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Yesterday I started on the third book of the Ambria series. Today I ended with 3658 words written for the book, which isn't as dramatic a start as the first and second book. Part of the reason for that is that while I'm working on the beginning of Ambria III, I'm cleaning up the end of The River Runs Uphill: Ambria II. The same thing happened with the start of Ambria II, where I had to go back and clean and change material in The Darkest Autumn: Ambria I to make the books work together.
Once things are in place, the words will fly faster and faster. Hopefully, I'll get down 5000 words tomorrow.
Another thing that held me up this weekend was getting the formatting right for the ebooks. As I'm not using a standard tool like Scrivener I have to adjust things on my own. I like doing it, so while it's a diversion from writing, at least it's a pleasant one.
One last thing: tomorrow my cover designer will be getting back to me with an update on the covers. The Darkest Autumn: Ambria I will be lightened and The River Runs Uphill: Ambria II will hopefully be finished enough that I can actually list the book on my site.
Years ago on a cold, rainy day, when I was in my college library, I stumbled across a copy of Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451. Having read his Martian Chronicles and Illustrated Man and liked them somewhat, I thought I ought to give it a try. It was a short book and I figured it would be a way to while away the doldrums of a boring day.
Needless to say, Fahrenheit 451 did more than just chase away boredom. I was sucked in and didn't move from my spot until I finished the whole thing. It's a powerful book that to me is by far Bradbury's best work. When I was done reading the story, I consumed the afterward and learned something that stuck with me until today.
Bradbury explained that he sat in the basement of the UCLA library and finished the first draft in nine days. His publisher, upon reading it, told him to double the size of the draft so they could publish it. So Bradbury spent another nine days in the UCLA library and punched out a literary masterpiece. While editing process took weeks, it nevertheless amazes me that he got it done so quickly. I always thought if I could write so well and so fast, then maybe being an author was in the cards for me.
As of today, seventeen days after I started the sequel to The Darkest Autumn, the first draft is done. Certainly, the book needs to be edited and cleaned up, but what's amazing is that I did over 55,066 words in 17 days or about 3,239 words per day. I can claim I wrote faster than Bradbury! While I did have the advantage of a computer over a typewriter, and it's doubtful my work is anywhere as good as Fahrenheit 451, it's nevertheless reassuring to know that I can at least write faster than him.
It was a rush to finish another book this year. Tomorrow the editing process begins. As for the third book in the series, I'm going to take a break for a few days and let my hands rest up.
Over the few weeks, I've tried several times to start the sequel to The Darkest Autumn. Each time I felt the beginning didn't reflect the book I wanted to write. Then today, following a streak of inspiration, I wrote 9083 words today!
Today was just the start, but writing this series is so much fun. Let's see if I can beat my writing time for The Darkest Autumn.
It's Monday morning, the beginning of the work week. Don't be sad, because I bring two awesome things to you:
On Saturday I wrote over EIGHT THOUSAND WORDS. That's a record for me. My forearms are sore, but it was worth it.
All those words allowed me to FINISH the storyline of The Darkest Autumn! It tops off at thirty-four chapters plus a glossary and cast of characters list I use to track people, places, and things. Yes, it still needs proofing, editing, and cleanup, but the hardest part is done! HOORAY!
My birthday is coming up on July 24th, and I'd like to celebrate by giving back. I can't thank you all enough for the incredible outpouring of support. But what I can do is give you a gift!
Starting on July 21st and ending sometime late on July 25th, you can download free copies of my dark fantasy novel, Into the Brambles to your Kindle device or app.
It would mean a lot to me if you read my book. Honestly, every time someone tells me that they just finished reading Into the Brambles, it really makes my day.
Also, if you read it, please write a review! It's a huge thrill whenever I see new reviews, even ones with honest, constructive criticism.
This is the non-fiction side of me that I usually don't write about here. I just wanted to let you all know that a new version of my technical book, Two Scoops of Django: Best Practices for Django 1.8 is out.
Like any author, as soon as I released my first fiction book on Amazon through Kindle Select, I excitedly informed everyone I knew. Unfortunately, many friends and family informed me that they didn't have Kindles. They asked if there was any way they could read it without a Kindle.
Here's the deal. You don't need a Kindle to read it. All you need is the Kindle app for your smartphone or tablet, or Kindle software for your computer.
Just click on the link below for your particular device to download the appropriate free Kindle app:
Or, if you have Chrome, Firefox or Safari installed, use Kindle Cloud Reader to read Kindle books without having to install any new software.
Once you have a Kindle app installed, you get access to the Kindle store. Then just search for my name, and the book will come up.
In the future I hope to release it on other platforms besides Kindle, but for now I'm locked in due to the terms of the Kindle Select Program.
After a year of writing and four months of thorough revision, I'm excited to announce that my first fiction book is now out!
As of today, it's available in Kindle format on Amazon. The name of the book is Into the Brambles. It's the first book of what will be a longer The Brambles fantasy epic.
The world was ancient, scarred from a thousand wars between gods, immortals, and heroes. Old grudges have faded but are not forgotten.
At the end of a so-called ‘age of peace’, two great nations of immortals march against each other, with humanity caught in the middle. In this world of conflict, three very different individuals are thrust into the face of danger.
Here a young man is marched off to war, a noble woman takes charge of her own destiny, and in the depths of the Haunted Lands a dark king is born. Their fates will shake the foundations of the universe.
In the book, I explore three primary characters. Like us, they are victims of circumstance. What they make of those circumstances affects not just themselves but the world around them. In other words, they make decisions and act on them. Unfortunately, good intentions and casual cruelty are both recipes for making bad decisions.
Even though I began putting pen to parchment (or keyboard to file) a year and a half ago, elements of the story have been brewing in my head for much longer. Writing the book involved a New Year's Resolution, the encouragement and editing of my wife, family, and friends, plus a lot of coffee.
If you would like to buy my book, you can do so on Amazon for the introductory price of $2.99, the same price as a cup of coffee. The book is also in the Kindle Unlimited program, at least for now.
I spend a lot of time online. My professional career as a software engineer demands it. Like everyone else, it’s how I stay in contact with friends and family. I also use it for recreation, watching movies and reading articles and books via the internet. Finally, most of my writing hobby involves the use of tools that connect to the cloud.
This internet is wonderful, but I want to give it a break. I need to recharge. I want to step away from the connected universe and enjoy planet Earth for a while. Maybe I’ll check my personal email once or twice, or post snippets of writing here on my author blog, but that’s it. I want the chance to kick back, unwind, and write my fiction unhindered by the temptation to know what’s going on in the world.
Yes, in the old days they called this a vacation.
Where am I going off the grid? I’m off to the Philippines with my wife Audrey from December 21st to January 2nd. I can’t wait for the wonderful, hot weather, a welcome break from Southern California’s chilly winter weather. Some might say that where I live doesn’t get cold, but I’m the kind of person who can go for most of a hot summer without air conditioning. Dropping below 70°F is too cold for my blood. When I come back, I’ll be recharged and ready to dive back into things. I’m so excited about releasing my first fiction book, “Into the Brambles.”