least wait until July to start the "are you alive" comments, okay?