Saturday, November 29, 2014


Welp, NaNoWriMo is over for me.  I managed to squeeze just over 90,000 words out of this month, and I'm damn proud!  For those of you who don't think in word counts, that's about 250-300 standard pages, and about the length of The Hobbit.
So what now?

Well, I'm actually more excited about this part than I was to write the damn thing.  Drafting is prep-work, if you ask me, and it's kind of a chore.  Now I get to edit, which is the real writing.
First off, I'm not gonna touch this novel again until mid-January.  I've found that these things need a while to settle.  It helps me forget my attachments to particular characters, scenes, or setting elements, and when I finally go back I can read it with a more objective eye.  it's hard to kill things you love, so if you need to kill them you have to find a way to stop loving them, and for me that's space.
Once I do go back, however, I'm guessing that editing will take me in the neighborhood of six months, what with my bust freelance schedule.  I plan to aggressively self-edit before putting it to pasture with a professional editor.
After that, I'll find a way to publish it.  I have a great relationship with Catharsis Fiction, but there are no guarantees, and I don't really have any laurels to rest on, so the battle will begin anew.  If Cathariss doesn't want it, then I'll start looking for agents and small-time publishers that do.  If I get too many No's, I'll bite the bullet and self-pub.  Because nobody keeps Jim Frankenstein in a cage.
For those of you who don't already know, Sins of the Flesh pretty much picks up right where Hidden Deeds left off, so those of you who bought 3 Futures and enjoyed your first taste of Jim Frankenstein, you won't want to miss the next installment.
In the mean time, I've got a few more things in store for you.  I'm working on two short stories, one of which is the next story in Tales of Unknown Earth, so those of you that enjoyed Walker, The Prophet will be interested in that.  The other story is something completely new, and I'm really excited about it.  The working title is Deep, and it's about a young woman falling into a gas giant.
Once all these stories are in ship-shape, I'll be submitting them to various online publishers, so hopefully you'll see some news about that within the year.

Alright, that's all the news that's fit to print.  Keep a look out for more coming soon!

UPDATE! Check out the Jim Frankenstein tab above to read a new excerpt from Sins of the Flesh!

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