In the last week, thanks to a couple of unexpected days off and a lot of silence, I've written something like 25,000 words. It's awesome but sad at the same time because it shows just how productive I could be without a day job sucking all the energy out of me.
I've mostly been working on a new dystopian, and after a bit of a lull while I figured things out its racing ahead again. Good days.
I've finished my first revision of Tales of Crow 4: The Circus of Machinations. This book took a lot longer to write than the other three so far, but I've always felt I worked better when I stretch things out a little, as I do more revising as I go along and with Circus there were almost no plot holes at all that needed filling, unlike Puppeteer, which had loads. I really liked this book; it was dark and gloomy and much more sci-fi than the rest of the series. I decided some time towards the end of the first book in the series that it would be fun to try to tie it into the Tube Riders back story, but because the tone of the books was very different at some point there needed to be a threshold where things moved over from the Tales of Crow world into the Tube Riders world. That kind of happened at the end of Puppeteer, whereas Circus was a kind of a transition book and I'm hugely proud of it. I do however have this habit of asking more questions than I answer, so there are two or three things that I need to now explore in other books in the wider cannon of my world to clear things up a little, if that makes any sense...
Anyway, I'm currently on a break from both the Tube Riders and the Tales of Crow series. So far that break has lasted two days. It's highly likely that I'll be breaking that break (ho hum) over the weekend and getting on with either Crow 5 or heading back to the Rise prequel series.
Happy reading and speak soon
Most of the way through draft 3 of Puppeteer King. Pretty confident the plot holes are all now filled but I'll probably give it one more skin read (on the Kindle) to check for flow before it goes off to the editor. Hopefully by the end of the month.
Watched the new Godzilla tonight on DVD. Stupid but fun. I wish they'd have the monster fight scenes in daylight so you could see what was going on.
During my day job as an overpaid foreign novelty teacher today, the main teacher I was working with starts laying in to three kids at the start of class for reading books instead of paying attention. I understand that, you know, it's English class, and they should sit up straight and listen to her drone on for 50 minutes without saying anything actually in English at all, but the kid nearest to me was reading this thick tome of King Solomon's Mines translated into Japanese. In this day and age where all most kids do is stare at a Nintendo screen I'd have been inclined to let him carry on reading particularly when he's getting stuck into an action adventure classic.
Still working through plot holes on Puppeteer King. Almost there. It'll need a good polish after this but I'm confident I can get it out to the editor by the end of the month. Another bit of the backlog soon to be cleared...
Friday tomorrow. I love Fridays because I go to my favorite mountain school. Best views in Japan. Here's a pic from a few weeks ago.
Long day at work (and it isn't over yet...) but I got a few minutes at the end of workday part 1 to read over the beginning of my unfinished Tube Riders prequel. Damn. It just rocked. Gotta get back to this ASAP. I really do have issues with the amount of books that get to 30k and then stall. I have thirteen chapters done, not bad at all.
In other news, I'm up to chapter 30 of 44 on Puppeteer King's second draft. Hopefully onto draft 3 by the weekend.
Just got back from a weekend in Tokyo where among other things I gorged myself on clothing that was actually my size. First time I think I have ever bought three shirts in one go before. Gotta love H&M.
Back working through plot holes on Crow 3 now. Over and out.
Been a while since I posted any updates, but the Tales of Crow series is moving forward slowly but surely. I've finished my edits for Crow 2: The Castle of All Nightmares and it should be off for editing/proofing soon. In the meantime, I'm back writing Crow 4, which has crept up over 30k and is tentatively announcing itself as a third done. Also, the cover for Crow 4 has been commissioned. As ideas begin to circulate for Crow 5, I'm still outwardly hopeful that I'll have the full series drafted if not published by the middle of the year.
It's been a while since I posted any general updates. Things have been going pretty well, but due to losing my job I had to prioritise establishing an immediate income for a while and while I've still been writing every day it's been hard to concentrate and get long spells of writing done. Things are smoothing out a little now, and progress on the latest WIP is picking up. We are also in typhoon season here in Japan so I have few reasons to leave the house. My overall target for this year was four full novels and with Crow #3: The Puppeteer King at just over 30k, I'm probably about 60k away. Should be easy....
This week I released Tales of Crow #1: They Came Out After Dark, a story that was originally intended to be a standalone horror in the style of Richard Laymon, but which ended up more of a techno-thriller and part of a new series that may go as far as five or six books. I put aside the current projects I was working on to get it done, and after taking a "break" by writing a love story/mystery, I then completed Tales of Crow #2: The Castle of All Nightmares at the beginning of August. I'm now writing ToC#3 while trying to keep up with all the other ongoing projects.
Getting a ton of my short stories, collections, novellas etc available on other formats via Draft2Digital. This is something I've been meaning to get to for a long time, but I'm a complete computer illiterate and while Amazon wonderfully allows you to just upload Word documents, for D2D to work well you have to use ePubs. Very simple for someone who knows what they're doing, but when I started out in self-publishing I didn't even know what a hyperlink was. After a bit of research I worked out how to make and upload an ePub, and so now I'm doing a couple of short stories per day.
Getting Finding My World (the aforementioned love/mystery story) edited and out. No one buys my standalone novels so they're very much a labour of love, but it's a great story so anyone who reads it will get a big reward for their time.
Getting The Castle of All Nightmares edited and out. Like Tube Riders before it, the Tales of Crow series won't really do anything until there are at least three books out. Because these are mostly standalone stories features some ongoing characters and plot elements, they're a lot easier to write than Tube Riders, which had a necessary story arc that I had to stick to. They're also a lot shorter.
Get Tales of Crow #3 finished. I'm mostly unemployed at the moment, having lost my job at the end of July. While I'm doing evening work, my mornings are mostly free to write now so I'm looking to increase my output. I've already written 335,000 words this year and I want to clear 500,000 at the very minimum. This should see the third ToC book done (hopefully by October) and perhaps a fourth book to follow. Alternatively this could open up the schedule to get back to
The Rise of the Governor. Yes, it's part written. Is it any good? I don't know. It's hard to write, that's for sure, and I've done a ton of research on the hundred or so pages that I have written. Will I get it done? Hell yeah. Revenge was only released in January, so I'm not exactly in George RR Martin timeframes yet.
And what else?
Lots. I recently conceived a little project I'm currently calling Chris Ward's World of Words. I'll let you know more about it soon.
Right, these are words that need to be done on the next book, so enjoy They Came Out After Dark and I'll speak to you again soon!
August 20th 2014