Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Thar She Blew!

What a night last night was!

There are times when I experience an all night insomniac episode, but when you can't get a good night's sleep because of an all-night storm, that's another thing entirely. Howling winds, enormous lightning flashes crisscrossing through the dark-gray sky, complimented with the heavy downpour of rain and the crunch of hail, all add up to one ferocious evening. Just what I needed to remind me of what a wicked storm is actually like. Good thing I'm still cleaning up chapter 10. No kidding. It's about as messy as the branch-strewn streets out there. Be careful!

A few mental walls assembled themselves in front of me at the beginning of this month, but I'm finally getting around them, much to the help of four new Alpha readers; Michael, David, Julia, and Andy. You know who you are, and welcome aboard the Schlock Express (Even now I can hear the rain prattle on the roof in the hallway just outside my door...awesome).

September is coming to a close, but I am way excited for October. No. It's not because it's my birthday month. It's because of a few new books that are releasing that I've anticipated for quite some time. James Dashners's The Maze Runner, and John Brown's debut novel, Servant of a Dark God. Both will be released in time for my 27th year on this fine world of ours. Can't wait!

Updates: Chapter 10 of the collaboration was such a mess that it clearly needs an overhaul. I was not in the right frame of mind when I drafted the thing, I suppose. The Committee said that it read like watching an Anime. Really? I haven't watched Anime in a while, mostly. That's fine though. The biggest snag was a magical implement that I wanted to use that they felt was unnecessary, but when I told my readers that I was taking it out, I received multiple cries of protest. Give the people what they want, right? Thankfully, the Committee and myself have come to an agreement that we can keep the magical implement, so long as I don't make IT the primary focus.

is in the hands of a few readers who have yet to read it, and, with any luck, it will pass the test. I want to mail that story soon. I REALLY really want to mail it soon!

This weekend will be a busy one, with family coming to visit from Chicago, but my plan until then is to finish the rewrite of chapter 10 and continue plowing through the previously finished chapters, clean inconsistencies, incert new posts and plot elements that we missed before, and so forth. Chapter 1 is practically perfect. Chapter 2 is almost finished as well. Oh, and I still have the short prologue to add. Wish me luck. I've never had much luck with prologues.

Until next time, keep the badgers out of the kumquats!

"It's one thing to hear about something, but it's another thing altogether to see it for yourself." - untitled project

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