Mar 25 2014

End of March Update …

Posted by Mathias

When last I posted, I mentioned the idea of writing a novel on this site, and publishing it, as I go.  I’ve actually been working on this, believe it or not.  I’ve been toying around with the opening chapters for Daughter of Fate, and things are going pretty well.

The rough part, so far, is knowing that as I publish chapters they will be set in stone – good, bad, or indifferent.  I’ve had to think long and hard, not just about the overall plot, but also all the little sub plots that will eventually make up the story.  If I were to decide, say, in Chapter 30 that a character named Jimbob was required and that he needed to be introduced earlier on in the story, but wasn’t, well … that just sucks! (more…)

Jun 24 2012

More Sunday New Twitter Follower Welcomes!

Posted by Mathias

I want to welcome all these people to my little corner of Twitter!

Gary Sanders‏@garysanders1

Screenwriter: Crime Dramas & Action Thrillers. Worlds 2nd Worst Surfer: Also writing a novel to be released in 2012.

Write Emotobooks‏@WriteEmotobooks

Grit City Publications is currently seeking pop-fiction for our catalog of EmotoSingles and EmotoSerials. Become a pioneer. Join the emotobooks Revolution!

Gae-Lynn Woods‏@gaelynnwoods

Texas Crime Fiction writer – because some folks just need killin’. Jazz lover, fence fixer, pretty good post-hole digger, and mad about BBC’s The Archers.

JuNoWriMo‏@JuNoWriMo

A novel writing challenge in June – 50,000 words in 30 days. Check out the buzz with #JuNoWriMo. Brought to you by @beccajcampbell and @aehowardwrites

Number 42‏@YasinRashid_

People throw rocks at things that shine. #InstantFollowBack

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Jun 03 2012

Nearing The Halfway Point Of Latest Edit

Posted by Mathias

Well, I’m on page 208 of my latest edit for Under the Darkened Moon.  A lot of words got taken out in the first 100 pages, 3,508 in total.  But in the second 100 pages, 1,000 words have been added to help out the story.  I was trying to see if I could drop the word count from 150,000 down to around 140,000.  Doesn’t seem likely at this point, but who knows.  Maybe I can hit 145,000.  I’m not going to force it.  The story is as long as the story is.

After this edit I am planning on having live read sessions and edits.  My wife will read the story exactly as written and I will listen to see how it flows.  We’ll be doing one chapter a night to keep from getting burned out on the reading/editing process.  Once that edit is done, I am going to find six people to read and critique the latest draft before beginning the submission process.

This is now, officially, my 1oth edit of Under the Darkened Moon, my debut writing project which I started on July 18th, of last year.  The live read edit will be my 11th and, hopefully, completed by the end sometime around the 1 year anniversary of my attempt at writing a novel to be published.  Lots of hours put in so far and hopefully it will pay off.  I’ve been keeping track and so far the project has consumed right around 1,550 hours.

Well, back to editing.